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Man arrested over Strokestown eviction incident released without charge

The man was arrested earlier today following a search of a house in the Killoe area of Longford.

A screengrab from footage of the incident.
A screengrab from footage of the incident.

Updated Feb 6th 2019, 10:06 PM

A MAN WHO was arrested by gardaí investigating a number of incidents which took place on a farm in Strokestown, Roscommon, in mid-December has been released without charge. 

The man, aged in his 50s, was arrested earlier today following a search of a house in the Killoe area of Longford. He was detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. 

Four other men have been arrested and questioned in relation to the attack at a property in Falsk on 16 December 2018. The events followed the repossession of the property by private security personnel days earlier.

There were scuffles with the family who lived in the house and among a group of people who were present to support them. 

During a subsequent incident at the property, eight people were injured, three of whom required hospital treatment, while vehicles were set on fire and a dog that was also seriously injured had to be put down.

The eviction led to a number of protests and the issue was raised in the Dáil. 

Two people have been charged and are before the courts. Gardaí said investigations are continuing.

With reporting by Órla Ryan 

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