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20 December 2021

Gardaí in Dundrum are investigating an Aggravated Burglary at The Heights, Woodpark, Ballinteer, Dublin 16 between 5.30pm and 6pm on Sunday 3 October 2021.

A blue Peugeot 307 (reg: 05-SO-2120) was seen driving in the area and parking at an apartment block across the road from the victim’s home. 

CCTV from the apartment block shows the car parking up and a male suspect getting out. He then walks towards the victim’s home while a female remains in the Peugeot.

The suspect is thought to have entered the residence at 5.30pm approx. The suspect spent around twenty minutes searching the house while the victim was watching television in his front room, unaware of what was going on in the rest of the house. 

Eventually the suspect entered the front room where he attempted to take the victim’s wallet from his pocket. The man struggled with the suspect who took a poker from beside the fire place and began to hit him with it, striking his arms. The victim tried to raise the alarm by calling out to his neighbour. The suspect soon left the premises. 

Subsequently it was noticed that some valuables, including some nursing medals, and cash had been taken. The suspect returned to the blue Peugeot and its female occupant who had parked across the road. The two then drove away from the scene via Balinteer Rd. The Peugeot car is known to have driven northbound on the M50 later the same day.

The victim has since upgraded his home security and installed new locks, CCTV, alarms and sensor lights.

Description of Male:

  • 5’7’’
  • In his 40’s
  • Extremely thin/ gaunt
  • Baseball cap, Covid mask and blue shirt
  • Dark trousers and dark black and white runners

 Description ofFemale:

  • Dark hair in a bun with red, purple dyed roots,
  • App 5’7”
  • Stocky build
  • Black jumper with white Pineapple logo
  • ¾ length yoga leggings

Garda Appeal: 

  • Can you help in identifying the male and female involved in this incident?
  • Gardaí are eager to locate the blue Peugeot 307 registration number: 05 SO 210. Do you know where the car is now or have you seen it? Have you been offered it for sale since?
  • Have you been offered the nursing medals for sale? They are very old items and very rare so may stand out in people’s minds. 

Gardaí at Dundrum Garda Station investigating tel: (01) 666 5600

Gardaí at Tallaght are investigating an attempted murder at Cookstown Cottages, Cookstown Lane, Tallaght, Dublin 24 on Friday 3rd December 2021 (shortly before 12.15pm). The scene is located to the side of a business premises named Tommy Mc Motors. The victim was a man in his 50’s who was shot to the upper body during the incident. He remains in hospital in a critical condition. 


A short while before the attempted murder at 12md (approximately) an Opel Astra arrived at Kiltipper Gate, Tallaght. Two male suspects alighted the Opel Astra and transferred into a Citroen Berlingo. The Astra remained at this location for two days before it was set alight. 

Shortly before 12.15pm on Friday 03/12/2021 a black Citroen Berlingo Van, 11 DL 1641, entered the yard of the premises at Cookstown lane, and drove directly to the garage located at the rear of the yard. There are believed to have been two suspects in this van, one of which approached the victim and shot him. The van and the occupants then left the scene at speed, and travelled the short distance to Kilcarrig Close, Tallaght, where it was set alight. 

It is believed that one of the suspects (the driver) caught fire as the van was set alight and may have suffered injuries. The Citroen Van was completely destroyed in the fire. The scene was preserved for technical examination. 

At Kilcarrig the occupants are believed to have transferred to a black VW Golf GTI, partial registration 07 D …., which was then driven to Rathmill Glen, Rathcoole, Co Dublin where the Golf in turn was set alight. 

The driver caught fire as the VW Golf was set on fire, and may have suffered burn injuries. The VW Golf was not completely destroyed by the fire and the scene was preserved for technical examination. 

The two suspects then transferred into a silver Nissan Note, 07 D registration…., at Rathmill Glen Rathcoole, Co Dublin and left the scene at speed. Shortly after the Nissan Note was located abandoned in La Fanu Drive, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10. It was not set alight. The vehicle and scene were preserved for technical examination. 

An Incident Room has been set up with Detective Inspector John Walsh, as the appointed Senior Investigating Officer. Several lines of enquiry are being actively followed by the investigation team, to include the origin of the vehicles, and CCTV from all scenes identified as of interest. 

Garda Appeal:

  • Where you near Kiltipper Gate, Tallaght on Friday 3/12/2021, (prior to the attempted murder), and did you see the Opel Astra being abandoned and set alight? Did you see the Citroen Berlingo?
  • Were you in the vicinity of Cookstown Cottages, Cookstown Lane on Friday 3/12/2021 between 11 am and 12 .15pm or in the preceding weeks?
  • Investigating Gardaí suspect that there are four vehicles involved in this attempted murder. Do you know who purchased these vehicles, who may have had access to them or where they were parked prior to Friday 3/12/2021?
  • An Opel Astra 06 D 9073 was used to drive to the various locations during the purchase of the other vehicles used. Do you know who had possession of this car?
  • Did you see either of these vehicles at the transfer locations? Did you see any of the suspects leave these locations on foot?
  • Are you in a position to assist with the investigation? If so please do not hesitate to make contact and let the investigation team assess the information provided.
  • Do you know of anyone who has suffered burn injuries since 3/12/2021? 

The Commissioner addressed a number of topics including the policing challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic during 2021. Among the topics discussed was the culture within An Garda Síochána which for the most part he commented is extremely positive. However he did comment that negative behavior by Gardaí is unacceptable and erodes public trust. He stated that the introduction of the Anti-Corruption Unit is a permanent fixture in the organisation and is tasked at investigating such matters

The victims of Domestic Abuse and the issue of 999 calls was acknowledged as a very serious matter in terms of eroding public confidence. The Commissioner did offer reassurance to victims by making reference to the support services available, including specially trained officers in each division and the introduction next year of a new Command and Control system to deal with calls from the public.

The excellent work of An Garda Síochána was highlighted in terms of preventing and detecting crime. The Commissioner spoke specifically about the success in investigating trafficked sex workers, recent convictions in relation to businessman Kevin Lunney and recent progress in the HSE Cyber security investigation that culminated in data being located in the USA. The Commissioner emphasised the importance of the global multi-law enforcement agency approach and how it had been proactive and not just reactive against the Conti crime group, believed to be involved in the Cyber security incident.

The Commissioner acknowledged that the Garda recruitment campaign is due to commence in early 2022 and encouraged applicants from a wide range of diverse backgrounds. He acknowledged the dedication and flexibility of members of An Garda Síochána who have continued to work with their communities in order to keep people safe. Finally he thanked the public for their continued support and wished everyone a peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year.

Gardaí at Coolock are investigating a case of exposure at Churchwell Road Belmayne. Dublin 13, on the 6 November 2021 at 11.50pm approx.

The victim was walking along a pathway at the above location when she was approached by a male suspect as described in the above evo fit. The victim immediately left the scene and contacted Gardaí.

Description: Approximately 5’11” in height with greyish tight hair. He was wearing a navy jacket and light blue jeans. He is thought to be in his late 30’s / early 40’s.

Gardaí at Coolock Garda Station, investigating tel:(01) 666 4200  


Gardaí at Galway are investigating a suspected incident of exposure that occurred at Tirellan Heights, Headford Road, Galway on the 30 October 2021 at 8.30am.

The victim was walking near Tirellan National School when the suspect approached her from the opposite direction on foot. When he saw the victim walking towards him the suspect exposed himself.

Description: late 40’s or early 50’s, approximately 5ft in height, well built, eastern European accent. He was wearing grey washed jeans, blue puffa jacket and a blue beanie hat.

Gardaí at Galway Garda Station, investigating tel: (091) 538 000


Gardaí in Wexford are seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing person Joe Delaney who was reported missing on 17th November 2021.

On the date in question walkers at Rosslare Point discovered a motorcycle and helmet parked on the beach. These witnesses reported to Gardaí they had seen the motorcycle at the same location two days previous. The motorcycle’s registered owner is Joe Delaney, a 52 year old American National living in Wexford for a number of years. 

A Garda missing person investigation commenced and Mr Delaney’s last known movements were traced to a service station, Distillery Road, Wexford Y35 FR98 where he obtained fuel for his motorcycle at approx. 3.15 pm.

It is believed that Joe then travelled to Rosslare Point on his motorcycle, where he had a brief interaction with persons walking on the beach. There have been no further confirmed sightings of Joe. 

A few days later some personal belongings of Joe’s were found near the beach at Rosslare Point. Joe has not made contact with any family or friends since his disappearance, which is completely out of character. Joe’s parents are living in Massachusetts in the United States and are understandably upset regarding his disappearance. 

Extensive land and coastal searches have been carried out with assistance from the Irish Coastguard Units based at Rosslare Strand, Kilmore Quay and Curracloe along with assistance from the Civil Defence and a SARDA Dog Unit. 


  • 54 Years
  • 5’ 6’’
  • Heavy build
  • American national


  • Gardaí are appealing for anyone who with information which may assist us with finding Joe to make contact with Wexford Garda Station 053 9165200. 

Gardaí at Wexford Garda Station, investigating tel: (053) 916 5200


Gardaí in Galway are seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing person Stephen Cunningham.

Stephen was reported missing from his home in Tir na gCapaill, Ballybrit, Galway on 7 November 2021, by his mother who had not had contact with him since 29 October 2021. 

Known Movements of Stephen:

  • 5 November: Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon where it is known that Stephen purchased fuel for his car, a silver VW Passat (reg 08-G-3521), at the time.
  • Later the same day he was seen at a Londis store at Castlebar and at a service station, Belclare, Westport, Co. Mayo. It is thought that Stephen may have visited Croagh Patrick on this date.
  • 6 November: There were further sightings of Stephen at Dunnes Stores, Briar Hill and very possibly on Middle St, Galway at approximately 3.30pm.
  • 10 November: Stephen’s car was found near the N59 at Bunnakill, Maam Cross, Galway. Gardaí believe that the car had been parked there since Sunday November 7th and that it is possible that Stephen visited the pilgrimage spot of Mám Éan nearby. Despite extensive searches Stephen still hasn’t been located. His family remain extremely concerned for him for his safety and welfare.

Description of Stephen:

  • - 32 years old, 6’ 2’’ in height with a broad build.
  • - Blue eyes and short red hair.
  • - At last sighting Stephen was wearing a beige coat, blue jeans with cuts at the knees and beige canvas shoes. 

Garda Appeal:

  • Landowners and farmers throughout Connemara when walking or working their land to remain vigilant and alert to any trace of Stephen.
  • To accommodation providers, particularly those near to The Western Way, to let us know if they know of any person matching Stephen’s description who availed of or enquired about accommodation.
  • Those people returning to holiday homes or ordinarily vacant properties over the Christmas Period to let us know if they notice anything unusual such as an item of clothing or signs that someone may have camped nearby or took shelter.
  • Gardaí expect that there will be more walkers and hikers in this area over the Christmas Holidays and we appeal to them to keep Stephen in mind and let us know if they see or find anything that may assist the searches.
  • Finally Gardaí would like to appeal to the public in general. If you have any information in relation to Stephen’s disappearance please call. 

Gardaí at Galway Garda Station, investigating tel: (091) 538 000


On this month’s Crimecal Garda Adrian Corcoran was in studio to provide information on the Christmas and New Year Enforcement Campaign. The campaign is operational from 1 December 2021 until 5 January 2022, focusing on drink and drug driving. 

Unfortunately, there is still a cohort of people who continue to flout the rules and have continued to drive while under the influence. Because of this Roads Policing Units will continue to conduct nationwide checkpoints throughout the Christmas period and into the New Year. 

Garda Corcoran appealed to people to plan ahead and use public transport or nominate a designated driver when travelling anywhere over the Christmas period. 

Garda Corcoran also offered viewers advice for driving in Severe Weather Conditions.

  • - He explained that during heavy rain visibility is greatly reduced so drivers should always use dipped headlights and allow adequate space between them and the vehicle in front. Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces visibility. So hold back to where you can see their mirrors.
  • - After heavy rain it can take some time for the rain water to drain away. Don’t drive through flooded roads, it could be deeper than you think and there could be debris under the water which could cause damage to your vehicle. Choose an alternative route.
  • - When driving in strong winds the stability of your vehicle may be affected. Trucks, buses and motorcycles are especially at risk. Take extra care on motorways and faster roads as cross winds can cause your vehicle to go off course. Reduce your speed and keep your distance from the vehicle in front.
  • - Scan the road ahead for debris and if you come across debris contact the Gardaí immediately. Falling power lines can often be live and should never be approached. 

Finally Garda Corcoran asked that people make sure larger items such as trampolines are secured or taken in doors during the winter months in case there are any high winds or stormy periods. He also asked farmers and owners of commercial properties to check buildings for damage to roofs which could be blown onto roads during further storms this winter.