• The local elections in county Sligo will go ahead tomorrow, despite a request by a local councillor to postpone them, due to the emergence of a high number of postal votes issued under disability status to voters in the county.

    Sitting Fine Gael councillor Hubert Keaney made the plea to Sligo county Council to postpone proceedings due to the volume of disabled postal votes issued, he claims, to people outside the country.

    A complaint has been lodged by Fine Gael to the gardai about the alleged fraud in relation to the disabled postal voter list in the county.

    Sligo County Council has today confirmed to the councillor that tomorrow’s local elections will go ahead as normal, stating that there is no provision in law to defer or delay an election, other than the case of the death of a candidate.

    The council has explained that there is legal provision to challenge the outcome of a local election before the Circuit Court within 28 days of the declaration of the result of an election.

    Councillor Keaney has been outlining his concerns over the matter to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley

  • Figures released today by Gardai at the National Ploughing Championships show that €1.4 million worth of goods was stolen from farms across Ireland in the last year.

    This includes animals worth €350,000.

    The number of incidents involving the theft of cattle and horses increased, while incidents involving sheep, poultry and pigs decreased.

    Over the past 12 months, 150 vehicles were stolen from farms -with quad bikes and tractors most commonly taken.

    One in 3 tractors and 3 out of 4 vans stolen had the key in the vehicle, and Gardai are urging farmers to store keys safely.

    They're also advising farmers to lock gates, light up their yards and sign up for Community Text alerts.


  • A 13-year-old boy who had been missing in the Carrowmore-Lacken area since Friday has been found safe and well.

    Jake Bagnell went missing at around 9.30am on Friday morning.

    Gardai confirmed to Midwest News this morning that Jake has been found safe and well.

    They thanked the hundreds of local volunteers who have helped in the search since Friday and say without their assistance they may not have located Jake so quickly.

  • While the number of burglaries nationally is down 55%, due to the success of Operation Thor, 15 burglaries have been reported across Co Mayo in the past month.

    Eight of these occurred at business premises in the Castlebar area, and Gardai say they are following a definite line of enquiry in relation to these incidents.

    Burglaries have also been reported in a number of other areas across Mayo in recent weeks, and Gardai are urging business owners to take the necessary steps to protect their premises.

  • A group of sixteen puppies found in Athenry earlier this week were being kept in what has been described as appalling conditions. are reporting that the dogs were rescued after a member of the public heard sounds coming from an abandoned horsebox in the Ballydavid area of the Co Galway town on Tuesday 17 July.

    Gardaí and the local dog warden attended the scenes.

    The dogs have been described as being emaciated and severely dehydrated. Many were also diseased.

    They received emergency veterinary attention before being transferred to a local animal welfare organisation.

    Seven of the dogs have died since died.

    It is suspected that they were being bred illegally for sale.

  • 214 motorists have been arrested in Mayo to date this year, for driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

    The figures were confirmed by the Chief Superintendent for the Mayo division Pat Diskin, as he issued a warning to motorists not to drink and drive this Christmas.

    Drink driving is a contributory factor in many road collisions, and Gardai say 9 people have been fatally injured on Mayo roads so far in 2018 - 7 drivers, one passenger and one pedestrian.

    Chief Supt. Diskin says he makes no apologies for the increased number of Garda checkpoints-  particularly in the mornings - and confirmed he has increased the number of Gardai working in the Road Traffic Unit.

  • Drivers are being urged to put away their mobile phones when driving this Easter weekend, as new figures show that almost 5,000 drivers were caught by Gardai holding their phone while driving in the first 2 months of this year - an increase of 24% on the same period last year.

    The Road Safety Authority has expressed concern at the figures, and say using a mobile phone while driving makes a motorist four times more likely to crash.

    Gardai have also issued a road safety message ahead of Easter, appealing to motorists to slow down, always wear seatbelts, be well-rested and never drink and drive.

    Last Easter, two people were killed and 14 seriously injured over the Bank Holiday weekend, and Superintendent Noel Kelly of the Western Regional Traffic Unit is urging motorists to take extra care and plan ahead for the long weekend.

  • Gardai in Ballina are seeking public assistance in locating an item taken from a construction site in Foxford last weekend.

    Works are being carried out at Clossagh Road, Foxford, on a new sewerage scheme. The company that are carrying out these works had a road saw Husquarna FS400LV, orange in colour, taken from the side of the road between 1.30 and 5pm on last Friday afternoon, the 10th May. 

    The company had hired the equipment and it is new, and valued at €3000.

    The owner of the equipment is prepared to pay a reward for information leading to its return.

  • A 32 year old man is due in court this morning in connection with the murder of a woman in Sligo.

    Natalia Karaczyn's body was discovered on Tuesday, just two days after she was reported missing.


    The mother of three had been missing from her home at Crozon Park since early on Sunday morning.

    Originally from Poland - the 30 year old been living in the town for a number of years.

    Natalia's body was discovered in the Holywell area on Tuesday however Gardaí aren't saying how she died for operational reasons.

    A 32-year-old man was last night charged in connection with her murder.

    He's due to appear before Sligo District Court this morning.

  • A 46-year-old man appeared in court this afternoon (Sunday) charged with the murder of his wife.

    James Kilroy, with an address at Kilbree Lower, Westport, Co. Mayo, was brought before Judge Fiona Lydon at a special sitting of Castlebar District Court.

    He has been in custody in connection with the death of his wife, Valerie French Kilroy, a 41-year-old mother of three.

    The accused showed no emotion during the brief five minute hearing.

    Detective Sergeant Michael Doherty, told today's hearing he arrested the accused at 11.45 this morning and at 12.45 he charged him with murder.

    In reply to the charge, after caution, Det Sgt Doherty outlined, the accused made no reply.

    Garda Inspector Denis Harrington applied for a remand in custody to Harristown (Castlerea Prison) court on Friday next (June 21).

    Gary Mulchrone, solicitor, said there were serious concerns about the mental health of the accused, concerns that had become apparent since his detention.

    Mr. Mulchrone said his client was in immediate need of medical attention and a psychiatric evaluation.

    Remanding the accused in custody, Judge Lydon recommended the medical attention sought by Mr. Mulchrone as well as an independent pyschiatric assessment in due course.

    Free legal aid was also granted on the application of Mr. Mulchrone.

    A small group of relatives, as well as Reverend Val Rogers, Westport based Church of Ireland Rector, were in court for the brief hearing.

    Rev Rogers spoke briefly to the accused before he was led away by detectives following the hearing.

    Kilroy stared forward impassively during the entire proceedings.

    He was dressed entirely in dark clothes which included a black hoodie type garment.

    The murder victim sustained fatal wounds in the attack.

    Her three children were in the house at the time but were unharmed.

    Arrangements have yet to be finalised for the funeral of Ms. Kilroy, a popular HSE employee.

  • Gardai have arrested a 49-year old Co Mayo man in connection with the alleged day-time rape of a 75-year-old woman in Ennis last Thursday.

    According to the website, its understood that the man lured the woman into his car under false pretences outside Ennis public library at around 11.30 on Thursday morning.

    It is alleged that the man brought the woman one kilometer away in his car to a car-park located behind Ennis Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre where the alleged rape took place.

    The man had stopped his car at Ennis General Hospital and St Joseph's Hospital before reaching the leisure centre car-park with the woman.

    However later on Thursday, the alert was raised by the pensioner - who did not know the man - and Gardai were able to identify the man’s car through Garda CCTV footage located at the McDonald’s roundabout in Ennis which is only 100 metres from the leisure centre.

    Chief Supt of the Clare Garda Division, John Kerin has confirmed that a male had been arrested in relation to the alleged rape in Ennis and brought to a Garda Station in Co Mayo for questioning.

    The man was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and Chief Supt Kerin confirmed that the man was released without charge on Saturday lunchtime and he stated that a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) at the earliest opportunity.

    Chief Supt Kerin said that Gardai are “not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation”.

    Chief Supt Kerin declined to comment on the circumstances around the alleged rape for operational reasons.

    On hearing details concerning the alleged rape, chairperson of the Clare Joint Policing Committee (JPC), Cllr Mary Howard (FG) said yesterday that she is shocked to my core to hear about this. She says she is heart-broken for the woman that something like this would happen to her at this stage of her life and hopes that she is getting all the support from the various services at this time.

    Cllr Howard added: “What happened to this totally unsuspecting older lady was heinous and it is just unconscionable that someone would lure an elderly woman and carry out this horrendous crime against her.”

    She said : “The circumstances in this case are quite unbelievable as there would be families with children going in and coming out of the leisure centre car-park at 11.30 in the morning.”


  • The number of home burglaries during the winter months has fallen by 50 per cent in the last 4 years.

    Gardaí say it's as a result of the Winter Phase of Operation Thor, which has just been launched for its fifth year.

    Statistics show home burglaries at a national level fell from more than 12,000 in the winter of 2014/15 to just under 6,000 last winter.

    Gardai say this is a direct result of its implementation of the Winter Phase of Operation Thor.

    The campaign targets organised crime gangs and repeat offenders through coordinated crime prevention and enforcement activity.

    Gardai are advising that homes that look unoccupied are more vulnerable to being robbed.

    1 in 5 burglars enter a home through an unsecured door or window, with the majority looking for cash and jewellery.

    27% of burglaries take place through the front door, and 25% through a rear door, while access through a rear window accounts for 28%.




  • Gardai in Mayo have been aggressively targeting the sale and supply of illegal drugs during 2018, with 51 detections so far this year - more than double last year's number.

    There have been 163 arrests in relation to the possession of drugs for personal use - up 46% on last year - while 14 people were detected cultivating drugs in 2018 - similar to last year's figure.

    The focus this year has particularly been on detecting those involved in the sale and supply of illegal drugs.

    That's according to the Chief Superintendent for the Mayo Garda division, Pat Diskin.

  • A 54-year-old man, who smashed holes with a hammer in a temporary portakabin at the entrance to a garda station and then flung the hammer at a garda as she fled the area, escaped a prison sentence when he appeared before Judge Rory MacCabe at the Circuit Criminal Court in Castlebar today.

    Donal Corry of Knockaphunta Park, Castlebar, appeared for sentencing before Judge MacCabe having pleaded guilty at an earlier court to criminal damage at Castlebar Garda Station and assaulting Garda Olive Lafferty on December 5, 2017.

    Garda Lafferty sustained a cut to her chin from flying glass in the incident and afterwards attended the A & E unit of Mayo University Hospital.

    The court heard Donal Corry made a full admission when interviewed and claimed he had acted out of frustration over the way issues relating to his young daughter had been dealt with by Tusla and An Garda Siochana.

    In a victim impact statement which was read to the court on her behalf by Sergeant O'Connor, Garda Lafferty said she had put in 'absolute fear' by the incidents.

    After hearing the facts, Judge MacCabe said he would not impose an immediate custodial sentence.

    On the charge of causing criminal damage, he imposed a 12 months prison sentence suspended for five years, and imposed a fine of €500 for assaulting the Garda.


  • A 65-year-old man has died in a three-vehicle collision in Mayo.

    It’s understood the man is from the East Mayo area.

    The collision between two cars and a lorry occurred on the N5 at Swinford, close to the Kiltimagh Road/Applegreen Junction.

    Another person has been taken to hospital following the collision.

    Their condition is currently unknown.

    The road is closed between the junction for Kiltimagh and the Kilkelly junction.

    Gardai are advising motorists to take an alternative route if possible – if travelling east or west. Possible alternatives are through Kiltimagh and Foxford. Also for people travelling to the airport, they should go through Swinford town and back out onto the N5.

    The road will remain closed for some time.

  • A 68 year old woman has died following a crash in Roscommon last night.

    The three car collision happened on the N63 Lanesboro to Roscommon road at around 9:45pm.

    The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was removed to the mortuary at Roscommon Hospital.

    The two drivers of the other vehicles were brought to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

  • 78 complaints were made about Gardai in the Mayo division last year, according to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission.

    The GSCO annual report for 2017 was published this week and shows almost 2,000 complaints were received nationally - which was up 10% on the previous year.

    In this region, there were 78 allegations made against Gardai in Mayo, 153 in galway, 101 in the Roscommon/ Longford Garda Division and 66 in Sligo / Leitrim.

    The most common complaints related to abuse of authority, neglect of duty and discourtesy.

  • A nine year old girl has died and a 7 year old boy is seriously injured, following a collision with a car, while cycling in County Galway. 

    Gardai are currently at the scene, on the Ballinasloe to Ahascragh Road. 

    The collision happened shortly before noon today. 

    Both children were taken to Portiuncula Hospital where the 9 year old girl was later pronounced dead. 

    The 7 year old boy remains in a serious condition. 

    The road is currently closed for a forensic examination and Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 0909 631890.

  • A competitor has been killed in the Donegal International Rally this afternoon.

    It happened at 12:30pm on Super Stage 15 on the Fanad Head Loop.

    The first three stages have been cancelled.

    Gardai are at the scene.

  • A man in his 50s has been arrested in connection with a multi million euro VAT fraud investigation. 

    Gardai say since 2016, almost 30 million euro has been identified moving through banks accounts linked to several companies here and in the North by an organised crime gang.

    The money was then transferred to accounts in a number of foreign jurisdictions. 

    A suspect arrested on Tuesday, is the second person to be held in connection with the investigation. 

    He's being questioned at Castlrea garda station in Co. Roscommon.