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May 22

The Gardaí at Shankill are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred at a family home in Killiney Hill on Wednesday, the 4th April 2012 at 9.40pm.


A mother and two of her daughters aged six and two were at home for the evening.  The woman had just filled a bath for her six year old daughter while the youngest was asleep in her mother’s bed.  The woman let her dogs out the front door and was confronted by two masked men in her hallway.  They threatened the woman and demanded to know where the safe was.  The woman pleaded with them.  One of the raiders stood over the woman, while the second man searched the house.  They took turns searching and continued to make threats, demanding money and jewellery.  They ransacked the house for almost two hours.  The men took a number of items of jewellery, together with mobile phones and cash.


Eventually they made their getaway in the woman’s green Landrover jeep partial registration number 06D.  They stole valuable jewellery, a large quantity of cash in US Dollars, three phones and the CCTV hard drive.  They also damaged to phone lines.  They abandoned the jeep minutes later in Coundon Court, Killiney.


Description of Raiders:


Raider 1: Five Foot Ten inches in height, slim build, wearing dark woollen hat, dark coloured scarf covering his mouth, Dark hoody top, plain navy tracksuit bottoms, green and beige gardening gloves and spoke with a Dublin accent.

Raider 2:  Five Foot Ten inches in height, slim build, wearing dark woollen hat, dark scarf, red hoody with baggy navy tracksuit bottoms with a white stripe down each leg, dirty plain white runners, dark gloves and spoke with a Dublin accent.


Appeal:

• Any suspicious sightings in the area in the weeks before this incident.

• Anybody in the area on the night of the 4th April between 9pm and 11pm.

• The raiders abandoned the Landrover nearby, did anyone witness suspicious activity at Coundon Court.


 Gardaí at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station are investigating                Telephone 01 6665000

Farm Security

Sergeant Kelvin Courtney was in studio to offered advice on Farm Security. He discussed the facts about theft of farm machinery and highlighted preventative measures that can be taken which are stated below and by clicking here

THEFT OF FARM MACHINERY -


Trailers are the most commonly stolen item of farm machinery.


Facts about Theft of Farm Machinery:


There have been approximately 1,316 items of farm equipment stolen in the past 12 months, a 5% increase on the previous 12 months.

Increased amounts of these thefts occur in Spring and Autumn, which may be related to peak farming activity.


Thefts can occur at all hours and days of the week.


Farm items stolen include Tractors, Quad Bikes, Gates and Fertilizer.

Simple but Effective Farm Machinery Theft Prevention Advice:


1. Store your tools and smaller machinery in secured buildings close to the farmhouse.

Photograph machinery and tools, keep a detailed record of make, serial number and colour.

Mark the property with a uniquely identifiable brand in both obvious and secret locations.

For firearms storage use a secure firearms cabinet, secured to a solid wall.


2. Restrict access to your farmyard, install gates and fix them to sturdy concrete or metal posts.

Keep them locked and consider appropriate signage such as “private property”.


3. Consider installing an alarm and CCTV in vulnerable areas out of view of the farm house.

Install good lighting to illuminate areas viewed from the home or covered by CCTV.


4. Consider joining a Community Alert scheme or starting your own.


Report suspicious activity to local Gardaí immediately. For further information on farmyard security visit our Crime Prevention page under www.garda.ie

Stephan CorriganThe Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating the disappearance of Stephan Corrigan, (Dob 08/06/1963).  Stephan is a patient at The Weir Home, Cork Street and failed to return there on Tuesday, the 22nd November 2011.


Stephen Corrigan is 48 years old, when last seen he was wearing a long brown winter coat.  He is described as 5'11" in height, of medium build with long blonde hair.  He has blue eyes.  He suffers from mental health issues and has a tendency to withdraw himself from society and has been known to live on the streets.  He has been known to spend time around Glasnevin. 


Mr. Corrigan has not come to the attention of Gardaí and all other enquiries up to now have been unsuccessful, staff and family are extremely concerned for his well being.

 
Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating                      Telephone 01 666 9400

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The Gardaí at Ronanstown Garda Station are re-appealing for information into the murder of Dean Johnston who was shot dead on Wednesday, the 25th May 2011.


At approximately 8.50pm Dean Johnston was sitting in the back of a red Volkswagen golf registration number 96 D 7503 on Moorefield Avenue just yards from his home.  A lone gunman approached the car and fired shots in through the rear passenger window hitting Dean and killing him.  Dean was just 20 years old and was a fitness fanatic.  He was hoping to become a fitness instructor. 


The investigation is on-going and several arrests have been made, however Gardaí are still seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation.
 

Gardaí at Ronanstown Garda Station are investigating                                       Telephone 01 666 7700

James Cahillane

The Gardaí at Tralee Garda Station are investigating the murder of James Cahillane that occurred during the early hours of Thursday, the 19th April 2012.  James’s body was discovered in his burning house at Ardraw, Beaufort, Killorglin, Co Kerry.


James was fifty eight years old and originally from Killorglin town.  He moved five kilometres to Beaufort in later years.  James was well liked and a popular individual.  James worked in a company in the town for twenty years and socialised in the town regularly.  On Wednesday, the 18th April James left his place of work in the town and went to two local public houses.

 
A short time before midnight he got a taxi home from Clifford’s Pub.  The taxi driver waited until he got safely inside his house.  This was the last time James was seen alive.


At 2am the fire was discovered by a neighbour who alerted the emergency services.  A post mortem revealed that James died as a result of blunt force trauma and smoke inhalation.


Appeal:


• Anyone who was in the Killorglin town area on Wednesday the 18th April

(Chelsea were playing Barcelona in the Champions League) who may have information to assist the investigation.

• Shortly after 1am two people out hunting foxes stopped briefly outside James’s house but noted nothing suspicious, one hour later the house was on fire.

• Gardaí would like to acknowledge the support and assistance received from the local community but appeal for anyone within the community with information to come forward.

 
Gardaí at Tralee Garda Station are investigating                                    Telephone 066 7102300

Crimestoppers Poster

The Gardaí at Swinford Garda Station are re-appealing for information on the murder of Edward (Eddie) Fitzmaurice, Bellaghy, Charlestown, Co.Mayo.


At 6.45pm on the 6th May 1998 Eddie’s body was found in a bedroom of his home.  It was established that sometime between 8.20pm on Friday, the 1st May 1998 and Saturday morning the 2nd May 1998 Eddie was attacked in his home.  He was assaulted, tied up, gagged and left to die over a period of five days.


The Garda investigation into the murder of Eddie Fitzmaurice has been co-ordinated from Charlestown and Swinford Garda Stations.  Despite exhaustive efforts to identify the culprits, nobody has been charged to date with this crime.


The murder investigation has remained ongoing for the past fourteen years. During this period of time it has been reviewed on an ongoing basis.  This was a particularly callous and brutal attack.  Eddie Fitzmaurice was 83 years old and lived alone.  He ran his own drapery shop for many years.  Eddie was a popular member of the community, who went about his day to day business, in a quiet gentle manner.


Fourteen years on An Garda Síochána are continuing to appeal for the public’s help.


Appeal:


• It is the belief of the investigation team that there are still persons who have information pertaining to this brutal crime. Gardaí are now appealing to them to come forward and tell the Gardaí what they know. This information may provide the key to solving this murder.

• Gardaí appeal to people with information who may have been under duress at the time of this brutal murder and did not come forward. However all these years later their circumstances may have changes and we would urge anyone with information to come forward.


• Crimestoppers have offered a reward for information leading to the identification and prosecution of the perpetrators. This was a particularly callous and brutal attack on a defenceless elderly man. Anyone with information no matter how insignificant they feel it may be to come forward.
 

Gardaí at Swinford Garda Station are investigating                                      Telephone 094 9252990

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The Gardaí at Ennis Garda Station are investigating a Robbery from a bookmakers on Turnpike, Ennis, Co. Clare on Saturday, the 28th April 2012.


Shortly after 7.30pm two masked and armed raiders entered the bookmakers.  The first male made his way towards the counter armed with a knife.  He threatened a member of staff and jumped over the counter.  He told the staff member to open the safe.  He removed a quantity of cash from the safe, however, a different section of the safe was on time lock.  He placed the money into a black bag.  The second male remained at the door.  He was armed with a sawn off shotgun.  The two males fled the scene and made their getaway in a silver Audi A5 the bearing registration number 09 D 24105. These plates were cloned from another Audi car. The correct registration number of the vehicle is 09 D 4472, this vehicle was stolen during the course of a burglary in Blanchardstown on Tuesday the 13th of March 2012.  The key was found close to where the vehicle was abandoned in Glen Gardens in Ennis.  Both men spoke with Dublin Accents.
 

Gardaí at Ennis Garda Station are investigating                                       Telephone 065 6848100

This month’s traffic segment focused on pedestrian safety and Sergeant Liam Geraghty was in studio to illustrate dangerous practices by pedestrians.

Farm Security

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The Gardai at Mountjoy are appealing to persons intending to attend  the International Eucharistic Closing Cermony at Croke Park Stadium on the 17th June to be aware of the following information:

Please use public transport where possible.
 

Stiles Open 12pm

Restricted Access – Local Residents & Business Persons issued with Passes

Garda Cordon Points in place al least 1hr prior to Stile Opening Times for the Event.
 

Main Cordon Points:
 

Lower Drumcondra Road / Clonliffe Rd junction, Fitzroy Ave & Whitworth Place

North Circular Rd / Belvidere Rd

North Circular Rd / Gills Corner, Jones Rd

North Circular Rd / North Great Charles St

Clonliffe Rd / Ballybough (Sackville, Clonliffe Ave, O’Sullivan Ave)

 
Crowd Management, pre and post event:
 

When the Event finishes at 5pm a Traffic Plan designed in the interests of crowd management exiting Stadium will be in place for approximately 2 hrs.
 

North Circular Rd and Belvidere Rd & North Circular Rd and North Great Charles St will close (pre & post event)

Ballybough Road will also be closed post event from the Clonliffe House to the junction of North Circular Road/Summerhill to allow patrons to safely egress from the Cusack Stand side of the Stadium

All inbound Traffic on Fairview may be diverted towards the city away from Ballybough

All outbound Traffic on Parnell St. will be diverted left and right at Gardiner St away from Summerhill / Ballybough Area

Avoid the area Surrounding Croke Park unless necessary
 

Parking:


Utilise all advertised Parking facilities

There is No Parking within the Garda Cordon Area around Croke Park

There is no Special Needs Parking within the Garda Cordon around Croke Park

There is no Coach Parking within the Cordon or in the Streets around Croke Park
 

Supervised Car Parking is available at:
 

Clonliffe College via Driumcondra Rd Lr – 3,100 with 100 Special Needs
O’Connell’s School off North Circular Road – 400 parking places
 

Have patience with the Post Traffic Plan, cars will not be released until pedestrian traffic has cleared.
 

Pay & Display in most areas – read the limitations
 

Residential Area – do not park where you cause an obstruction
 

Full Clamping Operation in Place
 

Do not bring valuables, do not display valuables in vehicles
 

Private Bus Plan:
 

A limited stretch of North Circular Road from the junction with Belvidere Road and Richmond Street North (entrance to O’Connells Schools) will be coned to reserve this area as a Coach drop off point.  This arrangement is only in place for Coaches that have given the required information to the Eucharistic Congress Event Management Committee.  These Coaches will then leave the area for a car park at the North Wall, a facility that has been put in place by the Eucharistic Congress Event Management Committee.  The Coaches will be called up to the same area as a pick up point post event in a controlled manner.
 

General Advice to Patrons:


Use Public Transport to get to / from Event

There is no dedicated Coach Parking Area Near Croke Park 

Private Coaches if used should use drop off points outside the City and use Public Transport for the remainder of the journey.

Arrive Early as there are security checks at cordon points

Do not bring hand luggage

Respect the Area – it is residential

Illegally Parked Vehicles will dealt with / removed
 

Co-operate with Gardai and Stewards
 

Crowd Management Plan at Jones Rd “No meeting point outside Stadium”

 

<_o3a_p>RDS DETAILS -

<_o3a_p>Dates:   10th to 16th June 2012

<_o3a_p>Main Entrance Open each day from 9.00am.

<_o3a_p>Event Finish at 7.00pm approximately each evening. 

<_o3a_p>Expected Attendance:   25,000 on 10th June
                                      10 - 15,000 each day from 11th to 16th June

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Patrons Travelling to the RDS:


All patrons travelling to the RDS for the event are advised to utilise public transport as much as possible. The Ballsbridge area is serviced by Dublin Bus Routes 4, 5, 7, 7a, 7n, 8, 18, 27x, 45, 47. The DART also stops close the RDS at Sandymount Avenue Station.

Organised parish groups will be facilitated with a drop off point on Merrion Road at the front of the RDS.

Drivers should be aware that illegally or improperly parked vehicles have the potential to cause traffic disruption, obstruction and difficulty to emergency vehicles that may need to access the narrow residential streets that surround the RDS.  

Patrons are advised to travel to RDS on the M50 motorway and the N11 from the South and the Dublin Port Tunnel and East Link Bridge from the North. These routes lead directly to the Ballsbridge area. Patrons arriving via the M50 / M11 / M1 motorways are advised to allow time for traffic delays. Dublin Port Tunnel will be open to all vehicles.


Residents:


Patrons are requested to be aware that the RDS is located in a residential area.

Patrons attending at the RDS are requested to respect residents by behaving in an appropriate manner when going to and departing the venue.


Event Traffic Restrictions:


Simmonscourt Road may be closed periodically each day depending on traffic volumes. Traffic disruption will be kept to a minimum.


The following roads will be closed to facilitate the Eucharistic Procession on Wednesday 13th June 2012:-


- Simmonscourt Road will be closed from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

- Anglesea Road will be closed from 7.30pm until 9.30pm

- Merrion Road inbound from Simmonscourt Road to Anglesea Road will be closed from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.


Motorists on the N11 wishing to access Sandymount Avenue or Serpentine Avenue should re-direct via Ailesbury Road and Merrion Road. Motorists wishing to access Donnybrook from Merrion Road inbound should divert via Ailesbury Road. Motorists wishing to access Donnybrook or the N11 from Merrion Road outbound should divert via Ailesbury Road or Nutley Lane as appropriate.


Access will be provided to the Four Seasons Hotel and Bewley’s Hotel where possible but only from the Merrion Road end of Simmonscourt Road.
There are no other road closures associated with this event.

 
Special Needs Parking:


There are a number of disabled parking spaces in the RDS car park on the Merrion Road but these are very limited.


Bus/Coach Parking:


There is limited parking for coaches in the Simmonscourt Extension of the RDS. Drivers will be advised on the day of any other coach parking areas available


Ticket Sales:


Please refer to www.iec2012.ie for details of ticket sales for this event.


Parking Restrictions


Parking will not be permitted on Simmonscourt Road for the duration of the event.
During the hours of operation of the Garda Cordon, vehicles, bicycles, skips, bags, bins or any other items which are causing an obstruction or which may become a trip hazard will be relocated or removed.


Superintendent O’Brien stated today at Donnybrook Garda Station that ‘…..a lot of work has gone into the planning for this event. We will endeavour to get people in and out of the area as quickly and easily as possible. I would urge people wishing to attend the event to use public transport if possible. Please abide by instructions and directions from Gardai and Stewards and above all be safe and enjoy the event.’


Please refer to www.iec2012.ie or www.rds.ie for further details of opening times for the event and for approach and arena maps.


Crime:


Patrons are advised to be aware of their own personal safety and security while attending the event. They should ensure the security of personal belongings while on route to and from the stadium i.e. purses/wallets/tickets/ Mobile Phones.

Patrons who arrive by vehicle should also ensure that property is not left exposed in parked vehicles. They should ensure that car windows, sunroofs are correctly closed.

Patrons should also comply with the directions issued by Gardaí and stewards at the event. The directions are issued with a view to making the RDS environs a safer place during the event.