Sligo

  • 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.

  • After winning bronze in the 50 metres breast stroke yesterday, Sligo's Mona McSharry competes in the heat’s of the women's 100 metres individual medley at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow today.

  • Almost 3,000 homeless people around the country use a local post office as their home address to receive mail because of the scale of Ireland's housing crisis.

    New data reveals the spread of hidden homelessness across the country, with many people unaccounted for in official figures because they stay with friends and family.

    The Sunday Independent reports that the statistics show higher volumes of people in rural areas using post offices as an alternative because they have no home address.

    The figures show high demand for the service in Galway where there are 194 users.

    In counties across the west there are more homeless people registered for the An Post service than there are staying in emergency accommodation, according to the Department of Housing's most recent figures.

    Mayo with 31, Roscommon with 15, Leitrim with 5 and Sligo with 38, have more homeless people using post offices to access mail than those recorded as being in emergency accommodation.

    The figures have been made available by An Post for the first time since the service was created for homeless people last April

  • 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.

     

  • The N59 Sligo to Ballina Road is closed to traffic at Culleens due to smoke from a forest fire crossing the roadway.

    Traffic from Sligo side is being diverted via R297 at Dromore West.

    Traffic travelling from Ballina will be diverted via R298 at Lacknaslieva.

  • 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.

  • A plan to help the west and border regions to compete economically with Dublin has been announced. 

    The Northern and Western Regional Assembly proposal is aiming for a 50 percent increase in the population of Galway over the next 20 years. 

    It also plans for the growth of Sligo, Letterkenny and Athlone.  

    The proposals include remote working, affordable housing and better work-life balance. 

  • 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

  • Theatres, clubs, marts, markets, hairdressers and bingo halls are among a list of businesses now closed as part of major new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19, as people are advised to work from home unless attendance in the workplace is absolutely essential.

    The order came into force at midnight and will remain in place, along with previously announced restrictions, until at least April 19th.

    The Government ordered yesterday that non-essential retail outlets are to close, while essential shops should implement strict physical distancing measures.

    Those remaining open include food shops, pharmacies, hardware stores, post offices and credit unions.

    All sporting events are cancelled, including those behind closed doors.

    All playgrounds and caravan parks are closed, and all cafés and restaurants are to operate on a take-away or deliver business.

    People are also being asked to stay at home where possible and not meet outside in groups larger than four.

    There's been some criticism of the decision to keep construction sites and factories open, but construction sites where safe distancing cannot be practised are being advised to close.

    Last night, 204 new cases of coronavirus were announced along with one death, bringing the total number of fatalities in this country to seven.

    Dublin has over half the number of cases at 535, followed by Cork with 123 cases or 13 percent.

    As of the latest confirmed county figures, there are 35 confirmed cases in Co Galway, 9 cases in Mayo, 8 in Sligo and less than 5 in Co Roscommon.

    Nationally, 29% of cases have been hospitalised with 36 people admitted to ICU.

  • 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.

     

     

     

  • Around 5,000 people have signed petitions in support of a Nigerian woman who is due to be deported today.

    Loveth Oyiboka has lived in a direct provision centre in Sligo for the past four years - but has now been ordered to leave Ireland.

    The 29-year-old studies and volunteers in the west, and her parents were murdered before she came here.

    Bulelani Mfaco, from the Movement of Asylum-Seekers in Ireland, says she will not leave Ireland today.

  • 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%.

  • The recent trend of a low number of Covid-19 cases is continuing - with just three deaths and 14 new cases confirmed in the Republic yesterday.

    There were no  new cases in Mayo, where the number of confirmed cases remains at 572.

    One additional case in Sligo has brought the county's figure to 129, with 342 confirmed cases in Roscommon, 486 in Galway and 84 in Co Leitrim.

  • Just over one million euro has been allocated  to St. Angela’s College in Sligo. The funding was announced this morning (October 18th 2019)  by the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, as part of a €14 million tranche to higher education institutions.

    Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed the announcement saying that €1.14m will go towards an ongoing process which will see the completion of St. Angela’s College incorporation into NUI Galway in the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) area.

    The college has experienced a significant increase in student numbers, 20% in 2017 and 10% last year.

    The Senator says “St Angela’s College in Sligo is the only home economics college in the country and is very ambitious in its plans to progress a major campus development project, incorporating elements of both refurbishment and new build.