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An investigation has been launched by Gardaí over an alleged sexual assault at Electric Picnic in Stradbally last weekend.

The supposed incident happened on Saturday, August 31 at the music event in County Laois.

A garda spokesman confirmed in a statement that officers are investigating the report and are continuing to support the victim.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A spokesman added: "Gardaí are investigating the report of an alleged sexual assault of a female that is reported to have occurred on Saturday 31st August in the Stradbally area of Co Laois.

"Investigations are ongoing."

Gardaí also revealed yesterday that they were dealing with 453 'reported incidents' of illegal drug use at the annual event.

Six offences involved public order, along with one sexual crime, one minor assault, one theft, one arrest of a man for possession of an offensive weapon and four arrests for driving under the influence.

Of the four arrests involving driving, three were drug driving and one was intoxicant driving.

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Gardaí have gathered a list of names of those who they're trying to track down in Co. Kilkenny after three juvenile girls were sexually assaulted in Wexford last weekend.

Detectives believe that these individuals may have been directly involved in the attack or were with a number of men who carried it out on Sunday night. More than one man was apparently involved.

Gardaí are investigating claims that at least one 14-year-old girl was raped, and two other girls sexually assaulted. A specialist child interviewer has been hired to conduct the interviews.

A manhunt is ongoing in the Kilkenny area for a number of young men who Gardaí want to question about the attacks, which allegedly took place in the holiday town of Courtown Harbour, Co. Wexford.

The alleged incident happened shortly around midnight in the Burrow area, and the complainants are all young teenage girls. Gardaí are asking anyone who may have information to come forward.

The parents apparently reported to Gardaí that the girls were sexually assaulted on Sunday morning, and three girls made official statements to specialist officers. They were also brought to a sexual assault unit for treatment.

The girls are originally from the Dublin area, according to The Independent, and the attacks allegedly happened close to the beach in the north Wexford seaside village.

Gardaí were last night desperately trying to make contact with a number of suspects based in Kilkenny, and the area where the attacks allegedly happened were sealed off on Sunday while an exam took place.

"Each of the alleged victims was subjected to a different type of sexual assault," a senior source said last night.

"The alleged victims are fully co-operating with the investigation which is being treated in the most sensitive way," the source added.

Gardaí are particularly appealing to anyone who was in the Burrow area between 10pm on Saturday night and 2am on Sunday morning who saw any suspicious behaviour to contact Gardaí in Gorey on 053 943 0690 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Gardaí are not releasing any further information “due to the sensitive nature of the incident” but a senior source described the claims as 'credible'.

A garda spokesperson said: “Owing to the nature of the alleged incidents and ages of those involved we will not be commenting further at this time.” Enquiries are ongoing, but no arrests have been made so far in the case.

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An Garda Síochána have welcomed a new member to their crew and he is simply adorable. Taking to Twitter, the Gardaí revealed an adorable cocker spaniel is their latest recruit.

We just can’t handle how cute he is. The little puppy has already started his training but the team needs your help with something.

Their fluffy friend has no name. They are hoping the public can lend a hand by helping them name their newest (and fluffiest) recruit.

Alongside a series of photos of the sweet cocker spaniel, they wrote: “Our latest recruit in the Garda Dog Unit is a full cocker spaniel aged 11 wks, mischievious and likes the rough and tumble with Elsa (Lab) & Bailey.”

“He has started his training to qualify as a specialist detection dog with GDU.  He remains nameless but we are open to suggestions,” they added.

People have already started recommending names on Twitter including Fionn, Jarvis, Charlie and Chase.

What do you think they should call him?

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Gardaí are now investigating an alleged sexual assault which took place last Thursday in South Dublin.

The incident involving the teenager apparently occurred on Lower Kilmacud Road in Stillorgan on January 10, around 7pm.

The young woman was walking down the road towards Dundrum and noticed a man following her, according to a Garda source.

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The man in question is accused of ejaculating on the woman before walking away, after following her for about two kilometres before the attack.

The teenager’s clothes have been taken by the Gardaí to be tested for DNA evidence. A significant amount of CCTV evidence has also been recovered.

A spokeswoman for the Gardaí confirmed officers were investigating “an alleged sexual assault on a female on Lower Kilmacud Road, Dublin on 10th January 2019 at 7pm”.

Gardai are following a definite line of inquiry. 

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A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 27-year-old woman in Donegal last night.

Gardaí sealed off the area in Forest Park in the village of Killygordon after being called to the scene.

Local reports on Friday morning stating that a person had been fatally wounded.

Sources then said the victim had died following the incident, with the body remaining at the scene.

Gardaí have since confirmed that a full investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the death of the young woman.

A man in his 20s has been detained in Letterkenny Garda Station.

Three ambulances allegedly arrived at the house in the east of the county in the early hours of this morning, with children and other occupants leaving the house shortly afterwards.

A statement released by the Gardaí at 11:45am has stated;

“Gardaí are investigating the circumstances of the death of a woman in her 20s this morning the 4th of January 2019 at Forest Park, Killygordan, Co. Donegal. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene."

"The Office of the State Pathologist has been notified and the body remains at the scene pending an examination. The Garda Technical Bureau has been notified and will be carrying out a technical examination at the scene today.

"A man in his 20s has been arrested and is detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 in Letterkenny Garda Station. Investigations are ongoing.”

Patrick McGowan, who is the local county councillor in Killygordon, commented that; “All we know is that there has been a very serious incident and everyone in the locality is shocked."

“All we know is that somebody has been seriously hurt and Gardaí are awaiting the forensics team to arrive.”

He stated that locals are awaiting more information on the incident.

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Gardaí at Store St. are appealing for help in tracing the whereabouts of 17-year-old Jason Collins who is missing from Dublin since the 3rd of September 2018.

Jason was last seen on Eden Quay, Dublin 1 on the 3rd of September 2018 at approximately 9.30am. He is described as 5'9" in height, medium build, black hair, and green eyes. When last seen he was wearing a black jacket, grey tracksuit bottoms, and grey runners.

It is unknown whether Jason is in Ireland or whether he may have travelled to the UK.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have seen Jason or who may know of his whereabouts is asked to contact Store St. Garda station on 01 6668000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Gardaí in Athlone are seeking assistance from the public in tracing the whereabouts of two missing teens, named Janelle Quinn and Hannah Hughes.

They were reported missing to Gardaí on Wednesday of last week, on the 15 of August. 

Hannah Hughes

Hannah (16) is described as 5ft 2’, with long red hair. When last seen she was wearing a short length peach hoodie, pink and black leggings, pink Nike Air Max runners and a black jacket.

Janelle (15) is described as 5ft 4’, with long brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen she was wearing grey leggings, a grey hoodie, green jacket and white Nike runners.

 Janelle Quinn

Both girls are thought to be in the Dublin area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Athlone Garda Station 090-6498550 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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Gardaí are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 29-year-old Rachel Garland, who is missing from Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1

She has been missing since approximately 10am yesterday morning Saturday 8th July, 2018. 

Rachel is described as 5'2" in height, slight build with light brown hair and blue eyes.

Rachel Garland

When last seen she was wearing navy blue denim jeans, a coral t-shirt and a blue denim shirt over the t-shirt and black runners. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Store Street Garda Station on 01 666-8000, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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An investigation has been launched following an alleged assault in Co Longford.

One man is said to be in a serious condition and is being treated at the intensive care unit of Mullingar's Midland Regional Hospital.

It's understood that the victim sustained a stab wound in Ballymahon, Co Longford shortly after a memorial ceremony had been held in Longford town’s St Mel’s Cathedral.

The service was held to mark the anniversary of John 'Dodie' Stokes was passed away last year, and it's believed that Gardaí were aware of the tensions that existed between those in attendance.

Detectives believe the assault took place following a road traffic collision Ballymahon where at least two vehicles were rammed.

It's thought the victim may have been dragged from one of the vehicles and stabbed.

Gardai have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed anything untoward in the Ballymahon area between 6:30am and 8am this morning to contact them at Longford Garda Station at (043) 3350570.

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The search for the gunman involved in a fatal shooting in Dublin continues this morning.

A 27-year-old man was shot multiple as he sat in his car at the Brideview Halting site in Roanstown yesterday afternoon.

He was discovered by two friends who returned to the vehicle after hearing gunshots.

The State Pathologist and members of the Garda Technical Bureau attended the scene yesterday evening and a forensic examination is due to continue today.

A second scene has been preserved on Crag Ave where a car was located on fire shortly after the incident.

It's understood the victim was aware his life was in danger and had received a formal Garda information letter warning of threats made against him.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact the incident room which has been established at Lucan Garda Station.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lucan Garda Station 01-6667300, Ronanstown Garda Station 01-6667700 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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Gardaí in Dublin have launched an investigation after a mother claimed her son was attacked in the new Scientology HQ in Firhouse.

She told officers in Rathfarnham Garda Station her son, 14, had suffered a fractured wrist, cuts and bruising following an assault that took place at the site at around 6pm on Saturday.

A source told The Irish Sun: “This is a very serious accusation involving a child and will be thoroughly investigated. The child has suffered a serious injury and has been left in a distressed state.

“Gardai will also hope to have the full co-operation of the Church of Scientology on this matter.”

The centre has faced huge opposition from local residents and ex-members since its opening last October.

Local Sinn Fein TD Sean Crowe said: “I would have huge concerns about the ­allegation a minor has been assaulted at this facility.

“A lot of paranoia surrounds this group and there are also a lot of concerns in the local community about what their aims and objectives are.

“I’ve huge concerns in relation to the group itself. It is a cult. I wouldn’t be encouraging anybody to be using the facilities.”

The woman and son are said to be not connected to the facility.

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Gardaí have confirmed the identity of the deceases man in yesterday's stabbing incident in Dundalk as 24-year-old, Japanese national, Yosuke Sasaki.

The incident occurred shortly before 9am on Wednesday morning. A number of other people were slo injured in the attack.

An 18 year old Egyptian national has been arrested in connection with the attack. He is still being detained at Dundalk Garda station. 

Gardai are appealing for any persons that were in the Avenue Road area shortly before 9 am or on the Coes Road, Seatown Place or the Inner Relief Road areas of Dundalk between 8.30a.m and 9.40a.m to come forward.

They can be contacted at Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388471 the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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