Arrests made during early morning Garda operation

Arrests made during early morning Garda operation


Photo: Garda Press Office

Gardaí have arrested five people following early morning raids carried out at several unauthorised sites in Co Clare as part of an Operation Thor day of action.

Four men, all in their 20s, were initially arrested and are being questioned in relation to a number of alleged offences including drugs, road traffic and domestic violence offences.

A fifth man in his 30s was arrested later as part of the ongoing intelligence-led operation.

Armed detectives and uniformed Gardaí from Ennis, Shannon, Kilrush and Ennistymon were assisted by members Clare Divisional Drugs Unit, Roads Policing Unit, Ennis Warrants Unit, Community Police, Western Region Armed Support Units and the Limerick Divisional Drugs Garda & Dog, officers from Customs, Department of Social Welfare and the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

One of the raids is known to have taken place at an illegal caravan site on the Kilrush road on the outskirts of Ennis.

Gardaí seized suspected stolen power tools, cocaine with an estimated street value of €6,000 (pending analysis), prescription drugs with a value of €1,000 and a large sum of cash.

A Garda spokesman confirmed: “We carried out an operation this morning that involved a number of searches as part of ongoing investigations into burglaries and thefts in Ennis area in recent months.

A number of people have been arrested in connection with the alleged sale and supply of drugs, breach of a safety order and drunk driving. Items were also seized during these searches and our investigations are continuing.”




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.