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Male Arrested In Tipperary On suspicion Of Trafficking Drugs

Cannabis Resin

On Friday, June 30th last, the Serious Crime Task Force and Revenue’s Customs Service uncovered a consignment of Cannabis at Dublin Port, with an estimated street value of €73o,000.

This discovery was understood to be part of an ongoing intelligence led investigations targeting organised criminal activity; conducted jointly by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, the Serious Crime Task Force and the Revenue Commissioners Customs Service.

During this particular investigation a haulage vehicle containing farm machinery became the subject of an x-ray scan on its arrival into the port. During the scanning, Cannabis was discovered concealed within the farm machinery.

A follow-up search was subsequently conducted today close to the Offaly-Tipperary border in Moneygall which has lead to the arrest, by Gardaí, of a single male, on suspicion of drug trafficking.

The male, aged in his early 50’s, is currently being detained at Nenagh Garda Station, in Co. Tipperary under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.


GSOC To Hire Experts To Explore Possible Templemore Garda Fraud

Expect long drawn out investigations, as the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC); (latter the independent agency, set up in 2007 to deal with matters involving possible misconduct by members of the Garda Síochána), is set to employ outside financial investigators and more staff in their efforts to track down suspected fraudulent activity.  This activity involves the suspected unauthorised movement of monies from an EU police training programme, to an account at the Garda Templemore Training College, Templemore, Co. Tipperary, before being transferred out to a mysterious ‘Cabra account’.

Informants claim that some 5% of monies, given by the European Union (EU) agency CEPOL, latter an EU agency for law enforcement, were placed in a bank account in Cabra, Co Dublin before being exhausted on entertainment for Gardaí, rather than their designated target of Garda training courses.

To this end, GSOC have decided to commence an investigation, pursuant to S. 102 (4) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, on the basis of the receipt of information, as set out in the Draft Audit Report on EU-Funded Training Programmes/Projects, and dated June 19th 2017.

GSOC at the end of June were informed by the Department of Justice and Equality, working in conjunction with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; that posts for four investigators, together with a support staff member had been sanctioned to assist in the investigation of protected disclosures made to GSOC.

It is understood that personnel with the relevant skills are being considered to enable the investigation to further progress, and will include personnel from outside GSOC’s normal remit.


Thieves Found In Possession Of Tipperary Stolen Property Jailed.

Three thieves caught ‘red handed’ in possession of stolen property, which included a Jeep, and which was located in remote bog-land in Co. Laois, in July of last year, were today sentenced to be incarcerated, by Mr Justice Keenan Johnson, at Portlaoise Circuit Court.

The three men had continued to remain in custody, since their arrest on July 12th, 2016.

Judge Johnson noted that the three individuals; named as Mr Thomas McInerney aged 41, with an address at Twomey Park, Mountmellick; his brother Mr Gerard McInerney aged 39, with an address at Moonbaun Close, Mountrath; and their cousin Mr William McInerney, aged 37, residing at Newline Close, Mountrath, had all admitted to being in possessing of stolen property taken from  five farms in Co Tipperary and Co Laois.

Judge Johnson described this type of criminal activity as “an attack on the fabric of rural society”,  stating that rural life is very much built on basic trust and such crime must be perceived as “an attack on the fundamentals on which rural life is based”.

During this Garda operation, on the night of July 11th 2016, a number of Gardaí were injured when an unmarked Garda vehicle and an Armed Response Unit vehicle were both rammed by the Jeep; while one of the injured Gardaí, to date, has not as yet returned to his workplace, following this incident.

One officer had suffered a broken ankle while another had suffered soft-tissue injuries to his back, neck and knee. This operation had involved officers from the Garda Armed Response Unit, the Garda National Surveillance Unit, local Detectives and the Air Support Unit on the night in question.

Mr Thomas McInerney, described as the ring leader, was sentenced to four years and four months in prison; while Mr Gerard McInerney and Mr William McInerney were each sentenced to three years and six months incarceration, for their role in the incident.


Suspended Prison Sentence For Tipperary Hurler

An All-Ireland winning Tipperary goalkeeper, who won six Munster Championship medals, an All-Star award and a National Hurling League medal, has been given a three-and-a-half year suspended prison sentence, having admitted the offence of obtaining €10,000, by deception, from an elderly man, over four years ago, in 2013.

Mr Darren Gleeson, who is scheduled to line out for the defending champions Tipperary in their qualifying match against Westmeath this weekend; this morning, pleaded guilty at Nenagh Circuit Court to a breach of Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.

Mr Gleeson was expected to go on trial before Judge Mr Thomas Teehan and a convened and sworn jury, however his barrister Mr John O’Kelly Senior Counsel indicated, at the outset of the court sitting, that a jury would not be required.

Mr Gleeson aged 36 years, with an address at Shesharoe, Portroe, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, had been charged with two counts of stealing a total of €32,000 from 80 year old Mr Timothy Heenan in 2013, and two alternate counts of obtaining the same monies by deception. Mr Gleeson pleaded guilty this morning, before the jury panel, to one count of obtaining €10,000 by deception.

Mr Justin Dillon Senior Counsel for the State, directed that this plea was indeed acceptable to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), subject to the facts of the other charge, relating to deception, being put before the court. He said that, in due course, the State would enter a “nolle prosequi” (dismissal or termination of legal proceedings), in relation to the theft charges.


Tipperary Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of A Gun & Explosives

Justice Ms Isobel Kennedy, sitting with Judge Ms Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge Mr James Faughnan, today handed down sentencing to a Tipperary man, who had earlier pleaded guilty, at the Special Criminal Court, to the possession of two pipe-bombs, a pistol and ammunition.

Mr Dylan Cahill, aged 24 years, residing at Lower Irishtown, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, had pleaded guilty last April to the possession of a .380 calibre Colt semi-automatic pistol, together with four rounds of .380 calibre ammunition, at Sradrine, Glefarne, Co Leitrim on May 13th, 2015. He had also pleaded guilty to the possession of two improvised explosive pipe-bomb devices, at the same place on the same date.

Mr Cahill was today sentenced to six years in prison, with the final year suspended, for each of the offences, with the sentences set to run concurrently.

The court had previously heard that the investigating Gardaí were on routine traffic duty on the day in question and had stopped a maroon coloured Volkswagen Passat car, following earlier reports that a vehicle answering a similar description had absconded from a filling station, having failed to pay for fuel.

The car was being driven by Mr Cahill, and on searching the vehicle, Gardaí found a plastic shopping bag on the floor of the front passenger seat, containing a pistol and two pipe bombs.

During subsequent interviews with Gardaí, Mr Cahill stated that he had no idea for what purpose the gun was intended. Gardaí however believe that the gun and pipe bombs were being transported as part of future intended IRA activities.