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Investigation GSOC expresses condolences to families and friends of those killed in recent incidents

The commission received five referrals in the past five days, three of which came in within a 24-hour period

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Gardai seal off the main road to Ross Road, Killarney following an overnight car crash near Ross Castle which claimed the life of a teenager.

Gardai seal off the main road to Ross Road, Killarney following an overnight car crash near Ross Castle which claimed the life of a teenager.

Gardai seal off the main road to Ross Road, Killarney following an overnight car crash near Ross Castle which claimed the life of a teenager.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has expressed its condolences to the families and friends of those killed in recent incidents that the body is currently investigating. 

The commission received five referrals under section 102 (1) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 in the past five days, three of which came in within a 24-hour period.

These include the deaths of three people after a car was involved in a collision with a lorry on the N7 last night, and the death of a young teenager in Co Kerry.

“Four of the events sadly involved fatalities,” GSOC said in a statement. “We would like to express its condolences to the families and friends of the deceased parties.

“We are also thinking of those still receiving medical treatment or who have been affected by the incidents.”

The commission added that it is “working to efficiently progress the investigations remaining conscious of the needs of all parties involved”.

The Commission is also asking any witnesses to the incidents or who have information or dash cam footage that will assist the investigations to contact them on 1890 600 800 or info@gsoc.ie.

Section 102 (1) mandates the Garda Commissioner refer matters to GSOC that appear to the Garda Commissioner to indicate that the conduct of a member or members of the Garda Síochána may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person.

In last night’s incident, gardaí report that the collision occurred when a car travelling on the wrong side of the road collided with a truck at approximately 11.40pm.

The three occupants of the car, who were all men, received fatal injuries.

The driver of the lorry was taken to University Hospital Tallaght with serious injuries.

As the car involved in this collision had come to the attention of gardaí prior to the incident, GSOC have been notified.

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Meanwhile, separate Garda and GSOC investigations are underway into the circumstances which led to the tragic accident which left a second 14-year-old boy fighting for his life.

The boy who died, Thomas 'Tom' Healy, was the driver of the 25-year-old Toyota car which crashed on the Ross Road outside Killarney around 1.30am yesterday morning.

Tom is the son of Killarney tourism operator, Ger Healy, who is well-known locally as ‘The Singing Jarvey’.

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