A hit and run in a midlands town, then three decades of silence

James Clancy was hit and killed by a truck in Tullamore almost 31 years ago. Files went missing, no one was ever charged, and his family are still looking for answers

15th July, 2018
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Joe Clancy points to the spot on Patrick Street in Tullamore where his father James was fatally hit by a truck in December 1987

It was the last social welfare day before Christmas 1987 when 80-year-old James Clancy was hit by a truck in Tullamore town and dragged to his death. No one was ever caught for the hit and run. A lorry was checked later that day, but there are no records of its number plate, who was driving it or what they said.

Some years later, an allegation was made that a garda was responsible and that a...

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