Strokestown

  • A man is due to appear in court in Co Roscommon today charged with assault during a house repossession in Strokestown.

    The alleged incident took place on December 11th last year.

    A man in his sixties has been summoned to appear at Strokestown District Court this morning.

    He has been charged with assault.

    Five days after the repossession of the family home last December, security guards were assaulted and their cars were burnt out at the property.

     

  • A man in his late 30s was arrested yesterday evening in Co Meath as part of ongoing investigations into incidents at Falsk, Strokestown on Sunday 16th December 2018.

    He is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Castlerea Garda Station.

    This is the 8th person to be arrested in connection with this investigation, two are currently before the courts.

    Eight security men were injured, a dog was killed and six vehicles were burnt out in the brawl at the property on the 16th December.

    The attack came after the eviction of a family from the house a number of days before.

    The investigation is ongoing according to Gardai.

  • A 50 year old man arrested in connection with an investigation into criminal damage and an assault in Co. Roscommon has been released without charge.

    Eight security men were injured, a dog was killed and six vehicles were burnt out in a brawl at a repossessed house in Strokestown in December.

    The man was the 6th person to be arrested as part of the investigation, two are currently before the courts.

    A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

  • A man who died following a road collision in Strokestown on Thursday evening has been named. 

    He was Paul O'Gara of Farnbeg, Strokestown. Mr O'Gara, who was in his 70's, died after a car collided with him on the N5 at Bridge Street in the town on Thursday evening shortly before 8pm. 

    He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    Mr O'Gara's remains will repose at McHugh’s Funeral Home, Strokestown on Sunday evening from 4 o’clock until 8 o’clock. He will be laid to rest on Monday following 11.30 Funeral Mass in the Parish Church, Strokestown. 

     

  • More than a thousand people have taken part in a protest in Strokestown in County Roscommon.

    The peaceful demonstration was organised in support of the local family recently evicted in controversial circumstances, from a family farm on the outskirts of the town.

    Those attending today carried banners and tri-colours, calling for an end to forced evictions.

    It follows violent clashes last week in the aftermath of the eviction.

    Two men were arrested and later released following last week's disturbances - and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

     

     

  • 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.

  • Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has welcomed the fact that resurfacing works are due to commence on a dangerous stretch of the N5 at the old GAA pitch in Strokestown in the coming weeks.

    Deputy Murphy says there have been ongoing problems in Strokestown at a major bend in the road at the old GAA pitch and while a number of improvements which he initiated have been carried out, the area continued to be dangerous for motorists so he welcomes the fact that a new surface will be laid on this stretch of road in the coming weeks.

    He says he would still urge motorists to be cautious as the area is still very prone to accidents but hopes that these new resurfacing works will help to alleviate the ongoing problems at this location which have been of grave concern to many members of the public.

    Deputy Murphy had continually highlighted the lack of health and safety plans at various junctions on the main N5 at Tarmonbarry, Scramogue, Simpson’s Cross, Tulsk and Frenchpark. The Fianna Fáil TD has called for traffic calming barriers to be put in place before there are more major accidents at these locations.  Deputy Murphy has continually raised this issue in the Dáil with the Minister for Transport Shane Ross.

  • A County Roscommon TD is calling for calm after 8 people were injured in a raid on a house in Strokestown at the weekend.

    A dog was killed, three people taken to hospital and 4 vehicles burned out, when a gang of men approached security staff guarding the house and adjoining farm which had recently been repossessed.

    Local Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy says he's contacting the bank involved to see if anything can be done to ease tensions in the area.

  • A man in his 50s arrested by Gardaí in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th is due to appear in court this evening.

    The man was arrested yesterday in Co Donegal, following a search and detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

    The searches are being carried out following an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown last month, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The man arrested yesterday is expected to appear before a special sitting of Roscommon District Court at 6pm this evening.

    A man arrested in Co Mayo on Thursday appeared before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court yesterday morning, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on January 18th.

  • A 7th person has been arrested as investigations continue into assault and criminal damage at a farmhouse near Strokestown last December.

    Gardai have confirmed that a man in his 50's was arrested this morning, and is being detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

    He's the 7th person to be arrested to date in connection with the investigation, following an incident on the morning of 16th December last, in which a number of security personnel were injured and vehicles were set on fire.

    This followed the eviction of a family from the property earlier that week.

     

     

     

  • After suffering an opening round defeat last weekend in the Roscommon Senior Championship St. Brigid's managed to get their campaign back on track last night.

    The Kiltoom based outfit overcame Strokestown on a 1-11 to 1-6 scoreline.

  • The Taoiseach says social media posts that incite hatred and violence should be taken down by the companies that provide platforms for their publication.

    He was speaking this week, following the fallout from the recent farm eviction in Strokestown in County Roscommon.

    Leo Varadkar says it’s unacceptable that social media companies aren't held accountable for posts that stir up violence and it's something the Government will be looking at in the New Year.

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    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.

     

     

     

     

  • The two males who had been detained in relation to an incident at a repossessed house at Falsk in Roscommon have this morning been released this morning without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    The men were being questioned about the illegal possession of a shotgun, which was seized in searches carried out by Gardaí investigating the assault on security guards protecting a repossessed house outside Strokestown last Sunday. 

    The investigation is ongoing and Gardai have renewed their appeal to anyone with information to come forward and contact us here at Castlerea Garda Station on 094 9621630 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

     

  • Two men have been arrested in connection with an incident that occurred in Roscommon on the 16th of December, 2018.

     

    The criminal damage and assault happened at a house at Falsk.

     

    The men - who are in their 40s and 50s - will appear before Castlerea District Court this morning.

  • It has emerged that, during the recent bank robbery in Strokestown, two young people were held hostage during the raid – one of whom has special needs.

    Roscommon-Longford TD Eugene Murphy raised the issue this week with the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, and called on the Minister to provide more Gardai to rural areas.

    The Fianna Fail TD told the Dail that a daring robbery took place at the Bank of Ireland in Strokestown last month, and despite the efforts of local Gardai, the culprits got away.

    Deputy Murphy asked the Minister to look into exactly what happened, and to provide more Gardai on the beat in towns such as Roscommon and Strokestown.

    Since 2014, 42 Gardai have retired in the Roscommon / Longford division, while a number of rural Garda stations have closed including Ballintubber, Ballygoran, Knockroghery and Tarmonbarry.

    Eugene Murphy told Midwest News that he now understands two young people involved in a flag day outside the bank in Strokestown were pulled inside and held hostage during the raid.

  • Up to fifty people have gathered at a property in Strokestown, Roscommon to oppose any attempt by a bank to re-possess a farmhouse.

     

    Last month KBC Bank secured an injunction compelling members of the McGann family to leave the property at midday today, following a long running legal row.

     

    The farmhouse was the scene of a violent attack last December.

     

    A number of people from across the country arrived at the property this morning and are maintaining a peaceful presence at the house.