• A report in today’s Irish Independent says that Gardai are now investigating if the attack on security guards at a repossessed house near Strokestown was organised by people who were annoyed that some of the security work was given to a firm based in Northern Ireland.

    Gardai now believe those who organised the assault did so through WhatsApp.

    The report suggests that although some of those involved have links to dissident groups, Gardai are satisfied the main motive behind the incident was to show how unhappy they were with the decision to give the security work to personnel, some of whom were based in Northern Ireland.

    Officers believe some attackers are possibly security guards themselves, who were annoyed that many of those chosen to protect the house at Falsk, Strokestown, were from the North.

    Others were locals, who opted to join in as a protest, without realising the incident was likely to turn so violent.

    The masked attackers were armed with a shotgun, an axe and baseball bats.

    The axe was used to inflict severe injuries to the dog, which had to be put down humanely afterwards. Eight security guards at the house were injured and three of them had to receive treatment in hospital.

    Gardaí said while some of the organisers had links to dissident republicans, the attack was not connected directly to those groups.

    They also dismissed local rumours the security guards were "loyalists" recruited in Northern Ireland for the work although some of the guards are from across the Border.

    Two companies were involved, one of which is registered in the State. It is thought some of the suspect attackers are also registered with the Private Security Authority.

    Officers from the Garda Special Branch yesterday seized a shotgun, a lorry and a teleporter, and mobile phones in raids on three houses and outhouses in a yard in Co Roscommon.

    As a result of the searches, two men in their 50s and 60s were arrested and taken to Castlerea Garda Station.

    They can be held without charge for up to 72 hours.

    Further arrests are expected.

    It's thought footage from bodycams worn by the security guards during the attack will be a focus of the investigation.

    Garda Commissioner Drew Harris visited Castlerea station last night and spoke with officers involved in the investigation as well as being briefed on the latest developments.

    Chief Supt Tony Healy thanked the local community for their continued support in the wake of the recent events in Strokestown and again appealed to anyone with information to contact Castlerea Garda Station at 094 9621630, or phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.

  • A fishing boat and outboard engine stolen from outside a house in the Bonniconlon area of Ballina overnight have since been recovered, and three people arrested.

    The boat and engine were reported missing from the Bonniconlon area between 1 and 2am this morning.

    Gardai from Ballina and from the Sligo / Leitrim division responded, and during a follow-up search operation, a car was stopped by Gardai in Dromore West and three males were arrested.

    One was detained overnight in Ballymote Garda station, and has been charged with theft.

    He will appear before the Ballina District Court later this month.

    The other two were detained overnight at Ballina Garda station - one man is still being interviewed by Gardai, while the second - a juvenile - will be dealt with under the Juvenile Diversion Scheme.

    Gardai recovered the boat and outboard engine, which are now being technically examined.

    Anyone with further information on the incident is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station at 096 - 20560.

  • Three men remain in garda custody this morning  in connection with the seizure of drugs worth over 300,000 euro, in two locations in the Killasser / Swinford area on Saturday evening last.

    Two houses were searched following surveillance by the Divisional Drugs Unit. 

    Cannabis plants at different stages of growth were discovered.

    Three men, aged 44, 27 and 23 were arrested at the scene in connection with the investigation.

    They are being questioned at Ballina Garda Station.

    Investigations are continuing.

  • 3 people including a teenager, have been arrested as part of an investigation into illegal money lending in Co. Sligo.

    A 46 year old man and 42 year old woman were arrested today on suspicion of extortion and are currently detained at Ballymote and Carrick on Shannon Garda stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    Gardai also arrested a 17 year old girl as part of the investigation, but she has since been released from custody, and a file is being prepared for the DPP.



  • Two people are still in Garda custody this morning, after 170,000 euro worth of drugs was seized in Roscommon town yesterday.

    Searches were conducted at a number of houses in Roscommon under warrant, and Gardaí found cannabis and cocaine with an estimated street value of over €170,000 and a large sum of cash.

    A 20-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were arrested at two separate houses, and are both being detained at Roscommon Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.



    Gardaí have seized a firearm and a number of vehicles, as they investigate last weekend's violence at the scene of an eviction in Roscommon.

    Two men were arrested this morning in connection with the incident in Falsk near Strokestown.

    8 security officers, who were guarding the empty property, were injured and several vehicles were torched by a group of masked attackers.

    The detained men are aged in their 50s and 60s, and are being held under the Offences against the State Act, at Castlerea Garda Station.

    Gardaí say a lorry and a teleporter were among the vehicles seized during searches of houses and sheds at four locations.





  • Two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery at Sligo-Leitrim Mountain Rescue last week.

    Gardai have recovered thousands of euro worth of equipment which they believe was stolen from the team's base.

    A planned search of a premises in Sligo town this morning led to the seizure of a number of items.

    Following the search two men were arrested and taken to Ballymote Garda station for questioning.

  • Gardaí investigating the theft and assault that occurred at an Off Licence premises in Ballyhaunis on Thursday last have arrested two men.

    A search warrant was executed on Saturday morning and two men, aged 23 years and 20 years, were arrested in connection with the incident and taken to Castlebar Garda Station where they were detained under Section 4, Criminal Justice Act.

    A number of items sought on the warrant were also recovered during the search.

    The 20 year old man has since been released without charge and a file is to be  prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    The second man, was charged in relation to the incident and appeared before a special sitting of Carrick on Shannon District Court on Saturday evening.

    He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear again before Castlebar District Court on Wednesday next and investigations ongoing.

  • A man and woman were arrested in Castlerea this morning as Gardai seized controlled drugs, a drone and a number of other items.

    At about 11am this morning, Gardai stopped and searched a car at Harristown -adjacent to Castlerea Prison.

    During the course of the search, two mobile phones, a watch phone, about 440 tablets and cannabis herb were recovered, along with a drone which was in the process of being set up.

    The 46-year old man and 45 year old woman were arrested at the scene and are being detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    The Governor of Castlerea Prison said in a statement this evening that the prison works closely with Gardai, and welcomes their invention and continued support in assisting the prevention of contraband entering the prison.