• The winner of The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards for December 2018 is swimmer and Sligo native Mona McSharry.

    In the space of just three days at the Irish Short-Course Championships in Lisburn in December, McSharry collected six titles – 50, 100 and 200m freestyle, 100 and 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke – as well as breaking six national records. Just about every time she dipped her toe in the pool she was excelling.  The highlight for McSharry was the breaking of Michelle Smith's 23-year-old 100m freestyle record which she lowered again in the final later in the same day.

    Next up for McSharry are the national championships at the end of March with July’s World Championships in South Korea the year’s key event. There’s the small matter, too, of the Tokyo Olympics the year after, her plan to take time off from her studies after the Leaving Certificate to focus purely on swimming, especially ensuring she qualifies for those 2020 Games.

    Her end of year achievements proved to be a highly fitting conclusion to what was a remarkable spell for Irish sport, our sportswomen providing so many of the most memorable moments in 2018. But McSharry is actually kick-starting our new year of awards and has set the bar high.


  • Sligo hurlers are strongly represented in the Champions 15 hurling team of the year.

    The award recognises hurlers from the lower tiers of hurling with the Yeats County sweeping up gongs at Rackard level.

     Sligo midfielder Keith Raymond won Player of the year for the Rackard Cup.

    Sligo players in the team of the year are James Weir, Keith Raymond and Gerard O’Kelly Lynch.

  • The Football Association of Ireland's AGM will resume, today, after it was adjourned in July.


    The crisis-ridden football body has current net liabilities of over €55million.


    Earlier this month, it requested a financial rescue package of €18million from the Government, which was rejected out of hand.


    Sligo-based Fianna Fail spokesman on Sport Marc MacSharry said it may be time for the Government to take over the FAI stake in the Aviva stadium.

  • A Sligo TD says urgent clarity is needed from the Government in terms of people travelling into the country through our Airports.

    Fianna Fail TD Mac Sharry says On Monday of this week a flight carrying up to 200 people arrived into Dublin Airport transporting seasonal workers to be deployed on fruit farms.

    Understandably, this has caused some concern among the public given the strict public health measures we have all adhered in trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

    Deputy MacSharry says he has been in contact with a staff member in Dublin Airport who found the whole ordeal very stressful and this flight added unnecessary risk for frontline staff in Dublin Airport and the flight crew onboard.

    He is now calling on Minister Ross and the Government to immediately clarify the rules around travelling in and out of the State while the public health measures remain in place.

  • It's been confirmed that hundreds of young school leavers with a disability who take up training programmes this autumn are to have a special allowance axed.

    The rehabilitative training (RT) allowance, worth €31.80 a week per student, will no longer be paid to new entrants.

    It comes as the HSE is struggling with a deficit of €116m.

    The HSE says adults who are currently attending programmes will continue to receive the RT allowance until they complete their programme, however new entrants to training after September 1 will not receive the allowance.

    The issue was raised in the Dail yesterday by Sligo Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon, who called on the  Taoiseach to reconsider removing this training allowance from people with a disability -Deputy Scanlon described the decision as scandalous....

  • A Sligo Fianna Fail TD has called for the sacking of Minister Michael Creed for what he says has been the Government’s total ineptitude in handling the fodder crisis.

    Deputy Marc McSharry says he first identified and raised the inevitability of a fodder crisis and the need for planning and preparation on October 11th of last year.

    He says his calls were ignored but the crisis has been developing as far back as August 2017, with many herds being forced indoors much earlier than usual due to the inclement weather.

    Deputy MacSharry says Minister Creed’s initiatives so far have included the introduction of a totally unworkable fodder transport scheme and an even less workable fodder provision scheme, which received only a dozen applications.

  • A Sligo TD has called on the Government to pay farmers the majority of their agricultural payments which are now overdue.

    Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon raised the issue in the Dail in regards to the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme and the Basic Payments Scheme.

    Farmers had until the 15th of May to send in applications to the schemes and Deputy Scanlon has had up to 100 farmers ring him to say they are yet to be inspected for the ANC and BPS schemes.

    The payment lodgement dates for the two schemes were September and October respectively and some farmers are still waiting for inspections to avail of the agricultural payments.

    Deputy Scanlon told Midwest News that the Government must pay out the majority of payments to farmers while they wait for inspections to be conducted.

  • An Garda Siochána says there were 91 findings of 'neglect of duty' against Gardaí last year.

    Details released under the Freedom of Information show 118 officers were found to have committed breaches of discipline in 2018.

    There were 25 discreditable-conduct offences and two findings of criminal conduct.

    There are currently about 14,500 Gardaí in Ireland, meaning less than 1 per cent of officers breached discipline last year.

    Sligo Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry says matter need to be fully transparent.

  • A proposal by the former governor of the Central Bank to return bankers bonuses has been slammed.

    In a letter to the Finance Minister, Philip Lane gave his support to an end to a cap on banker’s bonuses.

    However, member of the Public Accounts Committee and Fianna Fail TD for Sligo Marc MacSharry says ordinary banking staff will not benefit from this proposal.

  • As knackeries remain closed around the country, due to an ongoing dispute with the Department of Agriculture, a Sligo TD says an interim solution has been agreed for farmers with fallen animals.

    Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon says farmers can apply to their local agricultural office for a permit to bury dead animals on their land, while the dispute continues.

    Talks between the Department and the Animal Collectors' Association broke down last week, resulting in knackeries across the country closing their gates indefinitely.

    The knackeries claim business is not viable under the current level of funding.

    Deputy Scanlon says he hopes the dispute can be resolved shortly, but in the meantime, farmers can get a permit to bury dead animals themselves....

  • Sinn Fein's Justice spokesperson says he'd work with Drew Harris if he was appointed to cabinet, despite the Garda Commissioner agreeing with a PSNI report linking Sinn Fein to the IRA.

    The 2015 report said the Provisional Army Council oversaw the IRA and Sinn Fein - which Drew Harris says is a view he agrees with.

    The Garda Commissioner continued to say he is a public servant and would work with whatever Government is formed.

    Sligo TD, Sinn Fein's Martin Kenny says he would get on with the work.

  • A Sligo TD has welcomed the assistance of Department officials in organising the return of a number of Irish doctors from Australia.


    The group of 81 Irish doctors have left their jobs in Australia to return home to work in the Irish health service during the Covid-19 crisis, but flights they had booked were subsequently cancelled and they were unable to find a way to travel home.


    Fianna Fail's Transport spokesman Sligo TD Marc McSharry says his niece is one of the doctors trying to return home, and thanks to the assistance of officials in the Departments of Transport and Foreign Affairs, the doctors will be flying from Australia to London tomorrow- at their own expense.

    On their return back to Ireland, he says they will enter a period of self-isolation before joining the health service in the battle against coronavirus.....


  • Someone in the public sector will have to be held responsible for the Dáil printer controversy, according to Sligo TD Marc McSharry.

    It was revealed this morning that the entire cost of buying and installing a new printer in the Oireachtas was more than 1.8 million euro.

    Significant remodelling of the printing room had to be carried out as the printer didn't fit.

    SLigo Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry says it's down to pure incompetence:

  • Member of the Public accounts committee and Sligo/Leitrim TD Marc MacSharry, believes the public need to know if John Delaney's settlement deal came from tax payer money.

    The news was announced late on Saturday night of Delaney’s resignation from the FAI just days ahead of the expected publication of a forensic audit report into football's governing body.

    The publication of a forensic audit into the FAI's finances, which is due next week and Delaney’s resignation, means he won't appear before the Oireachtas Sports Committee hearing into it.

    Deputy MacSharry wants to clarify who is paying Delaney’s settlement deal, along with reforms in the FAI so that Sport Ireland and the Government can move on in the interest of Irish football.

  • The rescheduled Allianz Football meetings have been released today by the GAA.

    Sligo now travel to Aughrim this Sunday at 1pm to play Wicklow in Division 4.

    Also rescheduled for Sunday are the postponed meetings of Laois and Cavan in Division two and Louth and Offaly in Division three.

  • A record number of Irish winners scooped one of the top prizes in last night's EuroMillions draw.

    Four winning EuroMillions Plus prizes were won, each worth 5 hundred thousand euro.

    They were sold in Kerry, Limerick, Sligo and online, with the National Lottery encouraging people to check their tickets.

    It's only the second time in the history of the game that Ireland has 4 top prize EuroMilllions Plus winners in one night.

    Meanwhile there was no winner of the 1 hundred and fifty 1 million euro EuroMillions jackpot, which means that Tuesday's jackpot now rolls to 1 hundred and sixty million euros.



  • A Sligo woman has been jailed for 28 days for coughing in the face of a garda.

    Rachel Conway appeared before Judge Kevin Kilrane at a special sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court yesterday after she coughed directly into the face of an officer on patrol in Sligo at 3.15pm on Tuesday afternoon.

    Ms Conway, a mother-of-three from Rusheen Ard, Caltragh, Sligo, faced two counts, one of section 2 assault of Community Garda Martha Carter and one relating to her refusal to give her name and address.

    The court heard how Garda Carter was on bike patrol when a report came in that a group of people were drinking at the new footbridge at Riverside in Sligo town.

    Garda Carter found three females and one male drinking in the area.

    She said Rachel Conway was “disruptive from the start”.

    When the garda asked for names and addresses, all in the group but Ms Conway provided details.

    The court heard that the rest of the group agreed to leave but the defendant approached Garda Carter and coughed directly in her face twice.

    Rachel Conway was arrested and brought to Ballymote Garda station where she later gave her name, address and apologised to Garda Carter.

    In court yesterday, Leitrim Division Supt Kevin English said he would be “seeking the protection of the court in relation to the protection of front-line gardaí”.


    The judge noted that coughing in the face of a garda was “nasty” in normal times. But “in the present context” he said he would “deal with it severely”.

    He pointed out the garda was only doing her duty and enforcing Government recommendations about social distancing.

    The judge said “a message must be sent out that” that gardaí and the public must be protected and that alcohol was not a mitigating but an aggravating factor “given the current advice of the authorities.”

    He convicted and sentenced Ms Conway to 28 days in prison.


  • Irish author Kevin Barry has been longlisted for the Booker Prize for his book "Night Boat to Tangier".

    The Limerick-born writer who now lives in Sligo has won numerous awards for his work including the Dublin International Literary Award, the Rooney Prize and the Goldsmith’s Prize.

    He's the only Irish author among 13 who are on this year’s Booker Prize longlist, which is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

    The shortlist will be announced in September and the winner in October, and the prize is worth £50,000.


  • Sligo’s Mona McSharry will bid to reach the finals of the 100m breaststroke at the European Swimming Championships later.

    McSharry competes in the semi finals of the 100m breaststroke just after 5:30.


    Niamh Coyne and Sligo's Mona McSharry have booked their places in the 100-metres breaststroke final at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.

    Coyne was second in her semi-final while McSharry qualified eighth fastest overall.

    Galway's Emma Slevin is into the final of women's uneven bars.