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Sunday 18 March 2018

Councillor dies three days after being seriously injured in hit-and-run

Cllr Willie Crowley
Cllr Willie Crowley

Mark O’Regan

A COUNCILLOR seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident has died.

Cllr Willie Crowley was crossing the street in Newbridge, Co Kildare, on Tuesday night, when he was knocked down at the junction of John’s Street and James Street.

The car failed to remain at the scene and was driven in the direction of Canning Place.

Mr Crowley was rushed to Naas Hospital.

Gardai closed Eyre Street, which is known locally as "the back street", as their investigations continued.

Cllr Crowley was a native of Clonmel - but had lived in Kildare for many years.

He was elected to Kildare County Council in May 2014.

Last July, he declared for Shane Ross's Independent Alliance in the forthcoming General Election.

Gardaí investigating the incident arrested a 28-year-old man at a house in Newbridge on Wednesday.

He was subsequently charged and remanded in custody to appear before Athy District Court on December 22.

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