Sligo

  • 13,000 consumers supplied by the Lough Talt public water supply have been advised to continue to boil water before use, at least until the end of April.

    The boil water notice was issued on 5th February following the detection of cryptosporidium in the water, and Irish Water announced on Friday that, of 18 samples collected over the past few weeks, six of the samples have shown cryptosporidium.

     The areas affected include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a number of villages in Sligo as well as Cloontia, Doocastle and the Moylough group water scheme in Mayo.

    Householders and businesses are urged to boil water before use until further notice.

    Irish Water is apologising for the inconvenience, and has confirmed today that businesses affected will get a 40% discount on their water in bill.

    In the meantime, a planning application is being prepared to install the necessary barriers against cryptosporidium at the Lough Talt water treatment plant.

    An Bord Plenala refused permission for the scheme in the past on environmental grounds.

    Sligo TD Eamon Scanlon says the public’s right to a clean water supply should be more important than protecting a species of snail, which has not been seen in the area in several years.

  • It has been confirmed this evening that the boil water notice for the Lough Talt Public Water Supply Scheme remains in place until further notice.

    A two-week testing and sampling programme which was implemented in agreement with the HSE has concluded and found two more positive detections for cryptosporidium.

    Irish Water met with the HSE today (Wednesday) and on the advice of the health authority the Boil Water Notice remains in place. A further two weeks of sampling and testing has been agreed and these results will be reviewed with the HSE on Friday, March 2. The HSE confirmed today that to date there have been no cases of associated illness reported in the community.

    In the meantime Irish Water is urgently progressing with an alternative design proposal and will be in consultation with the relevant stakeholders regarding this detailed option over the next few weeks.

    A statement from Irish Water this evening says its priority is The priority to ultimately provide compliant and robust water treatment for the 13,000 people who are affected by this Boil Water Notice in the shortest possible time.

    Over the past couple of weeks Irish Water, in partnership with Sligo County Council, has completed a review of the catchment followed by protection works at the inlet.

    Areas affected by the Boil Water Notice include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Bunnanaddan, Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteige, Quarryfield and Coolaney.

    This boil notice also includes customers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme (GWS) in Co Sligo and the following areas in Co Mayo: Cloontia, Doocastle, and the Moylough GWS.

    Customers are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption including the washing of teeth, making of ice and in the preparation of food that is not cooked. It is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice.

    A map of the scheme is available on the Irish Water and Sligo County Council’s websites.

  • In the coming weeks, Irish Water will be writing to 140 thousand homes and businesses in 16 counties, where water supply is 'not as good as it could be'.

    Homes and businesses on the public water network whose supplies are on the EPA's Remedial Action list will receive letters outlining problems with their supply.

    Irish Water says the water is still safe to drink in 53 of the 55 water schemes in the list.

    However, boil water notices are in place on the Lough Talt supply in Sligo and at Grangemore in Roscommon where the water is not safe to drink.

     Irish Water will outline what they're doing in these 55 areas to improve supply, and how soon the works will be carried out.

  • This Friday, a group of staff from IT Sligo will climb the equivalent of Mount Everest in their homes, to raise money for the North West Hospice.

    A small team of the college's staff will scale the equivalent of Mount Everest - climbing 55,000 steps, or 3,500 flights of stairs - with the target of raising €5,000 for the Hospice.

    They've already raised over half of that target, and are asking people to donate on the IT Sligo Facebook page, where there will be filmed updates and a tally of the steps achieved.

    Rosie Gilleece, Marketing Manager at IT Sligo, told Midwest News that the staff decided to undertake this challenge at a time when the North West Hospice is missing out on vital fundraising, due to Covid-19 restrictions....

  • 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.

  • The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering his wife in Sligo has been discharged, after three jurors contacted the court to indicate they were not in a position to attend.

    The 12-member jury panel was scheduled to hear closing speeches in the murder trial of 34-year old Rafal Karaczyn from Crozon Park, Sligo who has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of his 30-year old wife Natalia Karaczyn at their family home in Sligo between April 29th and May 1st 2018.

    Yesterday, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told the Central Criminal Court that the trial did not have a full complement of 12 jurors, as three had contacted the court to say they could not attend.

    Senior counsel Bernard Condon for the DPP told the judge his instructions were to ask that the jury be discharged and for the case to return to the list to fix dates.

    He said nobody knows when the trial could resume, and it would be unfair on jury members to be expected to re-assemble at some unknown point in the future.

    Mr Karaczyn was then remanded in custody with consent to bail, under the same terms and conditions, until March 30th.

  • 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 in his thirties has been arrested following a drugs seizure in Sligo yesterday. 

    As part of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing in the area, Gardaí searched a property is Castle Burn, Ballymote, where around €100,000 worth of cannabis was found. 

    A sum of cash was also recovered. 

    The man remains in custody and investigations are ongoing.

  • 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.

  • A man in his 70's is to appear in court in Sligo this morning charged in connection with an historical sexual abuse case.

    He is to be charged in relation to allegations of indecent assault after an investigation launched in March of last year.

    The charges relate to incidents which took place between 1978 and 1986 respectively.

    The man is due before Sligo District Court this morning.