Met Eireann has issued a status yellow rainfall and wind warning for counties Mayo and Galway from tomorrow (Fri) evening.

Rain on Friday evening through to Saturday morning will lead to accumulations of 20 – 40mm, with higher accumulations in mountainous areas. This will bring a risk of localised flooding and heightened risk of flash flooding in mountainous areas.

The rainfall warning remains in place until 9am on Saturday morning.

While a status yellow wind warning for both Mayo and Galway, together with Donegal, Clare and Kerry has been issued from 10pm tomorrow night through to 7am Saturday morning.

South to southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h. Winds speeds may be higher in coastal and exposed areas.

 

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    The Government will discuss banning take-away pints when it meets this morning. It's after large groups of people were filmed drinking on the streets in Dublin and Cork over the weekend. NPHET has warned the suppression of Covid-19 has stalled and time is…
  • Nov 17, 2020

    Investigation underway after a man is found dead in Swinford

    An investigation is under way after a man in his 20s was found dead at a house in Swinford last night. Gardaí attended the scene at around 10.50pm after receiving reports of a disturbance. It is believed the victim died as a result of a serious assault. A man…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    Cases of Covid 19 rising again nationally

     5 additional deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported this evening in the Republic. As of midnight last night (Sunday) 456 new confirmed cases of the virus have been reported. Of the cases notified today 105 are in Dublin, 85 in Limerick, 43 in Cork, 38…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    Newport man secures lucrative banking job

    A county Mayo man is among three Irish bankers who have been granted access to the prestigious partnership group at global investment bank Goldman Sachs. Newport native Richard Chambers, the son of former Mayo Senator and County councillor Frank Chambers,…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    Increase in eligibilty for Repair and Lease Scheme

    Funding limits have been increased for a scheme that aims to bring vacant properties back into social housing use. The limit for the Repair and Leasing Scheme is now 60,000 euro, up from 40,000 euro. Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien says in addition to…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    Conradh na Gaeilge concerned over the number of Irish exemptions for students

    There are growing concerns about the number of students being given exemptions from studying Irish. There’s been a 16 per cent increase in exemptions in the past year after a new system was introduced. Students used to need a cert from an educational…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    Second Covid 19 vaccine looks promising

    A second covid-19 vaccine has shown to be almost 95 per cent effective. US company Moderna plans to apply for approval for it's vaccine in the coming weeks. Just a week after Pfizer and BioNTech said their vaccine was over 90% effective, Moderna has published…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    Taoiseach annoyed by crowds gathering in Cork and Dublin over the weekend

    The Taoiseach says a review will be carried out on the sale of takeaway pints from pubs. It follows scenes of crowds gathering in both Dublin and Cork over the weekend. Michael Martin says he's concerned and annoyed by what happened.
  • Nov 16, 2020

    IWT call on the State to take responsibility over special designated bogs

    The State must take responsibility to prohibit turf-cutting on bogs classified as Special Areas of Conservation. That’s the view of Padraig Fogarty, the Campaigns Officer at the Irish Wildlife Trust. A new report from the Department of Culture, Heritage and…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    Almost €8,000 approved for the Ballintubber Waterways Project

    €7,995 in funding has been approved for the Ballintubber Waterways Project in Roscommon from the Community Healthcare West through the National Lottery Grant. Independent Cllr Anthony Waldron welcomed the allocation saying it will assist with the provision of…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    105,000 euro a week accruing on the state as Derrybrien Wind Farm must meet environmental standards

    Additional fines of over €5m have been imposed on the state as a result of an ongoing failure to ensure proper environmental standards were adhered to at a wind farm in county Galway. According to RTE, daily fines of €15,000 have been mounting since November…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    One Connacht County has a rate of Covid-19 above the national average

    There are concerns about a rise in the number of Covid 19 cases. The Chief Medical Officer says the increase in the average daily five day case count is a worrying development. The estimated national 14-day incidence rate is just over 126, its lowest point…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    Major refurbishment works at Roonagh Pier go to tender

    Major refurbishment works at Roonagh Pier in Louisburgh have now progressed to tender through Mayo County Council. That's according to Fine Gael Deputy Alan Dillon, who says progress can now be made to swiftly awarding the contract. The works at the ferry…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    A public consultation on statutory sick pay opens today

    A public consultation on statutory sick pay opens today. Ireland is in the minority of EU nations where there's no legal obligation for employees to be offered the benefit. Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has said the lack of protection leaves low-paid workers exposed…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    Hundreds expected to fly home for Christmas despite public health advice

    Hundreds of people are expected to ignore government advice not to fly home for Christmas. That's despite warnings over the weekend that travel in the weeks ahead will be a 'recipe for disaster'. According to the Irish Times, 1,300 seats have already been…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    Brexit talks focus in on fishing and the 'level playing field' today

    Brexit talks resume today following Simon Coveney's comments that a trade deal won't be ratified if the UK pushes on with the Internal Market Bill. Downing Street claims the legislation is necessary to ensure trade across the UK. Discussions are continuing…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    CMO says recent rise in Covid-19 cases is a 'worrying development'

    The Chief Medical Officer says a recent rise in the number of Covid-19 cases is a worrying development. 378 more infections were confirmed, and one further patient died. Across the region there are 15 new cases in Galway, twelve in Roscommon and less than…
  • Nov 16, 2020

    Almost 3,000 students will sit the postponed Leaving Cert from today

    A total of just 2,820 students are due to sit the postponed Leaving Cert today. The exams will take place during evenings and weekends from today until December 11th. Students who have already received calculated grades and decide to sit the written exams…
  • Nov 15, 2020

    Two people rescued on Galway Bay today

    Two people cut off by the high tide near Blackrock on Galway Bay today have been rescued by Galway RNLI Lifeboat. A man and a woman, had walked out to Seaweed Point between Blackrock and Silverstrand when the spring tide took them by surprise and submerged…
  • Nov 15, 2020

    378 new cases of Covid-19 & one further death

    There has been 378 new cases of Covid-91 in the Republic and one additional death. The Chief Medical Officer has warned that the average five-day Covid-19 case count is rising - "a worrying development which has persisted for the last few days". 124 of the…
  • Nov 15, 2020

    CMO warns progress in stamping out Covid has stalled

    The Chief Medical Officer's warned that progress in stamping out Covid-19 infections has stalled in the Republic. Dr Tony Holohan says the decline in new case numbers has been slower than forecast in recent days. And after yesterday's 456 positive tests, the…
  • Nov 15, 2020

    Mask row causes delay on rail service from Galway yesterday

    Rail passengers travelling on the Galway to Athlone line faced lengthy delays yesterday because of a face mask row. The 17.20 service should have taken less than an hour but was stopped at Ballinasloe because of debris on the line. The train was ready to go…
  • Nov 15, 2020

    Taoiseach says Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine will be free to the public

    The Taoiseach says the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine will be given to people for free in the new year once it has been approved for use. Micheal Martin says it's "very possible" a vaccine passport could be introduced to allow people travel abroad and attend large…
  • Nov 15, 2020

    Almost 3,000 students will sit the postponed Leaving Cert

    A total of just 2,820 students are due to sit the postponed Leaving Cert, which begins tomorrow. The exams will take place during evenings and weekends between November 16th and December 11th. Students who have already received calculated grades and decide to…
  • Nov 15, 2020

    Government will meet again to discuss the judiciary controversy

    Government and opposition party leaders are due to meet again this week to discuss the controversy arising from Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe's attendance at the Oireachtas golf society dinner. The Chief Justice has said it is his view that the judge…
  • Nov 14, 2020

    Six more deaths from Covid-19 & 456 new cases

    The Chief Medical Officer says he's concerned progress on reducing Covid-19 infections is faltering. Today the officials reported 456 new positive tests, 11 more people brought to hospital, and six more deaths. It means the five-day moving average daily case…
  • Nov 14, 2020

    Expert warns mass vaccination sites may be needed for Pfizer Covid-19 dose

    An Immunology expert says mass vaccination sites may be needed for the Pfizer Bio-N-Tech Covid-19 dose. It needs to be kept at ultra cold temperatures, that requires specialised freezers, which are only found in labs and hospitals. This has raised questions…
  • Nov 14, 2020

    87% increase in files to the DPP over domestic violence

    There's been an 87 percent increase in the number of domestic violence cases sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions compared with 2019. The Director of the DPP, Claire Loftus, has welcomed the fact that courts are giving priority to these cases. Speaking…
  • Nov 14, 2020

    Concerns raised about proposed relocation of postal services in Ballymote

    Concerns are being raised about the proposal to relocate the Post Office services in Ballymote, according to the Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Dara Mulvey. The Fine Gael councillor says he has no issue with the change of Agent as this has been an…
  • Nov 14, 2020

    Aontú submit bill to reduce Oireachtas member's salaries during 'severe' Covid restrictions

    Our government politicians have voted for some of the most severe restrictions in Europe, putting thousands of people into severe economic hardship without experiencing any of the economic consequences themselves. That's the view of Mayo Aontu representative…
  • Nov 14, 2020

    Sligo Deputy warns of tax issues related to PUP payments

    A change in July to the Social Welfare COVID-19 Amendment Bill could leave recipients of PUP payments liable to substantial tax bills at a time of significant challenge to their incomes. This warning was issued in the Dail when Sligo Deputy Marian Harkin TD…
  • Nov 14, 2020

    Kite-Surfer airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulty off Keel Beach

    A kite-surfer was airlifted to hospital yesterday after he got into difficulty off Keel Beach on Achill Island. Achill Island Coast Guard was called to the beach at around 1pm yesterday after a kite-surfer was blown onto some rocks. The injured kite-surfer…
  • Nov 14, 2020

    Ballina Lions Club marking World Diabetes Day

    Ballina Lions Club are today marking World Diabetes Day joining other Irish Lions Clubs in launching Diabetes Awareness as a Signature project. Lions Clubs in Ireland are organising a variety of projects and events aimed at raising awareness of Type 2…
  • Nov 14, 2020

    Number of patients being treated in hospital for Covid-19 has dropped

    The number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 has dropped by more than a quarter since the end of last month. 254 people are receiving treatment - down from 354 two and a half weeks ago - while 35 people are in ICUs. The head of the HSE, Paul…
  • Nov 14, 2020

    Status Yellow wind warning issued for today

    Multiple Status Yellow wind warnings have been issued by Met Éireann for today. Forecasters say southerly winds will strengthen with severe and possibly damaging gusts. Strong and gusty southwest to west winds are expected in Connacht, Munster, and Leinster,…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Party leaders fail to reach agreement over Supreme Court Judge

    There's been no agreement among party leaders about how to deal with the controversy surrounding Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe. A two hour meeting has concluded with opposition leaders now seeking their own independent legal advice. The room was divided…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Seven further deaths from Covid-19 & 482 new cases

    A further 482 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed, along with seven deaths. 128 of the new cases are in Dublin, 45 in Cork, 43 in Waterford, 36 in Limerick, 24 in Donegal and Meath. There are 15 new cases in both Mayo & Galway. Elsewhere, there are six new…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Mayo Solicitor appointed President of the Law Society of Ireland

    The Law Society of Ireland has announced the appointment of Mayo solicitor, James Cahill, as President of the Law Society for the year 2020/2021, with effect from today. Mr Cahill is principal in the firm Cahill & Cahill in Castlebar. He becomes the…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Mayo County Council receives over €8 Million in commercial rates rebate

    Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State with responsibility for Planning and Local Government Peter Burke have written to the Chief Executive of Mayo County Council to reiterate the Government’s support for…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Mayo Parish Priest welcoming news that churches should be open for mass this Christmas

    A parish priest is welcoming the news that churches should be able to open for mass this Christmas. It comes after the Taoiseach said he believes they will be allowed to reopen and welcome parishioners in Christmas week. Micheal Martin says we can't take…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Ireland West Airport Knock winds down for a month due to the pandemic

    Ryanair are suspending all flights operations from Ireland West Airport Knock - and the other regional airports tomorrow for a 4-week period. This means Ireland West Airport will close on Saturday and reopen four weeks later, on Sunday 13th December. Earlier…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    The Justice Seamus Woulfe standoff leaves Government 'in a difficult position'

    Political party leaders will meet later to discuss the controversy surrounding Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe. Mr Justice Woulfe is refusing to resign after attending a golf dinner that broke Covid restrictions - despite Chief Justice Frank Clarke calling…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Gerry Finn appointed as new Chair of the Western Development Commission

    The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, has today announced the appointment of a new Board to the Western Development Commission. The Western Development Commission has played an important role in promoting economic and social…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Newly refurbished wards reopen at Mayo University Hospital

    Mayo University Hospital has this week re-opened the newly refurbished wards and patients have now moved back to the refurbished areas. The refurbished medical beds returned to use in the hospital yesterday and patients have also moved back to the refurbished…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Motorists urged to take caution in Westport following an oil spill

    There has been an oil spill around Westport Town. All road users in the area are being urged to take care. The Town centre, High St and Quay St. are currently being treated. Mayo County Council has confirmed to Midwest News that diversionary signs in place.
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Restauranteurs experience 'surge' in December bookings

    The trade group for restaurant owners says people are already booking their Christmas parties even though there's no clear plan to reopen yet. The Restaurants Association says it's seen an "upsurge" in bookings since Wednesday, when the Taoiseach said…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    New shop local voucher will be launched in South Mayo ahead of Christmas

    A new gift card will be launched in south Mayo in the next fortnight, which will encourage people to shop in the local area and spend locally this Christmas. Employers are being urged to purchase the The Lakes gift card for their staff this Christmas, thereby…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    CMO urges people to avoid non essential travel in the run-up to Christmas

    The Chief Medical Officer says international travel will be one of the biggest Covid 19 risks in the run-up to Christmas. Dr Tony Holohan has urged people to avoid non essential travel - and that includes Irish people abroad flying home for Christmas. NPHET…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Galway City Central's incidence rate of Covid-19 falls below national average

    Health officials say they're "almost certain" the number of daily Covid-19 cases will fall to below 100 by the start of December. The 14 day incidence rate is now estimated to be 135 per 100 thousand - one of the lowest in Europe. Buncrana in Donegal has the…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Taoiseach appeals to the public to see out Level 5 restrictions

    The Taoiseach is encouraging people to see Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions through to the end. We're at the mid-way point in the measures, and Micheal Martin says the data shows people are complying. The Taoiseach is paying tribute to the great national effort…
  • Nov 13, 2020

    Party leaders to discuss the future of Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe later

    Political party leaders will meet this afternoon to discuss the future of Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe. Taoiseach Micheál Martin is seeking consensus in how to approach the stand-off within the highest court in the land. The controversy over Seamus…
  • Nov 12, 2020

    Close to 400 new confirmed cases of Covid 19 in the Republic

    One additional death related to COVID-19 has been reported this evening in the Republic. As of midnight last night (Wednesday) 395 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. Of these 132 occurred in Dublin, 31 in Cork, 27 in Donegal, 27 in Limerick,…
  • Nov 12, 2020

    Tanaiste advises people not to book flights home to Ireland from abroad this Christmas

    People have been advised not to book flights home to Ireland for Christmas by the Tánaiste. Leo Varadkar has said it's too early to be able to say whether people will be able to travel home for the holidays. The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has also…
  • Nov 12, 2020

    Eirgrid indicates it may well choose underground cables for the 110 Kv North Connacht project

    It may well be an underground option that Eirgrid selects as the route for its proposed 110Kv power line that will run from Ballina to Ballaghaderreen. That’s according to David Martin, Senior Communications Specialist with Eirgrid. Reacting to opposition…
  • Nov 12, 2020

    Galway cafe owner says going online has saved her business

    A restaurant owner in county Galway says moving services online has saved her business. It comes as An Post reveals it's handling more than 2 million parcels a week due to a surge in online shopping. Ann Dunne from the White Gables cafe in Moycullen has…
  • Nov 12, 2020

    Euromillions raffle ticket worth over €1 million sold at Clifden service station

    A Euromillions raffle ticket worth over €1 million was sold in the Connemara town of Clifden. The National Lottery has announced that the "Ireland Only Raffle" winner bought their ticket on Tuesday at the Sweeney Oil service station in Clifden. The ticket is…
  • Nov 12, 2020

    HIQA recommends improvements at Swinford District Hospital, following Covid-19 outbreak earlier this year

    A new HIQA report has outlined a number of areas of improvement needed at Swinford District Hospital. The report was published today following an inspection of the hospital in August. The report notes there was an outbreak of Covid-19 in Swinford District…
  • Nov 12, 2020

    Attymass against Pylons secures in excess of a thousand signatures on a petition opposed to Eirgrid's proposed 110kv North Connacht Project

    Attymass Against Pylons is a newly formed community group that has been established to oppose the overhead route of Eirgrid’s proposed 110kv North Connacht project. The new electricity line will run between substations in Moy, near Ballina to Tonroe,…
  • Nov 12, 2020

    Castlebar Army Officer welcomes review of presentation of medals of gallantry for Irish soldiers in the Siege of Jadotville

    An Irish Army officer, living in Castlebar, who served on a UN peacekeeping mission which came under attack in Congo in 1961, has welcomed the establishment of a review group over the issue of medals for gallantry. Noel Carey was the youngest of 10 Irish…
  • Nov 12, 2020

    Raw sewage no longer flowing into Killala Bay, but will continue in Newport until 2024

    Raw sewage is no longer flowing into Killala Bay, following a €19 million investment in wastewater infrastucture in the area. That's according to Irish Water, in response to a new report published this morning by the EPA. The report says raw sewage is flowing…
  • Nov 12, 2020

    9-year old Westport girl has artwork chosen for latest JK Rowling book

    A 9-year old Mayo girl has had her artwork selected by author JK Rowling to illustrate her new book. Lottie Billington from Westport drew a peacock for the online competition, and this was one of 34 illustrations which were selected, from more than 19,000…
  • Nov 12, 2020

    New EPA report lists Killala & Newport among towns discharging raw sewage into the environment

    Raw sewage is flowing into the environment from 35 towns and villages every day - including Killala and Newport. That's according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency, which has also highlighted 113 locations country-wide where Irish Water…
  • Nov 12, 2020

    Mayo's 14-day incidence rate of coronavirus now above the national average

    The Taoiseach has come under pressure from members of his own party to move the country to Level 2 Covid-19 restrictions for Christmas. Yesterday, Micheal Martin said the aim was Level 3 from the 1st of December to allow businesses to re-open. However, at a…
  • Nov 11, 2020

    Two further deaths from Covid-19 & 362 new cases

    A further 362 case of Covid-19 have been confirmed along with two deaths. One of the deaths took place in October and one is under investigation by health officials. 90 of the new cases are in Dublin, 48 in Donegal, 34 in Limerick, 29 in Louth and 24 are…
  • Nov 11, 2020

    Gardai have used their Covid-19 enforcement powers the most in the North Western Region

    Gardaí have used their Covid-19 enforcement powers the most in the North Western Region since regulations came in to force. A new report shows gardai have used their powers 702 times since April, with action required on 242 occasions in the North West Garda…
  • Nov 11, 2020

    Taoiseach hopeful country can go back to level three at the start of December

    The Taoiseach has said he wants the country to go back to level three at the start of December. But Micheál Martin says he will look at certain sectors that may be given individual licence to open. This could include bars and restaurants which would be…
  • Nov 11, 2020

    HSE says no flu vaccines are missing

    The HSE says no doses of the flu vaccine have disappeared. 1.3 million doses of the jab have been distributed so far, but the executive wrote to GPs on Monday to say reimbursement claims have only been made for 700 thousand. It says the other 600 thousand…
  • Nov 11, 2020

    Junior Transport Minister explains additional support for regional airports

    The difficulties and challenges facing regional airports are being discussed at today's meeting of the Oireachtas Transport Committee. Representatives from Ireland West Airport Knock, Kerry and Donegal airports are outlining the devastating impact the…
  • Nov 11, 2020

    Mayo campus of GMIT to lead new school of Nursing, Health Science and Well Being

    The Castlebar campus of GMIT is to be the leader in establishing a new academic school of Nursing, Health Science and Well Being, as GMIT becomes a partner in a new Technological University for Connaught/Ulster. That’s according to the newly appointed…
  • Nov 11, 2020

    1,171 people waiting for driving test in Mayo, as local TD calls for Govt action

    Government action is needed to tackle the massive driving test backlog - that's according to Mayo Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway-Walsh. The Road Safety Authority has confirmed that over 93,000 people across the country are waiting for a driving test - including…
  • Nov 11, 2020

    IWAK representatives before Oireachtas Transport Committee today

    The founder of Aer Arann says it's a pity that funding for the aviation sector took so long to be approved. Representatives from Ireland West Airport Knock, Donegal and Kerry Airports will be before the Oireachtas Transport Committee this morning. They're…
  • Nov 11, 2020

    Status yellow rain warning remains in place in Mayo & Galway

    A status yellow rainfall warning remains in place in Mayo and Galway until 6 pm this evening. Met Eireann is predicting up to 50 millimetres of rainfall which may result in flooding and hazardous driving conditions. The forecast is for a wet & windy day, with…
  • Nov 11, 2020

    Party leaders to meet to discuss Seamus Woulfe controversy

    Party leaders are expected to meet to discuss the fallout from the controversy surrounding Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe. It follows a warning from the Attorney General that Mr Justice Woulfe's clash with Chief Justice Frank Clarke raises 'serious…
  • Nov 11, 2020

    Covid-19 rates continuing to fall, but 18 new cases in Roscommon

    The Chief Medical Officer says he's encouraged by the country's 'positive trajectory' in the fight against Covid-19. However Dr Tony Holohan has urged people to remain vigilant despite significant improvements in the profile of the disease. The 14 day…
  • Nov 10, 2020

    16 Covid related deaths recorded since midnight last night

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 16 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 14 occurred in November, 1 in October and 1 remains under investigation. As of midnight last night (9th November) 270…
  • Nov 10, 2020

    Enda Kenny calls on GAA to consider "neutral venues" for 2020 All Ireland Football semi-finals and final

    The former Taoiseach Enda Kenny called today for the All-Ireland football final and semi-finals to be played at a provincial venue, not Croke Park. Enda Kenny, describing himself as “an avid GAA supporter”, claims it is “unfair” that players involved should…
  • Nov 10, 2020

    Ireland West Airport Knock to receive additional government funding for 2020

    Six million euro in additional government funding has been announced this afternoon for three regional airports – Ireland West Airport Knock, Kerry and Donegal airports. Mayo Fianna deputy Dara Calleary says the funds are allocated as a consequence of Covid…
  • Nov 10, 2020

    Former Taoiseach Kenny is confident of a better relationship between the US and the EU under Biden

    US President elect Joe Biden will run a different administration to President Donald Trump, and the need for a new relationship between the US and Europe is vital, according to former Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Enda Kenny knows Joe Biden quite well, having met him…
  • Nov 10, 2020

    Eirgrid extends public consultation on North Connacht 110 KV project until next month

    Eirgrid has extended the public consultation on the North Connacht 110 KV power line project until the 11th December. Initially, submissions had to be received by next Monday 16th November, but that date has now been pushed out to next month to allow more…
  • Nov 10, 2020

    Status yellow rainfall warning for Mayo & Galway from 6pm this evening

    A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for five counties along the west and southern coasts. The alert will be in place from 6pm this evening until 6pm tomorrow evening for Mayo, Galway, Cork, Kerry and Waterford. Met Eireann says up to 50…
  • Nov 10, 2020

    Three well-known properties in Galway City to be demolished

    Galway City Council has confirmed that three well-known properties in the city are to be demolished. The former Oasis nightclub in Salthill is to go the way of its next-door neighbour the Warwick, which was demolished last year to make way for a nursing home.…
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    Mayo's 14-day incidence rate of coronavirus now above the national average

    One additional death from Covid-19 was confirmed last night,, along with 270 new cases - including 5 new cases in Mayo, 8 in Roscommon and less than 5 in each of counties Galway, Sligo and Leitrim. Mayo's 14 day incidence rate has now risen above the national…
  • Nov 10, 2020

    Mr Justice Seamus Woulfe agrees to 3-month suspension without pay, but will not be stepping down

    Mr Justice Seamus Woulfe has agreed to a three-month suspension without pay from the Supreme Court. The suggested reprimand was accepted by Mr Justice Wolfe as a result of his attendance at the controversial golf society dinner in Clifden in August. The…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    Number of new cases of Covid 19 in the Republic is below 300 overnight

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19. As of midnight last night (Sunday 8th NovembeR), the HPSC has been notified of 270 NEWS confirmed cases of the virus in the Republic of Ireland. Of…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    Castlebar resident is the last surviving officer of the 1961 Siege of Jadotville

    Castlebar resident Noel Carey, now in his eighties, is the last surviving officer of the Siege of Jadotville, that occurred back in 1961, when he was part of an Irish Battalion deployed to the Congo as part of an United Nations peace mission. A movie on the…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    State of Emergency over Covid 19 declared in Portugal

    Portugal has declared a state of emergency and imposed local night-time curfews in areas worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic. For at least two weeks from today, seven million people, that's around 70 percent of the country's population, are not allowed to…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    TUI call on government for clarification over Leaving Cert 2021

    There are calls for the government to confirm the Leaving Cert will go ahead in its traditional format next year. The Teachers Union of Ireland says Education Minister Norma Foley hasn't provided clarity so far. The TUI says with seven months to next June,…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    5 retailers in Mayo secure funding under 5 million euro government online retail scheme

    Five retailers in Mayo are to benefit from a €5.3 million government online retail scheme. They are: Castle Davitt Furniture Ltd. Cordar Pharmacy Ltd., t/a Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacy Mac Eochagain Ltd. Thomas Archer (Ballina) Ltd. Thomas H. Kean Ltd.…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    Leirtim woman among the shoppers nationally who lost money online shoppingso far this year

    Irish people have lost over 1.1 million euro so far this year through online shopping frauds. It comes as new figures show the majority of consumer spending is now being done online. With most of us spending more time indoors, online shopping is booming. New…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    Accuracy of Dail statement by Tanainste on leaking a confidential report questioned by The Village Magazine

    Leo Varadkar has had the accuracy of a Dáil statement on the leaking of a confidential document questioned. The Village Magazine, which broke the story, has published further messages, which it claims shows the Tánaiste had a much closer friendship with Dr…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    Ireland has a welcome friend in Joe Biden as US President, according to deputy Ring

    “It’s good to have friends in high places, and Joe Biden is a friend to Mayo and Ireland", according to Mayo Fine Gael deputy Michael Ring. Deputy Ring says the Democrats have been good friends to this country in the past, and he hopes that with Joe Biden as…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    INHFA calls for farm inspections to be re-assessed during level 5 Covid restrictions

    The Department of Agriculture needs to re-assess farm inspections, while level 5 Covid restrictions are in place. That's according to the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association, which claims farmers are concerned about the risk of contracting the virus as…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    Today is deadline for submissions on issues affecting people with disabilities

    Today is the deadline for people with disabilities to make submissions to the new Oireachtas Joint Committee on Disability Matters. Individuals and groups are invited to send in submissions about the issues affecting them and their families or carers, to…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    Rents in Mayo now 2.4% lower than a year ago, according to latest Daft.ie report

    Rents in Co Mayo are now 2.4% lower than a year ago, according to the latest report from property website Daft.ie The average listed rent in Mayo is now €744 per month. This compares with the national average monthly rent of €1,419 - up just over 1% on this…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    Health Minister announces funding for Galway & Sligo Hospices

    The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced €10 million in once-off funding for palliative care and end-of-life care in 2020, to support the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Minister said that, while hospices and other providers of…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    Over €5 million allocated for extension of Mayo's Great Western Greenway

    Over €5 million has been allocated for the expansion of the Great Western Greenway in Mayo. This is part of a package of €63.5 million announced this morning by Transport Minister Eamon Ryan and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton for a range of Greenways…
  • Nov 09, 2020

    5 new cases of Covid-19 in Mayo

    Covid-19 figures are continuing to fall across Connacht. Nationally, 2 further deaths were reported yesterday evening from the virus, with 542 confirmed cases. This includes 8 new cases in Sligo, 7 in Galway, 5 in Mayo and less than 5 in both Roscommon and…
  • Nov 08, 2020

    Two more deaths from Covid-19 & 542 new cases

    542 more people have contracted Covid-19 here and two more patients with the virus have died. Dublin had the most cases at 181. There were 59 in Donegal, 50 in Limerick, 36 in Cork and 25 in Kildare. There are eight new cases in Sligo, seven in Galway, five…
  • Nov 08, 2020

    Public health expert says restrictions on gatherings are needed during Christmas

    A member of the National Public Health Emergency Team says strict limits on Christmas get-togethers is needed to prevent a third wave of the virus. Professor Philip Nolan told the Business Post that if Level 5 restrictions are eased in December there will be…
  • Nov 08, 2020

    Gardaí to receive new powers in plan to tackle white collar crime

    Gardaí will be able to force suspects to hand over their phone passwords under a new government plan to tackle white collar crime. It will also see the State's corporate watchdog given the power to carry out undercover investigations. Last week, Justice…
  • Nov 08, 2020

    EU traffic light system for travel during Covid-19 begins tonight

    From midnight tonight the EU's traffic light system for travel during the pandemic will take effect. A new update means red zones requiring passengers to quarantine for 14 days will only be imposed region-by region rather than by country. People arriving from…
  • Nov 08, 2020

    Covid-19 incidence rate continues downward trend across the region

    279 people with Covid-19 are in hospitals around the country this morning - that's unchanged from yesterday's total. There were nine new admissions in the last 24 hours, while 16 people were discharged. It comes as the estimated national 14-day incidence rate…
  • Nov 08, 2020

    Roscommon village takes part in Covid testing pilot programme

    The entire 150 residents of a Roscommon village have been Covid tested for free, as part of a pilot programme for rapid results testing. The Sunday Times reports that the church car park in Lecarrow, near Lough Ree, has acted as a pop up centre over four…
  • Nov 08, 2020

    A Tuam Babies Remembrance event is being held across Mayo and Galway today

    A lantern is being carried some 50km in a relay today from Mayo to the Tuam Mother and Baby Home site. People across Mayo and North Galway will help carry and pass on the symbolic light from Islandeady to Tuam throughout the day. The event has been organised…
  • Nov 07, 2020

    Joe Biden has won the US Presidential Election

    Joe Biden has won the US Presidential election. He's projected to have taken the state of Pennsylvania - giving him enough electoral college votes to become the next President of the White House. The Democrat's tweeted he's honoured to have been chosen to…
  • Nov 07, 2020

    Five deaths from Covid-19 & 335 new cases

    There have been five additional deaths related to Covid-19 in Ireland, and a further 335 cases have been confirmed. There are 26 new cases of Covid-19 in Mayo which is the third highest in the country. Elsewhere, there are twelve new cases in Galway, five in…
  • Nov 07, 2020

    Ireland imposes travel restrictions on Denmark following mink Covid-19 mutation

    Ireland is imposing new limits on people arriving into the country from Denmark because of the mutation of Covid-19 in minks there. Everyone arriving from there will have to quarantine for the full 14 days -- even if they're essential travellers like doctors,…
  • Nov 07, 2020

    Councillor welcomes €160,000 worth of projects commencing in South Mayo

    There is over €160,000 worth of works taking place in the coming weeks in the Hollymount area. That’s according to local Independent Councillor Patsy O’Brien who says the funding for these works was announced last February. There is safety measures work…
  • Nov 07, 2020

    TII to receive four detailed submissions for works along the N84 in Mayo

    Mayo County Council will submit four detailed applications to Transport Infrastructure Ireland for projects along the N84. That's according to Ballinrobe-based Councillor Damien Ryan, who says 'technical backup, detailed drawings and criteria surrounding'…
  • Nov 07, 2020

    Company based out of NUI Galway has developed groundbreaking Covid-Killing Spray

    A medical technology company based out of NUI Galway has developed a non-toxic Covid-killing spray. Aquila Bioscience says it's free of harmful chemicals, so is safe to use regularly on a person's skin. Production is mainly manual, with availability limited…
  • Nov 07, 2020

    National 14-day incidence rate has fallen below 200

    The head of the HSE says Covid-19 restrictions are working as there's further improvements in the numbers of people in hospital with the virus. Paul Reid says there are 279 patients with the virus in hospitals nationwide, with 37 in ICU. It comes as the…
  • Nov 07, 2020

    Man sentenced to prison at Sligo Court for sale & supply of drugs

    A 31 year old man was sentenced to two and a half years in prison yesterday at Sligo District Court, with fifteen months of that suspended. That was for a charge of Sale and Supply of controlled drugs to the value of €101,123.
  • Nov 07, 2020

    Joe Biden is edging closer to victory

    Joe Biden says he'll win the US Presidential race with a "clear majority. The Democratic candidate who has cousins in North Mayo has spoken to the American people after overtaking Donald Trump in the key remaining states of Georgia and Pennsylvania. In a…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    Sharp increase of Covid-19 cases in Mayo

    Another eight people have died with Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, and there are 499 new cases. 175 of the infections are in Dublin, with 72 in Cork and 29 in Limerick, with the others spread across 21 different counties. There are 26 new cases in Mayo,…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    Tanaiste to face a no confidence motion in the Dáil next week

    Leo Varadkar will face a no confidence motion in the Dáil next week. Sinn Féin has called for the vote, saying they don't believe the Tánaiste has given a credible account of why he shared a confidential doctors' contract with a friend. Most around Leinster…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    Biden takes lead in another key state

    The US Presidential candidate with relatives in north Mayo, Joe Biden, has taken the lead in another key state. He's ahead by 5 thousand votes in Pennsylvania and would clinch the presidency if he wins that state. Joe Biden also leads in Nevada, Georgia and…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    To avoid crowds this Chistmas, retailers want extended opening hours

    Retailers say an easing of Level 5 restrictions is needed in order to avoid crowds of Christmas shoppers. It comes after retail store Penney's announced it's considering longer opening hours in December to manage crowds and reduced queues. Chief executive of…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    Pedestrian crossings and cycle ways to be delivered for Ballina under 200,000 euro travel fund

    Concerns were expressed in recent days that 200,000 euro that was earmarked to be spent in the Ballina area to address accessibility issues for people in wheelchairs, the blind and the elderly, was instead to be invested into a public toilet at the Quay and…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    Gardaí are investigating a burglary in Ballyhaunis yesterday

    Gardaí are investigating a theft at a premise on Main Street, Ballyhaunis shortly after 2pm yesterday where mobile phones were stolen. A man has been arrested in connection with the incident. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this theft,…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    Gardaí attended a single vehicle crash in Cloonboo yesterday

    Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a single vehicle road traffic in Galway yesterday evening. The incident occurred at Addergoole, Cloonboo at approximately 5:20pm. A woman in her 50’s was taken to University Hospital Galway and was treated…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    Mayo Deputy says issues raised at Belmullet Community Hospital should have been acted on months ago

    A Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report found multiple issues in relation to compliance with infection prevention and control at Belmullet Community Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. HIQA says ‘it was not clear’ if escalated risks from…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    Councillor says transfer of staff between health facilities doesn't make sense

    Staff at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar are being transferred to Ballina District Hospital, to cover staff at the Ballina hospital who have been transferred to a Nursing Home in the north Mayo area dealing with an outbreak of Covid 19. In addition,…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    Galway City centre has the highest inner-city incidence rate of Covid-19

    Galway city centre now has the highest inner-city incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country. It's had a case rate of 531 per 100 thousand people in the last fortnight -- more than double the national average. Buncrana in Co Donegal has the highest rate at…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    CMO says full six weeks of Level 5 restrictions is necessary

    The Chief Medical Officer says the full six weeks of level 5 restrictions will be necessary. A review is to be carried out at four weeks but NPHET is warning it doesn't anticipate recommending any restrictions being eased before December. The 14 day incidence…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    Former Minister hits out at the Supreme Court response to the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner

    A former government minister has accused the Supreme Court of a "fumbling" and "indecisive" response to Golfgate. Supreme Court Justice Seamus Woulfe met with Chief Justice Frank Clarke yesterday after four previous postponements. The Courts Service is…
  • Nov 06, 2020

    17 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Mayo yesterday

    591 people tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday and there were three more deaths in the country. 120 of the cases are in Dublin, 75 in Donegal, 50 in Cork, 46 in Kerry, 44 in Limerick and the remaining 256 cases are spread across 20 other counties. Across…
  • Nov 05, 2020

    Man arrested in connection with a shop lifting incident in Ballyhaunis this afternoon

    Gardai in Ballyhaunis this afternoon arrested a man on Clare Street in the town. The man was apprehended in connection with a shop lifting incident. The incident occurred just before 3o’clock. It’s understood the man was being pursued by a member of the…
  • Nov 05, 2020

    All patients presenting at MUH now asked to come to the main entrance

    Mayo University Hospital is advising that from today, Thursday November 5, patients who require Emergency Department care to firstly come to the main Emergency Department (ED) entrance at the front of the hospital. Catherine Donohoe Hospital Manager says…
  • Nov 05, 2020

    Main Contractor appointed for new bridge on the N26 at Cloongullane

    The Main Contract for the Realignment of the N26 Foxford to Swinford road at Cloongullane Bridge has been awarded by Mayo County Council to BAM Civil Ltd. The project is managed by the Mayo National Roads Office and includes the realignment of 1.8km of road.…
  • Nov 05, 2020

    Midwest Radio records highest-ever listenership in latest survey

    Midwest Radio is celebrating its highest-ever listenership. The latest JNLR/IPSOS/ MRBI survey for the past 12 months shows Midwest Radio's yesterday listened figure is at 67% - the highest of any local radio station in the country, and also the highest in…
  • Nov 05, 2020

    Taoiseach to meet management of Ireland West Airport Knock in the coming days

    The Taoiseach has agreed to meet with management from Ireland West Airport Knock in the coming days to discuss the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Mayo airport is to close next week for a month, as a result of Ryanair suspending operations…
  • Nov 05, 2020

    Sligo TD calls for special dispensation from Covid travel restrictions, to allow people buy real Christmas trees

    Sligo-Leitrim TD Marian Harkin is calling for a special dispensation from the level 5 Covid restrictions to allow people travel short distances from their homes to buy real Christmas trees direct from farmers. The Independent TD says people are being asked to…
  • Nov 05, 2020

    Joe Biden edges closer to winning US Presidential election

    Joe Biden is edging closer to winning the White House - however he is facing the threat of legal action from Donald Trump. The Democratic hopeful has got 253 of the 270 electoral college votes needed to be declared the President-elect. Donald Trump, who's at…
  • Nov 05, 2020

    Cannabis herb worth €10,000 seized in Ballinrobe

    Two men in their 30s have been arrested after drugs and cash worth 86-thousand euro was seized in Laois and Mayo. On Tuesday night, officers carried out a search under warrant at an apartment in Portlaoise. They found cocaine and cannabis with an estimated…
  • Nov 05, 2020

    NPHET meets today to discuss Covid-19 trends, two weeks after moving to level 5

    The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet today to discuss latest Covid-19 trends - two weeks after level 5 restrictions were introduced nationwide. 8 further deaths were reported last evening, with 444 confirmed cases of the virus - over one-third…
  • Nov 05, 2020

    Sligo TD brands Taoiseach "a disgrace" over his handling of Tanaiste controversy

    A Sligo-based Fianna Fail TD has launched a scathing attack on the Taoiseach over the Leo Varadkar controversy. At a meeting of the parliamentary party meeting last night, Deputy Marc MacSharry criticised Mícheal Martin for his response to the Taniste's…
  • Nov 04, 2020

    Eight deaths from Covid-19 & 444 new cases

    Another eight people have died with Covid-19 in the Republic, and there are 444 new cases. 158 of the new infections are in Dublin, with 48 in Cork, 36 in Galway and 28 in Limerick. The remaining 174 cases are spread across 19 other counties. There are twelve…
  • Nov 04, 2020

    R number is now between 0.7 & 0.9

    The Covid-19 reproductive rate has fallen below one and is now estimated to be between 0.7 and 0.9. The figure means the virus is being suppressed here, and comes as the HSE says it can now complete up to 140,000 Covid tests a week. Meanwhile, the 14-day…
  • Nov 04, 2020

    Construction to commence tomorrow on the Foxford/Pontoon Greenway

    The Foxford/Pontoon Greenway is due to commence construction, tomorrow which has been warmly welcomed by Deputy Michael Ring and local Councillor Neil Cruise. Deputy Ring allocated funding of €200,000 to this project in February 2020 under the Outdoor…
  • Nov 04, 2020

    Castlebar Cathaoirleach wants statement on trolley overcrowding at MUH from Saolta CEO

    There are 29 patients on trolleys waiting for admission to Mayo University Hospital today, the third highest number in the country, according to the latest trolley watch figures from the INMO. The high number on trolleys comes a week after the long-awaited…
  • Nov 04, 2020

    29 patients on trolleys today at Mayo University Hospital

    There are 29 patients on trolleys today at Mayo University Hospital - the third highest number in the country. Latest figures from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation show 261 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country - 29 in Castlebar, 11 at…
  • Nov 04, 2020

    Sligo County Board disappointed at conceding Connacht semi-final, due to Covid-19

    The Sligo County Board chairman says it's disappointing that Sligo are out of the 2020 All Ireland senior football championship without kicking a ball. An outbreak of Covid-19 in their panel has seen them concede this Saturday's Connacht semi final to Galway.…
  • Nov 04, 2020

    Update on Covid-19 patients in hospitals

    315 people with Covid-19 are in Irish hospitals today - up 9 since yesterday morning - with 43 people being treated in ICU with the virus. In this region, there are 9 patients with confirmed Covid-19 being treated at Mayo University Hospital, 13 at University…
  • Nov 04, 2020

    Legislation to be put in place this month to allow for reburial of babies from Tuam Mother and Baby Home

    Tuam historian and campaigner Catherine Corless has described as “brilliant” the commitment from the Children’s Minister that legislation will be brought forward this month for the reburial of babies from the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. The Minister for…
  • Nov 04, 2020

    12 assaults on prison officers last year at Castlerea Prison

    There was a 12 per cent increase in assaults on prison officers last year. There were 123 assaults on staff in jails across the country - up from 110 in 2018. The highest amount was in the Dochas women's prison in Dublin, at 23. At Castlerea prison, there…
  • Nov 04, 2020

    Biden supporters in Ballina are "keeping the faith" that he will be the next President of the United States

    In Ballina this morning the bunting of American flags remain flying high - just opposite the recently erected large mural of Joe Biden that overlooks it. The painting is the work of local artists Smiler Mitchell and Leslie Lackey. Market Square was the focal…
  • Nov 04, 2020

    As Covid-19 rates improve, CMO urges everyone to keep up their efforts

    5 more deaths were confirmed yesterday evening from Covid-19, with 322 new cases. In this region, there were 8 new cases in Sligo, 7 in Mayo, 5 in both Galway and Roscommon and less than 5 in Co Leitrim, which has the lowest 14-day incidence rate of the virus…
  • Nov 04, 2020

    All still to play for in US Presidential election

    Joe Biden has said he believes he's on course to win the US presidential election. But it's all still to play for in the US election with a few key states left in play. Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are still counting and it may be into tomorrow before…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    5 more deaths from Covid-19 confirmed this evening, and 322 new cases

    5 more deaths have been confirmed this evening from Covid-19, with 322 new cases. In this region, there are 8 new cases in Sligo, 7 in Mayo, 5 in both Galway and Roscommon and less than 5 in Co Leitrim, which has the lowest 14-day incidence rate of the virus…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Gardai seek witnesses after a man was allegedly attacked with an implement in Ballina yesterday morning

    Gardai in Ballina are appealing for witnesses after a man sustained injuries in the early hours of yesterday (Mon) morning following an alleged attack on him with what’s described as “an implement”. In follow up investigations two vehicles were later seized…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Cannabis plants seized during search of house in Manulla, Castlebar

    Gardai seized more than €6,000 worth of cannabis plants and a small quantity of cannabis herb near Castlebar last Friday. The detection was made at around 2pm on Friday afternoon when Gardaí carried out a search of a house in Manulla. A man in his mid 50s was…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Drugs and cash seized in Ballyhaunis

    Gardai seized over €19,000 worth of suspected cannabis herb and cash at a house in Ballyhaunis last night. The discovery was made shortly before 8pm when members of the Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit carried out a search of a premises in Ballyhaunis town. Gardai…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Castlebar ICA mark 70th anniversary today

    Castlebar ICA (Irish Country Women's Association) today, marked to the day, the first ever meeting of the Association that took place in the county town, seventy years ago. The branch is still active and strong in membership, but due to Covid Restrictions…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    15% drop in new car registrations in Mayo to date this year

    There's been a 15% drop in new car registrations in Mayo to date this year. New figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry show new car registrations nationally for the month of October were down 6% on the same month last year, while registrations…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Death of Monsignor Paddy Gallagher, Ballina

    The death has taken place in Ballina of Monsignor Paddy Gallagher, in his 97th year. Monsignor Gallagher, who celebrated the 70th jubilee of his ordination last year, passed away yesterday at St Augustine's Nursing Home. The Monsignor grew up in Ballina and…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Announcement "within weeks" on discount supermarket for Ballyhaunis

    An announcement is expected within weeks in relation to a discount supermarket being developed in Ballyhaunis. An 11 acre site in the town centre has been sold by Property Partners Earley in Roscommon to a retail consortium Cushman & Wakefield on behalf of a…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    As polling is underway in the US today in the Presidential Election - Joe Biden's Knockmore relatives are excited

    Americans are voting for their next US President today. Current President Donald Trump is currently trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden by over 8 percent on average in the polls nationwide. But of course, the polls are not always accurate or right. Nearly 99…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Councillors call for Castlebar GMIT to be independent of the Galway campus

    The Castlebar campus of GMIT needs to be made independent, not a satellite campus of Galway. That’s the clear demand of Castlebar Municipal District Councillors. They argue that, at present, Galway has all the control. It receives the funding for GMIT and it…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Concern over delay in providing flood defence system in Westport as residents fight back water over the weekend

    Independent Councillor Christy Hyland has called on Mayo County Council to explain why a long awaited flood defence has not been put in place at a housing estate in Westport. Residents in the Cois Abhainn estate constantly checked that their water pumps were…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Mayo science student wins national accolade at the SURE Network Awards

    A Mayo science student won a prestigious national award for her communication skills in delivering her own research to a large virtual audience. GMIT student Tamara Jordan examined the safety of daily use cosmetics and presented her findings at this year’s…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Leitrim is the first county to record a 14-day Covid-19 incidence rate below 100 since mid-October

    The Chief Medical Officer says there's still a "long way to go" to reduce the levels of Covid-19 across the country. Many counties have seen drops in new daily infections with the estimated 14 day incidence rate falling to 248 per 100 thousand. Leitrim is the…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Healthy Ireland is undertaking numerous initiatives to promote wellness during Level 5

    A new phone app, that encourages getting fit this November is among the initiatives by Healthy Ireland to keep people well in mind and body during Level 5 Covid Restrictions. Frank Feighin, the Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Well…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Garda powers to enforce Covid restrictions could be extended until June

    Garda powers to make pubs and restaurants comply with Covid-19 restrictions could be extended until next June. Justice Minister Helen McEntee will look for an approval on the extension at a meeting of Cabinet later. The move is seen as necessary, as a clause…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    CMO says he doesn't anticipate easing of Covid restrictions earlier than planned

    The Chief Medical Officer says he doesn't anticipate any easing of Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions earlier than planned. Health officials have raised concerns over the "stubbornly" high levels of Covid-19 in Dublin. Dr Tony Holohan doesn't think lifting some…
  • Nov 03, 2020

    Children's Minster to attend Oireachtas Committee on Mother and Baby Homes controversy later

    Survivor testimony and records on how Mother and Baby homes were run will be part of a national archive under new laws planned for next year. That's what Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman will tell an Oireachtas Committee hearing later -- as he admits…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    Fisherman dies following incident in Galway Bay

    A man has died after an accident on a fishing boat in Galway Bay earlier today. He was taken from the vessel by the RNLI in an unresponsive condition this afternoon between Blackrock and Silverstrand. Paramedics met him at Galway Docks and rushed him to…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    767 new Covid-19 cases & 2 further deaths

    There has been a further two Covid-19 deaths and 767 new cases. 321 of the new cases are in Dublin, 84 are in Cork, 47 are in Meath, 34 in Limerick and 24 in Roscommon. There are also 23 new cases in Galway, twelve in Sligo, ten in Mayo and less than five in…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    Galway RNLI rescue man injured this afternoon on a local fishing boat

    Galway RNLI Lifeboat was called to assist the crew of a local fishing boat which got into difficulty on Galway Bay this afternoon. The alarm was raised at lunchtime by a man on board the boat which was located at the time between Blackrock and Silverstrand.…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    New Irish horror movie is being filmed in county Roscommon this month

    24 star Elisha Cuthbert has been cast opposite Dublin actor Eoin Macken in the Irish horror movie The Cellar, which begins filming in Co Roscommon this month. The Cellar is the new film from writer-director Brendan Muldowney, whose previous credits…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    138 million to be paid to 40,000 participants in Glas

    Advance payments will be made this week to most farmers taking part in the Green Low-Carbon Agri Environment Scheme. 138 million euro will be provided to the 40,000 participants in GLAS. Minister for Agriculture Charlie Mc Conalogue announced the move today,…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    Jobs announcement by Diligent Corporation in Galway - great news for the region

    The 200 jobs announced today at Diligent Corporation in Galway is great news for the city but also for the wider region, according to CEO of Galway Chamber, Kenneth Deery. The software company's European headquarters will be based in Galway city with roles in…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    89,000 euro allocated today to the Mayo Sport Sector

    Just under 89,000 euro has been allocated today to the Mayo Sport Sector. Mayo Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers has welcomed the €85 million funding package for the Irish sport sector, that has been significantly impacted by the various Covid-19 restrictions…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    Councillor asks why staff at Ballina District Hospital have been reassigned to a nursing home rather than agency staff

    The HSE must make direct contact with the staff at Ballina District Hospital to explain why they are being moved to deal with a Covid-19 outbreak in a north Mayo nursing home. That’s the call coming from Fine Gael Councillor John O’Hara. Patients from the…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    Mayo TD defends the Tánaiste following revelations he passed details of an IMO agreement to a rival group

    Mayo Fine Gael Deputy Alan Dillon has defended party leader Leo Varadkar following revelations that he passed details of a draft agreement for doctors to a friend when he was Taoiseach. Opposition leaders will question the Tánaiste in the Dáil tomorrow about…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    More sheep farmers need to be included in the Sheep Welfare Scheme, according to the IFA

    The full 10 euro for all ewes must be made available to more sheep farmers under the Sheep Welfare Scheme for the CAP transition period. That’s the view of IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy. The IFA is now calling on the Department of Agriculture to…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    Sligo and Leitrim are at opposite ends of the Covid-19 incidence rate

    An immunologist says the economic and health impacts of Level 5 restrictions will have to be re-examined this week. The national 14-day incidence rate of Covid 19 has continued to fall and now stands at 253 per 100 thousand. Sligo has third highest incidence…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    Up to 200,000 medical card holders facing delay in dental treatment

    Around 200,000 medical card holders are facing delays in dental treatment. It is partly due to more than 260 dentists dropping out of a government funded scheme. The Irish Dental Association is warning that many are leaving the scheme after a lack of support…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    Almost €240,000 approved for 7 projects in Mayo under CLÁR funding

    Almost €240,000 has been announced for 7 school and community groups in Mayo under the Government’s CLÁR programme. Fine Gael Deputy Alan Dillon welcomed the allocation of €239,551 for the projects under Measures 1 and 2 for Safety Measures and Recreational…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    Galway Councillor calls on TII to urgently carry out flood relief works in Claregalway

    The Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council has called on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to urgently carry out road flood relief works in Claregalway. Cllr. James Charity has called upon TII to proceed with the works for Claregalway which were approved by…
  • Nov 02, 2020

    200 jobs announced in Galway as US company bases European HQ in the west

    200 jobs have been announced at Diligent Corporation in Galway. The company's European headquarters will be based in the west with the roles based in customer support, finance, HR and marketing. They are the largest global network of directors and executives…
  • Nov 01, 2020

    552 new case of Covid-19 & two more patients have died

    552 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 here, and two more patients have died. 173 of the cases were in Dublin, 86 in Cork, 40 in Limerick and 30 in Donegal, with cases recorded in all other counties. There are ten new cases in Roscommon, nine in…
  • Nov 01, 2020

    Ballina Chamber of Commerce encourage people to avail of 'shop local vouchers'

    Ballina Chamber of Commerce is urging locals to avail of their Shop Local Voucher initiative as we approach the festive season. The shop local vouchers have been running for over three years and over 100,000 have been sold in that time. The vouchers can be…
  • Nov 01, 2020

    Mayo Dark Sky Park hosts 5th annual festival online due to the pandemic

    The Mayo Dark Sky Park held their 5th annual festival virtually yesterday due to Covid-19 restrictions. The park is Ireland’s first International Dark Sky Park and showcases some of the darkest, most pristine skies in the world. It also has the country’s only…
  • Nov 01, 2020

    HSE starts planning for a Covid-19 vaccination programme

    The HSE is beginning to plan for a Covid-19 vaccination programme. It comes as a number of pharmaceutical companies have started to manufacture their vaccines, ahead of them being approved. The Business Post reports that AstraZeneca, Sanofi-GSK and Janssen…
  • Nov 01, 2020

    Mother and Baby Homes vigil takes place in Castlebar today

    A vigil will be held outside the courthouse in Castlebar later today to highlight the limited access adoptees from Mother and Baby Homes have to their personal records. Barnacarroll woman Martina Carney spent part of her childhood in St Patricks Mother and…
  • Nov 01, 2020

    NUIG ranked third in the Sunday Times Universities Guide

    NUI Galway has won third place in the Sunday Times Universities Guide. Trinity College Dublin won the top spot for the 19 consecutive year, while UCC and UCD remain in joint second position. The tables are compiled using 8 different criteria, including…
  • Nov 01, 2020

    Supreme Court judges unhappy to sit with Seamus Woulfe

    Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe has been told some colleagues aren't happy to sit with him on cases following the 'Golfgate' controversy. A delegation of three judges met Justice Woulfe following the publication of the Denham report into his attendance at…
  • Nov 01, 2020

    There are two more people in Irish hospitals with Covid-19 today

    There are currently 324 people with Covid-19 in hospitals around the country, up from 322 yesterday. There were 16 admissions in the last 24 hours, while 8 people were discharged. As of last night, there were 44 Covid-19 patients in intensive care.
  • Nov 01, 2020

    CMO says incidence of Covid-19 continues to rise in over 75's

    The Chief Medical Officer says the incidence of Covid-19 in young people is falling but it continues to rise in those aged over 75. Dr Tony Holohan says we have more to do to suppress the virus but we're on the right track. There are 416 new cases of Covid-19…
  • Oct 31, 2020

    41 new cases of Covid-19 in Mayo

    416 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in this country. While five more patients have died with the virus. The national 14 day incidence rate per 100-thousand population has dropped to 268.7. Of today's cases, there are 87 in Dublin, 62 in Cork, 41 in…
  • Oct 31, 2020

    Former Mother and Baby Home adoptee organises vigil in Castlebar tomorrow

    A vigil will be held outside the courthouse in Castlebar tomorrow to highlight the limited access adoptees from Mother and Baby Homes have to their personal records. Barnacarroll woman Martina Carney spent part of her childhood in St Patricks Mother and Baby…
  • Oct 31, 2020

    322 people with Covid-19 in hospitals around the country today

    322 people with Covid-19 are in hospitals around the country this morning, down from 327 yesterday morning, There were 32 admissions in the last 24 hours, while 26 people were discharged. As of 8pm yesterday evening, there were 42 Covid-19 patients in…
  • Oct 31, 2020

    Mayo Deputy says positive meeting was held yesterday with regards to the Mayo GMIT Campus

    The possibility of the GMIT campus in Castlebar operating independently was raised at ministerial level yesterday. Local Fine Gael Deputy Alan Dillon says he outlined the importance of GMIT Mayo Campus to Minister Simon Harris. Deputy Dillon says there are…
  • Oct 31, 2020

    Man arrested in relation to a burglary in Sligo

    A male was arrested by Gardaí in Sligo, in relation to a Burglary in Sligo. He was detained at Ballymote Garda Station and was questioned about a number of burglary incidents. He was subsequently charged with 4 counts of Burglary and was brought before a…
  • Oct 31, 2020

    Status Orange wind warning in effect across the west

    Two Status Orange wind warnings are in effect for 12 coastal counties around the country, with Storm Aiden forecast to bring gusts of up to 130km/h. Around 3,000 homes and businesses are already without power due to the storm. Gardaí are this morning…
  • Oct 31, 2020

    18 new cases of Covid-19 in Mayo

    The Chief Medical Officer says he is wary of 'anticipatory behaviour' as the spread of COVID-19 continues to spread. Dr Tony Holohan says he doesn't want people to plan parties or arrange unnecessary visits to other homes as the situation starts to improve.…
  • Oct 31, 2020

    Funeral mass will take place today of the mother & baby who died tragically last week

    The mother and son who died tragically in Dublin last week will be laid to rest in Ballina today. Nicola Coleman nee Keane and her baby son Henry died tragically on Thursday October 22nd. The funeral Mass will take place this morning at 11:30am in St.…
  • Oct 30, 2020

    6 deaths and over 700 new cases of Covid 19 reported

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19. As of midnight last night (Thursday) the HPSC has been notified of 772 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 2pm today 325 COVID-19 patients are…
  • Oct 30, 2020

    R313 road in Belmullet closed to traffic ahead of tomorrow's storm

    The R313 at Bunduaile in Belmullet has been closed for the weekend in anticipation of Storm Aiden in the next 24 hours. Mayo Co Council closed the road at 2pm this afternoon as the county prepares for stormy weather which has resulted in the issuing of a…
  • Oct 30, 2020

    Taoiseach does not rule out apology to survivors of Mother and Baby Homes

    The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes report, a 4,000 page document, was submitted by the Commission to Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman this afternoon. Micheál Martin said it is his intention to have the report published as soon as…
  • Oct 30, 2020

    Bishops nationwide to mark All Souls day this Sunday at 3pm

    This Sunday 1st November, the eve of All Souls’ Day, the bishops and priests of Ireland will lead a short service of prayer at 3pm to dedicate the month of November to ‘Remembrance of the Dead and Prayer for the Bereaved’. The Bishops invite the whole country…
  • Oct 30, 2020

    Road users urged to take due care in stormy weather

    The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads over the weekend as Met Eireann has issued Orange and Yellow weather warnings for strong winds. Drivers are being warned that on top of recent heavy rainfall and…
  • Oct 30, 2020

    Attorney General to be given Commission of Investigation report after government

    A four thousand page report into Mother and Baby Homes will be handed over to the government later today. However, it's expected the Commission of Investigation report won't be made public for a number of months. It will be handed over to the government, and…
  • Oct 30, 2020

    50% failure rate first time around at NCT tests in 2019

    Half of cars failed the NCT first time around last year. But the CSO says 97 per cent passed after one or more inspections. Nearly 1.4 million cars under the NCT in 2019. Of the 186,000 driving tests conducted last year, nearly 54 per cent passed.
  • Oct 30, 2020

    Mayo company says it has supplies available for schools following departmental recall

    A Mayo-based company says it has supplies available for schools following the recall of around 50 sanitary items by the Department of Education yesterday. Cosmetic Creations in Claremorris manufactures the hand sanitiser Airmedica among other Covid related…
  • Oct 30, 2020

    Shrule householders and businesses set to secure a better water supply

    Irish Water, working with Mayo County Council, is replacing approximately a kilometres of problematic, old watermains in Shrule that were prone to frequent bursts and leakage which caused water supply disruptions for customers in the area. The mains are…