Has to be our favorite story of the week to date .
Tony Keogh, 64, was dobbed in by a neighborhood resident who found a major quantity of cannabis crops on his property
Keogh’s Crisps, the much-loved Irish potato chip company, posted a public apology following the arrest of a retired company director for growing almost €20,000 (approx. CAD$30,750) worth of cannabis on July 10.
Keogh’s Crisps yesterday confirmed their connection to a person who was arrested by Gardaí after a passerby seen a big quantity of cannabis crops in his greenhouse.
On Friday, 10 July, Gardaí confirmed that they had arrested a person in his 60’s throughout the course of a search operation in North Dublin the day gone by.
The man, who has since been named as Tony Keogh, uncle to founder of Keogh’s crisps Tom Keogh, was arrested and detained beneath Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act of 1996.
On Saturday, the crisp company issued an announcement 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 protection referring to the Keogh’s household enterprise and the reporting of the unlicensed cultivation of cannabis by a member of the family, Keogh’s Farm wish to affirm that this has occurred and talk the total particulars of the state of affairs.
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 enterprise, Tony who formally retired from the household farm enterprise in 2019, had been researching medical cannabis manufacturing all over the world following the transfer by the Irish authorities to legalise medical cannabis final yr.
Tony didn’t reveal his intentions to anyone, nor did he search authorized recommendation at any stage. Tony had been cultivating the crops in a small space of an unused glasshouse inside full view of the general public highway and as such a member of the general public reported the actions to the Garda Siochana.
When questioned by the Gardai, Tony instantly admitted full accountability and was charged on Friday 10th July. As a household branded enterprise, we acknowledge we should take accountability for the actions of our members of the family regardless of them being actively concerned in our enterprise or not.
As a enterprise we make use of 115 folks and are dedicated to producing the best contemporary potatoes and crisps for our prospects throughout Ireland and all over the world. We wish to take this chance to sincerely apologise to our loyal prospects who’ve supported our household enterprise 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 assertion reads.
“Tony didn’t reveal his intentions to anyone, nor did he search authorized recommendation at any stage.
“Tony had been cultivating the crops in a small space of an unused glasshouse inside full view of the general public highway and as such a member of the general public reported the actions to the Garda Síochána.
“When questioned by Gardaí, Tony instantly admitted full accountability and was charged on Friday 10 July.