• The Gardai are appealing to all road users to take extra care when using the roads this August Bank Holiday weekend.

    There will be an increase in traffic volumes on the country’s roads, with festivals and events due to take place over the course of the long weekend and therefore an increase in Garda patrols and checkpoints.

    The Gardai are advising that there will be a road safety campaign in place which will include checks for driving while intoxicated, speeding, failure to wear seatbelts, use of mobile device, dangerous or careless driving and proper lighting of vehicles.

    The objective of this campaign is to reduce road collisions, save lives and reduce injuries and to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding on roads.

  • Gardai are appealing for help in finding a missing 30 year-old woman from Sligo.

    Natalia Karaczyn hasn't been seen at her home in Crozon Park since early yesterday morning.

    She's 5 foot 8" in height, of slim build with green eyes and has medium length straight blond hair.

    She was wearing a black lace body suit, black leather trousers, a black jacket and black sandals with an open toe.

    Gardaí in Sligo are also looking for information about the movements of a beige Peugeot 308 estate car, with the partial reg 09 DL.

  • Gardai are appealing for the public’s assistance in locating a 13-year-old boy who is missing from the Carrowmore/Lacken area of Ballina since about 9.30 this morning.

    The boy is described as 5ft 7in in height, with black hair and blue eyes. When last seen he was wearing green tracksuit bottoms and a dark navy or black hoodie.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station on 096-20560.

  • Gardaí at Castlerea are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to a bank robbery which occurred at a bank on Church St, Strokestown Co Roscommon onFrida afternoon at approximately 2.15pm.

    Four men wearing balaclavas and gloves entered the bank, one man was believed to be armed with a handgun.

    They threatened staff and demanded cash.

    They left the premises after a short time with an undisclosed amount of cash and made their getaway in a black Audi A4 with UK registered number plates driven by a fifth man.

    It is believed they drove up Elphin St, took a right turn and drove in the direction of Kilmore.

    Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and information from any person who may have seen anything suspicious in the hour prior to the robbery and after the incident or to any drivers who may have dash cams fitted to their vehicles to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094-9621637, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

    No injuries were reported.

  • Gardai are appealing for witnesses after a break-in to the Applegreen Filling Station in Foxford overnight.

    At around 12.30am two intruders gained entry to the filling station and activated the alarm system in doing so, Ballina Gardai were on patrol in the area at the time and responded to the call within minutes. The intruders fled the scene after trying to gain access to the ATM on site.

    Nothing was taken in the incident and Gardai say the two men gained entry to the filling station via a side window which was blocked up.

    The intruders were wearing dark clothes, with their faces covered and are described as tall and thin.

    There was no sign of any vehicle in the vicinity of the filling station.

    Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area last night or seen any vehicle in the area around that time to contact them in Foxford on 094-92-56102, Ballina on 096-20650 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

  • Gardai are appealing to road users to take extra care when using the roads this Bank Holiday weekend.

    Gardai say there will be an increase in the number of people using the roads with various events taking place and the start of the school holidays for secondary school students.

    A Bank Holiday Enforcement Campaign will be in place, with Garda resources deployed with the aim of increasing compliance among road users and improving overall road safety.

    There will again be particular emphasis on inappropriate speed, drink/drug driving, seatbelts and faulty tyres.

    Noel Kelly is the Regional Roads Policing Superintendent and has been telling Angelina Nugent that there will be additional checkpoints in operation this weekend.

  • Gardai are appealing for witnesses after a 16 year-old girl was killed in a crash in County Galway.

    It happened when a car struck a wall in Porridgetown, Oughterard at around 1.15am yesterday morning.

    The teenager who was a passenger in the car died at the scene.

    The 21 year-old driver of the car, a man, has been seriously injured.

    He's being treated in University Hospital Galway, for non life threatening injuries.

  • Gardai arrested a man yesterday in connection with a robbery at a bookmakers in Co. Sligo.

    The incident occurred at 3.25pm yesterday afternoon at a premises on the Square in Collooney.

    The man in his 30’s was arrested a short time later and is currently detained at Ballymote Garda Station.

    No-one was injured during the incident and investigations are ongoing.

  • Gardaí have arrested three people and seized cannabis and cannabis plants at a house at Cloonloo, Co.Sligo.

    Gardaí searched a house at Cloonloo at about noon yesterday. During the course of the search they discovered a cannabis cultivation operation containing 250 plants and well as processed cannabis herb. The drugs, subject to analysis, have a street value of in excess of €200,000.

    Three people were arrested at the scene; a man and a woman in their 30s and a man in his late 20s. They are being detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

  • Gardai are at the scene of a three vehicle collision this morning on the Westport to Castlebar road close to Westport.

    There are no indications yet if anyone has been injured in the incident but Gardai are at the scene.

    The road is not closed to traffic but there are long delays this morning on the Westport to Castlebar road as a result.

  • Gardai are at the scene of a two vehicle collision at Barnacarroll Junction near Knock on the N17.

    The incident occurred shortly after 9am this morning.

    It’s understood that no one sustained serious injuries in the collision.

    Emergency services attended the scene and the road remains opened to traffic.

  • Emergency services are at the scene of a two vehicle collision on the N58 Castlebar side of Straide village.

    Gardai are at the scene and there is a stop/go system in place.

  • Gardai attended the scene of a one vehicle collision on the N5 in Ballyvary just outside Castlebar.

    The collision occurred shortly after 6am this morning and it’s understood the driver sustained no serious injuries in the collision.

    The N5 at Ballyvary remains open to traffic this morning but motorists are advised to reduce their speed in the area.

    Spot flooding is an issue on that stretch of road this morning so motorists are reminded to exercise caution.

  • The Ballyhaunis to Ballaghaderreen road is now cleared following a road traffic collision this morning

    Gardai and the emergency services attended the scene of a one vehicle collision on the Ballyhaunis to Ballaghaderreen.

    The incident, in which a vehicle appeared to have turned over, occurred close to a bridge at Derrynacong at around 9.30am.

    It’s understood no injuries were sustained in the incident.

  • Emergency services attended the scene of a two car collision on the N5 Castlebar to Westport road close to Cosgrove’s garage this morning.

    The collision occurred shortly after 7.30am but the road remains open to traffic.

    Gardai are advising motorists to exercise extreme caution on  approach roads as icy conditions are reported in the area this morning.

  • Protesters at the Kepak meat factory in Athleague Co Roscommon have blockaded a truck leaving the factory.

    RTÉ News reports they obtained video footage that shows some protesters with their heads and faces covered, while one person is seen wearing a balaclava.

    The incident occurred this morning as three refrigerated lorries were leaving the facility.

    Protesters stopped the third lorry leaving the plant.

    Gardaí arrived at the scene earlier this afternoon and spoke to the protesters.

    A High Court order granted earlier this week prohibits such activity taking place outside meat plants.

  • Galway Gardai have confirmed that the body of a missing man has been found in Spiddal.

    A public appeal was launched earlier this week for information on the whereabouts of 49-year old Hayden Jones, who had been missing from the Spiddal area since last Saturday.

    Gardai have now confirmed that his body was recovered in Spiddal this morning and have thanked the public for their assistance.


  • One person is due before the courts, charged in connection with a number of recent burglaries in the Castlebar area.

    Gardai have confirmed that, of 15 burglaries reported across Co Mayo this month, 8 occurred at business premises in Castlebar.

    Superintendent Kevin Gately of Castlebar Gardai is appealing to business owners to take every precaution to protect their property - including installing CCTV and alarm systems, locking up securely and not keeping cash on the premises.

    Superintendent Gately confirmed to Midwest News that a person is due before the courts charged in connection with some of the recent burglaries in the county town....

  • 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.

  • Motorists driving along the main Ballina to Foxford road this evening are being urged to reduce their speed as a result of a major offal spillage.

    Emergency services and Mayo County Council are at the scene dealing with the situation but are asking motorists to proceed with caution along the Ballina to Foxford road this evening.