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Thurles Men Charged In Relation To Alleged Stolen Goods

Two Thurles brothers have appeared in court charged in relation to the seizure of more than €50,000 worth of tools and equipment, which it is alleged was stolen in the UK.

The men detained today at Dublin Port, after arriving from the UK, were originally questioned at Irishtown Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The industrial tools and equipment, believed destined for the black market, were discovered in two vehicles, one of which was allegedly stolen, at Dublin Port on Saturday evening last.

Mr Jason O’Donoghue, aged 38 years, of Toreen, Bothar na Mona Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, and Mr Darren O’Donoghue, aged 29 years, of Croke Gardens, Croke Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, appeared before Judge John Cheatle this morning, at Dublin District Court.

Both men were charged with handling stolen property, while Mr Darren O’Donoghue was also charged with being in possession of false vehicle registration plates, and allowing himself to be carried in a vehicle known to be stolen.

Both men have been granted bail on agreed conditions that; (1) they reside at the addresses supplied and obey a curfew from 10pm to 7am: (2) that Both men must sign on daily at Thurles Garda station; (3) must not associate with each other; (4) must provide a mobile phone number to Thurles Gardaí, enabling themselves to be contacted during the 24 hours of each day.

There was an objection to Legal aid by Gardaí on the basis that each of the accused had access to large sums of cash.  Each man was also ordered to pay a cash surety of €500 and must now appear before Dublin District Court on June 26th.

Investigations are now under way with UK authorities to identify the owners of the property seized at Dublin Port.

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