Sligo

  • There's a jobs boost for Sligo today, with the news that 80 new jobs are being created in Cork and Sligo.

    Capita Customer Solutions has signed a three-year contract worth 12 million euro with Electric Ireland to provide credit control and collection services.

    Capita currently employs 650 people and the new jobs will be based at the company's head office in Co Cork and a satellite operation in Sligo.

    The company offers a diverse range of services to clients in the Agriculture, food, telecommunications, travel, energy and media industries.

     

  • Former Fine Gael Minister and Dail deputy for Sligo, John Perry, says he is astonished at the procrastination of Fine Gael in selecting a second replacement candidate on the party ticket in the Sligo Leitrim constituency.

    Over the summer, Gerry Reynolds who had been selected to run for the party in this newly drawn up constituency announced his decision to withdraw his name. He has since been replaced by Boyle based Roscommon Senator Frank Feighin on the party ticket.

    Then last month cllr Sinead Maguire who had also been selected to run for the party in the same constituency also withdrew her name. It’s this second vacancy that John Perry believes now needs to be immediately filled.

    He told Midwest News today that the voice of the ordinary members of Fine Gael need to be heard in this process and has called on the constituency chairman or secretary to call a meeting on the matter.

  • Leitrim boxer Dearbhla Rooney secured a bronze medal at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires last night.

    The Leitrim featherweight beat New Zealand's Te Mania Shelford-Evans on a unanimous decision.

    There was disappointment for Sligo flyweight Dean Clancy.

    He was beaten on a unanimous decision by his Brazilian opponent in their bronze medal bout.

     

  • 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 Local Electoral Area Boundary Commission Report has been released.

    The committe is recommending a division of County Mayo into 6 local electoral areas.

    Currently there are local electoral areas in Ballina, Castlebar, Claremorris and West Mayo. The committee is recommending a division into six areas, to be formed around the towns of Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris, Swinford and Westport.

    They have recommended Ballina have six members, Belmullet three members, Castlebar seven members, Claremorris six members, Swinford and Westport four each.

    That will bring the countywide total to 30 – the figure at which it currently stands.

    The committee has recommended that Municipal Districts in Mayo are constituted as follows: Ballina Municipal District, Claremorris-Swinford Municipal District, Castlebar Municipal District and Westport-Belmullet Municipal District.

     

    In Sligo the number of councillors will also remain the same at 18. However Sligo, which currently has ten councillors, will be split into the new areas of Sligo-Drumcliff and Sligo-Strandhill and they will have five and six councillors respectively.

    Ballymote-Tubbercurry will remain unchanged as an area but will lose one seat – going from eight to seven.

     

    In Roscommon the committee is recommending no change to the current configuration of the three local electoral areas – formed around the towns of Athlone, Boyle and Roscommon.

    In Galway, the boundary committee is recommending dividing the county into 7 local electoral areas.

    At present, Galway County Council has 39 members elected from five local electoral areas.

    Connemara and Tuam both elect 9 councillors, with 8 in Loughrea, 7 in Athenry-Oranmore and 6 in the Ballinasloe electoral area.

    The Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee is recommending dividing Galway into 7 local electoral areas, still with a total of 39 councillors.

    Under this plan, Connemara would be dividing into two electoral areas - Connemara North and Connemara South, with 4 and 5 elected members respectively.

    Athenry-Oranmore would retain 7 councillors and Ballinasloe 6.

    Loughrea would be reduced from 8 to 5 elected members, Tuam would be reduced from 9 to 7 councillors, and a new electoral area would be created in Gort / Kinvara with 5 councillors.

    The boundary commitee is also recommending 5 Municipal Districts in Co Galway - the Ballinasloe, Connemara, Loughrea, Athenry and Tuam Municipal Districts.

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    A well-attended public meeting in Enniscrone last night heard concerns about plans to erect a telecommunications mast in a densely-populated area of the town.

    Sligo County Council has granted planning permission to the ESB for a 20-metre mast at a sub-station in Frankford, Enniscrone to be used for the 5G network.

    Local residents are concerned about the proximity of  the mast to their houses, and claim not enough is known about the impact of 5G technology.

    They're preparing to submit an objection to An Bord Pleanala next week in relation to the development.

     

     

     

  • Martin McDonagh's film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner at last night's British Academy of Film and Television Awards, winning five awards including Best Film.

    Three Billboards also scooped the trophies for Outstanding British Film and Best Original Screenplay for London-Irish writer & director McDonagh, whose mother is from Easkey, Co Sligo and his father is a native of Connemara.

    On hearing that Three Billboards had been named Best Film, Martin McDonagh said he felt "overwhelmed"

    Actress Frances McDormand took home the BAFTA for Best Lead Actress in Three Billboards, while Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson were both nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for their performances in the film, with Rockwell taking the award on the night.

  • Cryptosporidium was detected in 25 public water supplies last year - up from 17 the previous year.

    However, the quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high - that's according to the EPA Drinking Water Quality in Public Supplies Report for 2018.

    The report says that, while the overall quality of water supplies remains high, it's important Irish Water ensures that water treatment plants are properly and effectively operated to protect public health.

    The Environmental Protection Agency says plants without appropriate treatment for cryptosporidium need to be prioritised for investment by Irish Water.

    During 2018, 44 boil water notices were in place - this is now down to 19 boil water notices affecting over 15,000 customers.

    The largest is the Lough Talt supply in Sligo, where over 12 and a half thousand customers are still boiling water before use.

    However, work is due to start shortly on the long-awaited upgrade works at the Lough Talt water treatment plant, and the €10 million project should take between 12 and 14 months to complete.

  • There's good news for almost 13,000 consumers served by the Lough Talt water supply in south Sligo and parts of Mayo.

    A boil notice has been in place on the water supply for most of the past year and a half, and is still in place.

    However, Sligo County Council management have confirmed that work will start in September or early October on the long-awaited upgrade works at the Lough Talt water treatment plant.

    Sligo FG Councillor Martin Connolly says the works will take between 12 and 14 months to complete, but should end the water difficulties for consumers in Tubbercurry, Ballymote and a number of other villages and townlands served by the Lough Talt supply....

  • A man has been arrested after a drugs seizure in Co Sligo.

     

    Gardaí seized 4 kilos of cannabis herb, over 4,000 xanax tablets, and a quantity of cocaine, with a total estimated street value of 110,000 euro.

     

    The discovery was made after Gardaí searched a house in Calry last night.

     

    A 30 year old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station where he's being detained under the Drug Trafficking Act.

     

     

     

  • A man's been charged in connection with a murder in Sligo.

    He's due to appear in court in Donegal later today.

    20 year old local man, Jimmy Loughlin, was found dead at a house at Connolly Street in the town on Saturday afternoon.

    Post mortem results are not being released for operational reasons but it's believed he was the victim of an assault.

    Mr Loughlin was a student until recently and worked as a DJ.

    He had also worked in McDonalds in Sligo as a teenager.

  • A male pedestrian has died after he was struck by a car on the main Sligo/Donegal Road in Sligo last night.

    The 53-year-old man was struck by a car in the townland of Lisalurg and was removed to Sligo University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The local coroner has been notified.

    The road remains closed and diversions are in place.

    Investigations are ongoing and Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Sligo Garda Station 071-915 7000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

     

  • A man in his late 50’s has died after a fishing vessel capsized off the Mayo coast.

    Two other men onboard the vessel are currently in hospital where their injuries are thought to be non life-threatening.

    All three men are from the Erris area.

    The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter (R118) located and recovered the three men from a life raft, approximately 16 miles off Eagle Island.

    The men were then subsequently airlifted to Sligo University Hospital, however it has now been confirmed that one man has died.

    The Coast Guard operation was co-ordinated by Malin Head Rescue Coordination centre who picked up a mayday broadcast shortly after 12.30pm.

    The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter and Ballyglass RNLI were immediately tasked to search the area.

    The search was also supported by an Air Corps Casa maritime patrol aircraft which was airborne at the time.

    At approximately 1.20 pm the Coast Guard helicopter spotted flares which enabled them locate the casualties.

  • The body of a man who died in a work place accident yesterday in County Sligo will be laid to rest on Friday afternoon.

    Gerard Greene from Gortnagoyne, Dunmore, Co. Galway died while cutting down a tree.

    The accident occurred at Drumbaun, Curry at about 11.30 yesterday morning.

    Mr. Greene who was in his 30’s was fatally injured, and his body was removed to Sligo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    The Health & Safety Authority and the Gardai are investigating the circumstances of the fatal accident.

    The remains of Gerard Greene will repose at his residence tomorrow evening from 4pm until 9pm and again on Thursday from 4pm-9pm.

    Removal will take place on Friday to St. Patrick’s Church, Garrafrauns for funeral mass at 1 o’clock followed by burial in Addergoole cemetery.

  • A man in his 60's has died in a road collision in Co Sligo.

    The single-vehicle collision occurred at about 9.45 this morning when the man's car struck a wall at a bridge at Doomore, Cloonacool.

    His body was removed to Sligo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    The Cloonacool-Tubbercurry road remains closed to traffic, as a technical and forensic examination of the scene is underway.

    Diversions are in place.

    Anyone who witnessed this morning's collision is asked to contact Ballymote Garda Station at 071- 91 89500.

     

     

  • An investigation is underway after a man suffered head and neck injuries after he was stabbed in Sligo last night.

    The incident happened on the Strandhill Road area at around twenty five past eight.

    The victim, whose injuries are not believed to be life threatening, was  brought to Sligo Regional Hospital.

    One man has been arrested and is being detained at Ballymote Garda Station.

     

  • A man who had been reported missing from Co Sligo has been found safe and well.

    Paul Geraghty, also known as Pol MacOireachtaigh, who is from Tubbercurry was reported missing on Tuesday June 26th.

    Gardai confirmed this afternoon that he has been found safe and well and thanked the public for their help in the matter.

     

     

  • The general manager of a Sligo hotel has secured a temporary High Court injunction, preventing what he claims is a flawed disciplinary hearing against him from proceeding.

    The injunction was secured by Fergal Ryan, general manager of the Clayton Hotel in Sligo, against his employer Dalata Hotel Group Plc

    Issues had arisen over the testimony of two employees at the Sligo hotel who were called as witnesses for the company.

    Senior counsel Patrick O'Reilly, acting for Fergal Ryan, told the High Court that the disciplinary hearing was flawed to the degree that it was now "doomed".

    Mr Ryan, who has worked in the hotel industry for 28 years, said disciplinary proceedings were started against him earlier this year after he declined offers of money from his employer to leave this job.

    Mr Ryan's solicitor had asked that the disciplinary process be halted, but that was refused, resulting in the injunction application.

    Ms Justice Theresa Pilkington, granting the injunction, said she was satisfied a serious issue that requires adjudication by the court has been raised, and returned the matter to next week.

  • Many parts of the region are without electricity today following high winds and lightning strikes overnight.

    Around 700 homes and businesses are without electricity in the Crossmolina area, with another 200 out in the Bangor Erris region.

    Around 400 are without power in the Killala area, while around 600 are without electricity in the Ballina/Ardnaree/Bonniconlon areas and almost 200 homes are out in Knockmore.

    In Swinford about 1000 electricity customers are out, with over 100 in Achill and around 350 in Enniscrone.

    ESB Powercheck says estimated restoration times at present are at around 8pm this evening. 

     

  • Former MEP Marian Harkin has confirmed she will not be running for Fine Gael in the next General Election.

    The Sligo woman had been at the centre of speculation in recent weeks, as the party seeks a running mate to partner Boyle based Senator Frank Feighan in the next race for the Dail.

    It had been suggested this week that the ex-MEP, who stepped down from her role in Europe in May’s elections, might be tempted to run for the party, but last night confirmed via twitter that she would not be joining Fine Gael.