Sligo

  • Three people are due in court this morning, following a weekend drugs seizure in Co Sligo.

    Gardai searched a house in Cloonloo at about noon on Saturday and discovered a cannabis cultivation operation, seizing cannabis plants and cannabis herb with an estimated street value of over €200,000.

    A man and woman in their 30's and a man in his late 20's were arrested at the scene and are being detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act.

    The three are due to appear before Donegal District Court this morning

     

  • A 43-year-old truck driver from the Czech Republic, who was found guilty of careless driving causing the death of one man and injuring two others in Co Sligo in 2015, has been banned from driving for seven years and fined a total of €4,000.

    Following a three-week trial at Sligo Circuit Court last year, Vlastimil Zachar, with an address in Newbridge, Co Kildare, was found not guilty of dangerous driving but guilty of careless driving causing the death of Padraig Noone.

    Mr Noone was one of a number of Sligo County Council workers clearing grass verges on the N4 near Castlebaldwin on 13 August 2015 when an articulated lorry being driven by Mr Zachar veered into the hard shoulder and hit a council truck and JCB.

    Mr Noone, a 62-year-old married man with two adult daughters, was pronounced dead at the scene, and two of this colleagues were injured.

    During his trial, evidence was given that Mr Zachar did not remember what had happened but following the accident he was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnoea.

    At Sligo Circuit Court yesterday Judge Francis Comerford  said he accepted the defendant had fallen asleep and said this was not a case which warranted a custodial sentence.

    He imposed fines totalling €4,000 and a 7-year driving ban.

     

     

  • One lane of the road is closed at the Collooney Roundabout in Sligo this morning after a truck overturned on the road.

    Gardai say diversions are in place and it will take some time to move the truck from the road.

    The driver of the truck was taken to hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

    There have been falls of snow in some parts of the region overnight. There are reports of snowfall in the Ballaghaderreen and Boyle areas this morning but roads do appear to be clear in most areas. Motorists are urged to exercise caution on secondary routes in particular.

  • A company in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo which employs 48 people has gone into examinership, in an effort to safeguard its future.

    Basta, which manufactures locks, hinges and handles for doors and windows, has been a major employer in Tubbercurry for over 60 years.

    Chairman of the company, Castlerea-based businessman John Murphy has confirmed to Midwest News this afternoon that an interim examiner was appointed by the High Court last Thursday, and has 100 days to restructure the company's finances.

    Mr Murphy said they're hoping to invest in the company in the future, but need to make some strategic changes.

    This will involve redundancies, but he could not confirm the number of redundancies at this point, until management meet with the examiner and with staff and unions.

    John Murphy and his business partner bought Basta in Tubbercurry 14 months ago.

    Mr Murphy says that, while the market is changing, it is their intention to invest in the company in the future but with less people employed.

     

  • Sligo Gardai have confirmed that the Tubbercurry to Cloonacool road reopened yesterday evening, following a fatal collision earlier in the day.

    The single-vehicle collision occurred at about 9.45 yesterday morning when a car struck a wall at a bridge at Doomore, Cloonacool.

    The driver - a man in his 60's - died in the crash.

    His body was removed to Sligo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    Ballymote Gardai are investigating the incident, and have appealed for witnesses.

    Meanwhile, investigations are underway following a fatal farm accident in Glinsk yesterday, on the Galway / Roscommon border.

    A man in his 60's died after being injured by an animal shortly after 12 noon.

    His body was removed to University Hospital Galway for post-mortem examination.

    Gardai and the Health & Safety Authority are investigating the circumstances of the tragedy.

     

  • Two Irish authors, with strong Mayo connections, have been shortlisted for this year's Dublin Literary Award.

    Louisburgh native Mike McCormack is shortlisted for his book 'Solar Bones', and Eimear McBride, who spent her childhood in Tubbercurry and Mayo, for 'The Lesser Bohemians'.

    Ten books in total feature on the shortlist, including six novels in translation.

    The award, which is worth €100,000, is the largest single prize for a novel published in English or translated into English.

    If the winning novel is a translated work, a quarter of the overall prize goes to the translator.

    The prize is sponsored by Dublin City Council.

    The winner, which will be selected by a five-person judging panel, will be announced on 13 June.

  • Two candidates have been selected to run for Fine Gael in next General Election in the Sligo/Leitrim constituency.

    Councillor Sinead Maguire and former TD and Senator Gerry Reynolds were selected at the convention chaired by Minister of State Damien English in the Clayton Hotel last night.

    There were 8 candidates in total seeking nomination. However sitting Senator Frank Feighan withdrew his name from the race last night and told the convention that he would apply to the National Executive to add his name to the ticket, as he was the only sitting member of the Oireachtas on last night’s card.

    The other candidates who sought a nomination last night were former Junior Minister John Perry, Noel Merrick from Riverstown, former Senator Michael Comiskey and Blaine Gaffney.

  • Connacht will have 2 Boxers competing in the Finals of the European Junior Championships today in Russia.

    Lisa O’Rourke from Castlerea Boxing Club and Patrick Myers from Sligo will both be in the ring today.

    Connacht had 7 Boxers in these Championships and Mayo’s Joe Hennigan is the Team Manager.

  • Two men are due to appear in court this evening charged in connection with a robbery in Sligo on Thursday.

    At around midday on Thursday, two men armed with a knife and hammer entered a business at Deepwater Quay in Sligo.

    They threatened staff and demanded money. They left with a sum of money and no one was injured.

    Garda investigating the robbery conducted searches and arrested a 19 year old man and a 24 year old man in the Sligo area on Thursday afternoon. They were detained under the provisions of Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Ballymote Garda Station.

    A car and items connected with the robbery were also seized for examination.

    Both men are scheduled to appear before a special sitting of Sligo District Court at 7.30pm this evening charged in connection with the robbery.

     

  • Gardaí in Collooney arrested two members of what is believed to be a  prolific rural burglary gang who are suspected of carrying out at least 50 raids over the last two months.

    The arrests were made by uniformed gardaí in county Sligo over the weekend as part of Operation Thor, an ongoing initiative tackling marauding burglary gangs. That’s according to today’s Irish Independent.

    During the operation two males, aged 22 and 32, were arrested while two high-powered vehicles were also seized.

    The criminals were detained for questioning in relation to burglary related offences but have since been released without charge, while a file is being prepared for the DPP.

    The arrests were carried out last Friday afternoon shortly after 4pm by uniformed officers from Collooney garda station, who were assisted by members of the Garda Air Support Unit.

    The two suspects , who have since been released without charge, are originally from the Limerick area and are part of a four man gang accused of causing havoc along the west coast. One of the men was also wanted in relation to an outstanding bench warrant.

    These were significant arrests for gardai, with two high-powered cars also seized which were suspected of being used in burglaries. This crime grouping have been a key target for gardai across the west of the country for some time, as they are suspected of being connected to in excess of 50 burglaries since Christmas.

  • Two people have been arrested by the PSNI for the murder of  a Sligo man.

    The body of 30-year old Pat Ward was discovered on Saturday morning in an alleyway at McCrea Park, Clogher in Co Tyrone.

    Mr Ward, a member of the travelling community, was originally from Co Sligo and had been living in the Clogher area in recent times.

    The PSNI confirmed that a murder investigation is underway into the discovery of Pat Ward’s body, and that two people - a man in his 20's and a woman in her 30's - have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

     

  • Two people are due in court today charged with the murder of a Sligo man in Co Tyrone at the weekend.

    The body of 30-year-old Pat Ward was discovered in an alleyway at McCrea Park in Clogher, Co Tyrone on Saturday morning.

    The victim was originally from Sligo but he had been living in Clogher in recent times.

    A 33-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were detained by police on Saturday.

    They were last night charged with murdering Mr Ward and are due to appear before Dungannon Magistrates' Court today.

     

  • Two men with Sligo addresses have gone on trial at the Special Criminal Court, accused of IRA membership.

    37-year old Julian Flohr of Rusheed Ard, Caltragh and 29-year old Damhan McFadden of Kilmacowen, Ballysadare  - who were found in a car by Gardai with a mortar round inside a backpack - are charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army or Óglaigh na hEireann on ugust 14th, 2016.

    Mr Flohr made no reply when the charge was put to him.

    Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the court would take his silence as a "not guilty" plea.

    Mr McFadden pleaded not guilty.

    The court heard Gardai found the mortar round when they searched a car in the Dromahair area of Co Leitrim.

    The trial continues on Monday at the Special Criminal Court.

     

  • It's unclear if any Irish stores will be affected by Homebase's plan to close up to 80 outlets.

    Around a thousand jobs are at risk at the DIY chain, which is expected to reveal more details next week.

    Homebase have a store in the Carraroe Retail Park, in Sligo and closed their Castlebar outlet in 2013.

  • Westport, Knock, Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon are among seven town centres that will become free public wi-fi zones.

    The new initiative will see free high speed broadband installed in Sligo, Westport, Knock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Monaghan and two further locations to be confirmed in Kerry and Donegal.

    The Irish Independent reports that the scheme, which costs the local towns nothing, involves local businesses allowing Magnet Networks to install access points on their premises, providing seamless connectivity within the town centre.

    Carrick-On-Shannon is the first of the six towns to go live this weekend with Sligo, Knock and Monaghan commencing in June and the remaining towns going live by August.

    This initiative follows on from the success of the firm's public-private partnership in Galway - the first of its kind in Ireland.

  • Roads across the West are very wet following heavy rainfall overnight, but the rain is now easing off.

    A status yellow rainfall warning, which was in place for Mayo and Galway until 2pm this afternoon - has now been lifted.

    The status yellow wind warning now applies to 9 counties including Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim, with gusts of up to 110 km/h until 2pm this afternoon.

    AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to slow down on wet roads, and watch out for wind-blown debris on roads.

    Dublin Port has been closed this morning due to the high winds associated with Storm Diana.

     

  • Met Eireann has described Storm Callum as "a very serious weather event" which people should be prepared for.

     The forecaster has issued an orange weather warning for coastal counties from 10pm tomorrow until Friday morning.

     Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Galway, Clare and Kerry are all included under the orange alert.

     They're expected to be affected by strong winds of up to 130 kilometres per hour, while winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour are being forecast for inland counties.

     Meteorologist with Met Eireann Joanna Donnelly is urging the public to be cautious while the weather warning is in place.

  • Work has started on the new National Mountain Bike Trail in Coolaney in county Sligo.

    The project has the potential to be one of the biggest tourism projects in Sligo.

    Since 2012 a steering group of Coolaney locals have been working towards establishing a National Mountain Bike Trail Centre.

    Led by the sole landowner, Coillte, the project Steering Group also includes representatives of Sligo County Council, Local Enterprise Office, Sligo LEADER Partnership, the local community and Northwest Mountain Biking Club members.

    Local Fine Gael Councillor Dara Mulvey says the project will attract thousands of visitors and generate jobs for the local area.

  • Up to 270 Lloyds Pharmacy workers will stage a strike in Dublin today including workers from it’s Sligo store.

    The action will be the seventh strike by the workers but it's the first time workers from 40 different stores attend one picket.

    The worker's dispute centres on pay, conditions, job security and recognition of their trade union.

    Mandate says the company is refusing to implement a Labour Court recommendation which stated that the company should allow their workers trade union representation.

    A spokesperson from the Union confirmed to Midwest News this morning that workers from it’s Sligo store will strike.

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    Met Eireann have issued a status Yellow Weather alert for rainfall for counties Mayo, Sligo and Donegal which will remain in place until 3pm tomorrow.

    Rainfall of between 25 and 50 mm is expected to fall.

    The rest of the week remains unsettled as very heavy rain and wind are expected at times.