Gardaí seek witnesses to fatal M7 crash

Gardaí seek witnesses to fatal M7 crash


Garda forensic collision investigators at the scene this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Gardaí investigating a fatal road traffic collision on the M7 in Co Tipperary yesterday have renewed their appeal for witnesses. 

A man in his 70s was killed while two other people were injured in the collision which happened at around 2.00pm in the southbound lanes of the motorway just 500 metres on the Nenagh side of junction 27 Birdhill.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for any persons who travelled the M7 motorway between Dublin and Limerick on the afternoon of 16th January 2018, in particular travelling between Nenagh and Limerick around 2pm, to come forward.

Gardaí wish for any motorists travelling that route that had a dashcam in use at the time to contact them.

The scene of the collision on the M7 near Birdhill – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Any persons who can assist with this investigation are asked to contact Gardaí at Nenagh Garda Station on (067) 50450 or the Garda Confidential Helpline 1800 666 111.

The road remained closed overnight and was reopened at around 3 o’clock this afternoon once a forensic collision investigation was concluded.

Motorway maintenance staff also spent some time clearing an amount of debris from the scene before it was declared safe to take traffic again.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.