• The N17 road has reopened to traffic following a collision yesterday evening. 

    Five people were taken to hospital following the collision between Kilkelly and Knock, at the turnoff for Kiltimagh. 

    The road reopened earlier following an examination of the scene. 


  • The N5 road has reopened following a crash in Roscommon overnight.

    Part of the N5 had been closed after a multiple-car collision near Strokestown near Strokestown Golf Club.

    Three vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened shortly before 8pm.

    Meanwhile the N17 road reopened around 11.30pm last night following a two-car collision in the village of Ballindine.

  • A truck has overturned on the N5 at Swinford close to the Kiltimagh turn-off.

    The road is closed as services deal with the incident.

    There are long traffic delays as a result and diversions are in place.

  • Gardai are advising motorists that the N5 road is closed to traffic this afternoon following a serious collision at Swinford, close to the Kiltimagh Road/Applegreen junction.

    The collision between a lorry and a car occurred earlier. The road is closed between the junction for Kiltimagh and the Kilkelly junction.

    Gardai are advising motorists to take an alternative route if possible – if travelling east or west. Possible alternatives are through Kiltimagh and Foxford. Also for people travelling to the airport, they should go through Swinford town and back out onto the N5.

    The road will remain closed for some time.

    Meanwhile Gardai are advising of delays in Kiltimagh town this afternoon following a minor collision.



  • Gardai in Westport say the main N5 road between Westport and Castlebar is closed to traffic this morning near the Tip Top station, following a collision.

    The two-vehicle collision occurred at about midnight.

    It's understood there were no serious injuries sustained in the crash, and Gardai say their investigations are ongoing.

    Local diversions are being put in place.


  • The N59 road between Newport and Mulranny has reopened following a fatal crash last night in which a motorcyclist died.

    The collision between a motorbike and tractor occurred at about 8.30 pm at Ardagh, Newport.

    The driver of the motorcycle, a man in his 30's, was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was removed to Mayo University Hospital.

    The tractor driver was uninjured.

    The N59 road between Newport and Mulranny was closed for some time but Gardai have confirmed that the road is now reopen.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or may have dashcam footage to contact Newport Gardai at 098 - 41102 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

  • The N59 Westport to Leenane road has reopened to traffic following a two vehicle collision at Carrowkennedy.


    The collision occurred shortly after 11am this morning and emergency services attended the scene.


    Midwest News understands that up to three people were taken to hospital.


    The extent of their injuries is currently unknown.

  • The N84 road at Ballintubber has reopened to traffic this evening following a collision earlier today.

    Gardai say the road has reopened in the past hour. 

    The incident was a two car collision, which Gardai describe as serious.


  • Extra speed checkpoints can be expected across the region tomorrow, as Gardai undertake another national Slow Down Day.

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

    Supt. Noel Kelly of the Regional Roads Policing Unit says excessive speed is a major factor in many road collisions.



  • Gardai will undertake a 24-hour National Slow Down Day from 7am tomorrow morning.

    With more road deaths recorded so far this year compared to last year, Gardai and the Road Safety Authority say we can never be complacent about road safety.

    56 people have died on Ireland's roads to date this year - up 5 on this time last year.

    Pedestrians account for 30% of all fatalities.

    Gardai say excessive speed is a major factor in road collision, and National Slow Down Day is about making our roads and communities safer.

    While traffic volumes have reduced during the coronavirus pandemic, there are more walkers, joggers and cyclists on the roads, and Gardai are appealing to motorists to be alert to their presence, and drive safely within the speed limits.

    Extra checkpoints will be carried out between 7am tomorrow morning and 7am on Saturday morning to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding and increase compliance with speed limits.

  • A theft to a Castlebar business premises has been prevented and the intimidation of a visitor to the county town has been dealt with, as a direct result the new Castlebar Business Watch, officially launched by the gardai last month.

    Garda Mick Toland is the newly appointed community garda appointed to Castlebar and the Castlebar Business Watch is just one of a number of initiatives underway, as a result.

  • Most local Garda divisions are set to double in size as part of a massive shake up of the organisation.

    The Irish Examiner reports that the new proposed policing model would see the number of Garda divisions cut from 28 to 19, with a similar reduction in the number of Chief Superintendents.

    This would mean some Garda divisions merging with neighbouring ones- including Mayo and Roscommon / Longford.

    The proposal would also reduce the number of Garda regions from 6 to 4, with a new North Western region stretching from Mayo to Louth - replacing the current northern region and all but Clare of the current Western region.

    The proposed reorganisation is part of Garda Commissioner Drew Harris's new model, set to revamp how policing is delivered and managed at local and regional level.




  • A new Garda Superintendent has been appointed to the Castlerea District.

    The Garda Press office has confirmed that Supt Goretti Sheridan has been assigned responsibility for the Castlerea Garda district.

    This is one of ten new Superintendent appointments, taking immediate effect.


  • A Norwegian woman remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital this morning after being struck by a car in Breaffy, Castlebar on Saturday night.

    The 31-year old woman and her 34 year-old male partner were hit by a car on the N60 close to the main entrance of Breaffy House Hotel at 10.50pm on Saturday night.

    The woman suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Mayo University Hospital.

    The 34 year-old man, and the 80 year-old man driving the car received minor injuries and were also taken to hospital for treatment.

    A forensic examination of the scene took place yesterday and anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai.

  • Gardai in Claremorris are advising drivers to slow down today on the N17 at Drimneen, at the junction to the old Knock road, following a three vehicles collision.

    The collision between a lorry and two cars occurred shortly before 9am.

    There is debris and oil on the road and efforts are underway to remove the lorry.

    Traffic is down to one lane.

    Motorists are advised to take due caution on approach.

  • Emergency services are at the scene of a serious road traffic accident in Kilkelly.

    The one car collision occurred close to the Applegreen station on the Knock road.

    Motorists are advised to approach with caution as the road is described as treacherous at present as a result of oil on the road as a result of the collision.

    The road remains open to traffic going both ways.

    Ambulances are en route to the scene of the crash.

    We’ll have more information as we get it.

  • It may be Valentines Day, but Gardai are advising people to beware of Romance Scams.

    Gardai say victims of a scam believe they have met their perfect match online, but the other person is a scammer using a fake profile to build the relationship and gain the victim's trust, with a view to eventually asking them for money.

    Recently, a romance fraudster in the West of Ireland was found guilty of taking nearly €19,000 from a victim over a 5-month period, after meeting the victim through a dating website.

    Elsewhere, a married woman was scammed out of almost €50,000 after an on-line romance with a conman.

    She was showered with expensive gifts, before being asked to invest in the fraudster's business.

    Gardai are advising people to only use trusted dating websites, do not share personal details, and do not send or receive money.

  • One person was arrested earlier today, following a drugs seizure in Ballina.

    The divisional drugs unit, assisted by local Gardai, carried out a planned search of a house in St Patrick’s Estate and seized a significant quantity of suspected cocaine.

    One man was arrested and is being detained at Ballina Garda Station.

    Today’s seizure was part of Operation Thor, which is ongoing in the area.

  • One man was taken to hospital after he was struck by a van in Ballaghaderreen earlier today.

    The man was struck by the van on the Main Street at 12.15 this afternoon.

    He was attended to by Ballaghaderreen Fire Service first responders before being transported to hospital by ambulance, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

  • Midwest News understands that one person has died after a car left the road at the Quays in Newport and entered the sea. The road at the Quay is closed to traffic at present according to Gardai. There are no further details at present.