Longford garda chief heaps praise on public in wake of Ballymahon incident

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Supt Jim Delaney has said gardaí are appreciative of the support and assistance they have received in the wake of yesterday's incident in Ballymahon

The general public have come in for noteworthy credit from senior garda officials following a suspected stabbing incident in Ballymahon yesterday which left a man fighting for his life in hospital.

Supt Jim Delaney expressed his gratitude on foot of the co-operation and positive response he and his team of officers had received from the Longford public over the past 24 hours.

That came after a man in his 40s was allegedly stabbed after the car he was travelling in collided with another vehicle at around 7am.

It's understood the victim had been en route to a religious service at St Mel's Cathedral when the incident unfolded.

He was later taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar before later being transferred to St James' Hospital in Dublin.

The Leader understands he underwent surgery for a second time today, after undergoing an emergency procedure yesterday afternoon.

In the interim, six men are still being questioned this evening after PSNI officers stopped a vehicle travelling on the M1 near Portadown at around 4pm yesterday.

In light of that potential breakthrough, Supt Delaney said he wished to pass on his gratitude to the Longford public and to all those who had assisted gardaí with their investigations to date.

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