Gardai say ongoing Strokestown investigation “complex”

A solicitor for a man accused of involvement in an alleged attack on security guards at a repossessed house in Strokestown has strongly criticised the ‘slow pace’ of the investigation.

But the gardaí said it was a complex investigation.

In January, Martin O’Toole, of Stripe, Irishtown, Claremorris, was charged with trespassing and burglary at Falsk in Strokestown mid-December.

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Gardaí are investigating attack on security guards and the burning of several of their vehicles.

Mr O’Toole appeared at Castlerea District Court this morning, having been granted bail in the High Court.

Solicitor Alan Gannon, acting for the accused, was critical of the slow pace of the investigation, urging the gardai to ‘get on with the matter’, noting it happened in December.

He also noted that while a number of people had been arrested but released without charge, with a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr O’Toole had been charged.

Responding, Sergeant James Muldowney said the investigation was complex.

Judge Deirdre Gearty remanded Mr O’Toole on continuing bail to appear again on April 5th, to take direction.