• Gardai are continuing to question a man in his forties in connection with the death of a woman in Co. Mayo.

    The woman has been named locally as Valerie Kilroy, a 41-year-old mother-of-three.

    Her body was found at a house in the Kilbree area of Westport yesterday morning and the scene remain sealed off this afternoon.

    A post-mortem examination is being carried out today to establish the circumstances around the woman's death.

    The arrested man remains in custody at Castlebar Garda Station.

    Gardai say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the death.

    Local independent councillor Christy Hyland says there is a huge sense of shock and sadness in the area.

  • Gardai are questioning a man in his forties after the death of a woman in County Mayo.

    Her body was discovered yesterday morning at a house in the Westport area.

    A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out later today.

    Garda inquiries got under way shortly after 10am yesterday morning when the body of the woman in her forties was found at a house in the Kilbree area of Westport.

    A man was arrested and taken to Castlebar Garda Station for questioning and Gardai say they are not looking for anyone else at this stage.

    The scene has been preserved overnight pending examination by the State Pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau and the investigation is ongoing.

    An incident room has been set up at Castlebar Garda Station, and anyone who can assist with the inquiry is asked to come forward.

    The family of the deceased woman has been notified and a family liaison officer has been appointed. 

  • A man has been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into criminal damage and assaults carried out by a gang of men at a house near Strokestown, Co Roscommon last month.

    Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that a 54 year old man was arrested in Co Mayo this morning and is being detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

    It follows an incident at a farmhouse at Falsk, Strokestown, when a gang of people stormed the property in the early hours of Sunday 16th December and assaulted a number of security guards who were guarding the property following the eviction of a family the previous week.

    Some of the security personnel were injured in the incident, while a guard dog had to be put down and two vehicles were burnt out.

    Gardai say the man arrested in Mayo this morning in connection with their investigation is being held at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.



  • A Co Galway pharmacist is calling for tougher sentencing, for those convicted of burglaries and similar types of crime against pharmacists.

    The Irish Pharmacy Union published a survey this week, showing that 80% of pharmacies were victims of crime in the past year, and one-third of those were violent incidents.

    Cash and drugs were the most common items taken.

    Tougher sentencing and a more visible Garda presence are among the measures needed to tackle this type of crime, according to Darragh O’Loughlin, Secretary General of the IPU, who’s own pharmacy in Tuam was targeted on New Years Eve night…