Gardai are planning to interview up to eight security personnel following an incident at a property in Falsk between Strokestown and Tulsk on Sunday morning.
A number of men raided the property and land, which was the subject of a recent repossession order, in the early hours of the morning resulting in the hospitalisation of three security men, the death of a dog and the burning of four vehicles.
As part of the investigation, Gardai are to speak to the security men who were on the property at the time and hope to also gain some footage from body cams worn by the security personnel.
Gardai are also trying to establish if there was a dissident republican link to the attack as they continue their investigation to establish the identity of those involved.
RTE.ie reports that “Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has requested his officials to examine the regulations and licensing of personnel enforcing court orders by the Private Security Authority”.
“Minister Flanagan also said that he has convened an interdepartmental group to examine the administrative, legislative, resources, security and any other matters required to provide for the regulation and licensing of personnel enforcing court orders by the Private Security Authority”.
“The group is to report to the minister in January 2019”, according to the report which you can read here.
The attack has been condemned by Deputy Eugene Murphy and Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice.
Deputy Fitzmaurice first raised the repossession of the Strokestown property in the Dail last week when he alleged Gardaí “aided and abetted” the eviction.
According to an article in last week’s irishtimes.com, Deputy Fitzmaurice allegedly warned that “Irish people need to wake up, especially if people are coming from the North. We must take them on and stop what is happening.”
Read that article here