Stolen rifle recovered from property in North Clare

Stolen rifle recovered from property in North Clare



6.40pm – The man has been released without charge while Gardaí have confirmed that a file on the matter will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The firearm was stolen in a burglary in Rathfarnham Co Dublin in 2013 and was located at a house in Corofin, Co. Clare.

The rifle that was seized last night at a house near Corofin – Photo: Garda/Facebook

Earlier: Gardaí in Co Clare have seized a firearm believed to have been stolen during a burglary in Dublin several years ago.

One man was arrested during the armed operation which took place at a property in North Clare at around 10.00pm last night.

Members of the Garda Armed Support Unit were called in to support local armed detectives and gardaí during the intelligence-led operation. A small amount of ammunition was also seized during the raid.

A Garda spokesman confirmed: “A rifle and small amount of ammunition were seized during the operation. The firearm was stolen during a burglary in Dublin some years ago. One male was arrested and he is being detained at Ennis Garda station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.”

The rifle will be technically examined as part of the investigation into the original theft and subsequent recovery.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.