Sligo

  • 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 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.

     

  • Gardai are investigating an act of criminal damage in Sligo after a Fine Gael TD's constituency offices were vandalised with anti-abortion graffiti.

    "Fine Gael Baby Killers" was one of the terms found sprawled on Tony McLoughlin's John Street offices this morning.

    It's after legislation to allow for abortion services in Ireland passed all stages of the Oireachtas last night.

    Gardai believe the vandalism took place overnight, while no arrests have been made.

    Deputy McLoughlin says this type of behaviour has no place in society.

  • Gardai have released two people from custody following an investigation into illegal money lending in Sligo.

    A 42 year-old man and a woman aged 40 were arrested yesterday and detained for questioning at Ballymote and Carrick on Shannon Garda stations.

    They were both released without charge last night, and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Three people were arrested in total - a 17 year-old girl was also released from custody earlier yesterday.

     

     

  • Gardaí are seeking assistance from the public in finding a teenager missing from his home  in Sligo.

    16-year-old Kian Dwyer was last seen in Sligo town on Saturday, and it's believed he may have travelled to Tallaght in Dublin.

    Kian is described as  5-foot, 11, of slim build, with brown hair and brown eyes.

    When last seen, he was wearing a red jumper, navy tracksuit bottoms and green runners.

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Tallaght Garda Station at 01 - 66 66 000 or any Garda Station.

     

     

     

     

  • Gavin Cawley has been confirmed as the new manager of the Leitrim Ladies Senior Football team.

    The current IT Sligo Ladies team manager and former Sligo Men's County Board PRO had his appointment ratified on Monday evening and Cawley also has management experience with the DCU Men's and Ladies teams.

    Cawley’s first game in charge will be in their Division 4 opener against Antrim on February 3rd.

  • A global software company is establishing an Innovation Centre in Sligo, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.

    LiveTiles, which is headquartered in New York, has announced it will establish an Intelligent Innovation Centre in Sligo to support the further development of its design and artificial intelligence products.

    IDA Ireland says up to 50 jobs will be created.

    The Minister for Business & Enterprise Heather Humphreys welcomed the announcement and says it’s a great vote of confidence in Sligo and the Northwest region.

    LiveTiles CEO Karl Redenbach says they’re excited about establishing a new centre in Sligo, as there’s an up-and-coming technology scene here, and they look forward to working with technology businesses, universities and Microsoft in Ireland to expand their AI agenda.

     

  • The government is to launch its 115 billion euro 'Ireland 2040' plan later.

    The document will outline how Ireland should develop over the next 20 years and where big capital spending will be done.

    The cabinet is holding a special meeting in Sligo to approve it before the launch this afternoon.

  • The Goverment has given the go-ahead to award the contract for a notoriously dangerous section of road in Co Sligo.

    The N4 between Collooney and Castlebaldwin, described by Transport Minister Shane Ross as a notoriously dangerous stretch of road, is to undergo a €150 million upgrade.

    Minister Ross has announced that the 15km section of road is to be rebuilt to a modern standard.

    The existing road has seen 9 fatal road collision, 10 serious accidents and over 80 minor accidents over the past 20 years.

    Following a fatality in 2015, the section of road was described by the Sligo Coroner as "possibly the worst road in Ireland".

    The Collooney to Castlebaldwin road is to be upgraded to a Type 2 dual carriageway.

    Transport Infrastructure Ireland says it will work with Sligo County Council and the contractor Roadbridge to complete the project in 2021.

     

     

  • A thriving community in Co Sligo is to consider taking a judicial review to save its local post office, after accusing An Post of ignoring its own viability guidelines.

    Hundreds of people attended a protest meeting last night in Gurteen, amid local fury over An Post's decision to close the village post office on February 28.

    The decision followed a six-month campaign in Gurteen to save the post office, which prompted An Post to give three deadline extensions.

    Fiona Tansey, of Tansey's Centra Supermarket, told the Irish Independent that the decision made absolutely no sense and threatened the area with a devastating economic blow.

    She claims An Post is ignoring its own guidelines.

    Last year, it promised no post office would close where there's a local population of 500 people or more, while there are 512 living in Gurteen.

    The threatened closure of Gurteen post office will force people to travel more than 12km to Ballymote for services.

    Ms Tansey claimed that An Post has refused to engage with the local community, and they are now considering a judicial review of the decision.

    Last year, An Post unveiled plans to close 159 rural post offices, after a deal had been agreed with the Irish Postmasters' Union.

    A spokesman for An Post last night said there's an established protocol there to help them make a decision like this, and the step-by-step process was followed in this case, with Gurteen Post Office due to close at the end of this month.

     

  • The Co Sligo village of Gurteen has seen its playground close in recent days, due to difficulties in obtaining insurance cover.

    The community playground opened two years ago, following a local fundraising campaign.

    However, the company which was providing insurance is withdrawing from the Irish market, and the playground operators are finding it difficult to get cover.

    One quote was in the region of €20,000.

    Local Fianna Fail Councillor Paul Taylor says it's very disappointing that a lock went on the playground gate on Sunday evening....

  • The Gurteen to Ballymote road has reopened to traffic this afternoon following a single vehicle road collision.

    The incident occurred shortly after 12 noon when the driver of a car lost control and drove into a farmyard.

    A man was cleaning his quad bike in the yard when it was struck by the vehicle.

    He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sligo University Hospital as a precaution.

    There were five occupants in the car and they suffered no injuries.

    Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the incident and ask anyone with information to contact Ballymote Garda Station on 071 918 9500.

  • The family of a young Sligo man, who fatally stabbed his nine-year-old brother before taking his own life five years ago, has settled a High Court action against the HSE.

    Shane Skeffington and his wife Carmel from Banada, Tourlestrane had returned from a Sunday afternoon shopping trip on 20th July 2014 to discover their eldest son, 19-year old Shane Junior had stabbed his 9-year old brother Brandon with a knife, leaving him fatally wounded.

    Shane Junior then took his own life.

     The Skeffingtons sued the HSE for alleged negligence and breach of duty in relation to his care.

    It was claimed there was an alleged failure to take care of Shane Jnr when he was in St Columba’s Hospital , Sligo in May 2014, and counsel told the court that, had the treatment been better when Shane was in the hospital, there may have been a different outcome.

    It was also claimed there was an alleged failure to adequately investigate Shane Junior’s mental state prognosis.

    The claims were denied.

     Approving the settlements, Mr Justice Cross sympathised with the Skeffington family and said it was a sad and tragic case.

    The settlement is without admission of liability and the terms of the settlement are confidential.

     

     

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    A special Cabinet meeting will take place in Sligo this Friday.

    The Cabinet meeting will get underway at 11am at IT Sligo, and will be followed by the launch by Taoiseach Leo Varadker of Project Ireland 2040 – the National Planning Framework and National Development Plan.

    The President of IT Sligo Dr Brendan McCormack says the institute is honoured to host the historic Cabinet meeting – the first ever held on an IT campus.

    He says the event is a vote of confidence in Sligo, the Northwest region, its young people and its future.

    Dr McCormack says he believes the plans being announced on Friday will have a transformative impact on the economic well-being of the north-west region, and will provide a much-needed boost for the region.

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    House prices went up by over a thousand euro a month during 2018.

    According to the latest Daft.ie report, there was a 5.5 per cent increase across the country with the average price now 254 thousand euro.

    In Dublin, house prices rose by 2.9 per cent, compared to an increase of 11.7 per cent in 2017.

    Prices went up 5.8 per cent in Cork, 6.3 per cent in Galway city, while Limerick saw increases of 9.8 per cent.

    In Mayo, prices in the final quarter of 2018 were 10% higher than a year previously, compared to a rise of less than 1% seen a year ago. The average house price is now €154,000, 39% above its lowest point.

    In Roscommon the average price has risen by 7.5% since last year up to €138,908 and are up 51.6% since their lowest point.

    In Galway City the average house price is €290,528, up 6.3% on the same time last year and up just under 81% since its lowest point.

    In Galway County the average price is now €197,791, up 7.4% on last year and 56.3% since the lowest level.

    In Sligo the average price is €138164, up 5.5% since last year and 31.5% since its lowest level.