Three men, named as Mr Seamus McGrane (aged 59), Mr Donal Ó Coisdealbha (aged 23) and Mr Dylan Cahill (aged 22), have been remanded in custody, having appeared before a Saturday sitting of the non-jury Special Criminal Court yesterday.
All three men, together with other serious charges, were accused of holding membership of an unlawful organisation.
One of the above named, Mr Dylan Cahill, with an address at 102 Lower Irishtown, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, was charged with the membership of an unlawful organisation, latter styling itself the Irish Republican Army (IRA), otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann.
Mr Cahill was also charged with possession of an .380 semi-automatic pistol, together with four rounds of ammunition and two improvised explosive devices, commonly referred to as ‘pipe bombs’, at Sradrine, Glenfarne, Co Leitrim, on May 15th last.
Mr Justice Paul Butler, Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Flann Brennan, all presiding at the non-jury court, were informed by Detective Garda Mark Benson that he had arrested Mr Cahill at Cluneen, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim on Friday May 15th last and that the arrested man had made no reply to the charges.
Discussing bail arrangements for the three men before the court, arresting members of the Gardaí stated that they would not be available on Tuesday next, as they would be otherwise heavily engaged, due to the visit by Prince Charles and his second wife Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall), to Ireland.
The Department of Justice has announced an expansion of Garda Youth Diversion Projects to ten new locations around Ireland and will include Nenagh, here in north Co. Tipperary. Half of the new locations named are in Co. Dublin, with two in Kildare and one each in Limerick, Cork and Tipperary .
Garda Youth Diversion Projects are all community based and are targeted to support youth development projects which seek to divert young people away from becoming either involved, or indeed further involved, in anti-social and criminal conduct.
Some €2.8m is to be now allocated from the existing ‘Dormant Accounts Disbursement Scheme’ and 16 additional workers nationally will now be appointed to expand on already existing projects.
The new funding announced today will further support An Garda Síochána in their continuing proactive efforts to work closely with young people; while the funding released will enhance a range of social inclusion measures available to support young people, latter coming to the attention of An Garda Síochána, particularly in areas of economic and social disadvantage, thus deterring young people from involving themselves in criminal activities.
Three men have been arrested following a drug seizure at a cannabis ‘grow house’ here in Co Tipperary, where over a thousand plants of various maturities were found by officers, during a legal search.
The three men, one in his 40’s and two in their 50’s, were arrested following a seizure of both cannabis plants and cannabis herb, latter which is reported to have an estimated street value of some €700,000.
Both substances were recovered during searches of two premises at Boytonrath, Boreen, Kileenasteena, New Inn. A cannabis ‘grow house’ was discovered in the first premises, while a ‘drying house’ was located in a second premises.
A single barrel shotgun was also discovered during the course of the search.
The three men are currently being held in Tipperary Town and Cahir, Garda stations, under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.
The search was undertaken by members of the Drugs Detective units in Tipperary town and Clonmel and included members of the Regional Surveillance Unit, the Regional Support Unit plus the Cork ‘Sniffer Dog’ Unit.
These arrests are part of continuing investigations in Co. Tipperary, into the sale and supply of drugs.
Gardaí here in Co. Tipperary will launch a new community policing initiative to be known as ‘Know Your Patch‘ on Monday next (April 27th). This launch follows on from the Tipperary Divisional Community Policing Seminar, which took place earlier in January of 2015.
Pictured Shows L – R: Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe, Garda Annette Connolly and Garda Chris Verling who are all leading with the implementation of new policing initiatives for Thurles Town.
Under this new and welcome initiative, Gardaí in the Tipperary Division will in future be assigned to a specific area in each District and will conduct a leaflet drop to all homes in these assigned community areas. Same will identify to residents their individual Community Garda member. This assigned Garda member will then in future become the individual point of contact in this area and will be available to assist and engage with residents, should support, crime prevention advice or assistance with initiatives such as ‘Community Alert’, ‘Neighborhood Watch’ and ‘Text Alert’ be required.
Commenting on the launch of ‘Know Your Patch’, the Chief Superintendent of the Tipperary Garda Division Catherine Kehoe stated; “An Garda Síochána in the Tipperary Division recognise and very much appreciate the valuable support and assistance from communities given to An Garda Síochána. As part of our review of our service delivery, incorporated under our Policing Plan 2015, Gardaí in the Tipperary Division intend to further improve service delivery, bringing about greater community engagement and ensuring greater visibility in community areas. I am committed to ensuring that community policing remains a priority for the Tipperary Division and I am looking forward to working closely with the community of Tipperary on a number of initiatives, in order to bring about a greater feeling of overall safety.”
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.