• 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.


  • A Sligo woman is to become Ireland's next ambassador to China.

    Former vet Dr Ann Derwin, who's currently assistant secretary general at the Department of Foreign Affairs, has been nominated to replace Eoin O'Leary as the State's ambassador in Beijing.

    She moved to the Department of Foreign Affairs from the Department of Agriculture in 2017, and has previously served as agricultural attaché in Spain before returning to become chief economist at the Department of Agriculture.

    The Irish Times reports that this is Ms Derwin's first overseas appointment as an ambassador, and she moves to Beijing at a critical time in relations between the two countries, when the supply of PPE from Chinese manufacturers is essential to Ireland's fight against Covid-19, and as China becomes a more important trading partner and destination for Irish exports.


  • 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.





  • Sligo's Mona McSharry finished 9th in her 100-metre individual medley heat at the European Shortcourse Championships today.

    She will be back in the pool tomorrow morning in Glasgow for the heats of the 100m breaststroke.

    Yesterday, Mona won the bronze medal in the 50-metre backstroke.



  • Ireland will have three athletes in the pool at this evening's European Short Course Swimming Championship semi-finals.

    Sligo's Mona McSharry progressed as joint eighth of sixteen qualifiers in the 100 metres breaststroke.

    Longford star Darragh Greene squeezed into the men's 50 metres breaststroke semi-finals, placing 15th.

    Also through is Danielle Hill - the multiple Irish record holder from Belfast broke the minute mark in the 100 metres backstroke for the first time in her career.

    Castlebar’s Cillian Melly is also among the 19 strong Irish team competing.

  • Sligo’s Mona McSharry has been included in Swim Ireland’s team of 19 for the LEN European Short Course Championships in Glasgow from 4-8 December.

    Eleven senior and eight junior athletes have been selected for the event, with all team members then travelling on to compete in the Irish Short Course Championships from the 12-15 December.

    The selection policy allowed for both a senior and junior cohort to be selected to the championships, with selections made from individual's performances in their identified summer benchmark meet in relation to the IOC’s 2020 Olympic qualifying time.

  • Mona McSharry from Sligo and Niamh Coyne will both swim in this evening's final of the 50-metre breaststroke in Buenos Aires.

    Coyne was second in her semi final, and McSharry third.

    The final is due in the pool at 10.14 tonight, Irish time.

  • Sligo’s Richard Howley scored one of the biggest wins of his career, coming out on top in last night's €150,000 five-star Grand Prix at the Spanish Nations Cup show in Gijon.

    A hugely competitive jump-off saw 13 riders go forward to the second round, but none could match Howley’s winning clear in 59.86 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Dolores who is owned by Morgan Kent.

    The result crowned a very successful week for Irish riders at the Spanish venue.

    Richard Howley from Enniscrone was crowned Leading Rider of the Show after also winning Saturday’s Accumulator competition with Cruising Star. The Irish team, led by Michael Blake,  finished joint fourth in Friday’s Gijon Nations Cup.



  • A zero VAT rate is needed for the hospitality sector to give businesses hope for when they re-open - that's according to Sligo-Leitrim TD Marian Harkin, who says tourism-related businesses across the region are currently faced with increasing costs, and are making decisions as to whether or not it's worth their while reopening.

    The Tourism Minister Shane Ross says he would also support a 0% VAT rate for the tourism industry following the Covid-19 crisis.

    Deputy Marian Harkin told Midwest News that  many involved in the tourism and hospitality sectors claim the current 13.5% VAT rate would not make it worthwhile for them to reopen, after restrictions are lifted....

  • Efforts  to preserve a rare snail species appear to have taken priority over the rights of 13,000 people  having a safe water supply from the Lough Talt, in county Sligo.

    That’s the view of local Independent cllr Margaret Gormley.

    The householders in South and West Sligo, and parts of East Mayo served by the supply have had  a boil water notice imposed , as a result of the discovery of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the Lough Talt plant.

    The boil water notice is in place in the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and the villages of Aclare, Curry, Charlestown, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Kilmacteigue and Coolaney as well as Cloontia/ Doocastle and Quarryfield in Mayo.

    Irish Water says public health is their number one priority, and it’s imperative that people adhere to it.

    Water must be boiled for drinking, preparing salads and similar uncooked foods, brushing teeth and making ice.

    Irish Water says it recognised in 2014 that the Lough Talt supply needed more advanced treatment to meet the risk of Cryptosporidium contamination and compliance with THM levels.

    However, Sligo County Council and An Bord Pleanala have both refused permission for reasons of protected habitat.



  • The sod has been turned on a stretch of the N4 in Sligo. 

    Upgrade works on the Collooney to Castlebaldwin road have been promised for many years. 

    The stretch has been described by the county coroner as "possibly the worst road" in Ireland. 

    The development will increase safety, reduce journey times and improve regional connectivity. 

  • Tesco staff in Sligo are scheduled to strike today in a row over working conditions.

    Management say the store will remain open during any action.

    The union Mandate has also announced two more stoppages, planned for next Friday and Saturday.

    Workers from Tesco in Carrick-on-Shannon will also strike next Saturday.

  • The State has lost its appeal against a High Court decision that a former soldier from Co Sligo should be awarded damages for a failure to diagnose and treat him for psychological injuries he sustained while in the Lebanon more than 30 years ago.

    The Supreme Court ruled it was completely satisfied that the High Court's finding that the State had breached its duty of care to Victor Murtagh, of Ballymote in Sligo, by failing to diagnose and treat his post-traumatic stress disorder.

    However, it reduced the amount of damages awarded to Mr Murtagh from just over €300,000 to just over €150,000.

    Mr Murtagh was 21-years-old and beginning his first tour of duty in the Lebanon in October 1986 when he was traumatised by a number of dangerous and stressful incidents.

    In the following months, two Irish soldiers were killed, including Corporal Dermot McLoughlin, who was also from Sligo and had befriended Mr Murtagh.

    Mr Murtagh was described as a changed man when he came back to Ireland in April 1987.

    He was eventually diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 1996.

    The court found there was a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and that possibility was not investigated as quickly as it ought to have been.

    Outside court, Mr Murtagh's solicitor Damien Tansey said his client was relived the case was over, as it has bene going on for ten years.