Jury discharged in Tipp firearms case

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The jury has been discharged in the trial of two Tipperary men charged with conspiring to possess a firearm, ammunition and an explosive substance.

The two – 51 year old Thomas Bates of Abbey Street, Cahir and 34 year old Nigel Gartland of Knocklofty Heights, Clonmel – were arrested in Cahir in November 2017 following an undercover Garda operation.

Today at Clonmel Circuit Criminal Court Judge Thomas Teehan said there were a number of reasons why the jury should be discharged.

The case has been adjourned until 20 May to fix a date for a new trial.