• The Department of Foreign Affairs has secured additional seats on flights from key Australian cities to assist Irish people to get home in the coming days.

    It is not clear how many seats have been secured by the Department but the Irish Embassy in Australia confirmed the availability of additional seats on Qatar Airways flights from today through to March 31st.

    Senator Michelle Mulherin says she has been contacted by a lot of young people from Mayo over the last number of days who have had difficulty in returning home from Australia.

    Anyone experiencing such difficulty in travelling home should register their details on the Department of Foreign Affairs website and can contact the Irish Embassy in Australia.

    Senator Mulherin says five flights have been arranged from Australia to get people back home.

  • A court has heard that the man suspected of murdering Ciara Glennon 20 years ago in Australia is socially awkward with an "obsessive sexual interest" in abduction.

    For the first time, prosecutors in Perth have revealed disturbing details about why they believe Bradley Robert Edwards is the man responsible for abducting and murdering 27-year old Ms Glennon and two other young women in the 1990s.

    Ciara's father Denis Glennon is a native of Westport, Co Mayo.

    The Irish Independent reports that the pre-trial hearing of the accused, who's from Claremont, Western Australia, began on Monday after its proceedings were delayed on a number of occasions.

    Ciara Glennon disappeared on March 14, 1997, after a night out celebrating St Patrick's Day in the Perth suburb of Claremont.

    Her body was discovered 18 days after she disappeared in bushland 50km north of Perth and had to be identified by her parents.

    The court heard DNA taken from Ms Glennon's body, including from under her fingernails, was consistent with Mr Edwards's DNA.

    Fibres in her hair also corresponded with the same fibres found inside Mr Edwards's car.

    Bradley Robert Edwards is also accused of murdering 18-year old Sarah Spiers and 23-year old Jane Rimmer in 1996 and 1997.

    He previously pleaded not guilty to all charges, which also include raping a 17-year-old girl in 1995 and breaking into an 18-year-old woman's bedroom in her home in 1988.

    The court was told that  Mr Edwards was "an introverted, socially awkward man, and that the allegations against him show he had an "obsessive sexual interest in the abduction, imprisonment and forcible rape of women in degrading and violent circumstances".

    Following Mr Edwards' arrest in 2016, Ms Glennon's father Denis described the murder charge as a "bitter-sweet moment".

    Mr Edwards will go on trial in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in July.


  • A Mayo woman is reported to have died following a road collision in Australia. It is understood the woman was in her early 20’s and had travelled to Australia in recent weeks.

    The woman sustained fatal injuries following a two-car collision in the Melbourne area.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is aware of the incident and is providing consular assistance to the family of the deceased.

  • Westport-based company Portwest is investing $10 million dollars in expanding its operations in Australia.

    The workwear and outdoor clothing company officially launched a new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Melbourne last week.

    Minister of State at the Department of Finance Patrick O'Donovan and the Irish Ambassador to Australia attended the launch, along with Portwest CEO Harry Hughes.

    The company's clothing is now being sold in over 130 countries and is continuing its global expansion.

    Meanwhile, three appeals have been submitted to An Bord Pleanala in relation to Portwest's expansion plans in Westport.

    The company is planning to build its €10 million euro global headquarters at the Quay, and Mayo County Council recently granted planning permission for the development on Roman Island, subject to a number of conditions.

    It's understood three appeals have now been submitted by local groups, calling for the development to be located elsewhere.


  •  A young Mayo woman who was killed in a car crash in Australia on Thursday has been named as Amy Gill from kiltimagh.

    Amy who was 23 was fatally injured in a two car collision in Melbourne.

    The Kiltimagh native had moved to Melbourne in January and had just started working on a farm last week.

    Tributes have flooded in from friends and family on social media, who said Amy will be “dearly missed”.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family.