The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is investigating the circumstances of a road collision in which well-known artist John Shinnors was seriously injured.
The 64-year-old is understood to have sustained two broken legs after he was struck by a van on the M7 motorway near the Rosbrien Interchange on the outskirts of Limerick city at around 11am today. He is being treated at University Hospital Limerick.
As the van was being driven by an off duty garda, the matter was referred to GSOC for investigation.
There was severe traffic disruption across the city for several hours after the collision as access to the motorway was restricted with traffic being diverted through the city.
Born in Limerick in 1950, John Shinnors studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design under the influential Jack Donovan.
He has held regular solo exhibitions in Ireland since the 1980’s and also in London.
His work is represented in numerous public and private collections and has been the recipient of several awards.
Earlier this year he curated a unique exhibition, the ‘Personal Choice’ to mark Limerick’s year as national City of Culture.