Irish Rail service suspended after body discovered near rail line


A garda investigation is underway following the discovery of a man's body in Co Mayo on Sunday.


The tragic discovery was made close to the main Dublin-Westport rail line at Skehard, a short distance, from Ballyhaunis this afternoon.


The discovery led Iarnrd Eireann to suspend trains passing through Ballyhaunis at the request of gardai as officers dealt with the incident and a number of services between Westport and Heuston Station had to be diverted via bus links.


In a message posted to their official Twitter page this afternoon, Irish Rail said: "Passengers intending to travel on the 13:20 Westport to Heuston and the 13:40 Heuston to Westport services will encounter a delay.


"Garda have requested the Line closed at Ballyhaunis to deal with an incident."




The line at Ballyhaunis has since reopened.


Gardai say they are investigating all circumstances around the death and thatthe results of a post-mortem will determine the course of further enquiries in the case.


A Garda spokesman said: Gardai are investigating all of the circumstances regarding the discovery of a body (male) in Ballyhaunis this afternoon, Sunday 17th January 2021.


The results of a post-mortem will determine the course of further enquiries in the case.


"No further information available at this time."