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    Gardaí at Ardee Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred in the Riverstown area of Ardee on 27th October 2023 at approximately 9:10 pm. On the date in question, a woman in her early 80’s was sitting watching the Rugby World cup, Argentina V England game on television when she heard a noise from the back door. She got up to check the noise and saw figures pushing at her backdoor. Three male suspects entered carrying hurley sticks.  One of the suspects stayed with the victim while two others searched the house.  They stayed in the house for approximately 15 minutes, leaving with a number of items.  Some of these items have been recovered along the L1212 Stabannon Road and on the M1 Southbound motorway.


    The three suspects are described as:

    • - Early 20’s
    • - Slight build
    • - Shorter than average
    • - Neutral accents

    Garda Appeal:

    • Were you in the Riverstown/Stabannan Area at or around 9 pm on the 27/10/2023?

    Do you have dash camera footage?

    • Did you see the items being discarded from a vehicle travelling south on the M1 Belfast to Dublin motorway, again do you have dash camera footage which may have captured this?
    • Were you the driver of a black Volkswagen Golf hatchback car, which may have had only one headlight working? This vehicle was seen on the L1212 Ardee to Stabannan road around the time of the burglary. We ask that the driver / owner of this vehicle to make themselves known to Gardaí – they may be able to assist with the investigation.

    Details of items taken:

    • Silver Landline handset
    • Doro 8100 Smartphone
    • Items of jewellery including the injured party’s mother’s wedding ring

    Gardaí at Irishtown Garda Station are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred at an apartment in the Grand Canal Area, Dublin 4 shortly before 11pm on Saturday 17th December 2022. 

    On the night in question, the injured parties had gone to bed for the night and had left a downstairs window of their apartment open.  On hearing a noise, the injured party went to the kitchen area, where he was confronted by a male with a knife.  A struggle ensued between the injured party and the suspect and the male suspect subsequently left the house through the downstairs window, empty handed.

    After the incident, the suspect picked up a blue shopping bag from outside the apartment and put on a face mask.  The suspect ran towards the Grand Canal Basin and into an underground car park, continuing onto Macken Street.  The injured party also put on a black body warmer. 

    Description of Suspect

    • In his thirties
    • Approximately 5’10/5’11” in height
    • Irish Accent
    • Grey and black jacket, black woollen hat, dark blue jeans, white runners. He later put on a face mask and a black body warmer 

    Garda Appeal

    • Do you recognise the man in the Evofit?
    • Were you in the Macken Street / Grand Canal Dock / Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2 area of Dublin 2 on Saturday night the 17th of December?
    • Were you on Ringsend Road, Dublin 4 on this night?
    • Do you recall seeing a male in his 30’s wearing a grey and black jacket and carrying a blue bag?
    • Do you recall seeing a male matching this description and putting on a black body warmer?
    • Did you see a knife or notice any person discarding a knife in that general area?
    • Did anybody discuss this incident with you, since the crime occurred? 

    Irishtown Garda Station investigating. Tel: 01-6669600


    The Gardaí at Blessington station have commenced an investigation in relation to Arson / causing an explosion at a house at Glending Square, Naas Road, Blessington Town, Co Wicklow on Saturday 29th October 2022.

    At approximately 1.20am, a Seat Leon possibly black, drove into the Glending housing estate, which is located approximately 1.5 kms from Blessingtown Town off the R410 which leads to Eadestown/Naas.

    The car then turned in front of the victims’ house and parked nearby. A male suspect wearing what appears to be a blue hooded top, with the hood up, alighted from the car and is seen on cctv entering the curtilage of the property. It is believed he threw something at the house causing the front window to break and a fire to start.

    The male then ran back to the car, removed a red plastic fuel can/container, (believed to contain an accelerant), from the front of the car and threw it at the front window causing a larger explosion. This caused a larger fire at the front interior of the house. The male suspect was a front seat occupant, possibly the driver of the vehicle and did not wear any face coverings.

    The occupants of the house which included children, vacated the house and were uninjured. Significant damage was caused to property. 

    Description of Suspect:

    • Male
    • Blue Hoody

    Description of Suspect car:

    • Seat Leon
    • possibly an FR or Cupra model
    • Mark 2, 2005- 2012
    • Silver alloys 


    • Where you at the Glending estate / Blessington area during the evening of Friday, 28th October / early hours of Saturday,  29th October 2022?
    • Did you see the suspect Seat Leon or its occupants?
    • Do you know who may own this car?
    • Did you observe the suspect car at a service station on the night?
    • Can you identify the suspect(s)?
    • Did you see the car enter or leave Glending estate, or do you know where it went afterwards?
    • Do you have any piece of information that may assist the investigation?

    Blessington Garda Station – Investigating -Telephone 045 857620



    Gardaí at Tullamore Garda Station are investigating an incident of arson which occurred on the 27th November 2021.  At 7:15am approximately Gardaí received a report of two sheds on fire at Clonmore, Clonbulloge, Co Offaly.  On examination of the scene, it was established that the fire was intentionally started. There was extensive damage to the machinery shed which included a combine harvester, two balers, grazing machine and seed drill.  The shed itself and the machines were extensively damaged.

    The second shed a milking parlour with an office failed to ignite. However, one of the milking machines stored there was extensively damaged. It is believed this damage was caused by somebody filling the interior of each piece of machinery with straw and igniting them. The total value of the damage caused is approximately €300,000 to €400,000.

    Garda Appeal

    • Were you on the Bracknagh Road into Clonbullogue, on the 27th November 2021, between 4:30am and 7am? Did you see a car in the area or notice any suspicious activity between these times.
    • Gardaí believe that people in the community have vital information in relation to this arson investigation and are urging them to come forward.
    • Did you see anything in the days or weeks leading up to this incident that may assist with the investigation?


    Gardaí at Fitzgibbon Street Garda station are investigating an incident that occurred at approximately 2:30am on Sunday 8th January 2023.  The victim had been out socialising and was walking home.  She walked from O’Connell Street, onto Talbot Street and onto Gardiner Street Upper, when she realised a male was behind her. The victim turned onto Mountjoy Square South and then left onto Gardiner Street East.  While on Mountjoy Square East, the male spoke to the victim, attempted to block her path and then forcefully pushed her to the ground.  After this the male got up and ran in the direction of Mountjoy Square North.

    Garda Appeal

    • Suspect description: 30s, 5’8”, dark skin, bad teeth. He was wearing a greyish raincoat with a hood and white strings and spoke with a foreign accent.  Do you know him?  Do you know his identity?
    • Are you a taxi driver that stopped and spoke to the victim on Fitzgibbon Street, you may have some helpful information, so please come forward.  
    • Were you the driver of the white van seen on CCTV footage on Mountjoy square east/Belvedere Place at approximately 2:30am on Sunday morning, the 8th January 2023?
    • There were a number of pedestrians and cyclists that were in the area at the time this incident occurred, or you may have been driving. If so Gardaí are appealing for you to come forward.



    The Gardaí at Finglas station are investigating an assault causing harm that occurred on 13th October 2022 at approximately 10:30am on Church Street. On the date in question, the victim after leaving a nearby premises, was getting into his vehicle when two male suspects wearing high visibility bibs approached him. 

    One of the male suspect’s walked behind the victim, produced a knife, which was then used to severely injure the victim’s body and face.

    The two suspects then ran away entering St. Canices Church grounds where they exited onto Ballybogan Road. One of the suspects who had possession of the knife used to injure the victim, removed his high visibility bib while running.

    Suspect Descriptions

    Suspect 1: Early 20’s, Slim build, Navy Cap, High-Vis jacket, Black Clothing, Runners

    Suspect 2: Early 20’s, Slim build, Navy Cap, High-Vis jacket, Black Clothing

    Garda Appeal:

    • Were you in the Finglas area on 13th October 2022 and recall seeing this incident?
    • Do you recognise either of these men?
    • Do you recognise this vehicle? Did you see this vehicle in the weeks / days leading up to this incident? Do you know who had possession of it?
    • Anyone with information of this incident, to contact the investigation team.

    Gardaí at Finglas Garda station investigating. Tel: (01) 6667500

    Gardaí at Clontarf Garda Station are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred at St. Annes Park, Clontarf, Dublin 3 shortly before 4pm on Sunday 4th December 2022. 

    On the date in question, a young woman walked down the main avenue of St Annes Park.  She was listening to music on her airpods, while holding her mobile phone. The young woman turned to go back as it was getting dark and while doing so, she was approached by 4 male suspects, who pushed her to the ground and hit and kicked her.  One of the males then searched her pockets and demanded money from her.  The males subsequently left the area empty handed, at speed, in the direction of Sybil Hill Road. 

    Description of the (4) suspects:

    • All spoke with a Dublin accent. They were all wearing dark clothing and wore gloves. 
    • Suspect 1

    6ft tall approximately

                 Black Nike Baseball cap

                 Silver eyebrow piercing

                 Tattoo possible of a cross or something similar below his left ear.

                 Green wrist band on left wrist. 

    • Suspect 2

    Green runners she believes

    He referred to one of the suspects as George. 

    • Suspect 3

    No description however held a metal bar about 2 foot long 

    • Suspect 4

    Red bike, black bike helmet and kicked the victim. 

    Garda Appeal:

    • Have you heard anything about this crime since? Was it discussed in your company by those involved or others? 
    • You may recognise the suspects from the information provided, either individually or collectively as a group? 
    • Did you see the suspects that evening in the park or did you see them on route to or away from the area? 
    • If you think you can assist in anyway - no matter how insignificant you feel it may be investigating Gardaí would greatly appreciate any assistance given. 

    Clontarf Garda Station, investigating. Tel: 01-6664300



    Gardaí in Cavan Town are investigating a burglary that occurred on Saturday 2nd December 2023 in the Creigan area.  On the date in question between 5:30 and 6:20pm entry was gained to a family home. A green cast iron safe with a gold knob handle, was removed from the house.  This safe contained a sum of cash, personal documents and a quantity of jewellery. 

    One item of jewellery with huge sentimental value and significance for the family was a gold and white gold chain with individual letters ‘MICHAELA’ included in the design.  Michaela was the family’s daughter who tragically died at 12 years of age in 2002. There was another gold chain that included a photo of Michaela. 

    Garda Appeal

    • Were you in the Creighan area of Cavan on 2nd December 2023 between 5:30pm and 6:20pm and recall seeing anything suspicious? That evening the Under 20 Championship Division 3 Final, was held at Breffini Park, which is in close proximity to the victim’s house.
    • Have you seen a green cast iron safe, which may be abandoned?
    • Gardaí and the family of the late Michaela are appealing for the gold and white chain with the letters “MICHAELA”, to be returned as it is of huge sentimental value.

    The Gardaí at Portlaoise Garda Station are investigating a burglary which occurred on 10th January 2023 at approximately 01:50am.  On the night in question, a metallic blue Toyota Landcruiser pulled into the car park of Doogues Bar, Raheen, Co. Laois.  Two males exited the vehicle and entered the smoking area carrying a crowbar and a hammer.  They broke the glass to the internal door using their weapons and proceeded to the bar area.  The suspects used the crowbar and hammer to free the tills, and took them to the Land cruiser.   The suspects then left in the 4x4 turning left out of the premises and through Raheen Village. 

    Description of Suspects

    Suspect 1:

    • - Approximately 5’10” – 6’ in height
    • - Stocky build 

    Suspect 2:

    • - Approximately 5’10” – 6’ in height
    • - Stocky build 


    • Were you in the Raheen area on 10th January 2023 between 1am and 2:15am?
    • Do you know these men?
    • Do you have Dashcam footage?
    • Did you see the suspects driving a metallic blue Toyota Land Cruiser?
    • Did you see this Landcruiser between the dates of the 9th and 13th January 2023? 

    Gardaí at Portlaoise Garda Station – Investigating - Tel: 057-8674100


    Gardaí at Waterford Station are investigating a burglary at the Glenview estate in Waterford city between 4-8pm on the 6th of January 2023.  The homeowners were out for the evening when the burglary occurred sometime between 4 and 8pm.  Four unique pieces of Waterford Crystal were taken during the course of the burglary.


    Crystal Lamp – Valued at €2500. This is a large lamp and very heavy. This is a one of kind piece. This picture is the same as the one that was stolen. There is a cup like top on the top of the lamp that can be taken off.


    Crystal Vase valued at €2000- with leaf like design on the top of the vase. This is also a very heavy piece and one of a kind.


    Crystal Decanter– Valued at €2300. This is a large decanter and is very heavy. This is a one of kind piece - hand cut. The lid of the decanter can be removed.


    Crystal Vase valued at €2000- with (8) heart design on the top of the vase. These hearts have (8) different initials engraved into each heart. These are of the victims family members. This is a one of a kind piece and is quite heavy.

    Garda Appeal

    • Gardaí are appealing for any persons or shop owners who have been offered these items for sale.
    • Any persons that have noticed these items online on any websites that have seemed out of place.
    • These items could have been offered well below their value. They are well designed and have one off designs such as the initials of family members on each heart on the Crystal bowl. If you have come across any of these items, please contact Gardaí


    Gardaí at Dunshaughlin Garda Station are investigating a burglary that occurred in the Kilmore area of Kilcock, Co. Meath, on 12th September 2023 at approximately 2:30pm.  On the date in question, a male suspect entered the driveway of the house and proceeded to look around the premises. He was joined by two more males, and all three then gained entry to the house, through the rear patio door. 

    A Vauxhall Astra, with cloned registration; 08-MN-1268, then drove into the driveway of the house, while the suspects exited via a front window, carrying a gun safe which they loaded into the rear of the Astra car. The gun safe contained (5) firearms and ammunition.  Jewellery and golf memorabilia were also reported taken during the course of the burglary.


    Suspect 1: Late teens / Early twenties, approximately 6ft tall, slight build, wearing a dark hoody, dark green peaked cap, navy bottoms and a striped scarf around his face.

    Suspect 2: Driver, late teens / early twenties, slight build, approximately 5”10, mousy brown hair, athletic build, grey top, black bottoms.

    Suspect 3: Late teens / early twenties, athletic build, 5”10 approximately in height, royal blue jacket, dark bottoms, black beanie hat and snood.

    Suspect 4: Early twenties, approximately 6ft, athletic build, blue/grey bottoms, black jacket, blue face mask and blue Leinster bobble hat.

    Suspect Vehicle:

    • Dark blue Vauxhall Astra, 3 door hatchback 2005 – 2008 model.
    • Cloned plates 08-MN-1268.

    Garda Appeal:

    • Did you travel the Dunboyne to Summerhill Road, or where you at Mullagh Cross or the Kilmore, Kilcock area on the 12th September 2023 at approximately 2:30pm?
    • Do you recall seeing a dark metallic blue Opel Vauxhall hatchback with 4 male occupants?
    • Do you recognise this vehicle, know who has possession of it or where it is now?
    • Where you in the area and do you have dashcam footage?
    • Have you seen the Gun Cabinet/Safe, make: Cogswell & Harrison Seven, weighing 60 kilos. It may be discarded in a field or at the side of the road?
    • Have you seen or been offered any of the five firearms?
    • Miroku Double Barrel shot gun
    • CZ Pistol .22LR
    • BRNO .22LR Rifle
    • Morrison Double Barrel shot gun
    • Kreighoff Model 32 shot gun
    • Have you been offered the items of jewellery, broaches, diamond rings and golf medals
    • A large gold broach in the form of the Westmanstown Golf Club Crest with a Golf Club adorned on it
    • 2 Gold medals & chains from Westmanstown Golf Club with the inscription of ‘June 95’ & ‘September 95’
    • Chain & Bracelet Set – Rose/White/Gold
    • Gold Necklett
    • Gold Diamond Eternity Ring
    • Golf Engagement Ring with Solitaire Stone
    • Gold Ring with turquoise stone surrounded by diamonds
    • Gold Ring with a Royal Blue Stone
    • Do you recognise or know the identity of these suspects?

    Gardaí in Dunshaughlin Garda Station investigating – (01) 8258600



    Gardaí at Ballymote Garda Station are investigating a burglary that occurred at McDermott's Bar, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo at approximately 3am on 22nd April 2023. On the date in question, four male suspects arrived in a black Volkswagon Touareg and parked beside McDermott's Bar. They walked around the premises before producing a ladder and placing it on a wheelie bin. One of the suspects then attempted to cut the wires to the camera and alarm systems. The alarm was successfully disabled and the four suspects gained entry to the bar and spent a significant amount of time in the premises. A substantial amount of money was reported taken during the burglary.

    Suspect Vehicle:

    • Black Volkswagen Touareg SUV 2006 – 2008 model with a spoiler on the roof at the rear of the vehicle 
    • The passenger side rear wheel may have had the spare wheel fitted


    • All four men were wearing dark clothing and had face coverings 
    • One of the men was of bigger build and was wearing a Nike baseball hat with a small ‘tick’ on the left hand side

    Garda Appeal:

    • Did you notice anything suspicious in the Castlebaldwin area in the weeks and days preceding April 22nd 2023?
    • Did you see a 2006 – 2008 black Volkswagen Touareg SUV in the vicinity of McDermott’s pub?
    • Do you recognise the vehicle or know who has possession of it or where it is now?
    • Do you recognise the four suspects?
    • Do you have information or can you assist the investigation in any way
    • To the driver of a red Volkswagon Golf that was in the Castlebaldwin area on that morning, who may be able to assist with the investigation

    Gardaí in Ballymote Garda Station - Inv. Tel: 071-9189500


    Gardai at Carlow Garda Station are investigating a burglary that occurred on Friday 29th September 2023 at Kilree Lane, Muine Bheag, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow. On the date in question shortly after 8.20pm, an Audi Avant drove up and down Kilree Lane and then parked opposite a house there. Two male suspects exited the vehicle and walked behind the house before returning to the vehicle.  

    The vehicle then departed the lane turning right onto Kilree Street.  The car returned a few minutes later, and again two suspects exit the vehicle and force open the front door of the house, using a 12mm tool. They both enter and search the premises. They leave shortly afterwards carrying a cash box and return to the Audi Avant car which drove away turning left out of Kilree Lane and onto the Tullow Road. It is next seen in the Seven Springs area off the Tullow Road Carlow at approximately 9.35pm.

    Suspect Vehicle Details:

    Black Audi Avant RS4 2005 – 2008 model with cloned registration 05-D-27697

    Garda Appeal

    • Did you see the black Audi Avant, or the occupants of this vehicle on the night of the 29th September this year in the Carlow area?
    • Do you recognise the vehicle in the footage?
    • The registration used on this vehicle on the night in question was 05-D-27697. Have you noted/ seen that registration before?
    • Do you know who has a matching vehicle bearing this registration now?
    • Do you recognise the suspects or have any information on any individuals matching their description?

    Description of Suspects:

    Suspect 1

    Late 20's

    Stocky Build

    Average height

    Wearing a black cap, black snood, black jumper, black Jeans, black belt, work gloves, dark runners

    Suspect 2

    Mid 20's

    Slim Build

    Average height

    Wearing a black cap, Black snood, black jacket (with reflective strips in places), black tracksuit bottoms, black runners with white soles, work gloves


    Gardaí at Clonmel Garda Station are investigating a burglary that occurred on the morning of Tuesday 24th October 2023 at approximately 3:34am.  On the night in question, a red 5 door Seat Leon with registration 06-KK-4230 arrived at Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary.  Two male suspects exited the car and gained entry to Bretts’s Hardware, using a sledgehammer.  The two men left the shop when they heard another car pulling up outside, but then subsequently returned to the Hardware store. 

    The two suspects removed a safe from the hardware shop and attempted to put it into the car.  Two other suspects got out of the vehicle to help them.  They were unable to close the boot so the four got into the car and drove off with the boot remaining open.  The safe was subsequently found in the Scotsborough, Callan, Co. Kilkenny area.  The safe had been forced open and a substantial amount of money had been taken.

    The registration plates on the red Seat Leon 06-KK-4230 were subsequently found to have been taken from another vehicle in Fethard, Co. Tipperary some days previously.

    Garda Appeal

    • Anyone that may have sold a similar vehicle, a red Seat Leon, in the days / weeks before the burglary. A number of witnesses stated it had a loud exhaust
    • Anyone that may have purchased a similar vehicle since the incident.
    • Did you see the vehicle on the night of the 25th October following on after Scotsborough?
    • Did you see the vehicle in the days / weeks leading up to the night of the incident?
    • Do you recognise any of the suspects or have any information relating to individuals matching the description?

    Descriptions of Suspects:

    Suspect 1

    6ft in height

    Aged - 30’s

    Heavy build

    Wearing black tracksuit bottom, black hoodie, black runners, black gloves, black cap and light coloured snood

    Carried torch

    Suspect 2

    Late 20’s

    Slim / medium build

    Wearing grey jeans, black belt, black top, black runners, balaclava / snood, black gloves

    Carried torch

    Suspect 3

    Driver of vehicle

    Early 20’s

    Slim build

    Wearing black hoodie, black tracksuit bottoms, black gloves, black cap, black runners, snood

    Suspect 4

    Early 20’s

    Slim build

    Wearing dark jeans, black cap, black hoodie, black gloves, black runners

    The Gardaí in Portlaoise station are investigating a burglary and unauthorised taking of a vehicle, which occurred on 9th January 2023 at 6:30pm and 8:30am on 10th January 2023.  During the course of the burglary, at a property in Straboe, Co. Laois, keys to vehicle a Toyota Land Cruiser, registration 05-KE-239, metallic blue, long wheel base, were obtained and the vehicle driven away.  A number of power tools were also taken from the injured party’s workshop.

    Gardaí in Tullamore responding to another incident on 13th January 2023 shortly after 00:25, subsequently discovered the Toyota Land Cruiser 05-KE-239.  It had been badly damaged.  Two men were seen running away from the vehicle in the direction of the Srah Road.   

    Items taken

    • Evolution magnetic drill for drilling steal worth €450
    • A four piece BOSCH battery tool set in a BOSCH canvas bag worth €1400
    • A Yarmar diesel power washer. It had a hose reel and an electric push button to start valued at €4000
    • There were also spanners, hammers and drill bits taken 


    • Were you in the Straboe area of Co. Laois on the night of 9th January 2023?
    • Did you see a vehicle matching this description?
    • Did you see anybody in the area that may have been acting suspiciously?
    • Were you offered any of the items taken during the burglary?
    • When the car was recovered it was extensively damaged and the registration plates were missing. Did you see this vehicle between the 9th January and the 13th January 2023? It may have been parked during that time and would have been noticeable by the amount of damage. Do you have any information on the registration plates?
    • Have you any dash cam footage to help track the whereabouts and movements of this vehicle between these dates?
    • Did you see two people acting suspiciously at the Srah Road / Rahan Road area of Tullamore in the early hours of the 13th January 2023 


    Gardaí at Portlaoise Garda Station – Investigating - Tel: 057-8674100


    Gardaí in Ballyfermot are investigating a burglary at GP Motors, Kingswood Business Park, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin on the 19th April 2023 at 12:45am approx.

    On the night in question a white Transit van arrived from the direction of the R136 Outer Ring Road and turned right into Kingswood Business Park.  It reversed into a space outside GP Motors and three men exited the van.  One of the men was carrying a sledgehammer and attempted to gain entry.  After a number of minutes, they entered the building, and removed two motorbikes from the premises, which they loaded into the van. They left the business park turning right in the direction of Baldonnell Park.


    Details of Motorbikes

    Bike 1

    • KTM SMCR690 Road Bike, registration 231D14800
    • Black Orange and Grey in colour.
    • Number 690 on the two sides of the bike.
    • GP Motor Group written on the bottom of the registration plate.
    • Valued at €20,000


    Bike 2

    • 2018 - KTM SX150 – Scrambler Bike
    • Orange and black with green patches.
    • Number 777 on front of the bike
    • Injured party’s name is on a sticker on the front of the bike and the side of the bike along with GP Motor Group sticker beside it. GP Motor Group sticker on the side of the bike near the petrol tank and on the front mudguard.
    • Valued at €5000


    Suspect Description:

    Suspect 1:

    • Tall
    • Slim Build
    • Early / Mid-twenties
    • Wearing Dark Clothing


    Suspect 2:

    • Tall
    • Slim Build
    • Early / Mid-Twenties
    • Wearing Black clothing, with a Northface jacket


    Suspect 3:

    • Tall
    • Slim Build
    • Early / Mid-twenties
    • Wearing grey clothing


    Garda Appeal

    • Anyone who may have seen two motor bikes matching the above description in circumstances that they may have seemed out of place?
    • Did you see a white Transit van with three male occupants, in the Kingswood Business Park, Rathcoole area?
    • Do you recognise the van in the footage?
    • Do you recognise the males in the footage?
    • Did you witness the theft of the registration plate 12D10570 from the Forest Hills, Rathcoole area?
    • Did you notice any suspicious activity in the area at the time?

    The Gardaí at Mullingar station are investigating a Cash in transit Robbery on Tuesday 20th January 2023, shortly after 6.15pm.  The Robbery began at a service station located eastbound on the N4 at Clongowney/Marlinstown and continued at a second location close to the N4 killucan / The Downs exit. 

    The driver of the cash in transit van entered the forecourt of the garage and parked to the side of the shop, where he used the facilities.  As the driver returned to the van he was approached by a male suspect who had in his possession a large knife. 

    The suspect then entered the van with the driver who was then ordered to open a safe.  The suspect then placed cash and cheques into a back pack and box which he had brought with him. The driver was then instructed to drive onto the N4, which he described as the “Autobahn” and exit at the Downs/Killucan junction. The driver then drove to a grass verge opposite Thomas Flynn and Sons Ltd, The Downs, Mullingar. The suspect then left the van when it’s believed he went in the direction of the R156 roundabout. 


    Gardaí have managed to contact the owners of the vehicles that were at the service station at the time of this incident, with the exception of two, and they are appealing to these two vehicle owners to contact Gardaí as they may be able to assist in the investigation. 

    These vehicles are:

    • Citreon Berlingo (white) – (arrived at the service station shortly before 6pm, and parked away from the forecourt. It drove away at 6.30 pm, approximately 10 minutes before the Cash in transit van).
    • Audi A6 (dark coloured) - arrived during the robbery – driver filled the car with Adblue before paying and leaving. 

    Description of suspect: 

    • Male
    • Height - over 6'2”
    • Strong/broad build
    • Eastern European accent
    • Brownish jacket with distinctive orange patches.
    • Dark coloured bottoms
    • Balaclava


    • Can you identify the male suspect with the distinctive jacket and unusual shaped knife?
    • The suspect entered the station forecourt on foot from the N4 East - Potentially crossed the dual carriageway from the Westbound side. Did you see him exiting a vehicle or on foot?
    • Where you at either location on the night of the robbery? Did you see anything suspicious either before or after the robbery?
    • Were you driving any of the vehicles that Gardaí want to identify. Do you know the owners or occupants of these vehicles?
    • The suspect on foot towards The Downs/Killucan roundabout after Robbery. Did you see him getting into a vehicle and the direction he took from here?
    • Do you have any information that may assist the investigation? Gardaí would like to assure you that your assistance will be treated with the utmost of sensitivity. 

    Mullingar Garda station – Investigating – Tel (044) 938 4000



    On this month’s Crimecall Detective Superintendent Sé Mc Cormack of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau spoke about Coastal Watch, a multi-agency initiative aimed at the prevention and detection of illegal drug importation, promoting vigilance from coastal communities and the wide range of organisations and agencies that operate at sea and along our Coast and harbours.

    An Garda Síochána, Revenue's Customs Service and the Irish Naval Service will further develop and strengthen each agency’s role and the complementary relationship that exists between all agencies in the fight against drug smuggling in the maritime domain. One of the aims of Coastal watch is to raise community awareness about risk indicators and previous case studies of successful drug interdictions, where information received from the public was critical to preventing drugs reaching vulnerable communities.

    The purpose of the Coastal Watch is to focus the attention of the statutory and voluntary organizations along with farming groups, coastal communities, commercial and fishing industry and all those who use our seas for business and pleasure purposes on how they can assist the statutory agencies in "Keeping Drugs at Bay".

    With a multi-disciplinary approach by everybody, it will ensure a formidable force is in place so that our coastline is not used for drug importation, or if it is that there are, many eyes that will report unusual activity along our coastline.

    Coastal Watch has been in existence for over 30 years and has proved to be a success. However, personnel in organisations, landowners near coastline and communities change with the passage of time. Therefore, it is important to re-energising Coastal Watch through persistent, clear engagement with our coastal communities and ensuring that Coastal Watch continues to operate effectively.

    Some of the risk indicators that members of the public are requested to be aware of are:

    • Suspicious activity in relation to persons or vehicles
    • Ships and yachts sighted in remote areas
    • Crew making landings in remote areas
    • Unusual objects at sea or ashore
    • Ships away from their normal shipping lanes
    • Vessels operating at night without lights
    • Packages floating in the sea, lying on the beach or hidden close to the shore.

    Members of the public are requested to report any unusual activity to any of the following numbers:

    Customs Drugs Watch - Confidential Freephone number 1800 295 295 

    Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 

    Emergency Number 112/999 

    Naval Operations Centre 021– 4864707

    Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau

    On this month’s programme we spoke to a victim of coercive control who spoke of her experience in the hope that it will assist other victims.

    Detective Superintendent Sinéad Greene was in studio to explain how coercive control is a persistent pattern of controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour that includes all forms of domestic abuse (emotional, physical, financial and sexual) by a partner or ex-partner. It traps the victim in the relationship and makes it very difficult for them to leave.

    This can have a serious impact including fear of violence, cause serious distress and can result in the victim giving up work, changing their daily routines or losing contact with their family and friends.

    The woman we spoke to explained how her partner lured her into a false sense of security before becoming controlling of her life and behaviour. He did this by changing their home location, taking control of her finances and limiting her time spent with friends and family. Those engaging in coercive control behaviour often aim to lower the victim’s self-esteem in order to dissuade them from leaving the relationship or seeking help.

    Since the introduction of the coercive control legislation in 2019, Gardaí are reporting an increase in victims reporting this type of abuse.


    • - Gardaí would like to reassure viewers that anyone who comes forward to report an incident of coercive control will be treated with the appropriate sensitivity.
    • - If anyone believes that a friend or family member may be a victim of coercive control please come forward and report your concerns to the Gardaí.
    • - If anyone is concerned about themselves or someone else and they do not wish to make a report to the Gardaí they can instead contact one of the many great domestic abuse services throughout the country.
    • - For any emergency cases please dial 999/112 for assistance.

    Supt Greene also made reference to Go Purple Day which takes place on Friday April 28th.  An Garda Síochána has partnered with Men’s Aid and Safe Ireland to mark ’Go Purple Day’ and help raise awareness about domestic abuse and the local domestic abuse support services available to those affected in Ireland.

    Members of the public as well as Garda personnel nationwide were encouraged to show their support by simply wearing, drawing or baking something purple. The most important thing is to help spread the word about this important issue.

    On this month’s Crimecall Sergeant Deirdre O Neill was in studio with advice for parents on how to keep their children safe online. 

    Online Safety advice: 

    • Through the Garda Schools Programme Gardaí are providing internet safety talks to students. Sometimes school principals have requested that these talks are provided as they have seen issues around sexting. The sending of voluntary pictures to others without any consideration of the consequences. The aim of the talk is to provide education and teach young people to be kind online. Research has been conducted in respect of the Garda Schools Programme and the result indicates that early engagement and intervention can lead to better outcomes for students. 

    One part of the school’s programme features internet safety which is delivered in conjunction with Webwise – Connect with Respect which offers step by step advice to post primary school students. (www.webwise.ie

    Advice to parents – keep children safe online: 

    • Start the conversation and highlight the dangers, so that if they occur the children will let you know.
    • Cut internet access -off at 8pm for example.
    • Restrict adult access on sites - Select Parental control or non-explicit options within the setting on the app.  There are full instructions on the Webwise website with regard to how to restrict access device and limit time. (This can be done by configuring the access control on the wi- fi router.
    • Important of having the conversation – setting the boundaries   

    Advice to adults - to be aware online: 

    • Consider the information you share
    • Sharing information about your children
    • Holidays, weddings, funerals.
    • Competitions - disclosing personal information

    This week on Crimecall Sergeant Deirdre O’Neill was in studio offering advice on Farm Security.  While there has not been an increase in incidents over the last few years, there has been an increase in the amount of livestock / plant machinery, taken in each incident. 

    Theft incidents from Farmland including property and livestock:

    2022 – 166 incidents 

    2021 - 146 incidents 

    2020 – 186 incidents 

    2019 – 131 incidents 

    2018 – 158 incidents 

    Of these theft incidents there was a substantial number of livestock taken:



    Stolen Livestock 2022

    Animal Type


    Stolen Animals




    Other Animals/livestock






    Grand Total





    Stolen Livestock 2023


    Stolen Animals




    * Figure is less than 10

     Every premises can benefit from a security review at least once a year.  This entails taking a look from the perimeter of the property inwards.   Areas of weakness should be looked for e.g. poor fencing and damaged gates.  A plan should then be made to improve and increase security. 

    For remote areas or farms which are uninhabited there are some clever tech items available. They operate on Passive Infrared Sensors which are triggered by motion and can record both video and audio, some of which have night vision. They are 3G mobile, SIM enabled and battery operated with the option of solar panels.

    This means no wiring and no broadband.  However, a 3G signal would be required.

    These can be installed by a Private Security Authority approved installer and you can avail of monitored service or have the footage sent to your mobile phone.  They are particularly useful at entrances to yards and remote farms and areas where high value items are stored.  Good physical security with good lighting is always the best option, if access can be restricted to intruders its better than detection.

    With regard to the property on the farms – securing the valuable items in a lock up is advised and using property marking devices.  An Garda Síochána’s property app could be used to record those details.  Tracking devices could be considered for the portable high valuable items.  These are small electronic devices that are battery operated and can omit a signal for up to 3 years which allows them to be placed into the frame of an item or concealed so they cannot be removed.


    Alarming the sheds, yards and the home installed by a PSA approved installer is a good deterrent. 

    On this month’s Crimecall, Sergeant Deirdre O’Neill was in studio discussing the increase in car thefts and advice on how to prevent this from happening. 

    Theft of vehicles has increased significantly during 2022 with over 4,000 vehicles stolen and it would seem 2023 would be continuing this trend to date.  Theft of vehicles reported in 2022 show that 38% of incidents occurred at residential locations.

    When the last 12 months (23-Mar-2022 to 22-Mar-2023) are compared to the same period in 2021/2022, there has been an increase of 37%. 

    Some of the makes of vehicles that have been stolen do not conform to EU specifications.  Since 1998 immobilisers are fitted on all new cars for sale in the EU and these work by restricting an essential component part of the engine unless the correct key is used to try and start the car. It has been very effective in reducing car theft.

    So if you have a vehicle without an immobiliser you can have it retro fitted and usually for under €300 euro depending on the type.  Many immobilizers now work with an alarm, so if an attempt is made the car won’t start and the alarm will sound.

    There are also other security devices that you can fit to protect your vehicles

    Steering wheel locks – these work by simply locking onto the steering wheel and this prevents the steering wheel being turned.  There are lots of versions of these available and they also act as a deterrent as they are mostly bright yellow so are clearly visible from outside the car.

    There are also external wheel lock or clamps which fit onto the wheel of the car. Handbrake locks, gear stick locks and pedal locks which often have an alarm as a function of the lock.

     All these items act a deterrent and can make your vehicle unattractive for the car thief. 

    Keyless Entry

    With more modern cars with Keyless entry we have seen relay signal thefts.  This is where the signal of the key is mimicked and used to gain entry to the car. 

    Relay signal

    You can protect your property by using a Faraday bags ( I have one to show ) or a faraday  box or even a biscuit tin to store your keys at home.  These work by restricting the radio signal from being emitted from the key and reduce the risk of it being copied. 

    Trackers – again as featured previously 

    Theft from Cars

    We have also seen an increase in thefts from cars and again best advice is to lock and double check the security of the doors.  If you have to store valuable items in the vehicle consider enhancing the locking systems – house alarm sensor can be fitted to the vehicle. For work vans you could consider and internal cage type door.

    Safety advice:

    • Buyers should check the security features of their vehicles and make decisions relating to augmenting security
    • For cars without an immobiliser, additional steering wheel lock or chain should be considered
    • Leave expensive property at home, if not required
    • Do not leave valuables on show - A good idea is to leave an empty glove box open, showing would-be criminals that there is nothing for them to steal.
    • Lock doors and fully close windows. Don’t be tempted to leave the windows slightly open.
    • Fit an alarm
    • Fit an Immobiliser or use a physical lock
    • Install a tracker
    • Use catalytic convertor lock
    • Park under streetlights or in a secure car park
    • Park where there is CCTV, when possible
    • Fit theft-resistant number plate fittings

    Crime Prevention - Sergeant Deirdre O’Neill


    This month Sergeant Deirdre O Neill highlighted some crime prevention schemes co-ordinated by An Garda Síochána.

    Firstly -  Neighbourhood Watch which is a community safety programme for urban areas. It works on the basis that every member of a community can help to improve the quality of life in the area by keeping a look out for neighbours and reporting suspicious activities to the Gardaí. 

    Neighbourhood watch programmes aim to improve community safety,  prevent crime,  develop Garda and community links, increase public confidence in An Garda Síochána, foster a caring environment for older and vulnerable people and  reduce anti-social behaviour, including graffiti and harassment. To set up a scheme in your area, contact your local Garda Station.

    Another scheme - Community Alert is a community safety programme for rural areas. It operates as a partnership between the community, An Garda Síochána and Muintir na Tíre. Community Alert programmes aim to foster the process of community development, reduce opportunities for crimes to occur, unite communities in a spirit of neighbourliness and community service and to devise programmes to improve the quality of life for all in rural communities. There are over 1,250 Community Alert Schemes. To set up a group in your area, contact your local Garda Station or your local the Muintir na Tíre Community Alert Development Officer

    Both of these schemes once set up can connect with the Text Alert.

    Text Alert enables communities to set up a group to receive alerts advising them of suspicious or criminal activity in their area. As well as ensuring awareness among users of the service, it can also lead to them reporting suspicious activity to Gardaí. Sending the information by text means that it can be disseminated rapidly to a large amount of people in a cost-effective way. Text Alert is a one-way system, and operates on the following principles:

    • Member(s) of the public reports incident to the Gardaí (24-hour Garda District -Telephone number which is widely advertised)
    • The reporting Garda verifies details and determines that the "Text Alert” system should be utilised
    • Garda sends text or e-mail out to each registered "Community Contact” in their Garda District
    • Each "Community Contact” forwards the text to their "Community Group” to advise the public to watch out and report any developments
    • If the information is received by e-mail the Community Contact may forward the e-mail or convert the content to SMS Text and send to their Community Group.

    Text alert can assist in the prevention and detection of various crimes, including Bogus Callers. 

    On this month’s Crimecall, Crime Prevention segment, Sergeant John Fitzpatrick provided information in relation to burglary advice, ‘Operation Thor’ and the anti-burglary awareness campaign ‘Lock Up Light Up’. 

    Since 2015, Operation Thor actively targets organised crime groups and repeat offenders through coordinated crime prevention and enforcement activity based on intelligence and the latest burglary trends. 

    The Winter Phase of Operation Thor launched in October 2023, with Garda divisions increasing checkpoints / patrols in burglary hot-spots and promoting awareness around property safety through Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert. 

    Between January and August 2023 (5,739) incidents of Burglary, were reported. This compares to (6,150) incidents in the same period last year, a decrease of 7%.

    Compared to the summer, figures during winter months indicate that that there can be a surge in burglaries, particularly during the hours of 5 to 9pm.

    While burglary levels are still significantly lower than pre-pandemic times, there were (3,735) incidents reported since April 2023.The monthly average for this period was (747) incidents per month, a decrease of 3.7% on the same period in 2022 and a 2.5% reduction compared to 2022/2023 winter phase (October – March).

    A reason for this rate potentially remaining low compared to pre-pandemic times is possibly due to people still working for home meaning fewer houses are vacant.

    ‘Lock Up Light Up’ is An Garda Síochána's anti-burglary awareness campaign which encourages homeowners to protect their homes over the winter months. Winter burglaries can regularly involve a premises that was unsecured. There is also an increase in the use of entrances at the rear of the residence during winter months, possibly due to being able to operate more easily in the cover of darkness. 

    Simple steps can help protect your home, so whether you are at home or going out remember:

    • Turn on some lights, LED bulbs are more energy efficient than traditional bulbs.
    • Use timer switches / motion detectors / smart lights (turn on lights via phone or timer settings)
    • Use motion detector / sensor lights outside, make sure the lights emanating from them covers the door and not just the area near the door.
    • Lock all doors and windows as part of your regular routine.
    • Use an alarm – get it serviced and ensure battery pack is working.
    • Store keys away from windows and doors.
    • Don’t keep large amounts of cash or jewellery in the house.

    By taking these simple steps it should reduce the likelihood of a burglary occurring as it will “target harden” you home, deter burglars and protect homes.

    Analysis shows that a large number of all burglaries are through the front doors - with most burglars using their own body to gain entry. Other key findings include:

    • Burglars can commonly target back doors, back windows and front windows, with numerous cases involving a burglar getting access through an unsecured door or window. 
    • Jewellery and cash remain a commonly stolen object.
    • Computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles are common amongst items stolen. 
    • A large number of burglaries occur between 5pm and 11pm.
    • The practice of ‘fishing’, where car keys are fished through a letterbox by burglars is also a problem.



    On this month’s episode of Crimecall, Sergeant John Fitzpatrick discussed Personal Safety, particularly as the festive season approaches.

    Personal Safety

    As the evenings get darker and the festive season approaches, everyone should be aware of their surroundings, particularly when they are commuting to/and from locations and when they are heading out with colleagues, families and friends.

    When it comes to outdoor safety, individuals should remember that when they are going out they should have PLANS and be “Streetwise”:

    • Plan night out, how you are getting there and back?
    • Let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back.
    • Avoid walking alone in dark areas. Where possible, try to walk in numbers and stick to busy streets with lots of lighting and traffic.
    • Never attempt to reason with drunk or aggressive people and be
    • Streetwise - get to know the locality and the surroundings, and mind your valuables.

    It’s a good idea to upload emergency contacts onto your phone and activate find my phone on your device. Keep a record of your IMEI number (Dial *#06# to get it) Take a screen shot and email it to yourself or record it somewhere safely. This will help An Garda Síochána to return your device to you if it’s located or handed in. A lot of people now use their phone as a method of payment, if you leave your phone down it could be like leaving your wallet down – always know where your property is.

    Plan your trip out and home. Find out about public transport timetables and/or where you can park vehicles or bikes securely. If possible, have a designated driver or a “buddy” with you for support. If you plan on drinking, never accept a drink poured by someone you do not trust.

    If you are the designated driver, lock you vehicle and leave it in a well-lit area. Don’t leave any valuables inside. Never ever drive while under the influence of an intoxicant!

    Overall, watch out for one another. If someone is too intoxicated – make sure they get home safely.

    Intoxication, public order and assaults

    In 2022, there was a considerable increase in the number of incidents of Drunkenness

    Offences (31.6%) and Public Order Offences (12.9%) between November and December, which is most likely the result of more people socialising over the festive period, attending Christmas parties and family gatherings where alcohol is being consumed.

    In 2022, the number of incidents of assault offences increased between November and December by 1.4%, which is significantly lower than the increase seen in the pre-covid 2019 figures where there was an increase of 19.4%. These increases may be attributed to individuals socialising more and drinking to excess.

    Drinking to excess can result in poor decisions that can impact on both you and the lives of others. Intoxication can lead to arguments and behaviour that would not usually occur. Do not try to reason with drunk or aggressive people and always remember to “Use your brain not your fists”.

    Sergeant John Fitzpatrick, Crime Prevention

    Operation Tombola, An Garda Síochana’s annual strategy to combat the importation, sale and use of fireworks launched on 1st October 2023. This operation seeks to create an awareness of the legislation which prevents the possession of unlicensed fireworks, but moreover to increase understanding of the harm that can arise from their use, e.g. burns, serious injuries, fires, damage to property, etc.

    During September and October Community Policing Gardaí visited schools and spoke to children in relation to the dangers associated with fireworks and bonfires.

    Parents and guardians, particularly those with young children, should also be aware of the great dangers associated with bonfires and fireworks, many of which can be unintentional. In

    Guidelines on how to remain safe during Hallowe’en:

    • Never consume intoxicants when near a bonfire
    • Make sure children stand at a safe distance
    • Keep everyone well back from the display/fire
    • Never use illegal fireworks. If there are fireworks nearby, never return to a lit firework. Wait 20 minutes and place it in a bucket of water.
    • Never handle or throw fireworks
    • Please report any illegal use or sale of fireworks to your local Garda Station

    Large public festivals can be a great way for people to enjoy fireworks and we would encourage people to attend organised, legal firework and bonfire displays during Hallowe’en.

    On this month’s Crimecall, Sergeant Deirdre O Neill discussed mobile phone theft /security vehicle security and Burglary advice.

    Mobile phone theft is an inconvenience on many levels. Firstly it’s an expensive piece of tech which can be costly to replace but it also serves not only as a phone and our main point of contact but very often the key to a lot of data that we use every day – banking, bills, photos, school and college information even the weather.

    During 2022, over 8,700 mobile phones were reported as stolen / lost with an approximate reported value of over €4.5million. 

    So far this year, over 2,800 phones were reported as stolen / lost with an approximate reported value of nearly €1.7million.

    The average value of a reported stolen / lost phones has increased year on year.  So far this year, the average value is nearly €600.

    A high proportion of thefts can be linked to the night time economy, with 24% of all incidents taking place on a Sunday (11.5% taking place between midnight and 3am).  There is a significant increase in recorded cases on Saturday and Sunday, each week.

    Theft and Robbery of Mobile Phones 2022 and 2023:

    • While the number of incidents of theft or robbery of a mobile phones reported in 2020 and 2021 was lower than figures from 2018 and 2019, this is most likely because of the restrictions placed on the country during lock down periods.  The number of incidents recorded increased in 2022 but remains significantly lower than the 2019 and 2018 figures.  
    • However, based on calculations for year to date, the number of mobiles reported as stolen in 2023 has exceeded that of 2022 by 4.8% for the same period (i.e. 1st of Jan to 3rd of May).
    • The months of the year in 2022 with highest number of incidents were March, July (highest), August, October and November
    • The number of incidents of theft / robbery of mobile phones recorded in March 2023 (377) is higher than the numbers recorded in 11 out of 12 months in 2022 (July 2022 being the only exception at 380)
    • In 2022, 75% of mobile phones reported stolen were in the Dublin Region. The figure for 2023 to date is closer to 77%. In 2022, DMR South Central accounts for 38% of these incidents and DMR North Central accounts for 20% of same

    Some basic tips to keep your phone safe:

    • Register your Mobile Phone with your Service Provider.
    • Take a careful note of your unique 15 Digit Mobile Phone IMEI number. (The IMEI number is located on the back of your phone underneath the battery, or you can locate it by dialling * # 06 # on your keypad). Consider using the Property App to store the information but reminder to upload it to a cloud server or email it to yourself.  That way you can access the data from another device.
    • Enable the PIN Security feature and keep your Phone locked when not in use.
    • When out and about, keep your Mobile Phone out of public view, be streetwise and always be aware of your surroundings.
    • Never leave your Mobile Phone behind in an unattended vehicle.
    • Property mark your Phone with unique personal letters or numbers.
    • Avoid making calls or texting on your Phone while crossing the road.
    • If making or receiving a Mobile Phone call in public, always do so with full awareness of your surroundings so that you can reduce the opportunity for the phone to be stolen. 
    • If you a have a Smart Phone, consider downloading a location finder App.
    • If your Mobile Phone is lost or stolen, immediately report it to An Garda Síochána and contact your Service Provider in order to have your IMEI number blocked, so that it can’t be used.

    Mobile Phone Banking Apps Security:

    • Make sure you use two factor authentication on your banking apps, this will reduce the chance that even if the phone is stolen while in active mode there will be a further security layer, hopefully preventing the criminals from accessing your funds.  This usually takes the form of a personal question or a biometric print from your finger.
    • Always avail of the updates for the apps in settings as these often improve the security features and may further protect your data.
    • Never use public wifi for banking, either use your own service provider or wait until you can use a secure wifi network.
    • Consider a physical record of your passwords so that you can still access your apps and data if your phone is stolen or lost.   But this record should be securely stored.

    Car Safety 

    • Become familiar with your route before you start the trip.
    • If you have rented a car, make sure it is in good working order. Learn how all the windows, door locks and other equipment work before you leave the rental premises.
    • Keep car doors locked while you are driving.
    • Don’t leave luggage or valuables visible inside a parked car.
    • Don’t leave luggage attached to a roof rack.
    • When visiting city centre areas, park your car in a secure car park and retain the parking ticket on your person.
    • Always lock your car when leaving it unattended, even for brief periods.
    • At night, park in well-lit areas.
    • When checking into your accommodation, always ask about secure car parking. 

    Theft from Cars

    We are advising the public to take care of their property when parking in remote, unguarded locations:

    • Leave your valuables at home where possible.
    • Choose your parking spot carefully. Well maintained and well-lit car parks are best.
    • Avoid areas with evidence of break ins, such as broken glass or anti-social behaviour.
    • Do not park illegally or obstruct vehicles.

    When leaving your car:

    • Take your keys.
    • Secure and conceal valuable property.
    • Leave the empty glove box open.
    • Make sure all doors, windows are locked, and car is alarmed.
    • Report suspicious activity and crimes to 999/112. 

    When is it happening?

    • Over the last 5 years, 60% of theft from car incidents, associated with outdoor activities such as coastal and scenic areas, were reported in summer (April – Sept).
    • The majority of thefts from cars in coastal and scenic locations occur on the weekends between 2pm and 7pm.

    What’s taken?

    • The average value of cash stolen from vehicles per incident is approximately €330.
    • Jewellery /Trophies were the highest value objects stolen.
    • Tools accounted for the highest total amount of value stolen.

    Burglary advice when going on holiday, remember to:

    • Secure all windows and doors
    • Use timer switches or smart apps to turn on lights around your home
    • Cancel home deliveries and consider using a mail minding service
    • Ask someone you trust to check on the property at different times of the day.
    • Tidy up before you go on holidays. Overgrown lawns or shrubs could give the impression that no one is at home.
    • Lock away tools, ladders and other items that could be used to break into your home.

    Social media

    • While on holiday be mindful of what you share on social media
    • Avoid posting about upcoming holiday plans.
    • Do not post status updates or pictures from your vacation while you are away


    Gardaí in the Bridewell (Dublin) Garda Station are investigating a criminal damage incident which occurred on 13th September 2023 at approximately 1:45 am.  A male suspect is seen in the Fitzwilliam Place North / Grangegorman Lower / Stanhope Street area for approximately 45 minutes. The suspect is seen on CCTV with an implement and also picking up a traffic cone and attempting to damage some vehicles.  Another vehicle is then set alight. The suspect then leaves via the North Brunswick Street / Smithfield area.

    Suspect Description

    • - Height – approximately 6 ft.
    • - Slim build
    • - Aged in his 20’s
    • - Wearing dark grey tracksuit bottoms, white runners, grey hoodless tracksuit top and a grey beanie hat.

    Garda Appeal

    • - Do you recognise the male suspect seen on the CCTV?
    • - Were you in the Fitzwilliam Place North, Grangegorman Lower / Stanhope Street areas on the 13th September 2023? You may be able to assist the investigation.
    • - Did you see a male matching the description of the suspect in the North Brunswick Street / Smithfield area on the night in question?
    • - Do you know the identity of the suspect?


    On this month’s Crimecall, Detective Superintendent Sé McCormack from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) was in studio to discuss the growing countrywide problem of Cannabis jellies and the health risks they can cause.  Cannabis jellies are edible sweets that contain cannabis and are illegal in Ireland. 

    The GNDOCB became aware of Cannabis Jellies in Ireland, after they made the first significant seizure of approximately €3.75 million in cannabis infused jellies, sweets and bars in July 2020. 


    The packaging is bright and colourful which could make them more attractive for both children and adults who might mistake them for ordinary sweets.  The packages often have a very slight variation of a more recognisable brand. 

    These illegal edibles are readily accessible through social media, word of mouth and simply by a text message.


    As part of the segment Crimecall interviewed Dr. Sarah Killoran, Forensic Science Ireland, and Dr. Adrian Moughty, Mater Hospial, Dublin.


    Dr. Sarah Killoran who analyses drugs seized by Gardaí, discussed the components contained in some of the Cannabis jellies seized by Gardaí. She explained that Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psycho active component in the Cannabis plant.  But that not all edibles analysed contain natural cannabis elements.  Many of the sweets / jellies analysed contained a Synthetic cannabinoid which Dr. Killoran explained is a man-made chemical designed to mimic the effect of THC in the body.  There hasn’t been any research done in this area as they are new to the market. There isn’t any quality control and they are more potent than THC.

    Packaging labelled as containing THC, Cannabis infused, or a cannabis leaf symbol on the packaging, isn’t always the case and you really don’t know what you are getting.


    Dr. Adrian Moughty, Emergency Medicine, Mater Hospital, discussed the effects of cannabis edibles. In Sept 2020, he started to see presentations specifically to cannabis edibles.  He explained that if someone were to inhale cannabis, they would feel the effects within minutes and the effects would wear off within a few hours.  However, if someone is eating cannabis the time from ingestion to psychotropic effects would be delayed by a number of hours. As a result, people feel it is not working and may take more jellies which can potentially cause harmful effects.  He discussed the significant associations with psychiatric disease for example, schizophrenia. 


    Garda Advice

    • Sweets containing Synthetic cannabinoids and THC are illegal.
    • Don’t take them
    • You don’t know what is in them
    • You don’t know where they came from
    • They could become a stepping stone for further substance use

    Gardaí at Mountbellew, Co. Galway investigating an assault and theft from a vehicle are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying this suspect.

    On the evening of Saturday, November 12th of this year the victim was attending a ceremony at St. Patrick’s Church, Moylough, Co. Galway when he heard a car alarm going off in the car park. When he went into the car park he saw a man interfering with his vehicle.

    The victim confronted the suspect and an altercation and struggle ensued. A second suspect arrived at this point the victim received an injury to his head. By being struck with a metal bar.

    Both suspects then made good their escape in a black Audi A3 with partial reg: 12-G.

    Description of Suspect 1:

    • 5’ 7’’ in height
    • Round, chubby face
    • Blue eyes
    • Short, black hair
    • Heavy, stocky build
    • Dressed in black runners, hoodie and a balaclava

    Mountbellew Garda Station – Investigating- Tel: 0909623200



    Gardaí at Kilkenny are investigating an attempted burglary that occurred in Hawthorn Walk, Pairc Na Gowan in the City on the 22nd of June 2023.

    On the date in question the victim was at home when they heard someone ringing their doorbell and knocking on their door. On their way to the door the victim noticed the lock was being forced open. The victim interrupted the suspect before he had a chance to enter the house who then quickly left.

    Suspect description:

    • Age in his 40’s
    • Stocky build 
    • Round face with stubble
    • Stripy tattoo on his right arm 
    • Wearing a short sleeved, button up, light blue shirt

    Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda Station, investigating. Tel: (056) 777 5000

    Gardaí in Finglas are investigating an attempted robbery at Glenties Park, Finglas on Sunday the 8th of January 2023 shortly after 8.30pm. 

    The victim was making a delivery on an electric bicycle when he was confronted by two male suspects who attempted to take his phone and bike. The victim struggled with the two suspects who fled empty handed in the direction of Berryfield Drive, Finglas.

    Description of Suspect 1

    • - 5'6" in height
    • - Bearded
    • - Sallow skin
    • - Wearing a black hoodie and grey tracksuit bottoms

    Description of Suspect 2

    • - 5'5" in height
    • - White / Irish
    • - Wearing all black clothing

    Gardaí at Finglas Garda Station – Investigating. Tel: (01) 666 7500


    Gardaí at Cavan Town investigating a burglary at Earlsvale Place, in the town on Friday, 2nd December 2022 are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying this male suspect.

    Sometime between 5.10 – 5.30 pm it is suspected that the man forced a locked door and entered the house. Some presses were searched downstairs before he went upstairs where on meeting a female occupant he then left the house empty handed. 

    Description of suspect:

    • Age in his mid-30’s
    • 6’2’’ in height
    • Round face
    • Wearing a light blue Airwalk cap with white lettering 

    Cavan Garda Station – Investigating - Tel: (049) 436 8800


    Gardaí at Cavan Town investigating a burglary at Earlsvale Place, in the town on Friday 2 December 2022 are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying this male suspect.

    Sometime between 5.10 – 5.30 pm it is suspected that the man forced a locked door and entered the house. Some presses were searched downstairs before he went upstairs where on meeting a female occupant he then left the house empty handed. 

    Description of suspect:

    • Age in his mid-30’s
    • 6’ 2’’ in height
    • Round face
    • Wearing a light blue Airwalk cap with white lettering 

    Cavan Garda Station – Investigating - Tel: (049) 436 8800



    Gardaí in Clara, Co. Offaly are investigating a burglary in the Kilmucklin area of Clara, Co. Offaly in the early evening of October 16th 2023.

    On the date in question a black VW Golf with partial reg 162D was seen in the locality of where the burglary took place.

    As the victim returned home the three male suspects were leaving his house through the front door. The three men got into the black Golf and left the scene. A number of items of jewellery, with a combined value of €1650, were subsequently reported missing from the house.

    The suspect in the evofit is thought to be the driver of the black Golf.

    Description of Suspect - Driver

    • Aged in his 20’s
    • Dark hair
    • Heavy build
    • Flat, broken nose

    Description of Jewellery:

    • Silver ring with a blue stone
    • Silver ring
    • Silver Seiko watch
    • Gold watch and some necklaces.


    Gardaí at Carrickmacross are seeking the public’s assistance with the above individual’s identification, in relation to an investigation of impersonating a member of An Garda Síochána on the Carrickmacross to Kingscourt Road in the Clonseady area, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan on the 4th of March 2023 at 7.45am. 

    On the day in question, the victim reported while driving, a navy Toyota Corolla Estate car, partial registration 10LH, with blue flashing lights, signalled her to pull over.  She was then approached by the male driver of this vehicle who informed her that she was speeding and started shouting at her to get out of her car that he was arresting her.  She asked for identification which he would not provide.  The male continued to shout at her and also tried to open her car door.  The injured party remained on the side of the road for approximately 10 minutes.  She then asked for other Gardaí to attend the scene.  The male then walked away.


    • - Approximately 6ft in height
    • - Medium build
    • - Dark hair
    • - Stubble on his face
    • - Irish accent

    Wearing High Visibility vest under a black jacket, black slacks, black boots and gloves.


    Gardaí in Blanchardstown are investigating a robbery that took place in Wellview Park at approximately 5pm on Wednesday October 25th of this year.

    The victim was walking through Wellview Park, Blanchardstown when the suspect grabbed his phone and began to walk away. The victim attempted to get his phone back but gave up when the suspect threatened to stab him. The phone was an Apple iPhone valued at €900.

    Suspect description:

    • 6ft tall
    • Aged in his 20’s
    • Clean shaven
    • Wearing a brown Canada Goose Jacket with a black north face jacket underneath and grey tracksuit bottoms


    Gardaí at Mountjoy station are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on the 11th of December 2022 at 5.40pm on the North Circular Road, Dublin 7.

    On the day in question the victim was walking on the North Circular Rd from Dorset Street when she was approached from behind by an unknown male suspect. The male grabbed the victim, put his hand over her mouth and made comments of a sexual nature. He then let her go and walked back towards Dorset Street.

    Suspect description:

    • Late 40’s early 50s
    • 173/175cm tall (5 6” - 5 7”)
    • Round face, brown eyes, thin lips and missing some bottom teeth


    • Baseball cap, hoodie and high vis construction jacket


    Gardaí in Santry are investigating a Sexual Assault at Clanhugh Road, Donnycarney, Dublin 5, on the 24th of September 2023 between 9.50 and 10.05 pm.

    On the date in question the victim got off the bus and started walking home. As she turned onto Clanhugh Road she was approached by an unknown male who tried to make conversation with her. The victim was then grabbed but managed to free herself and continue home.

    Suspect description:

    • Aged in his 30’s
    • 5’7’’ or 5’6’’ in height
    • Wearing black clothing and a cycling helmet
    • Dark skinned and spoke with a foreign accent
    • Black hair, stubbly beard, thick eyebrows and carrying a food delivery bag 

    Gardaí at Santry Garda Station, investigating tel: (01) 666 4000


    Gardaí in Ashbourne are investigating an incident of threats to kill that occurred at approx. 4:00pm in Jamestown Park, Ratoath, Co. Meath on March 31st of this year.

     The two males approached the injured party at her home and made threats to kill both her and her son. They were travelling in a grey BMW 3 series Reg 05-KE.

    Description of Suspect No. 1

    • Late 20’s / early 30’s
    • Heavy build
    • Round face with red / ruddy cheeks and dark stubble
    • Dublin accent
    • Black baseball cap and a dark bomber jacket


    Description of Suspect No. 2 

    • Aged in his 40’s
    • 5ft 9” in height
    • Medium build
    • Oval shaped face with thin lips and pale complexion
    • Brown hair with grey and brown stubble 
    • Triangular nose that was much paler in complexion than the rest of his face 
    • Dublin accent
    • Heavy, dark jacket


    Gardaí at Gort, Co. Galway are investigating an incident of trespass on the 15th of July 2023 at 1.50 pm at Derreen, Gort.

    On the date in question the above male suspect was discovered looking in the front window of a house, by the occupant. The suspect said that he was looking for Tuam and then left the scene in a black BMW GT with two other males.

    Suspect description:

    • Stocky build
    • Around 5’8’’ in height
    • Pale skin
    • Aged in his 50’s

    Gardaí at Gort Garda Station investigating - Tel: (091) 636 400


    Gardaí at Wicklow Town station are investigating an assault that took place in Rathdrum Co. Wicklow on Monday March 6th of this year.

    On the date in question at approx. 3.20pm the victim had just been dropped off by a school bus. She was collecting post from her family’s post box situated at the end of a long driveway when the suspect appeared from behind a gate and grabbed her by the arm. The suspect’s grip was not very strong and the victim managed to free herself and run away.

    Suspect description:

    • 6ft in height
    • Large build
    • Approx 50 years of age
    • Piercings at top and bottom of right ear with chain in between
    • Mostly bald with scar on his forehead and a cut on his nose
    • Long brown and greying beard and a tattoo on one of his legs
    • Wearing long sleeve t-shirt, green / yellow shorts and Air Jordan runners


    Gardaí in Athlone, Co. Westmeath are investigating a burglary that occurred in Willow Park, Athlone at approx. 8pm on Saturday April 15th 2023.

    On the date in question a person resembling the above image entered a house on the pretence that he was collecting rent on behalf of the landlord.

    The occupant of the house handed over €220 in cash to this male suspect who proceeded to make his way uninvited, down the hallway to another room. He then left through the front door. Soon after, another occupant of the house realised that his laptop valued at €2800 had been taken.

    Suspect description:

    • Mid to late 30’s
    • 6’ – 6’ 2 (182/188cm) tall
    • Short grey hair and stubble
    • Wearing a red and blue jacket.
    • Spoke with an Irish accent


    Gardaí at Blanchardstown are investigating a sexual assault on Monday 14th November 2022 between 5.30pm and 6pm.

    On the date in question the victim was walking along Blanchardstown Road North in the direction of the N3 (adjacent to Brookhaven Estate) when she was approached by a male suspect who initially asked her for money.

    The victim then continued to walk in the direction of the N3, with the suspect following her.

    The suspect walked away in the direction of Corduff, following the incident. 

     Description of Suspect

    • 5ft 11’ in height
    • Approx 20 years of age
    • Average build
    • Wearing a black puffer jacket and dark tracksuit bottoms

    The Gardaí at Gort are investigating a fatal hit and run traffic collision that occurred on Friday 16th November 2012 at approximately 7.30pm. The victim Gerry Keane was fatally injured as he crossed the Gort to Galway road.

    Gerry had intended going to Ardrahan to a Public house for the evening. Gerry was struck by a vehicle on the R458 (which was originally the N18), moments after he had been dropped off by a family member at the car park opposite the pub. Gerry was removed from the scene by ambulance to University Hospital Galway where he subsequently died from his injuries the following day.

    This incident occurred 10 years ago and the family of Gerry have lived with this tragic death of their loved one and unfortunately no one has been brought to justice to date.

    The Garda Crimecall appeal includes a pre-recorded interview with Gerry’s two brothers – Thomas and Albert on behalf of the family. 


    • The focus on the appeal concentrates on a 5 door hatchback, metallic Ford Focus (2005 - 2011). This is the car Gardaí believe is the offending vehicle.
    • Gardaí believe that the focus was damaged and are anxious to talk to anyone that may have repaired a similar vehicle in the days and weeks following the collision.
    • Gardaí are making a direct appeal to the driver to contact them.
    • Members of the public who can assist the investigation in anyway are asked to make contact.
    • Do you know anything about the offending car or the driver on the night in question or since?

    Gort Garda Station – Investigating -Telephone 091 636400



    Gardaí at Blanchardstown Garda Station are investigating the fatal hit and run collision involving twenty two year old David Lynch on the 21st April 2003 at approximately 3am.  On the weekend of the 20th April, Easter Sunday, David returned from a camping trip with friends, after celebrating the end of his exams.  David went with his friends to the Greyhound pub and the West Bar in Blanchardstown.  David and one of his friends left the nightclub early and walked to Blanchardstown village to buy some food at a chipper. After eating, they crossed the road in order to hail a taxi.  It is believed that a silver Ford Mondeo with its taxi plate light turned off, slowed down and collided with David.  The vehicle then left the scene possibly stopping a short distance up the road to assess damage to the car.

    David Lynch died as a result of his injuries (6) days later at Connolly Memorial Hospital.   


    Garda Appeal:

    • We want to appeal to the driver, and ask that person to come forward and talk to us.
    • An Garda Síochána want to appeal to any person who the driver confided in, and may have information to offer.
    • We want to appeal to anyone in the wider community that has any information to offer in relation to this incident, to help the family get closure.


    Vehicle description:

    • - Silver Ford Mondeo
    • - 2001-2003 model
    • - Taxi plate (not lit at the time of the incident)


    The Garda Commissioner Drew Harris spoke with presenter Carla O’Brien on this month’s Crimecall and answered questions on a range of topics such as the recent public disorder in Dublin, organised crime, road safety, recruitment and more.

    On the serious public order incident in the capital on November 23, the Commissioner said that the situation was dealt with very well by Gardaí who “responded in a very professional and courageous manner to awful circumstances.”

    On dealing with any future attempts at similar disturbances, he explained how we have more personnel on the ground and that we have increased equipment to deal with such disorder. He also mentioned how there are learnings in terms of the speed the situation escalated, how social media activity mobilised people so quickly, our equipment, processes and public order tactics.

    Speaking about continuing to police by consent, the Commissioner told Crimecall that one of An Garda Síochána's principal strengths is our connection to the local community and that this is one of the differences between this organisation and other police services from around the world. "We have that strong connection, we want to maintain that strong connection", he said.  

    Answering a question about rosters and morale, the Commissioner said, "many of the issues that staff associations have flagged up in recent times are well known to us and we had a programme of work addressing those, be it terms and conditions, and representations we have made to the relevant departments is all ongoing." He said that all feedback from the associations, including our computer systems, bureaucracy have been listened to and that An Garda Síochána's systems have been adjusted and will continue to be adjusted.

    “We have also put a huge amount of welfare supports in place for Gardaí and this year we have new initiatives including the rollout of mental health first aid training and peer support”, Commissioner Harris said.

    Responding to a question about recruitment, the Commissioner highlighted how An Garda Síochána wants to be an employer of choice in a very busy and competitive job market. He highlighted just how rewarding the work is, the training and support provided and how “it’s a job worth doing.”

    He said that as a Garda, “you make a huge impact on the society that we all live in. Policing at times can be difficult and we have to make it very clear that we have the support in place so that people can see it’s a good place to work and it’s a good job to do”.

    The Commissioner when speaking in relation to organized crime mentioned that An Garda Síochána had worked very hard around the area of drug dealing on a local, national and international level. He explained that while drug dealing is primarily driven by demand, Ireland is seen as a wealthy country which lends itself to being targeted by organized crime groups. The Commissioner said that the drug seizures throughout 2023 are a testament to the work that has been done with our international partners.

    When answering a question in relation to road fatalities the Commissioner highlighted the initiatives undertaken by our Roads Policing units who he said have been concentrating their efforts around times that we know collisions are likely to occur. A second important development in this area he said is the extension of the fixed charge penalty notices that provides for increased productivity, allowing Gardaí to spend more time on our roads detecting offences. Finally he mentioned the key lifesaver offences, warning people to be careful not to drive while intoxicated or distracted and to reduce speed – with speed being the main contributory factor to collisions on our roads.

    Detective Superintendent Ian Lackey of the Garda National Protective Services Bureau was in studio to offer advice about Sextortion and how The Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Act 2020 has given An Garda Síochána additional powers to deal with complaints.

    An Garda Síochána is committed to protecting and supporting all victims and ensuring that keeping people safe and safeguarding human rights are central to the work being carried out.  

    An Garda Síochána recognises the harm that is being done to individuals, families and  our society due to Sextortion

    An Garda Síochána wants to reassure people that they will work exceptionally hard and in a professional, dedicated and consistent way bring those involved in this type of crime to justice. 

    Warning signs:

    Something does not add up — their online profile is not consistent with what you see and hear when you talk or chat with them.

    It happens too fast — they express strong emotions for you almost straight away, and quickly tempt you across to a more private channel, suggesting you get nude or sexual in a video call.

    They make excuses — they say their webcam is not working and instead send a nude photo which they claim is of them.

    They say they need help — they say they need money for some sort of personal emergency like medical treatment or to cover the rent…. 

    Advice to victims:

    • Don’t panic, help and support is available.
    • Don’t pay.
    • Save the evidence: Take screenshots/Save messages/images. Collect URL links to where the information is being shared online.
    • Report it to HOTLINE.IE to request removal of image.
    • Report it to Gardaí.
    • Block all communication with the person targeting you. 

    New Legislation:

    • Since the commencement of the legislation An Garda Síochána has commenced 72 prosecutions related to 49 investigations, under the Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Act 2020.
    • The Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Act 2020 commenced on the 10th February 2021.  It is anticipated that the numbers of prosecutions will continue to rise as further reports and the consequent criminal investigations progress.
    • An Garda Síochána continues to partner with Hotline.ie which has created an online reporting facility that enables victims of intimate image abuse (IIA) to report this type of criminal activity to Gardaí, via the hotline website, while simultaneously making an Intimate Image Abuse (IIA) content removal request. Where victims request same, Gardaí will conduct a thorough criminal investigation with a view to prosecuting offenders, while Hotline will engage with the relevant service provider to seek the removal of the harmful content reported. 

    Hotline Statistics – February 2023 

    • Between September to December 2021 there were 86 contacts withHotline.ie in relation to Intimate Image Abuse(IIA) 
    • Between January and December 2022 there were 688 contacts withHotline.ie in relation to Intimate Image Abuse(IIA) 
    • There has been a 93% successful removal rate by Hotline.ie in relation in to Intimate images 
    • On average removal occurs with 0-3 days 

    Role of society:

    • There is a role for society by stopping Inappropriate behaviour, which is an area where society will have to come together to eradicate it.
    • We in An Garda Síochána will deal with the criminal aspect but to truly eradicate this type of crime, we need the assistance of the public
    • Everyone must face up and speak up to change society’s attitudes and to increase awareness around these types of crimes. 



    Gardaí at Leixlip Garda Station are investigating a hijacking of a car at Derrinturn, Co. Kildare and the subsequent theft of fuel at Monread Fare, Co. Kildare.

    On Sunday 18th December 2022 at approximately 5pm the male owner of a white Renault Captur, Registration number 222 KE 1576, stopped for fuel at a service station at Derrinturn. His pregnant partner remained in the passenger seat of the vehicle while he went into the shop. 

    During this time, a man in a red jacket with a fur collar on the hood, walked around the service station and the surrounding shops. He subsequently approached the injured party’s car while the female was still sitting inside.  The suspect opened the driver’s side door, shouted at the injured party and pushed her out of the car.  The suspect then drove the car in the Allenwood direction. Approximately 30 minutes later, at  Monread Fare, Co. Kildare, the suspect filled   the Renault Captur with fuel and drove away without paying. 

    Description of Suspect

    • Age - late 20’s to early 30’s
    • Height - approximately 5'7"/8”
    • Average Build
    • Blue eyes, white skin and had stubble.
    • His hair was light in colour, unkempt hair with a bald patch on top.
    • He spoke with a Dublin accent 


    • Did you see the white Renault Captur, registration number 222 KE 1576, on the 18th December 2022 after 5pm or since?
    • This vehicle is still to be recovered and maybe parked somewhere perhaps with a different registration number. Are you aware of a similar model car parked in your locality since this date that perhaps looks out of place?
    • Do you recognise the suspect captured on cctv, wearing a distinctive red coat?
    • Were you in the Derrinturn, Prosperous or Monread Fare areas on this date? Did you see anything or do you have dash cam footage?
    • Are you now in a position to offer that critical piece of information that will assist the investigation?
    • Do you have CCTV of the route the suspect travelled?
    • Gardaí would like to thank the public for their co-operation so far and reassure them of the importance of assisting with the investigation. 

    Leixlip Garda Station – Investigating -Tel: 01-6667800



    This month on Crimecall, a man recounts how, while searching for a better life for himself and his family, he became a victim of human trafficking.  His story begins with him travelling from Vietnam to a shed in Ireland, where he was forced to grow Cannabis while living in inhumane conditions and with no means to contact anyone.

    Detective Superintendent Derek Maguire from the Garda National Protective Services Bureau was in studio to discuss and offer advice in relation to human trafficking. 

    Human Trafficking explained:

    Human trafficking is a crime that trades in people and exploits them for financial gain.  Human Trafficking is an egregious abuse of a person’s basic Human Rights, and involves the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them.

    Men, women and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime. It is a nationwide issue, in every city, town and village in the country. It is often described as ‘hidden in plain sight’.

    Three Pillars of Human Trafficking:

    The three pillars of Human Trafficking are Mobilisation, Means & Exploitation of a victim.

    Human Trafficking can often be confused with people smuggling. The difference being, people smuggling is people making an illegal entry into the country (they want to come here). Human Trafficking often involved people being forced, deceived, coerced or exploiting their vulnerabilities.

    Labour exploitation is the abuse of people in the workplace for profit. Forcing them to render services to another.

    Forced criminality involves exploiters forcing victims to commit criminal acts.

    Sexual exploitation is the actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, power or trust for sexual purposes.

    Stories become weapons in the hands of human trafficker’s, good jobs and fair wages just over the horizon. Sometimes, the stories themselves raise red flags.

    Human Trafficking is an underreported crime possibly due to the covert nature and peoples lack of awareness around the indicators; often the victims are too afraid to make a report or do not recognise themselves as a victim.

    The Human Trafficking Investigation and Coordination unit (HTICU) operate within the Garda National Protective Services bureau as a specialist unit is dedicated to investigate allegations and supporting victims of human trafficking.

    The HTICU provide advice, support and operational assistance to human trafficking investigations nationwide.

    The HTICU proactively pursue a strategy that targets organised crime groups engaged in human trafficking.

    Indicators of human trafficking include:

    • Poor Living conditions
    • Multiple people in cramped spaces
    • People who seem scared, confused or have untreated injuries
    • One person speaking on behalf of many others, who may avoid eye contact or conversation
    • Lights on at workplaces at strange times – are people living there?
    • Employer holding identity documents

    Garda Message:

    • To the public – to report signs or indicators of Human Trafficking
    • To employers – When you are employing workers especially through agents or intermediaries that you are satisfied that workers are not being exploited
    • To Victims – If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking, you need to consider if someone is controlling your Finances, Identity Documents and restricting your movements.

    We have a dedicated website blueblindfold@garda.ie where members of the public can report human trafficking or learn more about it.

    The Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111 is open 24 Hours.  In cases of emergency contact 999/112

    Garda National Protective Services Bureau


    The Gardaí at Anglesea Street are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of 43 year-old John Keaveney. John who lives in the Drumcondra area of Dublin, was taking a holiday break at Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, with his wife Adrienne and three Daughters at the time of his disappearance.

    On Friday August 18th John was admitted to Cork University Hospital, suffering from epilepsy. He subsequently discharged himself on Sunday August 20th and may have presented somewhat disorientated.

    Crimecall interviewed John’s uncle Cathal who spoke emotionally about him and the upset felt by his wife Adrienne and family. Cathal thanked everyone for their continued support and assistance so far with the search effort to locate John.

    Gardaí at Anglesea street have worked extensively with their colleagues throughout the city and have tracked John’s movements establishing the final confirmed sighting to be at the Marina filling station roundabout – Center park road - (1.19am ) .

    Gardaí believe that John may have continued out the Center Parks Road in the direction of Pairc Ui Chaoimh / Marina markets Commercial park – (1.45 am). (CCTV at these location capture a person walking away from the City)


    Extensive investigation across Cork City including both Land and Water searches concentrated at the Marina / Pairc Ui Chaoimh areas. Huge commitment involving John’s family /Mallow Search and Rescue / Cork Missing Persons Group/Garda Air Support and Water Unit.

    Garda Appeal:

    • Did you see or speak to John in the Cork City area on Sunday August 20th into Monday 21st?
    • Do you know where John went after he is last seen heading in the direction of Pairc Ui Chaoimh /Marina area at 1.45am on the 21st?  
    • John’s photo and description may be of assistance to you?
    • Have you discovered clothing similar to those worn by John?
    • Have you found an IPhone SE (Black) similar to the one John owned?
    • Please report any piece of information that may progress the investigation.

    Description of Missing person John Keaveney:

    • 43 years
    • Height 5 9”
    • Medium Build
    • Grey Hair – balding


    • Grey Umbro top with FAI logo
    • Blue jeans
    • White runners

    Gardaí at Bridewell Garda Station (Cork) inv. Tel: (021)4943330

    Gardaí at Midleton Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to missing person Tina Satchwell DOB: 30/11/1971 who has been missing from her home at Grattan Street, Youghal, Co. Cork since the 20th March 2017. This year is the 6th Anniversary of her disappearance. 

    Tina Satchwell is originally from Fermoy but had relocated to Youghal with her husband Richard Satchwell in September 2016. 

    Tina and her husband Richard were at a car boot sale in Carrigtwohill on Sunday 19th March 2017 which they would have attended regularly.  On Monday 20th March 2017, Richard went to Dungarvan at 10:30am and Tina remained at their home in Youghal.  When he returned shortly after 12midday, Tina was no longer there.  Her house keys were on the floor in the hallway near the front door and her mobile phone was in the kitchen.  

    Tina was a keen follower of fashion and many people admired her dress sense. 

    She had two dogs which she adored. 


    Tina is described as five foot seven inches in height with blonde hair and blue eyes.   


    • Gardaí at Midleton Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to the whereabouts of Tina Satchwell. 
    • To date, Gardaí have conducted hundreds of lines of enquiries and are currently exhausting more lines of investigation. From inquiries to date, there is no evidence to suggest that Tina is alive. Gardai are extremely concerned for her wellbeing. 
    • There has been no sighting of Tina since March 2017. Gardai require the public assistance and are appealing to anyone with information to contact them, no matter how small or insignificant they believe the information to be. Many times it is the smallest piece of information that is the most important and relevant. 

    Midleton Garda Station investigating. Tel: (021) 4621550


    The Gardaí at Mayfield station, Cork city are investigating the disappearance of Frank Mc Carthy, (23 years) on the 12th February 1993. On the evening of his disappearance Frank had been at home relaxing, watching television, where he lived with his parents Eileen and Frank (Snr.) 

    It is now 30 years since Frank left his home at Lotamore Park, Mayfield, Cork City, at around 6.15pm. It is unknown where Frank went after leaving the Lotamore estate and there haven’t been any sightings or contact with Frank since. 

    The following day February 13th he was reported missing by his family to the Gardaí at Cobh Garda station, who commenced a missing person’s investigation. Despite land searches and the ensuing investigation Frank has never been located. 


    • Neat brown hair
    • 5’10
    • Medium build 


    • Three quarter length wine coloured jacket
    • Green jumper
    • Navy tracksuit pants
    • Green sweater
    • White runners


    • Do you know where Frank went after he left his home?
    • Did you speak to Frank at the time of his disappearance? If so did he impart any piece of information that might account for his disappearance?
    • With the passage of time you may feel better placed to come forward and assist the investigation. It maybe something that you have wanted to unburden yourself of over the years, and for whatever reason had difficulty in doing so. Any information no matter how insignificant it may seem, will be welcomed by Gardaí and Frank’s family.
    • Gardaí would like to assure any potential callers that the information you impart will be treated with sensitivity and compassion. (Mayfield Garda station 021 4558510 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.)


    Gardaí at Raheny station are seeking the public’s help in locating missing person Joe Scally, last seen leaving his home in Raheny, Dublin 5 on Wednesday May 3rd at 11:30am. 

    CCTV obtained during the investigation captures the last sighting of Joe walking in the direction of the Summit, Howth, Co. Dublin.

    Extensive searches have been conducted in the area surrounding the summit including the Baily Light House to Balscadden with Gardaí being assisted by the Howth Coast Guard and Dublin Civil Defence which included the use of drones, search teams and dog units.

    Garda Appeal:

    • Anyone who may have seen 81 year old Joe Scally since the 3rd May when he last left his home in Raheny. 
    • There was reported sightings of Joe on the afternoon of Wednesday 3rd May, walking in the direction of Howth Summit. Joe’s family and Gardaí are appealing to anyone that may have seen him at that location, to come forward.

    Description of Joe:

    • Approximately 5’11” in height, strong build, clean shaven and he had short grey hair and blue eyes.
    • Last seen wearing a black puffer jacket and dark coloured trousers


    The Gardaí at Carlow Town together with John Coakley’s family appealed for the publics assistance to locate 40 year old John, missing from his home at Carlow Town since the early hours of Saturday April 15th.Crimecall Interviewed John’s father, John senior and his friend Kieran who expressed their level of concern for his wellbeing and safety.

    Inspector David Buckley was in studio and outlined that in the early hours of Saturday April 15th, John was captured on CCTV walking through Carlow Town Centre.  He appealed for viewers to move the investigation on from the last sighting of John at the Hanover bus park in the town and explained that Johns family and friends have been left shocked by his sudden disappearance.

    The Garda investigation have been assisted in their search efforts by the Army, Civil Defence and the Garda Water and Air Support unit. John’s family and friend’s have conducted searches for him over the past number of weeks focusing on the Carlow Town area.

    Last know movements:

    Friday 14th April – approx. 11.30pm

    • CCTV shows John leaving his home at Brown Street, Carlow
    • He has his bike with him and two plastic bags

    Saturday 15th April – approx. 1.55 am 

    • John visits his father / step mother’s house on O’Hanrahan Avenue where he spoke to his stepmother

    Approx. 2.15 am

    • CCTV shows John on his bike in St Mary’s Park where he jumped a wall and ran towards O’Hanrahan Avenue.

    John makes his way to Green Lane, walking towards the Town Centre.

    • Turns right onto Tullow Street
    • Turns left onto Potato Market
    • Turns right onto Kennedy Avenue

    Last sighting is at Hanover Bus Park (Carlow Coach Park) in the Town Centre.

    Description of John:

    • 40 years of age
    • 6'2 in height
    • Short black hair


    • Black Gilet jacket
    • Black polo shirt
    • Denim jeans
    • Back pack
    • White runners

    Garda Appeal:

    • Were you socializing in Carlow Town on the night in question ? Did you see or speak to John during the early hours of April 15th or indeed since ?
    • Did you see or interact with John after he was last seen on Kennedy Avenue opposite the bus station at 2.55am ?
    • If you were driving in the area at the time, can you check your dash cam footage for possible sightings of John?
    • If you are a farmer or landowner can you check your lands, especially boundary hedge rows and perimeter growths. Also persons that might own derelict buildings, out houses or sheds in the Carlow area to check these places. Maybe John passed through. 


    Garda at Navan are looking for assistance in locating the whereabouts of missing person Mark Duffy (43).

    Mark was last seen on October 3rd 2022,when at 10.50am he collected a social welfare payment at a post office in the Johnstown Shopping Centre, Navan.

    Later that day at approximately 2.45pm Mark was seen at a Centra shop on Commons Road, Navan, which is the last confirmed sighting of Mark.

    Mark was subsequently reported missing on October 13th by a family member who became concerned when she hadn’t heard from him. A Garda investigation was launched and it was established that there had been no sightings of Mark since October 3rd, nor had his phone been used and he had not left the country.

    Gardaí subsequently conducted searches of the Navan and River Boyne area but there have been no sightings of Mark or evidence of his whereabouts.

    Description of Mark:

    • 5ft 8 in height
    • Medium build
    • Blue eyes
    • Brown hair
    • Tattoos on the inside of both forearms of his children’s names
    • Walks with noticeable limp


    • Dark clothing with a cream hoody underneath, the hood of which was outside his jacket.

    Garda Appeal:

    • Did you see or speak to Mark on October 3rd or in the days leading up to it?
    • Mark was last seen on CCTV at the Commons Road shortly before 2:45pm.  Were you in the area around this time? Do you know where he went after here?
    • It is thought that Mark may have walked along the railway tracks on the outskirts of Navan near to Tara Mines after leaving Commons Road.  Gardaí are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen Mark at this location?
    • If you think you may have seen Mark or that you may be able to assist the investigation, Gardaí would appreciate your assistance.


    Gardaí at Roxboro Road Garda Station are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of thirty-year-old Matthew Carroll who has not been seen since the 8th June 1998.

    Matthew, a father of one, was out socialising with friends in the Roxboro area, they were celebrating a recent win for a local football team, Carew Park who had won the Lawson Cup the previous day.

    Matthew was last seen leaving the Steering Wheel public house at Roxboro shopping centre at around 8pm to walk the short distance to his home at nearby Rose court.

    Matthew never arrived home and has not been seen since, his daughter Trudy and his brother Seamus continue to appeal for information that may assist the investigation.

    Garda Appeal:

    • If you met, saw or have information in relation to the disappearance of Matthew on 8th June 1998, and have not previously spoken to Gardaí, please come forward and speak to the investigation team.
    • You may have previously come forward but felt you couldn’t provide Gardaí with all the information in your possession at the time. Please contact the investigation team now. With the passage of time, circumstance could have changed and you may be better placed to do so. Any such information will be welcomed by the investigation team and Matthew’s family and will be treated sensitively.
    • Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact the investigation team



    Gardaí at Mountjoy station together with Thomas Flood’s family appealed for the public’s assistance to help trace and locate Thomas, who is 48 years old, and missing from his home in Dublin 1 since Sunday 16th April 2023.  Thomas’s brother Christopher expressed the family’s level of concern for his well-being and safety.

    Superintendent Cormac Brennan was in studio and appealed to the public to assist with the investigation. The investigation so far has concentrated on the Howth area of Co.Dublin and searches have been conducted in the area by Thomas’s family, Coast guard, Dublin Civil Defence and Gardaí.


    ·         Height - Approximately 5 foot 3 inches

    ·         Medium build

    ·         Bald / blue eyes

    ·         48 years


    ·         Light grey bubble jacket

    ·         Grey long sleeved top

    ·         Dark grey bottoms

    ·         Brown shoes

    Last known Movements:

    ·         Portland Place , Dublin 1, Approximately 11am -  Thomas walks in the direction of Dorset street and turns right towards Drumcondra road lower

    ·         Arrives Drumcondra train station and goes upstairs to platform 1 (city bound)

    ·         Arrives Connolly station 11.25 am and waits on the arrival of the Dart train to Howth at 11.45am

    ·         Arrives at Howth train station at 12.12pm – Purchased a sandwich and two bottles of diet coke at a shop next door to the station.

    ·         Approximately  30 minutes later - Takes Dublin bus at Harbour road to Thormanby road Howth

    ·         Shortly before 12.45pm disembarks bus and travels in the direction of the Bailey Green road, Howth. Thomas is now on foot, carrying a blue plastic shopping bag containing sandwich / drinks.


    ·         Take a look at the images of Thomas together with his description. Do you remember seeing or speaking to him either on Sunday 16th or since?

    ·         Thomas’s family and Gardaí are anxious for your assistance to help advance the investigation and locate Thomas. If you think you can assist Thomas’s family and the investigation team, please do not to hesitate to get in touch. Let the investigation team asses whatever it is you have to offer?


    Mountjoy Garda Station investigating – Tel: (01) 6668600





    The Gardaí at Finglas Garda Station, continue to investigate the murder of Anthony Campbell (20 years) and Martin Hyland (39 years).

    On December 12th, 2006, at approximately 8:30AM, Anthony and his work colleague called to an address at Scribblestown Park, Finglas South. They had been hired by the female occupant of the house to carry out repair work on a number of radiators. They were told that a male relative was asleep upstairs but to proceed with their work.

    The partner of the woman, had departed for work that morning and she then left with her child for the school run.

    Anthony was working on the downstairs radiators when his colleague departed the house for a local builder supplies shop. On his return he couldn’t get back in as the door was closed shut. Despite ringing the doorbell he didn’t received an answer and then rang Anthony’s phone but there was no response.

    He then sat back into the van until the woman returned shortly from the school run. She opened the door and discovered Anthony lying on the floor in the front room. She called for Anthony’s colleague while she then exited the house as she had a child with her.

    The emergency services were then called and attended the scene. It was also discovered that the male relative sleeping upstairs had also been fatally shot.

    The Crimecall team went on location and interviewed Anthony’s mum Christine Campbell - Holman who made a heartfelt appeal for information to assist with the investigation and bring justice for Anthony.

    Garda Appeal:

    • Inspector Dara Kenny acknowledged the immense grief experienced by Christine Campbell during the last 17 years, which he said was a particularly difficult time of year for families experiencing such trauma.
    • While the resources typical of a murder investigation have been made available over the years it has not resulted in that critical piece of information required to progress the investigation.
    • Inspector Kenny emphasised that the Garda investigation is still live and with that he stressed that the answers are out there, in the Finglas area and beyond.
    • He urged those who may feel that at the time or in the interim they were unable to assist the investigation to do so now. He wanted to ensure them that they would be treated with the utmost sensitivity and compassion.
    • Perhaps you were confided in by those responsible or privy to conversations during which the murders were discussed and that with the passage of time loyalties and associations may have changed.

    Suspect vehicle:

    • A black VW Passat bearing false registration plates 06-D-27432, which was found on fire at Glasilawn Avenue, Finglas East shortly after 9. 30am.The correct registration of this car is 05-D-68043, and was taken from outside its owner’s home in Newbridge, Co. Kildare between 30th November and 1st December 2006.
    • In relation to the VW Passat – Do you know who had possession / use of this car from the time it was taken from Newbridge, Co Kildare until it is destroyed by fire at Glaslawn Avenue, Finglas.

    Gardaí are continuing to investigate the disappearance of twenty six year old American woman, Annie McCarrick who is missing since Friday 26th March 1993.  This investigation was upgraded to murder on Friday 23rd March 2023.

    Annie travelled to Ireland to study and was living in an apartment at St. Cathryn’s Court, Sandymount, Dublin, with two other friends. On that Friday morning Annie spoke with both her flatmates who left to go home for the weekend.  She did some shopping at Quinnsworth and she left these groceries on the kitchen table of her home.  The last confirmed sighting of Annie was at AIB branch on Sandymount Road.  There have been  

    other reported sightings of her at Sandymount Green, on the 44 bus from Ranelagh to Enniskerry and at Johnny Foxes Pub.

    Annie was formally reported missing by her mother Nancy, who travelled to Ireland on 30th March 1993.

    Annie was described as being 5’8” in height, 10 stone, long brown hair and she spoke with a soft Irish-American accent.  When Annie disappeared, it is believed she was in possession of a large brown leather bag.

    Annie was the only child of John and Nancy McCarrick, Annie would have turned fifty six on 21st March this year. Annie’s father John has sadly passed away.

    Garda Appeal

    • Annie McCarricks last confirmed sighting was at approximately 11am on Friday 26th March 1993 at the AIB on Sandymount Road.  Do you recall seeing Annie in the Sandymount area on that day? 
    • Gardaí wish to thank the members of the public who have come forward and assisted with this investigation so far, but as we are starting a new murder investigation, we are exploring all other possibilities into where Annie went that day. 
    • Gardaí would like to speak to anybody who has information on the disappearance of Annie McCarrick and her murder on or about the 26th of March 1993. 
    • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who has any information in relation to Annie’s disappearance and murder, who haven’t yet spoken to Gardaí, to come forward.  We would like to reassure anyone that while they may not have been in a position to tell Gardaí everything they knew, at the time, that their information will be treated sensitively. 

    Donnybrook Garda Station investigating. Tel: 01-6669200.



    Gardaí at Claremorris station, County Mayo are re-appealing for information in relation to the murder of Edward (Eddie) Fitzmaurice, Bellaghy, Charlestown, Co. Mayo.

    On the 5th May 1998 at 6.45pm Eddie’s body was found in a bedroom of his home.  It was established that sometime between 8.20pm on Friday, May 1st 1998 and Saturday morning the May 2nd 1998 Eddie was injured in his home during a burglary.  He was tied up, gagged and left to die over a period of five days.

    The murder investigation has remained ongoing for the past twenty five years. During this period of time it has been reviewed on an ongoing basis which over the years has resulted in thousands of lines of enquiry being followed and hundreds of statements taken. This has culminated in numerous arrests but as yet no-one has been made amenable for this crime.

    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.

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


    • Investigating Gardaí believe that with the passage of time and a change in circumstances people who have information may now be in a position to come forward now.
    • Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information, however insignificant they feel it is to come forward and allow the investigation team assess it.


    The Gardaí at Tallaght Station are investigating the murder of Stephen Lynch - Brookview Close, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Thursday 13 April 2017.  

    Stephen got a lift from a friend to Brookview Close, where he got out of his friend’s vehicle. He then walked up to a silver Ford Focus hatchback and engaged in a conversation with the three people sitting in the car, through the front passenger window. There was some shouting heard and then the Ford Focus drove over Stephen injuring him. Stephen died from his injuries at the scene. 

    The occupants of the Ford Focus, then abandoned it, and ran from the scene. The Focus was recovered by Gardaí and preserved for examination. One of the suspects ran down Brookview Close onto Brookview Park and towards Brookfield Road. This suspect was not seen after this.

    The other two suspects turned left off Brookview Close and headed towards Brookview Avenue. They were then chased by some of the residents of Brookview Close. One of the residents tripped one of the suspects who fell and cut his hand. He managed to get up and continued running onto Brookview Avenue, where there was a dispute. This was believed to have been observed by a large number of people.

    A number of persons, including those we believe to be the occupants of the silver Ford Focus then got into a 01D metallic red Volkswagen Polo hatchback. This vehicle then fled the scene and drove to Ben Madigan Road, Drimnagh, Crumlin, Dublin 12 where it was parked by a lone male and later recovered by Gardaí at approximately 9.30 pm on the same date.

    This continues to be a live investigation, while some progress has been made, more evidence is required to bring closure to Stephen’s family and friends and bring the suspects to justice.

    Descriptions of Suspects: 

    • One of the suspects is described as a tanned male, approximately 5ft 8 inches, possibly black hair and wearing a green or navy rain jacket. 
    • A second suspect is described as being very thin with a gaunt face, dark brown hair and wearing a red Bubble jacket. 

    Garda Appeal:

    • Were you in the Brookview Estate at the time of Stephen’s murder? Can you assist the investigation by providing that critical piece of information that will allow the investigation advance?
    • We are making a direct appeal to those involved or those who know the suspects?
    • It may be the case that with the passage of time or change in circumstances, people who felt they could not come forward previously may now feel more comfortable and better placed to do so.
    • Stephen Lynch was killed in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street. He was a father himself and had a loving family. There was a large amount of children playing in the area at the time who witnessed the incident. Gardaí believe that the answers we are looking for in relation to this investigation are in the local community.
    • Over 6 years have passed since this incident occurred. During that time people tend to reflect on themselves, allegiances change, people move out of the area and may now be in a position to come forward to assist with the investigation who previously may not have felt comfortable doing so. A large review into this investigation is being undertaken and all evidence is being re-examined. The cooperation of the community will likely prove to be the key that we need in order to get justice for Stephen Lynch and his family.


    The Gardaí at Wicklow Town are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the murder of 26 year-old Steven O’Meara. On August 6th 2009, at approximately 6 pm, Steven left his home at Rose Hill, Wicklow town, and walked down through different walkways along the back of the town to Marlton road, where he was collected by a silver Nissan Pulsar car and driven through Redcross to Ballydonnell wood.

    At the woods, Gardaí believe there was a group of male suspects present. Steven was then fatally injured, shot and buried in a shallow grave at the woods. On August 8th 2009, Steven was reported missing to Gardaí by his partner. Gardaí began a missing person investigation, later upgraded to murder, culminating in two individuals being convicted for offences relating to the murder of Steven. The continuing investigation is now focusing on the remainder of the suspects believed to be involved in Steven’s death.

    Crimecall interviewed Steven’s parents John and Veronica who appealed for the public to assist with the Garda investigation into Steven’s death and to help them find closure.

    Suspect Vehicle:

    • Nissan Pulsar – Silver with a front right wing painted green – Registration number: 95D49899. This vehicle has been seized by Gardaí.

    Garda appeal:

    • Gardaí would like to acknowledge the pain and suffering that Steven’s Murder has caused to both family and friends. The countless life events that Steven has missed, seeing his children grow up and the many milestones they have achieved. They would like to thank Steven’s parents, John and Veronica for the strength that they have shown.
    • While Gardaí acknowledge that two individuals have been convicted of offences relating to the Murder of Steven O’Meara, it is their belief that others were involved and they are seeking information from the public to assist in bringing these people to justice.
    • Do you have information surrounding the Silver Nissan Pulsar car, which had a distinctive green wing on the driver’s side? While Gardaí appreciate and understand the practicalities of recalling information from 14 years ago, this appeal is to the people who had knowledge of this vehicle at the time of this offence. Its storage, its movements and persons who had access to this vehicle.
    • An Garda Síochána believe there are people who have information that is key to progressing this investigation. Given the passage of time, they ask that these people examine their conscience and come forward to give Steven’s family and friends the closure they deserve.
    • Did you meet or speak to Stephen in the days leading up to his murder? Gardaí would like to hear from you and can assure you that you will be treated with compassion and sensitivity.

    To date in 2023 there has been 39 pedestrians killed on Irish Roads.  That number is significantly higher than this time last year when the number of pedestrians killed on our roads was 24. This is a worrying trend which we don’t want to continue. As winter approaches and evenings are getting darker, we would ask pedestrians to take the following steps to make themselves safer;

    • Stop, look and listen
    • Don’t try to cross the road between parked cars   
    • If possible, cross at a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights
    • Never cross at a bend
    • If there is a footpath use it
    • If there is no footpath, walk/run/jog on the right hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic and keeping as close as possible to the side of the road
    • Walk no more than two abreast and if the road is narrow or there is heavy traffic, walk in single file

    As a pedestrian, you are one of the most vulnerable road users. So it’s important that you practice good road safety and take personal responsibility in keeping yourself and others safe on our roads.

    More than two thirds of fatal pedestrian collisions happen at night. Although you can hear a car coming and see its lights, the driver may not see you, and certainly won’t hear you.

    To protect yourself make sure you;

    • Always wear a pair of reflective armbands, high-visibility belt or other reflective or fluorescent clothing which will help you to be seen from a distance
    • Carry a torch on country roads

    Hi-Viz clothing works by distinguishing the wearer from the visual clutter by means of being brighter through fluorescence, or by increasing night time visibility through the use of reflective stripes and markings.

    Hi-Viz clothing is a passive safety measure, which is shown in lab studies to increase the distance at which a person or object is noticed by an observer.

    Walking to School

    Research shows that children under (12) should not cross roads on their own. They cannot decide how far away a car is or how fast it is going. They should be taken to school by a responsible adult.

    Don’t allow your child to cross the road between parked cars. This is very dangerous as a driver will not be able to see your child. Show your child how to cross the road by example. Choose safe places to cross and explain the reasons why to your child i.e. footbridges, zebra or pelican crossings or with a school warden.


    Uncontrolled crossing places


    Generally uncontrolled crossing places (courtesy crossings) are designated shared areas of the road. They are coloured, slightly raised or patterned cobbled sections of road, and drivers should be aware of the potential dangers of pedestrians approaching or crossing on them.

    It is also important to point out that pedestrians do not have an automatic right of way when using these crossings. Pedestrians need to be alert and aware that traffic may suddenly approach from either direction. Pedestrians should only enter uncontrolled crossing places ensuring that all traffic is aware of their presence if crossing the road. This differs from Pedestrian lights and Pelican crossings where traffic will have a red light meaning pedestrians will have right of way.

    A Zebra crossing is identified by black and white ‘zebra’ road markings and a flashing amber beacon. Pedestrians claim priority at a crossing by putting a foot on road and waiting until it is safe to cross.


    • Ensure you stick to the speed limits
    • Be extra vigilant when approaching junctions or pedestrian crossings. People may be in dark clothing making them harder to see at night
    • Eliminate all distractions from inside your car so that you can concentrate on your driving
    • Take care when entering or exiting driveways, especially if you are reversing out onto the road
    • Ensure your headlights are working and not obscured by dust or dirt
    • Take extra care when passing schools, especially in morning and evening when children and parents are walking to and from school. Be extra cautious for children who may appear from between parked vehicles

    When a pedestrian is hit by a car at 50kph, they have a 50% chance of living. But when hit at 60kph, the chance of living drops to just 10%.

    Pedestrian Fatalities Survey

    A recent survey on pedestrian death showed the following;

    • Older pedestrians are a particularly vulnerable group
    • October – January is a high risk period for pedestrian fatalities, as are weekends (12-5am)
    • The majority of pedestrian fatalities take place in darkness, with very low levels of high-visibility clothing being worn
    • The majority of pedestrian fatalities take place on urban roads
    • A third of pedestrians were crossing the road, and (1) in (5) had failed to observe
    • (1) in (2) pedestrian fatalities were confirmed to have consumed alcohol

    Half of culpable drivers failed to observe before the fatal pedestrian collision, a quarter of culpable drivers were speeding


    Under 25 Road Deaths

    There has been (51) road deaths so far in 2023, an increase of (5) deaths on this time last year. Of the (51) road deaths, (18) of the deceased are under 25 year old. This represents 35% of all road deaths. When you compare this to last year’s figures, 25 year olds represented 16% with (8) deaths and at the end of last year it was 19%, (29) deaths.

    Lifesaver Offences

    We refer to the four offences which contribute most to road traffic collisions as ‘Lifesaver Offences’

    These four lifesaver offences are namely;

    • Ø Non wearing of seat belts
    • Ø Driving under the influence of drink / drugs
    • Ø Speeding
    • Ø Holding a mobile phone while driving

    Seat Belts

    Seat belts are the most basic form of road safety and are proven lifesavers. Seat belts dramatically reduce the risk of death and serious injury in the event of a collision. Yet our provisional statistics from 2021 shows that 27% of drivers and passengers killed in road traffic collisions, were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

    Results from a recent survey found that while 96% of drivers say they always wear a seat belt, this figure drops to 83% when people are travelling in the back seat of a car. Forgetting to put on seat belt is the main reason for not wearing it.

    If you are over 17 you are legally responsible for wearing your seat belt in a vehicle whether you are a driver or a passenger. Responsibility lies with the driver to ensure that all passengers under the age of 17 wear a seat belt or have a proper child restraint.

    Child Restraints

    Weight and Height

    • All children under 150cms in height or 36kgs (79lbs) in weight must use a child restraint system (CRS) suitable for their height and weight while travelling in a car or goods vehicle. An example of a CRS would be a child car seat or booster cushion.
    • Rear-facing child car seats must not be used in passenger seats protected by an active frontal airbag. An airbag which deploys in front of a rearward facing child car seat can cause serious injury or even death if there is a collision.
    • There is no law against children sitting in the front seat, as long as they are using the right child restraint for their height and weight.
    • A properly fitted child restraint system keeps the child in their seat, preventing them from being thrown about inside or being thrown from the vehicle. It also absorbs some of the impact force. This means that your child is much less likely to be killed or injured in a collision.


    Driving while intoxicated continues to be a problem on Irish roads. I would appeal to people to;

    • Never, ever drink / drug drive
    • Book a taxi or use public transport
    • Nominate a ‘designated driver’
    • Make sure you are alcohol free the next morning

    With the introduction of the new drug testing device we expect the number of road side drug tests to greatly increase during 2023. We will also continue to test people for the presence of alcohol on the roadside. Please ensure that you don’t get behind the wheel while intoxicated from drink or drugs.


    Speeding is the biggest contributing factor to road deaths in Ireland, it’s a factor in one third of all fatal collisions.

    The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood of a collision happening. We are asking people to slow down and always drive within the speed limits.

    Holding Mobile Phone

    Mobile phones are the number one distraction to drivers on Irish roads. Despite the fact that using mobile phones while driving is killing people on our roads, people continue to text, make phone calls, take selfies or update their social media pages while driving. Statistics show that making a call makes a driver four times more likely to be involved in a collision and texting makes a driver 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision.


    Longer evenings

    Approaching summer holidays

    More activity under 25 year olds

    Appeal to everybody to keep lifesaver offences in mind.

    During November’s programme Sergeant Gavin Coleman was in studio to highlight the Christmas and New Year Enforcement Campaign 2023 which commences on December 1st and will continue through to January 5th 2024.

    The operation will focus on driving while intoxicated - drink driving and drug driving. It will see increased enforcement in terms of mandatory intoxicant testing checkpoints, where Gardaí have the power to test drivers for the presence of alcohol and drugs.

    The number of people arrested for drug driving so far this year is 2,304. The number of people arrested for drink driving so far this year is 4,093. That’s a combined total of 6,397 people arrested for driving while intoxicated this year so far.

    There have been 39 Fatal/Serious Injury Collisions where at least one driver tested positive for drugs/alcohol at the scene of a collision so far this year.

    Since April 2017, Gardaí have the power to carry out roadside drug testing. This is done by analysing a saliva sample at the roadside and if it shows the presence of drugs the person will then be arrested and taken to a Garda station where they will be required to provide a blood sample. This is then sent to the Medical Bureau of Road Safety where it is analysed and it is the result of this examination that is used by Gardaí as evidence in court. 

    Since December 1st 2022, Gardaí have begun using an updated drug testing kit, the Drugwipe 6S, a portable device, much like an antigen test, which Gardaí use at the roadside to test for five different types of illegal and prescription drugs that affect a person’s ability to drive.

    People convicted of driving under the influence of drugs will receive a disqualification from driving for one year. This can have serious consequences for people often resulting in loss of employment. All Roads Policing members can now check the status of a person’s driving licence through their mobility device at the roadside meaning that if a driver is driving while disqualified they will be detected and will face a court appearance as a result.

    Our figures show that over 4,093 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving since January 1st this year. Penalties for drink driving range from 3 months to 6 years disqualification, a fine of up to €5000 or 6 months imprisonment. Alcohol is a factor in 38% of all fatal crashes.

    I would ask people going out socialising this Christmas to plan ahead. Leave the car at home. Over the years I’ve seen where people drive to their destination, with the intention of leaving the car behind and getting a taxi or public transport home. They come out and it’s raining, there are no taxis and suddenly they are behind the wheel driving home. Leave the car at home - it removes the temptation to drive home.

    A lot of people will visit relatives over the Christmas period and may have a drink. I would like to remind people that house measures can often be larger than pub or restaurant measures and it’s something that often catches people out.

    People should also be mindful of driving the next morning after a night out. Make sure enough time has elapsed to allow the alcohol to pass through your system.


    • Never, ever Drink/Drug drive
    • Book a taxi or use public transport
    • Nominate a Designated Driver
    • Make sure you are Alcohol free the next morning

    We will be on the roads on a 24/7 basis over the Christmas period, focusing on all lifesaver offences, but particularly driving while intoxicated. We will intercept drink and drug drivers, please don’t be one of them.

    Sergeant Gavin Coleman, Roads Policing Bureau


    Towing a Trailer/Caravan

    Category B Driving Licence

    A category B driving licence allows the holder to drive vehicles having a Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) not exceeding 3500kg, designed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver.

    A category B driving licence is the licence you obtain when you pass your driving test. It’s the licence that the majority of people in this country hold and use to drive on a daily basis. It allows the holder to drive cars, suv’s, 4x4’s and vans which do not exceed 3500kg (three and a half tonnes).

    A category B driving licence also allows the holder to tow a trailer behind their vehicle. However, this applies to a trailer with a maximum weight not greater than 750kg, or where the maximum weight of the trailer is more than 750kg, the combined maximum weight of the towing vehicle and the trailer is not greater than 3500kg. The holder of a category B learner permit may not tow any trailer – whatever the size.

    If the combined maximum weight of the towing vehicle and the trailer exceed 3500kg, the driver will need a category BE driving licence. A category BE driving licence can be obtained after successfully completing a specific driving test. It allows the holder to drive a vehicle and trailer combination not exceeding 7000kg.

    Whether you tow a trailer for work or for domestic reasons, it is important to know your legal obligations and ensure you do not drive a vehicle or tow a trailer that your driving licence may not cover. You also need to know the following:

    • the towing capacity of your vehicle
    • the load carrying capacity of your trailer
    • the unladen weight of the trailer

    You must ensure that you do not exceed these. The weight of the trailer and its load combined should not exceed the manufacturer’s specified towing capacity for your towing vehicle. To find out the towing capacity of your vehicle, consult your owner’s handbook or the manufacturer’s statutory plate affixed to the vehicle.

    To find out the load carrying capacity of your trailer, consult the manufacturer’s statutory plate affixed to it for its MAM. The unladen weight of the trailer will also be on the statutory plate.

    The RSA has prepared a short video clip to provide you with a step by step guide to trailer towing entitlements. The video is available from: www.youtube.com/ RSAIreland.

    Examples of Trailer Offences encountered by Gardaí

    This trailer was encountered in Dublin. It was overloaded and the load was unsecure. The trailer also had no rear lights or indicators.

    This trailer which contained 30 sheep was stopped by Gardaí in Co. Wicklow. It was missing a wheel when encountered.

    This 4x4 and trailer was stopped by Gardaí in Dublin. It was towing a trailer which contained a digger. The digger was unsecure and the driver did not have the correct driving licence to drive the vehicle.

    The driver of this 4x4 which was towing a trailer and boat was encountered by Gardaí in Co. Kerry. There was no lights or indicators on the trailer and the driver was not licenced or insured to drive the vehicle.

    Gardaí in Co. Clare detected this car which was towing a trailer travelling at 133 kph on the M18 motorway. The maximum speed allowed when towing a trailer is 80kph. Also there was no registration plate attached to the trailer.

    This 4x4 and livestock trailer was stopped by Gardaí in Co. Westmeath. The trailer contained two horses at the time. Upon inspection of the trailer it was found to have two excessively worn tyres.


    The additional weight of the load on the trailer must also be considered when you are deciding what speed is safest for your journey. Always drive at a speed that is appropriate to your experience as well as the road and traffic conditions. Be aware that the maximum legal speed limit for a vehicle drawing a trailer on any road is 80 kilometres per hour unless a lower speed limit sign is posted. These speeds apply even if the towing vehicle is a 4x4.

    Tips for Towing a Caravan

    If towing a caravan this summer the following tips may be helpful;

    • Make sure your side mirrors allow you to see down both sides of your caravan. Attach extension mirrors where necessary.
    • Make sure brakes and lights work correctly and that wheels, tyres, wheel bearings and the suspension are in good condition.
    • Never allow passengers travel in the caravan when you are towing it. All passengers should always travel in the towing vehicle.
    • Make sure you hitch the caravan to your car correctly ensuring safety breakaway cable is secured in place and in good condition. Packing up after your holiday can be stressful and it’s important that you don’t get distracted when hitching up your caravan.
    • Drive at the right speed. The maximum legal speed limit for a vehicle towing a caravan is 80km/h.
    • At some point you are going to have to reverse, which can be quite difficult. It’s a good idea to practice reversing your caravan before the trip.
    • Your caravan will affect how your car performs and how well you can control it. In particular, towing a caravan increases the amount of fuel your car uses and decreases its ability to accelerate and brake. It is wise to practice towing a caravan on short trips before you attempt a long journey.


    Road Deaths January to August

    There have been 136 road deaths so far in 2023. This is an increase of 24 deaths on this time

    Last year. Of the 136 road deaths, 35% of the deceased have been under 25 year old.

    There has also been a 40% increase in pedestrians killed on our roads since last year and a staggering 88% increase in passengers killed.

    Eight out of nine driver fatalities in the under 25 category, were male.   

    Aggravating Factors in Fatal Collisions

    Seatbelts: 30% of drivers/passenger fatalities this year were not wearing seat belts.

    Results from a recent survey found that while 96% of drivers say they always wear a seat belt, this figure drops to 83% when people are travelling in the back seat of a car. Forgetting to put on seat belt is the main reason for not wearing it.

    If you are over 17 you are legally responsible for wearing your seat belt in a vehicle whether you are a driver or a passenger. Responsibility lies with the driver to ensure that all passengers under the age of 17 wear a seat belt or have a proper child restraint.

    DUI: Driving while intoxicated continues to be a problem on Irish roads. I would appeal to people to;

    •  Never, ever drink / drug drive
    •  Book a taxi or use public transport
    •  Nominate a ‘designated driver’
    •  Make sure you are alcohol free the next morning

    A recent survey in Ireland showed that in the intervening years 2013-2017, 37% of fatalities, which had a toxicology result available, showed a positive result.


    Speeding is the biggest contributing factor to road deaths in Ireland, it’s a factor in one third of all fatal collisions.

    The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood of a collision happening. We are asking people to slow down and always drive within the speed limits.

    Holding Mobile Phone:

    Mobile phones are the number one distraction to drivers on Irish roads. Despite the fact that using mobile phones while driving is killing people on our roads, people continue to text, make phone calls, take selfies or update their social media pages while driving. Statistics show that making a call makes a driver four times more likely to be involved in a collision and texting makes a driver 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision.


    • Evenings getting shorter
    • Winter weather approaching
    • Children back to school


    We are appealing to drivers to take care on the roads.

    • Plan your journey.
    • Keep to the speed limit.
    • Do not get distracted by your phone or anything else.
    • Drive according to the road and weather conditions
    • Never drink/take drugs and drive
    • Watch out for vulnerable road users

    Driving is the most dangerous thing a person will do on a weekly basis. It needs to be treated accordingly. (Figures correct on the date of publication)

    Sergeant Gavin Coleman, DMR Roads Policing Division

    On this month’s Crimecall Garda Adrian Corcoran was in studio discussing pedestrian safety/road fatalities and to offer safety advice to all road users. 

    Review of 2022 Road Deaths and Pedestrian Safety

    A total of 156 people died in 150 fatal road collisions in 2022, compared to 137 deaths in 124 fatal road collisions in 2021. This represents an increase of 18 deaths or a 13% rise in road fatalities compared to 2021.

    There were 42 pedestrians killed in fatal collisions in 2022, over double the number killed in 2021, (which was 20). Cork (13), Dublin (13) and Limerick (10) recorded the highest number of fatalities by county (23% of total).

    Over a half (52%) of fatalities occurred between Friday and Sunday.

    A fifth (20%) of fatalities occurred between 4pm and 6pm.

    1,292 people were seriously injured in collisions.

    2022 saw a rise in fatalities on our roads. The most worrying statistic from these figures is the number of pedestrians that lost their lives on our roads in 2022.

    2022 Fatalities per Road User:

    Fatalities - Road User

    2021 Fatalities

    2022 Fatalities


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    E-Scooter Driver/Passenger










    Pedestrian Safety

    On the October 24th Crimecall last year we spoke about pedestrian safety and at that time 22 pedestrians had lost the lives. In the 10 weeks from that programme until the end of 2022 a further 20 pedestrians were killed. We also spoke about the fact that October to January is the high risk period for pedestrian deaths with the majority occurring during the hours of darkness. We are still at a time of year where we have dark mornings and evenings so I would ask pedestrians to ensure that they are visible to other road users. 


    • l Stop, look and listen
    • l Don’t try to cross the road between parked cars
    • l If possible, cross at a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights
    • l Never cross at a bend
    • l If there is a footpath use it
    • l If there is no footpath, walk/run/jog on the right hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic and keeping as close as possible to the side of the road
    • l Walk no more than two abreast and if the road is narrow or there is heavy traffic, walk in single file

    As a pedestrian, you are one of the most vulnerable road users. So it’s important that you practice good road safety and take personal responsibility in keeping yourself and others safe on our roads. More than two thirds of fatal pedestrian collisions happen at night. Although you can hear a car coming and see its lights, the driver may not see you, and certainly won’t hear you.

    To protect yourself make sure you;

    • l Always wear a pair of reflective armbands, high-visibility belt or other reflective or fluorescent clothing which will help you to be seen from a distance
    • l Carry a torch on country roads 

    High-visibility vests are free to order from RSA.ie

    Hi-Viz clothing works by distinguishing the wearer from the visual clutter by means of being brighter through fluorescence, or by increasing night time visibility through the use of reflective stripes and markings.

    Hi-Viz clothing is a passive safety measure, which is shown in lab studies to increase the distance at which a person or object is noticed by an observer.

    Driver Advice

    Drivers account for 39% of the total fatalities in 2022 with 61 deaths. There are 4 leading driver behaviours which are a factor in the majority of fatal collisions. Known as lifesaver offences they are, speeding, mobile phone use, seatbelt offences and driving while intoxicated.

    During 2022 An Garda Síochána detected 165,115 speeding offences, 5862 detected not wearing a seatbelt, 18399 drivers detected holding a mobile phone and 8064 arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated through drink or drugs or a combination of both (5346 drink driving/2718 drug driving).

    Speeding is the biggest contributing factor to road deaths in Ireland, it’s a factor in one third of all fatal collisions.

    The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood of a collision happening. We are asking people to slow down and always drive within the speed limits.

    Where it was possible to establish the use of a seatbelt or not among drivers killed in 2022, a total of 19% were found not to have been wearing a seatbelt.

    Our advice is to everyone, whether driving or a passenger, please ensure that you are wearing your seat belt before you set off.

    Seat belts dramatically reduce the risk of death and serious injury in the event of a collision.


    Statistics show that making a call makes a driver 4 times more likely to be involved in a collision and texting makes a driver a staggering 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision.

    Simply holding a mobile phone in your hand is an offence, you don’t have to be on a call.


    Driving while intoxicated continues to be a problem on Irish roads. I would appeal to people to;

    • Never, ever drink / drug drive
    • Book a taxi or use public transport
    • Nominate a ‘designated driver’
    • Make sure you are alcohol free the next morning 

    With the introduction of the new drug testing device we expect the number of road side drug tests to greatly increase during 2023. We will also continue to test people for the presence of alcohol on the roadside. Please ensure that you don’t get behind the wheel while intoxicated from drink or drugs.

    On this month’s Crimecall Inspector David Tiernan was in studio discussing Road fatalities on the context of An Garda Síochána’s shared objectives with the other stakeholders and the role played in implementing the Governments Road Safety Strategy 2021 – 2030.


    • Reduction in the number of deaths and Serious Injuries on our Roads
    • Improve Driver behavior and attitudes


    Engage with drivers when on patrol, at checkpoints through our social media platforms and through liaison with other stakeholders, We also have a role in educating people and for example we are currently running  Bike safe workshops nationally where we educate motorcyclists through Classroom based workshop and assessed ride led by our highly trained Garda Motorcyclists.

    Of course we have a role in the enforcement of our Road Traffic Legislation and where unfortunately we continue to see breaches.

    So far in 2023 An Garda Síochána have issued:





    Mobile Phone




    Drink Driving


    Drug Driving




    An Garda Síochána are tasked with the responsibilities mentioned already and we along with other stakeholders such as County Councils, RSA, TII, HSE who all have a role to play in implementing the Governments Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, Irelands 5th,that hopes to achieve a 50% reduction in deaths and Serious injuries by 2030.

    Currently in Phase 1 of this plan 2021-2024(15% Reduction in Fatal RTC and 10% in Serious Injury)

    Areas of Intervention

    1. Safe roads and Roadsides
    2. Safe Speeds
    3. Safe Vehicles
    4. Safe Road Use
    5. Post Crash Response
    6. Safe and healthy modes of travel
    7. Safe work related road use.


    Victims on our Roads are at the heart of our appeal to everyone. Many members of An Garda Síochána have been to these Road Traffic collisions that have claimed the lives of people and have seen first-hand the impact it has on families. This impact lasts a lifetime and therefore we must do everything possible to minimize the risk for people on our roads.

    On the 20/6/23 we conducted a Day of action in Mayo/Roscommon/Longford Division in which we targeted the main Thoroughfare through the Division (N5). Multiagency checkpoints were conducted with other agencies of the state and when some Drivers were detected driving their vehicles that may not be roadworthy, without Insurance and at excessive speed.

    Advice / Appeal - Summer Time

    Summer time is the most dangerous time of the year on the roads - with no obvious dangers, good weather, long days which can lead to a driver dropping their guard.

    Children are off schools and I’m asking that everyone take care on the roads and be extra vigilant.

    Summer months brings more bicycles, motorcycles, caravans, tourists and Agricultural vehicles onto our roads.

    Agricultural Vehicles

    • Wash down vehicles—Don’t carry extra mud and stones onto public road,
    • Careful when transporting material such as silage, sand, gravel to ensure it does not go onto public road
    • Don’t overload trailers
    • Use your mirrors and be aware of what is on the road behind you

    I ask that people be patient on our roads, every Road user has a part to play. There are usually extra delays owing to the extra volume of traffic and this can cause frustration

    Fatal collisions (33) for June, July and August 2022, currently there have been (7) so far in June.


    Ensure vehicle is roadworthy including checking

    • Tyres - High temperatures can exacerbate damage and weak spots so check tyres before driving.
    • Check Oil, water before travelling and check Weather Forecast as given our recent interchangeable weather.
    • Keep the window glass clean and repair any chips and be aware of sun glare. Sun rises in the East and sets in West and people travelling should be cognizant of this.
    • Fatigue—Driver Fatigue is common and a huge risk especially during hot weather —Ensure to take plenty of breaks.
    • Be PREPARED before setting off.

    Lifesaver Appeal

    • Reduce speed, Speeding is the biggest contributing factor to road deaths in Ireland, it’s a factor in one third of all fatal collisions. Plan your journey and take your time—Utilise Apps that give driving distances and time.

    Motorists driving at 50Km/hr when you hit a pedestrian they have a 50% chance of surviving.

    At 60Km/hr and the chance of surviving reduces to 10%.

    Speed limit is not a target - Drive at a speed appropriate to the Road and weather conditions, volumes of traffic present and likelihood of hazards present.

    1373 Safety Camera Zones Nationwide. (Identified High risk Locations

    • Ensure everyone wears seatbelt - Where it was possible to establish the use of a seatbelt or not among drivers killed in 2022, a total of 19% were found not to have been wearing a seatbelt.
    • Use of Mobile phone - Statistics show that making a call makes a driver 4 times more likely to be involved in a collision and texting makes a driver a staggering 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision.
    • Don’t Drink or use Drugs and Drive.
    1. Never, ever drink / drug drive
    2.  Book a taxi or use public transport
    3. Nominate a ‘designated driver’
    4. Make sure you are alcohol free the next morning 
    • New Drug Wipe 6s - have seen an increase in the number of Arrests for Driving while under the influence of Drugs

      On this month’s Crimecall Inspector David Tiernan was in studio discussing Road fatalities on the context of An Garda Síochána’s shared objectives with the other stakeholders and the role played in implementing the Governments Road Safety Strategy 2021 – 2030.


    On the25th April 2022 Ireland’s first Motorway Average Speed Camera became operational on the M7 Motorway. Average speed cameras were first introduced in the Dublin Port Tunnel in 2017 but this latest system which operates on the M7 between junction 26 Nenagh (West) and junction 27 Birdhill is the first system monitoring motorway speed.


    Unlike traditional speed detection which measures the motorists speed at one particular point along the road, average speed cameras monitor a driver’s average speed while driving between two points. When driving the first camera will record your number plate, and then the second camera will do likewise. The system will time how long it has taken to travel between these two points to calculate your average speed.

    To put it simply, an average speed camera tracks how long it takes to travel between two set points on a road and uses this information to calculate your average speed.

    The system on the M7 Motorway operates between two cameras which are set at 9 kms apart and they operate in both directions of the Motorway.


    This location on the M7 was chosen due to frequent weather episodes including hail and sleet showers, resulting in increased collision frequency in the area. There were 6 fatalities along this stretch of motorway in the 8 years that preceded the introduction of the average speed cameras.

    The non-compliance rate at this location in 2020 was recorded at 32% for motor cars (68% compliance rate). 

    The camera system was installed in March 2021, which led to a non-enforcement testing phase which recorded an immediate impact on reducing incidents of speeding on this stretch of motorway.  A 10% non-compliance rate was reported.

    The system went live on 25th April 2022 and records an average of 47 speed detections daily. This represents a compliance rate of 96%.


    People have changed their behaviour. They know that if they exceed the average speed limit, there will be consequences. Any driver detected speeding by an average speed camera, defined by your average speed exceeding 120km/h, will receive three penalty points on their licence and a €160 fine. They will have a total of 56 days to pay the fine. Failure to do so will result in court proceedings. 

    Where safety cameras have been deployed, fatalities and serious injuries as a result of speeding have reduced.

    Although motorways are statistically the safest way of moving large volumes of traffic, there are still risks to drivers who use them. Several other areas of motorway have been identified as locations with a history of high speed collisions and will be considered as this system is rolled out across the country. Drivers tend to speed on sections of motorway when there is less traffic and they believe it to be quiet.

    During 2022 An Garda Síochána detected 165,115 speeding offences. Speeding is the biggest contributing factor to road deaths in Ireland, it’s a factor in one third of all fatal collisions.

    The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood of a collision happening. We are asking people to slow down and always drive within the speed limits. Drive at a speed appropriate to the road and weather conditions, the volume of traffic and the likelihood of hazards. Speed limits are the maximum speed you can drive at on a stretch of road in good conditions.


    What your Learner Permit Allows you to do:

    A learner permit allows you to drive on all public roads, except motorways, for the purposes of learning to drive and only when accompanied by an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) or someone who has held a valid driving licence in the same category for more than two years.  

    It also means that you can take Essential Driver Training (EDT) with an ADI, but you must display L-plates at all times on any vehicle you drive.


    What you can't do with your learner permit

    As a learner permit holder, you are not permitted to;

    • Drive on a motorway in any vehicle category  
    • Carry any passenger for reward 
    • Drive while towing a trailer if you hold a learner permit in vehicle categories B, C1, C, D1 or D (cars, buses and trucks)  
    • Carry a passenger if you hold a learner permit in vehicle categories A1, A2, A and AM (motorcycles or mopeds)  
    • Carry a passenger if you hold a learner permit in vehicle category W (work vehicles or land tractors) unless the vehicle is constructed to carry a passenger and the passenger holds a driving licence for a continuous period of two years. 

    The Clancy Amendment

    On 22nd December 2018, The Clancy Amendment was enacted to strengthen powers of the Gardaí to deal with drivers who contravene the conditions of their learner permit. The Clancy Amendment as it is known amended Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act 1994 to provide a power of seizure of a vehicle driven by a learner permit holder who is unaccompanied by a full licence holder. This Amendment was introduced after a campaign from Noel Clancy, whose wife and daughter were killed in a road traffic collision in December 2015 involving an unaccompanied learner permit holder.

    As we approach the 5th anniversary of the amendment a total of 4708 vehicles have been seized from unaccompanied learner permit holders, and 8149 FCN’s have been issued for driving while unaccompanied.


    Driving While Unaccompanied and the Clancy Amendment

    It is against the law for you to drive unaccompanied on a learner permit. Under the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system in Ireland, a learner permit holder must be accompanied at all times by someone who has held a full, valid driving licence in the same category for a minimum of two years.

    If you are convicted of driving unaccompanied or you allow your vehicle to be driven by an unaccompanied learner driver, the following penalties apply:

    • If you are an unaccompanied learner driver, you are liable to have your vehicle impounded and you face a fine of €160 and 2 penalty points
    • If you are an unaccompanied learner driver but not the vehicle owner, the vehicle is still impounded and the owner faces a prosecution and a fine of up to €1,000.

    So far this year, there has been 11 Fatal Collisions (7%) and 66 Serious Injury Collisions (6%) which had at least one confirmed learner* driver.

    (Learner drivers include both learner accompanied and learner unaccompanied drivers, but exclude motorcyclists)

    Currently in Ireland Motorcycles represent 1.4% of the total number of registered vehicles. However in 2022 they accounted for almost 15 % ( 23 fatalities) of the total number of fatalities on our roads. To date in 2023 two motorcyclists have lost their lives on our roads.

    The majority of incidents involving motorcycles are avoidable and all too often, are simply the result of basic errors made by riders. Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable groups of road users. They are six times more likely to be killed on the road than any other road user. 

    Motorcycle PPE

    There are several types of important PPE which are essential for motorcyclists. In the past we focused on helmets and last year we spoke about airbag vests.

    While researching for this year’s motorcycle segment, I was made aware of injuries suffered by motorcyclists because of a lack of a Back Protector and the wearing of inappropriate footwear. As a result, I have chosen to focus on these two pieces of essential PPE for the motorcycle rider. 

    Back Protectors

    It is commonly known that a motorcycle helmet is the most important piece of personal protective equipment when it comes to motorcycling.

    A motorcycle back protector is the second most important piece of PPE and is something that a significant number of riders go without. A back protector is a piece of body armour designed to protect the spinal column in the event of a collision. It works by dissipating impact energy in the event of a fall.

    Back protectors come in different shapes, sizes and fitments. The most common are inserts that slide into a pocket in the back of your motorcycle jacket. These are the easiest to fit and generally they are designed in combination with the jacket. There are also standalone back protectors which the rider puts on before their jacket and they generally fit with waist and shoulder straps to keep the armour in place.

    Whilst most motorcycle jackets come with shoulder and elbow protection, they regularly do not come with back protectors. There are approximately two motorcyclists per week receiving life changing injuries in Ireland which are often spinal injuries. Whilst legally you are not obliged to wear a back protector, they are a smart option as they protect the spine in the event of a collision.


    When purchasing a back protector, it is important to choose one that is suitable for you and your style of jacket. It’s also important that it has been tested and meets the current CE standards. Motorcycle PPE which has been tested and meets the current standard will have a label similar the one below.


    Motorcycle Boots

    Motorcycle boots are another item of PPE that many motorcyclists seem to go without. Especially in the summer months we see a lot of motorcyclists wearing shoes, runners and even flip flops. Again there is no legal obligation on a motorcyclist to wear boots which have been specifically designed for motorcycling but they will offer greater protection in the event of a collision.

    Motorcycle boots will typically provide protection with the use of rigid material. They will provide structural strength to prevent your feet and ankles from being crushed, wrenched or twisted in a collision. When purchasing boots, it is important to ensure they have been designed for motorcycle riding and that they meet current CE standards. 

    POWDER check should be carried out by the motorcyclist prior to each journey. 

    P - Petrol. Important to have enough petrol to complete journey as running out could leave motorcyclist stranded. Know if the motorcycle has a reserve tank or a warning light.

    O - Oil. Know how to check the oil level on your motorcycle. Making sure the motorcycle has the correct amount of oil in the engine – which will reduce engine wear and prevent engine seizure which could lead to a collision.

    W - Water. Know how to check the coolant level. Is motorcycle water or air cooled? Modern machines will have a warning light to alert rider of a problem.

    D - Damage. Check the motorcycle for signs of obvious damage, such as indicators, brake and clutch levers. Light lenses and mirrors should also be checked. Is there any noticeable damage to wheel rims or tyre walls? Are there any drips or pools under the motorcycle?

    E - Electrics. Are you sure all your lights and indicators are clean and working? Horn and brake lights should also be checked. Know where the fuses are and how to replace them.

    R - Rubber. Your tyres are an essential component of motorcycle safety. Ensure they have adequate tread depth (1.0 mm is the legal limit in Ireland). Make sure they are inflated to the correct pressure and defect free.

    More information on this can be found on the RSA website www.rsa.ie.

    In June 2021 Gardaí from DMR Roads Policing at Dublin Castle launched BikeSafe on a pilot basis.

    Bikesafe is a workshop that includes a classroom workshop which covers topics such as collision causation, cornering, positioning, overtaking, observation, braking, hazard perception and use of gears. This is followed by an observed ride out with an advanced Garda motorcyclist who provides feedback to identify strengths and areas for development. This gives the rider an impartial assessment of their motorcycle riding ability. BikeSafe raises awareness of the importance and value of bridging the gap and progressing on to accredited post-test training.

    Due to the success of the BikeSafe pilot and the overwhelming number of applications received, the 28th March 2023 will see BikeSafe launched and made available at 14 centres nationwide. More information can be found on the Garda website. 

    Garda Adrian Corcoran – Roads Policing Unit


    The Gardaí at Watercourse Road station are investigating a Robbery on Wednesday 11th January 2023, shortly before 5:20pm.  

    On the evening in question, a male approached O’Donovans Off Licence on foot and stayed in the proximity of the shop for several minutes.  He then approached the off licence, pulled down a balaclava type face covering and revealed a kitchen knife.  He approached a member of staff and made demands for money.  The suspect took a sum of money from the till and walked out of the business, onto Thomas Davis Street in the direction of Blackpool Shopping Centre.  

    The suspect discarded his balaclava in a bush in the Blackpool Shopping Centre.  He then crossed Brother Delaney Road and discarded his black jacket in a bin in an alley way to Blackpool Retail Park. 

    The suspect subsequently boarded the 203 bus, from outside Woodies on Brothers Delaney Road and went in the direction of Cork City Centre.  He departed the bus on St Patricks Street, entered a shop and purchased some items and then returned to the bus stop, remaining there for over several minutes.  He then left the area, crossing at St. Patricks Bridge and proceeding along MacCurtain Street eastbound.  He then returned to the City Centre before going onto the Mary Elmes Pedestrian Bridge.  

    Description of suspect:

    • Male
    • Height – 5’8” – 5’10”
    • Slim build
    • Mid to late twenties
    • Irish accent
    • Black puffy jacket with no logos or markings on it.
    • Black balaclava.
    • Black Nike tracksuit bottoms.
    • Black runners which had a large white sole and a white marking on the outside heel of both runners. 


    • Do you recognise the individual captured on CCTV?
    • Were you in the Thomas Davis Street, Blackpool Shopping Centre or Blackpool Retail areas between 5:20pm and 6:00pm on the 11/01/2023.
    • Were you at the bus stop on Brother Delaney road next to a Garden Centre, or on the 203 bus that stopped here, heading in the direction of Cork City Centre?
    • Were you in the St Patricks Street area and surrounds?
    • Did you see a discarded knife?
    • Did you see a male matching this description?
    • Were you in the area at the time and do you have dashcam footage? 

    Gardaí at Watercourse Road Garda Station – Investigating – Tel (021) 4558260


    The Gardaí at Pearse Street Garda Station are investigating a robbery which occurred on 30th July 2022 at approximately 00:40am.  On the night in question, a male was out socialising in the Temple Bar area, Dublin 2.  After leaving a public house, he walked down East Essex Street and onto Sycamore Street.  Two suspects are captured on CCTV following him and then waiting near the junction of Sycamore Street and East Essex Street.  A short time later, the suspects return down Sycamore Street and approach the injured party.  One of the suspects punched the man to the face causing him to lose consciousness and fall to the ground.  The injured party receives a kick while he lay on the ground, before his phone, watch and wallet were taken. They then leave the area, and travel from Sycamore Street across the River Liffey towards North King Street where the injured party’s bank cards are used at an ATM. 

    Description of Suspects

    Suspect 1:      

    • Height - 5'10"
    • Slim build
    • Short black hair
    • Wearing black shirt and black shorts and carrying a black satchel bag.

    Suspect 2:     

    • Height - Approximately 5'8"
    • Slim build
    • Short black hair
    • Wearing a black jumper with gold stripe across it and black jeans. 


    • Were you in the Temple Bar, Dublin 2 area on 30th July 2022 between 00:15 and 1am?
    • Were you a customer in the shop on North King Street?
    • Do you recognise the men captured on CCTV?
    • There were two witnesses to the robbery and Gardaí are appealing for them to come forward to assist with their investigation. 

    Pearse Street Garda Station – Investigating - Tel: 01-6669000

    So far in 2023 year to date, there have been 689 reported incidents of Shopping / Online Auction Fraud, total stolen €731,436.90 - 24% increase in this type of fraud compared to 2022.

    Since 2020, there have been 2907 incidents of Shopping / Online Auction Fraud reported with a total value stolen of over €4.5 million.

    In the lead up to Christmas and with the approach of the Black Friday sales promotion period, Detective Sergeant Wayne Donnelly was in studio to encourage SAFE ONLINE SHOPPING by customers and offered the following advice:

    Online Shopping fraud:

    • - Where the buyer does not receive the goods after making payment.
    • - They receive counterfeit goods or goods not as described.
    • - The seller can also be conned, having sent their goods, they do not receive payment.

    More and more businesses are using the internet as the primary channel to sell goods and services. Although it is convenient for both consumer and retailer, it presents opportunities for fraudsters.

    Many people are being deceived by shopping on cloned websites or on legitimate second sales sites or where they are persuaded to go off-site for a cheaper cash deal. Businesses can find themselves engage with customers and other businesses who are often unknown to them.



    • Use Secure Websites / Trusted Sources

    .           Make sure the website you are on is real – not cloned or fake.

    .           Make sure your internet access is secure.

    .           Make sure there is an "https" at the beginning of the web address and a padlock symbol displayed beside the website address before the purchase is made - this indicates a secure connection. Padlock symbol alone does not make a website legitimate.

    When the beginning of the retailer’s website address changes from ‘http’ to ‘https’ before a purchase is made it means that you are using a secure connection.

    • Check Reviews and Ratings – Especially for unknown stores and sellers
    • Look for the Trust Seals – Trust seals are commonly placed on homepages, login pages, and checkout pages. They are immediately recognisable and they remind visitors that they are secure on this page. YOU CAN CLICK ON THEM TO SEE IF REAL.

    Examples of Trust Seals:


    • Always use Credit Cards When Purchasing Online – They have a Strong Customer Protection Policy or use an online payment option of which there are many.
    • Do not send money direct to someone you do not know – You would not give money to a random person on the street, the internet should be no different.
    • Never send your credit card details including PIN number or any other information to any person by email.
    • If you do not complete a purchase do not submit or save your card details.
    • Never purchase through social media or where the ‘offer’ came to you via social media.


    • Advice For The Retailer – Know your product (Is there a history of it being attractive to fraudsters?)

    Know your Customer / Implement Safe Payment Method / Keep Data Secure.

     Detective Sergeant Wayne Donnelly / Garda National Economic Crime Bureau

    Gardaí in Letterkenny are investigating a serious assault that took place in the early hours of June 18th of last year.

    On the night in question the victim had been socialising with friends in Letterkenny. He had travelled to Letterkenny for the Donegal rally which was taking place that weekend.

    Upon leaving a nightclub the victim and his friends began walking down the Port Road, Letterkenny. It was here that CCTV cameras captured the group being joined by the suspect and another man who was unknown to them. These two males began walking with the group down the Port Road.

    A few minutes later at approximately 3.40am the victim and the suspect got into a conversation, ending with the suspect punching the victim to the ground. The victim’s friends then rushed to his assistance while the suspect and his friend continued walking down the Port Road.

    The victim suffered a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain. As a result of his injuries he spent a number of days in hospital.


    Suspect Description:

    • Early to mid-twenties
    • Average height
    • Stocky build
    • Sleeve tattoo on his right arm
    • White and navy Hollister t-shirt
    • Blue/navy jeans and black runners with a white sole


    Gardaí at Longford Town are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the male suspect depicted in the attached Evofit.

    On the bank holiday Monday, the 7th of August 2023 at approximately 2.30am a female was walking in The Mall area of Longford Town when she was confronted by a male suspect.

    During the encounter the female victim was punched several times and was seriously injured. Fortunately, the victim was able to flee from the male and ran towards the main exit of The Mall where she raised the alarm.

    Suspect description

    • Early thirties,
    • Height - 5’6” / 5’7”
    • Broad / heavy build
    • Square face
    • Short dark hair and receding hairline
    • Clean shaven with dark sallow complexion

    Gardaí at Longford Garda Station – Investigating- Tel:043-3350570

    Gardaí in Blanchardstown are investigating a sexual assault that occurred between 5.30pm and 6pm on Monday 14th November 2022.

    On the date in question the victim was walking along Blanchardstown Road North in the direction of the N3 (adjacent to Brookhaven Estate) when she was approached by a male suspect who initially asked her for money.

    The victim then continued to walk in the direction of the N3, with the suspect following her.

    The suspect walked away in the direction of Corduff, following the incident. 

     Description of Suspect

    • 5'11" in height
    • Approx 20 years of age
    • Average build
    • Wearing a black puffer jacket and dark tracksuit bottoms 

    Gardaí at Blanchardstown Garda Station – investigating. Tel: 01-666-7037


    Detective Chief Superintendent Colm Noonan of the Garda National Protective Services Bureau was in studio to discuss the work of together the National Missing Persons Unit of which he has responsibility. Colm emphasised An Garda Síochána’s commitment to solving such long term cases, and explained how their work has been enhanced through recent investigative advances, resulting in the progression of cases and closure for some families.

    Colm explained how when an exhumation takes place and a DNA profile is successfully taken the I-Familia Database becomes significant in:

    • Comparing to Irish Missing Person Cases.
    • Identifying unsolved cases which can benefit from sharing DNA to an international database.
    • Benefit people whose remains are believed to have entered the sea and have been washed out of Irish waters by tidal movements.

    The Missing Persons Unit has developed excellent international co-operation with other jurisdictions through Europol and Interpol databases searches and issuing Maritime Alerts with neighbouring jurisdictions.  

    The Missing Persons Unit is committed to using advancements in technology to solve these cases. While reviewing these cases, An Garda Síochána hope to bring closure to the families.  

    The Missing Persons unit are actively working with each Garda District & Division to progress missing person’s investigations and need the help of the public in order to do so. All information is insignificant in a missing person’s investigation, and anyone with information should allow Garda analyse its value.  Please either contact your local Garda Station or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.  Alternatively, you can contact the Missing Persons’ Unit on 01-6669476.

    The missing person investigation remains open until the person is found – Gone but never forgotten.


    Gardaí at Manorhamilton Garda Station, together with the National Missing Person’s Unit, are seeking the publics’ help in identifying the human remains of a male found at Knockbrack, Tullaghan, Co. Leitrim.

    On 1st May 1986, two fishermen reported to Gardaí that they had found a body of a man along the seashore.  The body was of a male adult and was badly decomposed, therefore making identification impossible.  A post mortem was carried out at the time, and it was estimated that the man was in the water approximately (1) month.  Neither fingerprints nor dental records were obtainable. Despite circulation of details at the time, identification wasn’t established. 

    An exhumation took place in January 2021 and a DNA profile was successfully taken.  The findings were that the deceased was a white male between 30-50 years old, between 5’4 and 5’7.  It is possible the male wore dentures as all his teeth had been removed. DNA was extracted and was suitable for comparison. However, despite being uploaded to the National DNA database, a match hasn’t been located. The DNA profile has been uploaded to all European databases, and will be regularly checked against all profiles.


    • - Blue Wrangler jeans
    • - Dark coloured leather belt, silver buckle with the words “Malt Liquer” and “Scultz” and a dog depicted on the buckle.
    • - Brown shoes rubber soles with leather uppers B.Jees make.


    • - Left forearm – word “Eire”
    • - Upper left arm – 2 crossed swords
    • - Right forearm – a dagger and scabbard
    • - Upper right arm – green shamrock

    Gardaí in Manorhamilton Garda Station - Investigating. Tel: (071 -9820620)


    The Gardaí at Togher station are investigating the unlawful discharge of a firearm at the Wilton Court area of Cork City on Thursday May 12th 2023.

    At 5.15am the victim left a house in the area and walked a short distance to where his car was parked off the Wilton Court/ Sarsfield Road area. As the man arrived at the car park he noticed a silver Mazda, (4) door saloon facing him, with its headlights on. Gardaí believe there were at least two suspects in the car.

    As the victim was close to the Mazda it drove towards him at speed. At this point a male suspect alighted from the rear driver’s door producing a handgun. Almost immediately the firearm was discharged in the direction of the victim injuring him in the stomach area.

    The male suspect then returned to the Mazda which then left the scene. The victim managed to get to his car and drove to Cork University hospital where he received medical attention.

    Suspect car route:

    • Wilton Court / Summerstown Road onto Glasheen Road.
    • Wilton Roundabout onto Bishopstown Road.
    • Bandon Road Roundabout towards Bandon Road.
    • Continues on the Bandon Road – passes the Viaduct towards Ballinhassig.

    Garda Appeal:

    • Were you in the Wilton Court/ Summerstown Road area during the early hours of Thursday May 12th?
    • Did you see the silver Mazda in the Wilton area either that morning or since?
    • Do you recognise the car?
    • Do you think you may know where this car is now?
    • Do you know the identity of the suspects?
    • Have you any information in relation to the handgun used?
    • Can you assist in anyway with this investigation?

    Gardaí in Togher Garda station investigating - Tel: 021-4947120


    Gardaí at Santry Garda Station are investigating the unlawful killing of Martin Lynn.  

    On the night of the 29th July 2023 into the morning of the 30th July 2023, Martin had been with friends in Dublin City Centre socialising. He arrived home by taxi to Larkhill Road shortly before 4.30am on the 30th July 2023, accompanied by a friend.  As they alighted from the taxi a motorcyclist passed the taxi and pulled in approximately 10 metres ahead of it. The male rider dismounted and approached Martin and his friend as they crossed the road.

    The male suspect briefly spoke to Martin before he (martin) subsequently received an injury to his head. The motorcyclist drove away from the scene and left Larkhill Road in the direction in which he had arrived.

    Martin subsequently died from his injuries at Beaumont Hospital on 1st August 2023.

    Garda Appeal:

    • An Garda Síochana wish to acknowledge the terrible loss suffered by the Lynn Family and friends on the tragic death of Martin.
    • Do you have any information about the male suspect or the incident?
    • While Gardaí believe they have identified the motorcycle involved, they are seeking further information in respect of the jacket and helmet worn by the motorcyclist.
    • Do you recognise the jacket worn by the suspect? The jacket has a distinctive ‘Fox Rage’ brand logo.
    • Do you recognise the helmet? The helmet is an “Arai” Tour X4 make, with the Arai logo on both sides.
    • Do you recognise these items or know who may own or have possession of them?
    • Where are they (clothes) now?

    Gardaí in Ballymun Garda Station inv. -Tel: (01)666 4000


    Gardaí at Blanchardstown are investigating the unlawful killing of Adnan Asic during the early hours of Saturday 22nd October 2022.  Adnan originally from Bosnia, had been living in Ireland for over 30 years.  He attended an event in the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre area and shortly after 2.15am left with a friend, to return home.

    He was seen on CCTV walking past Starbucks Café and the Crown Plaza hotel, in the direction of the Blanchardstown slip road. He was later found with serious injuries at the junction of the Old Navan Road and Blanchardstown Road North and was pronounced dead at Connolly Memorial Hospital.

    Garda Appeal

    • Any person who observed Adnan and his friend in the vicinity of the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre in the early hours of the 22nd October 2022
    • Did you see or talk to Adnan or his friend from the time he left a social event at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre until Adnan was discovered lying in the road at the junction of the Old Navan Road and Blanchardstown Road North.
    • Were you in the vicinity and / or did you observe Adnan standing at the junction.
    • We are appealing to all road users who may have travelled through this junction which is close to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Mulhuddart Village and Corduff and it also leads onto the N3.  Do you recall passing through this junction?
    • Gardaí are aware that a male pedestrian who was walking from the Corduff direction along Blanchardstown Road North towards the junction where Adnan was found in and around this time.  Was this you or do you know who this person is? Can you come forward to help us with our enquiries?
    • We are also aware that a car travelled down the Old Navan Road from the direction of where Adnan was found and this vehicle travelled into Mulhuddart Village before it turned right up Church Road.  Was this you or do you know who this person is? Can you come forward to help us with our enquiries?
    • We are aware that numerous taxis were in the area at the time, some of whom have come forward and we are appealing for Taxi Drivers in this area who have yet to contact us, to do so now. 
    • Gardaí would like to thank the wider Blanchardstown Community for the assistance they have provided to date with this investigation.
    • Gardaí require the public's assistance and are appealing to anyone with information to contact them, no matter how small or insignificant they believe the information to be. Many times the smallest piece of information is the most important and relevant.
    • Gardaí would like to speak to a taxi driver who may have observed the incident.
    • Gardaí are also looking to speak to the occupants of a black WW Golf also believed to have been at the scene at the time. 

    The Gardaí at Ballyconnell Station are investigating three bomb explosions that occurred at Belturbet Co.Cavan, Clones, Co.Monaghan and Mullinagoad, Pettigo, Co.Donegal. On the evening of December 28th 1972 the explosions occurred without warning and within 50 minutes of each other.

    Following the publication of an R.T.E. Investigates programme, called ‘The Belturbet bomb; an atrocity that time forgot’, a review of the Belturbet bombing investigation was initiated on 3rd August 2021.On completion of the review, and following consideration of the review report, on 19th September 2022, a Senior Investigating Officer was appointed to lead the investigation and an Incident Room was established at Ballyconnell Garda Station.

    The Belturbet explosion resulted in the deaths of two children, Patrick Stanley(16) and Geraldine O’Reilly (15), who were killed instantly. Tragically, a local man from Clones, Patrick McCabe also died on 4th January 1973 when he fell from a roof that he was repairing that was damaged during the Clones explosion. His death left a widow and eight children without a father. Numerous other people were injured during all three explosions to such an extent that they required hospitalisation.

    Belturbet, Co Cavan:


    On 28th December 1972, sometime after 5pm the suspect car in the Belturbet explosion, a red Ford Escort, was stolen from outside the home of its owner in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. (Note: The Gardaí are aware of the registration number of this vehicle but are not releasing it as they want to focus on another vehicle later on in the appeal)

    A Garda check point was in operation on the border between Co. Fermanagh and Co. Cavan at Aghalane Bridge Customs Post. At approximately 9.05pm the red Ford Escort, approached the check point from Northern Ireland and was stopped by the Gardaí on duty. Unknown to the Gardaí, the red Ford Escort had been stolen from Enniskillen earlier that day. The Ford Escort then proceeded to Main Street, Belturbet, when at 10.28 pm a bomb contained within the car exploded outside Farrelly’s Bar and McGowan’s Drapery.

    The Garda on duty at the checkpoint gave a detailed description of the driver of the stolen Red Ford Escort, from which this photofit composite was compiled.


    Suspect Ford Cortina:

    At approximately 9.50pm, prior to the explosion, a Ford Cortina, was seen double parked outside Hunt’s pharmacy on Main Street. It is believed that this was in fact a lagoon blue Ford Cortina registration number BIA 477 which was stolen from Main Street that night. On 2nd/3rd January 1973, this car was found by the R.U.C. at Crumlin, Co. Antrim. It was bearing registration plates of another car.

    The lagoon blue Ford Cortina, registration BIA 477 had been noticed initially on 31st December 1972.When it was still there two days later, the R.U.C. called in the British Army who carried out a controlled explosion. The car was subsequently destroyed by fire.

    The original registration plates for the lagoon blue Ford Cortina, registration BIA 477, which was stolen from Main Street, Belturbet have not been found to date and are subject of today’s appeal.

    (The registration plates are similar in appearance to these, but may have been white in colour with black writing)


    Description of occupants of the Ford Cortina:

    Description of Driver:

    • (1) Male, 18 years old 5’8” thin build, long thin pale face, long dark brown hair (curly), curls all over head, hair well-groomed and coming almost to chin, staring type eyes, very conspicuous nose, very pale complexion, delicate looking, wearing a dark blazer with shinny buttons, double breasted with wide lapels, maybe silver buttons plain design, collar and tie, light coloured shirt and dark tie, neatly dressed, appeared to be a clerical worker, wore a silver or steel band around his wrist – maybe a watch.

    Description of female in rear of car:

    • (2) 18-19 years old, fairly tall, blonde hair coming down over shoulders, parted in the centre and pushed away from forehead, sharp featured, pale complexion, good looking, very light eyebrows, long dark overcoat (maybe red), polo neck pullover.

    Nos 1 and 2 look like they could be related

    Description of Men who got into the same car:

    Both dark haired, hair not as long as the driver’s hair, both about 20 years, (appeared taller than (1) above dark conservative clothes, well groomed, Northern accents, thought to be Belfast, both taller than driver. All appeared to be well dressed as if they were going to a dance or some function.

    Victims Patrick Stanley and Geraldine O’Reilly:

    Patrick Stanley:


    Patrick Stanley (16) was from Clara, Co. Offaly. Survived by his parents, Teresa (RIP) and Joe (RIP) and ten siblings. A keen hurler, Gaelic footballer and soccer player, Patrick had recently won an All-Star award for Gaelic football with his school, Árd Scoil Ciarán. He had applied for a cadetship in the Army and, at the time of his murder, was temporarily employed by local businessman, Pat Jennings. 

    Patrick was employed as a helper on a Calor Gas delivery lorry. On this particular evening, there had been a problem with the lorry; he and the driver decided to stay in Belturbet overnight. When the bomb exploded, Patrick Stanley was in the public phone kiosk on Main Street, trying to telephone his parents to tell them he would not be home. He was killed instantly.

    Geraldine O’Reilly:


    Geraldine O’Reilly (15) was from Drumacon, Staghall, Belturbet, Co. Cavan. Survived by her parents, Mary Kate (RIP) and Joseph (RIP) and seven siblings. Geraldine was the youngest of her family and had completed her Group Certificate examination the previous June, gaining six honours and intended taking up a career in nursing.

    Geraldine O’Reilly had come into town with her brother Anthony to get some chips for her family. The bomb car was parked directly opposite the chip shop. The explosion occurred while she was in the shop. She too was killed instantly.

    Descriptions of unidentified males in Belturbet:

    These three men were not known locally, and thought to have Northern Ireland  accents, were seen in Belturbet on the night of December 28th.Gardaí would like to identify these men and speak to them to see if they can help/ assist in progressing the investigation.

    a) 25/28 years, 5’11” to 6’0” approx., dark brown or black bushy hair, not too long, combed across forehead in a short fringe, sidelocks, broad/round face, fresh smooth complexion, very well built, wore black leather or plastic ‘wet look’ jacket with zip fastener, high collar turned up at back, side pockets, the word ‘DUNLOP’ in white ¾” lettering on breast or sleeve of jacket, large grey or white squares on trousers, spoke with northern accent

    b) 23 to 25 years, 5’7” or 5’9”, straight dark coloured hair, medium length and well groomed, long oval shaped face, pointed chin, light build, wearing expensive looking black jacket with zip, also described as having buttons, side pockets, bell bottom trousers, collar and tie. He wore a watch with gold bracelet.

    c) Somewhat similar in description to No 2 and witnesses were of the opinion that No’s 2 and 3 could have been related.

    Garda Appeal Belturbet:

    Occupants of Ford Escort:

    1. Do you know the identity of the person depicted in the photofit - the driver of the stolen Ford Escort stopped by the Gardaí at the checkpoint at Aghalane Bridge? There may have been a female front seat passenger in the car? Do you know the identity of either/both of these individuals?
    2. The Ford Escort was stolen in Enniskillen earlier that same evening. Do you know the identity of the person(s) involved? Do you know where it was parked/stored from when it was stolen?

    Occupants of Ford Cortina:

    1. Do you know the identity of the person depicted in the photofit – the driver of the blue Ford Cortina stolen from Main Street Belturbet ?

    Photofit of Driver:


    1. Can you identify the other occupants of the Ford Cortina?
    2. Gardaí believe that the female passenger and driver may be related? This is on the basis that they are described as being of similar in appearance. Can you identify them?
    3. The lagoon blue Ford Cortina registration plates (number BIA 477) have never been recovered. Do you know who may have removed these original plates from the car or who had possession of them?

    Descriptions of unidentified males in Belturbet pub:

    1. Can you identify the individuals who were in a Belturbet pub on 28th December 1972, one of whom was wearing a distinctive ‘DUNLOP’ jacket?
    2. Finally can you assist with any aspect of this investigation? Let the investigation team assess whatever it is that you have to offer? Sometimes the smallest piece of information can prove critical to developing leads with an investigation.

    Clones, Co. Monaghan:


    At 10.01 p.m. on 28th December 1972, a bomb which was contained in a car exploded in Fermanagh Street, Clones, Co. Monaghan, seriously injuring two men.

    The car that contained the Clones bomb, a blue Morris 1100, registration 431 LZ, had been stolen from a car park in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh between 6.30pm and 7.35pm on 28th December 1972.

    Gardaí have received information that a person who is missing some fingers was observed driving a stolen blue Morris 1100 on 28th December 1972 in Co Fermanagh.

    Gardaí would like to identify this man to speak to him to see if he can help/ assist in progressing the investigation.

    Patrick McCabe:


    Gardaí would like to remember a local man from Clones, Patrick McCabe who died on 4th January 1973 when he fell from a roof that he was repairing that was damaged in the Clones explosion. His death left a widow and eight children without a father. Patrick’s death highlights the grave and far reaching implications of the Clones explosion.

    Garda Appeal Clones:

    1. Do you know the identity of the man described as missing some fingers?
    2. Do you know anything about the Morris 1100 stolen earlier that evening?
    3. Do you know the identity of those involved?
    4. Finally can you assist in any way with this investigation? You may know some small piece of information that may prove critical to progressing the investigation.

    Pettigo, Mullnagoad, Co Donegal:

    At 10.50 p.m. on 28th December 1972, a bomb exploded outside a licensed premises called Britton’s in Mullnagoad, near Pettigo, Co. Donegal.

    The device had been left beside the pub in a container. A female victim was injured as a result.

    Garda appeal - Pettigo

    1. Do you know the identity of the person(s) who placed this device/container outside of the pub?
    2. Have you any information that may assist with the investigation?

    General appeal:

    Maybe you haven’t been able to speak to Gardaí at the time or since for whatever reason. But perhaps now due to relationships and loyalties having changed, with the increasing passage of time, you may now feel better placed to do so. Gardaí would like you to know that your call will be dealt with great sensitivity and compassion and urge you to do so before the opportunity to finally bring closure to the families of those killed and injured is lost.

    Finally, anyone with information in relation to the Belturbet, Clones or Pettigo, or indeed any other similar crime, to make contact:

    • Crimecall 1800 40 50 60
    • Ballyconnell Garda Station incident room 049 9525580
    • Garda confidential line Free-phone 1800 666111
    • Crimestoppers 1800 250025 or Crimestoppers Northern Ireland 0800 555 111.