• Alcohol will no longer be permitted on the lunchtime 12.45 Dublin Heuston to Westport train service on Fridays.

    In a statement today Irish Rail says it has made the decision because of persistent complaints from customers about regular instances of anti-social behaviour, connected to excessive alcohol consumption onboard the train.

    Customers boarding the service in possession of alcohol from this Friday will have it confiscated and no alcoholic beverages will be sold by catering staff onboard.

    The decision to ban alcohol on the 12.45 service follows on from the same decision being taken at the end of last year about the 14.45 Friday afternoon service.

    Gardai had to be called to an incident on the 12.45 service last Friday and Irish Rail are now implementing this ban from this weekend.

    Barry Kenny from Irish Rail explained the decision to Midwest News today.

  • Claremorris Municipal District councillors have agreed to ban election posters across the district for the May local elections. 

    The motion was proposed by Ballyhaunis based Fine Gael councillor John Cribben at the monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District, and it was unanimously supported. 

    Yet despite the support, the banning of election posters in the district is a voluntary issue and is not legally binding. 

    Councillir Cribben made a strong argument for banning posters equating them with the litter concerns in the area, and while other councillors supported his stance, nonetheless, some added that if anyone breaks the voluntary agreement - then its” gloves off “, so to speak. 

    Nonetheless, Cllr Cribben told Midwest News  that he is pleased that the motion has been unanimously carried. 

  • Jockey Dylan Robinson has been handed a three-year ban after testing positive for cocaine at a meeting in Galway on October 9 last year.

    Based with leading Irish trainer Henry de Bromhead, Robinson rode the biggest winner of his career to date when steering Ornua to a Grade Three success at Roscommon last October.

    The Irish Independent reports that Dylan Robinson was one of five jockeys who tested positive for cocaine in Ireland in 2018.

    The Referrals Committee of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board handed down the suspension following a hearing on Tuesday.

    Mr Robinson said he could not remember events from the night in question and did not remember taking any substance.

    In arriving at their three-year ban, the Referrals Committee accepted that the incident was a once-off and noted that Robinson had shown a willingness to learn from his error but they had to take into account the seriousness of the offence and the fact that he could have compromised the safety of other riders by riding with cocaine in his system.

    The matter will be reviewed again later this year.