Sligo

  • 643 patients on hospital trolleys today

    The number of patients on trolleys at Irish hospitals today has reached 643.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 27 patients waiting for admission to a bed at both Sligo and Galway University Hospitals, with 7 on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital and 18 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    Meanwhile, the Health Minister Simon Harris has said he will offer every student nurse and midwife a full-time, permanent job once they graduate.

    Minister Harris has tweeted to say that letter is on its way to each one of them.

    He posted that the HSE will need more and more front-line staff as they plan for more beds and facilities.

  • Beaches in Galway & Sligo included in TripAdvisor's top ten

    Beaches in Galway and Sligo have been included in TripAdvisor’s top ten best beaches in Ireland – this year’s list is dominated by the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry takes the top spot for 2018, followed Inchydoney strand near Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

    In third place is Dog's Bay Beach, Roundstone in Galway, while Strandhill Beach in Co. Sligo in number 9 on the list.

    TripAdvisor says its Travellers’ Choice awards are determined based on traveller reviews gathered over a 12-month period.

  • Boil water notice remains in place on Lough Talt public supply

    Irish Water is reminding customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water supply scheme that the boil water notice remains in place until further notice.

    The boil alert was issued two weeks ago, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant.

    A two-week testing and sampling programme is continuing, and once the results have been received and reviewed by all stakeholders involved, further action will be advised by the HSE.

    In the meantime, customers are reminded to continue boiling water before consumption, including the washing of teeth, making of ice and preparing food that’s not cooked.

    Areas affected by the boil water notice include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, as well as a number of Sligo villages and townlands, and the Mayo villages of Cloontia, Doocastle as well as for customers supplied by the Moylough Group Water Scheme in Mayo and the Ogham group water scheme in Co Sligo.

      

  • Charlestown Cllr hits out at 'flaws' in Ireland 2040 Plan

    A Charlestown Councillor says he has to commend Minister Michael Ring and Deputy Sean Canney for the regional projects that have approved under the Ireland 2040 plan.

    However Sinn Fein Cllr Gerry Murray says as a member of the Committee of the Regions he was shocked by the resistance those west of Ireland TDs met with when putting forward various projects.

    Cllr Murray says there is also a problem with the major infrastructure projects that have been approved, as he claims anything west of the Shannon will have to undergo a cost benefit analysis.

    He also hit out at Fianna Fail and says they could have vetoed this plan and have had it amended at any time.

  • 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.

  • Easkey Post Office Campaigners Protest at Cabinet Meeting

     

    A group has protested outside the gates of IT Sligo yesterday ahead of a Cabinet meeting to voice their concern over any proposed closure of Easkey Post Office.

    The postmaster there is due to retire and the future of Easkey Post Office is now under review by An Post and could close by the end of March.

    The local community have strongly opposed any moves to close the post office and recently held a public meeting on the matter.

    A group protested outside the gates of IT Sligo yesterday where the Cabinet met ahead of the announcement of the National Planning Framework.

  • 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.

  • Historic Cabinet meeting to be held at IT Sligo on Friday

     

    A special Cabinet meeting will take place in Sligo this Friday.

    The Cabinet meeting will get underway at 11am at IT Sligo, and will be followed by the launch by Taoiseach Leo Varadker of Project Ireland 2040 – the National Planning Framework and National Development Plan.

    The President of IT Sligo Dr Brendan McCormack says the institute is honoured to host the historic Cabinet meeting – the first ever held on an IT campus.

    He says the event is a vote of confidence in Sligo, the Northwest region, its young people and its future.

    Dr McCormack says he believes the plans being announced on Friday will have a transformative impact on the economic well-being of the north-west region, and will provide a much-needed boost for the region.

  • IFA says there are still farmers in Achill and Sligo awaiting payments which were stopped over fires on their lands

    The IFA say there are still a number of farmers in Achill and in Sligo that are awaiting payments which were stopped over fires on their land.

    This saga has been ongoing for the best part of nine months.

    Numerous meetings have taken place over the past while, however there a still a lot of people out of pocket according to Eddie Davitt who is the Rural Development Chairman for the IFA in Sligo.

  • Irish Water confirms that boil notice for Lough Talt Public Water Supply Scheme remains in place until further notice

    It has been confirmed this evening that the boil water notice for the Lough Talt Public Water Supply Scheme remains in place until further notice.

    A two-week testing and sampling programme which was implemented in agreement with the HSE has concluded and found two more positive detections for cryptosporidium.

    Irish Water met with the HSE today (Wednesday) and on the advice of the health authority the Boil Water Notice remains in place. A further two weeks of sampling and testing has been agreed and these results will be reviewed with the HSE on Friday, March 2. The HSE confirmed today that to date there have been no cases of associated illness reported in the community.

    In the meantime Irish Water is urgently progressing with an alternative design proposal and will be in consultation with the relevant stakeholders regarding this detailed option over the next few weeks.

    A statement from Irish Water this evening says its priority is The priority to ultimately provide compliant and robust water treatment for the 13,000 people who are affected by this Boil Water Notice in the shortest possible time.

    Over the past couple of weeks Irish Water, in partnership with Sligo County Council, has completed a review of the catchment followed by protection works at the inlet.

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

    This boil notice also includes customers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme (GWS) in Co Sligo and the following areas in Co Mayo: Cloontia, Doocastle, and the Moylough GWS.

    Customers are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption including the washing of teeth, making of ice and in the preparation of food that is not cooked. It is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice.

    A map of the scheme is available on the Irish Water and Sligo County Council’s websites.

  • London-Irish film director Martin McDonagh big winner at BAFTA Awards

    Martin McDonagh's film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner at last night's British Academy of Film and Television Awards, winning five awards including Best Film.

    Three Billboards also scooped the trophies for Outstanding British Film and Best Original Screenplay for London-Irish writer & director McDonagh, whose mother is from Easkey, Co Sligo and his father is a native of Connemara.

    On hearing that Three Billboards had been named Best Film, Martin McDonagh said he felt "overwhelmed"

    Actress Frances McDormand took home the BAFTA for Best Lead Actress in Three Billboards, while Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson were both nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for their performances in the film, with Rockwell taking the award on the night.

  • Members of People Before Profit Sligo protest over local issues ahead of Cabinet meeting

    Members of the People Before Profit Party in Sligo protested outside the gates of IT Sligo on Friday ahead of the special Cabinet meeting to rubberstamp the Ireland 2040 plan.

    The group were there to protest for a number of reasons. Local Cllr Gino O’Boyle was there to highlight the lack of social and affordable housing in Sligo. There are 1,100 people on the waiting list, with only 65-85 houses available.

    While Nigel Gallagher from the party was there as part of the Still Waiting campaign, which is calling for a one-tier health system.

  • Ministers keen to point out that National Planning Framework is not Dublin based

    Ministers have been keen to point out that the National Planning Framework is not Dublin-focused.

    But with 40 percent of the population living in the Greater Dublin Area, and congestion a growing problem, those who work and live in the capital want a slice of the pie.

    The cabinet is meeting at the moment to approve the Ireland 2040 development plan.

    Ministers have gathered in Sligo to finalise the 116 billion euro strategy.

    It will see a strong focus on health, housing and transport.

    The plan aims to cater for the extra million people who will be living in Ireland by 2040.

    Minister for Transport Shane Ross told Midwest News in Sligo today that they are going to invest heavily in the west and northwest.

    Meanwhile Sligo Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry says he is disappointed that Government has decided to announce how they are using €115bn of the taxpayers’ money at a glorified photo call in Sligo – when in his opinion it should have been announced in the Dail.

    He said he is hopeful with what has been leaked in the past few days that the regional areas are looked after.

  • Public meeting on Wednesday to try and retain Easkey Post Office

    A public meeting will be held this Wednesday evening to try and prevent the closure of Easkey Post Office in Co Sligo.

    The current postmaster is retiring shortly and An Post has opened a public consultation process, before deciding whether or not to readvertise the contract to run the Post Office in Easkey.

    A spokesman for An Post has confirmed to Midwest News that submissions can be made on the matter up to the 23rd February, after which a decision will be made on whether An Post will readvertise the contract.

    Wednesday night’s meeting takes place in Easkey Community Centre at 8pm, and organisers are urging the local community to fight to retain their Post Office.

  • Snail Impacting on Safe Water suply to 13,000 people connected to Lough Talt Water Supply

    Efforts  to preserve a rare snail species appear to have taken priority over the rights of 13,000 people  having a safe water supply from the Lough Talt, in county Sligo.

    That’s the view of local Independent cllr Margaret Gormley.

    The householders in South and West Sligo, and parts of East Mayo served by the supply have had  a boil water notice imposed , as a result of the discovery of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the Lough Talt plant.

    The boil water notice is in place in the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and the villages of Aclare, Curry, Charlestown, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Kilmacteigue and Coolaney as well as Cloontia/ Doocastle and Quarryfield in Mayo.

    Irish Water says public health is their number one priority, and it’s imperative that people adhere to it.

    Water must be boiled for drinking, preparing salads and similar uncooked foods, brushing teeth and making ice.

    Irish Water says it recognised in 2014 that the Lough Talt supply needed more advanced treatment to meet the risk of Cryptosporidium contamination and compliance with THM levels.

    However, Sligo County Council and An Bord Pleanala have both refused permission for reasons of protected habitat.

     

     

  • Suspect device removed from house in Sligo last night

    A suspect device was removed from a house in Sligo last night.

    The device, which is believed to be an old one, was found in a house on the Cleveragh Road around 5pm yesterday evening.

    Gardai evacuated the area around the house and the road in the area was also closed.

    The Explosive Ordnance Dispostal Team removed the device and the road reopened overnight.

  • Two Men Arrested in Sligo in Connection with Multiple Burglaries

    Gardaí in Collooney arrested two members of what is believed to be a  prolific rural burglary gang who are suspected of carrying out at least 50 raids over the last two months.

    The arrests were made by uniformed gardaí in county Sligo over the weekend as part of Operation Thor, an ongoing initiative tackling marauding burglary gangs. That’s according to today’s Irish Independent.

    During the operation two males, aged 22 and 32, were arrested while two high-powered vehicles were also seized.

    The criminals were detained for questioning in relation to burglary related offences but have since been released without charge, while a file is being prepared for the DPP.

    The arrests were carried out last Friday afternoon shortly after 4pm by uniformed officers from Collooney garda station, who were assisted by members of the Garda Air Support Unit.

    The two suspects , who have since been released without charge, are originally from the Limerick area and are part of a four man gang accused of causing havoc along the west coast. One of the men was also wanted in relation to an outstanding bench warrant.

    These were significant arrests for gardai, with two high-powered cars also seized which were suspected of being used in burglaries. This crime grouping have been a key target for gardai across the west of the country for some time, as they are suspected of being connected to in excess of 50 burglaries since Christmas.