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Thurles Gardaí Seeking Info. Following Fire At Source Theatre

Damage caused by fire at Source TheatrePhoto G. Willoughby

Thurles Gardaí are appealing for information following a fire to the rear of The Source Theatre, latter situation on Cathedral Street, in the town.

The fire was discovered shortly after 9:00pm last night. It is understood to have been started by the setting alight of a bin, which in turn set fire to adjacent timber cladding. Same cladding was attached to the exterior walls surrounding the car parking entrance which in turn is attached to the theatre and Library space.

Emergency services were quickly alerted and attended at the scene; thus averting what could indeed have been a much more serious situation.

Any person with information and who may have been in the area of ‘The Source’ building between 8.30pm and 9.30pm last night, March 23rd, 2020, are being asked to contact Thurles Garda Station. Tel: (0504) 25100.


69 New Covid-19 Cases Confirmed On St. Patrick’s Day

With the Coronavirus death toll sadly rising in Italy to 2,503, a further 69 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases have been confirmed in the Irish Republic, this St. Patrick’s Day 2020; bringing our overall number of effected cases to 292.

A further 10 cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing their total there to 62. Thus, overall on our green island there are now 354 cases and rising, with large volumes of individuals waiting to get tested.

We understand that Irish Cabinet Ministers held an incorporeal meeting this evening, designed to sign off on emergency regulations to deal with the present Covid-19 crisis.

We understand amongst these welcome measures is legislation which would allow people to be detained on foot of medical recommendations, if they have been affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) and are refusing to self-isolate.

We understand these new measures will give the Government the legal power to shut down large gatherings and will give effect to special welfare payments, for those who are unable to work as a result of the need to comply with the public health authority’s immediate requirement.

These regulations; build on already introduced legislation back in 1948; latter designed to fight the spread of infectious diseases, e.g. tuberculosis (TB), then also a major public health problem of that particular era.

Tuberculosis used to be much more common here in Ireland, with nearly 7000 cases a year identified, back in the early 1950’s. It would be the highly controversial public representative, Waterford born, medical intern Dr. Noel Christopher Browne, then acting Minister for Health who would introduce free mass screening for tuberculosis sufferers and launch a huge construction program, to erect new hospitals and sanitoria. His efforts also coincided with the development of a new vaccine and new drugs, e.g. BCG and Penicillin; which would help to cure this previously untreatable medical condition.

This current emergency legislation is expected to be passed, by our current caretaker government, during a Dáil sitting convened for Thursday afternoon next.


High Court Action Settled In 10-Year-Old Thurles Death Case

The family of Mr John Nevin, latter a 39-year-old father-of-three, who sadly died, having being arrested almost 10 years ago; have now settled their High Court action for a reported total sum of €117,000.

Mr John Nevin Jr., who had barricaded himself into the bedroom of his house at Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on April 24th 2010, was arrested and taken into custody by Gardaí, after a four-hour stand-off. The arrested man while in custody, later became unwell and was taken to hospital, where he was later sadly pronounced dead.

Mr Justice Garrett Simons, latter who approved the settlement in the High Court, stated it was a very tragic case where Mr Nevin had unfortunately taken a very dangerous concoction of anti-depressant medication combined with alcohol.

Mr John O’Donnell SC, latter counsel for the Nevin family, informed the court that there were significant difficulties with liability in the case and the inquest into Mr Nevin’s death made clear the cause of death was not as a result of the arrested man being in garda custody, either when transported or indeed while present in the Garda station.

The State pathologist concluded the cause of death was from acute alcohol and citalopram intoxication.

Mr Nevin’s widow, Mrs Margaret Nevin, Dalton Park, Mullingar, Co Westmeath and his father Mr John Nevin Snr., residing at Mount Finn Drive, Urlingford, Co Kilkenny, both had taken the proceedings on behalf of the Nevin family, against the Garda Commissioner and the Irish State. The family had alleged negligence in failing to secure the attendance of a suitably qualified person, who was aquainted with the deceased and also alleged a failure to honour an agreement reached by Garda negotiators, thus reducing the possibility of any peaceful resolution, at the house in question.

Mr John Nevin Jr., it was claimed, had been brought to the Garda station instead of directly to a medical facility, latter which it was claimed, constituted an alleged failure to summon timely and appropriate medical assistance.

Liability in the case was fully denied and it was claimed, by Gardaí and the State, that all reasonable care had been taken into account, under the then circumstances, on the date in question.


Hijacking & Post Office Robbery In Co. Tipperary

This afternoon here in South Co. Tipperary, a car was hijacked and a post office robbed by a male brandishing a knife.

Gardaí received a report just after 3:00pm, that a man had approached a woman; latter driving a red Volkswagen Passat, in Clonoulty Village, Cashel Co. Tipperary. The man threatened the car owner, demanding she get out of the car, before hijacking and absconding with the vehicle.

Some 20 minutes later, the local post office in Rossmore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary was robbed by a man, also wielding a knife; who threatened staff before fleeing with a sum of money.

Gardaí now believe the car, stolen in Clonoulty, was the same vehicle used during this post office robbery, carried out in Rossmore.

The stolen vehicle has since been discovered in the area of Semple Villas, close to the grounds of the Church of St. Joseph and St. Brigid, Bothar na Naomh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

No personnel were injured during either of the altercations.

Witnesses, with any information, are being asked to contact Thurles Garda Station, Telephone: 0504 25100; the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800 666 111 or indeed any Garda Station.


Major Drugs Seizure In South Tipperary

Two people; a man in his late teens and a woman in her mid-30’s, have been arrested after drugs and cash were seized, following the executed a search warrant by Gardaí in South Tipperary.

The search warrant was executed by members of the Gardaí from the Tipperary Town Garda Station; the Divisional Drug Unit and the Southern Region Dog Unit, at approximately 10.30am yesterday morning, Tuesday, March 2nd 2020, on a house in the Bansha area of the county.

The drugs seized included cannabis (estimated value €30,000) and cocaine (estimated value €17,500); total value of drugs seized being €47,500.

Also seized were mobile phones; weighing scales and a knuckle duster, together with a sum of cash amounting to €3,900.

The couple, who were arrested at the scene, were taken to Tipperary Town Garda Station for questioning, before being later released.

A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.