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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

14 arrested in Geoghegan murder probe

70 Gardai involved in dawn swoops in Tipperary, Limerick and Dublin

There have been fresh developments in the case of murdered Garryowen rugby player Shane Geoghegan this morning.

Gardai investigating the murder of the 28 year old have arrested 14 people as part of the ongoing inquiry into the killing. They were arrested when Gardai from National Bureau Of Criminal Investigation conducted an operation this morning at 7 a.m.

Its believed 6 males and 6 females were arrested as part of pre-planned searches in Limerick, Tipperary and Dublin and are aged from their teens to the 40’s. Gardai confirmed that a further two people, a man and a woman were arrested around 11am in Limerick City, bringing the total arrested to 14.

The location in Tipperary was being closely monitored by Gardai for a period of time prior to the raid and it’s reported that heroin was also seized at that location.

Gardai said this evening that of the people detained 12 of them, 6 males and 6 females, were arrested on the south side of Limerick City and they are currently detained at Garda Stations in the Limerick City and county area and at Ennis, Co. Clare.

One woman was arrested in Dublin and is currently being held at Ballymun Garda Station and a second woman was arrested in the Bansha Area of Tipperary. She is being detained at Cahir Garda Station.

All can be held for up to 72 hours before being either released or charged.

Garda Inspector Seamus Ruane spoke to the media this morning saying,
“Principally the arrests this morning are totally connected with the investigation into the murder of Shane Geoghegan. We’re satisfied with the progress that was made so far and indeed the arrests that were conducted today and obviously the people that were arrested this morning have been detained under the provisions of Section 30 and will be interviewed at length.”
In January two people were arrested and questioned in relation to the murder. They were never charged. A file was sent to the DPP following those arrests.

Searches

Searches were also carried out in the Weston area today in the hunt for any evidence in the case.

Check out some photos of the searches on The Limerick Leader - The Chalkboard Blog.

Photo: Press 22

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