Three people, two of which were Gardaí, have been injured and taken to hospital after a patrol car was rammed in a head-on collision this afternoon on the Mountrath road, outside Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
It is understood that none of the injuries sustained are thought to be life-threatening and two of those injured included a female and a male member of the Gardaí.
The Garda car was struck on its driver’s side by a dark coloured BMW, which then crossed the narrow road before overturning.
This incident happened after Gardaí attempted to stop a car travelling southwards following reports of burglaries in areas of Tipperary and Cork.
It is understood that four persons, all male, were arrested in the vicinity; one at the accident scene and later three others who had taken flight through neighbouring fields and woodland.
The incident has been referred to the Garda Ombudsman for independent investigation, latter in accordance with Section 102 of the Garda Siochána Act. It is also understood that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) are represented by investigators at the scene.
Residents on Mitchel Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary were awoken by the sounds of a noisy altercation and glass being smashed late last night.
One private residence had its front window badly shattered, at around 12.00 midnight, by a person or persons involved.
The house was occupied by at least two elderly people at the time.
Local Gardaí on patrol in the town were summoned and attended the scene within minutes of the incident happening.
Following their investigations, it is understood that at least one young man was immediately formally arrested and detained in relation to this occurrence.
Today the window remains boarded over, awaiting necessary repairs.
Templemore Garda Training College
Current Garda strength will now continue to diminish, until at least the summer of 2015, because of a failure to financially approve the first batch of Garda recruits to Templemore, since the moratorium on recruitment was introduced by the then Government five years ago in 2009.
In early December 2013, former Minister for Justice Allan Shatter and Tipperary TD Noel Coonan had given a commitment, both promising that an initial fresh intake of recruits, on a rolling basis, would enter the gates of the Garda College in Templemore, by the end of this month.
This deadline will not now be met as the resumption of recruitment has not, to date at least, been financially approved. The aim of the Government had been to maintain the force’s strength at 13,000, a figure which had been described as “bottom line” by former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, latter who was forced to resign earlier this year.
It had been promised that the initial 100 successful recruits, later chosen from some 25,000 applications, would be joined by two similar batches to be introduced at three-monthly intervals between now and early in 2015. These new successful recruits were informed that they would be given time to deliver one month’s notice to all current employers, which means that if financial approval was granted this week no new recruits would be in place before September 2014 at the very earliest.
Garda strength has already shrunk to around 12,930 and will fall significantly more before fully qualified recruits are on the streets for the first time, as part of their overall two-year training and assessment programme.
Following the arrest of a 45-year-old female yesterday, Gardaí in Tipperary town have this evening arrested a male suspect, believed to be in his mid 40′s, in connection with their ongoing investigations into the murder of a 52-year-old lorry driver and part-time DJ Mr Bobby Ryan.
As stated yesterday Mr Ryan’s body was discovered on April 30th last year in Co Tipperary. Mr Ryan had been reported missing since June 3rd 2011, before being discovered almost two years later, following on from his disappearance.
The man arrested today is again currently being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Tipperary Town Garda Station, where he can be questioned for up to 24 hours.
The female, arrested yesterday, still remains in Garda custody this evening.
A 45-year-old woman was arrested this afternoon in connection with the ongoing investigations into the murder of Mr Bobby Ryan in West Tipperary in 2011.
The body of Mr Ryan, latter aged 52, was found in a disused slurry tank at the rear of a farm house at Fawnagowan, Tipperary on April 30th of last year. Mr Ryan had been reported missing since June 3rd 2011, before being discovered almost two years later after his disappearance.
Following the completion of a post-mortem examination at Waterford Regional Hospital by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar, Gardaí officially upgraded their inquiries into Mr Ryan’s death, to that of a murder investigation.
It is understood that Mr Ryan suffered a horrific beating which led to his death and because of the condition of his located remains identification was necessary using dental records and DNA comparisons from family members.
Mr Ryan during his lifetime had worked as a lorry driver and also as a part-time Disc Jockey at weekends and was well known across South Tipperary by the stage-name, “Mr Moonlight.”
The woman is understood to be detained currently under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at Tipperary town Garda Station.