Sligo County Council

  • A lifeguard is on duty today at Enniscrone Beach.

    Midwest News understands that following an outcry yesterday, a lifeguard has been put in place today.

    Sligo County Council issued a statement yesterday to say there would not be a lifeguard on duty due to a lack of available staff.

    However Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin told Midwest News today that she was down at Enniscrone Beach this morning and there is a lifeguard on duty.


  • The huge 'NO' sign which was put up on the north side of Ben Bulben mountain yesterday morning is gone.

    It is not clear when it was removed but from about 7am this morning it was no longer to be seen.

    The erection of the sign by members of the Sligo For Life group generated considerable controversy all day yesterday with  criticism of the group for defacing Sligo's iconic mountain.

    By yesterday afternoon Sligo County Council had begun an investigation under planning laws into its erection. 

    The National Parks and Wildlife Service told the people responsible to take it down.

    An Taisce submitted a legal complaint to Sligo County Council on its erection.

    It claims the 100 foot sign would require planning permission as the mountain is part of a sensitive rural landscape in a visually vulnerable area and is surrounded by scenic routes, all designated under the Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023.


    The President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce , Fiona Candon, says she’s unhappy with the use of Ben Bulben as a billboard but says there’s unlikely to be any negative impact.

  • Sligo County Council is disputing aspects of a €5m legal costs bill being sought from the council by the owners of Lissadell, for their marathon legal action over public rights of way across the historic estate.

    The Irish Independent reports that the main dispute concerns a total instructions fee for about €2.7m sought by Sligo-based McGovern Walsh & Co Solicitors, solicitors for the owners, barristers Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy, following a 58-day High Court case and 9-day Supreme Court appeal.

    The council contends the instructions fee is excessive.

    The owners' case, initiated in 2009, incurred total costs estimated at about €7m.

    The Supreme Court had in 2014 ordered the council to pay three-quarters of the legal costs incurred by the owners in the High and Supreme Courts.

    The council must also pay its own legal costs bill, estimated at about €2m.

    Yesterday, a hearing  - which is expected to last several days - opened before High Court Taxing Master James Behan to deal with issues arising from the owners' bill of costs.

    Master Behan is first hearing submissions on behalf of the owners, and will then hear the council's response.

  • A Sligo Fianna Fail Councillor says he will run as an Independent candidate in next year's local elections, if he cannot represent Fianna Fail.

    Councillor Joe Queenan has confirmed that he received an email from party headquarters yesterday to say his name will not be going forward for the Fianna Fail selection convention for the Ballymote/Tubbercurry area, while an investigation is underway by SIPO - the Standards in Public Office Commission.

    Councillor Queenan faced counts of breaching ethics' legislation following an undercover investigation by the RTE Investigates Programme.

    While this process is ongoing, Councillor Queenan told Midwest News he cannot contest next year's local elections for Fianna Fail, but will run as an Independent candidate otherwise.....

  • A Sligo Councillor is calling for all bicycles sold in Sligo to be registered on a central database, to help prevent theft, and to reunite owners with bikes that have been recovered.

    Ballymote-Tubbercurry FG Councillor Dara Mulvey says such a bike database register is very useful for police forces in the UK, and he's calling on Sligo County Council to work with Gardai and the Department of Transport in introducing a similar system here.

    He believes a comprehensive register might be a deterrent to would-be thieves.

  • Sligo county council spent almost €100,000 refurbishing one derelict social housing unit last year, that according to today’s Irish Times.

    Ten long-term derelict void units were brought back into use by Sligo County Council at a cost of more than a half a million euroin 2017, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act to the paper.

    The council said the maximum spend on one unit was just under 100,000 euro for a house in the Tubercurry area that required “major refurbishment”.

    It said it now “inspects such properties as soon as practicable after vacancy”.

    Voids occur when tenants vacate houses or flats, either transferring to somewhere more suitable or leaving to purchase their own property. The death of a tenant or a marital breakdown can also result in a void unit.

    The council said work included new footpaths, walls, doors, a new heating system, rewiring, the replacement of some ceilings, tiling, painting and decorating.

  • Sligo County Council is to purchase spray paint stencils to help curb the issue of dog fouling in the county.

    Leas Cathaoirleach of the council Cllr Keith Henry called on the local authority to tackle the problem by using different methods.

    He said the signs that have been erected are not enough of a deterrent and suggested that spray paint stencils be used, similar to other local authorities in the UK.

    The stencils are used to spray paint onto the footpath, in areas where dog fouling is an issue and Cllr Henry says it may help to get the message across to those who do not comply with the law.

    The council confirmed on foot of Cllr Henry’s request that they would purchase the stencils.

  • Sligo County Council has warned beachgoers that there will be no lifeguards on duty at Enniscrone Beach this weekend.

    The local authority says it is due to a lack of available staff.

    The council has warned people to take care in the water and not to take any unnecessary risks.

    The statement says that normal service will resume next week.


  • Sligo County Council will meet later this month and discuss two motions to endorse candidates for the Presidential Election.

    Councillors will discuss motions to endorse Sean Gallagher and Peter Casey when they meet on Monday September 24th according to RTE News.

    Seven people seeking an endorsement for a nomination to contest the Presidential Election addressed the council yesterday.

    The council heard from Mr Gallagher, Mr Casey, as well as Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Kevin Sharkey, Gemma O'Doherty and Sarah Louise Mulligan.

    Mr Gallagher has already secured a nomination to run.

    He told the meeting he is not seeking further endorsements and suggested to councillors who might have been considering a motion to endorse him, to feel free to instead advance other candidates.

    He was later criticised by Mr Sharkey, who said he was surprised to see Mr Gallagher in Sligo, given he had already secured a nomination.

    The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Martin Baker wished each of the candidates well.




  • The death has occurred of Sligo county councillor Margaret Gormley.

    The long serving Independent councillor was co-opted to the local authority in 1980 . She was first elected in 1985 and served as Cathaoirleach in 2004.

    In her almost 40 years on Sligo county council,the Bunninadden based councillor always spoke her mind and was a great advocate for rural areas, particularly her native South Sligo.

  • The Mayor of Sligo has expressed his and the local authority’s condolences to the family of the late councillor Margaret Gormley. Margaret passed away yesterday morning.

     Mayor Martin Baker says the Gormley family connection with Sligo County Council goes back to 1942, when the Independent councillor’s late father Willie was first elected to the Council. Margaret was co-opted onto the Council in 1980 and successfully contested every subsequent local election. The Bunninadden based councillor served as Cathaoirleach in 2004.

     He has described Margaret as was one of the most committed and hard working people  he knew, saying she served the people of South Sligo with great distinction. “She was a great champion  for the under-dog or people struggling in any way.  One of her many interests was in Gaelic Football, she was one of the first in the county to promote ladies football”.

    Ciarán Hayes, Chief Executive of the Council, spoke of his ‘privilege’ to have known her.  ‘Margaret represented her constituents with tenacity and had a determination and drive to see rural Sligo prosper the same as the regional capital”.

     Her remains will be reposing at her home in Carrowloughlin, Bunninadden, Ballymote from 1 o’clock until 10 o’clock today (Saturday) and on Sunday from 12 o’clock until 9 o’clock. 

    She will be laid to rest on Monday  after 12 o’clock Mass in Church of the Sacred Heart, Bunninadden in Cloonameehan Cemetery.