Gardai

  • A man is due before the courts in Sligo in connection to the seizure of 100,000 thousand euro worth of cannabis.

    The discovery was made at a house in Ballymote on Thursday - where a sum of cash was also recovered.

    A man in his 30s had been arrested following the search and questioned by Gardaí.

    He will appear before Sligo District Court later this morning.

  • The man who died after his car left the road at the Quay in Newport yesterday morning has been named.

    He was David Walsh, who was in his late 20’s and from Derrykell, Newport.

    Mr Walsh died after this car left the road and entered the Newport River on the Quay Road. The car was discovered shortly after 7am yesterday morning.

    He body was recovered from the car and taken to Mayo University Hospital where a post mortem examination was carried out. 

    David’s remains will repose at the family residence in Derrykell on Tuesday evening from 4-8pm. He will be laid to rest on Wednesday in Burrishoole Cemetery following 12 noon Funeral Mass in St Patrick’s Church Newport.

     

  • A man who had been missing in Galway since last weekend has been found safe and well.

    26-year-old Roland Mitchell from Fr Griffin Road in Galway was reported missing by his family after last being seen at 7pm on Saturday evening.

    Gardai confirmed this afternoon that he had been found safe and well and thanked the public for their assistance in the matter.

     

     

  • A man who had been reported missing from Co Sligo has been found safe and well.

    Paul Geraghty, also known as Pol MacOireachtaigh, who is from Tubbercurry was reported missing on Tuesday June 26th.

    Gardai confirmed this afternoon that he has been found safe and well and thanked the public for their help in the matter.

     

     

  • A man who was found dead on the side of the road yesterday evening at Kinaffe, Swinford has been named as John McCallion.

    48-year-old Mr McCallion was a serving Garda and was a brother of Garda Robert McCallion, who died tragically while on duty in Donegal a number of years ago.

    Mr McCallion was understood to have been out cycling when he died suddenly.

    Emergency services attended the scene at about 7pm, and his body was removed to Mayo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    Funeral arrangements for Mr McCallion have been confirmed this afternoon. His remains will repose at Campbell’s Funeral Home, Swinford on Monday from 3-8pm. He will be laid to rest on Tuesday in Kilconduff Cemetery following 12 noon Funeral Mass in the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians Swinford.

  • Gardaí are investigating all circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body of a man (50s) in a flat on Main Street, Charlestown. The man’s body was discovered by Gardaí shortly after 1.40pm this afternoon (27/5/2018). The alarm was raised by locals who were concerned as the man had not been seen in recent days.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene and following consultation with the local Coroner his body was later removed to the mortuary at Mayo General Hospital. The scene was examined members of the Divisional Scene of Crime Unit. 

    The office of the State Pathologist has been notified and a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out tomorrow afternoon(28/5/2018) by Dr Curtis. A case conference was held this evening by investigating Gardaí at Charlestown Garda Station and enquires are ongoing.

    The course of the investigation will be determined by the outcome of the post-mortem.

     

  • Mayo Gardai are advising motorists that extra checkpoints will be in place across the county over the Easter weekend, as they clamp down on drink-driving, speeding and using mobile phones while driving.

    All road users are asked to exercise caution to ensure a safe weekend on roads.

    Inspector Dermot Butler of the Mayo Roads Policing Unit and told Midwest News that an additional 6 members - a sergeant and five Gardai -  were assigned to the Roads Policing Unit last week, and will be working out of Swinford.

  • The location of the Headquarters of the new garda division that will stretch across counties Mayo, Roscommon and Longford  is not yet known, but is likely to be announced within a week or so.

    It could be located in Castlebar, Roscommon or Longford.

    However, the new larger garda region of the Northwest, operational since Monday, is headquartered in Sligo.

    These changes in the operation and management of the gardai nationally were announced earlier this week by Commissioner Drew Harris and will be implemented in full over a three year period.

    The new larger geographical areas in the plan have caused garda union representatives to express opposition and concern to the changes.

    Garda districts have become redundant in the new system and the former Mayo Garda District is now part of the larger Mayo, Roscommon, Longford division.

    However, the Mayo district was part of the pilot group introducing the new measures, and has been working under the new system locally since February of this year.

  • Gardai have thanked the general public in their help in tracing a missing Castlebar teenager.

    Mary McDonagh who was missing since Friday has been located safe and well.

  • More than 650 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving since Gardaí launched their Christmas Road Safety Campaign.

    Last Christmas, Gardaí arrested almost 1,050 people who were suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    Gardaí say they will have an increased presence on the roads over the festive period.

    They are reminding drivers to never get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

  • A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital after his bike collided with a bridge on the Partry to Westport road on Saturday evening.

    The single vehicle impact occurred at Derrin Bridge.

    The injured male was flown to University Hospital Galway where he is said to be making a good recovery.

  • A motorcyclist  was detected yesterday travelling 198 km/h on the N5, at Drummindoo, Westport – as gardai crackdown on speed across the country this Christmas and New Year.

    As part of the Road Safety campaign more than 100,000 vehicles were monitored by safety cameras yesterday and just under 500 vehicles nationally were detected driving in excess of the speed limit.

    A motorist in the R446 IN Ballinasloe was caught travelling at 116km/h in an 80 km zone.

    The gardai say they wish to thank the vast majority of drivers who drive responsibly on the roads, however, there remains many who do not.

    Speeding they say is a major factor in fatal road collisions and are appealing to road users to slow down and save lives.

  • 4 people have died on motorbikes on Ireland's roads so far this year, that's three more than the same period last year.

    In 2018 there were 15 motorcyclist deaths on Irish roads, according to the Road Safety Authority.

    The RSA and Gardai are reminding road users, especially bikers, to take extra care this Bank Holiday weekend -  with a third of motorbike crashes happening on a Sunday.

    Their message is "ease off the throttle, as speeding is a factor in half of all motorbike fatalities.

     

  • A motorist in Co Roscommon was arrested on Saturday, after being detected driving under the influence of drugs.

    The Roscommon Division Roads Policing Unit stopped the driver and carried out an oral fluid test at the roadside.

    The motorist tests positive for cocaine, cannabis and benzodiazepines and was arrested, with court proceedings to follow.

     

     

     

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    A motorist was caught travelling at 181 kilometres an hour heading for County Galway last night.

    The driver was speeding on the M6 motorway between Athlone and Ballinasloe.

    The Roscommon Roads Policing Unit say a fixed charge notice is to follow.

     

     

     

  • Motorists are being asked to drive with extra care on the roads.

    It's after new figures show road deaths are up by almost 30 percent so far this year, when compared to the same time last year. 

    34 people have died on Irish roads to date - up nine on last year. 

    Statistics from the Gardai also show that almost 100 more drink drivers were caught this January than the same month in 2018. 

  • Motorists can expect additional checkpoints across the Western region over this Easter weekend.

    That's the message from the Western Roads Traffic Unit, as they're appealing to all road users to take extra care this Bank Holiday weekend.

    Last Easter, two people were killed and 14 seriously injured over the Bank Holiday weekend, and Superintendent Noel Kelly of the Western Regional Traffic Unit is urging motorists to slow down, always wear seatbelts, don't use a mobile phone when driving,  and never drink and drive.

    Superintendent Kelly told Midwest News that drivers can expect to meet checkpoints, day or night, over the long weekend....

  • A murder investigation has been launched by Gardai following the death of a woman in Kilbree, Westport on Friday.

    A post-mortem examination was completed yesterday afternoon on the body of 41-year-old Valerie French Kilroy at Mayo University Hospital yesterday by acting State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan.

    Details of the results of the post-mortem are not being released at this stage for operational reasons. A man arrested in connection with the investigation remains in Garda custody.

    The woman’s body was found at a house in the Kilbree area of Westport on Friday morning.

    The arrested man remains in custody at Castlebar Garda Station.

     

  • The N17 remains closed between Ballindine and Milltown following a collision earlier this evening.

    The crash, involving two vehicles, occurred shortly after 5pm.

    Gardai and ambulance personnel are currently at the scene.

    Motorists are advised that diversions are in place via Irishtown.

  • Gardai are advising that the N17 is closed to traffic at Ballindine village this evening following a two-car collision. Diversions are in place, motorists are advised to avoid the area.