Gardai

  • There were two significant drug seizures by Gardai in Mayo over the weekend.

    The Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit supported by local Gardai carried out a planned operation and located a growhouse in the Charlestown area on Saturday.

    Cannabis plants at various stages of growth located with an estimated street value in excess of €250,000. One man was arrested and brought to Castlebar Garda Station.

    He will appear at Galway District court this morning on a charge related to the discovery.

     The man is not from the area originally.

    On Saturday night members of the Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit located what is believed to be cocaine following a planned operation in the greater Castlebar area, with a street value of approximately €15,000.

    One person, a male, was arrested. 

    He was released without charge. A file is being sent to the DPP.

     

  • Gardai in Athlone have confirmed that two teenage girls, missing since last week, have now been found safe and well.

    An appeal was launched on Monday for information on the whereabouts of 15-year old Janelle Quinn and Hannah Hughes, who had been missing since last Wednesday.

    Yesterday, Gardai confirmed Janelle had been located, and this morning, it's been confirmed that Hannah has also been found safe and well.

     

  • A 35-year old Vietnamese native has been remanded in custody charged with cultivating over a quarter of million euro worth of cannabis.

    Mihn Cam Vo, with an address at Kilgellia, Attymass, Ballina, Co. Mayo, is charged with cultivating plants of genus cannabis at his home on May 28 this year.

    Sgt. Mark Mahon told Judge Alan Mitchell at Harristown District Court this morning that they were waiting on certification of the drugs before confirming that it was cannabis, but that if their initial thoughts were confirmed the haul had an estimated value of €260,000.

    Solicitor for the accused, Mark Gannon, appealed to the court that his client’s custody had been elongated enough.

    Judge Mitchell refused jurisdiction of the case due to the estimated value saying: “experienced Gardaí know this is not tomato plants or potato plants”.

    He remanded Cam Vo in custody for four weeks to appear again before Harristown District Court on August 21 for service of the book of evidence.

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    An Irish citizen, with connections to county Roscommon, has been questioned by gardai as part of an international investigation into a major Covid 19 fraud operation.

    An inquiry was launched after a fake order was placed for millions of masks destined for Germany.

    German officials contracted a German based company to purchase 10 million face masks worth around 15 million euro to help in the fight against Covid 19.

    This German based company was put in contact with a Dutch one through an Irish intermediary to place an order for 11 million masks worth up to 7.7 million euro.

    However this order was made through a fraudulent entity who had cloned the website and email address of the legitimate Dutch company.

    A one and a half million euro down payment was made for the delivery of the first million masks to an Irish bank account based in Roscommon.

    In late March, reps from the German and Irish companies met in Amsterdam to inspect and oversee the handover of the shipment - but it never materialised.

    An investigation was launched and 1.5 million euro has since been frozen in an Irish Bank Account.

    With assistance from Gardai in Roscommon, on Friday last, the Irish man was interviewed relating to the suspected laundering of €1.5 million.

    Documents and electronic devices were obtained and are currently being forensically examined and
    investigations are ongoing.

     

     

  • If anyone has any suspicion of illegal drug dealing in Westport, they are welcome to pass it on to local Independent councillor Christy Hyland and he will gladly pass it on to the Gardai.

    The councillor says often families panic when they discover that a loved one is taking illegal substances, but he says it’s better to contact agencies like the Western Drug and Alcohol Task Force, contact the Gardai, or a local councillor and they will pass the information on to the gardai

    At a recent County Joint Policing Committee in Westport, the Chief Superintendent Pat Diskin urged anyone with any information on drug dealing or grow houses to contact the gardai and said after that, the gardai will investigate and do their own research.

    Cllr Hyland raised concerns that on two separate occasions last year, a judge at a sitting of Westport Court, commented on the volume of drug cases in the area being brought before the courts.

  • A woman has died after a house fire in County Galway.

    The alarm was raised at around 7 o'clock last night.

    Gardaí and Fire Services attended at the scene at Tullyvoheen in Clifden yesterday evening.

    They were called to the house at around 7 o'clock, and brought the blaze under control a short time later.

    The sole victim of the fire was a woman believed to be in her late 40s.

    Her body was located inside the house, and the scene is currently preserved for examination.

    Gardaí say foul play is not suspected at this time.

  • A woman in her 90's died following a road collision in Athlone yesterday.

    The single vehicle collision occurred in the Golden Island area of the town shortly after 2pm yesterday afternoon.

    The woman driving the car, who was in her 90's, was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was removed to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

    Gardai are asking any witnesses to contact them at Athlone Garda Station - particularly anyone with dash cam footage of the incident.

     

  • A woman has been taken to hospital after her car overturned in icy conditions this morning in Ballina.

    The incident happened on Church road in the town just after 9am.

    Emergency services attended the scene and the woman was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

  • A woman was taken to Mayo University Hospital  this evening following a two vehicle collision close to Mulranny.

    The collision between a car and a van occurred shortly before 4pm on the Mulranny to Ballycroy road at Bellacrogher bridge.

    Emergency services attended the scene.

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

  • A woman who died following a fatal collision in Co Galway on Friday night has been named.

    Anne Hickey from Lissadyra, Tuam died after she was struck by a 4x4 on the M18 motorway on Friday night shortly after 9pm.

    Ms Hickey was nee Griffin and formerly of Ballindine.

    Her remains will repose at Carey’s Funeral Home, Ballindine on Monday evening from 6.30-8pm.

    She will be laid to rest in the new cemetery Ballindine on Tuesday following 12 noon Funeral Mass.

    Gardaí investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses to contact Gort Garda Station 091-636400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

     

  • The woman who died following a road collision outside Castlebar yesterday morning has been named.

    Martha King, Carnalurgan, Westport who was in her mid-60s died following the two car collision at Ballymacragh at around 8.30am yesterday morning.

    Ms King was removed from the scene following the collision and pronounced dead a short time later at Mayo University Hospital.

    It is understood she was travelling to work when the collision occurred.

    Ms King’s remains will repose at McGing’s Funeral Home, Westport on Saturday evening from 6-7.30pm.

    She will be laid to rest on Sunday afternoon in Aughavale Cemetery, following 12 noon Funeral Mass in St Mary’s Church Westport.

     

  • A woman who was missing in Achill since yesterday morning has been found safe and well.

    24-year-old Susanna O’Malley was last seen in the Achill Sound area at around 6am yesterday morning.

    Gardai confirmed to Midwest News this morning that she has been found safe and well and thanked the public for their assistance.

  • A young man was rescued from the river Corrib by members of the emergency services in Galway in the early hours of this morning following a major rescue operation involving the Galway RNLI Lifeboat, Galway Fire Brigade, Galway Gardai, the HSE and the Irish Coastguard.

    The young man got into difficulty in a canal beside the river at about 3.30am.

    The Gardai and Galway Fire Brigade arrived on the scene and during the rescue operation both the fire personnel and the casualty ended up going down the canal and entering the fast flowing river Corrib.

    They made their way down to the Spanish Arch under O’Brien’s Bridge and Wolfe Tone Bridge, where the lifeboat was on standby and recovered the casualty.

    The lifeboat ferried the young man back to the station where three ambulances were waiting. He was administered first aid and transported to Galway University Hospital.

    Mike Swan, Galway RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, says: “It was a lengthy and difficult rescue and all services should be commended for their quick response and help in rescuing this young man and bringing him to safety. It was a great result.”

    “We would encourage all members of the public to respect the water at all times regardless of their activity. Be wary of all edges around the sea and watersides. Slips and falls happen in all locations.”