Women charged following gardai gang raids fail to show for court
A JUDGE has issued arrest warrants for two women who failed to appear in court today on charges related to a massive garda operation earlier this week.
Ann Marie O'Donoghue, (46), from Brownswood, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford and Nora O'Reilly, (44), The Crescent, Beaumont Heights, Ferrybank, Co Waterford, were due to appear at Glenties District Court, Co Donegal, today.
Garda Dylan Conroy told Judge Paul Kelly that the women were detained at their homes on Tuesday.
"It was part of a major operation involving 80 gardai targeting crime," said Gda Conroy.
The garda said both women were arrested and were released on €200 garda bail.
He said he was on the garda operaton and both women had been charged with thefts at two shops in Ardara, Co Donegal, on September 12 last year.
The witness said the women had remained silent when the charges were put to them.
However, he told the judge that neither of the two accused had appeared in court today.
Judge Kelly issued warrants for their arrest.
The two women were arrested yesterday morning during an operation targeting an organised criminal gang operating nationally and in the south east of Ireland.
They were detained at Enniscorthy garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
During co-ordinated searches, property believed to be stolen with an estimated value of €75,000 was recovered and seized by gardai.