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In the current climate, Chief Supt McGarry said, “it is very difficult to advance on where we are today. Our resources have certainly thinned out ... and we are fighting to maintain what we have.”
(Source: Kilkenny People)


The Portlaoise drugs trade is understood to be at the centre of a Garda investigation into the early morning shooting in Portlaoise last Tuesday.

In what Gardai believe may represent a major escalation in drug crime in Portlaoise, a local man in his 30s was shot in the hallway of his own home between 8.30am and 9am. The victim’s partner and young child were in the house at Hepburn Court at the time.

The intruder demanded money and, during the confrontation, one shot was fired into the man’s thigh by the masked gunman. A second shot may have been discharged but gardai have only recovered one casing from the scene.

Gardai would not comment directly on the motive for the attack but the link with the drug trade is the main line of inquiry. It is not believed that the gunman was local and Gardai are also working on the theory that the attack may result from a dispute over drug money.

As of last Friday the victim was still receiving treatment in hospital. While he has spoken to gardai, he has yet to make any formal complaint that would lead to the indentification of the attacker.
(Source: Leinster Express)


Gardai have announced a man in his 30’s has been arrested in connection to the house fire in Boyle that claimed the life of five year old Marie Keane Connolly.

Gardai investigating the fatal house fire in Boyle on October 3 believe that the fire was started maliciously. They have arrested a male in his 30’s in the Sligo area.

The male is currently being detained at Boyle Garda Station under the Provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


Nothing is sacred any more say residents of a County Limerick village, after a priest’s home was broken into last weekend.

Last Sunday Fr Pat Coffey left the parish house in Lisgaugh, Doon at 5pm to carry out his priestly duties. On his return at 9.10pm he found his house had been broken into and turned upside down.

“They smashed the sensor lights and then forced access through a side window. They got a small amount of cash but nothing precious thank God. They went through everything. All they wanted was cash,” said Fr Coffey, who is the adviser for primary schools and vocations director Archdioces of Cashel and Emly.

He also works in tandem with local priests and, ironically, when Fr Coffey was saying mass on Monday the scheduled Gospel was the story of the Good Samaritan.

“A man was robbed and left on the side of the road and the person who came to his aid was the good Samaritan so it fitted in very nicely.

“I’ve had that experience because I was at the receiving end of many good Samaritans. I’ve been very fortunate with the amount of callers I’ve had to the house and phone calls from parishioners. They are nearly more shocked than I am. I deeply value the support of the people of Doon,” said Fr Coffey.

“If anything good can come out of this it is just to alert people that if they see anything out of the ordinary to contact the gardai and that we all look out for each other,” he added.
 (Source: Limerick Leader)


Four members from a Dublin based Real IRA gang were detained by gardai in Longford last week in connection with an alleged extortion racket, the Leader has learned.

Officers arrested the four men in Co Longford last Thursday afternoon after gardai received a complaint the gang were in the area in an attempt to obtain money from a Longford based criminal.

It’s understood the four men called to a location on the outskirts of Longford town shortly after 1pm and demanded a sum from the victim, believed to be in the region of €50,000.

Upon receipt of the tip off, detectives and the Gardai’s Regional Support Unit, who were in Longford for another matter, set up a number of checkpoints across the county in a bid to track down those involved.

Following a search, all four men were arrested by members of Granard Gardai before later detained at Longford and Roscommon Garda stations.

No charges were handed down to any of the men the Leader understands with a file likely to sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) over the next number of days.
(Source: Longford Leader)


X-Factor contestent and Castleblayney native Randy Roxx, who made headlines after he was stitched up by the popular ITV show, has told the paper that he has been the victim of a racist attack.

Speaking to the Monaghan Democrat from Spain, Randy, real name Gerard Martin Byrne, says that he and his wife were targeted by racists who slashed the tyres of his car at a location north of Madrid.