• 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.

  • 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.

  • Traffic management is in place on N59 Sligo-Ballina Road at Culleens due to smoke from fire on the adjoining lands.

    Midwest News understands that visibility is poor at this location and motorists are cautioned to take extreme care

    It follows a major forest fires at the same location on Wednesday evening.

    In that instance the road was closed for a number of hours due to smoke from the fire crossing the roadway near Culleens.

  • 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.


  • President Michael D Higgins will travel to Sligo on Friday for two engagements.

    At 2pm, the President will visit Mercy College Sligo and Aonad Loch Gile – Sligo’s secondary Gaelscoil at Mercy College.

    At 4pm, President Higgins is due in Ballisodare to perform the official naming ceremony of the ‘Martin Savage Bridge’ after the local 16-year old who took part in the 1916 Rising.

    Traffic restrictions will be in place in Ballisodare village during the proceedings.



    President Michael D Higgins will travel to Sligo on Friday for two engagements.

    At 2pm, the President will visit Mercy College Sligo and Aonad Loch Gile – Sligo’s secondary Gaelscoil at Mercy College.

    At 4pm, President Higgins is due in Ballisodare to perform the official naming ceremony of the ‘Martin Savage Bridge’ after the local 16-year old who took part in the 1916 Rising.

    Traffic restrictions will be in place in Ballisodare village during the proceedings.


  • Projects in Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon have been awarded funding from Inland Fisheries Ireland to support fisheries conservation and protection initiatives, and to give the public greater access to fishing sites.

    In total, €1 million is being allocated to 25 projects in 16 counties, under the National Strategy for Angling Development.

    Angling clubs, sports clubs, community groups, tourism providers and local authorities are among those who were successful in securing funding under this scheme to improve and protect their local fisheries.

    In Mayo, funding of €22,400 has been granted to Shean Lodge Fishery for the Tarsaughan River Salmon Conservation project.

    The river is currently eroding and has become shallow and is not ideal as a salmon habitat.

    This project will assess potential works to repair the eroding river bank, to improve the habitat.

    In Roscommon, €50,000 has been allocated for Lough Ree Angling Club, to create a wheelchair accessible angling centre and provide a wheelchair-accessible boat.

    In Sligo, €33,000 has been allocated for the River Easkey Angling Club, to provide stiles and footbridges at 32 locations along the river to give greater accessibility to fishing sites.

    This is the 3rd phase of the project.

    Inland Fisheries Ireland says they look forward to working with all of the successful applicants in delivering these projects for their communities.

  • Three Galway projects will receive €47,920 in funding as part of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme administered by the Department of Community and Rural Development.

    Gort River Walk Development Group and Gort Tidy Towns are to receive €19,760 for the development of a river bank walk in the centre of the town.

    Sliabh Aughty Walking Trails has been allocated €10,000 towards the cost of developing walking trails.

    Elsewhere, Corofin Community Development Association (CCDA) has been awarded €18,160 towards the development of a walking route linking the village to the community amenity space and playground.

    The grants were allocated in Measure 1 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme allocation.

    Measure 2 applications for larger projects under the scheme are still being assessed.

    Galway East TD and Minister for Rural Affairs Seán Canney welcomed the allocation of funds to the groups saying "The funding will assist in creating outdoor recreation facilities in their communities for the benefit of all."

    In Roscommon, €60,000 has been awarded to 4 outdoor recreation projects in Mote Park, Castlerea Demesne, Keadue and the National Famine Way.

    The works range from path and surface upgrades to signage and media content.

    In Sligo, €125,000 has been allocated equally to 5 projects under the scheme.

    The Sligo Walks Website, Lough Talt road walk, Achonry, Coolaney River Walk, Enniscrone Coastal Walk all receive €25,000 under the government programme.

    The upgrades there include repairs to paths, maintenance, drainage and online marketing.

    Yesterday, Minister Michael Ring announced that five walking trails in Mayo were to benefit from a share of €100,000 under  the scheme.

    Nephin Trailwalk in Laherdane, Brackloon Woods in Westport, the Pullathomas Loop Walsk, Killeen Walks and the Cattle Raid of Mayo Trail in Glencastle and Ceathrú Thaidhg were the selected projects.

  • Proposed work on the streetscape in the Co Sligo village of Easkey will not now go ahead, and the Clár funding will be returned.

    That's the outcome of a public meeting held in the village yesterday afternoon, after a number of local residents had outlined concerns over the plans.

    Sligo County Council and the Easkey Community Council had applied for, and received, Clár funding of almost €20,000 for the streetscape works, which included the installation of a pedestrian crossing beside the Post Office and widening the footpaths.

    The works were due to commence today, as the funding had to be drawn down before Christmas.

    However, some residents were unhappy that the plans were not available for public consultation, while 37 submissions objecting to the proposed works were submitted to Sligo County Council.

    That's according to local Councillor Michael Clarke who raised the matter at a meeting last week of the Ballymote / Tubbercurry Municipal District.

    A public meeting was convened for yesterday afternoon, which was attended by some 100 people.

    Councillor Clarke, who chaired the meeting, says public consultation should have been carried out in advance of such works.

    He told Midwest News that democracy has won out, and the streetscape works will not go ahead...

  • Public meetings are taking place in Galway this evening and in Sligo tomorrow evening to give people an opportunity to contribute to the development of Ireland's International Development Policy.

    A public consultation process was launched this Summer, with Tanaiste Simon Coveney saying Ireland needs to respond to the challenges of a changing world.

    With the Government's International Development Policy currently under review, the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development Ciaran Cannon is inviting the general public to attend a series of public consultation meetings to give the insights and contributions on the development of the policy.

    This evening's meeting will take place at NUI Galway and at The Model in Sligo tomorrow evening - both starting at 6.30.

  • A public meeting will be held this Wednesday evening to try and prevent the closure of Easkey Post Office in Co Sligo.

    The current postmaster is retiring shortly and An Post has opened a public consultation process, before deciding whether or not to readvertise the contract to run the Post Office in Easkey.

    A spokesman for An Post has confirmed to Midwest News that submissions can be made on the matter up to the 23rd February, after which a decision will be made on whether An Post will readvertise the contract.

    Wednesday night’s meeting takes place in Easkey Community Centre at 8pm, and organisers are urging the local community to fight to retain their Post Office.

  • The purchase of a site for a new Garda Station in Sligo is expected to be finalised in the coming days.

    It's the third new Garda station to be delivered along with Clonmel and Macroom.

    The Justice Minister also announced progress on the refurbishment of Athlone Garda Station earlier.

    Minister Charlie Flanaghan announced the progress on a number of Garda stations across the country earlier today

    The works are part of The Garda Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016 - 2021.

    It includes over € 60 million of Exchequer funding as well as a major Public Private Partnership (PPP) project.

    The PPP project is set to deliver new stations in Macroom, Clonmel and Sligo.

    The site in Macroom has already been acquired by the OPW, while the acquisition of sites in Sligo and Clonmel is nearing finalisation.

    The OPW has also selected a preferred main contractor to carry out works at Athlone Garda station and the adjoining Social Protection building.

    Public funding is unprecedented for An Garda Siochana and has already seen three new Divisional and Regional headquarters provided for in Wexford, Dublin and Galway.

  • There is racing today at Sligo.

    The first of eight races on the card begins at 5pm.

  • Rail services between Dublin and Sligo are disrupted this evening as a train has struck cattle on the line at Kilcock.

    The line is blocked and services have been stopped both ways.

    It's affecting all Sligo services and any service running through Maynooth.

    Barry Kenny from Irish Rail says they are awaiting the arrival of a vet.

  • A rally will take place today in opposition to the closure of post offices in the Sligo area, will take place this afternoon.

    The rally will start on Connaughton Road at around 2pm this afternoon and make its way to the GPO in Sligo, where speeches will be held.

    It follows the announcement in recent weeks that a large number of post offices across the country may close.

  • Irish Rail is advising passengers on the Sligo-Dublin rail line, that some services are being reduced for the Summer months.

    The 4.30 Sunday train service from Sligo to Connolly Station will not operate until the end of August.

    Also, the 4pm afternoon service from Connolly Station in Dublin to Sligo - which currently runs every day - will run on Fridays only from next week.

    This train will run as far as Mullingar from Monday to Thursday.

    The changes come into effect from next week until Sunday 26th August.

    Irish Rail spokesperson Jane Cregan says the changes reflect a reduced demand for some services during the Summer, as well as resourcing issues...

  • Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have been working since yesterday evening to repair two bursts to a watermain serving Ballaghadereen town and parts of Co Sligo.

    The bursts are impacting on water supply to homes and businesses on Main St and the Charlestown Road in Ballaghadereen and in Derrinacartha.

    Areas of Co Sligo affected include Banada and Keel Banada.

    Irish Water says it's expected the works will be completed by this morning, and it may take two or three hours for normal supply to return to all customers, as the network refills.