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Monday 21 April 2014

Most dangerous thugs at mum's 'gangland party'

Josephine Tyrell Picture: Courtpix
Josephine Tyrell Picture: Courtpix

A MOTHER who is being evicted for having loud house parties which were attended by gangland figures invited some of the country's most notorious criminals into her home, the Herald can reveal.

Among those who attended Josephine Tyrell's out-of-control house party in which a man was stabbed in June, 2012 was major criminal Gerard Eglington, who was shot dead a few months later in front of his young child.

Also present was reckless criminal Jason Curry (24), who is serving eight years for stabbing his friend Shane Day in the stomach and chest, leaving him with life-threatening injuries.

INTIMIDATION

This week a judge heard that Tyrell had been "the cause of intimidation and fear to her neighbours".

Two tenants had given up their homes because Tyrell had caused "considerable disruption" in the Brehon Grove estate in Ballinteer, south Dublin.

She had been given several warnings following 36 complaints from neighbours about the anti-social behaviour of her visitors.

Gardai saw Eglington in her house when they were called to a serious incident at 5.30am on June 6, 2012. He was heavily involved in the bitter drugs war between 'Fat' Freddie Thompson's gang and a crew allied to jailed gangland killer Brain Rattigan.

Eglington was involved in a savage assault on the brother of exiled gangster Thompson at the Karma Stone pub in the city centre on March 13, 2011.

After the incident, Eglington fled to live in Portarlington, Co Laois, but his Dublin gangland enemies caught up with him and he was shot dead in front of his child at his home in September, 2012.

Eglington regularly returned to the capital, and was questioned by officers when he was found at Tyrell's.

Officers had rushed to the scene when Day (27), from Milltown, south Dublin, was stabbed during a party.

A garda later told Curry's sentencing hearing that gardai who were called found Day "blue in colour and not responding".

They performed first aid on him until an ambulance crew arrived and took him to St Vincent's Hospital.

He was treated for two stab wounds to the chest and four to the stomach. His injuries were considered life-threatening and he spent 23 days in hospital.

Curry, who was acquitted of the murder of David Rooney (35) in October, 2009, has 25 previous convictions including another eight-year sentence for stabbing his aunt's partner in June 2006, last November's court hearing heard.

Day, of St Columbanis Place, Milltown, went on to recover. He is well-known to gardai and has around 100 previous convictions.'

In June 2008 he received a two-year suspended sentence for his role in the 2006 "Love Ulster" riot in Dublin.

But this sentence was activated eight months later after he committed public order offences, criminal damage and was found in possession of a knife and a Stanley knife.

BULLETPROOF

Judge Jacqueline Linnane said in the Circuit Civil Court this week that Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council had terminated Tyrell's tenancy in December 2012 for breach of contract.

The judge said that since her tenancy had been ended, Tyrell had remained unlawfully in the property and the local authority had received a further 36 complaints.

Gda Michael Smith, who was a community garda for the Ballinteer area from 2010 to 2012, said he had been familiar with problems emanating from Tyrell's home.

At one of her parties, he said he saw a "gangland personality wearing a bulletproof jacket".

Ken Foy

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