• Gardaí are investigating a robbery at a bank on Main St, Strokestown Co Roscommon.

    The incident occurred at the Bank of Ireland branch shortly before 3pm today.

    Four masked men entered the building with what's believed to be a handgun and iron bars.

    They stole an amount of cash and fled in a black Audi in the direction of Elphin Road.

    No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

  • Gardai are investigating a break-in at Horkan’s Garden Centre in Turlough, Castlebar overnight.

    Thieves gained entry to the store by using angle-grinding equipment to smash through a side door.

    They also disabled alarm systems and stole the hard drive for the CCTV footage.

    A quantity of cash was taken during the break-in, which occurred sometime between 6pm yesterday evening and 7am this morning.

    Anyone who may have spotted anything in the vicinity of Horkan’s Garden Centre in Turlough, Castlebar, is asked to contact the Gardai in Castlebar, who are continuing to investigate the incident, on 094-90-32800.

  • Gardai are appealing for information following a break-in to a hardware shop in Castlerea overnight. 

    Michael Cooney and Sons Homevalue, Main Street in Castlerea was broken into last night or early this morning and a number of items were stolen. Gardai are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious between 8pm on Saturday evening and 5am this morning to contact them on 094-9621630. 

  • Gardai in Castlebar are investigating reports of two break-ins at Castlebar business premises this week.

    In the early hours of last Wednesday, Midwest Radio News understands that a Castlebar butchers was forcibly broken into with a number of goods taken from the store.

    A Castlebar public house was also broken into in the early hours of this morning on the same street

    It is understood a substantial amount of money was taken from the business.

  • Gardaí are investigating a death on a farm in Portumna, Co. Galway.

    A woman in her 70's died after being struck by an agricultural vehicle, yesterday afternoon.

    The elderly woman was struck by a farm vehicle shortly after 4pm on a farm near Boula, on the outskirts of Portumna town.

    Gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene and she was pronounced dead a short time later.

    The woman's body remained at the farm overnight - and the area where the incident occurred, was sealed off pending the arrival of a team from the Garda Technical Bureau.

    The State Pathologist and the local coroner have been informed.


  • Gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic collision at Quay Road, Newport, Co. Mayo.

    Shortly after 7am on August 25th 2018 a car was discovered in the Newport River on The Quay Road in Newport. The body of a man in his 20s was recovered from the car. The body was taken to Mayo University Hospital where a post mortem examination will be carried out.

    The roadway at the scene is closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.


  • Gardaí investigating a fire that occurred at the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey, Co. Roscommon last night are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

    The fire was reported to emergency services at about 8pm. The scene is preserved pending a Garda Technical Examination.

    Diversions are in place in the area and will remain in place until after the technical examination has been completed. No injuries were sustained in this incident.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Carrick on Shannon Garda Station on 071 9650510.


  • Gardai in Ballina are investigating after a fire to a disused building in the town yesterday evening.

    Four units of Mayo Fire Service attended the scene of the blaze shortly after 4pm yesterday after reports of smoke coming from an old Warehouse on Connolly Street.

    The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

    The roof of the old warehouse contained asbestos so a clean-up will necessitate the closure of the street.

    Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News this morning that the building is continuing to smoulder and Connolly Street will remain closed until the scene is cleared and deemed safe.

  • Gardaí in Westport are investigating a robbery over the weekend at the premises of Westport United.

    All of its pitch maintenance equipment – including a powerful lawnmower - and other equipment and gear was stolen at the weekend in what represents a significant loss to the club.

    The equipment was taken sometime between Friday night and this morning.

    There a was a small, open bodied, truck with a crane attached also taken from the nearby industrial estate.

    The registration number of the stolen truck is 12 MO 3679.

    Gardai at Westport are appealing for anyone who may have noticed suspicious activity over the weekend in the Golf Course Road area to contact them at 098-25555.

  • Claremorris Gardai are investigating following the theft of two power washers at a property in Bellaghy, Charlestown overnight.

    The incident occurred around 1am where a dark coloured people carrier was involved.

    The owner of the equipment is offering a reward for their recovery.

    Gardai are calling for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity between midnight and 1.30am this morning to contact them at Claremorris Garda Station on 094 93 72080.

  • Gardaí in Castlebar are investigating reports of three break-ins at Castlebar business premises this week.

    Gardaí in are investigating a burglary at a butchers shop on Davitt street in Castlebar. Its understood intruders gained entry at approximately 2.40am on Thursday morning and made off with a small amount of cash. Inquiries are ongoing.

    A public house at Newline, Castlebar was burgled when intruders gained entry in the early hours of Saturday morning. A small sum of cash was taken. Inquiries into both are ongoing.

    It is believed a restaurant on Mill Lane was also broken in to over the weekend.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí in Castlebar.   

  • Gardai in Castlerea are investigating the sudden death of a man at an apartment in the town on Thursday evening.

    The man in his 30's was discovered at his home in Castlerea at about 8.30 on Thursday evening.

    The State Pathologist's office was called to the scene, and following a post-mortem examination yesterday, Gardai have confirmed they're not treating the matter as suspicious.

    A file will now be prepared for the Coroner.



  • Gardai in Ballina are investigating the sudden death of a woman in her early 70's who passed away at her home in Bunree in the early hours of this morning.

    Her body has been removed to Mayo University Hospital, where a post-mortem examination will take place.

    Investigations are ongoing.



  • The Gardai have issued their usual road safety message ahead of the St Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend festivities.

    Gardai says they are appealing to all road users to take extra care this weekend, as there will be an increase in traffic due to people travelling to different parts of the country and parades.

    A total of 34 people have died on Irish roads so far this year, which is up nine on the same period in 2018. Drivers and passengers account for nearly three-quarters of all road fatalities and Garda figures show that, in one in three fatalities, no seat-belt was worn.

    Gardai are advising that they will have a Bank Holiday Weekend Enforcement Campaign which will, in particular target failure to wear seat belts, distraction driving like the use of mobile phones and/or mobile devices, driving while intoxicated and speeding.

    Superintendent Noel Kelly Regional Roads Policing Superintendent for the Western Region told Midwest News that Gardai will be on duty across the region this weekend.

  • Gardai have launched an appeal for information as the first anniversary of the death of Joe Deacy approaches.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    Gardai have established that Joe left Kiltimagh town at approximately 1.30am on August 12th.

    Gardai are again appealing to people from the local community who have seen Joe between 1.30am and 6.45am on Saturday August 12th 2017 to come forward to assist Gardai with any information.

    Crimestoppers is offering a substantial reward for information which may lead to the apprehension of the person or persons responsible for Joe’s death.

    Crimestoppers can be contacted on 1800 25 00 25, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or the incident room at Claremorris Garda Station on 094-93-72080.

    Superintendent Tom Calvey told Midwest News that they are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

  • Over 50 bicycles have been stolen across Co Mayo since the start of 2016, while nationally,  almost €2 million worth of bikes have been taken in that timeframe.

    "Lock It or Lose It" is the title of a new Garda campaign launched today, where Gardai are appealing to cyclists to take extra precautions to keep their bicycles safe by locking them as securely as possible.

    Over 14,000 bikes have been stolen across the country since the start of 2016 - including over 500 in Galway,  51 in Mayo, and 59 in the Roscommon / Longford division.

    Gardai say the average cost of a bike stolen is over €500, and the most common time for the thefts is during the daylight hours of 8am-5pm.

    Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway account for 83% of the theft of bikes, with over 50% taken from public streets and 32% stolen from homes.

    Gardai are advising cyclists to spend between 10 and 20% of the value of their bike on two locks, lock their bike tightly to an immovable object, lock your bike indoors or in well-lit areas if possible, and take a photo of your bike, note the serial numbers and email it back to yourself so you have a record of it.



  • Gardaí in Salthill are seeking assistance from the public in locating Andreea Mereuta, 26 years of age, who is missing from her home in Monalee Manor, Knocknacarra, Galway since last Thursday.

    Andreea was last seen on Ballalley Lane, Galway city centre at approximately 2.30a.m. after a social gathering with friends. 

    Andreea is a Romanian national and is described as being 163 cm in height, slim build with long brown hair and brown eyes.  When last seen she was wearing a red jacket and black leggings.

    Gardaí and family are very concerned for Andreea and are asking if anyone has seen Andreea or has any information on her whereabouts to please contact Salthill Garda Station on 091 - 514720, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

  • Following a post-mortem examination this afternoon, Gardai are no longer treating the death of a man in Charlestown as suspicious.

    The body of the man in his 50's, believed to be a Polish national, was found in a flat on Main Street in Charlestown yesterday afternoon.

    His remains were removed last night to Mayo University Hospital where a post-mortem was carried out this afternoon by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

    Gardai say they are no longer treating the death as suspicious.


  • 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.