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Tommy Tayto

Active member
Apr 26, 2009
A garda injured in a head-on car crash while on patrol died today.

Gary McLoughlin, 24, from Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, was injured in a collision in Co Donegal at 1.30am yesterday morning.

The crash happened at Lisfannon on the Letterkenny to Bridgend road after gardaí were alerted to a car driving off from a filling station at high speed.

Read more: Garda dies following Donegal crash | BreakingNews.ie

RIP to the Garda, and condolences to his family.

The Fusilier

Active member
Nov 24, 2009
Perhaps this puts the issue of people villifying the Gardai due to allowances in perspective.



Well-known member
May 26, 2004
I can't believe people on here are turning it into a political football. Very disrespectful of the dead. Give it a few days can't you lads?


Well-known member
Oct 5, 2008
The Garda car was rammed. It's a disgrace that the media aren’t reporting it properly.
There is absolutely no proof of this. It could easily have been the Gardai who rammed the other car.Or it may have been a simple collision due to loss of control. We just don't know. The other driver is in hospital. At this stage,there is nothing to suggest he has done anything illegal to justify being pursued by unmarked cars.


Well-known member
Oct 13, 2008
My condolences to the family of the Garda involved. It was a terrible tragedy.

I think however, we really do need to look into how the Gardai are equipped and trained to deal with road traffic situations across the board.

I have seen a lot of incidents where Gardai have been put in unnecessary danger while trying to manage road traffic incidents on roads and motorways.

While the officers involved were doing their best, it just seemed very obvious that they did not have the very specialised training that you would expect them to have.

I think the GRA needs to put serious pressure on Garda management and the Department of Justice to ensure that all Gardai get their driving skills upgraded and learn how to deal with things like closing roads, closing motorway lanes, doing rolling blocks etc etc.

It's unacceptably dangerous to put people into life-threatening situations without these skills.

Also, while I am not 100% sure what level of protection is afforded to Garda cars, patrol cars used at night / on traffic patrols should have serious side impact protection, full air bags, including side curtains, ABS, anti-skid protection etc etc

From what I have observed, many patrol cars seem pretty basic.

Given that the Gardai should be able to buy cars without VRT or tax, it can't be that difficult to get high spec cars. I'm sure there must be specialist police-specific models of some cars too.

With the right training, and the right equipment it's possible that we could avoid some of this kind of tragedy.


Well-known member
Oct 1, 2008
Not sure what happened, but my first question would be, was the patrol car parked on the wrong side of the road facing the oncoming traffic with headlights on ? This is a regular cause of night time fatalities. People see headlights in front of them and automatically pull to the left of them, thinking there is a bend in the road.

There have been a number of deaths from this cause close to where I live, in a place where people pull up outside a pub and leave their headlight on.
Oct 23, 2009
not sure how the Gardai are trained .... but

101 in establishing road blocks drills rapid evacuation of personel post positioning of blocking vehicle....

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