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Woman arrested after off-duty garda seriously injured in Limerick hit-and-run

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Garda Inspector Niall Flood, based at Henry Street Garda Station, Limerick City, who was seriously injured in a hit and run collision last night. (Photo by Brendan Gleeson)

Garda Inspector Niall Flood, based at Henry Street Garda Station, Limerick City, who was seriously injured in a hit and run collision last night. (Photo by Brendan Gleeson)

Garda Inspector Niall Flood, based at Henry Street Garda Station, Limerick City, who was seriously injured in a hit and run collision last night. (Photo by Brendan Gleeson)

A woman has been arrested after an off-duty Garda was seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident in Co Limerick yesterday evening.

The garda has been named locally as highly respected Inspector Niall Flood who is based in Henry Street Garda Station.

It is understood that he has suffered severe injuries to his foot and leg.

The female driver of the car that collided with Inspector Flood left the scene but later presented at a garda station and she was arrested.

Garda and Emergency Services rushed to the site of the incident shortly after 7.15pm, where the cyclist was discovered with serious injuries on the R522 between Dromcollogher (Dromcolliher) and Feohanagh near Newcastle West.

The cyclist, a man in his 50s, was treated at the scene and airlifted to Cork University Hospital.

It is understood that the actions of the first responding Garda on the scene may have proved life-saving.

Gardai said a woman in her 20s was subsequently arrested by investigating officers in connection with the incident.

“She is currently detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Henry Street Garda Station,” a Garda spokesperson said.

“A car understood to be involved in the incident was seized for forensic examination.”

The scene has been examined by Garda Forensic Collision investigators and the road has since reopened to traffic.

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors is extending their well wishes to a member seriously injured in an incident yesterday in Limerick.

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General Secretary, Antoinette Cunningham said: “The thoughts of the Association and especially his local AGSI Branch members in Limerick are with our colleague and his family at this time.

“We are deeply upset about the incident and extend our well wishes.

“We are available to provide support for our AGSI colleague in the coming weeks and months.

“Our Garda colleagues in Limerick are appealing for witnesses and road-users who may have camera footage to contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061 212 400 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.”

Gardaí are appealing to any person who may have witnessed the collision to contact them.

“Any road users who were travelling on the R522 between Dromcollogher and Feohanagh at the time of the incident with camera footage (including dash cam), is asked to make this available to investigating Gardaí,” the press office said. “Investigations are ongoing.”


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