• Christy Ring Cup 
    Group 1
    Round 2

    Kildare 2-14
    Mayo 1-15 

    Wicklow 2-16 
    Roscommon 0-16

    Lory Meagher Cup 
    Sligo 4-14
    Lancashire 2-19 

  • There were no big surprises among the list of Ireland's richest people released today.

    The Sunday Independent Rich List found the Dublin based Mistry family, worth 16.1 billion euro, are the wealthiest in the country once again.

    The list estimates wealth based on stock market filings, documents in the Companies Registration Office, annual reports and information disclosed in interviews.

    Samantha McCaughren, Sunday Independent Business Editor, says the Mayo based Kenny family are worth 497m and are 32nd on the list overall and are the wealthiest entry from Mayo. 

    The Comer brothers are the wealthiest entry on the rich list from Galway. The Glenamaddy natives are 13th on the list overall.


    Seamus Mulligan from Athlone is the highest entry from Roscommon.

    Mr Mulligan sold his business this year, which pushed him up in the list. 

    The highest entry from Sligo is Eileen Monaghan and is shareholder in the Doyle Hotel Group.



    Mayo begin their 2019 Allianz football league campaign against familiar opposition as we face Roscommon on Saturday night in Elverys MacHale Park.

    Manager James Horan back in charge for a second spell has continued his youth first policy by handing out two debuts for his opening league game with forwards Brian Reape & Conor Diskin both playing national league football for the very first time. At the other end of the scale it's also a landmark occasion for Jason Doherty who will be making his 100th appearance in the green & red on Saturday night. He made his league debut against Kerry in 2011.

    1. Robert Hennelly - Breaffy
    2. Eoin O'Donoghue - Belmullet
    3. Brendan Harrison - Aghamore
    4. Keith Higgins - Ballyhaunis
    5. Lee Keegan - Westport
    6. Colm Boyle - Davitts
    7. Paddy Durcan - Castlebar Mitchels(C)
    8. Diarmuid O’Connor - Ballintubber
    9. Donal Vaughan - Castlebar Mitchels
    10. Fergal Boland - Aghamore
    11. Aidan O’Shea - Breaffy
    12. Jason Doherty - Burrishoole
    13. Evan Regan - Ballina Stephenites
    14. Brian Reape - Bohola Moy Davitts
    15. Conor Diskin - Claremorris

  • Mayo will start off their 2020 Connacht championship campaign against Leitrim in the Connacht quarterfinal.

    The last time the Green and Red won the Connacht crown was in 2015 after completing the 5 in a row.

    Elsewhere Galway will travel to New York, while holders Roscommon make the trip to London in the two of three quarter-final encounters.

    Sligo will play the winner of Galway and New York in a semi-final and the winners of Mayo/Leitrim will play against Roscommon/London in the other side of the draw.

  • A deputation from Castlerea were planning to travel to Dublin later today to meet with the Health Minister Simon Harris and the Minister for Mental Health Jim Daly, in relation to the future of the Rosalie unit in Castlerea.

    However, Minister Daly has requested that the meeting be postponed, due to diary issues.

    It’s now been rescheduled for three weeks time -Wed 28th March.

    There are major concerns about the future of the home, which accommodates 13 elderly people with Alzheimers and dementia, after the HSE said the facility is not part of its long-term plans.

    No new admissions have been taken into the home for the past year and a half.

    However, a campaign is underway locally to retain the Rosalie unit, with thousands of people signing a petition to that effect.


  • Members of the community in Rooskey are taking to the streets this lunchtime to let asylum seekers know they're welcome.

    It follows a number of recent fires at the Shannon Key West Hotel which has been earmarked for the development of a Direct Provision centre.

    Organiser Eamonn Crudden says they're putting on a 'NO TO RACISM' rally to let asylum seekers know they're welcome.

  • Midlands-northwest MEP Luke Flanagan is among a number of public representatives calling for non-essential businesses and services to be closed immediately, in order to save lives.

    In a statement to Midwest News, the Independent MEP said it's hard to believe reports of increasing sales at sports shops over the weekend when people should be urged to stay at home and keep their distance in order to slow down the infection rate and flatten the curve.

    At extraordinary times, he says extraordinary measures are key to eventually returning to the ordinary.

    Luke Flanagan says the Government needs to establish what is essential to our existence, and what is not.

    For essential services, staff must be fully protected with masks, gloves, sanitisers, cashless payments and the rigorous enforcement of social distancing, while non-essential services should be closed immediately.

    The statement is also signed by Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice and Galway West TD Catherine Connolly.

    Seperately, the Mayor of Galway City Mike Cubbard has called on Government and health officials to enact a complete lockdown of the country.

    Having witnessed crowds gathering in public places and at house parties, he says big decision need to be made.

    Councillor Cubbard says we're dealing with the most serious and challenging public health crisis in the history of the State, and he's calling on Government to enact a complete lockdown now to protect the people of Ireland.


  • Met Eireann has issued a Status Red Snow-Ice Alert for the five counties of Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow.

    As is the case with a red weather warning, schools in those counties are likely to close today and remain closed until the warning is lifted.

    Forecasters say total snowfall up to mid-day tomorrow could reach 25 cm ,while a status orange warning has been extended to Cork, Waterford and Wexford.

    It follows a very cold night, with snow showers in parts of the east, south and midlands.

    The West of Ireland has escaped most of the snow showers, however, it’s on the way, with snow falling in the past hour or two in areas of Co Roscommon and moving into East Mayo.

    Temperatures overnight dropped to between minus 2 and minus 5 across the West & Northwest, with minus 3 recorded at Knock Airport, and temperatures are not expected to rise above zero today.

    The arrival of Storm Emma tomorrow is set to bring heavy snowfall and gale force winds.


  • Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice has got the support of 19 Independent TDs and Senators to back the nomination of a candidate seeking to contest the Presidential election.

    Investigative journalist Gemma O'Doherty is the latest to announce her intention to seek a nomination for the presidency.

    She is one of a number of independent candidates seeking a nomination.

    A candidate needs the support of 20 Oireachtas members or 4 local authorities to secure a nomination.

    Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour have all decided to support current President Michael D Higgins' bid for a second term, while Sinn Fein confirmed earlier this Summer that it would be fielding a candidate, but has not yet announced the candidate.

    Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice believes that-in the interests of democracy - the Independent Oireachtas members should facilitate a candidate to contest the election, but is not asking his colleagues at this point to state their preferred candidate.

    Deputy Fitzmaurice told Midwest News this evening that he will be contacting his Independent colleagues again this week on the matter...

  • AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Final 
    Moy 1-10 
    Michael Glaveys 0-07 

  • Communications Minister Denis Naughten will appear before a meeting of the Communications, Climate Action and Environment Committee today to answer questions about a deal that has led to the closure of 159 rural post offices.

    The restructuring plan, which was worked out between An Post and the Irish Postmasters' Union, has been criticised over its likely impact on rural communities.

    In addition to the Minister's presence, today's meeting will be attended by representatives from An Post, the Post Office Networks, the An Post Mailing Centres, and the Public Banking Forum of Ireland.

    Galway Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton is Chair of the Committee she says they will be asking An Post to outline its strategy in offering these packages resulting in so many closures of rural post offices.

  • In the Dail yesterday the Minister for the elderly Jim Daly, indicated that the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea will not be closed down as a HSE facility, but may no longer serve as a residential facility for elderly people with alzheimers or dementia.

     He was responding to another question on the facility’s future submitted by local Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy.

    Last Friday, Tony Canavan of the HSE told oireachtas members that a report on the unit, that is home to twelve residents, is strongly indicating that the residents needs would be better met in an alternative location.

     Residents and their families strongly disagree, but Mr Canavan said that while the unit as it stands looks set for closure, he has passed on the report to a medical expert to review before a final decision is made.

     Councillor Murphy told Midwest News this afternoon, that yesterday’s statement by the Minister appears to concur with Mr Canavan's.

  • The Communications Minister Denis Naughten has defended his attendance at a dinner in New York hosted by the head of the bid for the National Broadband Plan, at which issues relating to the bid were briefly discussed.

    The Roscommon-based Minister says he and a number of his officials attended an event hosted by David McCourt, chairman of private investment firm Granahan McCourt.

    The last remaining bidder for the National Broadband Plan, a consortium originally led by E-net but now led by Granahan McCourt, submitted its tender last month.

    Minister Naughten says the issue was "discussed briefly" when he and Mr McCourt met in New York.

    Speaking on national radio, the Minister said he regularly meets with people who are investing - or planning to invest - in Ireland, and he added that he has never been directly involved in the procurement process relating to the NBP, which was a decision taken before he became minister.

    Fianna Fáil's communictions spokesman Timmy Dooley says Minister Naughten should not have attended the New York dinner, describing it as highly inappropriate, while Social Democrats' TD Catherine Murphy has said that Mr Naughten's meeting with Mr McCourt has undermined public confidence in the process of awarding a contract for the National Broadband Plan.

    This evening, Sinn Fein and the Green Party have called for the minutes of the dinner meeting in New York to be released.

  • Roscommon-based Independent Minister Denis Naughten is facing increasing pressure to withdraw support from the Government, over the closure of mental health facilities in his own constituency.

    A day care centre in Ballaghadereen is due to close shortly, while it's expected the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea, which cares for patients with Alzheimers and dementia, will also close.

    Both facilities were discussed at a heated meeting on Friday between the HSE and local Oireachtas representatives, and Tony Canavan, Chief Operations Officer with the HSE has since stated that the Rosalie Unit will close in the long-term.

    He said a review is underway to assess the future care of the 12 residents at the facility, and the policy of no new admissions to the centre will not be reversed.

    Midwest News has been unable to make contact with Minister Denis Naughten this morning, but it's understood he walked out of the meeting on Friday in disgust.

    The Minister - who lost the FG whip in 2011 following the closure of the A& E unit at Roscommon Hospital - is expected to raise the matter with the Taoiseach when he returns from New York.

    Minister Naughten has also written to the Minister for Older People Jim Daly on foot of Friday's meeting, and will be seeking a meeting with him and the Health Minister Simon Harris this week.

    However, a spokesperson told the Irish Independent she could not comment on whether Minister Naughten is considering withdrawing his support from the minority Government if the matter is not resolved.

    Denis Naughten's constituency colleague, Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice, has called on Minister Naughten to stand by previous committments he made in relation to the Rosalie Unit, and said it's time to put people before politics.


  • The Communications Minister Denis Naughten insists the National Broadband Plan is still on track.

    Following the withdrawal of SSE from the Enet consortium over the weekend, concerns have been expressed about the delivery of broadband to rural areas.

    However, Minister Naughten told Midwest News today that tenders are expected from the Enet consortium in the coming weeks, and he expects the procurement process will be completed later this year, as expected.

    Minister Naughten said he does not expect this latest development to delay the rollout of the National Broadband Plan....

  • The Government has confirmed that committments given in 2015 in relation to the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea will be honoured.

     Roscommon-based Minister Denis Naughten has received a letter from the Minister for Mental Health & Older People Jim Daly, confirming that the Rosalie Unit will continue to form part of the service delivery for older people.

    This comes as a welcome development for the residents of the unit and their families, as a senior HSE manager had indicated recently that the facility may close.

    Minister Daly points out that the matter of the best interests of the current residents of the Rosalie Unit is a separate issue, and independent assessments of each resident will be carried out to assess the most appropriate long-term care plan for each individual.

    That's perfectly acceptable, according to Liam Walsh, who's an advocate on behalf of resident's families.

    Following a packed public meeting on the issue again on Monday night in Castlerea, Liam Walsh has welcomed this letter from Minister Daly, which he says is great news for the current residents, and those who might need the unit in the future.

  • The Minister for Communications has warned that people need to respect the office of the US President.

    Denis Naughten has refused to directly criticise fellow Government Ministers who've threatened to demonstrate during Donald Trump's planned visit here in November.

    But he has said that protesting won't solve any problems.

    The Taoiseach claims there's a standing invitation for any US President to come to Ireland, despite the visit coming 'out of the blue'.

    Denis Naughten agrees that President Trump is welcome here.

  • At a packed public meeting last night in Castlerea, Minister Naughten confirmed that the Taoiseach will honour the commitments given in 2015, securing the Rosalie unit as a residential facility,

    Confirmation in writing confirming that commitment is expected later today.

    Liam Walsh, whose mother is a resident in the Rosalie Unit for some years, told Midwest News this morning that the packed hall was delighted with that news last night.

    The Rosalie Unit, a residential facility for people with mental health issues, looked destined to close in the coming weeks, according to the HSE.

    A campaign to keep the facility open has been ongoing for some years now.

    Mr Walsh told Midwest News this morning that people power appears to have won out in this case.

    Minister Naughten had been speaking with the Taoiseach about the Unit’s future earlier yesterday, before attending the public meeting, and he said the Taoiseach assured him that the commitments, given by Leo Varadkar himself, as Health Minister in 2015, to the people of Castlerea concerning the Unit’s future as a residential facility will be upheld.

    Mr Walash says they are now awaiting that verbal commitment in writing later today, but he said he is cautiously optimistic that the Rosalie Unit as a residential facility has been secured.


  • The HSE has been accused of betraying the residents of the Rosalie Unit, a facility for adults with mental health issues in Castlerea, by families who say they will fight plans to close the unit.

    Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has confirmed, to the Irish Times, that he will attend a public meeting in the town to night as relatives of those living in Unit reacted angrily to a HSE suggestion that their care needs would be better served elsewhere.

    Minister Denis Naughten, lobbied Minister for Health Simon Harris on the Unit’s future last week, and is under pressure locally to keep the facility open to the 12 residents in it at present.

    Liam Walsh, whose mother, Breda (83), has been living in the Rosalie Unit since 2009, said Mr Naughten had told a public meeting last February that the unit would not close while he was part of the government.

    Mr Naughten lost the Fine Gael whip after voting against the government decision to close the emergency department of Roscommon hospital in 2011.

    Recently  Tony Canavan of HSE West  told a meeting with local representatives that a report completed on the unit indicated that better care for residents could be provided in a different setting and said the unit was set for closure. However, he said before a final decision is made the report was being reviewed by a medical expert.

    Mr Walsh pointed out that there were 33 residents in the unit when his mother moved in and said following a decision to stop all new admissions in September 2016, the number had dropped to 12. “They have been trying to close it by stealth,” he insisted.

    We believe they want this building for something else, but we are prepared to keep fighting

    Mr Naughten confirmed he would raise the issue this week with the Taoiseach and said he would continue to press Mr Harris and Minister of State Jim Daly in relation to the unit.

    In response to a query on the unit by Fianna Fail deputy Euergene Murphy  last week in the Dail, Minister Jim Daly’s response concurred with the likely closure of the unit as a residential facility.

    The public meeting will take place in Hester's Golden Eagle Lounge this evening at 8.30pm





  • On the spot litter fines will be increased from €150 to €250 under new legislation being brought forward by the Environment Minister Denis Naughten.

    The Roscommon-based Minister has today published the 2017 National Litter Pollution Report, which shows that cigarette butts account for more than half the litter on our streets and roads.

    Cigarette-related litter accounts for 56% of waste, with packaging, food-related litter and sweet papers accounting for another 34% of litter.

    Minister Naughten told Midwest News  that smokers are responsible for much of the litter in our towns and communities....