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Gardaí Raid Two Housing Estates In Nenagh

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions, following an arrest and searches carried out on Thursday last, by the Divisional Drugs Unit, based in North Tipperary.

The searches undertaken were carried out in two housing estates in the town of Nenagh, following an intelligence led operation aimed at tackling suspected drug dealing in the North Tipperary area.

We understand that an undisclosed sum of cash, together with goods, latter believed to be associated with the proceeds of crime, were seized by Gardaí.

We also understand that one male was arrested, under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act, and has since been released prior to the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions.


Ennis To Be Site Of Garda Regional & Divisional Headquarters

An Garda Síochána has today announced that the location of the Regional and Divisional Headquarters for the amalgamated Clare / Tipperary Garda divisions, will move and remain based in Ennis, Co Clare.

Losing its divisional HQ status is the Garda station here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, together with other stations in Navan, Co. Meath, Naas, Co. Kildare and Bray, Co. Wicklow, and the towns of Roscommon, Sligo and Monaghan.

We are informed that a wide range of operational factors were taken into serious considered, before deciding where this new Regional and Divisional Headquarters should be located, e.g. crime trends; projected future growth; population density; human activity and artificial physical features of the area; resources including political and economic activities and finally demand on workload.

This new announced operational model is expected to be introduced on a phased basis, with Garda Divisions now reduced from 28 to 19 in number. The newly formed Clare/Tipperary division will remain part of the Southern Region. The other regional divisions making up this region being identified as Cork City, Cork County, Kerry County and Limerick County.


Gardaí Locate Hijacked Van On Tipperary Border

Gardaí have located a van (UK registration licence plate number CU 16 TZR) which was hijacked yesterday afternoon, in Co. Limerick, in a wooded area near Doon, latter less than two miles from the Co. Tipperary border.

The alarm was raised shortly after the van was hijacked by a gang, travelling in a black BMW Series 1 motor vehicle on the Caherline Road, between Caherconlish and Hospital, at around 3:00pm. It is understood that one of the hijackers was armed with a handgun. The van was then driven in a south-easterly direction, heading for Herbertstown, Co. Limerick. The BMW and hijackers to date remain at large.

The uninjured van-owner, aged in his 30s, had in his possession a sum of cash, belonging to a well-known individual working in the motor trade; together with a cargo of expensive motor parts included catalytic converters.

A major Garda operation remains underway, including helicopter support and Gardaí at Roxboro Road Garda Station are appealing for any motorists who were travelling in the Caherline Road or Doon areas who may have dash-cam footage, to contact them.

Roxboro Road Garda station can be contacted at Tel: (061) 2144340 or via the Garda Confidential Line, Telephone: 1800 666 111.


Alleged Garda Corruption – Arrest Made In Tipperary

A Detective Garda, and the Director of a car sales firm, latter which had been targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), will both now face trial on three charges linked to a major investigation into alleged Garda corruption.

Detective Garda Mr David Bourke, aged 48 years, with an address at Oola’s Main Street, in Co. Limerick, has been charged with “corruptly obtaining a monetary gift, consideration or advantage” from one Mr Stephen O’Sullivan, aged 37 years, with an address at Farrehy, Broadford, Co. Limerick.

Detective Inspector Michael McNulty, of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, latter based in Dublin, informed the court that he had arrested Detective Garda David Bourke at 8.25am this morning, (Friday September 6th) at a location here in Co. Tipperary. He was then conveyed to Shannon Garda Station in Co. Clare, before being charged with two offences, at 11.20am by Garda Michael Newport.

Detective Sergeant Dave Gilmore, of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, gave evidence of arresting the other accused, Mr Stephen O’Sullivan at 8.57am, this morning, in Broadford, Co Limerick. Mr O’Sullivan was then also conveyed to Shannon Garda Station, where he was charged at 10.30am with one offence by Garda Michael Newport.

The charge indicates that Mr O’Sullivan did allegedly, corruptly, give or agree to give Detective Garda David Bourke “a monetary gift, consideration, or advantage”, in lieu of revealing to him confidential information concerning a CAB investigation into a car sales firm, latter known as Bawn Motors, situated at Ballysimon Road, Limerick, contrary to Sec 7 (2) of the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act, of 2018.

The charges made against both individuals are alleged to have occurred on December 22nd 2018 at Bruree, in Co Limerick.

Judge Marian O’Leary granted Detective Sergeant Bourke bail on condition that he sign on twice weekly at Tipperary Town Garda Station, between 6:00am-9:00pm. Mr O’Sullivan was also granted bail on a number of strict conditions, including that he sign on twice weekly at Kanturk Garda Station, in Co. Cork.

Both men must notify Gardaí in writing should they intend to change their perspective addresses.

Judge O’Leary remanded both defendants, to appear before Limerick District Court again on Friday, September 13th, for service of the State’s Book of Evidence, on each of the two accused.


Substantial Cocaine & Cannabis Find In Kilcommon Area

Yesterday, (14/08/2019), a male in his 30’s was arrested by Gardaí after they discovered cannabis herb worth €40,000 and cocaine worth €70,000, in a motor vehicle driven by the accused.

Following a search, the arrest took place on the R503 close to the Limerick border, in the vicinity of Garracummer, Kilcommon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The arrested man remains detained at Tipperary Town Garda Station; held there under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act.

Further investigations are continuing into the incident.