Bangor Erris

  • Concerns have been raised about GP services in the Bangor Erris area of north Mayo.

    It's understood the GP currently working in Bangor has been offered a job elsewhere, which he is expected to accept, and there are concerns that the vacancy in Bangor may be difficult to fill.

    That's according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary, who's calling on Government to make the role of a GP more attractive, as many areas of rural Ireland are struggling to recruit family doctors.

    Deputy Calleary says the HSE has struggled in recent years to recruit a GP for Bangor, and while the area is well-served by the current GP, there are concerns locally that he's set to take up another job

  • The HSE have confirmed that the successful candidate for the post of GP in Bangor Erris / Glenamoy must accept the offer by this Friday.

    There has been fears in recent months over the future GP services in the area.

    The HSE say the post of GP has been offered to the number one candidate on the panel for Bangor Erris and Glenamoy.

    This follows numerous efforts by the HSE to recruit a GP for both Bangor Erris and Glenamoy independently, which proved unsuccessful due to a lack of interest in either post.

    The initial offer for the Bangor Erris / Glenamoy post was made on Monday February 17th with a further communication from the HSE on Friday February 21st requesting a decision by close of business this coming Friday.

    If the successful candidate accepts the post, it is intended that he/she will start immediately.

    The HSE say they intend to continue to provide services from existing locations, however say they cannot comment on the contractual arrangements of non HSE staff.

    Erris based Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway-Walsh says she has written back to the HSE that is really important that both clinics are left as they are.

    Deputy Conway-Walsh is hoping to get reassurance from the HSE.

  • A public meeting will be held in Bangor Erris on Thursday evening over concerns around the future of the local GP services in the area.

    The public meeting is being organised by the Bangor Erris community and will take place at 8pm in Bangor Parish Hall. All are welcome.

    The community is seeking clarification on the future of their GP services and the jobs of those at present employed in the local healthcare centre.

    Concerns are growing over the extent of the services that will be offered after the 1st of March.

    Midwest News contacted HSE West yesterday to ask about planned developments in the area, and we are still awaiting a response.

  • A retired naval officer from Co. Mayo, now living in Cork, won €31,000 on the National Lottery Winning Streak TV game show on RTÉ One on Saturday.

    Martin Doran, originally from Bangor Erris in Co. Mayo, moved to Cork to join the Navy in 1975. He met his wife of 41 years, Christine, soon after.

    Martin retired in 2017 after 42 years service  and ended his naval career as a Warrant Officer.

    The couple have two daughters, Michelle and Carol, and are proud grandparents to six grandkids.

    He comes from a large family being one of 14 siblings in his house in Mayo growing up. He has brothers and sisters all over the world (in London, Spain and Chicago) as well as in Mayo so there was a big contingent from Mayo and Cork supporting him on the night.

  • An information evening will take place in Bangor Erris on Thursday April 11th in relation to Broadband in the area.

    The event is being organised by Sinn Fein Cllr. Teresa Whelan along with Stephen Carolan who is the Broadband manager for County Mayo.

    Cllr. Whelan says she is hopeful that there is positive news on the horizon in relation to Broadband in the Erris region.

    The information evening takes place in Bangor Parish Hall on Thursday April 11th at 7.30pm.

  • There are still parts of North Mayo without electricity since Friday night’s lightening storms.

    Parts of Ballina, Crossmolina and Bangor Erris have not had their power restored just yet.

    According to ESB Powercheck it could be 4pm today before it is restored to some areas.

  • A public meeting will take place in Bangor Hall this Friday evening to discuss the situation surrounding a GP service in the area.

    There have been concerns expressed locally about the service in the Bangor area in the near future, after it was confirmed that the current GP has been offered a job in another area and will take that up in the coming weeks.

    The issue was raised by Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary and Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh in the past week.

    Yesterday evening Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring said he had received confirmation from the HSE that the GP in Bangor Erris will resign his position with effect from February 28th to take up a new position in Galway.

    He said that the Bangor Erris and Glenamoy practices will be cared for by one GP, on a six month trial period.

    The GP position for Bangor Erris will be advertised immediately to ascertain if this post can be fill on a permanent basis following the GP’s departure.

    The six month trial period with the one GP covering both Bangor Erris and Glenamoy will be kept under review over the six months.

    Minister Ring said while it is disappointing to see the GP leaving the Bangor Erris practice, he is hopeful that when the position is advertised, it will be filled by another GP on a permanent basis.

    Friday’s public meeting will commence at 8pm in Kiltane Hall and people in the Bangor, Geesala and Doohoma areas are urged to attend.