UPDATE: Man released after arrest made in connection with hit-and-run death of Limerick Voice’s Joe Drennan

A man aged in his late teens has been released from a Garda station in Limerick.

Gardaí have released a man today, November 13, after an arrest was made in relation to the fatal hit-and-run of Limerick Voice’s editor-in-chief and award-winning University of Limerick journalism student, Joe Drennan.

A garda spokesperson said this Monday morning: “The man in his late teens, arrested in relation to the fatal road traffic collision on the Dublin Road in Castletroy, Co Limerick, on October 13, 2023, which resulted in the death of a man in his 20s, has been released without charge.”

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Yesterday, just shy of a month since the fatal incident, Gardaí confirmed that a man, aged in his late teens, was detained in a Limerick City Garda station.

Speaking about the arrest, a garda spokesperson said: “The man aged in his late teens, is currently detained under Section 42 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1999, at a garda station in Limerick city.”

The two-car collision took place on Dublin Road in Castletroy, a university suburb east of Limerick city centre. A male pedestrian, since named as 21-year-old Joe Drennan, was removed to University Hospital Limerick and later pronounced dead. 

The collision occurred at 9.50pm and involved two cars, however, the driver of one car failed to remain at the scene.

A male driver in his 40s and the female adult passenger of the second car were removed to University Hospital Limerick for injuries deemed non-life-threatening.

Joe Drennan, journalism student from Knocknagad, Mountrath, County Laois, was the beloved friend of all at the Limerick Voice and our proud editor-in-chief.

Investigations into the case are ongoing. Limerick Voice will have more details as the case unfolds. 

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