Sligo

  • The government is being urged to act on new powers it will have to determine VAT rates on defibrillators.

    MEPs, who are meeting in Strasbourg, have backed an overhaul of the VAT system across Europe.

    Member states will have more flexibility, in certain cases, to decide the rate applied to some products - including defibrillators, which currently attract a 23 per cent rate.

    In the past the Irish government has said its hands are tied when it to comes to decision making on VAT.

    Independent MEP for Midlands North-West, Marian Harkin, wants the Government to now remove VAT from defibrillators:

  • The Minister for Agriculture has announced details of Online Clinics which will be held across the region in April, to assist farmers to submit their Basic Payment Scheme and Transfer of Entitlements applications online.

    Farmers can meet on a one-to-one basis with Department staff who will assist them in making their BPS application.

    Under EU regulations, all applications must now be submitted online, and the application process is open since February.

    BPS online clinics are being held across the region where farmers can meet one-to-one with a member of staff from the Department, and make their Basic Payment Scheme application there and then.

    A clinic will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sligo next Friday 5th April, at the Twin Trees Hotel, Ballina on Wed 10th April, at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel in Oranmore, Galway on Friday 12th April and the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe the following Tuesday 16th April, and at the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris on Tuesday 30th April - the clinics will run from 9am to 3pm.

    Further online clinics are planned for Galway, Roscommon and Mayo during the month of May.

    Minister Michael Creed is urging farmers to avail of the opportunity to apply for the BPS with the assistance of Department staff.

    Farmers with queries in relation to completing the BPS apaplication online can also ring the Department at 076 - 1064420.

     

  • The Minister with responsibility for the OPW Kevin Boxer Moran has been invited to visit Ballymote Castle in Co Sligo, to explain why public access to the castle has been restricted over the past year.

    Ballymote Castle was built around 1300 and is one of the last Norman castles built in Connacht.

    Sligo Fianna Fail Councillor Keith Henry says a number of areas of the castle are closed off, due to safety concerns, and permission to enter is required in advance by emailing the OPW, which he claims is a backward step.

    Councillor Henry, who's a History teacher, says the castle is a great public amenity for locals and visitors, and should be fully re-opened to the public.

    He's awaiting a response to his invitation to Minister Moran to visit the castle

  • Transport Minister Shane Ross is due to visit Co Sligo next month to officially launch three infrastructural developments in the county.

    Contrary to earlier reports that Minister Ross would visit Sligo this Sunday, the Department of Transport has confirmed that the date will be Monday 25th February.

    After decades of campaigning for a new road, the Minister will turn the sod to mark the official start of construction work on the new €100 million N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin road.

    This stretch of road has claimed over 20 lives in road collisions in recent years, and led to a number of white crosses being erected along the roadside to remember those fatally injured.

    Minister Ross will also inspect two other major infrastructural projects on the day - the new Western Distributor Road and the Eastern Link Bridge in Sligo Town.

    The three projects involved a total investment of some €220 million.

     

     

  • Ministers have been keen to point out that the National Planning Framework is not Dublin-focused.

    But with 40 percent of the population living in the Greater Dublin Area, and congestion a growing problem, those who work and live in the capital want a slice of the pie.

    The cabinet is meeting at the moment to approve the Ireland 2040 development plan.

    Ministers have gathered in Sligo to finalise the 116 billion euro strategy.

    It will see a strong focus on health, housing and transport.

    The plan aims to cater for the extra million people who will be living in Ireland by 2040.

    Minister for Transport Shane Ross told Midwest News in Sligo today that they are going to invest heavily in the west and northwest.

    Meanwhile Sligo Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry says he is disappointed that Government has decided to announce how they are using €115bn of the taxpayers’ money at a glorified photo call in Sligo – when in his opinion it should have been announced in the Dail.

    He said he is hopeful with what has been leaked in the past few days that the regional areas are looked after.

  • Gardaí in Sligo are appealing for witness after a 53-year-old man was killed in a road crash.

    He was struck by a car while walking on the N15 main Sligo - Donegal Road at Lisnalurg outside Sligo Town just after 11 o'clock last night.

    He was pronounced dead a short time later at Sligo University Hospital.

    The N15 road is due to reopen to traffic this lunchtime following a forensic collision examination.

     

  • Irishmen and women who died in past wars or on UN service are being remembered today at ceremonies across the country.

    The National Day of Commemoration is being marked at six locations across Ireland, including Galway and Sligo.

    In Galway the commemoration ceremony starts at 11am at the Quadrangle at NUIG and in Sligo the event gets underway at 1.30pm at Sligo City Hall.

    In Dublin President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar are among those attending at the National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks.

    Family members and a wide cross-section of the community, as well as relatives of the 1916 Leaders, have also been invited.

  • Following on from the successful launch of the National Football Exhibition in Dublin, it now hits the road with the first stop in Sligo next month. 

    Designed to celebrate 60 years of the European Championships, the Exhibition - which is free entry - was officially opened ahead of the EURO 2020 Qualifying Draw in Dublin and it showcases significant parts of Irish footballing history.

    Separated into six different zones to represent various parts of Irish & European football, the Exhibition contains rare match programmes, unique match jerseys, treasured memorabilia, and exclusive pieces, such as specially commissioned artwork from Barry Masterson and Danny Earls, as well as submissions from kids involved with Fighting Words.

    There is also an interactive element to the Exhibition to ensure that all members of the family can get involved with a Photo Booth to get your picture taken, a recording booth to practice your commentary skills, and quiz stations to test your footballing knowledge.

    Feel free to roam around and discover every part of the Exhibition, or download the National Football Exhibition App and pick up a pair of free headphones at the venue to listen to the audio tour.

    Taking place in Sligo City Hall, it will have a local feel with unique additions celebrating the county's footballing history. The free of charge Exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday, February 16 - Thursday, February 28. 

    Sligo City Hall Opening Times
    Sunday Monday 11:00 - 15:00
    Tuesday - Friday 11:00 - 18:00
    Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

  • 54% of Mayo GP’s are not taking on new patients at their clinical practices- according to a survey by the Irish Independent.

    The survey asked GP practices across the country if they are taking on new patients to their GP practice.

    The worst figure in the west comes from Sligo, with only 17% taking on new patients and a further 17% of GP’s requiring an assessment.

    In Roscommon, 33% of GP’s have stopped taking on new patients with a further 17% requiring an assessment.

    While Galway sees 16% of GP's not taking on new patients while a further 20% require an assessment.

    Leitrim is the only county in the province to have all GP’s accepting new patients.

  • Two out of every five Irish jobs are at high risk of being replaced by machines.

    A new UCC report has examined which towns are most of risk of automation.

    If you work in Edgeworthstown in Co Longford, Ballyjamesduff in Cavan or Carrick-On-Suir Co Tipperary then you're most at risk of being replaced by a machine.

    Office jobs, admin postions, process plant operators as well as jobs in agriculture are the most at risk of automation.

    In order to figure out which towns were most likely to be taken over by robots, University College Cork looked at population, education levels, age demographics and the types of jobs that are in the area.

    Jobs in education, the arts, media, culture related positions, social care and research and development were least likely to be affected.

    The towns that are least at risk are Bearna in Co. Galway, Strandhill in Sligo and Malahide in Dublin

  • An Post is being criticised for putting up their new logo and signage at a Co Sligo Post Office which is due to close next week.

    Gurteen Post Office is to close on the last day of February - despite a strong local campaign for its retention.

    The Save Gurteen Post Office Action Group has repeatedly stressed that the population of the village is 512  - while An Post CEO David McRedmond gave a commitment last year that no location with a population over 500 would lose its post office.

    Committee members were amazed this week to see the old An Post sign being removed from Gurteen Post Office, which was then replaced with a new sign - despite the premises closing next week.

    An Post has responded to a query from Midwest Radio on the matter - by saying that post offices all over the country are currently being provided with An Post's new logo and signage, and Gurteen - as a working post office- was fitted with the new signage earlier this week along with other Sligo post offices.

     

     

     

  • Due to overnight snow the GAA has confirmed that the following games fixed for today have been postponed and subject to pitch inspections will be played tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday, March 19 at the same venue and at the same time.

    • AFL Roinn 2: Louth v Meath
    • AFL Roinn 3: Offaly v Sligo
    • AFL Roinn 4: Waterford v Leitrim, Wicklow v Limerick
    • AHL Roinn 1: Offaly v Kilkenny, Dublin v Tipperary, Wexford v Galway
    • AHL Roinn 2A Final: Westmeath v Carlow

    The AFL Roinn 2 Down v Tipperary match fixed for today is also postponed. However, this match has not been refixed for tomorrow due to the fact that it is not a Public Holiday in the Six Counties. The CCCC will confirm refixture details for this game on Tuesday.

    The GAA will continue to monitor pitches throughout the morning and further updates will be issued on gaa.ie and on official GAA social media platforms.

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    The number of job vacancies across the country has risen by 4% year-on-year.

    23 of the 26 counties in the Republic experience growth in Quarter 3 of 2018, according to IrishJobs.ie's new report.

    The number of posts available in Waterford rose by 27%, Sligo by 15% and Kilkenny has increased by 10%.

  • A new one year contract has been awarded to Easkey post office.

    An arrangement has been agreed with An Post whereby the postmaster in nearby Bonniconlon, Ian Clark, will take over the running of the post office in Easkey, for twelve months.

    There will be no break of service and the post office will remain in its current location.

    After one year, An Post will review the situation.

    A local campaign group, Save Easkey Post Office, has been lobbying to retain the village post office.

    In addition to public meetings, members demonstrated in large numbers outside Sligo IT last month when a special meeting of the Cabinet was taking place to launch the Government’s Ireland 2040 Programme…

    Richard Morrissey from the local action group says the Post Office has now been given a one-year reprieve, and it’s up to the local community to use the facility to prove its viability…

  • Organisations in counties Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Galway will benefit from funding announced under the 2018 Community Integration Fund.

    Minister of State David Staunton has announced that 115 grassroots organisations nationally will receive funding totalling half a million euro.

    The organisations each receive grants up to €5,000 for activities to support the integration of migrants within local communities.

    Ballaghadereen GAA Club and Ballaghadereen Community Games, Friends of the Centre in Ballaghadereen and Roscommon GAA club are among the recipients, as well as the Irish Refugee Council in Mayo and Sligo.

    Also in Sligo, the Sligo Family Resource Centre and Sligo Global Kitchen are among the recipients, while in Galway, the Galway Integration Consortium, Theatre for Change in Galway City, ARD Family Resource Centre and Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre will also receive grants under this fund.

    Minister Staunton says last year was the first year of the Community Integration Fund, and having visited some of the projects, he says he was struck by how great an impact such modest financial support can have in bringing migrants and their host communities together.

  • Over 100 companies will be offering careers advice and job opportunities at IT Sligo’s  Careers Fair next Wednesday the 17th of October.

    Abbott, AbbVie, Amazon and Ericsson are just some of the large multi-nationals in attendance. 

    The event, which will run in the main campus building, will cover a range of industry sectors including Engineering, Computing, Digital Technology, Accounting and Science.  They will also include local companies - both large and small- across many sectors.

    The Careers Fair is of particular interest to students and graduates, but is also open to the public.. 

    IT Sligo’s Careers Fair is on Wednesday 17th October, from 11am to 3pm.

  • The heatwave has claimed its first victim, after a peregrine falcon got stuck in melted tar on a road in Sligo.

    Sligo Fire Brigade managed to free the bird, but it later died despite the best efforts of a local vet and wildlife experts.

    Lothar Muschketat from the Eagles Flying wildlife sanctuary in Ballymote says it was a difficult task for all involved.

  • Pickets are to be placed at Lloyds Pharmacy outlets in various parts of the country today by Mandate members.

    The union represents 2 hundred and 70 of the company's 9 hundred and 30 staff.

    About 20 stores across Dublin will be affected, as well as outlets in Mullingar, Wicklow Town, Wexford and Sligo, however, a spokesperson for the pharmacy says all its stores remain open.

  • At the annual Prison Officers Association Conference taking place today in Sligo the issue of overcrowding in Irish prisons was again back on the agenda. 
    Tony Power, President of the Prisoners Officers Association told Midwest News that prisoners’ sleeping on mattresses on floors is becoming an all too common sight again , yet he said, our open Centers remain below capacity.

    He gave an example of  one landing at the Midlands Prison, initially designed to hold 38 prisoners, is now regularly accommodating  prisoner numbers in excess of 65 and this is mirrored in many of the prisons
    Overcrowding puts both prisoners and prison officers at unnecessary risk, he stated and that is not unacceptable.

  • A post mortem is due to be carried out today on the body of a man found in Sligo yesterday. Gardai are continuing to question a 31 year old man in connection with the murder.

    Gardai were called to the scene at a house in Connolly Street in Sligo Town yesterday afternoon. Detectives believe a 20 year-old man was the victim of an assault and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A 31-year-old man was arrested as part of the investigation and is being questioned at Ballymote Garda Station. A witness appeal has been launched and anyone with information is being urged to contact Gardai.