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Jury Will Visit Location Of Tipperary Murder Scene

A jury selected in the murder trial of a Tipperary farmer, latter who pleaded not guilty to the murder of a 52-year-old man in Co. Tipperary, have been informed that they are required to visit the possible location of this incident, during the estimated forthcoming eight week trial period.

The court case, involving 50-year-old Mr Patrick (Pat) Quirke of Breanshamore, Co. Tipperary, was due to get under way today at the Central Criminal Court, however, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon has asked the jury to return to Court next Friday, when it is expected the trial will at last begin.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon informed the jury that the incident at the centre of this trial is alleged to have occurred in Co. Tipperary and it could be beneficial to the case if they were taken to that location in the coming week, by coach.

The accused, Mr Patrick Quirke, denies the murder of Mr Bobby Ryan, latter a lorry driver and part-time Disc Jockey, at an unknown location on a date between June 3rd 2011 and April 13th 2013.

The accused Mr Quirke had been arrested on Tuesday March 21st, 2017 at 5.10pm in Grangemore, Co. Tipperary, before being brought to Tipperary Garda station, where he was later charged at 6.30pm.

Having been presented before a sitting of Tipperary District Court, Justice M/s Marie Keane had remanded Mr Quirke be held in custody to appear at Thurles District Court on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017.

Mr Ryan’s body was located in a slurry tank on a farm at Fawnagown, Co. Tipperary, having been previously classified as a missing person for almost two years.


Note On Tipperary’s Fr. P. Ryan Released Under State Archive Rule

A secret ‘briefing note’, now released as part of the 1988 Irish State Archive 30-year rule, (Period for which Irish confidential government documents are restricted from public viewing by taxpayers), sheds new light on the non-extradition to Britain of a Tipperary born Irish Roman Catholic priest, accused by British intelligence of being an IRA volunteer.

This refused extradition to Britain was to spark an angry stand-off between the then Irish government led by An Taoiseach Mr Charles J. (C.J.) Haughey and the British government, then led by the now Late Mrs Margaret (Maggie) Thatcher.

Fr. Patrick (Paddy) Ryan.

Fr. Ryan contested the European Parliamentary Elections in 1989, as a Sinn Féin supported Independent, however, he failed to be elected, but received over 30,000 votes.

The priest in question was Fr. Patrick (Paddy) Ryan, born on June 26th, 1930, in Rossmore, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, and one of six children born to a rural farming family.

Paddy Ryan attended the local Christian Brothers School (CBS) here in Thurles and later the Pallottine College, Thurles, going on to train in the priesthood at St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, before being ordained on June 6th, 1954.

As a member of the Pallottine Order, he went to work on the missions in the diocese of Mbulu, one of the six districts of the Manyara Region of Tanzania and then later in America and later still in the city of London.

Fr. Ryan had shown no great interest in politics beyond a hatred for past and present British rule on the island of Ireland, however the Catholic Church and the Pallottine Order would formally suspend him from priestly duties after he refused a transfer to a parish church in England.  Later during a trip to Rome in the summer of that year, he is reported to have informed Italian priests that he hoped that the IRA would bomb the centre of London.

By the Autumn of 1973, he was shuttling back and forth between Dublin and Geneva, opening bank accounts and transferring funding (over £1,000,000) reportedly granted by his newly acquired contacts within Libyan Military Intelligence in Tripoli.

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Criminal Assets Bureau Identify 29 Targets In Co. Tipperary

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) have targeted some 50% more individuals in the past two years; jumping from 600 to 973 individuals currently under investigation this year. This increase in investigations follows briefings previously furnished by CAB officers to all joint policing committees around Ireland; latter briefings credited for the major success in identifying new targets.

A breakdown of those criminals targeted, indicate that some 48% of them are based in our murder / drug / crime ridden capital of Dublin City, with the Western area of the city providing 177 targets; the Southern area 110; the Northern area 80; the North Central division 46, with Dublin South Central and the East some 49 identified criminal targets.

Outside of our crime ridden capital city, the County of Limerick not surprisingly tops the poll with 72 such targets, while in our own County of Tipperary 29 targets have been identified.

Other divisions have targeted 40 each in Meath and Wexford; Kildare 38; Louth 33; Cavan-Monaghan 25; Kerry and Offaly each 22; Kilkenny-Carlow 20; Cork City 18 and Galway 17.

CAB, while continuing to increase their drive against motorised, travelling gangs, latter responsible for the massive increase in rural crime in the past few years; CAB claims to have served some 18 tax assessments against identified suspects this year alone, compared with seven such tax assessments in 2017.

As well as drugs, burglary and theft offences; including their recent success in tackling the stripping down of 4×4 stolen vehicle; CAB has also been active in investigating and clamping down on Social Welfare fraud, with Social Welfare debts collected to-date, well above the figure amassed in 2017.

The bureau has now trained in total 378 profilers from around the country, of which 350 are members of the Gardaí; an increase of one hundred above last year’s figure. CAB claim to have received 177 new cases identified by these local profilers, compared with 101 cases in 2017 and 66 such in 2016.


Criminal Assets Bureau Target Criminals In Co. Tipperary

Following a nationwide campaign urging communities to inform on certain individuals, the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) have now identified hundreds of small-time criminals and rural crime gangs in every county. A major clampdown on illicit wealth being flaunted by criminals living the high life, without any visible means of support, is now under way, with CAB officers having drawn up detailed lists of possible suspects.

The Criminal Assets Bureau’s head, Chief Superintendent Pat Clavin, recently embarked on a tour of Garda divisions in the State, addressing 35 local authority Joint Policing Committees to outline necessary initiative and to issue the invitation:- “Your neighbour drives an expensive car, spends lots of money on home improvements and can afford to give their family the most expensive gifts. Money is no object, yet they never appear to work. Contact the CAB today so we can make them pay and take it away”.

Here in Tipperary, a county blitzed by thefts from the farming community, the assets of some 29 suspects are now under serious investigation. To the east and south east of Tipperary, 20 suspects have been identified in the Carlow/Kilkenny Garda division, while up to 40 suspects are being investigated in Wexford, where Dublin crime gangs are understood to retain holiday homes.

West of Co. Tipperary, the bordering region of Co. Limerick has the highest number of CAB targets outside of Co. Dublin, with the homes, motor vehicles and assets of some 73 suspected criminals, under targeted scrutiny. To the south and south-west of Tipperary, some 30 suspects have been pinpointed in the areas covering Cork City, West Cork and Cork North.


Three Arrests Following Munster Drugs & Cash Seizures

Up to 100 members of An Garda Siochana, assisted by officers from Revenue Customs, have seized an estimated €13,500 worth of drugs, across the Munster region, following searches of 29 premises today.

A Garda spokesperson has confirmed that the focus of today’s operation was mainly for intelligence gathering, as part of their ongoing operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in the southern region.

During the planned Garda swoops, which took place here in Tipperary, Cork and Limerick, a total of €8,000 in cash was also seized.

Gardaí from the Limerick Divisional Drugs Unit, assisted by local Garda units and the Garda Dog Unit, executed search warrants for a total of 29 premises and arrested three men, latter understood to be in their 30’s, and associated with, pending analysis, the possession of suspected cocaine and cannabis herb.

The individuals arrested are currently being detained at Henry Street and Bruff Garda Stations, in Co. Limerick, under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.