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Burglary gang beats garda trap using trains

A GANG of violent Dublin-based thugs have been using trains as getaways from aggravated 
burglaries in rural areas.

The gang has been linked to a string of violent robberies across the country in a crime spree over the last five years.

Two families in Co Limerick were terrorised by the gang in raids with the burglars avoiding garda checkpoints on the N7 road by boarding a train back to Dublin.

While three suspects from Cork and Limerick were arrested in connection with the raids.

However, the ringleaders - believed to be from Ballyfermot - got away, leaving gardai puzzled as to how they evaded their checkpoints.

Detectives later established that the Dublin gang members got on a train at Limerick Junction to return to Heuston Station.

A source told the Irish Examiner that the gang operated by having those based in rural areas take charge of the stolen goods on behalf of the Dublin bosses and later have them delivered to the capital.

Gardai discovered the suspects were enjoying leisurely train journeys back to Dublin.

An Irish Rail spokesman this morning told the Herald: "Our staff were able to identify individuals involved in this instance.

"We would have a lot of liaisons with the gardai and if they need access to our trains, to our stations, to the networks or to CCTV systems for any operation obviously we would facilitate that," he added.

Two members of the gang were reportedly recently jailed after a trial in Limerick.


Separately, a garda was injured yesterday in an incident in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, where he was dragged along by a getaway car. Two officers stopped an attempted burglary at a house in the town.

One of the gardai got caught in the door of the getaway car as the raiders made their escape.

He suffered injuries to his arm and was treated in hospital.

Gardai are searching for the suspects - believed to be from Dublin - who sped off in a sky-blue Nissan Almera.