• Gardai are warning about a scam tricking people into buying iTunes gift cards.

    In recent weeks, a victim in Co Galway was scammed out of 2,200 euro, while two people fell victim to the scam in Wicklow and Tipperary and were conned into buying over a thousand euro worth of the vouchers.

    In Dublin, a person attempted to buy 1,000 euro in iTunes gift cards at a supermarket, before a staff member became suspicious and contacted Gardai.

    The scam involves people receiving a phone call or voice mail from someone claiming to represent an organisation which they claim the victim owes money to.

    They insist payment is required, and suggest the payment can be made by buying iTunes gift cards from a retailer.

    Once the victim has bought these cards, the scammers ask them to read out the 16-digit code on the back of the card over the phone, and the scammers then use this code to purchase goods online.

    Gardai are warning people to be vigilant, and say no company will request payment via iTunes or any other online vouchers.

    If you receive a call like this, the advice is to end the call and contact Gardai.

  • Gardai are warning motorists to exercise caution on the roads this morning.

    While most of the main roads have been gritted, snow and ice in some areas are making driving conditions hazardous.

    Caution is advised especially in the Claremorris area, where secondary roads are described as very icy, also on some secondary routes close to Castlebar and in the Castlerea area where Gardai say road conditions are very poor.

    Temperatures remain low across the region, so care is advised.  

  • Gardai are warning people to be mindful of their belongings and not to leave valuables in their cars ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

    Sgt Peter Hanley from Castlebar Garda Station told Midwest News today that there is a big weekend coming up in and around the town, with the Mayo Day event at the Museum of Country Life, Turlough and the Pink Ribbon Cycle today and the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon on Sunday.

    He says that people often park their cars up and then place belongings in the boot of the car, in full view of everyone. He is strongly advising against this, as potential burglars could be watching this. He is asking people to secure their valuables before parking and not to leave anything visible in cars.


  • A government Minister claims Garda enforcement of new drink driving laws is over the top.

    Independent TD, Tuam native Finian M Grath's called on the Garda Commissioner to intervene.


    In an interview with the Sunday Independent the Disabilities Minister Finian Mc Grath admits the government had to bite the bullet and introduce the new laws on drink-driving and unaccompanied learner drivers.

    However he has hit out at the manner in which the laws are enforced by Gardai.

    Minister McGrath says they are over the top and claims there is a political agenda in the way they are handled.

    The Minister is calling on the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to de-politicise anything like that in the force, as part of the reforms currently underway of policing in Ireland.

    Finian McGrath also claims Fine Gael Ministers were using the Transport Minister Shane Ross as a fall guy by people living in rural Ireland.

  • Traffic is very heavy around Knock now as people leave the event.

    It's busy leaving Knock northbound on the Ballyhaunis/Kiltimagh Rd (R323).

    Bear in mind that several road closures remain place, including the main road through Knock Village (R329) and the N17 between Charlestown and Claremorris.

    A number of roads just off the N17 are also closed, including a stretch of the N83.

    Gardai are advising motorists to be patient exiting the area.


    A hunt's underway for a gang of five who carried out an armed raid on a bank in county Roscommon yesterday.

    Four men wearing balaclavas entered the Bank of Ireland in Strokestown at 2.15pm, threatening staff with a handgun and iron bars.

    No one was injured, but the raiders escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash in a black Audi car, driven by a fifth man who had been waiting outside.

    No arrests have been made but an investigation is ongoing and Gardai have been carrying out searches in the area.  

  • A 32 year old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his wife in Sligo.

    Natalia Karaczyn's body was discovered on the outskirts of the town on Tuesday.


    The mother of three who was originally from Poland had been missing since early on Sunday morning.

    The 30 year old's body was discovered in the Holywell Road area two days later.

    Today her husband 32-year-old Rafal Karaczyn of Crozon Park in Sligo appeared in court charged with her murder.

    Dressed in a red hoodie he sat with his head in his hands and was visibly upset throughout the hearing, and was comforted by members of Natalia's family.

    Sergeant Cathal Duffy told the court that the accused made no reply when he was arrested, charged and cautioned at Ballymote Garda Station shortly before 8 o'clock last night.

    His barrister asked that he be put on suicide watch while in custody, and the court heard this application was supported by the family of the deceased.

    Judge Kevin Kilraine agreed and also granted him free legal aid.

    He was remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court tomorrow.

  • Ice is affecting driving conditions and causing long delays - up to 2 hours - on the N17 at Achonry north of Tubbercurry. Gardai are advising motorists to avoid the area if at all possible.

  • There has been an increase in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents across the country.

    It has lead to calls for action to tackle the growing problem in communities across Ireland.


    There was a surge in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents across the country in the second half of last year.

    A Sunday Independent study of CSO statistics shows a 14 per cent increase in harassment and related offences between July and December.

    There was also an eight per cent rise in 'disorderly conduct' which includes violent disorder, public order offences and drunkenness.

    The research shows a growing trend in crime categories linked to  abuse of alcohol, the carrying of weapons and robberies over the past two years.

    Opposition parties have called for action to prevent anti-social behaviour.

    While the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan told the newspaper that parents and schools had a key role to play in tackling the problem.

    He says Gardai will tackle the problems head-on but need co-operation.

  • Road users across county Mayo can expect to see more garda checkpoints this Bank Holiday Weekend, as the gardai and the Road Safety Authority join forces to highlight road safety.

    Six people died on Irish roads over the June Bank Holiday last year.

    Inspector Dermot Butler of the Mayo Garda Traffic Unit, says the gardai do not want to impact on people’s enjoyment of the weekend, but he says the June Bank holiday Weekend is always a very busy time on roads as it traditionally marks the start of the Summer holidays.

    Motorcyclists are being urged to 'Bike Safe' throughout the summer.

    A study of forensic collisions published in 2016 showed alcohol and speed are both factors in many motorcyclists' deaths.

  • Information is being sought after a car transporter was stolen from the Edmondstown area of Ballaghaderreen.

    The distinctive car transporter, with detachable loading ramps, was taken from the Creggane, Edmondstown area of Ballaghaderreen at the weekend.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Gardai in Ballaghaderreen.

  • Gardaí in Ballyhaunis are investigating a stabbing incident in the town in the early hours of yesterday morning.

    Gardai were alerted to the incident at about 2am on Bank Holiday Monday, at Upper Main Street, Ballyhaunis.

    A 23 year old man received stab wounds to his leg and arm, a second man, aged 26, was also injured.

    Both men were removed from the scene to Mayo University Hospital.

    No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing,

  • Gardai say investigations are ongoing this morning into an alleged sexual assault on a woman in Castlebar.

    It happened at around 2 o'clock on Thursday morning in the Lucan Street area of Castlebar.

    No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

  • Three separate investigations are underway into the circumstances surrounding the death of a pensioner at University Hospital Galway.

    The pensioner broke her hip in an alleged assault by an ‘aggressive’ patient in the Emergency Department.

    The Connacht Tribune reports that authorities at the hospital and Gardaí have launched separate investigations into the death of the 74-year-old woman.

    The woman endured an ordeal in the Emergency Department of the public hospital in the days leading up to her passing in late September.

  • Gardaí are renewing their appeal for witnesses after two men in their 20's died following a single vehicle road collision on the Killala Road in Ballina last night.

    The collision occurred at about 11.15 pm when a car, carrying three men, collided with a tree near the Costcutter store on the Killala Road.

    One man in his late 20's was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The other two men - also in their 20's - were taken to Mayo University Hospital where one died later, while the third man remains in a critical condition in hospital.

    The names of the deceased have not yet been released, but they are both understood to be from the Ballina area.

    The road was closed for a time to allow for a forensic examination to be carried out but has since reopened to traffic.

    Gardai are also appealing to the drivers of any vehicles that may have passed through the townland of Kilmoremoy, close to the Costcutters Supermarket, between 10.20pm and 11.15pm, and who may have dash-cam footage, to contact Ballina Garda Station on 096-20560 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

  • The road safety office of Mayo County Council and Mayo Gardai will this morning launch their annual Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign on the N5 at 10am, where motorists will be handed out information leaflets and lollipops with a road safety message at a Garda check point at Windsor, Castlebar.  

    Anyone who decides to get behind the wheel with alcohol or drugs in their system is being warned they run the risk of killing themselves or somebody else.

    At a recent Mayo joint police committee meeting, Chief Superintendent Diskin  said to date in 2018 that 195 motorists in Mayo were  arrested for drink driving and 14 people arrested for drug driving in the county , that’s an average of 4 detections per week.

    Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Officer with Mayo County Council told Midwest News this morning that in this festive period when socialising is to the fore,  it's important to think before deciding to drive..

  • Gardaí are advising motorists that the M17 motorway in Galway has been closed southbound for a stretch due to a collision.

    Emergency services are at the scene of the two-vehicle collision about 3 miles south of the Claregalway – Annagh Hill exit – junction 19.

    Gardaí have closed the road until the scene is cleared and diversions are in place.

  • Main Street in Charlestown is closed to traffic and will remain closed for a couple of hours according to Gardai.

    It's after a lorry carrying a heavy load hit an ESB pole. While the pole is not down, work is underway to secure it.

    Diversions in place for cars but HGVS and large vehicles are advised to take an alternative route.

  • Major changes to Garda divisions across the country will be announced today.

    Commissioner Drew Harris will reveal the new Operating Model, which will see changes to the organisation's structures, processes, services and governance.

    Under the new plans, more Gardai will be deployed to the frontline.

    It's expected that Garda divisions will be reduced from 28 to 19, giving greater independence to the new larger divisions - Garda regions are also likely to be reduced from 6 to 4.

    An Garda Siochana says the new plan will increase the number of front-line Gardaí, deliver a more localised service to communities, and maximise the force's operational impact.

  • Gardai in Salthill are investigating a serious road traffic collision that occurred on at Inverin on Sunday.

    The collision between a minibus and a 20-year-old male pedestrian occurred at approximately 11.05pm on Sunday night on the Inverin to Carroe road at Tully.

    The male pedestrian was seriously injured and taken to University Hospital Galway by ambulance for treatment.

    The driver of the minibus was uninjured in the collision.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have been on that stretch of road between 10.50pm to 11.15pm to contact them in Salthill Garda station on 091 514720, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.