Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a fatal road collision involving a tractor and a motorcycle in Co. Longford on Saturday, May 13. The incident occurred at around 1:30pm between Aughnacliffe and Ennybegs at Esker South, Ballinalee. The motorcyclist, a man in his forties, was pronounced dead at the scene and no injuries to anyone else were reported. The road at Esker South, Ballinalee, was closed to allow forensic collision investigators to conduct an examination of the scene.
Gardaí have asked any road users who may have been travelling in the Esker South area of Ballinalee between 1pm and 1:45pm on May 13 and who may have camera footage, including dash-cam, to share it with them. Anyone with information is also asked to contact Longford Garda Station on 043 335 0570 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or contact any Garda station.
According to the latest “roads policing fatalities” report to May 11, 2023, the number of people who had died on Irish roads totaled 59. Chief Superintendent Jane Humphries, Garda National Roads Policing Bureau, has said that Gardaí work closely with other agencies and stakeholders to promote road safety awareness and enforce the law. Gardaí had previously confirmed that there was a fatal collision over the May Bank Holiday and that there were also 10 serious collisions which had resulted in “11 serious and life-threatening injuries” over the period.
In a separate incident, Gardaí are seeking information from the public following the theft of a land roller from a farm in the southeast of Co. Cavan. The Fleming land roller was stolen from farm land in the Mullagh area at some stage over the past week. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cavan Garda Station on 049 436 8800 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or contact any Garda station.
The incidents highlight the importance of road safety and the need for vigilance when travelling on Irish roads. Gardaí are urging anyone with information to come forward and assist with their investigations. It is vital that all road users take responsibility for their actions and ensure that they adhere to the rules of the road at all times. The loss of life on Irish roads is a tragedy and we must all work together to prevent further incidents from occurring.