A MAJOR garda operation was mounted in Portarlington last Wedndesay as part of an ongoin investigation into criminal activity in the town.
The seriousness of the operation was reflected by the fact that local gardai were backed up by armed support when they raided a number of residendces. The searches were carried out on the suspicion that firearms were hidden in the posession of a number of people under investigation. Two houses and two appartments were searched.
A number of men were arrested during the searchs carried out Port gardai and detectives backed up by officers from Portltaoise and two armed units of Regional Support Unit (RSU) raided a number of houses in the town on before dawn.
Gardai were tightlipped on the background to the operation but it is understood that there was a connection to criminal activity in Cork city although there is a local dimension to their activities. No weapons were seized but Supt Philip Lyons confirmed to the Leinster Express that investigations are still ongoing.
Meanwhile, In a separate incident in Port, another man was arrested outside a pub in Port on Saturday night, after he threatened a publican with a knife. The man was arrested and the knife recovered, with Supt Lyons confirming that the incident was not an attempted robbery but a reaction by the man to “a perceived slight” he had experienced in the pub the night before. The man appeared before Birr District Court on Monday.