Four men who were arrested following a raid on Urlingford post office, latter situated on the Tipperary / Kilkenny border some 16 minutes (17.5km) from Thurles, all remain in Garda custody this morning.
The men were held overnight at separate Garda stations under section four of the Criminal Justice Act, allowing for them to be questioned for a total of 24 hours, before being released or charged.
A number of masked men entered the post office premises on Main Street in Urlingford just before 12.30pm yesterday. It is understood that they threatened staff and smashed a window using a hammer, before escaping with substantial cash in a getaway vehicle, latter which they set alight at Ardragh, before transferring to a second waiting car.
Reports that a female member of staff on the premises was injured has not been confirmed.
Gardaí quickly mounted a road blocks in the area resulting in three men, aged in their mid twenties, being arrested after their vehicle was stopped near the village of Freshford. A fourth man, in his forties, was later arrested in Kilkenny city.
Two men are currently being held at Kilkenny Garda station, while the others are being detained in Thomastown and Carlow Garda stations respectively.
A substantial amount of cash was recovered by Gardaí and Kilkenny Garda station (Phone: (056)7775000) would like to hear from anyone who may have information or observed any part of this incident.
UPDATE: Gardaí have charged four men, all aged in their mid 20’s–40’s, in connection with the robbery of a post office at Main Street Urlingford, which occurred on Monday afternoon, 20th April 2015.
The four men charged were remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Monday 27th April 2015 at 10.30am.