Sunday 21 January 2018

Boy (16) found driving tractor
 on main road was a learner

A tractor (stock image)
A tractor (stock image)

Cormac Murphy

A 16-YEAR-old learner was stopped while driving a tractor on a public road in one of the more unusual traffic incidents over the weekend.

He was pulled over by gardai in Buncrana, Co Donegal, while operating the vehicle on a narrow country road.

A picture of the incident was posted on the official garda Twitter feed, along with an appeal to farmers to “be responsible” and “work safely”.

It added: “Would you let a 16-year-old drive this (the tractor) on a public road?”

A garda spokesman told

Overall, the weekend saw an improvement on recent years in terms of traffic safety.


The June bank holiday was the worst period of the year for road deaths in 2012 and 2013.

However, there were three fatalities between midnight on Thursday and last night - a reduction on the five deaths last year and six the year before.

In Dublin, a 40-year-old woman pedestrian was killed at 10.30pm on Friday when she was hit by a car.

It happened on Davitt Road in Dublin 12 where the victim, Caroline Watkins, from Lally Road, Ballyfermot, was crossing the road at the Golden Bridge Luas stop.

The mother of one was taken to St James’s Hospital but was later pronounced dead. Witnesses said the car was dark, possibly a Ford Focus. It took off in the direction of the Naas Road.

Garda forensic investigators were called in to examine the scene. Officers arrested a man in his 30s in Drimnagh the following day.

The man, a well-known gangster, was detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

A spokesman said the individual was released without charge on Sunday and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

In Cork, a man in his 50s died when the van he was driving hit a tree. The accident happened on the N72 at Dromagh at 10am on Friday. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A driver died yesterday after a single-vehicle crash in Clondalkin. The man, in his 70s, was the only person in the car. The crash occurred near Liffey Valley Shopping Centre at 3.45pm.

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