Strokestown

  • Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Strokestown, shortly before 8pm last night.

    The collision on the N5 at Bridge Street in the town involved a car and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, a man in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver of the car was not injured.

    The man’s name has not yet been released.

    The N5 remains closed at Bridge street as a forensic examination is carried OUT.

     Diversions are in place via Four Mile House and Tulsk.

    Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094 9621630.

  • A man remains in garda custody this morning in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The 54 year old man was arrested in county Mayo yesterday.

    He is being detained at Castlerea Garda station under Section 30 - Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended.

    The Garda investigation into the incident is continuing.

  • A Donegal man's been remanded in custody, after appearing in court, charged in relation to an attack at a farmhouse in Strokestown.

    The 53 year-old will appear in court again on Friday, along with a second man, who was arrested in Mayo earlier this week.

    PJ Sweeney, with an address of High Cairn, Ramelton, Co Donegal, has been charged with violent disorder, after appearing at a special sitting of Roscommon District Court yesterday evening.

    It's in relation to the attack at a repossessed farmhouse at Falsk, Strokestown, in mid-December.

     Evidence was given in court of arrest, charge and caution, to which the 53 year-old accused made no response.

     Judge Deirdre Geraghty refused bail but granted him legal aid.

    Mr. Sweeney's been remanded in custody, to appear at Harristown District Court, Castlerea, next Friday.

    Meanwhile, a 54 year old man arrested on Thursday in Co Mayo as part of the investigation into the incident at Strokestown appeared in court on Friday.

    He was brought before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court and was also remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on the same date.

  • The Roscommon family which was involved in a high-profile eviction last year has been told it has a month to leave it's home.

     

    The High Court has ordered the McGanns to vacate their Strokestown property by November 12th, after an action taken by KBC Bank.

     

    They were evicted last December, but days later a security team was forced to leave the property after violent incidents.

     

    The McGanns have lived there since then, and intend to appeal today's decision in the Court of Appeal.

  • The family at the centre of an eviction in Co Roscommon say they're disappointed with the Taoiseach's comments in the Dail over the matter.

    The McGanns believe Leo Varadkar's remarks aimed to deflect attention away from the eviction.

    Last week, the home of the McGann family near Strokestown was repossessed.

    In a statement last night issued through Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy, the McGanns say they are shocked by the unforeseen events but overwhelmed by the levels of support they have received.

    In the Dail yesterday, there was a heated debate between the Taoiseach and Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty over a violent attack on security guards who had removed the family from the property.

    Deputy Doherty had said reforms were needed to laws to ensure security officials involved in evictions are identifiable.

    Leo Varadkar fired back and said "when it comes to Sinn Féin - the rule of law and public order - and condemning violence it does not take very long for your balaclava to slip".

    In their statement, the McGanns said the Taioseachs comments are a deliberate attempt to deflect attention from some of the very serious issues relating to their eviction.

    They appealed for privacy - adding they'll be making no further statements as the eviction is a legal matter.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Gardai are appealing for assistance in tracing a 29-year old man, missing from his home in Strokestown since last Wednesday.

    Tomas Martinkus was last seen at about 5am on Wed morning last, 19th December.

    Tomas is described as 5' 10" with brown hair and blue eyes.

    It's not known what he was wearing when last seen.

    His family and friends are concerned for his safety, and anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai in Strokestown at 071 - 9633002 or any Garda station.

     

     

  • Gardaí at Castlerea are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to a bank robbery which occurred at a bank on Church St, Strokestown Co Roscommon onFrida afternoon at approximately 2.15pm.

    Four men wearing balaclavas and gloves entered the bank, one man was believed to be armed with a handgun.

    They threatened staff and demanded cash.

    They left the premises after a short time with an undisclosed amount of cash and made their getaway in a black Audi A4 with UK registered number plates driven by a fifth man.

    It is believed they drove up Elphin St, took a right turn and drove in the direction of Kilmore.

    Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and information from any person who may have seen anything suspicious in the hour prior to the robbery and after the incident or to any drivers who may have dash cams fitted to their vehicles to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094-9621637, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

    No injuries were reported.

  • The Garda Commissioner is being called on to clarify the role of Gardaí attending court-ordered evictions.

    Mid-ranking Gardaí in Roscommon are to ask Drew Harris to set out a clear policy on the matter when he attends the annual conference of the AGSI in Cavan later.

    It follows a widely reported eviction of a family from their home in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon in December.

    General Secretary John Jacob says the process needs to clarified.

  • Gardai are appealing for the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 29 year old man missing from his home in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

    Tomas Martinkus was last seen on December 19th at approximately 5am.

    He is described as 5" 10" with brown hair and blue eyes.

    It is not known what Tomas was last seen wearing.

    His family and friends are concerned for his safety.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai at Strokestown on 071-9633002, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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    A hunt's underway for a gang of five who carried out an armed raid on a bank in county Roscommon yesterday.

    Four men wearing balaclavas entered the Bank of Ireland in Strokestown at 2.15pm, threatening staff with a handgun and iron bars.

    No one was injured, but the raiders escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash in a black Audi car, driven by a fifth man who had been waiting outside.

    No arrests have been made but an investigation is ongoing and Gardai have been carrying out searches in the area.  

  • An investigation into the conduct of a group of men who carried out an eviction outside Strokestown is underway by the Private Security Authority (PSA).

    According to today’s Irish Times it means the identity of the men, the company they work for and circumstances in which they were recruited will likely become public knowledge. KBC bank, who the men were working for, is also likely be asked to aid the inquiry.

    The investigation by the authority, which has the power to bring people before the courts to face charges, has been under way since last weekend.

    The McGann family were evicted from their home in Falsk, Strokestown  last Wednesday week. In the early hours of last Sunday the property was stormed by a gang who beat the security guards, burned their vans and cars and forced them out of the house.

    The authority’s inquiry is focussed on the men’s activities in the days after the eviction, rather than during the eviction itself.

    In reply to queries from The Irish Times, the authority said: “Following events in Roscommon on Sunday, December 16th, the PSA commenced an investigation into the provision of security services at Falsk. The PSA will not be providing any further information in relation to this matter while its investigation is ongoing.”

    The eviction came on foot of a High Court order. The execution of such orders is not deemed to be security work, meaning registered security guards are not required and evictions do not come under the authority’s remit.

    However, the inquiry will seek to establish if the group was providing security services at the property in the days after the eviction.

  • The Minister for Justice has ordered a review into the regulating and licencing of people enforcing court orders by the Private Security Authority.

    It follows an incident yesterday morning when up to eight security guards were attacked at a repossessed home near Strokestown in Co Roscommon.

    One man is still in hospital after the incident at the house and farm about 4 kilometres outside Strokestown.

    Yesterday morning's events began at around 4am - it's believed up to 20 people may have been involved, and three vehicles were set on fire.

    A garda investigation into the incident is continuing.

    KBC Bank says it's aware of the situation, but  doesn't comment on individual cases.

    Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has condemned the violence that occurred early on Sunday morning and he has requested his officials to examine the regulations and licensing of personnel enforcing court orders by the Private Security Authority.

    That review is due next month.

    The Social Democrats have expressed concern about the way in which this eviction of two brothers and a sister from their family home was carried out, and say banks should do everything they can to reach resolutions with their customers, so that families don't end up being homeless for Christmas.

  • The Justice Minister says the suspected involvement of dissident republicans following the eviction of a Co Roscommon family from their home last week is a "very sinister development".

    Anthony McGann, along with his brother and sister, were evicted from their property near Strokestown just over a week ago, following a court order.

    The eviction sparked an angry response following the involvement of a private security firm, understood to be from Northern Ireland.

    A group of over 20 men then stormed the house on Sunday morning, injuring 8 security men with at least 6 vehicles burnt out.

    Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says criminals can't be allowed to take the law into their own hands.

  • A man in his 50s has been released without charge after being arrested in connection with an incident in Strokestown, County Roscommon.

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

    He was the seventh person to be arrested by gardai investigating an attack at a repossessed home at Falsk in mid-December.

    Eight security men were injured, a dog was killed and six vehicles were burnt out in the incident.

  • A 50 year old man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into criminal damage and an assault at a repossessed house in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

    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 security guards were filmed evicting a family from the house a number of days before.

    The man was arrested in Roscommon this morning and is being held at Castlerea Garda station.

    He's the 6th person to be arrested in connection with the investigation.

     

  • A man has been arrested in Co Longford today as part of the ongoing investigation into incidents that took place near Strokestown in December.

    On Sunday morning 16th December, a group of up to 20 masked men attacked security guards at a farmhouse at Falsk, near Strokestown.

    Three security guards required hospital treatment after the pre-dawn attack, while a number of vehicles were burnt out.

    It followed the eviction of a local family from the farmhouse earlier that week.

    As investigations continue into the criminal damage and assault, Gardai have confirmed that a man in his 50's was arrested following a search of a house in the Killoe area of Longford today.

    He's being detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

    This is the 5th person to be arrested as part of the investigation, with two people currently before the courts, and Gardai say their investigations are ongoing.

     

     

     

  • A man has been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into criminal damage and assaults carried out by a gang of men at a house near Strokestown, Co Roscommon last month.

    Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that a 54 year old man was arrested in Co Mayo this morning and is being detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

    It follows an incident at a farmhouse at Falsk, Strokestown, when a gang of people stormed the property in the early hours of Sunday 16th December and assaulted a number of security guards who were guarding the property following the eviction of a family the previous week.

    Some of the security personnel were injured in the incident, while a guard dog had to be put down and two vehicles were burnt out.

    Gardai say the man arrested in Mayo this morning in connection with their investigation is being held at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

     

     

  • A 54 year old man arrested yesterday as part of an investigation in an incident at Strokestown, Co. Roscommon has this morning appeared in court.

    The man was detained  in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The man was brought before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court this morning, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on January 18th.

    A second arrest was made this morning following a search conducted in Co. Donegal. The man in his 50s was arrested under the provisions of Section 30 of the offences against the state Act, 1939. He is currently detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • A man in his 50s who was arrested yesterday in Longford, as part of ongoing investigations into incidents that took place at Falsk, Strokestown in December has been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Following a search of a house in the Killoe area of Co. Longford yesterday, a man was arrested and was detained at Castlerea Garda station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.

    He has now been released without charge and a file is to be prepared for the DPP.

  • 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.