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  • University Hospital Galway is reminding the public that visitor restrictions continue on St. Dominic's ward due to a number of confirmed cases of Influenza (flu). In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of the flu virus, it says its imperative that only essential visiting takes place at this time in consultation with nurse management on the ward.

    Infection control procedures are in place on the affected ward and will remain in place until further notice.

    There continue to be cases of flu in the community and anyone who is suffering from symptoms of the flu are asked not visit patients in the hospital to avoid spreading the virus to sick vulnerable patients.

  • A “Drive Safer and for Longer” event takes place at the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris this morning, and is fully booked out.

    The event is being organised by Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Office and Mayo’s Older People’s Council, and will run from 9.30am to 1pm.

    The course is aimed at giving reassurance to drivers over the age of 50, helping them to improve and update their driving skills, and provide advice on changes in road traffic law, road layouts and traffic signs.

  • Irish people have spent more than one-point-seven billion euro on renovating their homes in the last 4 years.

    Over 100 thousand projects have been carried out since the Home Renovation Incentive was launched in 2013.

    In Co Mayo, €17.7 million was spent on renovating 1,364 properties.

    In Roscommon, the spend was over 10 million on 983 properties, while Galway homeowners spent over €65 million over the past 4 years in renovating almost four and a half thousand properties.

    Nationally, the average spend was more than 16 thousand euro, and projects included home extensions, general repair and renovations, window replacements and kitchen replacements.

    Director of the Construction Industry Federation Tom Parlon says the scheme has been a huge success:

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    €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.

     

  • €5m is being made available under the latest CLÁR programme, which has reopened this morning.

    The reopening of the scheme has been confirmed by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    Funding will be available under 3 measures of the programme – the Community Safety Measure; Play Areas and the First Response Support Measure.

    Local Authorities and Community Groups and Organisations can apply for funding under the programme.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News he is delighted to be able to reopen the scheme once again.

  • Funding of €855,000 has been allocated today to Mayo County Council under the Local Improvement Scheme for improvement works on private rural roads in the county.

    Under the LIS scheme last year, improvements were carried out on 89 private roads in Mayo.

    The scheme is aimed at laneways and boreens that enable people to access their homes and farms.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Affairs Michael Ring has allocated €855,000 euro for the LIS roads in Mayo, and says he might be in a position to make a further allocation next September.

  • 19,148 pensioners in Mayo will see an increase in their weekly payment from today.

    This was confirmed by Minister Michael Ring who says the state pension will be increased by €5 per week for those on maximum weekly rates, with proportionate increases for those on reduced rates.

    There will also be a €5 increase in the maximum rate of all weekly payments for lone parents, jobseekers, carers, people with disabilities, widows, and people on employment programmes.

  • 25,000 used batteries weighing in at 480kgs have been collected by the students of St Patrick’s National School  in Castlebar over the last number of weeks as they took part in a recycling project with WEE Ireland.

    Today the Big Battery Hunt presentation took place in the school.

    The initiative was undertaken by the school secretary Aoife McIntyre and Liz McManamon was the teacher co-ordinator.

    Ben Walsh is a 5th class student in St Patrick’s who himself added 3,450 used batteries to the collection.

    He told Midwest News today that it's important for the environment that used batteries are disposed of safely.

  • 522 people are waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the country today. 

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where 68 people are waiting for beds. 

    The second most-overcrowded is University Hospital Galway, where 37 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 16 patients waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital, 12 in Sligo and 2 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

     

     

     

     

  • 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. 

  • There are 649 people waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the latest trolley watch from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Yesterday, levels reached a new record high of 714.

    Today, there are 28 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hospital, 21 in Sligo, 19 at Mayo University Hospital and 13 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    The worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where there are 58 people waiting for a hospital bed.

    The HSE has announced that non-urgent elective surgery is being cancelled at hospitals across the county, as they try and tackle the backlog of patients on trolleys.

    A spokesperson for the Saolta Hospital Group told Midwest News today that while non-urgent electives are cancelled at Mayo University Hospital, some urgent elective procedures are proceeding.

    The spokesperson said patients have been contacted directly in relation to their procedures.

    At Galway University Hospital , some non-urgent surgeries scheduled for today have been deferred.

    Affected patients are being contacted directly, so those who have not heard from their hospital should attend for their appointment as scheduled.

  • A Kerry based company that controls and eradicates Japanese Knotweed is expected to submit a planning application to Mayo county council before the end of this month to develop a facility to process the invasive plant species.

    Representatives from the company held an information evening in Ballyhaunis on Friday where they outlined their plans for the soil recovery facility, to be located at a disused quarry at Drimbane, just off the Claremorris road.

    The processing centre is expected to create 16 jobs.

    The company had initially planned to locate the facility at a disused quarry in Claremorris  but that proposal was abandoned following local objections.

    Speaking to Midwest News today the owner of the proposed plant said that he intends to submit a planning application to Mayo county council in the next ten days.

    He said the new plant would be located close to Western Proteins, and following Friday’s public meeting he believes there are no substantial objections to his proposal locally.

    He declined to be interviewed.

     

  • Dingle might be famous for Fungi the dolphin, but Achill Island can now boast not one but two friendly dolphins.

    A local fisherman has revealed that the same two dolphins have followed his boat out to Achill Head every day for the past three years, and can be seen playing in the waters around his vessel.

    In recent days, the fisherman has told staff at the Achill Experience Aquarium & Visitor Centre about his friends in the dolphin family, and staff expect huge interest from the public in the coming weeks and months.

    Achill Aquarium is celebrating its second birthday today and has already welcomed some 40,000 visitors.

    On Saturday next, Minister Michael Ring will officially open phase two of the Aquarium and Visitor Centre.

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    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.

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    It was a weekend to remember for Aghamore GAA Club, as they won two All-Ireland Scór titles in Sligo on Saturday.

    The Set Dancing champions are Áine Duffy, Eleanor Harrison, Rachel Lyons, Orna Hession, Thomas Doherty and three Frayne brothers – James, Davóg and Séan Óg.

    The Instrumental Music Group also won the Senior Scór All-Ireland title – it comprised of Áine Coyne, Edel Walsh, Eleanor Harrison, Siobhán Mooney and Davóg Frayne.

    Bonfires were blazing in Aghamore on Saturday night to welcome home the winners.

     

  • 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

  • An Post is denying they need to cut two thousand jobs to survive.

    The Irish Times is reporting today that  the company needs  500 job losses a year over four years.

    The paper says the numbers were outlined in a confidential briefing to Cabinet just days before An Post announced a 50 million euro investment in their network.

    This morning An Post confirmed the number of 2000 redundancies is from a strategic review in March 2017.

    The statement from the company says the company has achieved a major turnaround since then and is performing well ahead of plan and does not anticipate job reductions of this magnitude.

  • The Arts Council has awarded a total of €82,000 to three organisations in Co Mayo.

    The agency responsible for developing the arts will invest a total of €68.4 million euro nationwide over the course of 2018.

    Among the grants allocated in Mayo are €50,000 for Ballina Arts Centre – the 300-seat theatre opened in 2011 and provides rehearsal space, a dance studio and work spaces along with an auditorium for hosting touring productions and a gallery for visual arts exhibitions.

    €17,000 has been allocated for the Westport Chamber Music Festival, which runs an annual Autumn festival featuring Irish and international artists.

    and €15,000 goes to the Achill Heinrich Boll Association, which provides a live-in workspace for artists and writers in 2-week residencies at the Heinrich Boll cottage in Dugort.

    Commenting on the funding, Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride says 2018 will be an excellent year for people in Mayo who enjoy the arts.

     

  • As the three teachers unions meet this week for their annual conferences, an internal report has shown that membership of the country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union has fallen to its lowest level in 15 years.

    The drop occurred last year during a dispute between the ASTI and Government, which triggered pay losses for thousands of members.

    The report shows ASTI membership fell by almost 2,000 last year to 16,440 – a 10% decrease.

    The West Mayo branch saw membership fall by 16%, with a 23% drop in Tuam and an 18% reduction in the East Galway branch.

    Meanwhile, 70 thousand teachers could go on strike this September if significant progress is not made on the restoration of pay.

    Over 20 thousand teachers are on a lower pay scale since cuts were introduced in 2011, and unions want the pay inequality reversed.

  • Aurivo Co-op has announced that its four livestock marts will remain closed this week, following an accident at Mohill Livestock Mart on Saturday morning.

    A man was airlifted to Sligo University Hospital following an incident involving a bull at the mart, and Aurivo says it’s co-operating with the relevant authorities as an investigation is carried out.

    Following the accident, Aurivo has confirmed that its four livestock marts in Balla, Ballinrobe, Ballymote and Mohill will remain closed this week, as management says the health and safety of customers, members and staff is of paramount importance.