• A number of people were taken by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital today following a six-vehicle collision near Balla.

    The N60 Castlebar to Balla was closed to traffic earlier this afternoon following the multi-vehicle collision but has since reopened.

    The collision occurred 2km from Balla on the Castlebar side at around 1.30pm.

    Emergency services attended the scene.

    A number of people were taken to hospital by ambulance but their injuries are not believed to be serious.

  • Gardai in Castlerea are investigating two burglaries in the town overnight.

    A business premises at The Square was broken into at about 1am this morning, and a sum of money was taken which was later recovered.

    A house on St Patrick Street was also broken into.

    Gardai arrested a suspect a short time later, and he's being detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    Gardai are asking any witnesses, or anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the town centre between 1am and 3.30 this morning, to contact them at 094 - 96 21630.


  • Gardai in Castlerea are investigating two separate incidents that took place over the past week.

    On Saturday morning last, an aggravated burglary occurred at a house in the Knockroe Park area of Castlerea, shortly before 5.30am.

    A man in his 20's was seriously assaulted after confronting two men in his home.

    The man was taken to Sligo University Hospital, and Gardai in Castlerea are investigating.


    Gardai are also investigating an armed robbery that took place at a service station in Frenchpark last week.

    Two men, allegedly armed with a slash hook, entered the business premises at about 9.10 pm last Thursday night and stole a small sum of cash.

    No-one was injured in the incident, and investigations are ongoing.


    Gardai in Castlerea are asking anyone with information on either incident to contact them at 094 - 96 21630.



  • Gardai in Castlerea have renewed their appeal for witnesses, following a public order incident which occurred at the Rose Lawn area of the town on the early hours of last Sunday morning.

    The incident occurred at about 1am, during which a male Garda and two men received injuries and all three were taken to hospital for treatment.

    They have subsequently been discharged from hospital, and the incident has been referred to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission and is being examined by them.

    Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Gardai in Castlerea at 094 - 96 21630 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.


  • Gardai in Claremorris are advising the public to be on alert if anyone calls to their house purporting to be a member of the Gardai.

    It follows on from an incident in the Claremorris area this morning.

    A  Garda spokesperson says householders should be on alert for callers to their door, and if a genuine member of An Garda Siochana calls to a house, he or she will have valid identification.




  • Gardai In Claremorris are advising householders in the Claremorris and Ballindine area of a bogus door-to-door collector that was operating in the area yesterday evening.

    The male collector was wearing a “Dogs Trust” t-shirt and was supposedly collecting for the charity, but gardai say Dogs Trust does not operate door- to- door in this way.

    The public are advised to be wary of door to door collectors and always seek identification from the collector. If unsure you should not engage with the person and check with the charity directly if you wish to make a donation.

  • Gardai in Claremorris are again appealing this morning for witnesses to a road collision on the N17, near Ballindine on Friday evening last.

    Seven people were taken to hospital after the two car collision occurred at about 5.45pm.

    A local woman was driving from Ballindine to Claremorris  and had her two year old daughter in the car, a second car carrying five people, all foreign nationals, was travelling in the direction of Ballindine when the vehicles collided head –on.

    All seven people were taken from the scene to the hospital,

    The mother and daughter sustained what have been described as serious injuries, while the driver of the second car and a passenger  suffered broken bones. The occupants of the second car were all students in their 20s.

    Gardai in Claremorris are keen to speak to anyone who travelled on the N17, between 5.30 and 6pm on Friday evening last, or anyone who may have witnessed the collision. Claremorris gardai can be contacted at 094 9372080

  • Claremorris Gardai are advising the public of several reports of a scam where people are receiving telephone calls from persons purporting to be from Revenue, saying that they own money to revenue.

    Gardai are urging members of the public to be vigilant, and not to engage with any unsolicited phone callers who claim to be from revenue.

    Claremorris Gardai have received a number of reports of such scams.

  • The Cloonacool to Tubbercurry road is closed to traffic following a single vehicle collision shortly before 10am.

    Emergency services are at the scene and the road is expected to be closed for some time.

  • A Ballyhaunis based Cllr has asked Mayo County Council to write to the Joint Policing Committee to put the issue of CCTV cameras in Ballyhaunis on its agenda.

    Fine Gael Cllr John Cribben was responding to a number of break-ins in the Ballyhaunis area over the past few months.

    He says some of those broken into brought him to their homes to show him the damage that was caused by the break-ins and outline the items of monetary and sentimental value which were taken.

    Cllr Cribben says he is not a member of the Joint Policing Committee so made the request at this week’s meeting of Claremorris Municipal District to have it included on the agenda for the next meeting of the JPC.

    He says he has been informed by Gardai that the crime rate drops significantly in areas were CCTV cameras are installed and he wants them placed on all approach routes to Ballyhaunis Town.

  • The Crossmolina road out of Ballina has now fully reopened to traffic following an earlier collision. 

    The road was closed at the turnoff for Moygownagh following a collision earlier. 

    A stop/go system had been in place for a time also but the Fire Service has confirmed to Midwest news that the road has now fully opened. 






    Consumers and retailers are urged to take precautions in the run up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    Gardai have issued some online shopping tips for the next few days.



    Be Informed, be alert and be secure, is the advice from the Gardai as they urge consumers and retailers to shop and sell online safely and protect their personal details with the approach of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    Among the top tips are to only buy from trusted sources and secure websites looking for the padlock symbol and the s in HTTPS.

    Never send your card or pin number to anyone by email and switch from WiFi to 3 or 4G before making payments.

    Read terms and conditions - and don't commit to a series of recurring payments - especial when free trials are offered.

    Retailers are also warned they too can be the target of online frauds so check details and be cautious.

    If you do have any suspicions - report them to your local Garda station and to your bank.


  • There are some delays reported on the R312 Castlebar to Belmullet road this evening as services try to recover a bus which went off road earlier.

    The bus left the road North of Beltra school on the R312 Road from Castlebar to Belmullet.

    The road is not fully closed to traffic.

    However, motorists are advised to L1400 Glenhest road at Beltra crossroads and then onto R317  Newport to Belmullet road, and vice versa.

  • The search for a missing fisherman on Lough Mask has been stood down for this evening due to poor weather conditions.

    The man who is aged in his 70’s and from the locality left from the Ballinrobe side of the lake at about noon on Friday, and the alarm was raised when he failed to return.

    The man’s boat was found on Saturday in the Aughnis area of the lake and that is where the search focused on today.

    The search effort on the lake was hampered by poor weather conditions over the weekend.

    Extensive shoreline searches have been carried out in recent days.

    Local volunteers assisted Gardaí in today’s operation.

    The Garda Water Unit will return to the water tomorrow morning in efforts to locate the missing man.

  • Two men in their 20's were fatally injured in a single vehicle road collision on the Killala Road in Ballina last night.

    The collision occurred at about 11.15 pm when a car, carrying three men, collided with a tree near the Costcutter store on the Killala Road.

    One man in his late 20's was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The other two men - also in their 20's - were taken to Mayo University Hospital where one was later pronounced dead.

    The third man remains in a serious condition in hospital.

    Gardai say the Killala Road in Ballina is closed to facilitate a forensic examination, and local diversions are in place.

    The road is closed from Leigue Cemetery to Gillespie's Garage.

    Motorists travelling from Ballina towards Killala should divert via the Gurteen roundabout on the Crossmolina Road.

    Motorists travelling from Killala towards Ballina should turn left before Coca Cola and go through Belleek.

    Meanwhile, HGVs travelling from Killala towards Ballina should divert after Asahi and use the road by Killala Rock and Mullafarry, while HGVs travelling from Ballina towards Killala should take the Crossmolina Road and turn right for Moygownagh.

    The road is expected to remain closed for much of the day.

    Gardai for appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them in Ballina at 096 - 20560 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.


  • Drink drivers caught flouting the law will be put off the road with no exceptions.

    An amendment to The Road Traffic Bill was passed through the Dail this week.

    The tough new drink driving rules mean drivers could be banned even if they've only had half a pint of beer

    Previously, drivers faced a 200 euro fine and three penalty points.

  • A motorist in Co Galway was caught driving at 113 km an hour in an 80 km zone last Friday, during the Garda National Slow Down Day which took place over a 24-hour period.

    In total, Gardai and GoSafe checkted over 132,000 vehicles, and found 211 were driving over the permitted speed limit.


    In the West of Ireland, a driver was found travelling at 113 km and hour in an 80 km zone at Aughrim in Co Galway,while in Mayo, a driver was caught driving at 93 km an hour in an 80 km zone at Cartron, Kiltimagh.

    In Sligo, a motorist was caught doing 119 km an hour in a 100 km zone on the N4 at Knoxspark, Ballisodare.


    Gardai are reminding drivers to think about the consequences of speeding the next time they get behind the wheel, and reduce speed accordingly.  





  • Drivers should not rely on off-the-shelf breathalysers to detect alcohol the morning after a night out.

    That's according to DrinkAware, which has received a number of queries on the devices, in light of increased nationwide early morning roadside checks by Gardai.

    The organisation says that, while a personal breathalyser can be useful, the results shouldn't be taken as a clear indicator that someone is under the limit, and there's still a chance they'll be over the limit if stopped at a Garda checkpoint.

  • Gardai will be targeting drug-drivers during the June Bank Holiday weekend road safety campaign.

    In the first four months of this year, there's been a 15% increase in the number of arrests for driving under the influence  -which includes alcohol, drugs or both - compared to the same period last year.

    2,694 drivers were arrested between January and April this year for driving under the influence.

    Gardai say their priority over the Bank Holiday weekend is to ensure that people using the roads are not put at risk by the minority of motorists who drive while under the influence of drink or drugs.

    Roadside screening will be carried out at checkpoints across the country, while Gardai will also be targeting speeding, non-wearing of seatbelts and mobile phone use.


  • Drugs and a significant amount of cash were seized by Gardai in the Castlebar area over the Bank Holiday weekend.

    Gardai confirmed to Midwest News today that the drugs find was made after a car was stopped in the early hours of Saturday morning in the Islandeady area.

    The street value of the drugs believed to be cocaine and cannabis herb is in the region of €2,000.

    In a follow up search at a house in Castlebar further drugs were discovered.

    Also a sum of money – in the region of €4,000 – was confiscated.

    A man was arrested and held at Castlebar Garda Station for questioning.

    He was released around 6 p.m on Saturday evening.

    A file has been sent for the DPP.