• Sinn Fein MEP for this region, Matt Carthy says he hopes those behind a fire attack on the car of a County Leitrim TD are brought to justice.

    The apparent attack happened outside the home of his party colleague, TD Martin Kenny at Aughavas, near Ballinamore at around half 2 yesterday morning.

    Last week in the Dail Deputy Kenny spoke up in support of a controversial centre for asylum seekers in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim.

    Gardai are appealing for witnesses who were in the area between midnight and 3am yesterday to contact them.

    MEP Carthy says the community is appalled by the blaze:

  • The N5 at Carrabawn, Swinford has re-opened to traffic in the past few minutes (1pm) following a fatal collision yesterday afternoon.

    A car and lorry collided on the N5, near the Applegreen store, just before 4pm.

    The 61-year-old man driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

    He has been named locally as Frank Walsh , Treeneure, Kiltimagh.

    A passenger in the car, a man in his twenties, was taken by ambulance from the scene to Mayo University Hospital. His injuries are described as not life threatening.

    Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the collision.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Claremorris Garda Station 094-9372080.

  • Gardai in Claremorris are investigating the theft of a car from the Kiltimagh area in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    The Black Toyota Avensis was parked at a house on the Bohola road, Kiltimagh when it was taken some time after  1am.

    The vehicle’s registration is 02 G 7908.

    Anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or may have seen the car  is asked to contact Claremorris garda station at 094 9371222

  • A man in his seventies died after the car he was driving went into the sea at Kinvara, in county Galway yesterday evening

    It happened at around eight o'clock yesterday evening at The Quay area of Kinvara.

    He was brought to University Hospital Galway in a critical condition but later passed away.

     The man's name has not been released by gardai. 

    Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward.

  • A car has collided with the train at a railway crossing outside Castlebar this afternoon. It happened between Castlebar and Manulla junction at the unmanned Kilnageere railway crossing.
    Emergency services are at the scene.
    It’s understood that no one has been seriously injured in the incident. It was the 13.15 passenger train travelling from Westport to Heuston,Dublin.

    A spokesperson for Irish Rail told Midwest News this afternoon that significant delays can be expected along the route as a result and arrangements are being made to get the passengers on board to their destinations, and may have impact on later services from the capital into Mayo today.

    The unmanned level crossing where the incident occurred is regarded as one of the most dangerous in the country due to the number of serious ‘near misses’ between trains and road users. The crossing is on a frequently used rural road with a school and creche nearby.In 2013, the junction recorded a quarter of all near misses on Irish railway crossings. There are 24 such crossings nationally.