Gardai

  • 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.

  • Gardai in Roscommon have arrested a driver on suspicion of driving while under the influence of cannabis.

    According to An Garda Siochana's Facebook page, the Roscommon Roads Policing Unit stopped a motorists over the weekend, who had no driving licence and no insurance.

    After conducting an oral-fluid test, Gardai also found the driver tested positive for cannabis.

    The vehicle was seized, and the motorist will face a court appearance.

     

  • A County Roscommon TD is calling for calm after 8 people were injured in a raid on a house in Strokestown at the weekend.

    A dog was killed, three people taken to hospital and 4 vehicles burned out, when a gang of men approached security staff guarding the house and adjoining farm which had recently been repossessed.

    Local Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy says he's contacting the bank involved to see if anything can be done to ease tensions in the area.

  • RTE Crimecall tonight will be recalling the murder of Eddie Fitzmaurice marking the 20th anniversary since the pensioner from Bellaghy, Charlestown was murdered in a vicious assault in his home.

    The 83 year old was beaten and tied up in a vicious assault on the May Bank Holiday weekend in 1998.

    No-one has ever been charged with the murder, despite numerous Garda appeals and on the 20th anniversary of the incident another appeal for information will be broadcast on RTE’s Crimecall tonight at 9.35pm.

  • A Halloween road safety message has been issued by AA Ireland, ahead of tomorrow's celebrations.

    Drivers are asked to reduce their speed tomorrow evening, particularly in built-up areas, and be on the lookout for children who could step onto the street without looking.

    Parents are urged to keep a close eye on their children while trick-or-treating, while pet owners are encouraged to keep their animals inside to avoid them being startled by fireworks and darting out in front of traffic.

     

    Gardai are also reminding people about the dangers associated with fireworks, and the penalties that people face if using illegal fireworks - including fines and imprisonment.

  • Searches are continuing in Mayo for a prisoner who escaped from a hospital over the weekend.

    The man, who was on remand at Castlerea prison, is understood to have escaped from Mayo University hospital on Saturday morning after being brought to the facility for treatment.

    The 34-year-old, who is described as having brown hair and an athletic build, escaped from the hospital on foot and searches are currently ongoing.

    The Irish Prison Service confirmed to Midwest News this evening that the prisoner still remains at large.

    Anyone who may have seen the man, or know of his whereabouts, is asked to contact their local Garda station.

  • A search is continuing in Galway for a man who was seen entering the River Corrib in the city centre.

    A taxi driver reported seeing the man entering the water at O'Brien's Bridge at around 11.30 on Wednesday night.

    Gardai are liaising with Oranmore Maree Coastal search team and an investigation is underway.

    Oranmore Maree Coastal search team say a search of the shoreline will take place this weekend.

    The search commences from Calasanctius College in Oranmore from 12.30pm today.

    They advise people wishing to help out to bring a hi-viz jacket, wellies, waterproof clothing and a stick as the terrain is very challenging and wet and can be windy at times.

    The searches generally last 2-3 hours.  

     

     

  • The search is resuming this morning for a man missing off Salthill in Galway.

    The 40 year old man got into difficulty off Blackrock just before 5 o'clock yesterday evening.

    The RNLI, the Irish Coastguard's Rescue 115 helicopter, Galway Fire Brigade and Gardaí have all been involved in the operation.

  • A search is underway again this morning for a 13-year-old boy missing from the Carrowmore-Lacken area of Ballina.

    The boy who is described as 5ft 7in in height, with black hair and blue eyes, was last seen at around 9.30am yesterday morning.

    When last seen he was wearing green tracksuit bottoms and a dark navy or black hoodie.

    Gardai confirmed to Midwest News that a search operation has been underway again since early morning.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact Ballina Gardai on 096-20560.

  • A search is underway in Galway for a man who was seen entering the River Corrib in the city centre.

    A taxi driver reported seeing the man entering the water at O'Brien's bridge at around 11.30 on Wednesday night. 

    Gardai are liaising with Oranmore Maree Coastal search team and an investigation is underway.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have information to contact Galway garda station.

     

  • A search is underway on Lough Mask after a fisherman failed to return to shore yesterday.

    The local man, who is believed to be in his 70’s and an experienced angler, is reported to have departed the Ballinrobe side of the lake at about 12 noon yesterday and the alarm was raised when he failed to return.

    It is believed the man’s boat was recovered on Saturday. Searches yesterday were hampered by poor conditions.

    Gardai say that searches are underway in the Cushlough area of Claremorris for a man in his 70s who went out on his boat yesterday.

    Gardai and the Lough Corrib Search and Rescue are involved in the operation today.

  • A search is underway on Lough Mask again this morning after a fisherman failed to return to shore on Friday.

    The local man, who is believed to be in his 70’s and an experienced angler, is reported to have departed the Ballinrobe side of the lake at about 12 noon on Friday and the alarm was raised when he failed to return.

    The man’s boat was recovered on Saturday last.

    Gardai in Claremorris told Midwest News that the search has resumed again this morning on Lough Mask.

    Gardai, the Corrib Mask Search and Rescue and local volunteers are involved in the operation.

  • Searches are underway for a young Leitrim man who was reported missing in Galway earlier this week.

    Cathal Whelan was last seen in Clifden on Tuesday night and his family have issued appeals on social media yesterday evening in an attempt to get in contact with him.

    Cathal was not seen in the area since, the Gardaí were informed of the situation on Thursday and inquiries are trying to establish his whereabouts.

    Searches were organised in the Clifden area and searches continue this morning again in the hope of finding any clues as to the whereabouts of Cathal Whelan.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact any members of the Whelan family, or their local Garda station.

  • Searches are continuing today for a missing person in Enniscrone.

    Gardai and the Irish Coast Guard have been conducting searches since reports of a person entering the water at Enniscrone Beach on Tuesday evening.

    Gardai say land searches are continuing today and enquiries are ongoing.

  • A man in his 50s arrested by Gardaí in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th is due to appear in court this evening.

    The man was arrested yesterday in Co Donegal, following a search and detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

    The searches are being carried out following an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown last month, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The man arrested yesterday is expected to appear before a special sitting of Roscommon District Court at 6pm this evening.

    A man arrested in Co Mayo on Thursday appeared before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court yesterday morning, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on January 18th.

  • The second victim of Monday night’s fatal road collision in Ballina will be laid to rest later today.

    28-year-old Ricky Langdon from St Patrick’s Estate, Ballina died along with 21-year-old Jack O’Hora from Newtown, Castleconnor, Co Sligo when the car they were travelling in hit a tree on the Killala Road on Monday night at around 11.15pm.

    Funeral Mass for Mr Langdon will take place in St Patrick's Church, Ballina today at 12.30 with burial afterwards in Leigue Cemetery.

    Mr O’Hora was laid to rest yesterday afternoon in Killanley Cemetery, Castleconnor. 

    Gardai are continuing to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact them.