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Gardai uncover burglary network linking Dublin traveller gang to Carlow criminals

Crime DeskBy Alan Sherry
Thomas Flynn was one of seven men jailed for a terrifying robbery carried out in Tipperary
Thomas Flynn was one of seven men jailed for a terrifying robbery carried out in Tipperary

GARDAI have uncovered a sinister burglary network linking a dangerous gang of Dublin city based travellers to criminals in Carlow.

Ten businesses and homes in the county were searched by CAB officers and local gardai last Thursday two weeks.

Officers seized documentation and computers as part of the inves­tigation and interviewed a number of people.

One of main targets of the operation is involved in the motor industry and gardai suspect he is using the busi­ness to launder money for a traveller gang in north Dublin.

The Dublin gang are based in Coolock and other parts of north Dublin, including Donabate.

They are well known to gardai for their involvement in various criminal activities, including home invasions, thefts and burglaries.

The Dublin gang has links to crimi­nals involved in a horrific aggravated burglary where they smashed their way into a Tipperary home and ter­rorised a family, warning that they would shoot the couple's three kids if they didn't hand over cash.

Seven members of that gang were given prison sentences ranging from 12 to 20 years after they admitted carrying out an aggravated burglary at Emma and Mark Corcoran's home.

More than 40 gardai were involved in the raids, which officers hope will lead to assets being seized.

An­other tar­get of the raids is a local Carlow crim­inal well known to gardai in the area.

Superintendent Gerry Redmond of Carlow garda station said three homes and seven business premises were raided in the operation.

He added that Carlow detectives had been liaising with CAB for a considerable period as a result of local investigations.

Gardai believe money that was being recorded on the books of business­es in Carlow was the ill-gotten gains of the traveller gang from Dublin.

As well as home invasions and other crimes, members of the Dublin gang have been involved in mak­ing pipe bombs for other criminal gangs and have been involved in gun crime.

They are linked to the notorious home robbery gang behind the raid on the Corcorans. Seven men were jailed for that crime.

Dean Byrne (23), of Cabra Park and Patrick Gately (28), of Primrose Grove in Darndale, were both sentenced to 20 years in prison, both with four suspended.

John Joyce (21) of Lentisk Lawn, Donaghmede, was sentenced to 15 years with four suspended and Pat­rick Joyce (22), of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods was sentenced to 14 years with four suspended.

Thomas Flynn (21), of Moatview Avenue, Coolock, was jailed for 12 years with three suspended, while Mi­chael McDonagh (24), of Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock and Donal O’Hara from Glin Park in Coolock were both sentenced to 12 years, both with seven suspended.