Monday 20 May 2019

Special branch detectives arrest suspected dissident republican as part of Strokestown investigation

The house and yard where eight security guards were allegedly attacked at Falsk, near Strokestown, Co Roscommon. Picture Credit :Frank McGrath
The house and yard where eight security guards were allegedly attacked at Falsk, near Strokestown, Co Roscommon. Picture Credit :Frank McGrath
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Special branch detectives have arrested a suspected dissident republican as part of the investigation into a violent incident at a house in Roscommon last year.

A group of around 30 men were involved in an altercation with security workers guarding a property at the centre of an eviction in Falske, Strokestown in December.

Last night investigating gardai, backed up by members of the Special Detective Unit (SDU), arrested a 39-year-old man at a property in Navan, Co Meath.

This suspect's home was searched the day after the Strokestown incident on December 16 but he was not arrested.

The man, who is originally from Dublin and has links to dissident republicans, is suspected by gardai to have been centrally involved in the alleged violent incident at the property.

He is currently being held at Castlerea garda station and can be held for a period of up to three days.

A senior source last night described the arrest as "highly significant" and that further arrests are expected.

"This man is alleged to have been centrally involved and his house was searched in the immediate aftermath last December," the source said.

Local gardai based at Castlerea, supported by members of the SDU, arrested the man shortly after 8.30pm last night.

He is originally from Dublin but has been living in Meath in recent years.

A garda spokesman last night said: "A man in his late 30s was arrested this evening (17/4/2019) in Co Meath as part of ongoing investigations into incidents at Falsk, Strokestown on Sunday 16th December 2018. He is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Castlerea Garda Station.

"This is the 8th person to be arrested in connection with this investigation, two are currently before the courts."

Last night’s arrest follows the questioning of a 50-year-old man as part of the garda investigation.

The man, who was arrested in Roscommon, is alleged to have been central to the events at the house around the time of the alleged criminal damage incident.

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