• 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.

  • Gardaí have detained two Lithuanian Nationals following the discovery of a grow house during an operation in Leitrim targeting cannabis cultivation.

    The grow house was discovered during a search of a rented property in the Manorhamilton area on Tuesday night. Cannabis cultivation equipment along with 50 fully mature cannabis plants, 90 plants in the early stages of growth and 1kg of processed cannabis herb was seized, with a combined estimated value on €60,000.

    Two men aged 49 and 22 years were arrested during the operation. Both are currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Ballyshannon Garda Station.

    The operation was led by Gardaí from Manorhamilton supported by members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU). An examination of the site is continuing.

  • Gardaí in Cork are following a definite line of inquiry after the death of a 24-year-old man stabbed in Mallow last night.

    They've made a direct appeal to find a man who was present when he was injured on Bridge Street at around half-eight.

    It's believed the victim originally from Galway had been involved in an earlier row at a horse show in Buttevant.

    Detectives say they're aware of the background circumstances and are assuring that any person that comes forward will be dealt with professionally in accordance with the law.

  • The Health Minister has signed regulations giving Gardaí emergency powers to enforce restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

    People found not following health advice will be forced to return home.

    Yesterday saw the largest daily rise in the number of deaths here since the outbreak began - 36 people died, bringing the total to 210 - none of the latest deaths were in the West of Ireland.

    345 new cases of Covid-19 were also announced, with the total number now standing at 5,709.

    The latest county breakdown shows 126 confirmed cases in Co Mayo, 128 in Galway, 28 in Sligo and 22 in Roscommon.

    Mayo FG TD Alan Dillon has welcomed the emergency powers granted to Gardai in advance of Easter weekend.

    He says Gardai across the region will continue their high-profile patrols, but now with additional powers to force people to return to their homes if they're out within a valid reason.

    Deputy Dillon is urging the people of Co Mayo to continue following the advice of health experts in the fight against Covid-19 and not to become complacent in the days and weeks ahead.


  • Gardaí in Sligo have disrupted ongoing criminal activities in North Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim, after recovering €17,800 worth of stolen property this week.

    On Wednesday last Gardai from Sligo and Ballymote Districts conducted an operation targeting individuals involved in stealing property from commercial properties in counties Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim.


    The operation followed the theft of more than €23,000 worth of tools and equipment from four separate businesses in the region. These occurred between March 23rd, and March 25th.


    In the course of this operation Gardaí intercepted individuals engaged in criminal activities in a remote location in Co Sligo.


    An Garda Siochana carried out a number of searches, seized two vehicles believed to have been used in the commission of a crime, recovered €17,800 worth of stolen property, and seized assorted items and electronic equipment.


    Supt John Lawless of Ballymote Garda Station said, "Investigations are ongoing and further actions are planned as part of this operation. We are satisfied that we have disrupted criminal activities, which has been operating in County Sligo, Leitrim and Mayo”.


    This investigation is ongoing and to date no arrests have been made, however Gardaí are satisfied they have a definite line of enquiry.


    "I want to reassure the public that our members are patrolling on a 24hour basis and that our service to the public hasn’t been effected by the COVID-19 crisis,” Supt Lawless said.



  • A man found dead in Galway more than four years ago has been identified with the help of a door key.


    Investigators have confirmed the key fits an old lock used in a rented house where a man went missing from in September 2014.


    Two Polish men living at the address only recently contacted Gardai to say they had missed the original appeals.


    Following more DNA checks, the dead man has been identified and his family in Poland have been informed.

  • Gardai in Ballina are appealing for the public’s assistance in tracing a woman who is missing from the area since Thursday.

    22-year-old Margaret Lawrence was last seen on Thursday morning in the Ballina area. She was reported missing that night.

    Gardai say that when last seen she was wearing a grey tracksuit top and black boots.  Margaret is described as 5 foot 3 inches in height, of thin build and has shoulder length black hair.

    The Gardai are concerned for her welfare and are asking for anyone who has seen her or knows her whereabouts to contact them on 096-20560, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. They are also appealing directly to Margaret if she hears this appeal to contact Ballina Gardai.

  • Gardai in Ballina are appealing for witnesses after an assault and robbery of an elderly man in the town on Friday evening last.

    According to the Western People, the man, aged in his 70s, was accosted by two women and a man in the Market Square carpark, near Tesco, in the town, shortly after 5pm on Friday evening.

    The elderly man had left Tesco, when he was assaulted in the car park, and had a small sum of cash stolen. He was knocked to the ground and was left shaken by the ordeal.

    The suspected attackers are described as two women dressed in headscarves and long skirts, and a man wearing black trousers and a white jacket.

    It was a busy time of evening in Ballina and gardai are keen to speak to anyone who may have noticed the attack or anything suspicious in the area.

    A man came to the elderly man’s assistance on Friday evening,  and gardai are also anxious to speak to that man.

    Ballina gardai can be contacted at 096 21422


  • Gardai in Ballina have made a substantial recovery of stolen goods taken from break-ins to properties across the county over the past number of weeks.

    Uniformed gardai and detectives conducted 3 searches at properties located in rural areas between Ballina and Killala and recovered stolen property valued at 100,000 euro.

    The owners of the property have been identified.

    The searches took place by uniformed gardai and detectives in an intelligence led operation under Operation Thor.

    A search of one of the three properties is continuing this morning.

    One man from the vicinity has been arrested and is being detained at Ballina garda station for questioning.

    The gardai in Ballina have acknowledged the assistance of community alert groups and the general public in investigating this case.

  • Gardai in Ballina jave a lost wallet in their possession this evening and are keen to reunite it with its owner.

    The wallet was found in Ballina town centre this afternoon (Sunday).

     The gardai are advising that the person who lost the wallet to contact Ballina garda station at 096 20560.

  • Gardaí in Co. Sligo have seized a gun in the boot of a car and arrested a man.

    Officers searched a house in Ballymote last night and found cannabis herb worth around 1-thousand euro and the gun.

    The car has been seized by Gardaí and the firearm has been sent to the Garda Ballistics Section for forensic examination.

    A 37 year old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Ballymote Garda Station where he remains in custody.


  • Gardai in Castlebar are continuing their investigations into an alleged serious sexual assault case on a young woman in the county town in the early hours of Thursday morning last (December 27th).

    They say they are following a definite line of enquiry in the investigation.

    The woman, who is in her twenties, presented in a distressed state to Castlebar Garda Station in the early hours of Thursday morning.

    Later that morning the woman was brought to the sexual assault unit in Galway City for a medical examination and gardai carried out a forensic examination of the area. The alleged attack took place in  a laneway at Lucan Street close to Castlebar Town Centre.

    Gardai say their investigations are ongoing and they are following a definite line of enquiry.

    Investigating officers took a full statement from the victim on Thursday morning.

    The time of the alleged incident was between 2 and 2.30 am

    The alleged victim had earlier attended a nightclub event in Castlebar on St Stephen’s night.

    CCTV footage showing activity in the nightclub has been obtained and is being studied by gardai as the investigation continues.

  • Gardai in Claremorris are appealing for witnesses following a serious road collision in Ballindine village on Friday evening.

    The two-car collision occurred at around 5.40pm on Friday on the Claremorris side of Ballindine.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who passed through the village between 5.30 and 5.45pm on Friday to contact them.

    They are especially anxious to contact the driver of a white van who passed the scene going from Ballindine to Claremorris, who may have witnessed the collision.

    Anyone with information should contact the Gardai in Claremorris on 094-93-72080.

  • Gardaí are seeking public assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Hayden Jones, 49 years, who is missing from the Spiddal area of Galway since last Saturday,  the 11th August. 
    He is described as being approximately 6 foot, with blonde hair, of stocky build with grey eyes. When last seen Hayden was wearing a grey jacket, dark blue jeans, grey shoes, a black hat and a backpack. 

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts are asked to contact Gardai in Galway on 091 538000.