Railway gate thieves 'risk lives'
Published 01/09/2011 | 05:00
thieves stole seven gates from railway level-crossings in the north-west.
Iarnrod Eireann said lives were put at risk due to the theft of the steel gates, which are believed to have been stolen for the scrap value of the metal.
The company has previously seen copper cables stolen, but this is the first time gates have been taken.
Jane Cregan, a spokeswoman for Iarnrod Eireann, said the removal posed a big threat to lives.
"Obviously it's a very serious matter to have a live railway with no barriers for pedestrians or livestock," she said.
"This is something that we are taking very seriously and the gardai are investigating it.
"It could have caused a very serious incident and we are just happy that nothing happened."
Gardai in Boyle and Ballymote are investigating the incident.