Sligo

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    A Fine Gael Senator has raised concerns with the Junior Health Minister about the delay in considering the need for a fixed Cath Lab at Sligo University Hospital.

    Senator Frank Feighan says he understands that a business case for a fixed Cath Lab has been submitted nationally but it looks like this will not be advanced until the National Review of Cardiac Services is completed.

    Minister McGrath has informed Senator Feighan that the review will not be completed until June 2019 and while the Senator has acknowledged the value of that review, he says he is concerned about the delay in considering a fixed Cath Lab for Sligo.

    Senator Feighan says the need for a permanent Cath Lab in Sligo is compelling, with the crucial 90-minute window in the event of somebody having a heart attack. He says for those living in Sligo and the North-West, this poses a major challenge with poor road infrastructure and lack of access to life-saving cardiac services.

  • Flogas Irish Amateur Open

    At County Sligo Golf Club

    Thursday 16 May 2019

    Round One Scores – Complete

     

    62 R Mullarney (Galway)

    66 J Newton (Eng); R Muir (Sco); E Walker (Sco)

    67 T McLarnon (Massereene); L O'Neill (Connemara); J Bolton (Eng); J Hull (Eng); K Kouwenaar (Ned); A Edwards-Hill (Eng); C Strickland (Eng)

    68 K Cantley (Sco); R McNelis (Fintona); R Moran (Castle)

    69  G Cullen (The Links Portmarnock); B Chamberlain (Wal); L Moolman (RSA); J Johnston (Sco); J Wright (Sco); B Firth (Eng); M Farr (Eng); D Antonisse (Ned); J Burnage (Eng)

    70 B Dietzel (Ger); G Burns (Sco); A Herrmann (Ger); S MacPherson (Sco); O Brown (Wal); M Kennedy (Royal Dublin); R Cannon (Balbriggan); K Egan (Carton House); D Kitt (Athenry); H Foley (Royal Dublin); M Lamb (Eng); C Purcell (Portmarnock); J Sugrue (Mallow)

    71 P Coughlan (Castleknock); M Naysmith (Sco); A Fahy (Dun Laoghaire); J Whelan (Newlands); M Boucher (Carton House); M Nolan (Dun Laoghaire); C Woollam (RSA); J Cass (Eng); A Hietala (Fin); E Murphy (Dundalk); M Honkala (Fin); O Huggins (Eng); M Roberts (Wal); E McCormack (Galway); S Desmond (Monkstown); M Hammer (Ger); P Poate (USA); R Williamson (Holywood); R Brazill (Naas); G Collins (Rosslare); H Byers (Eng); A McCormack (Castletroy)

    72 H Goddard (Eng); J McMahon (Eng); L Irvine (Sco); M Deasy (Lee Valley); C Woodroofe (Dun Laoghaire); D Howie (Sco); L Sanges (Wal); L Owen (Eng); R Black (Hilton Templepatrick); S Roger (Sco)

    73 J Cooper (Eng); P McKeever (Castle); I Lynch (Rosslare); M McClean (Malone); G Dunne (Co. Louth); H Islam (Eng); T Vahlenkamp (Ger); M Scowsill (Eng); M Hirmer (Ger); C Thornton (Eng); S Turner (Eng); S Walsh (Portmarnock); E Mcintosh (Sco); J Rowe (Tandragee); W Porter (Sco); J McDonnell (Forrest Little); M Markovits (Ned); S Doyle (Black Bush); J Wilson (Sco); M Power (Kilkenny)

    74 C Knipes (Eng); P Connolly (Killeen Castle); A Marshall (Lisburn); D Langley (Eng); J Byrne  (Baltinglass); R Foley (Sui); L Hinton (Eng); M Essam (Eng); S Flanagan (Co. Sligo); J Walsh (Castle); R O'Connor (Co. Sligo); E Smith (The Links Portmarnock); J Hawksby (Eng)

    75 R Latimer  (Knock); M Herrmann (Ger); C Barrow (Eng); J Hapgood (Wal); M McKinstry (Cairndhu); C Butler (Kinsale); F O'Sullivan (Tralee); J McCarthy (Grange)

    76 R Dutton (Tandragee); F van Dijk (Ned); D Reddan Jnr (Nenagh); C Wilson (Sco); M Norton (Belvoir Park); P O'Keeffe (Douglas); W Dodds (Eng)

    77 C Morris (Wal); J Davies (Wal); J Temple (Portmarnock); D West (Eng); T Tetak (Slo); J Biggs (Eng); C Campbell (Warrenpoint); R Lyons (Olympic); C Otten (Ger); C Wilson (Can)

    78 C Salter (Eng); Z Karkaletsos (Eng); J Stokes (Eng); M Harris (Wal)

    79 K Murphy (Dun Laoghaire); T O'Connor (Athlone)

    80 J Fox (Portmarnock)

    82 W Small (Tandragee)

    85 M McCormack (The Island)

     

     

     

  • Five Sligo-based Gardai are among those who will receive National Bravery Awards on Friday, for outstanding acts of courage.

    The awards will be presented by the Ceann Comhairle at Farmleigh House in Dublin's Phoenix Park, and 14 awards will be presented to 21 recipients.

    Gardai Thomas O'Griofa, David Hannon, Patrick Gallagher,Stephen Fahy and Sergeant Gerard Mullaney from Sligo are among the recipients, along with Garda Reserve Adrian Burke from Galway.

     

     

  • The flu vaccine is being made available free of charge for children aged 2 to 12 years of age.

    Health Minister Simon Harris has also announced that at-risk groups, aged from 6 months to 69 years can also get the vaccine free of charge.

    Minister Harris says a resurgence of Covid-19 during the coming flu season could present a challenge for healthcare services, so his Department officials are working with the HSE to expand the seasonal flu vaccination programme for next Winter.

    The Minister says flu is a potentially fatal illness, and he wants to ensure that the most vulnerable in our communities are protected.

    Sligo-Leitrim FG TD Frank Feighan has welcomed the expansion of the flu vaccination programme....

  • Two adults and two children have been taken to hospital after a crash in Sligo.

    Two vehicles collided at around 8 o'clock this morning at Dunally Cross on Sligo/Manorhamilton Road.

    One of the cars caught fire after the crash, and the road has been closed for several hours.

    The four people involved in the collision aren't thought to have been badly hurt, but have been taken to Sligo University Hospital as a precaution.

  • Sligo-Leitrim TD Frank Feighan has been appointed as a Junior Minister at the Department of Health (Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy).

    17 Junior Ministers will start their first day in their new jobs at Government Departments today.

    The Fine Gael Deputy says while it’s a great honour, he is aware that it will be a big challenge but is really looking forward to getting started in his new portfolio.

    Many of the appointments were aimed at addressing the regional imbalance in the senior Ministries.

    Deputy Feighan says despite the lack of representation from the west at Cabinet he will strive to deliver in his role for the region.

  • A special investigation of data protection practices at 20 hospitals across the State has identified a catalogue of concerns - including sensitive patient records being left exposed in wards, and a lack of privacy when staff are speaking to patients.

    The investigation was carried out by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner at hospitals across the country – including University Hospital Galway and Sligo University Hospital.

    It found evidence that computer terminals were being left unattended for long periods, leaving patient data visible, and that sensitive records were not being disposed of securely.

    Hospitals are being urged to use this report as a tool to enable them to spot the significant data processing security risks that may feature at their facilities on a daily basis.

    The investigation was carried out last year and examined practices in 20 HSE facilities, voluntary hospitals and private facilities – although the report does not outline specific issues at individual hospitals.

    The report sets out 76 recommendations aimed at mitigating the risks identified.

  • Galway welcomes more overseas visitors than Cork or Kerry, and Longford is Ireland's least-visited county, according to new data from Fáilte Ireland.

    Dublin is the county that attracts most overseas visitors and tourist spend, according to the figures published in the Irish Independent, which chart visitor numbers and revenue by region and county in 2017, which was a record-breaking year for Irish tourism.

    Ireland welcomed 9 million overseas visitors in 2017, with a combined spend of €4.9 billion.

    Dublin is attracting the most overseas visitors, followed by Galway, Cork and Kerry.

    In second place, Galway attracted 1 million, 673 thousand overseas visitors last year, with a spend of €589 million.

    Mayo was in 7th place on the list, attracting 324,000 overseas visitors which generated revenue of €78 million.

    Further down the list are Sligo at 15th place, with 173,000 overseas visitors, and Roscommon is at number 22 on the list, attracting 54,000 overseas visitors.

    The figures also show Irish residents took 9.6m trips, spending €1.9 billion last year.

    Dublin, Cork and Galway were the most popular spots for domestic trips, with over 1 million Irish people taking a break in Galway, while Mayo was the 6th most popular location, welcoming over half a million domestic visitors last year with a spend of €108 million euro.

     

     

  • Gardaí and the Department of Agriculture searched farms in five counties this morning as part of an investigation into the tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter.

    The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, assisted by officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, conducted planned searches at locations in Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Westmeath and Kilkenny.

    Seven sites were searched, including farms, houses and a commercial premises.

    The searches are part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation into offences of deception pursuant to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act, 2001 surrounding fraudulent practices regarding tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter in this jurisdiction.

    The operation is supported by officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau, Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.

    Earlier this year the discovery of horses with multiple microchips at an abattoir in the Co Kilkenny area led to the Department of Agriculture’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) being called in.

  • Gardai are investigating a workplace accident in Co Sligo yesterday in which a man died while cutting down a tree.

    The accident occurred at Drumbaun, Curry at about 11.30 yesterday morning.

    A man in his 30’s was fatally injured, and his body was removed to Sligo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    Midwest News understands the man who died was a native of Co Galway.

    The Health & Safety Authority has confirmed to Midwest News that they have been notified, and are investigating the circumstances of the fatal accident.

     

  • Gardai are appealing for the public’s assistance in tracing a 41-year-old man who has been reported missing from Co Sligo.

    Paul Geraghty, also known as Pol MacOireachtaigh, who is from Tubbercurry, has been missing since Tuesday June 26th.

    Paul is approximately 5ft 11”, of thin build with black hair and blue eyes. It is not known what he was wearing when last seen.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen him to contact Tubbercurry Garda Station 071-9157000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

  • Gardai are appealing for help in finding a missing 30 year-old woman from Sligo.

    Natalia Karaczyn hasn't been seen at her home in Crozon Park since early yesterday morning.

    She's 5 foot 8" in height, of slim build with green eyes and has medium length straight blond hair.

    She was wearing a black lace body suit, black leather trousers, a black jacket and black sandals with an open toe.

    Gardaí in Sligo are also looking for information about the movements of a beige Peugeot 308 estate car, with the partial reg 09 DL.

  • Gardai arrested a man yesterday in connection with a robbery at a bookmakers in Co. Sligo.

    The incident occurred at 3.25pm yesterday afternoon at a premises on the Square in Collooney.

    The man in his 30’s was arrested a short time later and is currently detained at Ballymote Garda Station.

    No-one was injured during the incident and investigations are ongoing.

  • Gardaí in Sligo town arrested a man brandishing an axe last night.

     

    Gardaí attended within minutes after receiving the call and arrested the male.

     

    He was conveyed to Ballymote Garda Station and later charged with having possession of an offensive weapon.

     

    He was given bail to appear at the District Court in the near future.

  • Gardaí have arrested three people and seized cannabis and cannabis plants at a house at Cloonloo, Co.Sligo.

    Gardaí searched a house at Cloonloo at about noon yesterday. During the course of the search they discovered a cannabis cultivation operation containing 250 plants and well as processed cannabis herb. The drugs, subject to analysis, have a street value of in excess of €200,000.

    Three people were arrested at the scene; a man and a woman in their 30s and a man in his late 20s. They are being detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

  • Gardaí in Sligo have disrupted ongoing criminal activities in North Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim, after recovering €17,800 worth of stolen property this week.


    On Wednesday last Gardai from Sligo and Ballymote Districts conducted an operation targeting individuals involved in stealing property from commercial properties in counties Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim.

     

    The operation followed the theft of more than €23,000 worth of tools and equipment from four separate businesses in the region. These occurred between March 23rd, and March 25th.

     

    In the course of this operation Gardaí intercepted individuals engaged in criminal activities in a remote location in Co Sligo.

     

    An Garda Siochana carried out a number of searches, seized two vehicles believed to have been used in the commission of a crime, recovered €17,800 worth of stolen property, and seized assorted items and electronic equipment.

     

    Supt John Lawless of Ballymote Garda Station said, "Investigations are ongoing and further actions are planned as part of this operation. We are satisfied that we have disrupted criminal activities, which has been operating in County Sligo, Leitrim and Mayo”.

     

    This investigation is ongoing and to date no arrests have been made, however Gardaí are satisfied they have a definite line of enquiry.

     

    "I want to reassure the public that our members are patrolling on a 24hour basis and that our service to the public hasn’t been effected by the COVID-19 crisis,” Supt Lawless said.

     

     

  • Gardaí in Co. Sligo have seized a gun in the boot of a car and arrested a man.

    Officers searched a house in Ballymote last night and found cannabis herb worth around 1-thousand euro and the gun.

    The car has been seized by Gardaí and the firearm has been sent to the Garda Ballistics Section for forensic examination.

    A 37 year old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Ballymote Garda Station where he remains in custody.

     

  • Gardaí in Sligo are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary at a house in Carrickbanagher near Coolooney.

    The incident occurred at approximately 2:30am this morning when the occupant of the house was threatened and assaulted by a male intruder. It’s understood the intruder, who was wearing dark clothing, left the house on foot with a number of undisclosed items along with a sum of cash.

    The alarm was raised when another family member returned home a short time later. The injured party was taken to hospital and treated for injuries described as non life threatening.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in Drumfin between midnight and 3am and witnessed any suspicious activity to contact them.

    They are also appealing to motorists who may have offered someone a lift or noticed anything suspicious on the following routes between 1:00am and 3:30am, to come forward.

    • Ballymote town towards Drumfin (R293)
    • N17 between Cooloney and Tubbercurry
    • N4 between Colooney and Drumfin

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Sligo Garda Station 071-9157000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

  • Gardaí in Sligo are investigating a serious road traffic collision in Sligo today.

    The collision between a car and a female pedestrian in her 50's occurred at approximately 9.10am this morning on the Sligo Inner relief road (N4) inbound. The female driver of the car was uninjured in the collision. The injured pedestrian was taken to Sligo University Hospital for treatment and her injuries are described as serious.

    The two lanes on the southbound lanes are currently closed and there are diversions through the town.

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Sligo Garda station on 071 9157000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

     

     

     

  • Gardaí in Sligo are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of a 20-year-old man this afternoon in Sligo town.

    Gardaí were called to the scene of an incident at a house at Connolly Street, Sligo at approximately 1.30pm this afternoon. A 19-year-old man, who investigating Gardaí believe was the victim of an assault, was pronounced dead at the scene. The office of the state pathologist has been notified and a Garda technical team are currently at the scene.

    A 31-year-old man was arrested a short time later in connection with this investigation and is currently detained at Ballymote Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this assault or anyone with information to contact Sligo Garda Station on 071-9157000, the Garda Confidential line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

    Investigations are continuing.