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Donegal brothel had Northern Ireland customers, say Gardai

Customers at a brothel in a rural county town in Donegal travelled from Northern Ireland for services, it has emerged.

Gardai raided a house in Letterkenny at the weekend after a long-running investigation into a brothel being run there.

Officers said customers travelled from right across the North West to the house in Letterkenny, including from Sligo and also from Coleraine in Co Londonderry.

And one Romanian arrested at the raided property had an outstanding arrest warrant in Co Kerry, Letterkenny District Court heard yesterday.

Daniella Ionata (28), of Court House Manor, Letterkenny, is one of three people detained in the garda raid.

She was charged with aiding or assisting in the operation of a brothel.

Daniele Costache (19), of no fixed abode, and a man, Florian Nica (36), of Sanefield Court, Ennis, Co Clare, were charged with the same offence.

Judge Paul Kelly was told the three were detained at a house off Justice Walsh Road just after 8.30pm on Saturday. A Co Donegal man who was in bed with Ionata was questioned.

A Garda told Judge Paul Kelly that when she was charged, Ionata had replied: “Yes I was working there, but not the owner of the house.”

She was released on €500 bail, while the other defendants were given the Probation Act.

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