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Tipperary Men On Bail Plead Guilty To Burglary Before Cork Criminal Court.

Two Tipperary male residents, who were arrested wearing snood scarves, gloves and baseball caps and who violently resisted arrest when they were interrupted by an Emergency Response Unit, have both appeared in Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
The men were arrested while attempting to carry out a robbery at a Co. Cork address, on January 21st 2022. Both criminals believed their targeted, Bandon home contained a large amount of cash.

The court heard that Mr Larry O’Connor, aged 32, with an address at “An Duiche”, Scahelene, Tipperary town, and Mr Patrick Harty, aged 27, of Mountain View, Bansha Road, Tipperary, together with three associates; two of whom were juveniles, left the Cashel area, to arrive at the targeted Bandon address, travelling in a high-powered Audi A3 motor vehicle, latter bearing cloned registration plates.

Both men have pleaded guilty before the court to burglary, possession of various articles and criminal damage.

The court heard that Mr Harty together with Mr O’Connor and another juvenile, broke the lock, enabling them to gain entry to the unoccupied dwelling.
On being disturbed by the Emergency Response Unit, (ERU), Mr O’Connor ran out of the front door of the building, wielding a crowbar, before colliding with a garda; dragging the latter down steps, before the former was restrained.

Mr O’Connor is a married man with two children and a known abuser of alcohol and drugs, with 85 previous convictions relating to serious criminal activity. He was already on bail at the time of this offence; in relation to a previous aggravated burglary in Newcastle, Co Limerick; for which he subsequently had received a twelve year prison sentence.

Mr Harty, a married father of three, has 25 previous convictions, four of which are also for burglary. He was on bail for road traffic offences at the time of this crime. The court heard that he also attempted to escape arrest exiting from a window at the rear of the property; and also violently resisted Garda detention.

Presiding Judge Ms Helen Boyle said she needed time to consider an appropriate sentence before remanding both men in custody for sentencing on November 21st next.


Man Arrested Following Stabbing Of Pregnant woman In Co. Tipperary.

Gardaí have arrested and are questioning a man in his 20s, following a stabbing incident at a house in Co. Tipperary, on Saturday evening last.

The stabbing incident resulted in a pregnant female; also aged in her 20s, being rushed to the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise, with non-life threatening injuries. The young woman is said to be recovering well, with her unborn child not believed to be in any danger.

We understand from media reports (Irish Mirror), (Cork Beo), (Buzz.ie), that others in their company witnessed the incident at 6:20pm on Saturday evening, and are helping Gardaí with their inquiries.

Gardaí were quickly on the scene of the incident and were able to make an arrest. The assailant is currently being detained at Thurles Garda Station, under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, and must be either charged or released from Garda custody today.

While Gardaí refused to be further drawn on the incident, they have confirmed that the incident did happen somewhere else in the Premier County.


North-South Co-Operation Discussed On criminal Justice Matters.

Ministers Long and McEntee discuss North-South co-operation on matters of criminal justice.

Ministers Mrs Helen McEntee TD and Mrs Naomi Long MLA (Latter Minister of Justice in the Northern Ireland Executive) met yesterday to discuss cross border co-operation on criminal justice matters. Both Ministers reviewed the excellent ongoing co-operation across a wide range of criminal justice areas, including forensic science, public protection and victim support.

Minister McEntee said; “It is clear from yesterday’s meeting that there is a high degree of dynamic co-operation between our criminal justice systems. Excellent cross border cooperation is taking place in a range of criminal justice areas via the IGA. This work includes tackling hate crime, supporting victims, the management of high risk offenders, and early intervention strategies to combat youth offending. Under the IGA Work Programme (2021-23) this excellent work will continue to be enhanced.

Minister Long and I had a very productive discussion on the criminal justice challenges we face in both parts of the island. We must address these challenges and continue to co-operate in coming up with positive solutions to our shared problems”.

Minister Long said: “The cross-border co-operation on justice matters in both jurisdictions continues to produce very encouraging outcomes across a range of cross-border issues such as offender mental health, hate crime, youth justice, forensic science and support for victims. The IGA contributes greatly to ensuring we are doing everything we can to promote good practice in these areas. The absence of Ministers in Northern Ireland will not impede this important work, since cooperation will continue at official level and between our law enforcement partners”.

At the meeting both Ministers were also updated on the work of the cross border Joint Agency Task Force. They highlighted the continuing high level of co-operation and operational activity between the law enforcement agencies involved in tackling rural crime, drugs, financial crime, trafficking in human beings including children, excise fraud, and organised immigration crime.

Minister McEntee said; “I must commend the ongoing collaboration that underpins the Joint Agency Task Force. This work continues to highlight the extensive North-South co-operation that is undertaken between the police and other law enforcement agencies. By working together, the Task Force disrupts criminals that would seek to exploit the border and by doing so, enhances the safety of all communities on this island.

I welcome the success of the joint operations already undertaken. It is clear that the Joint Agency Task Force is producing results through cooperation and operational activity – whether it is joint days of action against mobile organised crime gangs, or working together to ensure customs seizures or to identify victims of human trafficking. I would like to express my appreciation to all those involved for their ongoing work”.

Minister Long said; “The ongoing work that continues to be carried out by the Joint Agency Task Force is of a significant value and the results being produced through closer cooperation and joint operational activity highlights the necessity of continued collaboration. The impact of this work in disrupting organised crime gangs and making our communities safer is very impressive and I am very grateful to all those involved both in providing the strategic direction but also the operational cooperation on which that success is based”.


Two Men Arrested Following Fethard Burglary.

A report made to Gardaí regarding a burglary, which occurred in the Fethard area of Co. Tipperary on October 10th last, has led to the arrest of two males.

As a consequence of this burglary, an all-terrain vehicle and other farming equipment had been stolen.

Clonmel Gardaí conducted an investigation which saw searches conducted at two locations in the wider South Tipperary area.
Same resulted in two males, both aged in their early 20’s, being arrested yesterday, October 19th, before being detained in Clonmel Garda Station.

The stolen all-terrain vehicle was also recovered at one of the locations searched.

Both arrested men have been charged to appear in court at a date in November next, in relation to this incident.


Garda Compensation Scheme Bill Completes Passage Through Oireachtas.

A Bill to overhaul Garda Compensation Scheme completes passage through the Oireachtas.

  • Claim assessment time and legal costs to be reduced.

Minister for Justice Mrs Helen McEntee and Minister of State Mr James Browne are pleased to announce that the Garda Síochána (Compensation) Bill 2021 has completed all stages in the Oireachtas.

This Bill provides for a complete overhaul of the current Garda compensation scheme, which has been in operation since the 1940s.

The Garda Compensation Scheme is for members of An Garda Síochána who sustain personal injuries in the performance of their duties, to help affected members get support necessary for their recovery and compensate them for their injuries. The scheme is also open to dependants of deceased members of An Garda Síochána who were fatally injured while on duty, or while acting in their general capacity as a member, or merely because of their being a member of An Garda Síochána.

The main objectives of the Bill is to reduce the length of time it takes for Garda compensation claims to be dealt with from the initial application right through to the award of compensation and to reduce legal costs.

It also offers opportunities for settlement and resolution of claims much earlier in the process with cost savings for all of the parties involved. The Bill achieves this by setting out clear time limits in relation to each stage of the process and providing what will happen where those timelines are not met. It also aims to reduce the number of applications ultimately proceeding to court, which will in turn reduce the significant legal and administrative costs and lengthy delays associated with the current scheme.

A significant change in the new scheme is that where an assessment concludes that a member has been injured as a result of a malicious incident, and is therefore entitled to compensation, the Garda Commissioner will arrange for an application to be made on the claimant’s behalf to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) who will assess the claim on an independent and impartial basis. After a claim has been made to PIAB, the State Claims Agency will represent the Garda Commissioner.

The Personal Injuries Assessment Board is the independent state body which assesses personal injury claims. It was established to support the prompt and fair resolution of claims without the need for costly and lengthy litigation.

Welcoming the passing of the Bill today, Minister McEntee said: “We can all agree that members of An Garda Síochána do their utmost to tackle crime and to keep the public safe and I commend them on this.

Unfortunately, the nature of this work means that members of the Garda can suffer injuries, or in the most tragic cases, injuries causing death, and they, or their family members in the case of death, deserve to be compensated in recognition of this.

Having met the Garda representative organisations on a number of occasions since becoming Minister for Justice, I know this is an important issue to members, and I am delighted to see the legislation passed so we can move towards establishing a revised scheme that will better serve those who need to avail of it”.

Minister Browne commented: “This much anticipated Bill to reform the Garda Compensation Scheme is important, to not only those individuals on the frontline protecting and supporting our communities, but also their family members who feel the direct effect of when their loved ones are harmed while on duty. It is only right that when incidences like these occur that members and their families are redressed in a fair and efficient manner to avoid any further burden on the injured parties.

I cannot express enough the deep respect that we all have towards members of An Garda Síochána who, despite the now dangers involved with tackling criminal activity, go out to face it first-hand. I am pleased to have brought this Bill through the Houses and look forward to the revised scheme assisting in providing Gardaí with compensatory supports in a way that will lessen delays and financial costs that the now outdated procedures sometimes had on members in the past”.

Ministers McEntee and Browne look forward to early commencement of the Bill and express their thanks to their colleagues in both houses of the Oireachtas for their assistance in ensuring its timely delivery.