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Detective Garda Colm Horkan; Castlerea, County Roscommon

This afternoon.


Detective Garda Colm Horkan was shot at 15 times with his own official firearm in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, RTÉ News has learned.

Det Garda Horkan, who was from Co Mayo, was shot several times after he stopped a man driving a motorbike on Main Street in the town just before midnight. He died at the scene

…It is understood Det Garda Horkan was on patrol in the town when he got out of his vehicle to engage with someone.

He became involved in a physical altercation and called for assistance.

It appears the detective’s official firearm was taken from him during the incident and shots were fired at the garda.

Man fired 15 shots at garda with official firearm (RTÉ)


This morning.

RTÉ reports:

A garda detective has died in a shooting incident in Castlerea, Co Roscommon.

The shooting happened near Castlerea Garda Station on the main street of the town late last night.

The armed detective, who is from Co Mayo, was on duty on his own in Castlerea when he was shot just before midnight.

…It is understood the garda was on patrol in the town when he got out of his vehicle to engage with someone.

He became involved in a physical altercation and called for assistance.

It appears the detective’s official firearm was taken from him during the incident and a number of shots were fired at the garda.

Garda dies after shooting in Castlerea, Co Roscommon (RTE)


In a statement the Garda Representative Association president Jim Mulligan has said:

“On behalf of the GRA, I extend our deepest sympathy to the family of our colleague fatally shot in the line of duty in Castlerea, Co Roscommon overnight.

“Our brave colleague died as result of injuries sustained when he was responding to an incident. He was based in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, in the Castlerea District.

“A native of Co Mayo, he joined An Garda Síochána in 1995, and was an experienced detective greatly respected by colleagues.

“He is survived by his father, sister and four brothers.

“Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this very distressing time.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”


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National forecast (Met Éireann



This afternoon.

Falsk, Strokestown, County Roscommon

The scene of a forced, violent eviction last December of the McGann family – two elderly brothers and sister – and the repossession of a farmhouse by security guards working on behalf of US vulture Cabot, which purchased the loan from KBC Bank.

Via RTÉ:

More than a dozen people have gathered inside the gates of a house in Co Roscommon in support of a family at the centre of a repossession row.

The McGann family had been given until midday to vacate the house at Falsk near Strokestown.

The house has been at the centre of a long running legal battle between the family and KBC bank.


People gather in support of McGann family at Falsk in Co Roscommon (Shannonside)

Supporters inside Roscommon property at centre of repossession row (RTÉ)

Previously: Cause And Effect

Pic: ShannonsideFM

Vehicles on fire at the home of the McGann family in Falsk, Strokestown, Co Roscommon

Shannonside reports:

Local reports in the north Roscommon area this morning suggest that a man has been arrested as part of a Garda investigation into alleged incidents at Falsk in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Gardai in Roscommon are continuing investigations into alleged incidents in Strokestown in recent days.

The Garda Press Office has confirmed to Shannonside FM that an operation is currently ongoing in the county and they will be issuing an update on events later today.

REPORT: Garda operation underway following alleged incidents in Strokestown (Shannonside)

Two men arrested in connection with Roscommon incident (RTÉ)


Two men have been arrested in connection with an attack at a farmhouse in Falsk, Co Roscommon, at the weekend.

The men, aged in their 50s and 60s, were arrested this morning after a number of planned searches were carried out by gardaí across Co Roscommon.

It is understood the men were detained in the north of the county before 11am.

Earlier: ‘The Violent, Forced Eviction From Our Home Has Left Our Family Shocked’

From top: Pearse Doherty, of Sinn Féin; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil this afternoon

This afternoon in the Dáil.

During Leaders’ Questions.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was responding to comments made by Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty about the recent eviction and subsequent events at a farmhouse near Strokestown, Co Roscommon.

He said the High Court doesn’t issue eviction orders lightly, and said 116,000 mortgages have been restructured while “only” 400 eviction orders were executed in the last year.

In response, Mr Doherty said:

“No family, regardless of their circumstances, and it’s not the Revenue that are evicting them, regardless of their circumstances, should have been treated in this way. This idea that banks enforcers, these thugs, and I call them thugs, can enter into somebody’s property, can cut down locks, break down doors, can take somebody out by their ears, can kick somebody on the ground and push them out of their own home and property, while the guards watch on, is not acceptable.

“And we have raised this with you countless times and it is not just bank enforcers that are unregulated, we have rent receivers that is unregulated. Why are they doing this? And why is the public so outraged? And I commend the public for standing up in solidarity with the family and people who are facing eviction.

“And standing against the type of thuggish behaviour that we’ve seen last Tuesday. Why are they doing this? Because your government has completely abandoned these communities. You have rolled out the red carpet for the vulture funds, you’re allowing thousands of sales of restructured performing mortgages to take place of the vulture funds outside of the code of conduct of the Central Bank.

“And you have allowed, time and time again, the banks to ride rough shod over ordinary people. So Taoiseach, will you…ensure that this is the last time that unauthorised, unregulated bank henchmen will be entering property and behaving in the type of despicable way that we’ve seen in Roscommon last Tuesday?

Mr Varadkar told Mr Doherty that he was “very concerned” that Mr Doherty “had nothing to say about what happened afterwards” – referring to events at the property on early Sunday morning.

He continued:

“Twenty or thirty people arriving in a cattle truck, armed with baseball bats, who then injured three or four other people. Set cars alight and caused an animal to be shot dead. I find it very concerning that you have nothing to say about that. You’ve made two contributions now and you’ve not condemned, you’ve not condemned, you’ve not condemned, you’ve not condemned…”

At this point Mr Doherty started to respond to Mr Varadkar and the Leas Ceann Comhairle Pat “The Cope” Gallagher called for order.

The call for order went on for more than 30 seconds.

After order was restored, Mr Varadkar said:

“Deputy, I condemn violence and thuggish behaviour by anyone, under any circumstances, so let there be no doubt about this. But in two contributions, in fact, in three contributions now, you have dismissed the fact that tax evasion is a serious offence.

“You have criticised the gardaí, you have criticised the High Court for making this order, having heard the cases…and you have said nothing about the thugs who climbed on the back of a cattle truck, 20 of them, broke into property, injured three people, killed a dog…”

Mr Gallagher began to call for order again.

Then the Taoiseach said:

“Deputy, deputy, when it comes to Sinn Féin and the rule of law, and public order, and condemning violence, it doesn’t take very long for your balaclava to slip.”

Watch Dáil proceedings live here

Previously: Cause And Effect

The Family Has Returned Home

This afternoon.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to RTÉ News about last Tuesday’s eviction in Strokestown, Co Roscommon and events at the property early yesterday morning where security personnel at the home were attacked.

Earlier: Cause And Effect

Yesterday morning and all last week.

Anna Kavanagh, from Longford, who volunteers with Athlone Community Radio, reported via Facebook on events from Strokestown, County Roscommon.

Her videos here, here and here have had close to a million views so far.

Further to this…

Last night Anna posted a letter she wrote to the Irish Farmers Journal in 2016 about the difficulties that farmers are facing when it comes to meeting their loan repayments.

Anna writes::

I predicted in April 2016 that we were about to see a land grab in Ireland not seen since Cromwell and I called on the Government to put a contingency plan in place to prevent this happening.

I’m very shaken by what has happened in Roscommon this week and my reporting from the scene of the eviction has taken its toll on me. I do not want to see any further breakdown of the rule of law and order in this country. We are a democracy and I believe in the power of the ballot box.

I’m pleading to Leo Varadkar, Charlie Flanagan and Drew Harris to restore the rule of law to the courts, the Gardai and the body politic because history teaches us that the alternative is anarchy. I’m unable to respond to all the requests for the moment and I appeal that you continue to keep your comments respectful.

Many thanks to you for reading and for your support.

Anna Kavanagh (Facebook)

Thanks Johnny Keenan


Anna writes:

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