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.

  • 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.

  • New fines are being introduced in for people organising house parties, as part of tougher coronavirus laws.

    The Cabinet has today agreed to bring in a system of graduated penalties for those breaking the rules.

    It's expected people not wearing face masks in shops, or breaking the 5 kilometre travel limit, could also be fined under new Garda powers.

    Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe says most people are following the rules - but compliance needs to be even better in the weeks ahead:

  • 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.