Friday 24 November 2017

Man arrested in relation to fatal hit and run released without charge

Gardaí conducting enquiries in Glengoole, Thurles, Co Tipperary, in relation to the death of Michael Stapleton. Photo: rollingnews.ie
Gardaí conducting enquiries in Glengoole, Thurles, Co Tipperary, in relation to the death of Michael Stapleton. Photo: rollingnews.ie
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A man who was arrested by gardaí investigating a fatal hit and run has been released without charge.

The man, aged in his 40s, was arrested in relation to a a fatal hit and run road at Glengoole, Thurles on Sunday 30.

A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Michael Stapleton (68), from Glengoole, Thurles, Co Tipperary, was hit a short distance from his house at around 10.20pm on Sunday.

It is understood that the man lived alone while his mother lived in a nursing home.

Mr Stapleton had family members living close by.

Gardaí were notified of the incident by a member of the public, who performed CPR on the man at the scene.

Father John J O'Rourke, parish priest at Glengoole Church, described the death of the local man as "so very sad".

"He was very well known in the area and he would have walked to and from the village very often," Fr O'Rourke said.

"If you don't have a means of driving, the risks are always there walking along the roads," he added.

Before retiring recently it is believed Mr Stapleton was involved in community work and employment services in the area.

"You can imagine the need to travel to the village while living on your own, there may be a bit of loneliness there," Fr O'Rourke said.

Local councillor John Fahey said the death was a "terrible incident".

"It's a lovely community down there, one where everyone will be looking out for one another all of the time," he said.

Despite a decrease in fatalities last month, with 16 deaths compared to 21 in July 2016, gardaí are urging extra care on the roads. Four motorcyclists lost their lives last weekend, bringing the death toll to 93 people so far this year.

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