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Tipperary Gardaí Search For Serial Masked Raider

Gardaí in Cashel are searching for, what they believe is, a ‘serial masked raider’, who once again has threatened staff at a late night service station.

The incident occurred at 10.10pm precisely, on Saturday night last August 11th 2018, when a balaclava-clad gunman detained, at gun point, workers at a service station at Cashel Road, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. The raider grabbed what is believed to be more than €1,000 in cash, before leaving through the back door of the filling station.

Gardaí, examining the scene later, recovered an imitation firearm and a balaclava and believe that this ‘masked episode’ was similar to an identical raid carried out in this area in more recent months.

No staff member was injured in the incident and Gardaí at Cashel are now requesting that anyone who may have information, should contact them on Tel: 062 75840.


Tipperary Garda Receives €1.16 Million In Compensation

The Minister for Finance has agreed to pay a former 44-year-old Tipperary hurling Captain, Garda Mr Aidan Flanagan, €1.16million following injuries suffered when he was kicked in his back, during the making of an arrest.

Compensation of €175,000 in general damages and €45,000 for the loss of future opportunity, had previously been awarded to the Garda by Mr Justice Bernard Barton. The Justice had then adjourned further ruling in relation to the case; pending a review of ongoing negotiations between Mr Micheál Ó Scanaill, SC State Counsel for the Finance Minister) and Mr Alan Keating BA. LL.B; (Barrister for Garda Flanagan).

Following further negotiations and taking into account Garda Flanagan’s past and present loss of earnings; Mr Ó Scanaill, appearing with Barrister Ms Rebecca Graydon BCL, LL.M (Commercial), M.C.I Arb., informed Judge Bernard Barton that now a consent order for €1.16m could be made in Garda Flanagan’s favour.

Mr Justice Barton, in his earlier ruling and following a Garda Compensation hearing in the High Court, had stated that the ferocity of the blow Garda Flanagan had received to the base of his back, had devastating consequences for the injured man’s future.

The Judge stated that Garda Flanagan had suffered the injury when he was only 30 years of age and had made a substantial €1.47m claim for general damages and recurring pecuniary losses.

Garda Flanagan had been a fit young man who had a passion for the game of hurling, a sport in which he had excelled, playing for Tipperary. He had earlier won an All-Ireland medal at Under 21 level, before being elevated to the Tipperary senior panel, to hurl for his county, going on to become Captain of the Tipperary senior team during the 1997 National Hurling League.

Judge Barton explained that Garda Flanagan, because of his injuries, had faced financial embarrassment to the extent that attempts had been made to re-possess his home, which in turn led to him having to be treated in the St John of God Hospital in Dublin.

Garda Flanagan had arrested a youth, following a store burglary in which alcohol had been stolen; some of which had been consumed by the youth together with a quantity of tablets prior to his arrest.

On entering the back seat of a squad car to restrain the handcuffed teenager, he, Garda Flanagan, had received a kick into the small of his back. Following this attack and over subsequent years there had been a serious and significant deterioration to the Garda’s physical and mental capacity, as a result of ongoing chronic pain; leaving the officer with the feeling that he considered he could no longer serve as a Garda.  Indeed, he had since applied unsuccessfully to be retired on health grounds.

The degree of force used by Garda Flanagan’s assailant had been somewhat controversial during the 15-day hearing of this case, since one of the issues before the court, prior to the 2005 assault had been the fact that he had previously suffered back injuries in a car accident and in a fall.


Thurles – Definition Of Urban Decay

It ceases to amaze me how businesses are expected to trade successfully and still continue to pay their Rates, when surrounded by ruinous, neglected and unsightly derelict structures, as is the case in fact, in the areas of Westgate, Wolfe Tone Place, Friar Street and Croke Street, Thurles.

Tipperary County Council, to be fair and in order to improve the street-scape and public demesne of Thurles, and indeed any other town in the county, offered generous supports in recent years, to property owners to improve and enhance properties and public areas. They widely advertised this year, offering; if applied for before June 1st, 2018, up to 50% of the approved cost of any works undertaken, subject to a maximum of €500.00.

Many availed of this grant, but many sadly did not grab a paint brush.

Definition Of Dereliction
(A) Structures / buildings which are accepted as being in a ruinous, derelict or dangerous condition.
(B) Neglected, unsightly or objectionable sites/ land which may or may not contain a structure thereon.
(C) Sites with a presence of unsightly litter, rubbish, debris or other waste deposits or collection.

Under the Derelict Sites Act 1990, Tipperary Local Authority can serve an order on any building requiring its owner to undertake the necessary work to refurbish or to demolish, especially if it is determined to be a safety issue. In the event of non-compliance with the Local Authority, an annual levy of 3% of the estimated market value of the property can be levied against the owner of the property; latter owner quickly identified through a Land Registry Folio.

The Local Authority must, however, first write to the identified owner informing them of their intention to place the identified property on their Derelict Sites Register; together with a report stating the necessary upgrading needed to raise the offending building/ land to a required standard; thus forcing owners to clean up their vacant sites/ buildings and/or dangerous structures.

Derelict Sites Register
Each Local Authority must keep a register of all derelict sites in their area, with same containing the location of every derelict site; the name; the address, together with full details of any/all action taken by the Local Authority regarding the identified property. If property is owned or occupied by a Local Authority itself, the register must contain details of what the local authority intend to do with the property. The register must give details of the current market value of every site listed. Owner do have the right to appeal the valuation to the Valuation Tribunal within 28 days of receiving the notice.
A Derelict Sites Register must be made available for public inspection.

Compulsory Purchase
Local Authority can recover the cost of essential work deemed necessary on any derelict site from its owner. The local authority can buy the derelict site, either by owner agreement or by compulsory purchase. Any proposed compulsory purchase must be advertised in the local newspaper and a notice sent to the owner or occupier of the land. In the case of an objection, the Local authority cannot buy the land without the consent of An Bord Pleanála.


Suspect In Fatal Tipperary Man’s Death Escapes Abroad

Gardaí investigating the murder of Tipperary man, 24-year-old Mr Conor Quinn; latter fatally stabbed in Mallow town centre last Thursday evening, now believe that the suspect in the case may have fled the Irish State.

Gardaí had been searching for a 21-year-old local man; appealing to him to contact them and present himself at the local Garda Station. However it is now understood that he has left the State; with assistance, despite airports and ports being alerted of this posibility. A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions, as Gardaí interact with Interpol in their efforts to trace his present whereabouts.

Gardaí have since secured CCTV footage of the fatal assault last Thursday, which shows Mr Quinn pulling up in a car on Bridge Street, before being fatally stabbed, leaving the suspect to flee on foot.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster found that Mr Quinn had died from a single star wound to his stomach.

Mr Quinn grew up here in Springhouse, Kilshane, Co. Tipperary and went to school in Tipperary Town. His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving parents Teresa and Paul; brother Anthony; sister Sinead; partner Stephanie; grandparents; uncles; aunts; cousins; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Quinn will lie in repose at D. Whelan’s Funeral Home, No.1 Bansha Road, Knockanrawley, Co. Tipperary, [E34 V611], on this evening, Wednesday, 18th July, from 5.30pm to 8.00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Thursday morning in St. Michael’s Church, Tipperary Town at 10.30am, with interment taking place immediately afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Tipperary Man Stabbed To Death

An investigation is under way following the stabbing to death of a man believed to be from Kilshane, Tipperary town, Co. Tipperary.

The 24-year-old male is understood to have become involved in an altercation with at least one other male, during which he received his wounds, at Bridge Street, Mallow, Co. Cork at around 8.30pm last night.

Named locally as Mr Conor Quinn, the victim was treated by paramedics at the scene, before being taken to Cork University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The motive for the altercation remains unclear but investigators are examining the possibility that it may have followed on from an argument earlier in the day at a horse fair in Buttevant, Co. Cork.

The scene was preserved for a time following the incident to allow for a technical examination. Local speculation would indicate that his attacker may have been from the Mallow area.

Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses or for anyone with information to contact Mallow Garda Station Tel: (022) 31450, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line Tel: 1800 666 111 or indeed any garda station.