Gardaí have seized three suspected firearms following searches in Limerick.
Suspected firearms seized following searches in Limerick

Suspected firearms seized following searches in Limerick

Suspected firearms seized following searches in Limerick

Suspected firearms seized following searches in Limerick

Suspected firearms seized following searches in Limerick

Suspected firearms seized following searches in Limerick
Suspected firearms seized following searches in Limerick
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Gardaí have seized three suspected firearms following searches in Limerick.

The searches were carried out on the southside of the city today.

Gardaí said in a statement that the suspected firearms were located by the Divisional Search Team with the assistance of the Defence Forces.

They are now set to be sent for technical examination.


The searches took place as part of an investigation into an incident of violent disorder at Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Co Limerick.

Gardaí said that investigations are ongoing.

Gardaí added that the five people (four men aged between 19 and 45 and one juvenile) arrested earlier today remain detained at Roxboro Road and Henry Street Garda Stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

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Man angry over sex abuse compensation offer caused €100k of damage to church altar

Man angry over sex abuse compensation offer caused €100k of damage to church altar

A man poured diesel inside a church causing an estimated €100,000 in damage because he felt upset by an offer of compensation over clerical child sex abuse.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that in 2018 Ian Kidd (53) settled a High Court case against the Catholic Church.

On July 26, 2017 he received a letter from solicitors for the church with a “final offer” of €30,000 for the abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest.

Kidd with an address at Daytona, Brittas, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage at St Agnes' Church, St Agnes' Road, Crumlin on July 26, 2017.

Judge Elma Sheahan, who first heard evidence last July, placed Kidd on a probation bond today for 12 months and adjourned the case to January 18, 2021.

She said during that time Kidd must engage with the Probation Service and attend any addiction or mental health service his probation officer recommends.

Kidd's lawyers told the court that Kidd found this offer derisory and became upset. He went out and filled a can with €5 worth of diesel and went to St Agnes' Church in Crumlin.

He walked up to the altar and began pouring the fuel on the floor while shouting at “terrified” parishioners in the church to “get out, get out”.

“He had a cigarette and may have had the wherewithal to ignite the diesel but he did not,” Kieran Kelly BL, prosecuting, told the court.

The court heard that the bulk of the damage was caused when diesel was spilled on the altar, which is made of Carrara marble. A monstrance, a crucifix and a Paschal candle were also damaged.

A garda negotiating team arrived at the church and Kidd spoke to one garda about the historic abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest, now deceased.

The court heard that gardaí received multiple complaints of abuse allegedly committed by this priest. A High Court case, in which Kidd said he was repeatedly abused, resulted in a financial offer.

In a victim impact statement Father Paul Tyrell, the parish priest, said parishioners were terrified by the incident.

He added: “St Agnes has no desire to compound previous suffering [the accused] may have suffered in this parish in previous years”.

'We don't have many of them here': Judge welcomes rare 'good news story' in case of disabled woman

'We don't have many of them here': Judge welcomes rare 'good news story' in case of disabled woman

An elderly disabled non-verbal woman who uses her eyes to communicate now has a "good life" following a successful court-sanctioned cataract procedure, her sister has told the High Court.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly, who was also told on Tuesday the sister considers the woman is receiving excellent care at a HSE residential unit previously subject of investigation and controversy, said it was a rare "good news story".

The sister had strongly supported the HSE's application for the eye surgery, saying she did not want her sibling "to live in a dark world".

The woman was waiting three years for the surgery but, while offered it twice previously, could not take it up for health reasons.

A further appointment was scheduled after her physical condition improved and she had the surgery last month after the court sanctioned it in November.

The case was before the judge today for a follow up report.

The woman has been in the care of the HSE since she was aged 10, has a range of disabilities and mainly uses her hands and eyes to communicate.

The HSE's application for orders permitting the surgery was made in the context of intended wardship proceedings, taken with a view to vindicating the woman's rights arising from alleged earlier mistreatment of her in the residential unit.

A decision on whether the woman should be taken into wardship will be made on a later date.

The woman's sister attended the November hearing to strongly support the surgery.

Plaudits

Although the sister could not attend Tuesday's hearing because of a long-awaited hospital appointment, Katherine Kelleher, solicitor for the HSE, said she had sent an email thanking all involved.

Mr Justice Kelly said the email was "very generous", extending plaudits to all involved in the woman's care, and describing the surgery as having made an enormous difference to the woman's life.

"It's a good news story, we don't have many of them here," he remarked.

The sister said the cataract procedure had been a huge success and the woman's quality of life had improved immeasurably because she can see her family members and used her eyes to communicate needs, including for food, choice of clothing and Christmas decorations.

The sister said the woman now has a "good life" because of the improvement in her sight and described the woman's care as excellent, attributing that to the good care being provided by staff in the residential unit.

Counsel representing an advocate for the woman said she had engaged well with the advocate and, when asked how her eyes were, had "smiled and nodded".

Arising from the alleged earlier mistreatment, the advocate is considering how her rights should best be vindicated, counsel said. Consideration was being given to briefing senior counsel and the advocate wanted disclosure of the woman's records.

Mr Justice Kelly said there was no issue about disclosure being permitted but he would defer that pending finalisation of the wardship application.

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