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  • Green party leader Eamonn Ryan wants Achill's Saoirse McHugh to contest the Seanad by-elections for the party.

    McHugh impressed for the Green’s in the European elections and missed out on a seat in the Midlands North-West constituency after votes were transferred.

    Ryan told the Irish examiner that he want McHugh to run in any Seanad race after the Oireachtas summer recess ends in September, saying she is the future of the party.

    This comes as the party announced a 60-per-cent increase in the Party's membership ahead of its National Convention in Dublin today.

    Members will reflect on their successful local and European elections, in which 37 councillors and two MEPs were elected.

    Deputy Ryan says they now need to focus on the next general election.

  • The Ireland U16 women lost out to Great Britain in a crucial pool game at the European Championships in Sofia yesterday.

    Kiltimagh’s Hazel Finn is the captain of the young Irish team and will hope to repeat the great displays of her older sister Dayna in the U20 championships earlier in the month.

    She definitely showed prowess on the courts akin to her sister in defeat, scoring 22 out of Ireland’s 54 points.

    Ireland face Belarus today at 4:15pm Irish time in a must-win clash to determine their final group placing.

    You can watch the match online across FIBA’s social media.

  • Mayo’s Carlagh Mullarney and Roscommon’s Shakira McCrudden have both won bronze medals in the European boxing championships in Georgia.

    The 12-year-olds from Ballyhaunis boxing club and Riverside Boxing club Ballinlough both won bronze with Mullarney losing out on silver by split decision to Sophie Harker of England.

    Mullarney will return to the square in Ballyhaunis at 2:30 today for her homecoming and McCrudden will arrive in Ballinlough’s Clubhouse at 2 o’clock.

  • Mayo manager James Horan is not concerned by the quick turnaround his side faces against Dublin this weekend.

    Dublin effectively rested many of their key men last weekend in their surreal Super 8's clash with Tyrone.

    Mayo have played seven championship games so far this season as they traversed the qualifiers and the Super 8's.

    Horan disregarded suggestions that Jim Gavin's charges will be fresher than his side on Saturday evening.

    After the Donegal game he said their focus was on tweaking improvements in their performance ahead of the Dublin match.

  • Mayo manager James Horan argues that his team can take a lot from 2019 despite their ten-point defeat to Dublin.

    With younger players coming through and winning their first national title since 2001, he argues that the year had positives to take into 2020.

    A rip-roaring league final victory over Kerry, a first championship victory over Galway since 2015 and the return of injured players like Tom Parsons and Matthew Ruane bode well for the Green and Red next year.

    Horan alluded to tired legs from the Donegal match a week previous, but admitted that Dublin were full value for their win.

  • Every day at University Hospital Galway, the emergency dept is in what’s termed in “full capacity Protocol”  - that is, it is coping with far in excess of the acceptable number of patients waiting on trolleys for beds in the hospital.

    This was confirmed to Galway city based Fianna Fail councillor John Connolly at this week’s HSE West Forum meeting in Merlin Park.

    Today according to the INMO trolley watch figures there are 44 patients on trolleys at the Galway hospital.

    Cllr Connolly told Midwest News today that  the situation is simply not acceptable daily for patients or staff at the hospital and he says he will continue to raise the crisis in the Emergency Dept at UHG at every meeting of the HSE Forum until the situation is resolved.

    There are plans to build a new ED at the hospital but the new facility is still a long way off, as planning permission for the new development has not yet been sought.

  • Since tickets went on sale at 10 o’clock there have been large queues across Supervalu and Centra stores throughout the morning.

    Dublin and Mayo’s clash in Croke Park is expected to be a sell-out and fans from across the county have queued online for the first championship meeting of the sides since 2017.

    Ballyhaunis Supervalu has a constant queue of 30 people since 10 o’clock this morning.

    We have received pictures of substantial queues in Castlebar Supervalu and in Ballyhaunis Supervalu, where there has been a constant stream of 30 people since 10 this morning.

    People trying to access tickets online have been having serious difficulty, with some people queuing online on Tickets.ie for more than two hours.

    Tickets.ie took to their twitter account to apologise for the delays, saying:

    “Tickets for both semi finals are still on sale - retail and online.

    There are no issues with the listing however there is a queuing system in place to manage the very high volume of traffic on the website.

    We do apologize for any inconvenience caused and hope you get your tickets.”

    People have been taking to social media to complain about server errors as the website appears to struggle with the volume of ticket requests.

    With the Dubs on a quest for five in-a-row, moral and expectation is still high across the county.

  • The IFA claims a new trade deal between the US and the EU is another huge blow to Irish farming.

     

    Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed an agreement that will allow the States to export a lot more beef to Europe.

     

    It follows the Mercosur deal, which would give South America much more access to the market also.

     

    Both agreements have to be approved by the European Parliament - but IFA President Joe Healy is hitting out.

     

    “We export 90% of the meat we produce in Ireland, 95% of that goes either into the U.K or Europe. So, any deal that means more meat coming into Europe is bad for Ireland,” said Mr Healy.

  • An interim management team has been appointed to manage the Sligo Ladies after the existing joint manager’s step aside.

    The Sligo ladies issued a vote of no confidence in current joint management team of John O’Hara and David Curran, causing an emergency county board meeting to be held on Thursday.

    The Sligo County Board voted to retain the current management team, but both O’Hara and Curran declined the offer.

    In their absence a temporary management team has been appointed to manage the Sligo Ladies Intermediate team, consisting of Kathleen Kane, Ted Maloney and Oliva Flannery-McLoughlin.

    A win on Sunday against Limerick would get the ladies team passage into the Intermediate All-Ireland quarter-finals.

    Sligo LGFA offered their thanks to O’Hara, Curran and their management team as focus now shifts to today's game with Limerick at 2 p.m. in Tubbercurry.

  • The Ireland Under 20 women’s team stormed through to the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B semi-finals this evening thanks to a thrilling 66-53 point win over Croatia.

    The win saw Ireland top their group in Round 2 and advance through to Saturday’s semi-final where they will face Bulgaria at 3.30pm Irish time, with promotion to Division A and a medal all up for grabs.


    Despite what the scoreline may suggest though, this game was neck-in-neck right up until the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands 20 times throughout the game in a pulsating and absorbing contest. Ireland had heroes across the floor, with a superb team display on defense shutting down the threats of Croatia’s sharpshooters Andjela Katavic and Karla Erjavec to see them score just a combined 13 points in the game. With stand-out performances across the court, some of the key performers for Ireland included Enya Maguire, who finished with 11 points, three rebounds, two steals, two assists, Claire Melia who notched another double double of 10 points and 12 rebounds, Sorcha Tiernan was also a stand out with 12 points, while Dayna Finn top scored with 20 points. Rachel Huijsdens and Annaliese Murphy were also key players in an all round superb display.

    It was the fourth quarter where the game was well and truly won though, as the sides were level 14-14 at the end of the first, Croatia led 27-29 at the end of the second, while Ireland had just edged ahead at the end of the third, 49-46. A massive three pointer from Tiernan got the scoring underway for the Irish in the fourth quarter and this, followed by huge boards from Huijsdens, set Tiernan up for another score moments later to see Ireland suddenly ahead 55-48. The momentum was firmly in Ireland’s favour as Dayna Finn drove inside for two, while superb work from Maeve Phelan sent Melia through to the basket. Another huge three-pointer from Tiernan followed and it was game over, as Ireland powered through the remaining minutes to win out in thrilling fashion, 66-53.

     

  • Irish Distillers is looking for graduates in this region to join the 2020/21 Jameson International Graduate Programme.

    Now in its 28th year, the Jameson International Graduate Programme provides an opportunity to work in one of over 50 countries across the world. With a global support network, the programme empowers graduates to develop the necessary skills required to progress their career, while contributing to the global Irish whiskey success story. Jameson is looking for applicants from the region to follow in the footsteps of Conor Friel from Westport who is working as a Jameson Brand Ambassador in The Caribbean.

    Conor says its an amazing programme. He had studied French and Spanish in UCD and Advertising in DIT. The application process includes a written application and the submission of a supporting two-minute video and he is encouraging anyone thinking about applying, to do so.

    Applications for the 2020/21 Jameson International Graduate Programme are now open and will close on Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 1pm.  For more information visit jamesongraduateprogramme.com 

  • For the first time in history the Irish Dressage team at Tokyo secured Olympic qualification after a stunning performance at the European Championships in Rotterdam today.

    The Irish team of finished on a final score of 213, to finish second and claiming one of three tickets that were on offer to Tokyo at the final Olympic qualifier for European teams. 

    Ireland were just outside the Olympic qualifying places when Kildare's Judy Reynolds entered the arena as last to go with her horse Vancouver K.

    Under huge pressure, Reynolds delivered a stunning performance to set a new Irish record of 76.351 which guaranteed Ireland a team place in Tokyo 2020.

     

  • The Irish Red Cross launched their new ambulances for the Mayo, Tipperary and Laois divisions today at the Claremorris centre, alongside a rescue boat for the Corrib/Mask Search and Rescue unit.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring launched the new vehicles for the first responders which were partly funded by his department’s LEADER programme.

    E98,000 was donated towards the vehicles by the Government this year as well as E45,000 from Irish betting company Lottoland.

    Irish Red Cross Chairman and National Director of Units Pat Carey and Tony Lawler applauded the funding to the first responder units.

    They told Midwest Radio News that the renewal of their fleet is of vital importance to the organisation.

    Minister Michael Ring highlighted the importance of making sure first responder units like the Red Cross are adequately funded.

    He told Midwest Radio News that the volunteers in the Red Cross should spend their time doing their important work rather than fundraising.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council are working to restore the water supply for some 1500 customers in the Kilkerrin & Moylough areas.

    Areas that are supplied by the Slieveroe Water Tower may suffer loss of water supply due to deterioration in raw water quality as a result of exceptionally heavy rain.

    Homes are urged to conserve water and avoid using dishwashers or washing machines if at all possible until the full supply returns.

    In a statement this morning, Irish Water apologizes for the inconvenience caused but, it is unlikely that the water supply will be restored before 6pm tomorrow evening.

    Irish Water’s customer support number is available 24/7 on 1850 274274.

  • Kerry forward James O'Donoghue will be fit for the Super 8's showdown against Mayo in Killarney on Sunday.

    The Legion player missed the Munster final win over Cork with a hamstring injury.

    Sean Hurson has been confirmed as the referee for this crucial Super 8’s tie.

    Elsewhere, Roscommon will host Tyrone in Dr Hyde Park at 5 on Saturday evening as part of a triple header, with David Coldrick confirmed as the referee.

    The Roscommon ladies take on Leitrim the Intermediate Championship at 3 o'clock and the All-Ireland Junior Championship semi-final between Galway and Meath serves as the curtain raiser at 1 o'clock.

  • Kevin Walsh has stepped down as Galway football manager, saying he was 'honoured' to be able to leave football in the county in 'a better place'.

     

    The Tribesmen won two Connacht titles during his five years in charge and contested two other provincial finals.

     

    Walsh also led the team to last year's National Football League final and All-Ireland semis, losing both games to Dublin.

     

    Galway exited the Championship against their neighbours Mayo in the qualifiers this year.

     

    In a statement, Galway County Board have thanked Walsh for his 'tremendous dedication' and for putting 'professional structures' in place.

  • Midwest Radio continues to command the highest listenership of any local station in the country.

    The latest JNLR / Ipsos MRBI radio survey, covering the 12 months from January to December 2017- shows a Yesterday Listened figure of 61%, with an equally impressive market share of 55.7% - consolidating Midwest Radio’s position as market leaders in local radio.

    The survey is good news for radio generally, as it shows that 83% of Ireland’s adults – that’s 3.1 million people – listen to radio every day.

  • On Midwest Radio, today marks the start of two  weeks of live election debates on our extended lunchtime news.

    From today until the end of next week, we will have a  number of election candidates live in studio each afternoon between 1.15 and 2pm to discuss the issues of importance in their constituencies.

    We will focus on the 4-seater Mayo constituency, as well as the neighbouring constituencies of Roscommon-Galway, Galway East, Galway West and Sligo-Leitrim.

    On our first live debate this lunchtime, our News Editor Teresa O'Malley will interview five of the 15 candidates seeking election in Mayo - Minister Michael Ring,  FF TD Dara Calleary, Green Party candidate Saoirse McHugh, Kamul Uddin of Labour, and Daithí O'Follamhain of the Irish Freedom Party.

    Listeners can email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Boris Johnson hadn’t sufficient reasons to convince the High Court he was justified to suspend Parliament, that’s the view of Mayo Barrister John Walsh.

    The UK's highest court ruled Boris Johnson broke the law by deciding to suspend Parliament for five weeks.

    The Supreme Court in London says there was "no justification" for the shutdown.

     

    Barrister John Walsh of Hollymount believes the British PM may be trying to avoid telling parliament about his plans for the Northern Ireland backstop.

    He said Boris Johnson may yet suspend parliament to avoid disclosing his backstop plans.

  • Coming up Midwest Radio's lunchtime election debate today, we return to the Galway West constituency, and will hear from three more candidates seeking Dail seats in the 5-seater Galway West.

    Minister Séan Kyne of Fine Gael, Independent Councillor Mike Cubbard, and Aontú candidate Cormac Ó'Corcoráin will be joining our News Editor Teresa O'Malley in studio to debate some of the issues in this constituency.

    Listeners can email their questions in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the debate will be broadcast live between 1.15 and 2pm.