Three to appear in court in connection with foiled cash-van raid

Mark Farrelly
Mark Farrelly

Three men arrested by armed gardai ahead of a suspected armed robbery in Dublin on Friday are to appear in court at 10:30am this morning.

Four other men have been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mark Farrelly (43), from Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock, who was convicted in 2009 of kidnapping a cash-in-transit worker and his family, but later acquitted, was arrested in Friday’s bust.

Farrelly’s son Glen was also nicked after gardai pounced on the gang they suspected were about to carry out a cash-in-transit raid on a Brinks security van.

It is understood the van was carrying around €200,000.

Gardai swooped on a van containing three men in which a loaded firearm, other weapons and a balaclava was found.

Another three men were arrested in a car close by and a short distance away a seventh man was arrested.

Sources say Farrelly “nearly s**t himself” when armed officers swooped on his car.

“He got a serious fright when he was surrounded by armed officers pointing guns in his face,” said a source.

The arrests were made as part of the first major operation of the newly-formed Organised Crime and Drugs Unit. The Emergency Response Unit were also involved in the arrests.

Gardai had the gang under surveillance as part of a major intelligence-led operation.

Sources say officers took the decision to move in before the gang attempted to carry out a robbery as they did not want the security workers to be placed in danger.