• 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,

  • Garda investigations are continuing following the discovery of a major cannabis grow house in Claremorris yesterday.

    During a search at a disused premises in Ballinastanford, Claremorris, Gardai from the Claremorris Community Engagement Unit and Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit seized over 500 cannabis plants, with an estimated value of over €400,000.

    Gardai are appealing for information on three men who left the area shortly before the discovery was made yesterday afternoon.

    Chief Superintendent Tony Healy says taking this amount of drugs off the streets is to be welcomed.

    He told Midwest News that this discovery brings to over €1 million the amount of illegal substances seized since the Mayo Drugs Task Force was set up at the end of last year....

  • 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 in Galway are investigating the unexplained death of a man in his early 20s that occurred at a residence at Sea Road, in the city this morning.
    The man was found unresponsive at his residence and was later pronounced dead.
    The body has since been removed to the Mortuary at University Hospital Galway where a post-mortem is scheduled to take place at a later date.
    Gardaí say the death is not thought to be Covid-19 related and they are awaiting post-mortem and toxicology results to determine the course of a their enquiries.
    Investigations are ongoing.
  • Islandeady Church has been broken into for the second times in the space of a few weeks.

    A stained glass door into the sacristy was damaged on Monday.

    Local Councillor Martin McLoughlin says one man entered the church and caused the damage.

    Nothing was stolen from the church during the incident, which Gardaí are investigating.

    Councillor McLoughlin says people in the parish are disgusted by this horrible act.

  • 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..


    The Minister for Agriculture Dara Calleary has resigned from his positions after he attended an event in Clifden, Co Galway, on Wednesday where 81 people were present.

    They were both guests at an Oireachtas Golf Society event, which was held in a hotel.

    Taoiseach Micheál Martin has accepted Mr Calleary's resignation from Cabinet.

    Dara Calleary told Midwest Radio today that the Taoiseach is "both angry and disappointed" in him and he had let him and his colleagues in Government down, "so he is entitled to be angry and disappointed and they are all entitled to that anger and disappointment". 

    Meanwhile, Gardaí are investigating possible breaches of Covid-19 guidelines at the Oireachtas dinner in Galway on Wednesday night.

    The Taoiseach has accepted his resignation and says it was an error in judgement.

    Speaking to Midwest Radio this morning, Dara Calleary says he didn't expect over 80 people to be there.


  • 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.

  • Gardai in Mayo are investigating a single vehicle collision which occurred on Clare Island last night.

    One man died after his car collided with a ditch.

    The male teenager died when the car he was driving collided with a ditch at The Quay, Clare Island at approximately 1am this morning.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene, however his age has not been released yet.

    Gardaí at Louisburgh are investigating the single vehicle crash.

    The road has been closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic experts.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information to contact Westport Gardai on 098-50230 or any Garda Station.

    Is comes as the RSA has issued a warning to road users on this August Bank Holiday weekend.

    The organisation says Sunday's are one of the most dangerous days of the week on Irish roads.

    They are asking people to slow down and keep within the speed limit at all times


  • A man’s body was taken from the lake in Loughglynn yesterday afternoon.

    It is believed the discovery of the man’s body was linked to a search for a man in his fifties who had been reported missing earlier this week.

    Meanwhile in a separate incident, a woman’s body was discovered in a house close to Carrowbehy yesterday.

    It is believed the woman may have been dead for some time.

    Gardai are not treating the deaths as suspicious.


  • A man's been arrested after drugs worth 135 thousand euro were discovered in Co. Leitrim on Tuesday night.

    The cannabis resin was found after Gardai stopped a car in Carrick-on-Shannon as part of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing in the Sligo/Leitrim areas.

    The 50 year old driver of the car was arrested and taken to Carrick-on-Shannon Garda station for questioning.

    In a follow up search at a house in Manorhamilton, a large amount of cash, and more of the drug were found.

  • Gardaí in Galway arrested a man and seized more than €31,000 in cash, and suspected cocaine from a house in Galway city yesterday.

    At 10pm last night gardaí attached to the Divisional Drugs Unit searched a house under warrant at Ballybane in the city, where they seized €12,250 worth of cocaine (pending analysis).

    Approximately €19,000 worth of cash in Euro and Sterling currency and two designer watches worth €7,000 were also seized.

    One man, aged in his early 30s, was arrested at the scene. He was detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at the North Western Regional Headquarters in Murrough.

    He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.


    A man in his 20's has been arrested in connection with burglaries at two Mayo churches yesterday.

    Shortly before 5.30pm yesterday evening, Gardai in Castlebar received a report of a burglary taking place at a church in Islandeady.

    Gardai responded and conducted a search, and property and cash believed to be stolen from the Church were recovered.

    A man in his mid-20's was arrested and detained at Westport Garda Station.

    During the course of the Garda investigation, the suspect was linked to another theft from a church in Breaffy, Castlebar earlier yesterday.

    He was charged in relation to the two incidents and is due to appear before Castlebar District Court next Wednesday.

  •  A man was arrested following a drugs seizure in Ballina last night.

    The Crime Task Force in Ballina carried out a planned search of a house in the Quay area of the town, and seized a quantity of cannabis.

    One male was arrested on suspicion of sale and supply, and was detained at Ballina Garda Station.

    He’s since been released, and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

  • Gardai are investigating a stabbing incident in Swinford last night.

    At approx 11.30pm Gardai were notified that a man had been observed at Main Street, Swinford, with an apparent stab wound.

    Gardai attended the scene and provided assistance to the injured man, who is aged 30 years. The man was removed to Mayo University Hospital by ambulance services.

    Follow up enquiries led to the identification of the crime scene which was secured and preserved for technical examination.

    A 34 year old man was arrested at the crime scene on suspicion of assault causing harm. He is currently detained at Castlebar Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

    The injured male remains at Mayo University Hospital and is described as being in a stable condition.

    An incident room has been established and enquiries are continuing.

    Gardai are appealing to members of the public with any information in relation to this incident to contact Claremorris Garda Station on 094 937 2080 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.