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Male Arrested In Thurles In Connection With Attack On TD Martin Kenny

A male, believed to be from the Thurles area, is currently being detained at Thurles Garda Station, under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The arrest follows investigations by Gardaí into an arson attack, last week, on the car of a democratically elected Sinn Fein representative Mr Martin Kenny, at his home in Aughavas, near Ballinamore in Co. Leitrim.

The arson attack, targeting Deputy Kenny’s motor vehicle, [a married father of four children], occurred some days after he received death threats.

These death threats followed an earlier speech given in Dáil Éireann, where the forty-eight-year old Mr Kenny, slammed fear-mongering and unnecessary hysteria, being whipped up by members of the far right movement, in relation to immigration.

A Garda statement last night stated: “Gardaí in Leitrim investigating an incident of criminal damage by fire which occurred in the Aughavas area of Co Leitrim at approximately 2.30am on 28th October 2019, have today arrested a male aged in his mid-40’s”.


Gardaí Swoop On Cannabis Grow House At Mullinahone, Thurles

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What has been described as a ‘sophisticated cannabis grow house’ has been discovered by Gardaí, some 32.4 km (20 miles); just a 32 minute drive from Thurles, Co. Tipperary, via the R690.

The grow house was located at a house close to the village of Mullinahone, Thurles, on late Monday evening last, resulting in the seizure of 60 suspected cannabis plants, latter with an estimated value of €48,000 and cannabis herb, same worth approximately €4000. Total estimated value of the seizure some €52,000.

Two males, understood to be aged in their 40’s, from Co. Kilkenny and Co. Tipperary respectively, were arrested at the scene by the Kilkenny/Carlow Divisional Drug Unit, latter having executed a search warrant.

The two men arrested at the scene were brought to Kilkenny Garda Station; both detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996. They have since been charged and are expected to appear before the courts within the next 14 days, on a date yet to be finalised.

The drug haul will now be forwarded for full analysis.


19.6kgs Of Tobacco Seized In Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Revenue officers have seized 19.6 kilograms of “roll-your-own” tobacco in Nenagh, North Co. Tipperary. Same following warranted searches of two targeted premises in the area.

A female aged in her late 40’s and a man aged in his early 20’s have since been interviewed in relation to the seizures.

The tobacco, which bore the brand name ‘Amber Leaf’, held a retail value of approximately €11,500.
Sales of same would have represented a loss to the Irish Exchequer of some €9,600.

Revenue officials confirm that investigations are further ongoing, with a view to possible prosecutions


Gardaí Raid Two Housing Estates In Nenagh

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions, following an arrest and searches carried out on Thursday last, by the Divisional Drugs Unit, based in North Tipperary.

The searches undertaken were carried out in two housing estates in the town of Nenagh, following an intelligence led operation aimed at tackling suspected drug dealing in the North Tipperary area.

We understand that an undisclosed sum of cash, together with goods, latter believed to be associated with the proceeds of crime, were seized by Gardaí.

We also understand that one male was arrested, under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act, and has since been released prior to the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions.


Ennis To Be Site Of Garda Regional & Divisional Headquarters

An Garda Síochána has today announced that the location of the Regional and Divisional Headquarters for the amalgamated Clare / Tipperary Garda divisions, will move and remain based in Ennis, Co Clare.

Losing its divisional HQ status is the Garda station here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, together with other stations in Navan, Co. Meath, Naas, Co. Kildare and Bray, Co. Wicklow, and the towns of Roscommon, Sligo and Monaghan.

We are informed that a wide range of operational factors were taken into serious considered, before deciding where this new Regional and Divisional Headquarters should be located, e.g. crime trends; projected future growth; population density; human activity and artificial physical features of the area; resources including political and economic activities and finally demand on workload.

This new announced operational model is expected to be introduced on a phased basis, with Garda Divisions now reduced from 28 to 19 in number. The newly formed Clare/Tipperary division will remain part of the Southern Region. The other regional divisions making up this region being identified as Cork City, Cork County, Kerry County and Limerick County.