Man charged in relation to a serious assault in Macroom, on Thursday 21st March 2019

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Gardaí in Macroom who are investigating a serious assault at a car park, in the Sleaveen East area of Macroom have charged a man in his 30’s. He’s due to appear before a special sitting of Bantry District Court today, at 12pm.

The assault took place shortly after midnight on Thursday, 21st March in a car park in Sleaveen East.


Gardaí in Macroom are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault of a man in his 70s this morning

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Gardaí in Macroom are investigating a serious assault that took place at a car park in Sleaveen East, Macroom in the early hours of this morning Thursday 21st March, 2019.

A man in his 70s was seriously assaulted and taken by Ambulance to Cork University Hospital with serious injuries. A man in his 30s was arrested at the scene and conveyed to Bandon Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

The scene is currently preserved and a technical examination will take place today.

Gardaí in Macroom are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to contact them on (026) 20590, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fatal RTC in Ringaskiddy this evening, 19th March 2019

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Gardaí in Togher are investigating a fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Lough Beg, Ringaskiddy this evening, Tuesday 19th March, 2019 at approximately 8p.m.

A male motorcyclist (mid 40s) was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision. The motorcycle was in collision with a car. The driver, sole occupant of the car was uninjured. The deceased man remains at the scene and his body will be removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem examination is due to take place.

This stretch of road is closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators, who are at scene.

Gardaí wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Togher Garda Station on 021 – 4947120, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


2nd Anniversary appeal for information on tracing missing 47 year old – Tina Satchwell

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Gardaí in Midleton, Co. Cork are renewing their appeal for information on tracing the whereabouts of 47 year old Tina Satchwell who is missing from her home on Grattan Street, Youghal, Co Cork since Monday 20th March 2017.

It has been 2 years since Tina was last seen. This investigation has seen a lot of media attention though various appeals and searches carried out.

To date, this investigation has resulted in over 330 separate lines of enquiry being conducted, including liaison with colleagues internationally and engagement with Interpol. An Garda Síochána, assisted by the Defence Forces, have previously conducted searches in the Youghal area and at Mitchel’s Wood, Bridgetown, Castlemartyr in connection with this investigation. Over 100 hours of CCTV has been viewed and in excess of 100 statements have been taken to date. Gardaí in Midleton District have been assisted by specialist Garda units including the Garda Air Support Unit, Garda Water Unit and Garda Dog Unit

Gardaí are appealing for anybody with information to contact Midleton Garda Station on 021 – 4621550, the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Tina is described as 5’ 7’’, of medium build with blonde shoulder length hair and blue eyes.
 


A new 14-Seat Mini Bus has been launched by An Garda Síochána in Bandon to service the community

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An Garda Síochána today launched a new 14 seater Community Policing Mini Bus that will service the community in the Bandon District.

Last year, at a community stakeholder meeting, there was a discussion on the need for a Garda community bus. Following this meeting, local businesses raised money for a new mini-bus that would service the local community in Bandon. Half of the money was raised through one donation, with the other half being paid for by An Garda Síochána.

Speaking at Bandon Garda Station today, Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan said, ‘I am delighted that An Garda Síochána is able to now provide this service to the local community in Bandon. Hopefully everyone will benefit and make use of this facility. Schools, elderly groups, soccer and GAA clubs are just some of the groups that will benefit. The bus allows the community groups to engage directly with members of An Garda Síochána on a one to one basis. I would like to commend the Carbery Group for its community spirit in financially supporting this bus.”

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Speaking at the launch of the bus, local resident Mr. Pat Fitzgerald said “This is a welcomed service to us in the community. It is great to see our local Gardaí will be able to engage with us in such a positive way. Garda Community engagement is just as important as the enforcement side.”

The addition of these buses will allow Gardaí to engage directly with local community groups. This free services would see a Garda driver bringing groups to outings and functions. Any group in the Bandon areas wishing to utilise the bus can contact Bandon Garda Station on 023-8852200.


Today’s Traffic Restrictions & Access – Cork City – St. Patrick’s Day 2019

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Traffic Restrictions & Access – Cork City – St. Patrick’s Weekend 2019

Information: Cork City Council

Black Ash Park and Ride:

  • The first bus will depart Black Ash Park and Ride will be at 09:00.
  • The last bus will depart the city centre at 19:15.
  • Drop off and pick up locations will be on Eglington Street.

Removal of parking:

  • Saturday 16th March from 07:00 to 16:00 on Sunday 17th March: Copley St at area adjacent to former Brooks Haughton Building.
  • Saturday 16th March from 14:00 to 16:00 on Sunday 17th March: Copley St at area opposite the former Brooks Haughton Building, Anglesea Street, Lapps Quay, Anglesea Street adjacent St. Joachim & Ann’s Home.
  • Saturday 16th March from 20:00 until 17:30 on Sunday 17th March: St. Patrick’s St, Emmet Place, Academy St, South Mall, Grand Parade, Parnell Place, Union Quay

Road Closures:

  • Sunday  17th March from 07:00 to 16:00: Copley Street, Union Quay, Stable Lane, Connell Street, Lapp’s Quay
  • Sunday  17th March from 10:30 to 16:00: Parnell Bridge Southbound, Anglesea Street West Lane (filter lane from Union Quay/Parnell Bridge)
  • Sunday 17th March from 11:15 to 17:30: Terence McSwiney Quay (will reopen at approx 1500hrs), Parnell Bridge, Parnell Place, South Mall, Grand Parade, St Patrick’s Street, St. Patrick’s Bridge, Castle Street, Merchants Quay, Lavitt’s Quay East (Christy Ring Bridge to Saint Patrick’s Bridge), Anderson’s Quay (Brian Boru Bridge westbound)

The following main streets will be directly affected and will be closed from 11:15:

Parliament Street, Parliament Bridge, Washington Street between South Main Street and Grand Parade, Parnell Place, Fr Matthew Quay, Morrison’s Quay, Half Moon St, Academy St, Drawbridge St, St Augustine Street, Paul Street and Oliver Plunkett Street

Lane Restrictions & Traffic Diversions:

  • Commencing at 1100hrs there will be lane restrictions on both Clontarf Bridge & Eglinton Street to restrict access onto Terence McSwiney Quay
  • On South Terrace/George’s Quay, traffic will be diverted via Sullivan’s Quay & French’s Quay to either Greenmount or Mardyke Street to Bachelor’s Quay.
  • On Lavitt’s Quay, traffic will be diverted across Christy Ring Bridge
  • There will be no public traffic access to Lapps Quay

Roads will open when safe to allow access, which could be in advance of advertised time.

Heading to your local parade? See a list of the start times and locations here.

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A status yellow – rainfall warning is now in effect for Cork, valid from Friday 15 March 2019 21:00 to Saturday 16 March 2019 12:00

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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow – rainfall warning for Cork, valid from Friday 15 March 2019 21:00 to Saturday 16 March 2019 12:00.

  • Forecasters say that very very heavy rain developing overnight and into Saturday with spot flooding, 25 to 35mm expected. The rain may turn to snow in parts for a time.

Issued/Updated: Friday 15 March 2019 09:00
Valid: Friday 15 March 2019 21:00 to Saturday 16 March 2019 12:00


A message from the RSA – 17% increase in number of drivers arrested for driving under influence of alcohol and drugs in 2019

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17% increase in number of drivers arrested for driving under influence of alcohol and drugs in 2019

  • RSA and Gardai issue St. Patrick’s Weekend Bank Holiday appeal
  • Medical Bureau of Road Safety also report increase in blood & urine specimens for analysis
  • 4 people killed and seriously injured over St. Patrick’s Weekend 2018
  • Pedestrians also warned of dangers of alcohol

 

March 14, 2019 – Motorists are being warned that the Gardai will be out in force targeting drivers under the influence of drink and drugs over the St Patrick’s Weekend, which is traditionally a high risk period for alcohol and drug driving related crashes.

Figures released from the Gardai also show that there has been a 17% increase in the number of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs in the first two months of 2019 compared to the same period last year. To date 1,429 drivers have been arrested from 1 January to 28 February.

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The Medical Bureau of Road Safety, which analyses the blood and urine specimens of drivers arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence for the presence of alcohol and drugs, has also reported an increase in the number of specimens being sent for analysis to date this year.

Commenting on this year’s St. Patrick’s Weekend road safety campaign, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross TD, said: “The Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána have been warning of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs for many years but some motorists continue to ignore them. The introduction of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018 has increased the penalties for drink driving at lower levels. These penalties apply at any time. Drink driving is drink driving whether it is at midnight or midday and any drink drivers detected with a blood alcohol concentration between 50mg and 80mg now face losing their licence for three months. The aim of road safety legislation is to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads”.

Ms. Moyagh Murdock, CEO, RSA, said: “If you are heading out this weekend please plan ahead. Make sure you know how you’re getting home, whether by taxi, with a designated driver or public transport. Also don’t walk home if you’re drunk. Almost half of pedestrians killed on our roads have consumed alcohol*. I’m also reminding drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts and to understand that there is a close link between drinking alcohol and the non-wearing of seatbelts in fatality statistics**.

Finally a word of caution if you are drinking at home. You may be unknowingly consuming larger measures and therefore increasing the amount of time it will take to eliminate the alcohol from the body and be safe to drive. It takes the average person an hour to get rid of a single unit of alcohol from the body – that’s a half pint, small glass of wine or single measure of spirits. Find out how alcohol can impact your health at the HSE’s website www.askaboutalcohol.ie.”

Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid, Roads Policing, An Garda Síochána, said: “Our job is to protect communities from drink or drug drivers. Their selfish actions put you and I at risk on the roads. Whilst the vast majority of drivers that we test are free from alcohol or drugs, we have detected more drivers this year that are not, which is why An Garda Síochána will have a visible enforcement presence across the country over the St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend. This will include a targeted focus on driving under the influence of an intoxicant, whether that is alcohol or drugs or a combination of both. Members of roads policing units across the country will be targeting the times that are linked to alcohol related crashes. In the first two months of 2019, a total of 1,429 people have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This represents a 17% increase in arrests.”

Chief Superintendent Reid added: “Drivers are required to carry their driving licence on their person. If stopped and breathalysed and you don’t have your licence, you will be tested at the lower level. If you fail, you will be arrested and taken to a Garda Station for further testing. Please remember, the drink driving limit in Ireland is 50mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, however for learner drivers, novice drivers, professional and commercial drivers, a lower limit of 20 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood applies. Having a valid driving licence to hand will avoid this situation.” 

On the use of breathalysers, Professor Denis Cusack of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety had this advice: “Caution is advised if using a breathalyser bought from a retailer or online. When used it will give an indication of alcohol level at one moment in time, but alcohol metabolism is complicated and breath alcohol levels are dynamic while drinking and for a substantial period after drinking has stopped.  Therefore, a breathalyser may indicate an under the legal limit result at a point in time and a short time later an individual may be over the legal limit due to continuing absorption of alcohol from the digestive system. The use of breath alcohol testing devices is of value once alcohol consumption has ceased for several hours, such as in a morning after situation, remembering that even very low levels of alcohol can impair driving.”

To date in 2019, 34 people have been killed on Irish roads.

The RSA and Applegreen have teamed up again in 2019 to help drivers to combat the effects of driver fatigue over the St Patrick’s Bank Holiday Weekend by providing free cups of coffee to drivers between 2pm and 8pm on Friday 15 March and Monday 18 March. Simply say ‘RSA’ to the till operator to avail of a free coffee.

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Man arrested and charged – burglary at a construction site in Blackrock Co Cork on 03/09/18

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Man arrested and charged – burglary at a construction site in Blackrock Co Cork on 03/09/18
Gardaí have arrested and charged a man in his 20s in relation to a burglary at a construction site on Church Road, Blackrock, Co Cork on the 3rdSeptember 2018.

Shortly after 3am, Gardaí received a report of an ongoing burglary on Church Road. Gardaí arrived at the scene, searched the immediate area and recovered tools to the value of approximately €2,500. Following an investigation by Gardaí in Blackrock, a man in his 20s was arrested yesterday, 13th March 2019. He was detained at Bridewell Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and has since been charged to appear before the courts at a later date.

Speaking at Anglesea Street Garda Station today, Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Tony Davis said ‘Last year we launched the ‘Secure It Keep It’ campaign which was aimed at raising awareness for construction site security, with an emphasis on marking tools and machinery. Construction sites are by nature easy targets for criminals due to the types of materials, tools and machinery on site. In 2017, €6.3 million worth of tools were stolen from construction sites. Anyone who owns tools should have them marked in some time of way. That can be with any unique identification number you come up with or simply use your Eircode. Keep a record of your tools and the ID you have given them. Take a photo of the tools and email them back to yourself so you have a record of it. Store your tools in a secure area and try not to leave them in your vehicle.

If you are working on site for a prolonged period, we would advise that CCTV be set up. Get good security lighting, fences or hoardings. Localised temporary security alarms should be used. Keep a record of engine numbers chassis number, vehicle ID numbers etc and leave machinery in a well-lit part of the site with the keys removed.

I would ask that everyone in the industry goes to www.garda.ie and takes the ‘Construction Site Checklist Challenge’ with the aim of improving site security.

The Construction Site Checklist Challenge can be found here – https://www.garda.ie/en/about-us/our-departments/office-of-corporate-communications/press-releases/2018/june/construction-site-security-checklist1.pdf

6 People Arrested in West Cork ‘Day of Action’ by An Garda Síochána as part of Operation Thor

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As part of Operation Thor, a Day of Action was carried out in the West Cork Division on the 12th March 2019.

The 6 arrests were made in relation to a number of incidents of theft, dangerous driving and harassment. A total of 9 charges were brought against 3 of the people arrested. 3 men were arrested on foot of 4 bench warrants and have since appeared before the courts. 10 Adult cautions and 1 JLO caution were also issued in relation to recent theft incidents.

The operation was carried out by local Gardaí along with members of the Detective Unit, Drugs Unit, Roads Policing Unit and members of the Armed Support Unit from Anglesea Street. Assistance from Revenue and Customs, The Department of Social Protection, Cork County Council-Environmental Protection Unit and the Road Safety Authority was also provided.

As part of the day of action, 2 multi-agency checkpoints were carried out on the N71, Toureen, Ballinhassig and on the R586, Ballyhalwick, Dunmanway. During the checkpoints a number of minor road traffic offences were detected. The Department of Social Protection had a number of detections which will warrant further investigation. During the checkpoints Gardaí also distributed crime prevention leaflets to motorists on the ‘Lock Up Light Up’ campaign which is aimed at raising awareness regarding home security.

A crime prevention stand was also set up in Riverview Shopping Centre in Bandon where Gardaí engaged with the local community with the aim of raising awareness on recent incidents of theft from unlocked vehicles and bogus callers/rogue traders. A presentation on personal safety and home security was also given to Kinsale Active Retirement Group.