Gardai

  • Gardaí now have some of the same rights as other workers.

    Members of the force have access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court for the first time.

    A new Act will allow for the resolution of industrial relations disputes, while new internal mechanisms to sort out disputes have also been brought in.

    AGSI Deputy General Secretary Antoinette Cunningham says they will now be informing members on what rights they have.

  • Gardaí are patrolling streets to ensure people are following the latest regulations outlined by the Taoiseach last night.

    2,500 members of the force are on duty, and will be stopping people to make sure their journey is essential.

    Regulations will be published next week which will outline Garda powers in terms of sanctions - whether someone can be fined or not it they are out of their home.

    Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, hopes the majority of people will follow the rules.

  • Gardai have recovered all of the property stolen from a farming equipment premises in Co Roscommon earlier this week.

    In the early hours of Monday morning, a burglary took place at a premises at Ballydooley  near Oran, and six quad bikes were taken, along with a Mercedes Sprinter van and tri-axle trailer.

    The value of the property stolen was over €100,000.

    Gardai have now confirmed that, following a planned search of a premises in the Kells area of Co Meath yesterday evening, the quad bikes and trailer were recovered.

    The van was later recovered in a follow-up search in Co Westmeath.

    No arrests have yet been made, and Roscommon Gardai say their investigations are continuing.

     

  • Two men arrested in connection with an attempted robbery and the ramming of a garda car in Mohill, Co Leitrim early yesterday morning have been released without charge, and a file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    A juvenile, aged in his late teens, remains in custody, while a fourth man who was involved in the collision on the Mohill to Drumlish Road - is still being treated in hospital.

    Gardaí are seeking a fifth individual in connection with the investigation.

    Anyone with information or video footage is asked to contact Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station on 071-9650510.

     

  • Gardai have released two people from custody following an investigation into illegal money lending in Sligo.

    A 42 year-old man and a woman aged 40 were arrested yesterday and detained for questioning at Ballymote and Carrick on Shannon Garda stations.

    They were both released without charge last night, and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Three people were arrested in total - a 17 year-old girl was also released from custody earlier yesterday.

     

     

  • Gardai are reminding the public to be on alert for potential frauds in the run up to Christmas.

    Text and online loan scams are on the rise at this time of year, and Gardai are advising consumers to be on alert for text messages, emails or phone calls appearing to be from a bank and requesting personal details or security information designed to gain unlawful access to bank accounts.

    Any member of the public who receives such unsolicited text messages, calls or emails should contact their bank to check the validity of the request.

    Gardai have expressed concern at the growing number of new scams targeting consumers as Christmas approaches.

     

  • Gardaí in Ballina are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 13-year-old Jake Bagnell from Carrowmore Lacken.

    Jake was last seen at Lacken Cross, Killala at approximately 9:30am on Friday morning.

    He is described as approximately 5ft 7in in height, with black hair, and of thin build with blue eyes. When last seen he was wearing green tracksuit bottoms, dark navy or black hooded jacket, white and black Adidas runners.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station 096 20560 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

  • Gardai in Co Galway have renewed their appeal for information in relation to a fatal road collision in Ballinasloe last Thursday, which claimed the life of two pedestrians.

    Deirdre Gilmartin and Maureen Dooley – who were both in their 50’s - were fatally injured while out walking on Station Road in the town on Thursday evening shortly before 6pm.

    The two friends were struck by a car which had collided with a second car.

    Deirdre Gilmartin was laid to rest at Creagh Cemetery on Monday while Maureen Dooley was laid to rest in the same cemetery yesterday.

    Gardai in Ballinasloe have today renewed their appeal for witnesses and are anxious to speak to anyone who may have travelled on the R358 at Station Road, Ballinsloe immediately prior to the collision, or to any person who may have witnessed the collision.

    The scene of the crash is close to Ballinasloe Train Station and would have been busy at the time.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai in Ballinasloe at 090- 96 31890.

  • Gardai are renewing their appeal for assistance following a hit and run at Breaffy, Castlebar last Monday evening January 7th.

    A 14 year old girl was struck by a car at Cottage road which is the link road between Breaffy and Frenchill, Belcarra.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who was in the area between 8.15pm and 9pm on Monday January 7th who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour or who may have dash cam footage to come forward.

    The driver of the car is described as a middle aged man with a grey beard and was driving a dark coloured car.

    He was driving from the direction of Manulla towards Castlebar and anyone who can assist with Gardai in their enquiries is asked to contact Castlebar Garda Station.

  • Gardaí are seeking assistance from the public in finding a teenager missing from his home  in Sligo.

    16-year-old Kian Dwyer was last seen in Sligo town on Saturday, and it's believed he may have travelled to Tallaght in Dublin.

    Kian is described as  5-foot, 11, of slim build, with brown hair and brown eyes.

    When last seen, he was wearing a red jumper, navy tracksuit bottoms and green runners.

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Tallaght Garda Station at 01 - 66 66 000 or any Garda Station.

     

     

     

     

  • Gardai investigating fake insurance claims through staged road crashes have searched a number of homes and businesses in Co. Roscommon.

     

    Two people were arrested last week for a breach of work permits and immigration related offences.

     

    One of them has since been deported - and the other is due before the courts.

     

    Some of the businesses searched were also found to have broken employment laws and social protection rules.

  • Gardai are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 16-year-old girl missing from Castlebar since yesterday afternoon.

    Mary McDonagh is described as being 5’ 2’’ tall, of slight build and with long brown hair with blond streaks. When last seen she was wearing a black raincoat with a furry hood, blue jeans, a red top and black and white runners.

    Mary may have travelled to Dublin.

    Anyone who has seen Mary or who can assist in locating her is asked to contact Castlebar Garda Station on 094 9038200 or any Garda Station.

     

     

  • Gardai are appealing for the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 29 year old man missing from his home in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

    Tomas Martinkus was last seen on December 19th at approximately 5am.

    He is described as 5" 10" with brown hair and blue eyes.

    It is not known what Tomas was last seen wearing.

    His family and friends are concerned for his safety.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai at Strokestown on 071-9633002, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

  • Gardai are seeking witnesses following an incident outside a house in Ballinrobe last night.

    The incident took place at a house on New Street at about 10pm.

    Gardai are asking anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area between 9.30 and 11pm to come forward.

    Also anyone who may have dash-cam footage is asked to contact Claremorris Garda Station at 094 - 93 72080.

     

  • The Mayo Garda Divisional Drugs Unit have made two arrests following the search of house in the Swinford area yesterday.

    9000 euro worth of suspected cocaine was seized in the search.

    Two males were arrested and were taken to Swinford Garda Station.

    They have since been released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Gardai would like to thank the public for their assistance in the investigation.

    Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Mayo Garda Divisional Drugs Unit in Castlebar on 094 903 8200.

     

  • Gardaí seized a significant quantity of cocaine during a weekend search in Ballina.

    Gardaí confirmed to Midwest News this morning that a property in the Bunree area of Ballina was raided on Saturday and Gardai uncovered drugs which have a street value of a four-figure sum.

    One person was arrested and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

  • Gardai seized an estimated €1100 worth of drugs at four addresses in Claremorris town in search operations yesterday evening.

    These intelligence led searches resulted in the recovery of quantities of drugs believed to be cocaine, speed, and cannabis at two of the addresses searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

    Gardaí also seized drugs related paraphernalia including scales and deal bags and a small amount of cash.

    Gardai have appealled to anyone with information on those dealing drugs in Claremorris , Ballinrobe , Ballyhaunis, Kiltimagh or Swinford areas to pass this information  to their local Gardaí or call Claremorris Garda Station on 0949372080, the Mayo Drugs Squad, or The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111”.

    Superintendent Gabriel Moran said that Gardaí will continue to use powers under the Drugs Act to search individuals and where intelligence supports this we will execute further search warrants.

    He highlighted that Mayo Roads Policing Unit have vehicles equipped with on the spot drug driving testing machines where the suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs exists.

    If you or a family member are affected by drugs addiction issues help is available from a range of services locally and nationally. This help can be accessed through your GP or you can see details on the National Drugs advice webpage www.drugs.ie.

    Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.

  • Mayo and Sligo were among eight Garda divisions where investigations were carried out two days last week as part of Operation Quest - targeting the demand for sexual services and to enforce legislation which criminalises the purchase of such services.

    The two days of action last Thursday and Friday were co-ordinated by the Garda National Protective Services Bureau in liaison with local detectives.

    Across eight Garda divisions, 23 people were stopped and questioned on suspicion of having purchased sexual services from persons involved in prostitution.

    A number of files will now be prepared for the DPP.

    This is the third national operation of its kind by Gardai this year targeting the demand for prostitution.

     

  • Gardai will conduct a national Slow Down Day on Friday, with motorists advised to adjust their speed to all prevailing road, traffic and weather conditions.

    The 24-hour road safety speed initiative gets underway at 7am Friday morning, and the objective is to reduce the number of speed-related collision, save lives and reduce injuries on Ireland's roads.

    Excessive speed is a major factor in one-third of fatal road collisions, and Gardai say a 1% reduction in average speed will bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions.

    Recently, Gardai detected a driver on the N61 in Roscommon travelling at 143 km/h in a 100 km zone, while a motorist on the M6 in Galway was driving at 155 km/h on a 120 km zone.

    The Road Safety Authority is also urging drivers to slow down - especially when the weather deteriorates and roads are more likely to be wet, which means increased stopping distances.

     

  • Gardai are urging homeowners to secure their properties during the Summer months, as one in four burglars enter the property through an open door or window.

    This is part of a European burglary prevention initiative, with 12 countries co-ordinating burglary prevention initiatives.

    Half of all burglaries occur during night-time hours, and around €6.4 million worth of goods and cash was stolen last Summer in residential burglaries across the country.

    Gardai say thefts of tools, equipment and bicycles from gardens, sheds and garages increases by 32% in Summertime.

    As well as locking property and activating the alarm, homeowners are urged to make their home look occupied when they're away on holidays, by using timer switches or apps to turn on lights, cancelling deliveries, and being careful about posting on social media.