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's new report.

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

  • Sligo County Council is closing a number of public amenities in an attempt to reduce crowds gathering during the present Level 5 Covid Restrictions.

    On the local authority’s website today the following is stated

    Arising from concerns expressed by the Government and HSE on the ‘rampant transmission of the Covid-19 virus’ in the community, a number of measures are being introduced in the interests of public health and safety. Concerns have risen over the weekend of large numbers of people travelling beyond the 5km limit to exercise and social distancing not been adhered to.

    Sligo County Council is working with An Gárda Siochána to restrict access to amenity areas across the county in order to prevent large numbers congregating, including Mullaghmore, Streedagh, Culleenamore, Enniscrone and Rosses Point beaches.  Other amenities affected include Half-Moon Bay in Hazelwood, Dooney Rock, Slish Wood and Union Wood, Benbulben scenic walk at Gortarowey, Mitchell Curley Park and Strandhill Promenade.  We hope that these actions will prevent further widespread community transmission and aid in all of efforts to save lives.



  • 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.

  • 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.