Video: Garda divers search large aquarium at home of ex Sinn Fein councillor

Garda divers at the scene on the Navan Road
Garda divers at the scene on the Navan Road

During a search of the home of a former Sinn Fein councillor in Dublin yesterday Gardai called in their dive team to search a large aquarium found on the premises.

Detectives stormed the Dublin property of Jonathan Dowdall (38) early yesterday on the Navan Road.

A BMW car, motorbike, documentation and other valuables were taken by officers shortly after 5.30pm who continued their operations long into the evening.

Members of the Garda Water Unit were also called in to aid in the search.

Sources have revealed that a garda diver entered a large aquarium, thought to be worth "tens of thousands of euro", in the shed of the property.

Gardaí brought in an underwater camera shortly after 3pm. One of the sub-aqua team then brought in air tanks and a breathing mask. It is understood that decision was made in order to protect the fish.

"It was the safest method to search the unit without impeding on the welfare of the fish. There is a duty to protect all animals under the Cruelty to Animals Act," said a source.