An off-duty garda inspector has been seriously injured after he was hit by a car in Co Limerick.

The man, who is in his 50s, was cycling near Drumcolliher at around 7.15pm yesterday when he was struck from behind by a car.

The driver failed to remain at the scene and the cyclist was discovered lying seriously injured on the roadside.

Gardaí and emergency services administered first aid before he was airlifted to hospital in Co Cork.

It is understood he is being treated for life-changing leg injuries.

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The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has expressed its deep upset about the incident.

General Secretary, Antoinette Cunningham, said: "The thoughts of the association - and especially his local AGSI Branch members in Limerick - are with our colleague and his family at this time.

"We are deeply upset about the incident and extend our well wishes.

"We are available to provide support for our AGSI colleague in the coming weeks and months."

A woman, aged in her 20s, has been arrested and a car was seized as part of the investigation into the Limerick incident.

She is being held at Henry Street Garda Station, where she can be detained for 12 hours.

The scene has been examined by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and the road has since reopened.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and road-users who may have camera footage to contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061 212 400 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.