Seven men arrested in relation to a violent burglary on the home of a Co Tipperary businessman and his family in the early hours of Thursday morning are still be held for questioning by gardaí. <
The group, who are suspected to be members of a major Dublin criminal gang, are today facing into their third day of detention at a number of Garda stations in Tipperary after being stopped by armed detectives as they made their getaway back to the capital.
The period under which they can be held for questioning was extended yesterday, although a decision on whether to charge or released them is due to take place over the weekend.
The seven, who are all males in their 20s from the Coolock area of Dublin, are facing possible criminal prosecution over their alleged involvement in the burglary of the home of business couple Mark and Emma Corcoran near Killenaule, Co Tipperary, at around 3am on Thursday.
Garda sources have indicated that investigating officers are anxious to establish possible links between those arrested and a criminal gang based in Rathkeale, Co Limerick.
One line of inquiry is that members of the gang have been been buying bedding furniture from the business run by the Corcorans in Killenaule and passing information about the family’s movements to associates in Dublin.
Friends of the couple said the family, including three young children, remain traumatised by their ordeal, during which they were threatened and assaulted before the gang made off with a small quantity of cash, jewellery, and other valuables.
The stolen items were later recovered when the family’s jeep, which was also taken during the robbery by two members of the gang, was stopped on the M7 near Newlands Cross.
Mr Corcoran was struck in the face with a pistol during the raid on his home, while his wife was dragged and pulled by her hair.
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