Has to be our favourite story of the week so far .

Tony Keogh, 64, was dobbed in  by a local resident who discovered a significant number of cannabis plants on his property

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Keogh’s Crisps, the  much-loved Irish potato chip company, posted a public apology following the arrest of a retired company director for growing nearly €20,000 (approx. CAD$30,750) worth of cannabis on July 10.

 

 

Keogh’s Crisps yesterday confirmed their connection to a man who was arrested by Gardaí after a passerby noticed a large amount of cannabis plants in his greenhouse.

On Friday, 10 July, Gardaí confirmed they had arrested a man in his 60’s during the course of a search operation in North Dublin the previous day.

The man, who has since been named as Tony Keogh, uncle to founder of Keogh’s crisps Tom Keogh, was arrested and detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act of 1996.

On Saturday, the crisp company issued a statement confirming that Tony Keogh was a director at Keogh’s, and had retired from farming in 2019.

Statement by Keogh’s
Saturday 11 July 2020
Following media coverage relating to the Keogh’s family business and the reporting of the unlicensed cultivation of cannabis by a family member, Keogh’s Farm would like to confirm that this has occurred and communicate the full details of the situation.
Tony Keogh 64 is a retired farmer from north County Dublin and uncle to Tom Keogh founder of Keoghs Crisps Limited. Unbeknownst to the Keogh business, Tony who officially retired from the family farm business in 2019, had been researching medical cannabis production around the world following the move by the Irish government to legalise medical cannabis last year.
Tony did not reveal his intentions to anybody, nor did he seek legal advice at any stage. Tony had been cultivating the plants in a small area of an unused glasshouse within full view of the public road and as such a member of the public reported the activities to the Garda Siochana.
When questioned by the Gardai, Tony immediately admitted full responsibility and was charged on Friday 10th July. As a family branded business, we acknowledge we must take responsibility for the actions of our family members regardless of them being actively involved in our business or not.
As a business we employ 115 people and are committed to producing the finest fresh potatoes and crisps for our customers across Ireland and around the world. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise to our loyal customers who have supported our family business over the years.

“Unbeknownst to the Keogh business, Tony who officially retired from the family farm business in 2019, had been researching medical cannabis production around the world following the move by the Irish government to legalise medical cannabis last year,” the statement reads.

“Tony did not reveal his intentions to anybody, nor did he seek legal advice at any stage.

“Tony had been cultivating the plants in a small area of an unused glasshouse within full view of the public road and as such a member of the public reported the activities to the Garda Síochána.

“When questioned by Gardaí, Tony immediately admitted full responsibility and was charged on Friday 10 July.

Source The Irish Post. https://www.irishpost.com/news/irish-crisp-company-apologises-as-director-arrested-for-growing-cannabis-worth-e20000-188949