Gardaí have arrested twelve people as part of their investigations targeting a specific organised crime gang involved in burglaries in the South East of Ireland. These arrests follow organised raids on dozens of houses and flats across several counties today, including Co Tipperary.
Thearrests are understood to have taken place as a result of “Operation Munster,” latter set up to target organised criminals suspected of carrying out burglaries in Ireland’s south east region.
In all, Gardaí raided over 40 properties across Co Tipperary and the neighbouring counties of Kilkennyand Waterford. Gardaí were backed up by armed members of the Regional Support Unit and Customs officers and seized property stolen which included jewellery, cash, electronic equipment and other items of value.
Also as part of the lead up to today’s operation a number of bank accounts, held by known gang members involved in crime, have been now frozen. It is also understood that Gardaí in recent days have recovered eight shotguns possibly stolen in the Clonmel area of Tipperary.
Of the 12 persons arrested (nine men and three women), two have been released without charge and two have been arrested on warrants and transferred to prison, while the remaining eight are currently being detained and questioned at various Garda stations under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.
A Tipperary dairy farmer, who stands accused of assault, may face even more serious charges, according to a Gardaí Sergeant attending Tipperary District Court.
Mr Pat Quirke with an address at Breanshamore has been charged with assault causing harm to Mrs Mary Lowry, a widowed mother of three and the former partner of Mr Bobby Ryan, whose remains were located in a disused slurry tank last year.
The 44 year old is also accused of burglary and the handling of stolen goods at Fawnagown, on December 3rd, 2012.
As stated, the alleged victim of this accused assault was the former partner of Mr Bobby Ryan, latter a father of two, who had been missing since June 3rd, 2011, having left his home shortly after 6:00am to go to work at Killough Quarry, close to Thurles.
Mr Bobbie Ryan was subsequently located by the now accused, who alerted Gardaí, following his discovery of human remains at Fawnagowen in April of last year. The accused had been leasing farmland from Mrs Lowry, whose husband Martin had died previously in 2007.
The hearing has now been adjourned until next May, while Gardaí await the directions of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the matter.
Five people have been arrested by Gardaí, from the Tipperary, Limerick and Clare Garda divisions, following investigations into organised crime and burglaries in the Limerick region.
Of those arrested, four are men aged between 19 and 27 years old and one female understood to be just 17 years old. All suspects were detained this morning following a series of searches in the counties of Tipperary and Limerick.
These arrests came about as part of Operation Fiacla, a Garda plan put in place some two years ago, which has proven extremely successful at gathering intelligence on travelling gangs that traverse the motorways around Ireland, carrying out often large scale burglaries.
The five are now understood to be detained separately at Nenagh, Roxboro Road, Newcastle West, Henry Street and Shannon Garda Stations.
Operation Fiacla was instigated initially following a continued period in which burglaries continued to rise significantly, despite a decline in almost all other forms of crime, since the onset of the Irish recession.
Late Superintendent P. Moriarty
The death occurred on January 22nd last of retired Garda Superintendent Patrick Moriarty, late of Gortlandroe, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and Oola, Co. Limerick.
The late retired Garda Superintendent was predeceased by his wife Betty. Our sympathies go to his daughter Patrica, his grandsons David and Michael, Sisters Eileen and Betty, Brother in law Paul, Sister in law Delia, his Nephews and Nieces, Cousins, Relatives and many Friends.
Following Requiem Mass at St.Marys of the Rosary Church Nenagh, Superintendent Moriarty’s body was later burial in the new Cemetery at Lisboney, Nenagh.
During his lifetime Superintendent Moriarty had been awarded the Scott Medal for bravery, following his involvement in the capture of notorious Irish republican socialist paramilitary group (INLA) member, Dessie O’Hare, in 1987, latter nicknamed ‘The Border Fox’.
The Border Fox
Dessie O’Hare, who was once the most wanted man in Ireland, was responsible in 1987, together with three other known INLA members, for their kidnapping of Mr John O’Grady, latter a Dublin dentist. The gang were poorly informed, intending originally to seize Mr Austin Darragh, owner of the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology. However unknown to the gang, Mr Darragh had moved from that house three years previously, having passed on his ownership to Mr O’Grady, latter also his son-in-law.
John O’Grady was initially held in a Dublin basement, while a demand for a IR£1.5m ransom was made and he was later moved to a Co. Cork disused cargo container. Located by investigating police in Cork, O’Hare, their prisoner and his gang escaped, using a hijacked car and having opened fired on Gardaí. O’Hare and his captive now hid out in a house in Cabra, in north Dublin, sending the hijacked car north to Dundalk, where it was later located burnt out.
All initial ransom demands had been refused, resulting in the cutting off of the little finger from each of Mr O’Grady’s hands, using a hammer and chisel. Fingers were sent to Carlow Cathedral, with a telephone call sent to Gardaí stating; “It’s just cost John two of his fingers. Now I’m going to chop him into bits and pieces and send fresh lumps of him every fucking day if I don’t get my money fast.”
Through Garda gathered intelligence, the gang were traced to the north Dublin house in Cabra and a shootout followed. One Garda detective was seriously wounded and Mr John O’Grady freed, while O’Hare and gang escaped. O’Hare now became the most wanted man in Ireland with a reward offered of IR£100,000 for information leading to his whereabouts. Two of the gang were later arrested, in early November near Cahir, Co Tipperary.
In the same month, on November 27th, O’Hare was arrested after his car attempted to drive through an Irish Defence Force check point outside Urlingford, County Kilkenny. O’Hare was shot eight times during his attempted arrest, while his driver Martin Bryan, died in the fire fight which ensued. An Irish army soldier was also wounded. Dessie O’Hare was sentenced to life imprisonment but later released early under the Good Friday Agreement.
Huge tributes were paid to the late Mr Moriarty at his Funeral Mass at St Marys of the Rosary Church on January 24th and at Nenagh District Court, a precinct which he served honourably from 1981 through to 1994.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
With effect from the 29th of October 2013 the application process for an Irish National Drivers Licence is changing. A new plastic card driver licence has been introduced, replacing the previous paper driving licence and learner permit.
When applying here in Tipperary, residents will need to visit one of the two new National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres to be set up at Suite No 9, Second Floor, Powerstown House, Clonmel (South Tipp) or No 10 Silver Street, Nenagh (North Tipp).
As part of what now will be a face-to-face application process, your photo and your signature will be captured digitally. These will be included in the existing fee which will see costs rise significantly, with a one-year driving licence costing €25, a three-year driving licence costing €35 and a ten-year driving licence costing €55. You will also be required to provide additional documentation to confirm your identity. Further information on this and other conditions are available on the NDLS website.
This is an EU initiative to introduce a more secure, compact style of licence for use in all member states. The number of driving licence categories have also increased and the minimum age requirement for certain categories have likewise changed.
This new National Drivers Licensing initiative is being viewed as an unnecessary interference in Irish affairs at a time when Ireland’s motorists face great financial hardship and where many secondary roads continue to remain in an unsafe condition.
Because of the required face-to-face application process now required, those wishing to renew Driver Licences can expect unnecessary delays of up to 5 hours at these newly appointed centres. While persons of advanced years will find the process a further cause for distress, this change will now most certainly affect the annual incomes of various photographic stations and pharmaceutical outlets, latter who previously supplied passport photographs for same required licences.
Further information is also available on the Road Safety Authority’s website.
One hopes that this new technology will be an improvement on our previous waste of public monies. I refer of course to the investment of €55m on 7,600 ill-fated e-voting machines which were later sold for a reported €70,267 to KMK Metals Recycling Ltd, for shredding, earning the latter company in excess of 1 million Euro.