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Drugs Seized By Patrolling Gardaí, near Cahir, Co. Tipp.

A man is due before a special sitting of Cashel District Court today, accused of suspected drug trafficking, amongst other possible preferred charges.

Gardaí, at around 3.00pm yesterday afternoon, and while on patrol on the M8, near Cahir, pulled over the 39-year-old male driver of a car, whom they detected exceeding the speed limit.

On their further determination of the drivers condition, he was then arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, together with driving having no Motor Insurance and no Vehicle Road Tax.

Having confiscated the car; in the Garda follow up search of the vehicle and the man, cannabis herb with an estimated street value of around €38,000 was also located and seized.

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Gardaí Seek Information On Cashel Burglary

Gardaí are appealing to any person who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area of Dualla Road, Cashel, Co. Tipperary on the Monday night or early Tuesday morning, of the week beginning March 26th / 27th last.

Thieves stole assorted power tools, including drills and chain saws, with a value in access of €1,000, together with a consignment of diesel fuel from a parked lorry, at an address in the townsland of Boscabell.

Persons who may have information on this burglary are being asked to contact Cahir Garda Station Tel: (052) 7441222; Cashel Garda Station Tel: (062) 62866; the Garda Confidential Line; Tel: 1800 666 111, or indeed any Garda Station.

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Three Arrests Made Following Rural Tipperary Burglary

Two men, aged 21 and 22, together with a 15-year-old boy, were arrested yesterday evening by Gardaí in the Limerick area, as part of Operation Thor.

The three people, of which two are brothers, are understood to be from the Tallaght area of west Co. Dublin and were detained for questioning at Nenagh and Roscrea Garda Stations. The arrests were made following an intelligence-led investigation

Members of the National Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau supported by the Emergency Response Unit, under Operation Thor, stopped two high powered cars, following a rural burglary in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, during which one of the seized high-powered vehicles had been stolen.

The three arrests yesterday bring to 6,600 the number of arrests under Operation Thor since 2015.

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Tipperary Teenager Accused Of Targeting Bank Customers

An 18 year old teenager, named as Mr Wesley Maughan, has been charged as part of an ongoing Garda investigation involving the targeting of bank customers, identified as having withdrawn substantial sums of cash from various bank branches in the Munster areas.

The teenager, with an address at Coolnagarra, Burncourt, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, appeared in Cashel District Court here in Co Tipperary and now stands accused of three offences.  Mr Maughan was charged with; (1) the theft of €3,000 in cash; (2) the theft of a Michael Kors handbag, latter valued at €290; (3) criminal damage caused to a motor vehicle in the Lidl Car Park at Bishopstown in Co. Cork, all of which happened on January 18th, 2018,  to the same female victim.

Det Garda Gary Duggan who gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution, informed the court that Mr Maughan had made no reply to any of the three charges, after caution. Gardaí did not object to bail once certain conditions were attached to the accused, including that he sign on daily at Cahir Garda station, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Justice Terence Finn remanded Mr Maughan on bail to appear at Cork District Court on April 4th next.

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TD Michael Lowry Wins Appeal Against Moriarty Tribunal Decision

Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry has won his appeal in relation to the decision of the Moriarty Tribunal to award him only of his legal costs, following his participation in same tribunal.

Mr Lowry had appealed that decision claiming that he was treated differently from one of the other tribunal subjects, the late former Taoiseach Mr Charles J. Haughey, who had been awarded his full costs. The three-judge Court of Appeal have now returned the question of legal costs back to the tribunal for their reconsideration.

The High Court had dismissed Mr Lowry’s appeal in relation to the specific ruling made by the Moriarty Tribunal; claiming that he had engaged in “a litany of falsification and deception” thus failing to co-operate with the said tribunal.

Today’s appeal decision was delivered by the Court of Appeal’s President, Mr Justice Sean Ryan, whose colleagues, Ms Justice Finlay Geoghegan and Mr Justice John Edwards, were also fully in agreement.

Mr Lowry had correctly argued that there had been a disproportionate reduction in the amount of costs he had been awarded. He had further argued that his non-cooperation findings demonstrated a breach of fair procedures, failing to provide adequate material to substantiate the conclusions made by the tribunal.

Mr Justice Sean Ryan therefore allowed Mr Lowry’s appeal in relation to the decision that he should only get of his legal costs and Mr Lowry is therefore now entitled to an order quashing the tribunal’s initial costs decision of October 31st, 2013.

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