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The closing date was originally for today but the Mayo Dublin Association have decided to extend the deadline to Friday as a result… Dec 31, 2018 29 people arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving in Mayo this yuletide 29 people have been arrested for drink and drug driving offences in Mayo this Christmas season, to date. Since the 8th December, 26 people have been arrested at locations across the county on suspicion of drink driving and 3 people were arrested for drug… Dec 31, 2018 Winner of the Mayo Inspirational Woman Award 2019 to be announced this Sunday Mayo Inspirational Woman Award will be presented next Sunday at Mayo Rape Crisis Centre’s Annual Nollaig na mBan Lunch in the Westport Country Lodge Hotel. This year the event saw 17 women nominated from all over the county. The Award is sponsored for the… Dec 31, 2018 Annual New Year’s Day Enniscrone Swim takes place at 2pm tomorrow The Annual New Year’s Day Swim in Enniscrone Co Sligo, organised by the Enniscrone Events Committee, takes place tomorrow at 2pm at the Pier. This year’s beneficiaries are Spinal Injuries Ireland, North West Hospice and Meals on Wheels. Participants must… Dec 31, 2018 Gardai in Castlebar are continuing their investigations into an alleged serious sexual assault case on a young woman in the county town in the early hours of Thursday morning last Gardai in Castlebar are continuing their investigations into an alleged serious sexual assault case on a young woman in the county town in the early hours of Thursday morning last (December 27th). They say they are following a definite line of enquiry in the… Dec 31, 2018 Temperatures in Irish lakes and rivers during last summer’s heatwave reached lethal levels for fish species, notably salmon and trout, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). The trend was most pronounced in the west of Ireland, according to pilot… Dec 30, 2018 The government minister in charge of overseeing insurance industry reform says there are ‘geographical clusters’ where a culture of claiming compensation is more prevalent than others. Junior Minister Michael D’Arcy says he only has ‘anecdotal’ evidence… Dec 30, 2018 Head of Amnesty International Ireland says lunch between Mary Robinson and Princess Lafita should not dismiss concerns around treatment of the princess The head of Amnesty International Ireland says a simple lunch between former President of Ireland, Ballina native Mary Robinson and the daughter of the ruler of Dubai shouldn’t dismiss the grave concerns around the treatment of the Emirati princess. Photos of… Dec 30, 2018 Mayo Senator urging women artists across the county to apply for new bursary A Mayo Senator is urging women artists across the county to apply for a new bursary which offers grants of up to €20,000 per individual or group. On the 100th anniverary of women’s right to vote, the Markievicz bursaries, announced recently by the Minister… Dec 30, 2018 House prices in Mayo up 39% since their lowest level accrording to Daft.ie report House prices went up by over a thousand euro a month during 2018. According to the latest Daft.ie report, there was a 5.5 per cent increase across the country with the average price now 254 thousand euro. In Dublin, house prices rose by 2.9 per cent,… Dec 29, 2018 South Mayo Councillor raises his concerns again over illegal hare coursing in the region A South Mayo Cllr. has again raised his concerns over illegal hare coursing in the region. Fine Gael’s Patsy O’Brien says he has been inundated with calls from farmers over the Christmas period where illegal hare coursing has been taking place on their lands.… Dec 29, 2018 Investigations ongoing into alleged sexual assault on a woman in Castlebar Gardai say investigations are ongoing this morning into an alleged sexual assault on a woman in Castlebar. It happened at around 2 o’clock on Thursday morning in the Lucan Street area of Castlebar. No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing. Dec 29, 2018 Met Eireann say Ireland could be faced with a cold and wintry January Ireland could be faced with a cold and wintry January. Met Eireann says that the current mild conditions brought on by a sudden stratospheric warming has the potential to be followed by much colder conditions. Meteorologist, Liz Walsh, says it’s too early to… Dec 29, 2018 Excavation of a site at the former mother-and-baby home in Tuam set to begin in late 2019 The Taoiseach says digging at the site of the mother-and-baby home in Tuam won’t start until the end of next year, as legislation is needed before work can begin. In October, cabinet approved proposals by Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone to excavate the… Dec 29, 2018 Fine Gael calling on Transport Minister to extend Local Link Bus routes into 2019 Fine Gael is calling on the Transport Minister Shane Ross to extend the evening and weekend Local Link bus routes into 2019. The Local Link Rural Transport Programme is a nationwide rural bus service which operates between rural areas and local towns and… Dec 29, 2018 An Post says it was their busiest ever Christmas for parcel deliveries An Post says it was their busiest ever Christmas for parcel deliveries. Volumes were up by 50 percent compared to last year, with over 1 hundred thousand parcels delivered each day. The rise in online shopping played a major part, according to the company. Dec 28, 2018 The County Mayo Foundation, based in New York, has partnered this Christmas with Safe Home Ireland, to raise awareness among the Irish diaspora, and to raise funds for the Mulranny-based organisation. Safe Home Ireland is a not-for-profit organisation, which… Dec 28, 2018 Mary Robinson under fire on social media for comment on “missing” Arabian princess Former President of Ireland, Ballina native, Mary Robinson has issued a brief statement today after she came under fire for describing a ‘missing’ Arabian princess as a “troubled young woman” following a meeting between the pair at the behest of the… Dec 28, 2018 Motorcyclist detected travelling at 198 km/h on the N5 at Drummindoo, Westport yesterday A motorcyclist was detected yesterday travelling 198 km/h on the N5, at Drummindoo, Westport – as gardai crackdown on speed across the country this Christmas and New Year. As part of the Road Safety campaign more than 100,000 vehicles were monitored by safety… Dec 28, 2018 Almost 900 incidents of trespassing have been reported to gardai across the country to-date this year, according to the Irish Farmers Journal. Galway had the highest number of trespassing incidents, with 79 reported this year, followed by Limerick and Kildare… Dec 28, 2018 Claremorris geared up for annual Land of the Giants Duathlon this morning The town of Claremorris and surrounding areas are busy this morning with over 400 runners and cyclist to take part in the annual Land of the Giants Duathlon. Sign in for all participants is underway at the Mc William Park Hotel Kilcolman Rd from 8am until… Dec 27, 2018 Syrian refugee families arrive in Ballaghaderreen today under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme The Justice Minister’s welcomed 22 Syrian families to Ireland today under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme. Charlie Flanagan says it’s important to remember at this time of year, that across the world, people have been forced away from their homes and… Dec 27, 2018 Almost a third of householders in Ireland had a full recycling bin before Christmas day Almost a third of shoppers in Ireland had a full recycling bin before Christmas even began. Repak’s been revealing Ireland’s recycling habits over the festive season, and the country’s expected to generate 86,000 tonnes of packaging waste over the next few… Dec 27, 2018 Up to 20 horses and donkeys cared for at the North Mayo Rescue Sanctuary this yuletide While most of us are enjoying a break from work over the festive season, the volunteers at the North Mayo Horse Rescue Sanctuary are continuing to care for abandoned horses this Christmas. The sanctuary, located at Knockegan outside Ballina, provides a safe… Dec 27, 2018 Public urged to make sure all the alcohol is out of their system before they drive today People are being urged to make sure all the alcohol is out of their system before they drive today. Almost one thousand people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving over the Christmas period last year. Gardai say 11 per cent of fatal road crashes… Dec 27, 2018 Mayo Fianna Fail TD accuses Agriculture Minister of abandoning beef farmers A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has accused the Agriculture Minister of abandoning beef farmers as they struggle in the face of plummeting prices. Dara Calleary says that since July of this year prices are down by 33% and believes that despite this the Government have… Dec 27, 2018 Rail services are resuming today across the country. It’s after they were shut for Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day. Intercity services will operate to a weekday service with some changes and cancellations. Dec 27, 2018 Taoiseach says he is not ruling out the possibility of an election in 2019 The Taoiseach says he’s not ruling out the possibility of an election in 2019. That’s despite Fine Gael and Fianna Fail agreeing to extend the confidence and supply arrangement for another budget. The leaders of both parties have said an extension was agreed… Dec 27, 2018 Man who died in tragic fall in Newport in the early hours of Christmas morning has been named The man who died from a tragic fall in Newport in the early hours of Christmas morning has been named as Christopher McNally of Oak Park, Newport. The 25 year old died from injuries sustained from a fall near his home. A post mortem was conducted at Mayo… Dec 27, 2018 Gardai seek public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 29 year old man missing from his home in Strokestown Gardai are appealing for the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 29 year old man missing from his home in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Tomas Martinkus was last seen on December 19th at approximately 5am. He is described as 5″ 10″ with brown… Dec 25, 2018 Gardaí investigating sudden death of man in Newport Gardaí are investigating the death of a 25 year old man found on Quay Road, Newport, Co.Mayo in the early hours of this morning Tuesday, 25th December, 2018. Gardaí were called to the scene when the body of the man was discovered. He was pronounced dead at… Dec 24, 2018 A number of areas of Achill without water, following watermains burst A number of areas of Achill Island are without water today, following two bursts on the watermain. Local Councillor Paul McNamara says households and businesses in the areas of Cashel, Saula, Curraune, Derreens, Shraheens and Dooega are without water as a… Dec 24, 2018 COPE Galway annual Christmas Day swim tomorrow Hundreds of people are expected to brave the cold water tomorrow to take part in the annual Christmas Day swim for COPE Galway. This is the 29th year of the event, which takes place at Blackrock, Salthill from 10am to 1pm on Christmas Day. The swim raises… Dec 24, 2018 Gardai appeal for information on 29-year old man missing from Strokestown Gardai are appealing for assistance in tracing a 29-year old man, missing from his home in Strokestown since last Wednesday. Tomas Martinkus was last seen at about 5am on Wed morning last, 19th December. Tomas is described as 5′ 10″ with brown hair and blue… Dec 24, 2018 The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has announced €191,405 in funding through the LEADER Programme to support six community initiatives in Mayo. The following projects in Mayo have been allocated funding: Recipient Project… Dec 24, 2018 Met Eireann forecasts a very mild, dry but cloudy Christmas Day There will be no need for winter woollies this Christmas Day, as temperatures are set to hit 12 degrees celsius tomorrow. Met Eireann is predicting a mild, mostly dry but cloudy day tomorrow, with no snow in sight. According to forecasters, Christmas Day will… Dec 24, 2018 IFA calls for post-Christmas plan to tackle illegal dumping The Irish Farmers’ Association has warned that more needs to be done to tackle illegal dumping in the countryside. It says over the Christmas season there’s a significant increase in littering, as people dump cans, bottles, used wrapping paper and even the… Dec 23, 2018 More than a thousand people take part in protest in Strokestown More than a thousand people have taken part in a protest in Strokestown in County Roscommon. The peaceful demonstration was organised in support of the local family recently evicted in controversial circumstances, from a family farm on the outskirts of the… Dec 23, 2018 Volunteers from Clifden RNLI rescue bull who fell from steep cliff yesterday evening Volunteers from Clifden RNLI rescued a bull who fell from a steep cliff yesterday evening (Saturday 22 December). At 5pm, Clifden RNLI’s Deputy Launching Authority Saul Joyce requested the station’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to launch to assist a local… Dec 23, 2018 Surgical robot currently being used by consultant urologists at Galway University Hospital A surgical robot is currently being used by consultant urologists at Galway University Hosptial, and the HSE has confirmed that, so far this year, 60 men have had their prostate surgery undertaken by urologists at the hospital using this new technology.… Dec 23, 2018 Remedial work carried out on road in Westport which had been prone to flooding Remedial work has been carried out on a road in Westport which had been prone to flooding. The road in the Carrowbeg area, which also leads to Portwest and Allergan, had flooded on a number of occasions, cutting off access to the factories and also for a… Dec 23, 2018 The Taoiseach says he’s committed to delivering on rural broadband early in the New Year. The tender for the project is currently still being evaluated by Government Officials. However, speaking to journalists in a pre-Christmas briefing, Leo Varadkar says… Dec 23, 2018 New opinion poll shows significant slide in support for Sinn Fein A new opinion poll out today shows a significant slide in support for Sinn Fein and the party’s new leader, Mary Lou McDonald. The Behaviour and Attitudes survey for The Sunday Times, shows the party down 6 points to 17 percent – with deputy McDonald down 4… Dec 22, 2018 Family at centre of eviction controversy in Strokestown call for peaceful protest tomorrow The family at the centre of an eviction controversy in Co.Roscommon earlier this week have called for a peaceful protest tomorrow. Local farming and public representatives are expected to speak at the protest which is due to begin at noon on Church St in… Dec 22, 2018 Ireland West Airport present cheque for €33,000 to the airport’s three nominated charities for 2018 Ireland West Airport staff this week presented a cheque for €33,000 to the airport’s three staff nominated charities for 2018 – Down Syndrome Ireland, Mayo & Roscommon Hospice and The Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.. Over the course of 2018 a number of events… Dec 22, 2018 Taoiseach says social media posts that incite hatred and violence should be taken down by companies who provide platforms The Taoiseach says social media posts that incite hatred and violence should be taken down by the companies that provide platforms for their publication. He was speaking this week, following the fallout from the recent farm eviction in Strokestown in County… Dec 22, 2018 Tesco staff in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon to strike today Tesco staff in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon will go on strike today in a row over pay and conditions. This is the third time staff in Sligo have walked off the job this year, while it is the first time in Carrick-on-Shannon. Mandate Trade Union claims Tesco… Dec 21, 2018 Minister Ring confirms Government allocation of €22m for roads in Mayo Minister Michael Ring has today confirmed that the Government has allocated €22m for the improvement and maintenance of roads in Mayo in 2019. The allocation for improvement of roads in Mayo is €21,058,639, while the allocation for maintenance of roads is… Dec 21, 2018 Chairperson of the board of Galway 2020 announces intention to step aside The Chairperson of the board of Galway 2020, Aideen McGinley has notified the board of her intention to step aside as Chair. Ms McGinley will remain in and committed to the position of Chair until a new appointment is made and following that, will continue to… Dec 21, 2018 Green Light from An Bord Pleanala for new bridge at Cloongullane on the N26 An Bord Pleanala has confirmed today that it has given the green light to the building of a new bridge and road at Cloongullane, on the N26 Foxford to Swinford road. The long awaited decision was confirmed by An Bord pleanala to local Fine Gael Senator… Dec 21, 2018 Two men detained in relation to incident at repossessed house in Strokestown released without charge The two males who had been detained in relation to an incident at a repossessed house at Falsk in Roscommon have this morning been released this morning without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. The men were being… Dec 21, 2018 Runway at London Galwick has reopened after a drone closed it down The runway at London Gatwick Airport has reopened – with a limited number of flights due to take off and land this morning. A drone which has forced the airport to shut down since Wednesday night hasn’t been seen since late last night. The travel plans of… Dec 21, 2018 Two men are still being questioned about the illegal possession of a shotgun, which was seized in searches carried out by gardaí investigating the assault on security guards protecting a repossessed house outside Strokestown last Sunday. According to the… Dec 21, 2018 Investigation by PSA underway into the conduct of a group who carried out an eviction at Strokestown An investigation into the conduct of a group of men who carried out an eviction outside Strokestown is underway by the Private Security Authority (PSA). According to today’s Irish Times it means the identity of the men, the company they work for and… Dec 21, 2018 Public urged to call into elderly or vulnerable neighbours during the festive season Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities is urging people to check in on elderly neighbours during the festive season. Christmas can very often be a lonely time for people, especially for older people living alone… Dec 20, 2018 Latest crime figures show increase in robberies but fewer burglaries in Mayo Garda division New crime figures show the number of recorded robberies has jumped by almost 23 per cent nationally, with a higher increase in Mayo. The CSO statistics published today indicate rising crime rates across most categories, in the three months to the end of… Dec 20, 2018 Mayo TD concerned by lack of detail in Govt contingency plan for no-deal Brexit The Government’s contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit does not contain specific strategies to deal with many of the major issues that will affect Ireland, in the event of the UK crashing out of the European Union without a deal in March. That’s according to… Dec 20, 2018 Mayo Gardai are appealing for builders yards, building sites and other commercial premises to be locked up securely over the Christmas holidays. Many construction companies will be finishing up tomorrow for the festive season, and Gardai are advising that… Dec 20, 2018 Aer Lingus service to and from IWAK to London Gatwick cancelled this afternoon The Aer Lingus service to and from Ireland West Airport Knock to London Gatwick this afternoon has been cancelled. The cancellation is due to the fact that a drone has forced London Gatwick to close. The drone is still flying above the runway and has caused… Dec 20, 2018 Draft plan for pyrite remediation scheme will go before meeting of cabinet in January A draft plan for a pyrite remediation scheme will go before a meeting of the cabinet in January. That’s according to Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin, who raised the matter with Minister Damien English this week. A pyrite remediation scheme was… Dec 20, 2018 Councillor calls on local authority to assign necessary staff to proposed development at Ballina Military Barracks Mayo county council now needs to assign the necessary staff to ensure that the 7 million euro digital hub and enterprise centre proposed for the former Military barracks in Ballina is progressed efficiently. That’s the view of Ballina Fine Gael councillor… Dec 20, 2018 Westport gardai execute European arrest warrant on male who failed to turn up in court Yesterday Westport gardai travelled to London to execute a European Arrest Warrant for a man who ,last year, was convicted of a Section 3 Assault and failed to turn up in court. Gardai in Westport had applied for the European Arrest warrant when they became… Dec 20, 2018 Man due before Castlebar court today charged in connection with the theft of a caravan in the Westport area last May A man is due before Castlebar court today charged in connection with the theft of a caravan and other thefts in the Westport area last May. Yesterday a man in his forties was arrested in the Ronanstown area of Dublin. He was charged with the thefts and was… Dec 20, 2018 Report suggests Gardai are now investigating if attack on security guards at repossessed house near Strokestown was organised by people annoyed that some of the security work was given to firm based in Northern Ireland A report in today’s Irish Independent says that Gardai are now investigating if the attack on security guards at a repossessed house near Strokestown was organised by people who were annoyed that some of the security work was given to a firm based in Northern… Dec 20, 2018 A suspended solicitor has consented to High Court orders freezing his accounts below €1.06m, plus orders effectively aimed at winding up his former practice at Ballaghderreen, Co Roscommon. Declan O’Callaghan will be entitled to vouched monthly living… Dec 19, 2018 Contractor expected to be appointed in New Year to N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin road project A contractor is expected to be appointed in the New Year to the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin road project in Sligo. It has been confirmed that Sligo County Council has received tenders for the main construction project. All advance works on the road project… Dec 19, 2018 Crossmolina Road out of Ballina fully reopen to traffic The Crossmolina road out of Ballina has now fully reopened to traffic following an earlier collision. The road was closed at the turnoff for Moygownagh following a collision earlier. A stop/go system had been in place for a time also but the Fire Service has… Dec 19, 2018 Two men arrested in connection with attack on security guards in Roscommon at the weekend Gardaí have seized a firearm and a number of vehicles, as they investigate last weekend’s violence at the scene of an eviction in Roscommon. Two men were arrested this morning in connection with the incident in Falsk near Strokestown. 8 security officers,… Dec 19, 2018 The Justice Minister says the suspected involvement of dissident republicans following the eviction of a Co Roscommon family from their home last week is a “very sinister development”. Anthony McGann, along with his brother and sister, were evicted from their… Dec 19, 2018 Over €71,000 announced for new day care centre in Claregalway Funding of over €71,000 has been announced for a new Day Care Centre which is being built in Claregalway. Govt Chief Whip and Galway West TD Séan Kyne has allocated €71,200 for the new Claregalway & District Day Care Centre, which will provide services for… Dec 19, 2018 Man to be sentenced next month for attempted murder of ex-girlfriend in Co Roscommon Sentence will be handed down next month on a man who pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a woman in Co Roscommon last year. At the Central Criminal Court yesterday, a young mother said someone must have been looking over her the day that her… Dec 19, 2018 Westport Councillor says election posters no longer necessary The day of putting up election posters is over, as there are other ways for candidates to carry out their election campaign – that’s according to Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland, who has given a commitment not to erect posters ahead of… Dec 19, 2018 New penalties for speeding could be dramatically reduced after an intervention by Fine Gael Cabinet ministers. Transport Minister Shane Ross has committed to reviewing his proposed speeding laws after he clashed with Fine Gael ministers. A Cabinet… Dec 19, 2018 Family involved in Strokestown eviction disappointed with Taoiseach’s comments The family at the centre of an eviction in Co Roscommon say they’re disappointed with the Taoiseach’s comments in the Dail over the matter. The McGanns believe Leo Varadkar’s remarks aimed to deflect attention away from the eviction. Last week, the home of… Dec 18, 2018 Inquest into the death of a 52 year old angler who died on the river Moy in Foxford earlier this year returns cause of accidental death A verdict of accidental death has been returned by the Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O’Connor at an inquest into the death of a 52 year-old salmon angler on the River Moy at Foxford last May. John Newcombe, who lived in Foxford, fished the Moy regularly. An… Dec 18, 2018 Three men taken to hospital after the car they were travelling in entered the River Shannon at Rooskey Three men have been taken to hospital after the car they were travelling in entered the River Shannon in Rooskey, Co. Roscommon this afternoon following a single vehicle road crash. Emergency services attended the scene after the alarm was raised shortly… Dec 18, 2018 Former Minister Pat Rabbitte has been appointed Chairperson of the board of Tusla. The former Labour leader was appointed this morning after cabinet approval. Minister Katherine Zappone welcomed the appointment of Mr Rabbitte to the Child and Family Agency.… Dec 18, 2018 95% of INMO members vote in favour of strike action Nurses and midwives have voted to go on strike over staff shortages and pay. 95% of members of the INMO voted in favour of industrial action. The executive will meet on January 7th and 8th to discuss the result and set dates for their 24-hour work stoppages Dec 18, 2018 18 Mayo schools have been approved for significant improvements under 2019 Summer Works Scheme. This news has been confirmed by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring. Twelve Primary Schools and six post primary schools will benefit from… Dec 18, 2018 30,000 passengers expected to pass through Ireland West Airport Knock this Christmas Some 30,000 people will be welcomed through Ireland West Airport Knock over the Christmas period, making it the busiest festive season in the airport’s 32 year history. This Friday 21st December is set to be the busiest day for arriving passengers, with over… Dec 18, 2018 Residents trapped in their homes due to flooding at Belclare, Westport this morning Severe flooding in the Belclare area of Westport is said to have trapped a number of residents in their homes this morning. Water in excess of 3 foot is reported along a roadway into the houses. One resident told Midwest News this morning that this is a… Dec 18, 2018 Welcome news on water supply for Murrisk and new sewerage facility for Newport at yesterday’s West Mayo Municipal District meeting Communities in Murrisk and in Newport received welcome news yesterday evening as Mayo county council officials outlined the progress being made on two long awaited projects in west Mayo – a water supply for Murrisk and a new sewerage facility for Newport.… Dec 18, 2018 Educate Together school to open in Westport in 2019 A new Educate Together school in Westport is to open next year. The Department of Education & Skills has given sanction for the Westport Educate Together School to open in September 2019. It follows a local campaign for an Educate Together school in the… Dec 18, 2018 Brother and sister controversially evicted from Strokestown farmhouse back in possession of the property yesterday evening A sister and one of her brothers evicted from a farmhouse outside Strokestown last week, prompting a violent retaliation by vigilantes against security guards at the home at the weekend, were back in possession of the property last night. According to today’s… Dec 17, 2018 Three people being detained by Gardai following robbery in Castlebar Three people are being questioned by Gardai in Castlebar following an incident in the early hours of this morning when a fast-food delivery man was robbed. The man was making a delivery in the Gortnafolla area shortly before 1am this morning when he was… Dec 17, 2018 Justice Minister orders review into regulating of people carrying out evictions, following Strokestown incident The Minister for Justice has ordered a review into the regulating and licencing of people enforcing court orders by the Private Security Authority. It follows an incident yesterday morning when up to eight security guards were attacked at a repossessed home… Dec 17, 2018 Status yellow wind and rainfall warnings issued for Connacht Status yellow wind and rainfall warnings are in place for Connacht today. Met Eireann is warning of winds gusting up to 100 km/h from lunchtime today, and winds may exceed these speeds in coastal areas. The wind warning is in place until 4am tomorrow morning.… Dec 17, 2018 Sligo Gardai investigate theft of bronze statue from Drumcliffe Gardai in Co Sligo are investigating the theft of a life-size bronze statue, from the main carpark in Drumcliffe. The statue was installed beside Drumcliffe Church and Cemetery, where poet WB Yeats is buried. The sculpture is part of a larger piece depicting… Dec 17, 2018 21 patients on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway There are 21 patients on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway. That’s according to the latest trolley watch from the INMO. 16 patients are waiting for admission to a bed today at Mayo University Hospital while there are nine patients on trolleys today… Dec 17, 2018 Roscommon TD is calling for calm after 8 people were injured in a raid on a house in Strokestown at the weekend A County Roscommon TD is calling for calm after 8 people were injured in a raid on a house in Strokestown at the weekend. A dog was killed, three people taken to hospital and 4 vehicles burned out, when a gang of men approached security staff guarding the… Dec 16, 2018 Two significant drug seizures in Mayo over the weekend There were two significant drug seizures by Gardai in Mayo over the weekend. The Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit supported by local Gardai carried out a planned operation and located a growhouse in the Charlestown area on Saturday. Cannabis plants at various… Dec 16, 2018 Gardai investigating break-in to Westport Country Lodge Hotel Westport Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a break-in to the Westport Country Lodge Hotel in the early hours of last Wednesday morning December 12th. A safe containing a significant amount of cash and cheques was taken. The Hotel has shared CCTV… Dec 16, 2018 A number of people were injured during incident at house in Falsk, Roscommon in the early hours of this morning Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that they are investigating an incident of criminal damage and assault at a house at Falsk, Roscommon in the early hours of this morning. Gardai say that the incident occurred at around 5.30am. Reports suggest a large… Dec 16, 2018 Clean Coasts and Irish Water launch ‘Think Before You Pour’ Christmas campaign Clean Coasts and Irish Water have launched their “Think Before You Pour” Christmas campaign to raise awareness of the damage caused by pouring fats, oils and greases from the roast turkey Christmas dinner down the kitchen sink. Fats, oils and greases may seem… Dec 16, 2018 A new poll out this weekend shows satisfaction with the Government has dipped, with nearly half the people polled, unhappy with its performance. The Sunday Independent Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll shows the Taoiseach’s own popularity has also taken a… Dec 16, 2018 March to take place in Castlerea this afternoon A march will take place in Castlerea today. The marchis being held in response to an incident which occurred in the town last weekend. The march will take place from the Lidl Car Park to the Garda Station at 1pm this afternoon. Dec 15, 2018 Wind warning for Connacht is downgraded to yellow The status orange wind warning now applies to just Wexford, Donegal, Cork and Waterford. Gusts of up to 120 kilometres per hour are expected due to Storm Deirdre this afternoon and evening in those counties. While there’s a status yellow wind alert for… Dec 15, 2018 Sitting Councillor Pascal Fitzmaurice not selected on Fianna Fail ticket at last night’s convention for local elections Sitting Castlerea based Fianna Fail Cllr Paschal Fitzmaurice was not selected on the ticket for the party for the local elections at last night’s convention held in the Abbey Hotel. Four people were nominated for the convention, sitting Councillors Paschal… Dec 15, 2018 Plans for tougher penalties for speeding offences are facing a backlash Plans for tougher penalties for speeding offences are facing a backlash. A growing number of TDs in Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have expressed their concern over the proposals. Transport Minister Shane Ross is looking to introduce a number of new measures… Dec 15, 2018 Ambulance cover in south Mayo is set to improve, as an ambulance will be deployed to alternate between the Primary Care Centres in Ballinrobe and Claremorris. That’s according to Ballinrobe-based Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan, who raised the matter again… Dec 15, 2018 Mayo County Council issues Level 2 alert for wind and rain as Storm Deirdre brings orange warning Storm Deirdre will bring an orange wind warning for the country from 3 o’clock this afternoon. A Status Yellow wind warning is already in place for Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Donegal, Cork and Waterford while a Status Yellow rainfall warning is… Dec 14, 2018 Gardai are investigating an act of criminal damage in Sligo after a Fine Gael TD’s constituency offices were vandalised with anti-abortion graffiti. “Fine Gael Baby Killers” was one of the terms found sprawled on Tony McLoughlin’s John Street offices this… Dec 14, 2018 214 motorists arrested in Mayo so far this year, for driving under the influence of drink or drugs 214 motorists have been arrested in Mayo to date this year, for driving under the influence of drink or drugs. The figures were confirmed by the Chief Superintendent for the Mayo division Pat Diskin, as he issued a warning to motorists not to drink and drive… Dec 14, 2018 The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has granted funds under the Additional Accommodation Scheme to Ballyvary National School. The Additional Accommodation approval is for 2 x 80m2 Mainstream classroom including en-suite toilet 1 x 10.5 m2WC for… Dec 14, 2018 Met Eireann are forecasting heavy rain and wind this weekend. The yellow weather warning has been issued for the entire country. The weather warning comes into effect just after midnight tonight with heavy rain expected to become widespread and strong… Dec 14, 2018 Feedback speed signs are to be erected at two locations on the entrance to the village of Bonniconlon this morning Feedback speed signs are to be erected at two locations on the entrance to the village of Bonniconlon this morning. The feedback signs are the result of extensive lobbying by local councillors Annie Mae Reape and John O’Hara working with the Gardai to try to… Dec 14, 2018 Staff at Tesco in Sligo are due to go on strike today Tesco staff in Sligo are scheduled to strike today in a row over working conditions. Management say the store will remain open during any action. The union Mandate has also announced two more stoppages, planned for next Friday and Saturday. Workers from Tesco… Dec 13, 2018 Fianna Fail deputy leader explains decision to extend Confidence & Supply arrangement The Fianna Fail deputy leader says the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit was the main reason his party agreed yesterday evening to support the Government by extending the Confidence & Supply agreement for a further year into 2020. Mayo TD Dara Calleary insists,… Dec 13, 2018 Status yellow weather alert issued for Saturday A belt of heavy rain is due to hit the country on Saturday, with high winds also likely. Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow weather alert for the entire country for Saturday and is warning of hazardous conditions resulting from heavy rain. Forecasters say… Dec 13, 2018 The Standards in Public Office Commission has today published reports, following an investigation into allegations of planning irregularities involving Mayo County Council Chief Executive Peter Hynes, FG Councillor Cyril Burke and Independent Councillor Frank… Dec 13, 2018 Castlerea Gardai renew appeal for witnesses following public order incident Gardai in Castlerea have renewed their appeal for witnesses, following a public order incident which occurred at the Rose Lawn area of the town on the early hours of last Sunday morning. The incident occurred at about 1am, during which a male Garda and two… Dec 13, 2018 Pensioner sends himself a weekly letter to have social contact with the postman A pensioner in this region, sends himself a letter every Friday when he comes into the post office to collect his pension, so that at least he will see the postman once a week. That’s the level of isolation and loneliness being experienced by people livening… Dec 13, 2018 At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District , councillors were critical of Minister Shane Ross’s proposals to introduce incremental fines for speeding, accusing the Minister of being out of touch with rural communities . Earlier this week,… Dec 13, 2018 A sit-in protest by farmers at the Department of Agriculture ended late last night, after a deal was reached between the IFA and the Minister. The farmers were demonstrating against the practice of ‘trimming’. It involves meat factories trimming animal… Dec 13, 2018 An extraordinary general meeting of the Ballina Salmon Festival will take place later this evening. The future of the festival is currently under threat, following a poor turnout at the recent AGM. One of Ireland’s longest-running family festivals, it… Dec 12, 2018 Heated exchanges in the Dail between Roscommon TD and Minister Daly over Rosalie Unit in Castlerea There were heated exchanges in the Dail today between Roscommon Fianna Fail Deputy Eugene Murphy and Minister with responsibility for Older People Jim Daly over the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea. Deputy Murphy says every attempt is being made at present to move a… Dec 12, 2018 With 26 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, management have confirmed that the Emergency Dept is very busy today with a number of patients awaiting admission, and they’re advising people attending the Emergency Department to expect delays. The… Dec 12, 2018 57 patients on trolleys at UHG – the most overcrowded in the country Galway University Hospital is once again the most overcrowded in the country, with 57 patients on trolleys today. According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, the number on trolleys nationally has risen to 558. This includes 57 at UHG, 25 at Sligo… Dec 12, 2018 Over €1.9m Government funding allocated for Ireland West Airport Over €1.9 million euro in Government funding has been allocated for Ireland West Airport Knock. It’s part of a €3.7 million package of grant aid announced by the Transport Minister for regional airports in Knock, Kerry and Donegal. The funding of one million,… Dec 12, 2018 Man still being questioned about death of elderly woman on Co Galway farm A man being questioned by Gardaí in Co Galway about the death of an elderly woman, who was struck by a teleporter on a farm earlier this year, was reportedly well known to her. 75-year old Chrissie Treacy was killed after the collision with the large… Dec 12, 2018 51 detections of drugs for sale or supply in Mayo to date this year – more than double last year’s figure Gardai in Mayo have been aggressively targeting the sale and supply of illegal drugs during 2018, with 51 detections so far this year – more than double last year’s number. There have been 163 arrests in relation to the possession of drugs for personal use -… Dec 12, 2018 Law Society will apply to freeze the accounts of suspended Ballaghadereen solicitor The Law Society will apply on Friday for court orders freezing the personal accounts of suspended Ballaghadereen solicitor Declan O’Callaghan as well as the accounts of a Co Roscommon practice he previously operated. The society is concerned that the client… Dec 11, 2018 Alleged assault of Garda in Castlerea referred to Garda Ombudsman The Garda Ombudsman Commission is investigating an incident in Castlerea in the early hours of Sunday morning in which a Garda was allegedly assaulted. The incident occurred at about 1am on Sunday morning, when a Garda was allegedly assaulted by two men at… Dec 11, 2018 Man arrested in connection with the death of a woman on a farm in Galway in April of this year A man’s been arrested in connection with the death of a woman on a farm in Co. Galway in April of this year. A woman in her mid 70s died when she was hit by a farm vehicle near Boula, outside Portumna on the afternoon of April 27th. Emergency services were… Dec 11, 2018 The number of patients on hospital trolleys across the country has exceeded 500 today. The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation is reporting 503 patients on trolleys, with the highest number – 51 – at University Hospital Limerick. The second most overcrowded… Dec 11, 2018 Ballina Councillor appeals to people not to object to social housing, as number of homeless in Mayo continues to rise The number of homeless people in Co Mayo is continuing to rise, and 2018 could see an increase of 40% on last year. In the first ten months of this year, 224 people presented as homeless to Mayo County Council – including 173 adults and 51 children. The… Dec 11, 2018 Gardai investigate break-in at Castlebar house Gardai in Castlebar are investigating a break-in at a private house on Friday night. 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Her condition is currently unknown.… Dec 07, 2018 An Bord Pleanala has again pushed back the date for a decision on planning permission for new bridge at Cloongullane, near Swinford An Bord Pleanala has again pushed back the date for a decision on planning permission for a new bridge at Cloongullane, near Swinford. The decision is not just disappointing but outrageous, according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin. It’s almost two years… Dec 07, 2018 University Hospital Galway has highest number of patients on trolleys today University Hospital Galway has the highest number of patients on trolleys today according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. There are 45 patients waiting for a hospital bed at the Galway hospital today. Elsewhere there are 29 patients on trolleys… Dec 07, 2018 7th Annual Business Leaders Sleepout event takes place tonight in aid of COPE Galway’s Homeless Services The 7th Annual Business Leaders Sleepout event takes place tonight in aid of COPE Galway’s Homeless Services. This is COPE Galway’s biggest and longest fundraising event of the year and will see 32 people from Galway’s business community sleeping rough for 12… Dec 07, 2018 The Minister for Community & Rural Affairs Michael Ring will be in Ballyhaunis later this morning (Friday) for the official opening of the newly-refurbished Square and the pedestrian crossing on Bridge Street, at the Post Office. Funding of almost €100,000… Dec 07, 2018 Drivers being advised to take extra caution on the roads this morning as Status Yellow Wind Warning remains in place for Connacht Drivers are being advised to take extra care on the roads this morning with strong winds continuing to affect the west coast of the country. A Status Yellow Wind warning remains in place for Connacht, Cavan, Donegal, Clare, Kerry and Limerick until midday.… Dec 07, 2018 Castlebar Councillor Henry Kenny will not be seeking re-election next May Castlebar Fine Gael Cllr Henry Kenny will not be seeking re-election next May. A Fine Gael Castlebar district meeting heard last night that Mr Kenny will not be standing in next year’s local elections. It ends over 60 years of the Kenny family’s involvement… Dec 07, 2018 Call to delay introduction of abortion services in January There has been a call to delay the introduction of abortion services in January. Members of the Institute of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians are looking for an EGM over concerns about the new services. A motion suggested for the meeting warns a delay should… Dec 06, 2018 Fianna Fail’s Deputy Leader, Mayo TD Dara Calleary, will become the party’s spokesperson on Regional Development, Rural Affairs and the Gaeltacht. Party leader Mícheal Martin has announced two changes to the frontbench. Deputy John Curran will join the… Dec 06, 2018 Bishop says while the legality of abortion may change next month, the moral and human rights issues around abortion will remain the same Just because the legality of abortion is set to change next month in Ireland, that does not mean that the moral and human rights issues around abortion have changed, according to the Catholic Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran. Following their Winter General… Dec 06, 2018 With 49 people on trolleys again today at UHG, Headford councillor says its impacting on elective surgery at the facility There are 49 patients on trolleys waiting for a hospital bed again today at University Hospital Galway, yesterday there were 52 patients on trolleys at the facility and generally the numbers of patients presenting at the Emergency Department of the hospital… Dec 06, 2018 Status Orange wind warning issued for Mayo & Donegal The West of Ireland can expect a very wet and windy night tonight, with heavy rain and southwest gales. Met Eireann has issued a status yellow wind warning from 10pm tonight until 12 noon tomorrow for Connacht with gusts of up to 110 km/h – strongest near… Dec 06, 2018 Launch of crackdown on Drink and Drug Driving Campaign in Mayo this morning The road safety office of Mayo County Council and Mayo Gardai will this morning launch their annual Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign on the N5 at 10am, where motorists will be handed out information leaflets and lollipops with a road safety… Dec 06, 2018 Last Night TDs passed the legislation to allow for abortions in Ireland The Health Minister says the passing of the abortion legislation is a “significant step” towards a “new era for Irish women”. The legislation passed by 90 votes to 15 in the Dail last night with 12 abstentions – and now goes to the Seanad for final approval.… Dec 06, 2018 Met Éireann has issued a status Yellow wind warning for the entire west coast from 10pm tonight Met Éireann has issued a status Yellow wind warning for the entire west coast as stormy conditions are expected to hit most of Ireland over the course of this evening and Friday. The warning was issued for all of Connaught counties, together with counties… Dec 05, 2018 Abortion legislation looks set to pass through the Dail tonight The Health Minister says he expects legislation to allow for abortion in Ireland to pass through the Dail tonight. Debate on the bill resumed this afternoon and looks likely to continue for up to seven hours. It’s expected the legislation will then move on… Dec 05, 2018 IFA Chairman says the change in carbon emissions attributed to agriculture is no surprise IFA President Joe Healy said the change in carbon emissions attributed to agriculture today was not unexpected, due to the increased market demand coinciding with the ending of the milk quota regime in 2015, which had been in place since 1984. He said,… Dec 05, 2018 Mayo Public Participation Network is holding a Plenary & Information evening for all Community Groups in Mayo this evening in Castlebar. Mayo PPN is to be the main link through which Mayo County Council connects with the community, voluntary and environmental… Dec 05, 2018 Speed limit signs on the N60 approach road to Balla causing confusion “Our Lord would be confused if he followed the speed limit signs along a 300 metre stretch of the N60 road travelling into Balla, from the Claremorris side” – that’s the view of Castlebar based independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne. He raised the matter at… Dec 05, 2018 Affordability for households must be at the heart of National Broadband Plan says Mayo Senator Affordability for households must be at the heart of the new National Broadband Plan. That’s according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who points to the low take-up of high-speed broadband already rolled out by Eir under its commercial rural deployment… Dec 05, 2018 Galway University Hospital is topping the INMO’s daily trolley count today, with 52 patients waiting for a bed at the hospital. This is the highest figure nationally today, with 475 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country. Sligo University… Dec 05, 2018 115 prisoners forced to sleep on the floor at Castlerea Prison in July Hundreds of prisoners are being forced to sleep on the floor of jails because of accomodation shortages. New figures from the Irish Times show 572 people – 404 men and 168 women – had to sleep on mattresses on the floor at Limerick prison in July. 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Revenue have this evening published a list of tax defaulters for the period 1st July to 30th Sept 2018,with details of 65 settlements made that totalled almost €13 million. 25 of… Dec 04, 2018 Boil water notice lifted on Ballycastle public water supply There’s good news for the Ballycastle area of north Mayo, as the boil water alert has been lifted. The boil water notice was put in place on the Ballycastle public water supply and local group water schemes on 12th October, following the detection of… Dec 04, 2018 Average farm incomes dropped by 15 percent over the past year, according to economists at Teagasc. Its annual review and outlook says adverse weather conditions negatively impacted on agricultural production over the course of the past year. Dairy farms were… Dec 04, 2018 Two Mayo secondary schools send 100% of pupils to third-level education Two secondary schools in Co Mayo are among 50 non-private schools that send 100% of pupils to third-level education. A new study shows State-funded schools are closing the gap on fee paying schools – with college entry rates at a historic high. The annual… Dec 04, 2018 Long-serving Roscommon FF County Councillor Rachel Doherty has confirmed she will not be contesting next year’s local elections. A daughter of former Roscommon Fianna Fail TD and Senator Séan Doherty, she was first elected to Roscommon County Council for the… Dec 04, 2018 500 householders in Mayo were visited by an Environmental Enforcement Officer this year to show proof of receipt for household waste disposal Environmental Enforcement Officers in Mayo have called to 500 homes this year in the county so far, to check if householders have receipts for the disposal of their household waste. That was confirmed by Liam Rabbitte a Mayo Enforcement Officer who addressed… Dec 04, 2018 Positive response to the Castlebar Business Watch initiative There was a full house last night at the 6 month review of the Castlebar Business Watch project in the county town. The initiative, established last June to assist businesses in the town, working with the gardai to crack down on crimes against businesses,… Dec 04, 2018 Gardai again appeal for information on Sandra Collins who was reported missing in Killala 18 years ago today Gardai again appeal for information on the disappearance of Sandra Collins of Killala who went missing 18years ago today, the 4th December 2000. On this day, 18 years ago, Sandra was reported missing in the Killala town area. Garda Superintendent Joe Doherty,… Dec 04, 2018 Councillor astounded that the HR dept of GUH is not computerised The Human Resource (HR) department of Galway University Hospital is not computerised and as a result the HSE West executive said it had not got the resources available, to answer a direct question submitted by Galway Fine Gael councillor Padraig Conneely to a… Dec 04, 2018 Ballyglass Lifeboat rescues three fishermen and their vessel after getting into difficulty yesterday about 40 miles off the North Mayo coastline Ballyglass RNLI volunteers yesterday safely rescued three fishermen who had got into difficulty almost 40 miles off the north Mayo coastline. The crew spent eleven and a half hours at sea to rescue the men and their boat. The Ballyglass RNLI lifeboat crew… Dec 03, 2018 Gardaí in Westport are investigating a robbery over the weekend at the premises of Westport United. All of its pitch maintenance equipment – including a powerful lawnmower – and other equipment and gear was stolen at the weekend in what represents a… Dec 03, 2018 Mayo Fianna Fail TD calls on Department of Agriculture to name and shame factories that broke carcass trim rules A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has called on the Minister for Agriculture to publish a list of factories which were found to have broken EU carcass trim rules. Dara Calleary has made the call after it emerged that a number of fines were imposed on factories which… Dec 03, 2018 Visiting restrictions lifted at Mayo University Hospital The visiting restrictions which were put in place at Mayo University Hospital on last Tuesday due to norovirus have now been lifted. However, members of the public are asked not to visit the hospital if they have been in contact with, or have had symptoms of… Dec 03, 2018 Man arrested in Castlebar after attempted robbery and threatening Gardai with knives Gardai arrested a man in his forties in Castlebar on Saturday after an attempted robbery to a convenience store in the town. The incident at Mulroy’s, on the Moneen roundabout which occurred at 1pm, involved a male shop worker being threatened with a knife… Dec 03, 2018 One family in County Mayo is being asked for a 700% increase in rent for their local authority house, which Castlebar councillor says is outrageous One family in Co Mayo is being asked for a 700% increase in rent for their local authority house. That’s according to Castlebar-based Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who says the rent increases being sought by Mayo County Council in some cases are… Dec 03, 2018 Councillor amazed that the Department of Health are looking at UHG as a site for a new Hospital The HSE says the Department of Health has not yet ruled out the building of a new hospital for Galway at the present overcrowded University Hospital Galway site in the city centre, despite a 150 acre site available at Merlin Park Hospital for the development.… Dec 03, 2018 Almost 3 million euro in total has been allocated to local enterprises in Leitrim and Sligo under the Regional Enterprise Development Fund. The funding allocations have been announced by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.… Dec 03, 2018 The Bonniconlon to Tubbercurry road has now reopened to traffic having been closed for a period earlier to facilitate efforts to recover an articulated lorry which overturned overnight. No one was injured in the incident. Dec 03, 2018 Castlebar Business Watch to hold review meeting this evening Castlebar Business Watch will hold a formal 6-month review of the project this evening. (Monday) The meeting will take place upstairs in Bridge St Bar, Castlebar at 6.30pm. Gardai in Castlebar are encouraging business people to attend the meeting, as their… Dec 03, 2018 Mayo family feature on RTE 1 television programme this evening Mayo residents Lorcan and Betty Cribben hit the TV screens this evening in episode 5 of the RTE1 series “Tastes Like Home” at 7.30pm. Lorcan teaches internationally renowned chef Catherine Fulvio how to make a dinner of honey glazed ham, parsley sauce, mash… Dec 03, 2018 The dept of Health tells HSE to have termination services available from the 1st of next month despite some concerns by GPs The Department of Health has told the HSE to ensure abortion will be available in all 19 maternity units from January 1st, amid continuing uncertainty over whether the Government’s deadline for the introduction of the service will be met. Dozens of doctors… Dec 03, 2018 Deputy Naughten confirms enhanced services for the elderly at the former A and E unit of Roscommon Hospital Services for older people to stop them being admitted to hospital and encouraging a quicker return to their homes, are to be developed at the former A&E at Roscommon Hospital according to local deputy Denis Naughten. A reform of Medical Assessment Unit… Dec 02, 2018 Castlebar Councillor highlights the need to develop rail freight out of Mayo The need to develop rail freight out of this county was again highlighted by Castlebar based Fianna Fail councillor Martin McLoughlin at the annual budget meeting of Mayo county council earlier this week. The councillor who is a member of West on track says… Dec 02, 2018 Gurteen to Ballymote road reopens following collision The Gurteen to Ballymote road has reopened to traffic this afternoon following a single vehicle road collision. The incident occurred shortly after 12 noon when the driver of a car lost control and drove into a farmyard. A man was cleaning his quad bike in… Dec 02, 2018 Mayo Roscommon Hospice Tree Light Ceremony takes place this evening The lighting of the Tree in the Pope Francis Plaza in Knock as part of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Shine a Light campaign will take place this evening at 6pm. The tree will be adorned with thousands of lights illuminating thoughts and memories of loved ones.… Dec 02, 2018 Pensions for local authority workers should be funded by central Government, rather than by local councils – that’s the view of Castlebar-based Sinn Fein Councillor Joe McHale. It emerged at Mayo County Council’s Budget meeting this week that pensions are… Dec 02, 2018 Fine Gael Councillor says progress being made on N26 Ballina to Swinford road project A Fine Gael Cllr. has again sought clarification into what’s happening on the N26 Ballina to Swinford road as well as the orbital route around Ballina. Cllr. John O’Hara says he received positive news that there will be a presentation early in the New Year at… Dec 02, 2018 Strike Action planned for two Tesco stores in the North West, could spread nationwide Tesco has called on Mandate trade union to withdraw strike notices at two stores in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon. Mandate members at the two stores in the North West voted overwhelmingly for industrial action. However, in a statement the company says the… Dec 02, 2018 Esker Redemptorists Healing Mission gets underway tomorrow The Esker Redemptorists Healing Mission gets underway tomorrow and continues until Friday December 7th. There will be four sessions each day – at 10am, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. The event takes place in the Redemptorist Church near Athenry. Speakers this year will… Dec 02, 2018 Hospital overcrowding in November is worst on record November was the worst month on record for hospital overcrowding, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. The INMO says nine thousand six hundred and seventy nine patients were forced to wait on trolleys and chairs for beds, the highest… Dec 01, 2018 Five years down the line from when it was first promised, no planning permission sought for new ED at UHG Progress on delivering a new emergency department at University Hospital Galway is very slow, and five years down the line from when it was first promised, planning permission has not yet been sought for the development. In the meantime, demand on the… Dec 01, 2018 Cllr says it is disappointing that HSE run nursing home, Aras Mhuire in Tuam, has had its registration lapsed It’s disappointing to discover that the HSE run nursing home Aras Mhuire in Tuam has had its registration lapsed. That’s according to local Fianna Fail Councillor Donnagh Killilea. The Councillor says however, that HSE management has assured him that the… Nov 30, 2018 Department reaches agreement with Galway Aviation Services in relation to Aran Islands air service and Connemara Airport Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne TD, has announced today that his Department has reached agreement with Galway Aviation Services Limited (trading as Aer Arann Islands) in relation to… Nov 30, 2018 Visiting restrictions remain in place at Mayo University Hospital due to some patients in B Ward displaying symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting usually caused by Norovirus, commonly known as the winter vomiting bug. Anyone with recent symptoms of diarrhoea or… Nov 30, 2018 New Ryanair service from IWAK to Cologne in Germany is officially launched The new Ryanair service from Ireland West Airport Knock to Cologne in Germany was officially launched today at the airport by Minister Michael Ring. This brings to 13 the number of destinations that Ryanair operate from Knock. Speaking at today’s launch,… Nov 30, 2018 The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring yesterday officially launched the new Visitor Discovery Centre at Ireland West Airport Knock. Minister Michael Ring was also at the airport to launch the new Ryanair service from Knock to Cologne.… Nov 30, 2018 Royal Dutch Shell completes sale of its share in Shell E&P Ireland, which holds 45% interest in Corrib gas venture Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell), through its affiliate Shell Overseas Holdings Limited, has completed the sale of its shares in Shell E&P Ireland Limited (SEPIL), which holds a 45% interest in the Corrib gas venture, for up to $1.30

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