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    The closing date for the Business with Irish Awards 2018 is fast approaching and ahead of the deadline, we chatted to Suzanne Kilkenny of the renowned Guna Nua Boutique who told us how she integrates Irish into her business day and why the Business with Irish Awards meant so much to her enterprise.

    Gnó Mhaigh Eo is now accepting applications for the Business with Irish Awards 2018. Do you know a business who uses the Irish Language or would like to develop an Irish Language plan? Why not nominate them for a Business with Irish Award 2018.

     

    Tá Gnó Mhaigh Eo ag glacadh le hiarratais le haghaidh Ghradaim Ghnó 2018. An bhfuil aithne agat ar ghnólacht a bhfuil Gaeilge in úsáid acu nó atá ag iarraidh plean Gaeilge a fhorbairt linn? Is féidir iad a ainmniú le haghaidh Ghradaim Ghnó 2018. 

    Seo iad catagóirí na ngradam | These are the award categories:

    • Comharthaíocht | Signage
    • Seirbhís Ghnó | Irish Language Service
    • Ábhair Ghnó | Business Materials
    • Brandáil | Branding

    You can enter now, or nominate a business by clicking on this link http://bit.ly/2BRdfOd

  • The Gradaim Gnó Mhaigh Eo awards earlier in the year was a huge success for all involved and we caught up with the different winners in each category of the awards - The Castle Bookshop in Castlebar, Ballinrobe Dental in Ballinrobe, Saileen Drum based in Newport and An Port Mór in Westport - and they gave us an insight into how the awards have helped their business and what their plans are for the future to further integrate the Irish language into their business gach lá.

     

     

     

     

  • Westport’s Harry Hughes is in Monaco for the 18th EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

    Mr Hughes of Portwest won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ireland and will be among winners representing 46 countries to compete for the world title and enter the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame.

    Mr Hughes arrived on Tuesday for the four day event to build up to the overall ceremony.

    The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday evening.

  • IFA will hold its National Hill Sheep Forum on Monday in the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport.

    The forum will commence with a visit to the hill sheep farm of Joe Skehill in Sandfield, Westport at 4.30pm.

    The forum will then move to the Castlecourt Hotel where Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring will officially open the event at 6.30pm.

    A number of speakers will address the forum, including IFA President Joe Healy and representatives from Bord Bia, Kildare Chilling and the IFA Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy.

    There will also be a discussion forum on the CAP Budget and ANC payments.

  • Increase the daily car parking charges in the car parks in Westport, and increase the hourly rate for parking to 1 euro for the first hour and 50 cents after that, and the deficit of 355,000 euro that the municipal district agreed to in the 2018 budget would be restored.

     That’s the view of Westport based Fine Gael councillor Tereasa McGuire. She made the proposal at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District.

    The refusal by West Mayo councillors to introduce pay and display street car parking charges in the town, caused controversy at the Ballina Municipal District meeting last week. Councillors in Ballina were told that the payment of grants to voluntary groups across the county, under GMA funding is on hold, until the local authority can make up a 400,000 euro deficit that was to be collected through the introduction of additional Pay and Display street carparking charges, as agreed in the 2018 budget.

    Ballina councillors say it is unfair that voluntary groups in Ballina are now paying the price for Westport failing to introduce what was agreed.

    Councillor McGuire told Midwest News today her proposal, if adopted, could resolve the financial issue.

  • Increase the hourly rate in the council carparks in Westport, rather than introduce street car parking charges in the town.

    That’s the view of Fine Gael councillor Tereasa McGuire.

    She told Midwest News this morning that if Tom Gilligan, Director of Services for Mayo county council, needs to secure additional funding, then he should increase the hourly rate in the carparks in Westport from 70 cent to one euro for the first hour.

    Last week, Tom Gilligan outlined plans to councillors to introduce street carparking charges in 8 towns across the county.

    Cllr McGuire says the proposal is unfair to rate payers, businesses and the general public.

  • Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are all taking their lives in their hand trying to safely use the Golf course road out of Westport.

    That’s the view of local Independent cllr Johno O’Malley who has called on council officials to immediately address the problem of overgrown verges all along the route.

    The councillor says this is not the only road around Westport that needs immediate attention, describing six foot high weeds along the verges in places that are falling out onto the road and impacting on drivers visibility and on other road users.

  • An Independent Councillor says the reduction of outdoor staff with Mayo County Council for the Westport area by six people in total is deeply concerning. 

    Cllr. Christy Hyland says standards have to be maintained in the Westport area. He says outdoor staff are vital in Westport due to the high volume of people coming into the town on an ongoing basis. 

    He raised his concerns at a recent meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District and afterwards told Midwest Radio that he is going to persist on this matter.

  • Irish Rail is banning people from drinking alcohol on some of its routes from next week.

    The ban will come into effect from Friday October 12th, and will be enforced every Friday, following regular reports of anti-social behaviour.

    It will affect the Heuston to Galway routes departing at 11:25am, 1:25pm and 3:35pm; as well as the 2:45pm train from Heuston to Westport.

  • Seven town centres are to become free public wi-fi zones.

    Unlimited access to high speeds  will initially be introduced in Knock, Westport, Sligo, Monaghan, and Carrick-On-Shannon town centres.

    Wifi spots in Kerry and Donegal will also be brought on stream.

    Magnet Networks will install access points on their premises, providing free connectivity within the town centres.

    The scheme is already in operation in Galway.

  • Westport was the town in county Mayo with the highest house prices last year, while house prices in Ballyhaunis were the lowest in the county, according to the latest GeoView Residential Buildings Report, published by GeoDirectory and EY

    198,000 euro was the average house price in Westport in 2019,compared to 94,000 euro in Ballyhaunis.

    435 residential addresses in Mayo were added to the GeoDirectory database in 2019.

    Dublin accounted for almost a third of all new address points in 2019. 

    At the other end of the scale Leitrim  had just 67, Roscommon added 176 and Sligo 180 -recording the lowest number of new residential addresses.

    The average price of a house in Mayo last year was €152,000.

    Mayo’s vacancy rate stood at almost 13 percent in December 2019, 8 % higher than the national vacancy rate of 5%.

    302 residential buildings were under construction in Mayo last month (December 2019).

    Dara Keogh, Chief Executive, GeoDirectory told Midwest News today that there’s a good buoyancy in the house construction market in Mayo at present.

  • Westport Gardai are advising that a live ESB line is down in the Letterbrook area of Drummin.

    ESB Networks are currently at the scene, and there will be some power outages in the area this morning while repairs are underway.

    The local road - the L1824 - may also be closed for a time.

    People in the area are advised to take extra caution, as the line is down on the road and on wire fencing between fields.

     

  • A local election candidate is urging people to register to vote before Tuesday’s deadline.

    Shane Fitzgerald, who is running as a local election candidate in the Westport area says he is finding that up to 1 in 4 people that he has canvassed, are not on the register of electors.

    Mr Fitzgerald says the form to register must be with the council by Tuesday and is very straightforward to complete.

    He is urging people who are entitled to vote, to register so they can exercise their democratic right.

  • It now looks likely that the long awaited flood relief works at Carrowholly outside Westport will get underway by September.

    That’s according to the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    The Minister says over a million euro has been set aside by government for the works and he says it remains available, but he says it’s completely unacceptable that it has taken months to get the OPW and Mayo County Council to meet and get the project underway.

    Many homes in the Carrowholly area of Westport have been marooned over recent years due to severe flooding.

    Minister Ring says the OPW has in recent days been meeting residents on the ground in Carrowholly and he says he is confident that the flood relief works will get underway in September, ahead of this winter.

  • Gardai are questioning a man in his forties after the death of a woman in County Mayo.

    Her body was discovered yesterday morning at a house in the Westport area.

    A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out later today.

    Garda inquiries got under way shortly after 10am yesterday morning when the body of the woman in her forties was found at a house in the Kilbree area of Westport.

    A man was arrested and taken to Castlebar Garda Station for questioning and Gardai say they are not looking for anyone else at this stage.

    The scene has been preserved overnight pending examination by the State Pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau and the investigation is ongoing.

    An incident room has been set up at Castlebar Garda Station, and anyone who can assist with the inquiry is asked to come forward.

    The family of the deceased woman has been notified and a family liaison officer has been appointed. 

  • Gardai in Westport have arrested a man in connection with a spate of thefts from charity boxes in licensed premises in the town.

    It’s understood the suspect is also being questioned about a break-in to a caravan at the rear of a B&B in Westport.

  • A man in his 40s will appear in court this afternoon charged in connection with the death of Valerie French Kilroy in Kilbree, Westport.

    The man in his 40’s is due to appear before a special sitting of Castlebar District Court at 2pm this afternoon.

    A murder investigation was launched by Gardai following the discovery of the body of Ms French Kilroy on Friday morning.

    A post-mortem examination was completed yesterday afternoon on the body of 41-year-old Valerie French Kilroy at Mayo University Hospital yesterday by acting State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan.

    Details of the results of the post-mortem are not being released at this stage for operational reasons.

    The man who was arrested on Friday will appear in court at 2pm this afternoon.

     

     

  • A court has heard that the man suspected of murdering Ciara Glennon 20 years ago in Australia is socially awkward with an "obsessive sexual interest" in abduction.

    For the first time, prosecutors in Perth have revealed disturbing details about why they believe Bradley Robert Edwards is the man responsible for abducting and murdering 27-year old Ms Glennon and two other young women in the 1990s.

    Ciara's father Denis Glennon is a native of Westport, Co Mayo.

    The Irish Independent reports that the pre-trial hearing of the accused, who's from Claremont, Western Australia, began on Monday after its proceedings were delayed on a number of occasions.

    Ciara Glennon disappeared on March 14, 1997, after a night out celebrating St Patrick's Day in the Perth suburb of Claremont.

    Her body was discovered 18 days after she disappeared in bushland 50km north of Perth and had to be identified by her parents.

    The court heard DNA taken from Ms Glennon's body, including from under her fingernails, was consistent with Mr Edwards's DNA.

    Fibres in her hair also corresponded with the same fibres found inside Mr Edwards's car.

    Bradley Robert Edwards is also accused of murdering 18-year old Sarah Spiers and 23-year old Jane Rimmer in 1996 and 1997.

    He previously pleaded not guilty to all charges, which also include raping a 17-year-old girl in 1995 and breaking into an 18-year-old woman's bedroom in her home in 1988.

    The court was told that  Mr Edwards was "an introverted, socially awkward man, and that the allegations against him show he had an "obsessive sexual interest in the abduction, imprisonment and forcible rape of women in degrading and violent circumstances".

    Following Mr Edwards' arrest in 2016, Ms Glennon's father Denis described the murder charge as a "bitter-sweet moment".

    Mr Edwards will go on trial in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in July.

     

  • A number of creche and pre-school facilities across the region have closed today, with thousands of childcare workers taking part in a march in Dublin in protest at the lack of government funding in the childcare sector.

    The Early Years Alliance, organisers of today's event, say the issue of high fees and low pay has reached crisis point and needs to be addressed.

    More than 1,700 childcare facilities, including daycare and pre-school services, have closed around the country as part of today's action.

    Claire Morahan runs the Smarties Montessori school and after-school facility in Fahy, Westport.

    She's closed her business today to take part in the march in Dublin, and has told Midwest News that childcare workers deserve more respect and recognition.

     

  • Mayo County Council has granted planning permission for the development of a new €10 million euro global headquarters for Portwest at The Quay in Westport.

    Two weeks ago, members of the West Mayo Municipal District approved a material contravention to allow the site of the proposed development on Roman Island at The Quay to be re-zoned, and the council has now given the green light for the predominantly four-storey building, subject to 37 conditions.

    Portwest now employs over 3,000 staff worldwide and expected to treble staff numbers and reach $1 billion turnover in the next 7 years.

    The new global headquarters at the site of the Old Mill on The Quay will accommodate some 150 staff.

    Owen Hughes, Director of Portwest, told Midwest News that they're delighted to have secured planning permission for the new office development, and says that - if there are no objections - they would hope to start construction early in 2019.