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Gardaí Launch Appeal Into Possible Murder Of Tipperary Man.

MissingWilliam Delaney

Gardaí have made an appeal to anyone with information regarding a missing Tipperary man, William Delaney, to contact them.

The appeal relates to the possible murder of the 56 year old William who went missing on Wednesday 30th January, 2019 last.

Mr Delaney, who resided in Portlaoise, had a large family (8) and yesterday would have been his 59th birthday.

Gardaí are already aware that on the morning of 30th January, 2019, William left Portlaoise General Hospital, where he had been a patient. He then collected his Social Welfare payment at Portlaoise Post Office.

He was last observed at approximately 3:00pm on that same afternoon in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare, where he called to visit a relative, latter who resided on the old Cork-Dublin Road directly opposite the Hazel Hotel. The relative was found to be not at home at the time.

Mr Delaney’s absence from family did not cause any great concern initially, as he had taken time away on his own in the past.

In June 2019, Gardaí received information that William Delaney had been killed and that his body had been buried at a location in Laois. A comprehensive search was conducted in the area surrounding the ‘Rock of Dunamaise’, however no remains were located.

Gardaí are appealing to the local community, in the belief that people in the area may have information, and who may have not yet come forward.

If a member of the public prefers to give information without identifying themselves, they can call Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.

It should be noted that calls made to Crimestoppers are completely anonymous and callers do not need to leave names or addresses.


Cannabis Grow House Located In Converted Horsebox in Thurles.

Picture courtesy an Garda Síochána.

An Garda Síochána (Thurles Branch), have arrested one male, understood to be aged in his late 30’s, following the discovery of a suspected cannabis grow house. Same was located inside a converted horse box, following a search, at around 8.30pm in the Ballycahill area of Thurles, Co Tipperary, yesterday evening.

The horsebox had been properly renovated to include the fitting of heating, fans, insulation and other paraphernalia, all required for the succesful cultivation of cannabis plants.

The suspected cannabis plants seized during the course of the Garda search had an approximate value of between €9,000 & €10,000.
One man was subsequently arrested and later detained at Templemore Garda Station, under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.


Fraud Investigation Arrest In Co. Tipperary.

Gardaí have arrested in total five men in counties Tipperary, Westmeath, Cork and Roscommon.

The arrests are part of further investigation into invoice redirection fraud involving some €6.3 million; of which €5 million was possibly lodged or moved through bank accounts here in the Irish republic.

Of the men detained, four are understood to be from Romania and one from Nigeria. Previously, a female associate of the men arrested was herself taken into custody in Co Tipperary, late last year, when she attempted to withdraw €31,000 from a bank account, which was suspected to contain the proceeds of invoice redirect fraud.

Yesterday morning, officers attached to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) made four arrests following a number of planned searches carried out in Co. Tipperary, Co. Cork, and Co. Roscommon.

The four arrested individuals, all understood to be aged between 23 and 35 years of age, were detained at garda stations in Tipperary town, and Middleton, Mallow, Fermoy Co. Cork, under Section 50, of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007.

Last evening, in a follow up operation, a fifth man, understood to be aged in his 20s, was also arrested in Co. Westmeath. Latter is currently being detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 in Castlerea Garda Station, Co. Roscommon, where he can be held for questioning for up to seven days.

Four of yesterdays arrests were made under as part of Operation BOXPLOT, while the fifth man, also arrested yesterday, was detained under Operation SKEIN. All are being questioned in relation to the laundering of the proceeds of international invoice re-direct fraud.

To current date, 22 individuals have been arrested as part of Operation SKEIN, and Operation BOXPLOT; with further investigations ongoing.


€10,000 Of Cannabis Herb, Seized At Thurles Railway Station

Picture courtesy An Garda Síochána

Gardaí have forwarded to Forensic Science Ireland, for analysis, what they believe to be €10,000 worth of cannabis herb, latter seized on Wednesday last at Thurles Railway station.

Officers from the Tipperary Divisional Drugs Unit out on patrol have arrested two men; one aged in his 30’s and the other in his 40’s, in connection with the incident.

A spokesperson for the Gardaí has stated that the arresting officers observed two men acting suspiciously. On being approached by Gardaí, one of the men attempted to conceal a bag containing the cannabis herb behind a bin, before fleeing down the railway track.

After a short chase on foot by Gardaí both individuals were apprehended, before being detained at Tullamore Garda station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

Second Drugs Arrest

Meanwhile, members of the Cahir and Cashel Drugs Unit halted and searched a motor vehicle at John Street, Cashel, Co. Tipperary on the same afternoon. A search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of cocaine and cannabis, leading to the arrest of one other male occupant.


New Area For Fly Tipping In Thurles

“Men prefer darkness, because their deeds are evil”.
Gospel according to St. John, Chapter 3 -Verse 18.

Photo: G. Willoughby

When Mother Nature removed her warm “overcoat of green and pleasant foliage” last winter, she revealed the fact that Fly Tippers had located a new area in which to secretly dump their domestic rubbish, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Obviously, conscience of the Covid-19 virus restrictions, the criminal in question did not go past the 5 kilometre (3.1 miles) limits, to the bog lands of Templetouhy or Littleton.
No, thankfully, instead they took advantage of the dark area on the north side of the Archerstown Road, to the rear of Thurles Golf Club, (close to the bad bend), to rid themselves of their beer bottles, toys and other unwanted trash.

Hopefully, Ms Cora Morrissey (Administrative Officer Environment & Climate Action Section, Tipperary Co. Council) will now scramble her forensic investigation team, to check out the contents, or maybe the ‘Fly Tipper’ responsible, may since have obtained his trash /recycling bins and suffering pangs of conscience; could rush back to erase all evidence of this deed, most foul.

Then again “Pigs may fly” and “Hell may freeze over”.