• 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.


    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.

  • The Red level snow-ice warning has been updated and extended until tomorrow morning - with more snow forecast tonight in Dublin, Kildare, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath.

    Munster, the rest of Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Galway have a status orange warning - which is valid until 9 am tomorrow.

    While a yellow warning is in place for the northwest- that includes Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.