Gardai

  • Gardai are currently at the scene of a minor road traffic collision in Knock this afternoon.

    The collision occurred on the Ballyhaunis road.

    The road remains open to traffic and there isn't believed to be any serious injuries sustained in the incident.

  • 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.

  • Members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit were called in overnight, following a report of an alleged large public order incident in Castlebar.

    However, when Gardai arrived at the scene on Lower Charles Street shortly after 1am, no such incident was taking place.

    One man was arrested at the scene in connection with minor public order matters.

     

     

  • 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.

  • There's been an 18% rise in the number of domestic violence-related calls to Gardaí so far this year, compared with 2019.

    Gardai are today starting another phase of Operation Faoiseamh  - which will see Gardai prioritise people who are vulnerable to, and victims of, domestic abuse.

    This will see Gardai making contact with previous victims, along with a renewed focus on enforcing court orders and prosecuting offenders.

    While Ireland is currently in level 5 Covid-19 restrictions, Gardai say the 5k travel restrictions do not apply in the case of domestic violence, or to escape the risk of harm.

    Gardaí say they remain dedicated to the support of victims of domestic violence.

     

     

  • 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 dispersed a crowd at Salthill beach in Co Galway yesterday. 

    Large crowds were seen in the area, with some on social media sharing videos of the crowds.

    Gardaí confirmed that “a number of persons” were gathered in the area and they attended the beach yesterday evening.

    Gardaí said that they “engaged with those present and the crowd dispersed”.

    A spokesperson added that Gardaí are “conducting further enquiries into potential breaches of public health regulations”.

    Enquiries are ongoing at this time.

  • Gardai on patrol in Sligo on Monday night stopped a vehicle for road traffic offences.

    Following a search, a siphoning pump and drums were located.

    Gardai believe that stopping the vehicle and its male occupants prevented a crime that was about to take place, and say the matter is still being investigated.

    Business owners, particularly hauliers, are being reminded to secure their property as best they can, and anyone who notices suspicious activity should report it to Gardai.

     

  • 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.

     

     

  • Gardaí have used their Covid-19 enforcement powers the most in the North Western Region since regulations came in to force.

    A new report shows gardai have used their powers 702 times since April, with action required on 242 occasions in the North West Garda Region, which involves ten counties, including Galway and Louth.

    Over the past month, there were 31 incidents of people spitting or coughing at Gardai recorded.

    The Policing Authority says anti-spit hoods were used 6 times in that time.

  • 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 Achill are advising motorists of hazardous driving conditions in the area this evening.

    A Met Éireann Status Yellow Wind Warning is in place for the whole country until 6am tomorrow.

    Gardai are urging motorists to watch out for wind-blown debris on the roads, and when driving in windy conditions, slow down and be extra mindful of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.