• A company headed-up by a Sligo man has installed the pitch where today's opening ceremony and first game of the FIFA World Cup are kicking off in Russia.

    Irish-owned company SIS pitches was selected to design, construct and install 6 of the 12 stadium pitches for Russia 2018.

    CEO George Mullen from Sligo says a team of 12 people from SIS Pitches will be on standby throughout the tournament to maintain the Luzhniki Stadium pitch in Moscow, as well as maintaining three training pitches which will be used by national teams training at the Moscow venue.

    Millions of people around the world will watch the opening ceremony this afternoon, which will be followed by the opening match featuring hosts Russia taking on Saudia Arabia - that kicks off at 4pm Irish time.

    SIS Pitches, based in Sligo, supplies sports surfaces for schools, colleges, universities, sports clubs and local authorities around the world.



  • A Sligo Councillor has called on the local authority to write to the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross and Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the Road Safety Authority, to clarify an anomaly that exists regarding drivers licences.

    Fine Gael Cllr Dara Mulvey says people returning from the USA can drive in Ireland for 12 months on their existing US licence but must then go through the full drive licensing procedure, after the 12 months has elapsed.

    Cllr Mulvey says they must first pass a driver theory test, apply for a learner permit, complete and complete a course of Essential Driver Training lessons.

    He says this can incur huge costs and may also affect insurance costs.

    Cllr Mulvey says we want to welcome people from the US who want to work and settle in Ireland, so we must address this issue.

  • A Sligo Councillor is calling on the local authority to arrange an amnesty day, where people can dispose of old mattresses, free of charge, and sites across Co Sligo.

    439 old mattresses were collected for disposal  during such an event last year, and Ballymote-Tubbercurry FG Councillor Dara Mulvey has asked the council to arrange a similar day this year for disposing old mattresses safely and legally.

    Councillor Mulvey has been telling Midwest News why he raised the matter at the monthly meeting of Sligo County Council this week.

  • Sligo Councillor Rosaleen O'Grady is the new Chairperson of the HSE West Forum.

    At today's meeting of the regional forum in Galway, Councillor O'Grady was proposed for the role by her Fianna Fail colleague in Sligo Keith Henry and seconded by Mayo Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan.

    Councillor O'Grady was elected unopposed to the position, and takes over the role from Headford-based Councillor Mary Hoade.



  • Two Councillors have been found in breach of the code of conduct for Local Authority members, following an investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission.

    Sligo Cllr Joe Queenan and Cllr John O'Donnell from Donegal were both found to have acted outside the Ethics in Public Office Act.

    An investigation was launched after an RTE Investigates undercover reporter filmed the two men discussing a proposed windfarm project.

    The Standards in Public Office Commission has found that both men carried out serious breaches of their duty by failing to act in a transparent manner.

    The Commission found against Sligo County Councillor Joseph Queenan on three of the four allegations he faced, and found against Independent Donegal councillor in all three of the allegations levelled at him.

    A third investigation into Monaghan councillor Hugh McElvaney has been halted pending a High Court judicial review. 

  • A Sligo-based county councillor has been selected to take over the European Parliament seat of his Sinn Fein colleague Matt Carthy. 

    Mr Carthy was elected to the Dáil in the Cavan - Monaghan constituency in last month's general election.

    Councillor Chris MacManus will now take up his seat in Europe, representing the 15 county Midlands-Northwest constituency, and his elevation to the European Parliament means his seat on Sligo County Council will now have to be filled. 




  • The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will deliver a key note address on Brexit in Sligo on Thursday evening which will be followed by a panel discussion with a range of speakers from the business, agriculture and transport sectors.

     Sligo Councillor, Sinead Maguire will host a public “Brexit and the Northwest” event on Thursday, in the Aurivo Auditorium at IT Sligo from 8pm-9.30pm.

    Cllr. Maguire is encouraging business people, members of the farming community, and members of the public to attend this important event to discuss the impact of Brexit on the Northwest and border regions.

    With the Brexit deadline of March 29th fast approaching, the Tanaiste will speak about the latest developments on Brexit.

    Cllr. Maguire will also facilitate a panel discussion on the potential impact of Brexit on the northwest and border regions.

  • A Sligo county councillor is calling for an immediate resolution to the issue of paying student nurses who are working in hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency.

    While traditionally student nurses are not paid for their work placements, Sligo FG Councillor Dara Mulvey says they are making a significant contribution to frontline services, and deserve to be adequately compensated.

    The Taoiseach and Health Minister  have both agreed that a payment should be made to  student nurses working during the coronavirus outbreak, and FG Councillor Mulvey is now urging the Government to come forward with proposals on this issue as soon as possible....

  • Sligo County Council has warned beachgoers that there will be no lifeguards on duty at Enniscrone Beach this weekend.

    The local authority says it is due to a lack of available staff.

    The council has warned people to take care in the water and not to take any unnecessary risks.

    The statement says that normal service will resume next week.


  • Sligo County Council will meet later this month and discuss two motions to endorse candidates for the Presidential Election.

    Councillors will discuss motions to endorse Sean Gallagher and Peter Casey when they meet on Monday September 24th according to RTE News.

    Seven people seeking an endorsement for a nomination to contest the Presidential Election addressed the council yesterday.

    The council heard from Mr Gallagher, Mr Casey, as well as Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Kevin Sharkey, Gemma O'Doherty and Sarah Louise Mulligan.

    Mr Gallagher has already secured a nomination to run.

    He told the meeting he is not seeking further endorsements and suggested to councillors who might have been considering a motion to endorse him, to feel free to instead advance other candidates.

    He was later criticised by Mr Sharkey, who said he was surprised to see Mr Gallagher in Sligo, given he had already secured a nomination.

    The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Martin Baker wished each of the candidates well.




  • History will record that as a state we 'spectacularly failed the nursing home sector' during the pandemic. That’s the view of Sligo Leitrim TD Marc MacSharry

    The Fianna Fail TD, who was commenting on the high mortality rates in nursing home settings from the coronavirus, has called for stringent measures to be implemented quickly in settings with vulnerable people from now on to deal with the public health crises.

    Deputy MacSharry told Midwest News that he believes that more stringent measures should have been implemented sooner to save lives in the sector.

  • A Sligo TD says the timeline for designing a pathway out of lockdown for the aviation sector must be brought forward.

    Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism, and Sport Marc Mac Sharry believes it is imperative that we seek an agreed pan European approach to the reopening of our aviation industry.

    Deputy Mac Sharry says there is a proposed taskforce to provide guidance on the reopening of the aviation sector in the making.

    Members of this taskforce will be appointed later this week and they will report back in four or five weeks.

    The Sligo TD says the aviation sector cannot afford to wait that long.

  • Farmers have withdrawn access to several walkways on rural mountains in South East Sligo in protest at what they see as unfair penalties for last year's gorse fires.

    The Sligo Champion reports that farmers erected signs recently saying "access to all mountain pathways will be withdrawn due to illegal burning".

    They say they're being forced to take action as they are being held responsible for the illegal burning of mountains in which they had no part and which was beyond their control.

    The farmers say they’re incurring very severe penalties .

    It's just over a year since three gorse fires ravaged Killery Mountain, Geevagh and Lough Easkey/Ox Mountains at a cost to Sligo County Council of approximately €125,000.

    Hundreds of acres of land were destroyed and a section of the Sligo Way boardwalk was damaged.

    The Department of Rural and Community Development funded repairs to the boardwalk last summer.

    However 33 farmers were notified by the Department of Agriculture that their Basic Payment would be reduced. They are awaiting the outcome of an appeal against this.



  • The Football Association of Ireland is expected to re-elect Donal Conway as its president later today.

    He's the only candidate for the role despite opposition from the Sports Minister and Sports Ireland.

    Last week the association held an EGM which passed a number motions on its board structure, including the election of four independent members.

    Fianna Fáil's Spokesperson on Sport, Sligo TD Marc MacSharry, says they are not happy today's AGM is going ahead.

  • Allianz FL Division 4 result: Sligo 0-16 Waterford 2-12

  • The huge 'NO' sign which was put up on the north side of Ben Bulben mountain yesterday morning has been removed.

    It is not clear who removed it, but as dawn broke this morning it was no longer to be seen.

    The erection of the sign by members of the Sligo For Life group generated considerable controversy all day yesterday with some criticism of the group for defacing Sligo's iconic mountain.

    By yesterday afternoon Sligo County Council had begun an investigation under planning laws into its erection. 

    The National Parks and Wildlife Service told the people responsible for putting it up to take it down.

    An Taisce submitted a legal complaint to Sligo County Council on its erection.

    It claimed the 100 foot sign would require planning permission as the mountain is part of a sensitive rural landscape in a visually vulnerable area and is surrounded by scenic routes, all designated under the Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023.

    Tommy Banks is a member of the Sligo for Life Group he told Midwest Radio this morning why the group put up the massive sign on the mountain and said it’s not known who took it down overnight. But he said yesterday evening a member of the public had threatened that it would be taken down.


  • Gardai in Sligo are investigating an incident over Christmas in which two men sustained multiple stab wounds.

    It occurred during a disturbance at a house in the Ballytivnan area of Sligo town during the early hours of Wednesday -Christmas Day.

    It's understood the injuries sustained by the men were not life-threatening.


  • Gardai in Co Sligo are investigating the theft of a life-size bronze statue, from the main carpark in Drumcliffe.

    The statue was installed beside Drumcliffe Church and Cemetery, where poet WB Yeats is buried.

    The sculpture is part of a larger piece depicting a man contemplating the words of the Yeats poem "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven".

    It's believed the statue was stolen sometime between Saturday evening and yesterday morning.

    The Drumcliffe Development Association, who had fundraised for the project, are appealing to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area during that time to contact gardaí.

    Gardaí have also appealed to anyone with information to contact Sligo Garda Station on 071 9157000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.



  • Gardaí are questioning a man following the discovery of a woman's body in County Sligo.

    The remains were found this morning in a wooded area close to Lough Gill by Gardaí searching for 30 year old Natalia Karaczyn.

    The mother of three originally from Poland was last seen at her home in Crozon Park in Sligo town in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    The State Pathologist has been notified.

    A 32 year old man - who it's understood was known to Natalia - is in custody at Ballymote Garda Station where he’s being questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.


  • The number of commercial units empty across the country is rising.

    A new survey by GeoDirectory has found that there are 28-thousand vacant properties.

    18 counties saw an increase in the number of empty units in the last year, while just four saw a decrease.

    Sligo has the highest vacancy rate at 18 percent.