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Death Of Michael Nevin, Drom, Co. Tipperary.

It was with a great sadness that we learned of the death, yesterday, Tuesday, 5th July, 2022, of Mr Michael Nevin, Drom, Templemore, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Coolderry, Birr, Co. Offaly.

Pre-deceased by his parents Bill and Mary, and sisters Eithne, Marie and Pauline; the passing of Mr Nevin is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Grace, sons William and David, daughter-in-law Lucy, granddaughter Isabella, brothers Billy and Pat, sisters Irene, Margaret, Frances, Claire and Joan, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mr Nevin will repose for Requiem Mass in the Church of St. Mary, Barna, Drom, Co. Tipperary, on Friday next, July 8th, at 11:30am, followed by interment, immediately afterwards, in Coolderry Cemetery, Birr, Co. Offaly.

For the many persons who would have liked to have attended the funeral service for Mr Nevin, but due to distance or ill health are unable to do so; same can be viewed online HERE.

[NB: Due to continuing Covid-19 virus fears; those attending will continue to observe strict adherence to social distancing, face covering, with no hand shaking.]

The extended Nevin family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time.

Note please: House private. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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Launch of Forensic Science Ireland’s Annual Report 2021

Human Remains
  • Almost 24,000 cases processed by FSI in 2021.
  • Assisted in the identification of 13 unidentified human remains.
  • Worked with An Garda Síochána on 15 serious crime reviews, dating as far back as 1985.

The Minister for Justice, Mrs Helen McEntee TD, welcomes the launch of the 2021 Annual Report of Forensic Science Ireland (FSI).

A key feature of the 2021 Annual Report is the substantial increase in the demand for the services of FSI over the past 3 years. FSI has grown its services over the same period, with an increase in DNA & Biological Analysis services provided (increased by 54%), growth in the number of drugs reports issued (increased by 35%) and the integration of Fingerprint and Documents & Handwriting investigations into FSI.

Minister McEntee stated: “FSI’s forensic science services provides invaluable support to An Garda Síochána in the investigation of crime. Their work is often instrumental in assessing and confirming evidence to ensure that those who are guilty of crimes are brought to justice.
I would like to thank Director General Chris Enright and the team of Forensic Science Ireland for their tremendous work throughout a challenging 2021. FSI again remained open through all stages of the COVID restrictions, processing almost 24,000 cases – an increase of 85% compared to 2018″.

FSI’s support for European cooperation in criminal investigations and border control have also grown over the course of the 2021. FSI is now exchanging DNA data with 11 countries under the Prüm Decision, after connecting with Germany, France and Malta in 2021.

The Minister added: “The progress in construction of FSI’s purpose built forensic facility at the Backweston Science Campus is very encouraging. The building is planned for completion in the coming months and will create avenues to grow and expand forensic services for the State. I very much look forward to the opening of the new facility”.

The FSI Annual Report 2021 can be accessed HERE.

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Death Of Vera Taslova, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with a great sadness that we learned of the death, today Wednesday, 6th July 2022, of Ms Vera Taslova, Loughisle, Kilcommon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ms Taslova passed away peacefully at Milford Care Centre, Limerick.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her partner Haraldur, her son Sid and daughter-in-law Veronica.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The body of Ms Taslova will repose on Friday morning next, July 8th, at the funeral home of J & S McCormack and Sons Ltd, Kilcommon Cross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, from 11:00am with removal at 12:30pm, before being interned in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Churchquarter, Kilcommon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

[NB: Due to continuing Covid-19 virus fears; those attending will continue to observe strict adherence to social distancing, face covering, with no hand shaking.]

The extended Taslova family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.


In ár gcroíthe go deo.

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Death Of Desmond & Joan McNamara, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with a great sadness that we previously learned of the death of Desmond McNamara, Peterborough, eastern England, (on April 22nd 2021), and Joan McNamara, Perth, Western Australia, (on December 7th 2019). Both were former residents of Thomond Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and Kilmihil, west Co. Clare.

Pre-deceased by their parents Tom and Leo McNamara, their siblings Mary Olive Barry (née McNamara), Anne Gannon (née McNamara) Portlaoise, Leo Sexton (née McNamara) Cork and John McNamara Chicago; Desmond McNamara, [latter a former teacher at Arthur Mellows Village College, Cambridgeshire, England] passed away peacefully at Peterborough City Hospital, north Cambridgeshire, England, aged 84 years.
The passing of Desmond McNamara is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Virginia and son Gearoid.

Joan McNamara passed away peacefully in Perth, Western Australia, aged 87 years.
Her passing is most deeply regretted by her husband James and loving children Leo, Shane, Carmel and Caroline.

Both family members are sadly missed by their brothers Fr. William, Fr. Walter, Seamus and Gearoid, extended relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Saturday morning, July 9th next, in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles at 11:00am, following which, their ashes will be laid to rest, with their beloved parents Tom and Leo, in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

For the many persons who would have liked to have attended the funeral service for Desmond and Joan, but due to distance or ill health are unable to do so; same can be viewed online HERE.

[NB: Due to continuing Covid-19 virus fears; those attending will continue to observe strict adherence to social distancing, face covering, with no hand shaking.]

The extended McNamara family have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.


In ár gcroíthe go deo.

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Government approve proposal to expand Garda Liaison Officer Network.

Minister McEntee welcomes Government approval of proposal to expand Garda Liaison Officer Network.

Minister for Justice Mrs Helen McEntee TD has received Government approval for the expansion of the Garda Liaison Officer Network.
Following a request from Garda Commissioner Mr Drew Harris to the Minister, this expansion will involve:

  • Creation of two new posts for Garda Liaison Officers, one in Abu Dhabi, with responsibility for the Middle East region, and the second in Bangkok, with responsibility for the South-East Asia/Australasia region.
  • Assignment of an assistant liaison officer to Washington who will support the operation of the current Garda Liaison Officer (GLO) post in the North American Region.
  • Temporary assignment of two Garda members to assist the French National Police and Gendarmerie during July and August 2022.

Minister McEntee said, “We have seen the importance of international law enforcement coalitions in recent months as, through collaboration and cooperation with their partners, An Garda Síochána have enjoyed success in pursuing Irish criminals abroad, such as the Kinahan Organised Crime Group.
Some criminals may think that they can evade justice by leaving Ireland but these law enforcement coalitions demonstrate that they cannot.
And given the increasingly transnational nature of organised crime and terrorism, the Garda Liaison Officer Network plays an important role in realising An Garda Síochána’s commitment to tackle these twin issues.
They engage with local and regional law enforcement agencies regarding the activities and movement of Irish nationals or people linked to Ireland who An Garda Síochána, and potentially their colleague police services, have an interest in.
The new GLOs will be crucial in assisting An Garda Síochána in pursuing criminals who spread misery here in Ireland, as well as abroad”.

GLO positions are currently situated in Madrid, Paris, London, The Hague, Washington DC and Bogota.

Garda members at the rank of Sergeant, Inspector and Superintendent have been assigned to these positions, which are based in the Irish embassies as part of the Irish diplomatic mission in those countries.

Minister McEntee continued, “This is the second expansion of the Network in the past two years following the creation of the Washington and Bogota posts in 2020. These expansions follow a review of the Network which recommended the creation of five new regional GLO posts.
These new positions will be important for enhancing the security of the state and strengthening An Garda Síochána’s relationships with police services overseas.
The deployment of Garda Liaison Officers to date has proven to be an effective and practical form of interagency cooperation between police services and has supported the exchange of information and the coordination of operations across borders.
This expansion will see the Network break new ground by expanding into the Middle-East and South-East Asia/Australasia while also supplementing the existing operations in North America and Europe”.

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