Gardaí seize goods worth €75k and arrest two women in raids on burglary mobs
One of the country's most notorious burglary gangs was the target of a massive garda operation that led to the seizure of €75,000 worth of stolen property.
More than 80 gardaí were involved in nine searches in Co Wexford and Co Waterford in an operation involving the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) and armed officers from other specialist garda units.
Two women aged in their 40s were arrested.
The targeted gang is suspected of being behind a spate of nationwide burglaries including incidents of "nasty" attacks on elderly people.
Sources have revealed that the gang have a "matriarchal structure" and explained that women have always have had an important role in the organised crime network which has been in existence for decades.
Gardaí said the two women who had been arrested were held in Enniscorthy Garda Station in Co Wexford but are due before Donegal District Court this morning.
Sources said that yesterday's operation was linked to a series of raids in 2005 when CAB seized two new Audis, two new Volkswagen Golfs and a new Mitsubishi Pajero owned by Patrick 'Rubber' Reilly and his extended family.
It emerged in the High Court in March 2008 that CAB had been investigating the activities of the 'Rubber' Reilly family from Kilbarry in Co Waterford for some time.
The vehicles were sold immediately because their value could depreciate and CAB sought disposal orders.
The High Court granted CAB an order to seize the money it received from the sale of the Pajero, the final vehicle to be disposed of.
A senior CAB officer told the court at the time that he believed the cash and the cars were the proceeds of crime, in particular burglaries, thefts and distraction crimes.
Also linked to the mob targeted in yesterday's raids is Patrick 'Rubber Óg' O'Reilly who was released from jail in 2014 after serving time for his part in a violent feud attack.
In May, 2003, he was given five years for carrying a sawn-off shotgun.
On that occasion, 'Rubber Óg' had the gun at a violent incident at an unofficial halting site in Cork city in September, 2000.
Hurleys, slash-hooks, golf clubs, hammers, knives and pickaxe handles were wielded during the incident.
Judge Sean O'Donnabhain said Patrick 'Rubber Óg' O'Reilly (then aged 34) of Kilbarry halting site in Waterford was a man with a serious propensity for violence.