Five men charged in connection with organised crime operation

FIVE men have appeared before Limerick District Court after they were charged in connection with a major garda operation targeting organised crime across Munster.

FIVE men have appeared before Limerick District Court after they were charged in connection with a major garda operation targeting organised crime across Munster.

The five, four of whom have addresses in Limerick city, are accused of committing a variety of offences – some of which date back to 2003.

The offences, which are alleged to have happened at locations across counties Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and Galway include theft, robbery, fraud, possession of stolen cars and a variety of road traffic offences.

In each case, Insp Derek Smart said gardai did not have an objection to bail and each of the defendants were granted bail by Judge Tom O’Donnell on condition they obey a number of conditions including signing on at their local garda stations.

Each of the men are due to appear in court again next month.

A total of ten men were arrested on Monday morning as part of Operation Safari, which involved up to 100 gardai.