Roscommon

  • A 50 year old man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into criminal damage and an assault at a repossessed house in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

    Eight security men were injured, a dog was killed and six vehicles were burnt out in the brawl at the property on the 16th December.

    The attack came after the security guards were filmed evicting a family from the house a number of days before.

    The man was arrested in Roscommon this morning and is being held at Castlerea Garda station.

    He's the 6th person to be arrested in connection with the investigation.

     

  • A man has been arrested in Co Longford today as part of the ongoing investigation into incidents that took place near Strokestown in December.

    On Sunday morning 16th December, a group of up to 20 masked men attacked security guards at a farmhouse at Falsk, near Strokestown.

    Three security guards required hospital treatment after the pre-dawn attack, while a number of vehicles were burnt out.

    It followed the eviction of a local family from the farmhouse earlier that week.

    As investigations continue into the criminal damage and assault, Gardai have confirmed that a man in his 50's was arrested following a search of a house in the Killoe area of Longford today.

    He's being detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

    This is the 5th person to be arrested as part of the investigation, with two people currently before the courts, and Gardai say their investigations are ongoing.

     

     

     

  • A man has been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into criminal damage and assaults carried out by a gang of men at a house near Strokestown, Co Roscommon last month.

    Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that a 54 year old man was arrested in Co Mayo this morning and is being detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

    It follows an incident at a farmhouse at Falsk, Strokestown, when a gang of people stormed the property in the early hours of Sunday 16th December and assaulted a number of security guards who were guarding the property following the eviction of a family the previous week.

    Some of the security personnel were injured in the incident, while a guard dog had to be put down and two vehicles were burnt out.

    Gardai say the man arrested in Mayo this morning in connection with their investigation is being held at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

     

     

  • A 54 year old man arrested yesterday as part of an investigation in an incident at Strokestown, Co. Roscommon has this morning appeared in court.

    The man was detained  in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The man was brought before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court this morning, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on January 18th.

    A second arrest was made this morning following a search conducted in Co. Donegal. The man in his 50s was arrested under the provisions of Section 30 of the offences against the state Act, 1939. He is currently detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • A man in his 50s who was arrested yesterday in Longford, as part of ongoing investigations into incidents that took place at Falsk, Strokestown in December has been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Following a search of a house in the Killoe area of Co. Longford yesterday, a man was arrested and was detained at Castlerea Garda station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.

    He has now been released without charge and a file is to be prepared for the DPP.

  • A man is due to appear in court in Co Roscommon today charged with assault during a house repossession in Strokestown.

    The alleged incident took place on December 11th last year.

    A man in his sixties has been summoned to appear at Strokestown District Court this morning.

    He has been charged with assault.

    Five days after the repossession of the family home last December, security guards were assaulted and their cars were burnt out at the property.

     

  • A man has died following a farm accident in Co Roscommon.

    The man, who passed away in hospital this morning, was injured following an incident last Saturday involving a tractor.

    The Health and Safety Authority has confirmed it is investigating the circumstances.

    It is the second farm fatality in week after the death of a Wexford farmer on Tuesday.

  • A man in his 70s has died in a single-vehicle road collision in Co Roscommon.

    Shortly before five o'clock this morning, the man's car hit a wall at Ballyforan.

    Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene and the man - who is in his 70s - was brought to Roscommon University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

    A female passenger was uninjured in the collision.

    A post mortem on the man's body is due to take place later today.

    The road remains closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators, and local  diversions are in place.

     

     

  • A man in his 80s has died after a hit and run in Roscommon.

    It happened at around 11 o'clock last night.

    The incident happened in Keadue, Co. Roscommon when a pedestrian was hit by a car.

    The man - who was in his 80s - was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The driver - a 20 year old man - failed to remain at the scene and later presented himself at Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station.

    A full forensic and technical examination is being carried out this morning and diversions are in place.

    Gardaí are asking for anyone who may have seen the incident to come forward.

  • A 44 year-old man has been jailed for five years for a one kick assault in Roscommon that has left his victim wheelchair bound.

    Roscommon Circuit Court heard Gintautis Motiejunas suffered catastrophic brain damage when he sustained a kick to the head in an incident in Boyle in February 2017.

    The father of four is now confined to a wheelchair, paralysed on his left side and deaf in one ear.

    The court heard the victim is unlikely ever to make a full recovery.

    Judge Frances Comerford sentenced Arturis Sakurskis, who had pleaded guilty at an earlier court sitting to assault causing harm, to eight and a half years in jail, suspending the final three and a half years.

     

     

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    A 20 year old man has presented himself to Gardaí in relation to a fatal hit and run in county Roscommon last night.

    A pedestrian in his 80s was killed when he was struck by a car which failed to remain at the scene in Keadue after 11pm.

    The driver of the car later presented himself at Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station.

    A forensic examination of the scene was carried out this morning.

     

     

     

  • Gardai say their investigations are continuing into a multi-million euro VAT Carousel Fraud.

    A man in his 50's was arrested as part of the investigation earlier this week, and was questioned at Castlerea Garda Station under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    Castlerea Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that the man was released without charge yesterday evening, and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    A woman in her 40's had previously been arrested in Co Louth in May in connection with the investigation, and was subsequently released without charge.

    The investigation has been ongoing since 2017, and it's claimed the fraud involves the movement, purchase and sale of goods between different companies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for a number of years.

    Gardai say this type of fraud involves supplier companies, VAT-registered entities, customer companies and transport companies.

    The ongoing investigation involves Gardai, the Criminal Assets Bureau, PSNI, National Crime Agency and Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs Agency.

     

  • A 50 year old man arrested in connection with an investigation into criminal damage and an assault in Co. Roscommon has been released without charge.

    Eight security men were injured, a dog was killed and six vehicles were burnt out in a brawl at a repossessed house in Strokestown in December.

    The man was the 6th person to be arrested as part of the investigation, two are currently before the courts.

    A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

  • One man was taken to hospital following a single-vehicle collision on the outskirts of Castlerea last night.

    The collision occurred at about 11.30pm, when a van collided with the railway bridge on the N60, on the Ballinlough side of Castlerea.

    Emergency services attended the scene, and the van driver was taken by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital.

     

     

  • A man has been taken to hospital after a crash in Co Roscommon last night.

    Two vehicles collided on the N5 between Frenchpark and Ballinagare and the road was closed for some time but has since reopened to traffic.

  • Sentence will be handed down next month on a man who pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a woman in Co Roscommon last year.

    At the Central Criminal Court yesterday, a young mother said someone  must have been looking over her the day that her ex-boyfriend’s gun repeatedly jammed as he tried to shoot her in the face.

    39-year old Gerard Mooney of no fixed abode but with a previous address in Castlerea was before the court yesterday for his sentence hearing.

    His barrister said that,  ‘but for the good grace and intervention of another power’, he may have faced a more serious charge than the attempted murder to which he had pleaded guilty.

    Father of three Gerard Mooney has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of 28-year old Stephanie Clifton on February 12th 2017 at Cartron, Co Roscommon and to a number of related charges.

     

    The court heard that Gerard Mooney and his brother, originally from Dublin, had moved to Castlerea and he had been living in a car at the time.

    Defence counsel Michael Bowman told Mr Justice Michael White that the offence was ‘a consequence of jealousy and an inability to accept that the relationship had collapsed’.

    Justice White remanded the accused in custody until January 18th, when he will hand down sentence.

     

     

  • A man who died following a road collision in Strokestown on Thursday evening has been named. 

    He was Paul O'Gara of Farnbeg, Strokestown. Mr O'Gara, who was in his 70's, died after a car collided with him on the N5 at Bridge Street in the town on Thursday evening shortly before 8pm. 

    He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    Mr O'Gara's remains will repose at McHugh’s Funeral Home, Strokestown on Sunday evening from 4 o’clock until 8 o’clock. He will be laid to rest on Monday following 11.30 Funeral Mass in the Parish Church, Strokestown. 

     

  • A 39 year old man, whose gun jammed when he tried to shoot his ex-girlfriend, has been jailed for 8 years.

    Gerard Mooney from Dublin but with a previous address in Castlerea in Roscommon was on bail when he pointed the gun in his former partner's face.

    The court heard he became obsessive after their relationship broke down and he called her more than 250 times over a number of days.

    He pleaded guilty to attempted murder with the Judge noting personal relationships can be the most dangerous place for victims.

  • A march will take place in Castlerea today.

    The marchis being held in response to an incident which occurred in the town last weekend.

    The march will take place from the Lidl Car Park to the Garda Station at 1pm this afternoon.

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