• €30,000 granted for traffic calming measures in Kilkelly


    €30,000 has been granted for traffic calming measures in the village of Kilkelly.

    Local Fianna Fail Cllr. John Caulfield says Kilkelly is the shortest route on to the N17 for many commuters.

    Cllr. Caulfield says he has fought for some time to have the speed reduced in Kilkelly due to the narrow streets and the safety concerns raised by local residents and businesses.


  • 47 insurance claims made in Mayo last year related to uninsured drivers

    47 motor insurance claims were made in Mayo last year, relating to uninsured or untraced drivers.

    The number of claims from Co Mayo was up 7% since 2016 last year and by 52% since 2015.

    The Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland received over 2,700 such claims last year.

    The non-profit organisation was set up to compensate victims of accidents caused by uninsured vehicles.

    The MIBI says that, since 2016, it has witnessed a significant step up in the number of claims they received.

    It's also concerned about fraudulent claims - with 1 in 8 thought to be suspicious. 

  • Achill native jailed for his role in aggravated burglary in Dublin


    An Achill man has been jailed for two years for his role in an aggravated burglary, during which a husband and wife were tied up in their home and threatened with an imitation firearm.

    The court heard that 20-year old Declan Maxwell and another man, who is now deceased, invaded the house and demanded money because they claimed the couple's teenage son owed a drug debt.

    Maxwell, who was then 16-years-old, and the other man ordered the couple to hand over their bank cards and write down their PIN details.

    These were then passed to a third person outside the home who used them to take €440 cash from an ATM.

    The couple were then tied up with rope cut from the clothes line before the invaders made off with an Xbox, Wii console, Samsung Galaxy phone, a wifi router and runners, all valued around €1,000.

    Declan Maxwell, with an address at Rossfield Park, Fettercairn, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to aggravated burglary at Stannaway Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin, on December 7, 2013.

    The father-of-one is originally from Achill Island, Co. Mayo and has one previous minor conviction for possessing drugs.

    The court heard that Maxwell  was stopped by gardai the following day for a random drugs search, when he confessed to the aggravated burglary. The court heard was carrying a bag containing some of the items that had been taken from the house.

    Judge Martin Nolan said Maxwell participated voluntarily in the home invasion, which he described as a “reprehensible crime”.

    The judge imposed a five year sentence with three suspended and ordered that Maxwell undergo 18 month probation service supervision post release.

  • Allianz Football and Hurling League results for Connacht sides involved in today's action

    Allianz Football League 

    Division 1 
    Galway 1-12
    Donegal 0-14

    Division 2
    Roscommon 1-17
    Tipperary 3-09 

    Division 3
    Sligo 1-16
    Wexford 1-13

    Division 4
    Laois 3-16
    Leitrim 3-10 

    Allianz Hurling League
    Division 2B
    Mayo 3-15
    Armagh 2-13

    Division 3A
    Monaghan 0-16
    Roscommon 1-13

    Division 3B
    Sligo 2-19
    Cavan 0-04

    Lancashire 0-15
    Leitrim 0-14

  • Balla student named on Republic of Ireland's panel for Centenary Shield

    A student from Balla has been named on head coach William O’Connor’s 18-strong panel for this season’s Centenary Shield crusade.

    Luke McNicholas from Balla Secondary School, Liam Kerrigan from St Attracta’s Community school in Tubbercurry and Adam Rooney from Yeats College, Galway are named on the panel.

    The 2018 series will see the Republic of Ireland with two consecutive away fixtures as the Boys in Green commence battle, taking on the Welsh Dragons in a fortnight’s time, while a month later, they will visit Luton Town to take on their hosts England in what should prove to be one of their toughest tests I the 4-match programme.

    The Republic of Ireland will meet Northern Ireland at the end of March, with a final game against Scotland in April.


  • Businesses in Belmullet against proposed introduction of parking charges in the town

    Erris Chamber and businesses in Belmullet are totally against the proposed introduction of parking charges in the town – that’s according to the chairperson of Erris Chamber, Damien Langan.

    He was reacting to news this week that Mayo County Council is proposing the introduction of car parking charges in an additional 8 towns in the county – Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Crossmolina, Charlestown, Swinford, Foxford, Kiltimagh and Knock - in order to generate further revenue for the council.

    The council is also proposing to charge for on-street parking in Westport, where currently motorists only pay to use the car-parks, but on street parking is free.

    Westport-based Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy told Midwest News yesterday that he will not support any move to introduce on-street parking charges in Westport, and claims this is just a money-making exercise by the council.

    Damien Langan of Erris Chamber told Midwest News that they’re backing the views expressed by Councillor Mulroy.


  • Charlestown removed from Lough Talt boil water notice

    Irish Water is reminding customers that the boil water notice, issued on Monday for the Lough Talt Public Water supply scheme, remains in place until further notice, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water.

    Irish Water has now confirmed that Charlestown has been removed from the boil alert, while the Moylough Group Water Scheme on the Mayo / Sligo border has been added.

    Areas affected include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Bunnanaddan, Curry, Lavagh, Ballinacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteige, Quarryfield and Coolaney.

    It also includes customer supplied by the Ogham Group Water scheme in Co Sligo, while Mayo areas affected include Cloontia, Doocastle and the Moylough Group Water Scheme.

    Customers are reminded to boil water before consumption, until further notice.

    A water sampling plan is starting today for a 2-week period, and the results will be reviewed before further action is advised by the HSE

    Irish Water is also increasing its scouring programme over the next few days which might cause some discolouration to water.

    Customers who experience discolouration should run the tap until the water runs clear.

  • Claremorris Councillors vote against leasing land to company that controls Japanese Knotweed

    Councillors in the Claremorris Municipal District have voted unanimously NOT to lease land in Brookhill, Claremorris to a company  that controls and eradicates Japanese Knotweed.

    At yesterday’s meeting of the Municipal District, councillors were asked to approve a lease of 5 acres of land at Brookhill to the Co Kerry-based Japanese Knotweed Company.

    The company specialises in the treatment, control and eradication of the invasive plant.

    However, councillors unanimously voted not to lease the lands to the company, for a number of reasons.

  • Claremorris Gardai investigating following a number of break-ins to cars parked at Brickens Church


    Claremorris Gardaí are investigating following a number of break-ins to cars parked at Brickens Church yesterday evening.

    Gardai say the incidents occurred between 7.45pm and 8.45pm last night.

    Anyone who has information is asked to contact Claremorris Gardai on 094-93 71222.

  • Claremorris man going well in National Squash Championships

    brian byrne

    The IACT Senior National Squash Championships 2018 are taking place this weekend in Dublin.

    Claremorris Squash Player Brian Byrne is the number 2 seed in the Mens A Championship.

    He had a superb win yesterday evening 11-8 11-2 9-11 11-1 against Conor Moran from Sutton.

    He plays the number 7 seed Sam Olwill at 1pm today.

  • Concerns raised over new barrier at entrance to Marsh House, Castlebar


    A barrier has been erected at the entrance to Marsh House in Castlebar, the location of the new Educate Together Primary School, and it is preventing vehicles accessing the public Council car park located beside the school.

    The matter was raised by Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne at the February meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.

    He said three businesses, located opposite the entrance to the school, have reported that the barrier is significantly impacting on their customers, who had always used the council carpark.

    Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News today that he has no problem with Educate Together using the carpark, but he is objecting to it being blocked off to the general public.

    In response, council management said they will investigate the situation.

    Midwest News contacted Educate Together about the new barrier, and a spokesperson said they have contacted the Dept of Education to look into the matter.

    She said that Educate Together are under the impression that the lease secured between the Dept and the council included the entire property, and are now awaiting clarification.

  • Corofin aiming to secure All-Ireland Final spot this weekend

    Corofin GAA

    Corofin will look to secure an All-Ireland Final place this weekend when they come up against the Leinster Champions.

    The Connacht Kingpins face Moorefield of Kildare on Saturday at 2pm in Tullamore.

    The 2015 All-Ireland Champions will be hopeful of securing a date in Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Country remains under a status yellow snow-ice weather warning until midnight

    icy road

    The country remains under a status yellow snow-ice weather warning until midnight tonight.

    Wintry showers are set to bring up to 3cm of snow in some areas.

    Larger accumulations of snow are expected on higher ground, especially in Ulster and Connacht.

    The AA are advising motorists to slow down and remember that stopping distances are up to ten times longer on icy roads.

  • Deputy Demands Answers as to why Major routes in Roscommon were Not Gritted overnight

    A Roscommon TD says he wants answers from TII about what is happening in regards to the gritting of major routes in the county.

    There were very poor driving conditions on many roads in Roscommon this morning following snow overnight, including accidents on the N5 and N4 roads.

    Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy told Midwest News that he has received numerous complaints over the condition of some roads in Roscommon over the past number of days, but particularly overnight last night.

    He says Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is responsible for telling Roscommon County Council and other local authorities which roads to grit and he wants answers as to why major routes in Roscommon appear not to have been gritted last night.

    Roscommon County Council confirmed that it did not grit roads in the county overnight on the basis of forecasts received from Met Eireann.

  • Euromillions ticket worth €500,000 sold at shop in Portiuncla Hospital, Ballinasloe

    Patients and workers at Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway have this morning been urged to check their EuroMillions tickets after Tuesday night’s EuroMillions draw produced another EuroMillions Plus top prize winner of €500,000 – the fifth win in Ireland so far this year.

    The winning Quick Pick ticket was bought yesterday at the Oasis Shop which caters for hospital patients, visitors and workers.

    Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe is an acute general and maternity Hospital. The catchment area includes patients residing in the East Galway, Roscommon, Midlands and Mid-Western areas.

    The winning EuroMillions Plus numbers are: 13, 15, 22, 25, 41.

    There was no winner of the Tuesday’s EuroMillions €115 million jackpot which means that Friday’s jackpot now rolls to a whopping €130 million.

  • Farmers protest in Leitrim over "unworkable" fodder support scheme

    Farmers from across the region travelled to Co Leitrim today to protest at what they claim is an “unworkable” fodder support scheme.

    Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim farmers were all represented at the demonstration which took place at Department of Agriculture offices in Drumshanbo, with farmers calling for the immediate introduction of a meal voucher scheme for those experiencing fodder shortages.

    The protest was organised by the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association, who say the Agriculture Minister has ignored the principal recommendation of the fodder committee, which was for a meal voucher scheme.

    While the Minister did deliver a transport subsidy, its restrictive nature means it will not deliver for most farmers, according to National President Colm O’Donnell.

    He wants licenced hauliers who traditionally source quality fodder to be involved in the transport subsidy scheme, and he’s calling for a change to the 100km zone for sourcing fodder.

    The INHFA is also calling for square bales of hay and straw to be included in the scheme, and for local Agri stores to be added to the scheme where there is no Co-op in the area.

    The organisation is calling on Minister Michael Creed to reconvene the fodder action group to address the problems with the scheme designed by his Department and the co-operatives.

  • Galway Senator to resign his seat, after being appointed TG4 Communications Manager

    Galway Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh is to resign his position in the Seanad, after being appointed Communications Manager for TG4.

    The Carraroe-based Senator has previously worked in Irish-language theatre and television production, having been involved with Ros na Rún and Fair City.

    Trevor O’Clochartaigh was elected to the Seanad in 2011 and re-elected in 2016, and announced last November that he was leaving Sinn Fein due to “serious disciplinary issues” within the party.

    The 49-year old has now confirmed he will resign his position in the Seanad to take up the role of TG4 Communications Manager early next month, and says he’s looking forward to the new role.


  • Gardai warning of dangerous driving conditions

    Gardai are warning of dangerous driving conditions this morning due to snow and ice in many parts of the region.

    Gardai say conditions in the Ballina, Claremorris and Castlerea areas are especially slippery, while side roads in those areas are very dangerous.

    There has been a fresh fall of snow in Castlebar this morning too.

    There is frost in places around Bangor this morning also.

    Gardai are dealing with a collision on the Tuam Rd southbound between Milltown and Tuam at Castletown. Take care along this route; conditions are slippery due to snow.

    There are also icy conditions around Roscommon Town.

  • Government launches Ireland 2040 Plan

    Michael Ring

    The government has launched the National Planning Framework with 116 billion euro of investment announced.

    There's 22 billion for measures to tackle climate change as well as large investments in health, housing, education and transport.

    Project 2040 was formally approved by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his ministers at a special Cabinet meeting in Sligo.

    This is a plan that aims to prepare the country for a population expansion of around one million people over the next 20 years. The plan also aims to have an extra 660,000 people at work.

    The Government announced four new funds totaling €4bn for "rural and urban growth, climate action and innovation".

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says some of the projects included are major improvements to the N4/N5 including on the Westport to Turlough section, the Ballaghadereen to Scramogue section and the extension of the motorway from Mullingar to Longford.

    A special Rural Regeneration Fund worth €1 billion nationally to be administered and will involve targeted investment in towns, villages and townlands in Mayo.  

    A significant investment package in Ireland West Airport Knock in recognition of its strategic importance as a major regional airport.

    An Urban Regeneration Fund which will see significant investment in rural towns with a population of over 10,000 such as Castlebar and Ballina as well as our major cities.

    €19.4 million to be invested in new sewerage schemes for Foxford, Charlestown and Killala.

    4 new consultants will be recruited at Mayo University Hospital as part of the national trauma care strategy.

    €3.5 million investment in GMIT Castlebar campus.

    New cycling and walking trails in Ballycroy as well as Major improvements to the Ceide Fields Visitor Experience.

  • Government to launch its €115bn Ireland 2040 Plan in Sligo today

    The government is to launch its 115 billion euro 'Ireland 2040' plan later.

    The document will outline how Ireland should develop over the next 20 years and where big capital spending will be done.

    The cabinet is holding a special meeting in Sligo to approve it before the launch this afternoon.