Monday 16 December 2019

Minister Naughten struck by car while cycling

Denis Naughten is still in hospital undergoing tests and X-rays. Photo: Tom Burke
Denis Naughten is still in hospital undergoing tests and X-rays. Photo: Tom Burke

Niall O'Connor

A Government minister is being treated in hospital after being struck by a car while cycling.

Communications Minister Denis Naughten was cycling alongside his wife Mary on the Castlecotte Road, just outside Roscommon town, when he was hit from behind.

It's understood the accident happened just after a sweeping bend.

The driver is understood to have attempted to pass Mr Naughten and his wife before colliding with the Roscommon TD, who fell over the handlebars of the bicycle.

Mr Naughten, an Independent TD, was immediately brought to Portiuncula Hospital for treatment.

The incident happened at around 2pm yesterday.

Mr Naughten is currently on his Christmas holidays given that the Dáil is in recess until the end of January.

His injuries are not believed to be serious, according to his spokeswoman.

Mrs Naughten did not suffer any injuries and accompanied her husband to hospital.

Doctors are examining whether the keen cyclist has suffered a back injury as a result of the collision.

Gardaí are investigating and interviewed a number of motorists and other witnesses who were at the scene at the time of the incident.

It's understood the weather was hazy at the time of the accident and that this may have played a role.

Independent councillor Dominick Connolly - who is a friend of Mr Naughten's - told RTÉ News: "How serious those back injuries are, they will not be determined until he is examined by doctors at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe."

Last night, Mr Naughten's spokeswoman said he was still being treated in hospital.

"He is still undergoing tests and X-rays," the spokeswoman told the Irish Independent.

Irish Independent

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