Sligo

  • 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.

  • Sligo County Council is asking locals and visitors in Enniscrone not to swim at the pier area of the beach.

    The bathing advice notice was put in place as a precautionary measure, following the failure of a sewage pump which caused an uncontrolled discharge close to the pier area of Enniscrone beach yesterday morning.

    The pump was subsequently repaired and the area cleared up, but people are asked not to swim at the pier area.

    Water samples have been taken today for analysis, and the council expects the restrictions should be lifted on Thursday.

     

     

     

  • 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%.

  • In terms of the spread of the virus, while there were no further deaths reported yesterday, an additional 45 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported - of which 33 cases were in Co Kildare.

    The total number of confirmed cases nationally is now 26,253 and the death toll stands unchanged, at 1,763.

    One additional case has been confirmed in both Sligo and Leitrim - which both have a relatively low number of cases.

    Sligo has increased by one to 150 and Leitrim to 85.

    Elsewhere in Connacht, the number of confirmed cases in Mayo remains at 583, with 498 in Galway and the number in Roscommon is unchanged over the last month at 346.

     

  • 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.

     

  • There was one new case of Covid 19 in Connaught yesterday, that was in county Sligo, as figures nationally rose by 85

    One person with the virus died in the same period, bringing the death toll in the Republic to 1,763.

    Of the most recently notified new cases, 68% are under 45 years of age, with 26 cases located in Kildare, 18 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, nine in Laois, seven in Limerick, four in Meath and the remainder spread across seven other counties – including one new case confirmed in county Sligo.

    People are being urged to exercise extreme caution this bank holiday weekend, to try stop the spread of Covid-19.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team says this evening's figures will be crucial in assessing if further action is needed.

    It says it's "very concerned", and is on standby to meet later, should today's figures go in the wrong direction.

    At least 18 of the newest cases are from a cluster at a dog food factory in Co Kildare, which has been closed for the past week.

    Acting Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn says the next couple of days are critical:

  • Three-quarters of the 40 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in the Republic yesterday involved people under the age of 45.

    It was the highest number of cases in six weeks, bringing the total number to 25,929.

    But no new deaths were recorded, meaning the death toll remains at 1,764.

    Sligo is one of five counties reporting new cases of Covid-19.

    One new case has been identified in the county, bringing the total to 149. It comes a day after Mayo reported a new case, bringing its total to 576.

  • 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.

  • More than 70,000 Irish homes and premises  - including over 1,000 in Co Mayo - are in danger of coastal flooding caused by climate change, according to new data compiled for the insurance industry.

    Dublin, Louth and Clare would suffer the greatest damage in terms of numbers of properties affected, but the impact would be felt throughout all 14 coastal counties, according to the report from Irish firm Gamma Location Intelligence.

    It shows that 3.9% of addressed in Dublin would be flooded during a future extreme weather event, while 4,500 properties in Galway, 1,020 Mayo properties and 610 in Sligon would be at risk of severe flooding.

    The data shows that, based on average flood claims, the financial impact nationally of coastal flooding caused by climate change on properties alone would be €2 billion.

    Current claims average around €21,000 for damage to homes and almost €81,000 for commercial properties.

    That does not include loss of vehicles, belongings, disruption to business or the cost to the State of clean-ups and repairs to infrastructure.

     

  • 16 events are to take place across the country today to help women starting a business.

    They're being held in Galway, Sligo, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Waterford, Clare and more to celebrate National Women's Enterprise Day.

    There's been an 18 percent jump in the number of women leading businesses who attend training by Local Enterprise offices.

  • 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.