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British toddler killed by Jeep while on holiday in Ireland

A Jeep rammed a British toddler to death while he was on holiday in Ireland.

The boy, who was less than two years old, was staying with his parents at a property in County Roscommon.

According to Irish police, the boy was struck by a car in Ballinagare just after 9 o’clock on Friday.

Although he was treated immediately on the spot, he was later declared dead. His body was taken to University Hospital Galway for post-mortem.

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The collision resulted in no other injuries.

The house where the boy and his family were staying was also attacked by gunfire. His parents were known to have visited the area frequently.

Paschal Fitzmaurice, Fianna Fail councillor, said that members of the community were “shocked” and “saddened” by the loss of the child.

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“Our condolences are extended to the family for this tragic occasion. He said that he wanted to express his condolences to the family and let them know that we are thinking and praying for them.

Tom Crosby is an independent councillor and cathaoirleach at Roscommon County Council. He said that the “horrific accident” has left the community devastated.

He said, “It’s been a horror.”

“As cathaoirleach for the council, my sincere condolences to the boy’s friends and family as well as all his neighbours. It is a terrible tragedy.

“The way it happened was extremely unfortunate. The area is shocked and a tight-knit community is involved.

It isn’t a popular place to build holiday homes, but it is quiet enough for tourists.”

Police appeal to road users with video footage to share it with them, and any witnesses to come forward.


Anybody with any information should contact Boyle Garda Station at 0719664620, or the Garda Confidential line at 1800 666 111.

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