Gardai

  • Almost 96-thousand motorists were caught speeding on Irish roads in the first eight months of this year.

    In an effort to reduce the number of speed related collisions and deaths, Gardaí have started National Slow Down Day.

    From seven o'clock this morning, until seven o'clock tomorrow, there'll be an increased Garda presence on the roads.

    117 people have died on Irish roads so far this year.

    Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary from the Roads Policing Bureau is urging motorists to slow down.

  • The cost of Garda overtime in the Mayo Division increased to over €2.1 m euro last year.

    Figures published in today’s Irish Daily Mail show the cost of Garda overtime nationally has soared from €55 m in 2015 to almost €131 m last year.

    In the Mayo Garda division, the cost of overtime increased from €1.2 m in 2015 to €1.7 million in 2016, and to €2.1 million in 2017.

    In the Galway division, Garda overtime costs soared from €1.5m to €2.4 m last year, and in Roscommon / Longford, Garda overtime costs doubled between 2015 and 2017 – from 733,000 to €1.4m.

     The Garda divisions in Dublin North and Dublin North Central had the highest level of overtime last year, with the Kinahan-Hutch gangland feud believed to be contributing to the financial cost.

  • Gardai across the region are advising motorists to take due caution this morning and reduce their speed due to heavy rainfall overnight.

    Accumulations of between 25 and 33mm occurred overnight leaving excess water on many roads across the west.

    A status yellow rainfall warning is currently in effect for counties Galway, Roscommon and Sligo.

    The warning is due to remain in place until 7pm this evening.

  • A national yellow weather alert has been issued for wet and windy weather with a risk of downpours. The warning comes into effect this evening at 5pm until 6am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

    Gusts of up to 110km/h are expected in coastal areas. Further build ups of snow are likely in north Connacht and west Ulster.

    Met Éireann says many areas will be mostly dry this morning with some wintry showers and sunny spells.

    Gardai are advising road users to take due caution this morning, as roads are described as hazardous across the region.

    Outbreaks of rain will develop along the Atlantic coast by the evening as winds will strengthen. Temperatures will be between 4-7 degrees.

    Snow and sleet are forecast for tonight before thundery downpours and heavy rain arrives.

    The cold weather will remain through tomorrow as scattered wintry showers continue with some sunny spells.

  • Gardai in Castlebar are reminding Mayo football supporters travelling to MacHale Park this Saturday evening for the All-Ireland senior football championship against Armagh to leave plenty of time for their journey - particularly if they're travelling on the N60, due to ongoing roadworks just outside Balla.

    A Stop/ Go system will be in place at this location, but Gardai say supporters should leave extra time to get to Castlebar.

    Traffic is also expected to be busy along the N5 approach road to Castlebar, as the majority of traffic from Armagh is expected to use this route.

    Gardai are advising that there will be plenty of parking space available in the industrial estates around MacHale Park.

     

     

  • There are concerns that a number of horses have been let loose from their paddocks in the Straide Foxford area recently.

    The owner of the horses believes they have been let loose lately and have made their way up to the railway line in the area.

    Drivers in the area are asked to take caution when driving in case the animals break loose again.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who notices any suspicious activity in the area to contact them on  (094) 903 8200.

  • Gardai nationally have issued a reminder to parents to closely monitor the games their children may be playing online.

    It follows reports that the dangerous 'momo challenge' is circulating via WhatsApp.

    Gardai in a number of regions have posted online warnings to ensure parents are fully aware of the matter. They have described the 'game' as a form of cyberbullying.

     “The momo challenge is a form of cyberbullying where momo asks to be contacted through a social media site and then asks the person to perform a series of dangerous tasks including self-harm”.

    Gardai are advising that there is a disturbing image of momo online that parents should make themselves familiar with, and appeal to parents to supervise children or those that are vulnerable while online.

  • Gardai are advising that counterfeit 50 Euro notes have been found in Claremorris, Ballina and Balla over the past few weeks.
    Some of the notes have 'Movie Money' written on them.  

    Gardai are urging all retail outlets to be on the alert for these notes. Use electronic checkers, pens and a good visual examination of all the security features on the notes so that you are not the next victim.  

    If you can retain any fake note tendered please hand it in to your local Garda station.

  • Gardai in Ballina are advising people in the Lord Edward street, Kevin Barry Street, town centre and Ardnaree areas to close all windows and doors and to avoid going outside due to smoke following a fire in disused building.

    Gardai say no other buildings are at risk but there is a strong wind blowing smoke across the area which can be hazardous to people’s health and also to driving conditions.

    Traffic diversions are in place in Ballina at present.

  • Gardai are advising supporters attending tomorrow evening’s Allianz League game between Mayo and Roscommon in Castlebar to arrive early and not to park on the N5.

    Gardai say a crowd of between 12,000-15,000 is expected at Elverys MacHale Park for the game which throws in at 7pm.

    Gardai are advising those attending to arrive as early as possible and not to park on the N5 road – instead they should use the official car parks in the town and at the Military Barracks.

    If people are intending to walk to the ground they should wear florescent jackets so they are plainly visible.

    Supporters are asked to co-operate with Gardai and stewards on duty for the game.

    They are also advising that tickets are on sale prior to the match at local Super Valu and Centra outlets, at the early bird price of €15, as opposed to €20 on match day.

  • Gardaí and the Department of Agriculture searched farms in five counties this morning as part of an investigation into the tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter.

    The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, assisted by officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, conducted planned searches at locations in Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Westmeath and Kilkenny.

    Seven sites were searched, including farms, houses and a commercial premises.

    The searches are part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation into offences of deception pursuant to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act, 2001 surrounding fraudulent practices regarding tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter in this jurisdiction.

    The operation is supported by officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau, Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.

    Earlier this year the discovery of horses with multiple microchips at an abattoir in the Co Kilkenny area led to the Department of Agriculture’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) being called in.

  • The names have been released of the four young men killed in a road collision in Co Donegal last night.

    The small community in Gortahork has been left shocked following the deaths of John Harley, Michéal Roarty, Sean Harkin, and Daniel Scott, in a single-vehicle crash.

    All four were in their 20's and were on their way home from a night out when the car they were in crashed near Magheraroarty in Gortahork just before 9pm last night.

    Gardai say they're deeply saddened by the horrific death toll in Irish roads over the past week - a week in which 10 people died in road collisions - and have sent condolences to those affected by the tragic events.

    In a statement, Gardai say their activities across the country will continue to focus on the offences that contribute most significantly to traffic collisions - in particular drink-driving and speeding.

    In the first month of 2019 to date, 634 drivers have been arrested nationally for driving under the influence of drink or drugs, while over 9,300 people have been detected speeding.

    In Mayo, one motorist was caught driving at 161 km an hour in an 80 km/h zone on the R335 at Glaspatrick, Murrisk.

    The Road Safety Authority is also appealing to motorists to slow down, drive at the right speed for the weather conditions and watch out for vulnerable road users  -particularly among warnings of icy roads and sleet and snow showers this week.

     

  • Gardai are appealing for the public’s assistance in tracing a 41-year-old man who has been reported missing from Co Sligo.

    Paul Geraghty, also known as Pol MacOireachtaigh, who is from Tubbercurry, has been missing since Tuesday June 26th.

    Paul is approximately 5ft 11”, of thin build with black hair and blue eyes. It is not known what he was wearing when last seen.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen him to contact Tubbercurry Garda Station 071-9157000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

  • Gardai in Ballyhaunis are appealing for information after a house was broken into in the Gurrane area of Ballyhaunis yesterday. 

    Sometime between 9am and 7.30pm the house was broken into and a sum of money was taken. 

    Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact them on 094-93-72080. 

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    Gardai are appealing for information on a teenager missing from Galway.

    16-year old Linda Mhelembe is missing from her home in Galway since last Friday.

    She's described as 5 foot in height with black hair and brown eyes.

    Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Galway Gardai at 091 - 53 8000.

     

  • Gardai are appealing for any information on a White Volkswagen Tiguan 191 Wicklow Reg vehicle which was observed acting suspiciously in the Claremorris Balla Area inside the past hour.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gardai at Claremorris on 094 9372080 or Castlebar on 094 9038200.

  • Gardaí in Castlerea are appealing for witnesses after a garda who attempted to stop two men was allegedly attacked by them while he was on patrol in the early hours of yesterday morning.

    The incident happened at around 1am yesterday (Sunday) morning when the garda tried to stop and detain two men in the Roselawn area of Castlerea.

    The garda had been on patrol with two colleagues when they responded to a suspected burglary.

    While his colleagues searched the immediate area, the other garda searched further afield where he then encountered two men who he requested to stop.

    The men are reported to have resisted being detained and allegedly attacked the garda who had to call for backup.

    The garda, as well as the two men he was trying to detain, were later treated in hospital for injuries which were described as "not life threatening".

    They were all later discharged.

    The alleged attackers are in their 30s and 60s.

    Investigations into the incident are ongoing and no arrests have been made.

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Castlerea Station on 0949621630 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

  • Castlerea Gardai are appealing for witnesses after an incident at Gortaganny Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

    There was disruption caused to up to 15 graveyards.

    Christmas lights were taken off graves as well as ornamental stones.

    There is a lot of upset caused in the area and Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area on Saturday afternoon between 12pm and 2pm to contact them on 094 96 21630.

  • Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a break-in to a house in Doctor’s Road, Ballyhaunis yesterday.

    Cash and Jewelry were stolen in the raid.

    The incident occurred some-time between 10am and 1pm yesterday.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious behavior in the area yesterday to contact them at Claremorris Garda Station on 094 9372080 or the Garda Confidential line 1800 666111

  • Gardaí attended the scene of a serious two vehicle road traffic collision yesterday that occurred at approximately 12.50pm at Ardleckna, Elphin, County Roscommon.

    Two women, aged in their 30s and 70s, were airlifted to Sligo University Hospital with serious injuries.

    Three men, two in their 30s and one in his 70s, were taken to Sligo University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Forensic Collision Investigators have carried out a technical examination and the road has since re-opened.

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward, particularly any road users who may have camera footage and who were travelling in the area at approximately 12.50pm yesterday afternoon.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094 9621630, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.