Gardai

  • 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. 

  • One person has been taken to hospital following a road collision between a car and a lorry on the Ballinrobe to Hollymount road.

    The collision occurred around 10.30am this morning.

  • One person has been taken to Hospital with minor injuries following a two vehicle collision this afternoon between Westport and Leenane.

    The collision occurred shortly before 3pm.

    Emergency services attended the scene and the vehicles have now been towed away.

  • The gardai have announced the continuation of its major operation to ensure public compliance with the travel restrictions introduced as part of Covid-19 public health guidelines.

    Operation Fanacht - will again see an extensive network of checkpoints established across the country.

    The Operation will run from 7am tomorrow (Tuesday)until the end of the May Bank Holiday weekend on Monday night, May 4. 

    It will again involve large-scale checkpoints on main routes nationally, and thousands of mobile checkpoints on secondary routes and in towns and villages.

    The operation will also see Gardaí conduct high visibility patrols at major tourist locations, parks and natural beauty spots to ensure compliance with restrictions.

    At any one time, there will be over 2,500 Gardaí involved in checkpoints or high visibility patrolling.

  • People are being warned to be on the lookout for counterfeit bank notes after the discovery of one in Ballina earlier this week.

    Gardai say a counterfeit €50 was discovered after being lodged through a bank on Monday in Ballina. It is described as a very sophisticated counterfeit note.

    Gardai believe the discovery of this note will not be an isolated incident and it is highly likely there are more in circulation.

    The serial number on the note was EO118175484 and that serial number would be the same on any other counterfeit notes.

    People are asked to report anything suspicious to their local Garda Station.

  • Plans are well-advanced for the provision of a CCTV system in the town of Ballaghadereen, and cameras could be in place by next Easter.

    That's according to local businessman Pat Towey, a member of the Town Team in Ballaghadereen.

    It's believed the CCTV cameras will be of assistance to local Gardai in investigating crime in the town - such as the vandalism caused over the weekend to the Christmas tree in Ballaghadereen.

    Wiring from the tree was pulled out and the fencing around it was damaged in the early hours of Sunday morning - shortly after the lights were officially switched on, on Saturday evening.

    The installation of a CCTV system in Ballaghadereen will cost in the region of €60,000, and will see cameras being erected at 13 locations around the town according to Pat Towey.

  • There was a full house last night at the 6 month review of the Castlebar Business Watch project in the county town.

     

    The initiative, established last June to assist businesses in the town, working with the gardai to crack down on crimes against businesses, started off with 63 businesses signed up and that has now grown to 251 businesses, the majority of these are retailers.

     

    Last night’s meeting was addressed by the Chief Supt for Mayo Pat Diskin, Supt Joe McKenna , Sgt Dave Tiernan and Community Garda Michael Toland.

     

    Shoplifting continues to be a problem for many retailers in Castlebar and Sgt Joe McKenna explained that while the gardai are keen to prosecute in such cases, they need people to make statements on record to the gardai for successful prosecutions.

     

    In addition he added that if there is CCTV evidence available it is very helpful in successful prosecutions.

     

    Chief Supt Pat Diskin told the gathering that in the New Year he will have additional sergeants and gardai available in the county assigned to community policing.

     

    John Fahy a retailer on Main Street in Castlebar was in high praise of the Castlebar Business Watch project last night. He described it as the most effective initiative to combat crime in the town ever and thanked the gardai for their work with the business people to ensure its success.

  • A post mortem is due to be carried out today on the body of a man found in Sligo yesterday. Gardai are continuing to question a 31 year old man in connection with the murder.

    Gardai were called to the scene at a house in Connolly Street in Sligo Town yesterday afternoon. Detectives believe a 20 year-old man was the victim of an assault and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A 31-year-old man was arrested as part of the investigation and is being questioned at Ballymote Garda Station. A witness appeal has been launched and anyone with information is being urged to contact Gardai.

     

  • A post mortem is due to take place today, after an elderly man died in a crash in County Roscommon.

    It happened yesterday morning, after the car he was driving struck a wall on the Old Carrick Road in Boyle, at around 10am.

    Gardai are appealing for witnesses.

     

     

  • Gardai have confirmed that the woman who died suddenly in Ballina on Saturday died from smoke inhalation.

    Kathleen Murray who was aged 74 died after a fire broke out in a section of her home on Saturday.

    A Post Mortem examination took place at Mayo University Hospital yesterday, which revealed she died from smoke inhalation.

    Gardai are not treating the death as suspicious.

    Kathleen’s remains will be reposing at the family residence, 12 Bunree Road, this evening from 4pm until 8pm.

    The Funeral will arrive to St. Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina on Wednesday for Mass of the Resurrection at 12.30 p.m.

    Burial will take place afterwards in Leigue Cemetery.

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    A man in his 20s arrested by Gardaí investigating a fatal traffic collision in Bundoran in the early hours of yesterday morning  in which two people died and three sustained injuries has been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    The Peugeot 306 car in which six people were travelling it hit a wall and then a lamp-post at Eastend in the seaside village of Bundoran at 3.25am yesterday morning.

    The six people in the northern-registered car had been out socialising earlier in the evening and were understood to be travelling to the village of Belleek in Co Fermanagh where some of them lived.

    Two men in their 20s seriously injured in the collision are continuing to receive treatment at Sligo University Hospital, while a woman in her 20s critically injured in the incident has been transferred from Sligo University Hospital to the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

    Post-mortems are due to be carried out on the two deceased at the mortuary in Sligo University Hospital today.

    They have been named locally as Shiva Devine, who was in her 20s, who lived in Beleek but was originally from Donegal, and Conor McAleer from county Fermanagh.

    An incident room has been established at Ballyshannon Garda Station and investigating Gardaí are liaising with the PSNI as part of their enquiries.

    Gardaí are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071-9858530, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

     

     

     

  • Protests at meat factories across the country have entered their second week.

    Gardaí were called to a number of sites over the weekend, as tensions remain high over beef prices.

    Meat Industry Ireland has said more than a dozen sites have stopped operating, and staff have been laid off since the pickets began.

    A farmer at Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis has been telling Midwest News this morning that they're not going to give up anytime soon.

  • People are being urged to make sure all the alcohol is out of their system before they drive today.

    Almost one thousand people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving over the Christmas period last year.

    Gardai say 11 per cent of fatal road crashes involving drink happen the morning after a night out.

    Liz O'Donnell from the Road Safety Authority is advising motorists to be careful if they were out last night.

  • A report in today’s Irish Independent says that Gardai are now investigating if the attack on security guards at a repossessed house near Strokestown was organised by people who were annoyed that some of the security work was given to a firm based in Northern Ireland.

    Gardai now believe those who organised the assault did so through WhatsApp.

    The report suggests that although some of those involved have links to dissident groups, Gardai are satisfied the main motive behind the incident was to show how unhappy they were with the decision to give the security work to personnel, some of whom were based in Northern Ireland.

    Officers believe some attackers are possibly security guards themselves, who were annoyed that many of those chosen to protect the house at Falsk, Strokestown, were from the North.

    Others were locals, who opted to join in as a protest, without realising the incident was likely to turn so violent.

    The masked attackers were armed with a shotgun, an axe and baseball bats.

    The axe was used to inflict severe injuries to the dog, which had to be put down humanely afterwards. Eight security guards at the house were injured and three of them had to receive treatment in hospital.

    Gardaí said while some of the organisers had links to dissident republicans, the attack was not connected directly to those groups.

    They also dismissed local rumours the security guards were "loyalists" recruited in Northern Ireland for the work although some of the guards are from across the Border.

    Two companies were involved, one of which is registered in the State. It is thought some of the suspect attackers are also registered with the Private Security Authority.

    Officers from the Garda Special Branch yesterday seized a shotgun, a lorry and a teleporter, and mobile phones in raids on three houses and outhouses in a yard in Co Roscommon.

    As a result of the searches, two men in their 50s and 60s were arrested and taken to Castlerea Garda Station.

    They can be held without charge for up to 72 hours.

    Further arrests are expected.

    It's thought footage from bodycams worn by the security guards during the attack will be a focus of the investigation.

    Garda Commissioner Drew Harris visited Castlerea station last night and spoke with officers involved in the investigation as well as being briefed on the latest developments.

    Chief Supt Tony Healy thanked the local community for their continued support in the wake of the recent events in Strokestown and again appealed to anyone with information to contact Castlerea Garda Station at 094 9621630, or phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.

  • A retired member of the Gardai has been arrested this morning in connection with an investigation into immigration irregularities in the Roscommon / Longford Division.

    The man who was arrested is in his 60's and has retired from the Gardai.

    He's currently being detained at a Garda Station in the Midlands area under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    Gardai from the Roscommon / Longford division were assisted by a team from the Garda National Immigration Bureau and officials from the Department of Justice in this investigation into immigration irregularities at a Garda station in the former Western Regoin, which commenced in 2017.

     

     

  • A two vehicle collision occurred this morning at Cashel, Achill.

    Two people picked up minor injuries in the collision and were taken to hospital.

    The road was closed for a time but has since reopened.

  • Roscommon Gardaí are investigating an attempted break-in at Lidl on the Lanesboro Road, Roscommon town in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

     

    Considerable damage was done to the store’s alarm system and it’s likely that those involved were disturbed by Gardaí responding to the alarm.

     

    Midwest News understands that Roscommon Gardai responded to an initial panic alarm and deemed the area okay.

     

    Fifteen minutes later Gardai responded to a second alarm at the premises and discovered that intruders had forced entry to a plant room around the back of the store.

     

    Considerable damage was caused to alarm panels and electrics in the room, but no entry was made into the main store area.

     

    Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area from approximately 3.30 am to 4 am on Sunday morning to contact them at Roscommon Garda Station on 090-6638300.

     

    Gardai believe that the intruders may have parked along the main road.

     

    They are particularly interested in speaking to taxi drivers or other motorists who may have noticed suspicious activity in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning.