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Tipperary Garda Youth Award Announced

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Strong district support for Tipperary Divisional Policing Seminar held in St Patrick’s College, Thurles, last night.

Garda Youth Award Application Forms for 2016 are now available from Tipperary divisional Garda Stations in Nenagh, Thurles, Cahir, Clonmel and Tipperary town.

This award will be open to nominees strictly aged between 13 years and 19 years, to acknowledge their personal contribution to their own local community.

Tipperary Gardaí will present the awards at a ceremony, on a yet to be determined date next April, in the Garda Training College in Templemore, Co Tipperary.

A judging panel, which will consist of former Tipperary hurler Brendan Cummins (Ardfinnan), Thurles born Una (Healy) Foden (of ‘The Saturday’s’ & TV franchise ‘The Voice’ fame) and Circuit Court judge Mr Gerard O’Brien, will together decide the overall winner.

Tipperary Garda Division’s Chief Superintendent Mrs Catherine Keogh has stated that this will be one of a number of opportunity to foster stronger relationships between the Gardaí and young people in Tipperary.

Those wishing to be nominated for this award should take note that the closing date for application forms is March 4th next.

Thurles & Tipperary Garda News

Tipperary Gardaí – Community Initiatives

GardaOur picture (on left) shows Garda John Hognett and Garda Annette Connolly, Thurles, visiting Littleton Primary School recently, with their dog ‘Harley’, latter representing the South Eastern Regional Dog Unit.

To the joy of the children present, ‘Harley’, under the strict and safe supervision of Garda John, gave a demonstration of how to keep riotous people under control at close quarters and how his dog can sniff out drugs and explosives.

Garda Annette spoke to the assembled children on the various daily necessary operations of An Garda Siochana in Tipperary and the need by children, in particular, to identify with Gardaí as their protector, advisor and friend, particularly in times of danger.

The police presence on the day was extremely well received by both the school’s students and their teachers and could be an initiative to be undertaken by other Primary Schools throughout the county.

Thurles Gardaí Reuniting Stolen Property With Rightful Owners

Efforts to reunite stolen and otherwise recovered property back with their rightful owners across the counties Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford and Waterford will get under way at Thurles Garda Station tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd February 2016, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Labelled as being a “South Eastern Regional Property Recovered Day”, members of the public are being invited to attend at Thurles Garda Station to view and identify items of property from across the South Eastern Garda Region.

Should any member of the public not be in a position to attend Thurles Garda Station on the 3rd February 2016, catalogues of the property will also be available to view at the Divisional Community Policing Seminar at St Patrick’s College Thurles at 7:00pm on the following day, February 4th 2016.

The public can also view all property by logging onto https://www.flickr.com/photos/gardasiochana/albums/72157662624868730 and viewing the items in Garda custody.

Keep in mind that if any member of the public has any knowledge regarding any of the item of property visible on this site or any information on other stolen or lost property they should contact their local Garda Station or the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.

NOTE: 2016 Divisional Tipperary Policing Seminar

The 2016 Tipperary Divisional Community Seminar will take place at St Patrick’s College, Cathedral Street, Thurles, on next Thursday, February 4th, beginning at 7:00pm sharp.

An Garda Siochana in Tipperary are committed to maintaining their strong links with communities. Therefore this Seminar is intended to give clear insight on their strategic imperatives for the year ahead under the twin pillars of Crime Prevention and necessary Community Engagement. With people nationally complaining daily about rising crime levels, here is your opportunity “to light that single candle rather than to continuously curse the darkness”, so where at all possible the public are invited to attend this Seminar, which will be addressed by Chief Superintendent Mrs Catherine M. Kehoe.

Popular Tipperary TD Michael Lowry Loses Legal Challenge

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Independent Tipperary TD Michael Lowry has lost his legal challenge against the Moriarty tribunal’s decision not to award him full costs for his participation.

In his challenge in the High Court Mr Lowry had claimed the decision was ‘discriminatory’, ‘disproportionate’ and ‘unfair’.

In a statement issued a short time ago, following the findings against him, Mr Lowry stated; “Naturally I am disappointed at the judgement given today in the High Court. Having had an opportunity to consider the full judgement with my legal team, they have advised me that I should appeal the decision on a number of substantive grounds and they are already preparing an appeal of this decision to the Court of Appeal.

No matter what way the Court decided today, this case is one that was always going to be brought by either side to the highest level for final decision and determination.

As I have already stated, I have never accepted the findings issued by the Moriarty Tribunal, as they were not grounded on any evidence or facts presented throughout the length of its sittings.

It is very concerning that the judgement today erroneously claims that the Tribunal had made a finding that I had been engaged in bribery and perjury. The Tribunal never made and could not have made any such finding and it is a matter of the gravest concern that such a damaging claim has been made. In fact the Tribunal itself in its very submissions in this case accepted that no such findings were made or could have been made. This is an issue which will be subject to a vigorous challenge in the appellate court.

Despite the disappointment of today’s ruling, my legal team are confident that the Court of Appeal will acknowledge and recognise that I co-operated with the Moriarty Tribunal over the many years it ran: that it is unfair and unconstitutional to deprive any person who has been subject to this process of the right to have their legal costs discharged where they have been incurred in dealing with inquiries: that it is discriminatory to grant full costs on the one hand to those who have obstructed and deceived the Tribunal and yet limit costs to someone who gave it full and unlimited access to their lives.”

Man Arrested Following Planned Drugs Raid In Tipp.

garda crestA male, aged 36, has been arrested in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, following a joint planned Garda drugs operation.

Those involved included Revenue Officials, Customs Service, Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, together with the Nenagh Divisional Garda Drugs Unit.

Around 2 kilos of Cannabis Herb was understood to have been recovered following the raid, reportedly with an estimated street value in excess of €40,000.

The man arrested at the scene, is presently being detained at Nenagh Garda Station under provisions laid down by Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

Mr Harry Gleeson Officially Pardoned

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Mr Harry Gleeson

President Michael D. Higgins has officially granted Ireland’s first posthumous pardon to a man from Co. Tipperary; hanged for murder over 74 years ago.

Mr Harry Gleeson was hanged having being wrongfully convicted of the murder of a mother of seven, namely Miss Mary ” Foxy Moll” McCarthy, in New Inn, Co. Tipperary. Mr Gleeson was executed by the then British hangman Albert Pierrepoint (1905 – 1992) in Mountjoy jail in April of 1941.

A recent review of the case found that then Gardaí and the Prosecution had withheld crucial information and fabricated evidence against Mr Gleeson, thus securing his execution.

The granting of this posthumous pardon yesterday by the Irish President, completely clears Mr Gleeson’s name and it is hoped that same, however late, will  serve as a tribute to his memory.

It is understood that the government through the Department of Justice have expressed sympathy to Mr Gleeson’s family and indicated their intention to hold a commemorative event for family members, early in the New Year, when a more detailed explanation of the pardon will be forthcoming.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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