• As St Valentine's Day approaches, Gardai are warning the public to be aware of "Romance" fraud.

    75 such cases were reported to Gardai last year, by both male and female victims, with total losses of over €1 million.

    Gardai say Romance fraud is enabled via online dating sites or other social media.

    The victims develop online relationships with the fraudsters, who use fake identities, photographs and life stories to con their victims out of sums of money.

    Fraudsters will ask for money, often starting with low amounts, for various reasons including medical expenses, tax bills, business opportunities, or for travel costs to meet the victim.

    Gardai say that, in one case, and Irish victim who developed a relationship with a man on a dating website, sent him €62,000 over a period of time.

    In another case, a victim linked up with a female in an online chat room and ended up sending her €50,000.

    Gardai are urging people never to share person or banking details with unknown persons online, think twice before using a webcam as images can be used for blackmail, and anyone who has been a victim of such a crime should report it in confidence to the local Garda station.

  • 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.

  • Consumers are being warned about a 'smishing' scam involving text messages being sent to people purporting to be from AIB claiming their card has been compromised

    The individual is then asked to log onto a website in order to receive a new card.

    As part of the process they are requested to insert their pin number and other personal data.

    Gardai are warning people this is a scam and not to engage with the texts.

  • 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.  

  • Castlerea District Community Policing Unit are advising that on foot of the new HSE covidtracker app been downloaded it appears that people are receiving telephone calls from persons pertaining to be from the HSE.

    A conversation is had and then the caller is looking for address details to send out a test kit. Following this the caller requests your bank card details to debit a fee of €50. This is a scam. Do not give over any address or bank details.

    The public are asked to contact their local Garda Station if they receive a call of this nature.

    Gardai are reminding people that the Covidtracker App is secure and has not been the subject of any security breach.

    The scammers are essentially code calling people.

    It is obviously a very popular app and subject choice at the moment and these people are preying on that fact.

    If people are aware of the potential for this type of fraud and keep their personal bank details secure at all times they will not be subjected to this type of fraud.

  • Gardai are this evening warning of a scam where people are receiving text messages for Bank of Ireland 365.

    A message from the bank being sent to users tells them that their online account has been disabled due to unusual activity.

    The scam is being sent through a text message that urges the user to click a link that sends them to an external website.

    However, the link is not a legitimate website, and is not a Bank of Ireland link.

    In a statement issued about scam texts and emails, Bank of Ireland said: "We are aware of fraudsters sending fake emails and texts to Irish consumers, pretending to be from Bank of Ireland.

    "Customers are being asked to remain vigilant against online fraud and cyber activity, as the COVID-19 outbreak provides fraudsters with increased potential to exploit the current period of uncertainty. In particular we are asking customers to be wary of fake websites imitating Bank of Ireland websites.

  • 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.


  • The Glencorrib to Headford road has now reopened following a bus fire this morning.

    Gardai and fire services attended the scene of the incident at about 7.30am.

    It's understood a bus travelling on the road caught fire.

    There were three passengers on board the bus at the time, who all disembarked safely and no injuries were reported.

    Fire services extinguished the fire, which was not believed to be suspicious.

    The road was closed for a time with local diversions, but has since reopened.


  • 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.


    Gardai are planning to increase patrols across the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

    Stephen Murphy has more details:

    Empty shelves and queues with hundreds of people were common sights at supermarkets yesterday.

    The government's appeal for people not to panic buy clearly falling on deaf ears.

    This morning, Gardai will unveil a new policing plan for responding to the Covid 19 outbreak.

    What are described as "high visiblity" patrols will be stepped up
    to provide "comfort and support" to communities.

    Yesterday, a patrol took place in Dublin 15 after reports of stockpiling at one supermarket getting out of hand.

    The new plan will also see student gardai sworn into the force early so they can take on frontline duties.

    Gardai say they'll continue working with the HSE and will implement all of the appropriate protocols.





  • 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 are investigating if a Roscommon businessman was duped into taking part in a €15 million scam carried out by criminals exploiting the demand for face masks during the coronavirus crisis.

    According to today’s Irish Times, the 48-year-old businessman was interviewed voluntarily by gardaí from the National Economic Crime Bureau last Friday. He is suspected of acting as a middleman for a scam transaction for face masks after €1.5 million was traced to an Irish bank account he owned.

    The money came from German health authorities desperate to secure face masks for their frontline staff.

    During a lengthy interview, the man denied knowingly taking part in the fraud and said he was also a victim. He said he had believed he was taking part in a legitimate business deal and provided gardaí with digital devices which he said would prove his innocence.

    Gardaí are currently examining the man’s devices and email accounts to see if they corroborate his story.

    Investigators suspect that his involvement in the transaction is more than the use of his bank account. Gardaí have evidence he travelled to Germany and the Netherlands in relation to the transfers of funds that occurred.


  • Gardaí in Ballyhaunis are appealing for witnesses in relation to a theft and assault that occurred last night (Thursday, 13th August) at an Off Licence premises in Ballyhaunis.

    During the course of the incident, which occurred at approximately 10p.m. a number of men entered the premises and stole several items and an altercation occurred and a staff member was assaulted.  The member of staff did not require medical attention.

    A Garda member witnessed the incident and intervened and was assaulted, the men escaped the scene in a car. The car was later discovered parked in the Hazel Lawns area of Ballyhaunis and has been seized for a technical examination. The Garda member received minor injuries and was taken to Mayo University Hospital for treatment.  He has since been discharged from hospital.

    No arrests have been made at this stage and investigations are ongoing.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to this incident to come forward. Anyone who was in the Ballyhaunis area between the hours of 9.45p.m. and 10.45p.m. last night, Thursday 13th August, 2020 and any road users travelling in the area who may have camera (dash-cam) footage should contact Claremorris Garda Station on 094 937 2080, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


  • Gardai are investigating after a man was seriously assaulted in Ballyhaunis last night.

    The incident occurred on Bridge Street close to the Square in the town at around 10.45pm.

    An altercation is believed to have occurred between two males and Gardai understand a weapon may have been used.

    The man was taken to Mayo University Hospital where he received treatment for facial injuries but it’s believed his injuries are not life threatening.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident last night or were in the vicinity between 10pm and 10.45pm to come forward.

    Gardai are also appealing for anyone with dash cam footage or CCTV footage to assist them with their investigation and can contact Claremorris Gardai on 094 93 72080.