Cavan towns first garda station open day

Members of the public are invited to visit the Garda Station open day in Cavan Town today.

This is Cavan’s first open day and the public are welcome to tour the garda station and see all the vehicles, equipment and resources in use by gardaí in the Cavan Monaghan Division.

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File Photo: Waterford Garda Station Open Day. (Photo: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times)

The open day started at 11am this morning and continues until 3pm.

Some of the National Garda Units in attendance are the Mounted Unit, Dog Unit, Sub Aqua and Water Unit and the Public Order Unit. The Regional Armed Support Unit will also be in attendance.

Many of the local gardaí will also be there and will be available for photos and selfies with members of the public.

Cavan Fire & Rescue Service will also be there while the Road Safety Authority will be based across the road at Cavan County Council grounds with the ‘Check it Fits’ team, the RSA interactive shuttle and Roll-over car.

Children dressed in garda uniforms will be entered a free competition.

Garda Commissioner announces retirement

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has announced that she is retiring from An Garda Síochána. .

Ms O’Sullivan has notified both the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan about her resignation this afternoon.

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Deputy Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin will be appointed by the Justice Minister as Acting Commissioner

In a statement, Ms O’ Sullivan said: “The support for me to continue in the role is evident,” Ms O’Sullivan said in a statement. However, I devoted much of my summer break to considering if continuing would be the right thing to do.

“It has become clear, over the last year, that the core of my job is now about responding to an unending cycle of requests, questions, instructions and public hearings involving various agencies including the Public Accounts Committee, the Justice and Equality Committee, the Policing Authority, and various other inquiries, and dealing with inaccurate commentary surrounding all of these matters,” she said.

“They are all part of a new – and necessary – system of public accountability.

“But when a Commissioner is trying – as I’ve been trying – to implement the deep cultural and structural reform that is necessary to modernise and reform an organisation of 16,000 people and rectify the failures and mistakes of the past, the difficulty is that the vast majority of her time goes, not to implementing the necessary reforms and meeting the obvious policing and security challenges, but to dealing with this unending cycle,” said Ms O’Sullivan.

Noírín O’Sullivan confirmed she had considered applying for a top job in Europol during the summer but has decided instead to take some time out with her family.

Tribute Cycle to Coast Guard’s Rescue Helicopter bases

On Friday, a group of emergency services personnel begin an estimated 800 km cycle from one Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter base to another around Ireland in memory of the crew of the Irish Coast Guards’ Rescue 116 and Caitriona Lucas.

There are four Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter bases in Ireland; R115 (Shannon), R116 (Dublin), R117 (Waterford) and R118 (Sligo).

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Photo:(4daysinSeptember Facebook Page)

The tribute cycle has been organised in memory of the 4 Crew of Rescue 116: Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby & Ciaran Smith and Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas. The crew of R116 lost their lives on the 14th of March 2017 when it crashed off the Mayo coast and Catriona Lucas lost her life while on a task off the Clare coast on the 12th of September 2016.

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The cycle has been named “4 days in September – A Tribute”.

The organising group, which is made up of various personnel from An Garda Síochána, National Ambulance Service and local Fire & Rescue Services all work closely with the Irish Coast Guard daily and many of them would have known personally, the five coast guard members who lost their lives.

A core group of cyclists and their support crew plan to cycle approximately 800km in 4 days in aid of 5 charities. Other cyclists are encouraged to join this event as they travel around Ireland averaging 200km per day. The cycle will leave Waterford Airport on the 8th of September at 09:00 and the cyclists will travel to the Irish Coast Guard Bases at Dublin Airport, Sligo Airport, Shannon Airport and return to Waterford Airport on Monday the 11th of September.

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Map Image: (4DaysinSeptember Facebook)

To follow the ‘4 days in September – A Tribute’ cycle, check out their Facebook page on the link below their poster below.

Emergency Times wishes the cyclists all the very best and have a safe and enjoyable event.

Visit:                https://www.facebook.com/4daysinseptember
Register:
         https://sirius.eventmaster.ie/event/YAMhrOFjv

 

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Driver’s lucky escape following M9 Motorway collision

A driver had a miraculous escape this morning when the car they were driving appeared to have lost control and crashed.

The collision occurred on the Southbound carriageway of the M9 motorway at Junction 5, County Carlow at approximately 9.30am.

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Carlow County Fire & Rescue Service, the National Ambulance Service and Carlow Gardaí attended the scene. The motorway was blocked for a time as emergency personnel dealt with the incident.

10 Pumps fight ferocious fire in Louth

A Garda investigation is underway into a huge blaze which took place at a car scrapyard near Dunleer, Co. Louth.

The fire was reported at around 5am.

Almost 200 cars are reported to have been destroyed in a blaze at Cassidy’s Scrapyard at Grangebellew.

Up to fifteen fire brigade appliances from across County Louth were mobilised to the incident.

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Scene Photo: (Jim Daly via Fire-Ireland)

Fire crews from Dunleer, Ardee, Drogheda, Dundalk, Carlingford and Navan fire stations have been fighting the blaze since in the early hours of this morning.

Firefighters have managed to bring the blaze under control, however there are still many pockets of fire being dealt with.

Louth Fire & Rescue Services’ Chief Fire Officer and other Senior Fire Officers are also at the scene.

10 fire tenders, 2 Water Carriers, Louth’s Incident Command Unit and their new Chemical Incident Unit were all in attendance at the fire.

There are no reports of any injuries.

The scene has been preserved for a technical examination and gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 041-9838777.

House fire in unfinished housing estate, Co. Laois

Laois County Fire & Rescue Service have dealt with a fire at a house in an unfinished housing estate in Borris In Ossory, Co. Laois.

The fire which occurred at a vacant house was reported to the Eastern Regional Control Centre in Dublin at 7.15 this morning.

Fire crews from Rathdowney, Mountrath and Portlaoise attended the incident.

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Scene Photo: (Courtesy Laois County Fire & Rescue Service)

Firefighters wearing Breathing Apparatus brought the fire under control.

An Hydraulic Platform from brigade headquarters in Portlaoise was also mobilised.

There were no reports of any injuries in the incident.

Emergency Weather Plan activated in Kerry

Kerry County Council has activated its ‘Emergency Weather Plan’ for the Iveragh and Dingle Peninsulas after Met Éireann’s Orang Weather warning was issued for the region.

Upland and coastal areas are likely to be worst affected.  The weather warning is in place until 3am tomorrow morning.

Speaking to Radio Kerry, Communications Manager with Kerry County Council Owen O’ Shea said the council has activated its emergency weather plan. “We’re expecting significant levels of rainfall, particularly for the Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas. Kerry County Council has put in place its emergency weather plan for those areas and we do anticipate upland and coastal areas will be worst affected.”

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Pic: Kerry County Council HQ. Photo: (RadioKerry.ie)

Rain will be heavy and persistent; totals of 30-40mm are expected with potential for accumulations of around 50mm in coastal and upland areas. The rain will be accompanied by strong and gusty southerly winds. A yellow rainfall warning is in effect for eight other counties including Limerick and Clare.

As a precautionary measure, the Creamery Car park in Kenmare has been closed to the public and an emergency number has been put in place.

The emergency number is 066- 7183866 but they ask property owners to contact the Council on this number for flooding emergencies only. The Council also wish to advise motorists to exercise caution on the roads this evening and tomorrow.

*Source: Radio Kerry