A local Roscommon newspaper editor has been granted a High Court injunction restraining gardaí from going through information on his mobile phone, as part of an investigation into last December's incidents at a repossessed house in Strokestown, Co Roscommon.

Emmett Corcoran, editor of the Democrat, based in Strokestown and circulating in Roscommon, Longford and Leitrim, was granted the interim injunction until Friday morning by Mr Justice Seamus Noonan.

He said his phone was seized after he refused to identify sources to gardaí having been one of the first people on the scene of the Strokestown repossession incident, when a number of vehicles were set on fire.

Mr Corcoran got interim order this afternoon.

The matter is returnable tomorrow at 10.45am.