Man arrested in connection with attempted armed robbery of rural post office

Gardaí have arrested a man in his early 60s in connection with the attempted armed robbery of a post office in Clonmany, Co. Donegal.

Shortly after 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 11, it is alleged that a man entered Clonmany Post Office, produced what was believed to be a handgun, and demanded money.

According to a statement from An Garda Síochána, a post office worker retreated to a back room and raised the alarm. The man left the scene and nothing was stolen. Gardaí responded immediately to the activation of the panic alarm.

At 5:30pm on Tuesday (November 24), a man was arrested at an Operation Fanacht checkpoint in Bridgend, Co. Donegal, in connection with this alleged incident.

He is currently detained at Buncrana Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act.

An Garda Síochána has been working closely with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in relation to this.

Enquiries are ongoing and no further information is being provided by An Garda Síochána at this time.

Man convicted of operating illegal slaughterhouse in Louth

In other crime-related news, a man has been convicted of operating an illegal slaughterhouse this week, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

The man in question was fined and the equipment seized at the plant was subject to a forfeiture order following a day in court yesterday (Wednesday, November 25), the authority confirmed.

In a statement to AgriLand, a spokesperson for the FSAI said:

“On April 9, 2018, an intelligence-led investigation by the FSAI, Louth County Council, Monaghan County Council, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and An Garda Síochána, discovered an illegal slaughterhouse and cutting plant operated by Barry McConnon at Lannat, Corcreaghy, Co. Louth.”