• Protestors in Oughterard, Co. Galway are defending their demonstration about a possible Direct Provision centre in the town.


    A 24 hour protest is continuing at the proposed site of a former hotel.


    Earlier this week, the Minister for Justice appealed to protestors to 'step back' and await the result of an evaluation process.


    Protestors have rejected claims their actions are racist.


    A silent peaceful demonstration is also due to take place in Oughterard at 11:30 tomorrow against the "Inhumane Direct Provision Systems in Ireland."

  • Public meetings are taking place in Galway this evening and in Sligo tomorrow evening to give people an opportunity to contribute to the development of Ireland's International Development Policy.

    A public consultation process was launched this Summer, with Tanaiste Simon Coveney saying Ireland needs to respond to the challenges of a changing world.

    With the Government's International Development Policy currently under review, the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development Ciaran Cannon is inviting the general public to attend a series of public consultation meetings to give the insights and contributions on the development of the policy.

    This evening's meeting will take place at NUI Galway and at The Model in Sligo tomorrow evening - both starting at 6.30.

  • Nursing homes across the West of Ireland are hosting a public information event in the Ardilaun Hotel in Galway this Saturday.

    The Fair Deal scheme, ageing, dementia, and support services are among the topics that will be discussed at the "Advancing Care in the Community for Older People" event and expert speakers and professionals will advise on a range of solutions available for older people, their families and carers in the West of Ireland.

    The event is free of charge to the public and runs from 12-5pm on Saturday.

    Tony Canavan of the HSE, IFA President Joe Healy, TDs Anne Rabbitte and Michael Fitzmaurice and a representative of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland will be among the speakers.



  • The Government must prepare now for any job losses or loss of working hours that could arise from Brexit, according to Labour European Parliament candidate Dominic Hannigan.

    Mr Hannigan was speaking ahead of public meeting entitled "Brexit and the Worker" which will be hosted by Mayor of Galway, Niall McNelis on Monday (25th of March) at 8pm in the Clybaun Hotel, Galway.

    Mr Hannigan will join Cllr McNelis and Fiona Dunne, Chair of Labour Trade Unions to discuss labour law and the EU’s suite of protections for workers.

    The Labour candidate said Brexit in any form will put pressure on jobs and while the threat of a hard Brexit has eased for now, the Government has so far failed to have a strategy ready for any workers directly affected by Brexit.

    He said the Government must do more than rely on existing social protection provisions for workers who suffer a loss of income due to redundancy or shorter working hours as a result of Brexit. And they should not wait around to see what happens first.


  • A public meeting will be held in Galway on Monday evening to discuss plans for opening an Educate Together secondary school in the city.

    The Education Minister Richard Bruton recently invited patrons to apply for four new second-level schools to open in 2019 - including one in the Galway city / Oranmore area.

    Educate Together is currently garnering support from interested parents in the Galway area to establish a second-level school, and a public meeting will be held at NUI Galway on Monday evening next at 8pm for those interested.

  • Six County Galway schools and community projects are to receive more than a quarter of a million euro in CLÁR funding.

    The funding, which is targeted at areas of population decline, is awarded from the Department of Rural and Community Development.

    Minister for Rural Affairs Seán Canney says that he is delighted that these worthwhile projects have been successful in the Department's first round of funding this year.

    The projects to benefit are: Brownsgrove NS Tuam, €50,000 for car parking and footpaths; St Colman's Park Trustees Gort, €45,000 for footpaths and public lighting; St Jarlath's NS Skehanagh, €39,600 for car parking and footpaths; Killererin Development Company, €50,000 for a playground; Cleggan/Claddaghduff Community Council, €50,000 for the construction of footpaths for a public facility and public lighting; and Coiste Pobail Charna, €29,700 for footpaths.

  • Will he stay or will he go remains the question today over Galway East deputy Sean Canney’s future in the Independent Alliance.

    The Tuam based TD is still considering what to do after a row in the political grouping over the rotation of a junior minister position.

    The Independent Alliance decided last week that Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran should remain as Minister of State for the Office of Public Works for the rest of the duration of this Government. Mr Canney believes that this is at odds with what was agreed in 2016, when the Government was formed.

    Sean Canney was appointed to the role for the first year, and was then replaced by Mr Moran last year.

    However, the Government is now set to enter its third year in office, and  Mr Canney  was of the view that the job should rotate again.

    But the Independent Alliance issued a statement earlier this week backing Kevin Boxer Moran as the OPW Minister.

    Yesterday, deputy Canney held a private meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar .

    But it appears he is choosing to stay silent to the press on his intentions at this point.

    Midwest News has tried to contact deputy Canney on a number of occasions this week but has been unable to speak to him.

    There is speculation that he could leave the Alliance but continue to support the Government.

  • Quidel Corporation is opening its new Business Service Centre in Galway city today. It marks the company’s first expansion into international facilities.

    The new office will support Quidel’s growing international business, the company provides rapid diagnostic testing solutions.
    New jobs created at the Galway facility include roles in Finance, Human Resources, Customer, Service, Technical Support, Sales, IT and Legal.

    Working with the IDA recruitment is underway for the creation of 75 jobs over five years.

  • In racing - the first of seven races at Galway begins this afternoon at 4.15.

  • Iarnrod Eireann is advising people to check their times before travelling this weekend.

    Galway and Mayo customers face changes due to the construction of an underpass on the Athlone to Mullingar Greenway.

    There'll be bus transfers between Tullamore and Ballinasloe for Galway services and between Tullamore and Roscommon for Westport services.

  • Irish Rail is advising passengers travelling on train services from Mayo and Galway to Dublin this weekend that bus transfers will be in operation between Kildare and Heuston, due to track renewal works.

    The works will take place on Saturday and Sunday , and passengers travelling on the Westport, Ballina and Galway services will be affected.

    Customers are also advised to check the train times before travelling this weekend at



  • A major rally against homelessness will take place in Galway tomorrow.

    The Raise the Roof rally will take place in Eyre Square at 1pm on Monday, and will see trade unions, political parties, housing agencies, community groups, women's groups and student unions joining forces in protest at the worsening housing situation in Galway and nationally.

    Recent figures show the number of homeless in this country has risen to over 10,000 for the first time, while many agencies - including COPE Galway - believe the real figure is far higher, as this does not count people sleeping rough or couch hopping.

    A number of musicians will also perform at tomorrow's rally, including folk / roots trio The Whileaways and solo artist Pauline Scanlon, along with members of the Galway Buskers' Community.

    Raise the Roof is demanding radical action on the housing emergency at a national and regional level, including: significant investment in public housing, action on evictions and rent certainty, plus the creation of a legal right to housing.



  • A deep sea research mission has uncovered rare coral off the West coast, previously undocumented in Irish waters. 

    Marine scientists located a type of black coral that is different to any other found to date and which may prove to be an entirely new species.

    The deep sea exhibition used the Marine Institute's remotely-operated vehicle Holland 1 onboard the Irish Lights vessel Granuaile.

    The marine scientists say their latest voyage has confirmed deep waters off the west coast are a haven for such marine life. 

    The researchers also found a potential sponge reef on the Rockhall Bank, and says such formations are very rare and have previously only been recorded in Candian waters.

    The team have now returned to Galway after spending three weeks at sea.

    David O'Sullivan of the Marine Institute says they're very pleased to discover what appears to be new coral species and a very rare sponge reef, neither of which have previously been documented in Irish waters.


  • One in five primary school students are being taught in overcrowded classrooms.

    Almost half of primary schools have a classroom of 30 pupils or more.

    While there's no set limit on primary school classroom sizes, the Department of Education recommends no more than 25 pupils per teacher. Almost 20 per cent of pupils are in classes which could be considered overcrowded.

    The biggest class size in primary education was 42 and was recorded in two county Galway schools, Scoil Náisiunta Rois, Taylors Hill and Bunscoil Phadraig Naofa, Tuam.

    Donegal’s NS in Cardonagh also recorded a class size of 42.

    The county with the highest average was Meath, which has an average of 25.6 students per classroom.

  • An event will take place in County Galway tonight to honour people who've died at sea.


    Claddagh Watch's remembrance ball is raising funds for charities like itself and the RNLI and Galway East Life Support in Ballinasloe.


    Claddagh Watch co-founder Séamus Ó Fátharta says they're among many groups that are trying to save lives on the water:

  • In Mayo, rents were on average 8% higher in the third quarter of 2019 than a year previously. The average listed rent is now €762, up 47% from its lowest point.

    In Connacht, rents rose by an average of 8.9% in the year to September 2019 and are now 26% above their previous high in early 2008, according to the latest quarterly Rental Report by

    The average monthly rent in Galway was €1,299, up 5.9% on the third quarter of 2018.

    At €1,403, the average monthly rent nationwide during the third quarter of 2019 marks the fourteenth consecutive quarter of record rents.

    Rents rose by an average of 5.2% nationwide in the year to September 2019 with the average listed rent is now €373 per month higher than the previous peak in 2008 and almost €660 higher than the low seen in late 2011.

    In the country, rents continue to rise at faster rates, with increases of 10.1% in Munster and 8.2% in Connacht-Ulster in the year to September.

    Author of the report Ronan Lyons says its bad news for tenants.


    The number of homes to rent nationally has reached its lowest level since 2006.

    According to the latest quarterly rental report from just 2,700 homes were available to rent nationwide on 1 May this year.

    The shortage of supply has pushed up average rents across the country to €1,366 a month - up over 8% year-on-year.

    While the increase in Dublin was less than 7%, in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford rents increased by 10% to 15% over the last year.

    Rents have increased by an average of 12% in Connacht this year over last.

    Average monthly rent in Dublin is at €2,002, in Mayo its 730 euro, in county Galway 900 euro, in Sligo 760,  and in Roscommon 700 euro.


  • A new report shows a lack of urgency by local authorities in Galway to address serious health and safety issues for travellers in the county

    A series of protests are being planned today, as the report highlights deplorable conditions which show little sign of improvement over the past decade for travellers in Galway.

    Joanne Corcoran from the Galway Traveller Movement says families are often living without heat or adequate cooking facilities, which becomes worse as winter approaches

  • In Mayo there were 32,287 Yes votes and 24,286 No votes. That's 57.07% Yes and 42.93% No. 

    In Galway East it was 60.2% Yes and 39.8% No.

    In Roscommon-Galway 57.21% voted Yes with 42.79% voting No.

    In Galway West 66% voted Yes and 34% No. 


  • A report into maternity services at Portiuncula University Hospital has identified multiple serious failures - including staffing issues, a lack of training and poor communication among maternity staff.

    The long-delayed report, which was commissioned in January 2015, examined the delivery and neonatal care of 18 babies at the Galway hospital.

    Some of the babies died while others were left with life-long disabilities.

    The review team was chaired by Professor James Walker of Leeds University.

    The report is being published this evening in Ballinasloe, and, according to the Irish Times, it states that different management of obstetric care might have made a difference in 14 out of the 18 cases examined.

    Several cases involved failures to recognise pre-natal signs that there may be a problem with the birth including abnormal foetal heartbeats.

    There were also failures to expedite the delivery of the babies in several cases where potential problems were identified.

    The report says there was an understaffing of both midwives and consultants at the hospital “resulting in a lack of support in the acute area”.

    The report also identified several communication issues both internally between staff and between the hospital and families.

    The HSE apologised for the delay in issuing the report which was originally due in mid-2015.

    Prof Walker said the report is not about attributing blame but that staff and national agencies must accept their responsibilities for the incidents involved and for the solutions.

    He said that, since the start of the investigation, Portiuncula Hospital has begun to address many of the issues raised, and that significant progress has been made in this regard.