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  • Jul 26, 2021

    10 new jobs created as new coach service launched linking Galway to Dublin

    Aircoach, one of Ireland’s long-standing coach and bus operators, has today announced the commencement of its new route from Galway to Dublin. The first service on the new route will be this Thursday. It will be a Galway-city to Dublin Airport and Dublin city…
  • Jul 26, 2021

    Rain and thunderstorm warning in effect nationwide

    A status yellow rain and thunderstorm warning is in place for the entire country until 5am tomorrow. Met Eireann is forecasting localised downpours, which will lead to spot flooding and dangerous driving conditions. A weather advisory for heavy thundery…
  • Jul 26, 2021

    Mayo Vintner's Chair says new guideline increases workload on publicans

    The new guidelines governing the return of indoor dining are still changing and there’s more to come. That’s the view of the Mayo Vintner’s Chair Alan Gielty, who says he will only operate indoor dining when it rains. The owner of Gielty’s Bar in Dooagh…
  • Jul 26, 2021

    Mayo cafe owner delighted to open his doors to customers today

    Ballina cafe owner John Barrett re-opened his doors to customers this morning for the first time this year. The Post House cafe is located on Casement St in Ballina has been closed since the lockdown just after Christmas, that prevented indoor dining. The…
  • Jul 26, 2021

    30 patients on trolleys awaiting admission today to UHG

    There are 30 patients on trolleys waiting for admission to University Hospital Galway today. That’s the third highest number of patients on trolleys nationally today. There are 24 patients on trolleys awaiting admission at Sligo University Hospital, 20 at…
  • Jul 26, 2021

    Call on council to take over ghost estate in Castlebar for social housing

    Mayo County Council should take over a ghost estate on the outskirts of Castlebar, and finish the houses to accommodate some of the families awaiting social housing - that's the view of Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne. He claims there are currently…
  • Jul 26, 2021

    Biopharmaceuticals urge young people to get vaccinated to slow Covid transmission

    The Biopharmaceutical industry's urging younger people to get vaccinated to slow the transmission of coronavirus. New Ipsos MRBI research shows among 18 and 34 year-olds who haven't been given a vaccine, around three quarters will choose to get protected. It…
  • Jul 26, 2021

    Aircoach announces start of new Galway-Dublin service

    Aircoach has announced the start of its brand new Galway to Dublin route. The first service on the new route will be on Thursday. Its buses will travel from Galway city to Dublin Airport and Dublin city centre. It will run ten daily services - allowing…
  • Jul 26, 2021

    Health experts says 'many thousands' of daily Covid-19 cases are likely going forward

    A public health expert believes it's very likely we'll be seeing 'many thousands' of covid cases per day in the coming weeks and months. 1,126 new cases of covid 19 have been confirmed, down from 1,345 the previous day. 123 people are in hospital with the…
  • Jul 26, 2021

    Ministers request more details on Covid hospital admissions

    Ministers are requesting more details on Covid-19 hospital admissions. The Irish Independent reports a letter has been sent to NPHET to understand how many people are brought to hospitals because of Covid-19, rather than testing positive for the virus once…
  • Jul 26, 2021

    MEAI call for roadmap on the return of live entertainment

    Despite indoor dining reopening today, live performances at hospitality venues aren't allowed to return. It's been over 500 days since musicians and entertainers have been allowed to perform in pubs, hotels and restaurants. The Music and Entertainment…
  • Jul 26, 2021

    Indoor hospitality returns for immunised people from today

    Indoor dining in pubs, restaurants and cafes resumes this morning for the first time since December. A maximum of 6 adults will be allowed at one table and wearing face masks will be mandatory while not seated. A change to the Failte Ireland guidelines…
  • Jul 25, 2021

    Over 1,100 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    1,126 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic. The Department of Health's reported 123 people with the disease are in hospital, while 22 patients are in ICU. Over 5.5 million vaccines have now been administered, with 83 percent of adults now…
  • Jul 25, 2021

    ISAG member says allowing non-essential travel worsens Covid crisis

    International travel should not be happening for non-essential purposes, according to a member of the Independent Scientific Advocacy Group. It resumed here on the 19th of this month to allow people with the EU Digital Covid Certificate to travel in the…
  • Jul 25, 2021

    Businesses fear public backlash with reopening of indoor hospitality

    Publicans and restaurateurs say they're concerned about possible backlash from the public when indoor hospitality re-opens tomorrow. The final regulations to allow indoor sevice are expected to be signed off today by government. Only fully vaccinated people,…
  • Jul 25, 2021

    CO2 monitors to form part of Covid-19 reopening plans in schools

    Thousands of carbon dioxide monitors will be issued to primary and secondary schools ahead of the return of classes in September. The Business Post reports the Department of Education is currently procuring 20 to 35 monitors for every school. The initiative…
  • Jul 25, 2021

    Gardaí have no role in authorising protests during Covid restrictions

    Gardai say they have no role in permitting or authorising protest marches during Covid-19 restrictions. They issued the statement after a large crowd gathered in Dublin City Centre yesterday afternoon for an anti-vaccine rally. Up to 2,000 people took to the…
  • Jul 25, 2021

    Digital Covid Certs could help increase wedding attendances

    Use of the Digital Covid Cert could be extended to wedding parties, under plans to be considered by government this week. Cabinet's to discuss using the system as a way for couples to get between 50 and 100 guests at their nuptials from next month. Up to 100…
  • Jul 25, 2021

    HSE Chief urges public to safely embrace reopening of hospitality

    The head of the HSE says the number of people with Covid-19 in hospital is rising. Paul Reid says there's 123 patients with the disease in hospitals nationwide - that's an increase of 18 on yesterday. 21 people are in ICU. Posting on Twitter, Paul Reid says…
  • Jul 24, 2021

    Over 1,300 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has confirmed 1,345 new cases of Covid-19. There are 105 people in hospital, 21 of whom are in ICU. Daily case numbers may change due to future data review, validation and update. In Northern Ireland, 1,520 positive cases were…
  • Jul 24, 2021

    Ballina GP camps overnight to offer medical assistance on Reek Sunday

    A Ballina GP has begun his ascent of Croagh Patrick to offer medical assistance to climbers, ahead of the traditional Reek Sunday Pilgrimage tomorrow. Dr. Scott Walkin of the Moy View Family Practice in Ballina will assist the reduced emergency service…
  • Jul 24, 2021

    Ballaghaderreen publican to delay indoor reopening until Friday

    Indoor dining will be restricted to parties of six when it reopens this Monday. Under draft guidelines issued by Failte Ireland last night, customers who want to sit inside will have to produce a Covid certificate and proof of ID and give their name and…
  • Jul 24, 2021

    Mayo Ultra Cyclists approaching the end of their latest challenge

    The Mayo Ultra Cyclists are approaching the finishing line of their latest ultra cycling challenge to raise funds for three mental health charities - Mindspace Mayo, Turn2me and Make the Moove, a Macra na Feirme mental health initiative. The group set off…
  • Jul 24, 2021

    Vintners Chief says there is a lot of uncertainty over new indoor service rules

    The Vintners Federation of Ireland has warned that there is a lot of uncertainty in the industry over the new rules which will govern indoor service. In just two days hospitality can re-open for those fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid 19. Customers…
  • Jul 24, 2021

    IPU says huge demand for vaccines across the west

    There is a wide spread of pharmacies across Mayo offering the Pfizer- BioNtech vaccine alongside the Janssen jab. That's according to Tuam pharmacist Darragh O'Loughlin, the General Secretary of the IPU. Pharmacies started vaccinating in mid-June and to date…
  • Jul 24, 2021

    Covid-19 patients in Hospital is on the rise

    The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital is likely to exceed 200 within the next week, according to an infectious diseases consultant. The figure has more than doubled in the past 14 days, and now stands at 106. The highest number of Covid cases in six…
  • Jul 24, 2021

    Galway Minister calls for children to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible

    The Disabilities Minister says children should be vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible - with sick kids prioritised. The European Medicines Agency authorised the Moderna jab for 12 to 17s yesterday. They'd already approved the Pfizer vaccine for…
  • Jul 24, 2021

    Heatwave will officially end today

    A high temperature warning for the entire country has just come to end, after being in place for almost four days. The heatwave will officially end today, according to meteorologists. However, Cathal Nolan, from Ireland's Weather Channel, says sunny…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    Almost 1,400 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    There are 1,386 new cases of Covid-19 - the highest daily figure in nearly six months. 106 patients are in hospital with the virus - the highest in almost two months - with 22 in intensive care. The deputy chief medical officer is criticising the amount of…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    €8m site expansion announced for Mayo Medtech business

    An €8m site expansion at Charles River Laboratories in Ballina was announced this afternoon. The multi-million euro investment will see the creation of 90 new high-skilled jobs over the next three years at its Carentrila base in the town. The companies…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    Young girl airlifted to hospital from Croagh Patrick

    Mayo Mountain Rescue Team was called to assist a young girl who got into difficulty while descending Croagh Patrick yesterday evening. They received the call at 6:30pm and given the warm weather immediately suspected Heat Exhaustion or possibly Heat Stroke.…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    EMA approves Moderna vaccine for adolescents

    Europe's health regulator's approved the use of the Moderna Covid vaccine for 12 to 17 year olds. The vaccine is already approved for those aged 18 and over. It follows a trial involving more than 3,700 children. The study showed the vaccine produced a…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    People recovered from Covid-19 can apply online for a digital covid cert

    People who have recovered from coronavirus can now apply for their digital covid cert online. This can be done instead of contacting the phone helpline - which has seen callers deal with extremely long delays since Monday. Online applicants will get their…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    Risk of thunderstorms across the West this evening

    A status yellow thunderstorm and rain warning has been issued for this afternoon and evening by Met Eireann. Counties most at risk are Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Wicklow, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary and Clare. Meanwhile, temperatures are expected to…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    Power outage affecting water supply in North Mayo

    Irish Water is currently working with Mayo County Council to restore normal water supply to impacted customers in North Mayo. People supplied in the Ballina Town, Moygownagh, Lacken, Ballycastle, Bonniconlon, Kilfian and Killala areas are affected. It follows…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    Gardai seize €40,000 worth of drugs in North Mayo

    Gardai discovered €40,000 worth of cannabis in a ditch in a rural area of North Mayo yesterday morning. The haul was found in a drugs hide in a rural area near Ballina. Investigations are ongoing and Gardai have thanked the general public for their assistance.
  • Jul 23, 2021

    Multi-Million euro investment for Mayo to be announced later

    A multi-million euro investment for Ballina is set to be announced later today. Charles River Laboratories plans to announce a multi-million euro investment and the creation of a significant number of jobs over the next three years at its facility…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    Two Mayo electoral areas have Covid incidence rates above the national average

    Two electoral areas of Mayo have recorded Covid-19 incidence rates above the national average during the 14-day period from July 6th to 19th. Claremorris had 81 new cases during the two weeks in question while Westport registered 62. The Ballina area recorded…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    Current heatwave is expected to officially end tomorrow

    The current heatwave is expected to officially end tomorrow, but temperatures to remain very warm over the weekend. A status orange warning remains in place in six counties until 9am, while a similar yellow alert will run until tomorrow. Mercury could hit…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    Final meetings to agree the legal rules for indoor dining will take place this morning

    Failte Ireland and government officials are meeting this morning to finalise guidelines for the resumption of indoor dining. The attorney-general is also attending, and it's expected they'll be published later today. It comes as pubs and restaurants continue…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    €350,000 in funding allocated to Ballintubber Abbey

    €350,000 has been allocated to Ballintubber Abbey. The funding will allow for works on the reconstruction of the East Wing of the Abbey and build on the over 800 years of history this landmark heritage location. Fine Gael Spokesperson on Tourism and Sport,…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    HSE expects Covid cases to reach 2,000 a day in the next week

    The HSE says it expects Covid-19 cases to reach 2,000 a day in the next week to 10 days. 1,189 were confirmed yesterday - and Philip Nolan, from NPHET, says the current situation is 'dangerous' and 'very concerning'. He says cases are growing at 6 per cent a…
  • Jul 23, 2021

    Galway RNLI rescue fishing vessel yesterday evening

    Galway RNLI Lifeboat launched yesterday evening to assist the crew of a 20 foot half decker which got into difficulty off Barna. The pleasure/fishing vessel had left Galway Docks earlier in the evening when it experienced mechanical issues and started…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Funding of almost €340,000 for Mayo under Connected Hubs Scheme

    Funding of over €337,000 has been announced today for Co Mayo under the Connected Hubs Scheme. 5 projects in the county will benefit, enabling them to enhance and add capacity to their remote working infrastructure. Remote working has become a reality for…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Enniscoe House enter partnership with the NPWS

    A new partnership has been announced between Enniscoe House near Crossmolina and the National Parks & Wildlife Service. Following a visit to Enniscoe House - which dates back to the 1700's and is known as "the last Great House of North Mayo" - Minister of…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Almost 1,200 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

    There are 1,189 new cases of Covid-19. 95 patients are in hospital with the virus, down one from yesterday, with 23 in intensive care. The deputy chief medical officer says there's been a very sharp increase in travel-related cases recently. Dr Ronan Glynn…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Mayo County Council issues statement on homes deemed ineligible for pyrite redress

    20 homeowners in the Ballina area have been told they are not eligible for the pyrite and mica grant scheme. They received letters from the county council yesterday confirming the move. There are currently discussions underway on aspects of the scheme to…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Mayo County Council staff clear concrete spillage on the N5

    Gardai and Mayo County Council staff were called to the scene of a concrete spillage near Swinford this afternoon. A small concrete spillage occurred between the Kilbride and the Kilkelly junction on the n5. The council had to react quickly to clear it during…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Sligo Gardaí and emergency services called to scene of a car on fire

    Gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene of a car on fire on a road near Lough Talt this afternoon. Members of Ballymote Garda Station were alerted to the blaze at approximately 1:10pm and made their way to the location. The vehicle had caught…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    "Golfgate" court cases adjourned until late October

    Court cases arising out of what has been called "Golfgate" have been adjourned until late October. Independent Galway TD Noel Grealish and former Fianna Fáil Senator Donie Cassidy were served with summonses in relation to an alleged breach of Covid-19 laws.…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Official guidelines for reopening indoor dining expected later today

    The official guidelines for indoor dining are expected to be published later today. The recommendations from Failte Ireland are expected to say there will be no time limits in bars and restaurants, and closing time will be 11.30pm. Pub and restaurant owners…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    High temperature warning extended to Saturday morning

    The status yellow high temperature warning has been extended to run until Saturday morning. It was due to run until tomorrow, but has now been extended until 9am Saturday morning, with Met Eireann warning that high temperatures will continue to reach 27 to 30…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Gardai warn of fraudulent text messages claiming to be from Permanent TSB

    Gardaí have issued a warning after a number of people received text messages claiming to be from Permanent TSB advising of unusual online activity, or a suspicious log-in attempt on their account. The messages contain a link, which will bring customers to a…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Westport restaurant makes TripAdvisor's list of Best Fine Dining Restaurants

    A Westport restaurant has been named as one of TripAdvisor's Ten Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Ireland. An Port Mór comes in at number 9 on the prestigious list. Chef Frankie Mallon opened An Port Mór in Westport in 2009, having worked in top restaurants in…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Two people drown in separate incidents in Leitrim and Cavan

    A man in his 70s has died, following a diving accident in Lough Allen, County Leitrim. The man was snorkelling at Spencer Harbour in Drumkeeran at 9pm last night when he failed to return. His body was recovered a short time later by local emergency services.…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Heatwave continues, after highest temperature of the year recorded in Roscommon yesterday

    The hot weather conditions will continue today with temperatures again expected to top 30 degrees in parts, with cooler conditions forecast over the weekend. Yesterday was the warmest day of the year so far, with a high of 30.8 degrees recorded at Mount…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Co Galway publican calls for urgent publication of guidelines ahead of Monday's reopening

    The Government says guidelines on how indoor hospitality will operate for people who are vaccinated against Covid-19 or who have recovered from the virus are now well advanced and will be published shortly. It's understood that under the guidelines there will…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Galway, Roscommon and Sligo all have Covid-19 rates higher than national average

    The five-day moving average of Covid-19 cases has increased by over 300 per cent over the past month. Deputy chief medical officer, Ronan Glynn, says it has risen from 300 to 1,223 during that period. Yesterday evening 1,378 new cases were reported - the…
  • Jul 22, 2021

    Four people due in court in Clifden this morning following Golfgate

    Two politicians and two hoteliers are due to appear before a court in Clifden this morning in connection with the alleged breach of Covid-19 regulations. They received summonses earlier this year, after the DPP decided to bring charges arising from an…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Almost 1,400 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    There have been 1,378 new cases of Covid-19 notified to the Department of Health. The number of people in hospital who have tested positive for coronavirus is 96 - seven more than yesterday. Of these, 22 are in ICU, a rise of one over the past 24 hours. The…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Tánaiste urges couples to plan for 50 person limit on August weddings

    The Tánaiste says couples getting married in August should plan on the basis of a 50 person limit at their wedding. Numbers allowed at the ceremonies are currently restricted to 50 people. But it had been hoped this would be expanded to 100 from next month.…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    East Mayo wastewater treatment plants officially opened

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council today marked the official opening of Killala, Foxford and Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plants. It follows a €19m investment which has ended the discharge of raw sewage into the environment in the area. The project…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Highest temperature of the year recorded in Roscommon

    Met Eireann says the highest temperature of the year so far has been recorded. The 30.1 degree celcius mark has been reached at Mount Dillon in County Roscommon. The readings were taken at 3pm this afternoon.
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Numbers claiming PUP at lowest level since March 2020

    The number of people on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has now reached its lowest level since March 2020. Just over 202,000 people received the payment this week, which is 9,700 fewer than last week. Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys says she…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Saolta Hospital Group warns Emergency Departments are extremely busy

    The Saolta Hospital Group’s Emergency Departments are extremely busy today. The hospital group says they are experiencing high levels of attendance and there is increased pressure on bed availability. The group is asking the public to consider alternative…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Ballina restaurateur concerned about "policing" Digital Covid certs for indoor dining

    Pubs and restaurants are set to welcome back customers indoors from next Monday. Indoor hospitality will resume for people who are fully vaccinated, without time limits on tables. Closing time will remain at 11.30, and when children are present, a 2-metre…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    61 complaints made about lawyers in Mayo last year

    61 complaints were made about lawyers in Mayo last year, according to the Legal Services Regulatory Authority. This is the first time the legal services watchdog has provided a county-by-county breakdown of complaints. It shows that over 1400 complaints were…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Slight decrease in number of Covid-positive patients at Mayo University Hospital

    The Taoiseach is appealing to the public to keep following Covid-19 guidelines, no matter how tired people are of the pandemic. The Delta variant has led to an 88 per cent increase in cases here over the past week - with a rise in every county. 1,110 new…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Minister of State Peter Burke visiting Mayo today

    The Minister of State for Local Government & Planning Peter Burke will be visiting Co Mayo today for a number of engagements in Killala, Ballina, Swinford and Castlebar. The Minister will start in Killala this morning at 10am, where he will officially open…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Approval granted for €18.4 million extension to ED at Mayo University Hospital

    Formal approval has been granted for an €18.4 million extension to the Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital. The extension was first announced several years ago, to provide additional beds in the Emergency Department - particularly as attendances…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Over 18's can now register for Pfizer or Moderna vaccine

    Anyone over 18 can register for a Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccine from today. The HSE's online portal is now open for all adults - allowing them to sign up for an mRNA jab. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says this is happening because the vaccination…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Growing rates of Covid-19 in every county

    The incidence rate of Covid-19 has increased in every county over the past week. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says there have been 7,700 cases in the past seven days - up 88 per cent on the previous week. Donegal has the highest 14-day…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Cabinet expected to sign off on guidelines for reopening indoor dining

    Cabinet ministers are today expected to sign off on guidelines for the resumption of indoor dining today. It will allow pubs and restaurants to serve indoors from next Monday - as long as the President signs off on the legislation. They'll have to close at…
  • Jul 21, 2021

    Two people rescued after jet ski overturned in Blacksod Bay

    The Ballyglass RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch yesterday afternoon by the Irish Coast Guard to go to the assistance of 2 people on a jet ski in difficulty between Doolough and Claggan in Blacksod Bay. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched the…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    1,110 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed this evening

    1,110 new cases of covid-19 are being reported this evening. 89 people with the virus are now in hospital, with 21 of those patients in ICU. Positivity rates of up to 25 per cent are now being reported at some swabbing sites.
  • Jul 20, 2021

    Newport among hottest spots again today

    Met Eireann says temperatures in Newport, Co Mayo have exceeded 28 degrees today, and high temperatures will continue for the rest of the week. The latest data from 3pm this afternoon shows Mount Dillon in Roscommon was the hottest spot nationally at 29…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    AIB to close Galway branch later this year

    AIB is to close 15 of its branches this year - including one in Galway. The AIB branch on Newcastle Road in Galway is closing in December, and it services will be merged with Lynch's Castle in the city. The vast majority of the closures are in Dublin and…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    €250,000 allocated for outdoor performance space in Ballina

    A quarter of a million euro has been announced to develop and outdoor performance space in Ballina. The €250,000 grant has been allocated under the Government's Outdoor Public Space Scheme, and will see an outdoor performance space being developed on Barrett…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    €76,000 worth of suspected cannabis herb seized in search of house in Galway city

    Gardaí in Galway have seized €76,000 worth of suspected cannabis herb and more than €7,000 in cash following the search of a house in Galway overnight. At approximately 10.30pm last night, Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit conducted a search…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    HSE advice on preventing heat stroke, as temperatures set to hit 30 degrees

    High temperatures will continue for the rest of the week, as a status yellow weather warning has come into effect since 1pm for the entire country. The weather alert remains in place until Friday morning, with Met Eireann forecasting daytime highs of 27 to 30…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    Dramatic rise in Covid-19 cases across Mayo & Galway

    The HSE is reporting a dramatic increase in the number of Covid-19 cases across the West over the past 5 days. Case numbers have doubled in Co Mayo, and tripled in Galway - with young adults being particularly hit by infection - and this age group remains…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    LISTEN: Mayo University Hospital manager on dealing with the Covid outbreak

    The manager at Mayo University Hospital Catherin Donohoe says the hospital is under a lot of pressure today. Mayo University Hospital remains the highest in the country when it comes to covid-19 patients in hospital. Nationally there are 101 patients with the…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    Status yellow warning issued as temperatures soar

    A status yellow high temperature will come into effect across the country from lunchtime today, until Friday. Met Eireann say daytime temperatures will reach as high as 30 degrees, while at night it could be as high as 20 degrees. The alert will come into…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    Work began yesterday on the construction of a new €22 million residential care unit in Tuam

    Work began yesterday on the construction of a new €22 million residential care unit in Tuam. The new high-dependency unit is being built on the site of the Old Grove Hospital in Tuam, and is expected to be completed in 2023. Tuam-based Councillor Donagh…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    An Post has confirmed withdrawal of service at Castlebar Delivery Unit

    An Post has confirmed that the Castlebar Delivery Unit is no longer providing a service for people who wish to buy a stamp or post a parcel - they're now being directed to the main Post Office in the town instead. While the main Post Office in Castlebar is…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    Country's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 at it's highest since February

    The country's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 cases is now at it's highest point since the end of February. It now stands at 231 cases per 100,000 people, while the five-day moving average of cases has increased by more than 98 percent in a week. Last night…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    Talks today on reopening indoor dining for the fully vaccinated

    The Restaurants Association of Ireland will meet members of Government later over the proposal for the reopening of indoor dining. A decision from Ministers is expected tomorrow, with Monday the target for restaurants and pubs to be allowed welcome back…
  • Jul 20, 2021

    Another very hot day in store

    The current spell of weather could be officially classed as a heatwave later, as temperatures are expected to rise to 29 degrees today. For a heatwave to be called the temperature must be five degrees above average for five days in a row. Tomorrow, the…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    1,071 new cases of Covid-19 this evening

    1,071 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed this evening. The Department of Health says 101 patients are in hospital with the virus, with 20 of those in ICU. Dr Tony Holohan says our 14-day incidence rate is now the highest it's been since February 24th…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    Minister Harris confident indoor dining will reopen next week

    There's been no new public health advice to suggest the re-opening of indoor dining should be delayed, according to Minister Simon Harris. Cabinet Ministers will make a final decision on the issue at a meeting on Wednesday. There has been calls from People…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    Mayo Senator says out of date smear tests "very disappointing"

    Mayo Sn Around 200 women will have to undergo a repeat smear test because their results have gone out of date. The HSE says they expired because of Covid-19 restrictions and a huge demand on the CervicalCheck service in the first half of this year. The women…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    Visiting restrictions in some areas of MUH due to Covid-19 outbreak

    Visiting restrictions are in place in certain areas of Mayo University Hospital due to an outbreak of Covid-19 currently in the hospital. There are currently 16 patients with Covid being treated at the Castlebar hospital - the highest figure nationally. CEO…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    Newport was the country's hottest spot today at 28 degrees

    Newport in Co Mayo and Oak Park in Carlow were the hottest spots in Ireland today, with temperatures of 28 degrees, according to Met Eireann. The weather stations in Athenry, Gurteen and Mount Dillon in Roscommon all registered 27 degrees this afternoon, and…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    New online hub on consent launched at NUI Galway

    A new online learning hub on consent for the third-level sector has been announced by Galway-based Minister Hildegarde Naughton and the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. The hub is being developed in partnership with NUI Galway and will be available…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    Do Not Swim notice removed from Ross beach, Killala

    Ross beach in Killala has reopened to swimmers. Mayo County Council says the temporary Do Not Swim notice in place at Ross beach has been removed this afternoon, following satisfactory results from a water sample taken on Saturday. Head of Environment at Mayo…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    MEP Maria Walsh to take part in Budapest Pride march next weekend

    Midlands-Northwest MEP Maria Walsh will travel to Hungary this week to take part in Budapest pride. The Fine Gael MEP has been outspoken about the anti-LGBTI+ law adaptations in Hungary since she took office in the European Parliament two years ago. While in…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    Good weather to continue until Friday, says Met Eireann

    Met Eireann says the current warm weather will continue until Friday, with day time temperatures into the high 20's, and very humid at night with temperatures staying in the mid to high teens. Forecaster Emer Flood has been telling Midwest News / Paula that…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    Five people rescued from cruiser that caught fire off Portumna

    Five people were rescued from a cruiser that caught fire yesterday off Portumna. The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was launched at about 12.15 yesterday afternoon to assist those on board the 38ft cruiser on fire by Castle Harbour, Portumna, at the most northern…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    Castlebar Councillor frustrated at new litter bin vandalised along the river walkway in the town

    A Castlebar Councillor has voiced his anger and disappointment at a newly installed litter bin along the river walkway in the town which was vandalised over the weekend. Cllr. Ger Deere says under the bridge along the river walkway has experienced a serious…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    Councillors anxious to see the Lough Lannagh Sports Project in Castlebar progress

    Mayo County Council's Chief Executive Kevin Kelly is meeting with Mayo GAA chiefs this week, to discuss concerns over the delay in the proposed Centre of Excellence in Castlebar. Almost three years ago, the GAA announced plans for a Centre of Excellence,…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    Minister Simon Harris to visit Mayo today

    Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris will visit GMIT Mayo today. Minister Harris will be welcomed to the campus in Castlebar by the President Dr Orla Flynn and the new Head of School of Health Science,…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    D-Day for Ireland West Airport Knock as restrictions on non-essential international travel ease

    Airlines, airports and the tourism industry are preparing for an uptick in business from this morning as travel restrictions into and out of the country are eased. From today, Ireland joins the rest of the EU in implementing the Digital Covid Certificate.…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    Hottest day so far this year recorded in Co. Galway

    Temperatures could reach as high as 30 degrees in places this week as a national advisory for warm weather remains in place. 29.5 degrees was recorded in Athenry in Galway on Saturday afternoon, making it the hottest day of the year so far. Met Eireann's high…
  • Jul 19, 2021

    Mayo University Hospital remains the highest hospital with covid cases in the country

    The country's five-day moving average of Covid-19 cases has risen by 89 percent in the past week. It's grown to 1,101 after 1,179 new cases were confirmed by the Department of Health yesterday. 91 people are being treated in hospital, while 22 patients were…
  • Jul 18, 2021

    Nearly 1200 new Covid-19 cases confirmed today

    The Department of Health has confirmed 1179 new cases of Covid-19. There are now 91 people being treated for the illness in hospital, an increase of 13 in the past 24 hours. The number of patients in intensive care stands at 22, unchanged on yesterday's…
  • Jul 18, 2021

    Road to popular Achill beach closed off to traffic

    Due to severe traffic congestion in Achill today Gardai are closing off the road to Keem Bay. Motorists are asked to avoid travelling to the popular beach this afternoon.
  • Jul 18, 2021

    VFI calling for clarity on indoor dining guidelines

    The Vintners Federation of Ireland says they still don't know exactly how people can prove their vaccination status in order to dine indoors. It calling on the government to confirm as early as possible the exact reopening date, which is expected to be July…
  • Jul 18, 2021

    HSE Chief warns rise in cases could put hospitals under pressure

    The head of the HSE has warned hospital numbers could increase at a "significant pace very quickly" as Covid-19 cases rise. There were 1,377 new infections confirmed yesterday - the highest daily figure since the end of January. The positivity rate has fallen…
  • Jul 18, 2021

    Warm weather set to continue until Friday

    Met Eireann's issued a High Temperature Advisory with the warm weather set to continue into next week. The advisory comes into effect from midday today and is valid until midday on Friday. Temperatures reached 29.5 degrees in Athenry, Co Galway yesterday,…
  • Jul 17, 2021

    Nearly 1400 Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening

    Health officials have confirmed 1,377 new cases of Covid-19 here. It's the highest figure recorded in over five months. There are 78 people currently in hospital with the virus. While 22 patients are in ICU, an increase of 6 on the same day last week.
  • Jul 17, 2021

    Minister Simon Harris to visit GMIT Mayo campus on Monday

    The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris will visit GMIT Mayo on Monday. That news has been confirmed today by the President of GMIT, Dr Orla Flynn. Minister Harris will be welcomed to the campus in…
  • Jul 17, 2021

    Mayo Fianna Fail Senator welcomes recommendations made in committees interim report on impacts of Brexit

    A Mayo Fianna Fáil Senator has welcomed the recommendations made in the Committee’s interim report on the impacts of Brexit. The Committee was established following a proposal by Lisa Chambers to the Seanad to assess the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and…
  • Jul 17, 2021

    Man in his 30's and a baby taken to hospital following collision on the N5

    Gardaí are currently at scene of a two vehicle collision that occurred on the N5, Castlebar to Wesport Road shortly after 2pm this afternoon. A man in his thirties and a baby has been taken to hospital. Investigations are ongoing.
  • Jul 17, 2021

    Roscommon deputy says Ireland is in danger of not having enough electricity to power the country going forward

    Ireland is in danger of not having enough electricity to power the country going forward. That's the warning from Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice who says this could see some large companies deciding to pull out of this country, if they don't have a secure…
  • Jul 17, 2021

    Man missing from Castlebar has been located safe and well

    The 62 year-old man who was missing from his home in Castlebar, has been located safe and well. Gardai and the family have thanked the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.
  • Jul 17, 2021

    Mayo TD accuses Government of failing apprentices as the number waiting to access off-the-job training passes 10,000

    A Mayo TD has accused the government of failing apprentices as the number waiting to access off-the-job training passes 10,000. Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh says it is truly alarming that apprenticeship waiting…
  • Jul 17, 2021

    Gardai seeking help in tracing whereabouts of missing Mayo man

    Gardaí are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 62-year-old Desmond McGowan, who is missing from his home in Castlebar, Co. Mayo since yesterday afternoon. Desmond is 5’ 7” in height and has a slight build. He has dark, greying hair…
  • Jul 17, 2021

    Mayo University Hospital has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country

    Mayo University Hospital has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country. There are 12 patients with Covid-19 at the Castlebar based hospital. That's according to the latest report compiled by the HSE at the centre at 8 p.m. yesterday. There are four…
  • Jul 17, 2021

    Over three quarter of adults have now received their first vaccine

    Over three quarters of adults have now received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. 63 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated and over 5.1 million doses have been administered. HSE boss Paul Reid says the number of patients in hospital and ICU is "holding…
  • Jul 17, 2021

    HSE urging caution as case numbers rise

    The HSE says it's noticing a rise in large Covid-19 outbreaks across the country as the Delta variant spreads. It comes after 1,173 new cases were reported yesterday - the highest daily figure in over 5 months. Health officials are warning of large increases…
  • Jul 17, 2021

    The West enjoying Mediterranean like conditions

    The country's enjoying Mediterranean like conditions this weekend with temperatures soaring into the late twenties. Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far with Mount Dillon in Roscommon reached 27.1C. Met Éireann said high pressure will result in…
  • Jul 17, 2021

    Castlebar Gardai looking for public's assistance in tracing missing man

    Castlebar Gardai are looking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who was last seen at 12:30 yesterday. Gardai are interested in locating the car he is driving which is a grey Honda HRV 161-MO-2889. Anyone who may have spotted this car is asked to…
  • Jul 17, 2021

    Body found in River Liffey in search for missing Sligo teenager

    The body of a teenager missing from Sligo since Tuesday has been recovered from the River Liffey in Dublin. The Garda press office confirmed the body of 16-year-old Hazhar Hashemi had been recovered from the Liffey yesterday. The teenager had been missing…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Achill Island Coast Guard assist casualty who got into difficulty this evening

    Achill Island Coast Guard assisted a casualty who slipped and found themselves in difficulty in a bog pool in an isolated part of the island this evening. On arrival the team were able to provide casualty care, monitor the situation and escort the faller to a…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Two people taken to hospital following collision in South Mayo

    Two people were taken to hospital today following a two vehicle collision in Claremorris. Gardaí attended the collision involving a car and a van that occurred at Claremount, Calremorris shorlty after 4pm this afternoon. A male in his 30s was taken to Galway…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Almost 1200 cases of Covid-19 confirmed this evening

    1,173 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed today - the highest figure in nearly five and a half months. 79 patients are in hospital with the virus, 23 of whom are in ICU. The chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, says half of today's cases are among 19 to…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Gardai renew appeal following serious assault in Tuam last weekend

    Gardaí in Tuam are renewing their appeal for information in relation to the investigation of a serious assault that occurred in the early hours of Sunday July 11th, at Foster Place in Tuam, Co. Galway. A man, aged in his 40s, was assaulted at approximately…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Pilot site for rapid Covid-19 testing to be located in North Mayo

    The MSLETB Training Centre in Ballina has been confirmed as the site for a new pilot antigen testing by the HSE. A new pilot process has been established to help evaluate the use of rapid antigen diagnostic tests (RADT) in identifying COVID-19 the further and…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    MD at Ireland West Airport welcomes funding of over €1.9 Million

    The Managing Director at Ireland West Airport Knock has welcomed today’s funding of over €1.9 million euro from Government. The funding will enable Ireland West Airport Knock to recover some of the losses that it has incurred as a result of covid 19. The…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Do not swim notice removed from Bertra Beach

    Mayo County Council wishes to advise the public that the temporary DO NO SWIM notice in place at Bertra Beach has been removed this afternoon, following receipt of satisfactory results from a water sample taken on Wednesday. Mr. Martin Keating, Head of…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Mayo Gardai warn of text scam targeting Bank of Ireland customers

    Gardai in Mayo are warning of a new sophisticated text scam affecting Bank of Ireland Customers. A number of people have been caught out by a text coming directly from Back of Ireland telling you that a payment was made on another device and if it wasn’t you…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Met Eireann predicting warmest weekend of the year

    The country is set to enjoy the warmest temperatures of the year so far this weekend. Met Eireann is forecasting up to 27 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. Tomorrow is set to be very warm and dry in most places with good sunshine. Alan O'Reilly from Carlow…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Significant funding boost for Ireland West Airport Knock

    23 million euro has been given to support five airports nationally. Ireland West Airport Knock, Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Donegal and Kerry are all benefitting, with the split being decided through passenger numbers in 2019. Knock airport has received the second…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Councillor says Mayo University Hospital Covid outbreak isn't helped by staff shortages

    Mayo University Hospital have confirmed that they are dealing with a Covid-19 outbreak at the hospital. In a statement issued by the Saolta Hospital Group yesterday evening in accordance with the Health Protection Surveillance Centre guidelines, an Outbreak…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Gardai seek public help in finding missing Galway man

    Gardaí are seeking the public's help in tracing the whereabouts of a missing man in Galway. 41 year-old John Sheehan, is reported missing from the Renmore area of Galway, since last Monday July 12th. He is described as being 5ft 9 inches in height and having…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    25 to 29 year olds can register for a vaccine from today

    25 to 29 year olds can register for a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine from today. The HSE's portal is now open to the cohort, however people in this age group can still register with a pharmacy for a Janssen vaccine. Registration can be done online or over the…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Man arrested in Sligo following road traffic collision

    Gardaí arrested a man following an incident of drink driving which resulted in a traffic collision that occurred at approximately 3:25pm yesterday afternoon, in the Cloonamahon area of Collooney, Co Sligo. Two vehicles were involved in this collision. No…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Legislation to allow indoor hospitality reopen will go to its final stage later today

    Legislation to allow indoor hospitality reopen will go to its final stage in the Oireachtas later. The Seanad will consider the Health Bill which, if passed, would then go to the President to be signed into law. Yesterday the Tanaiste revealed July 26th as…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Number of hospital patients with Covid-19 has increased by almost a third in the past week

    The number of hospital patients with Covid-19 has increased by almost a third in the past week. 994 new cases were announced by the Department of Health last night, with 80 people in hospital and 22 in ICU. On Monday, international travel will open for people…
  • Jul 16, 2021

    Gardai issue appeal for missing teenager in Sligo

    Gardai are seeking the public's help in tracing a missing teenage boy in Sligo. 16 year-old Hazhar Hashemi is missing from Drumcliff since Tuesday and was carrying a navy bag. He is described as 6 foot tall, with short brown hair and brown eyes and he was…
  • Jul 15, 2021

    Covid-19 outbreak at Mayo University Hospital

    Mayo University Hospital have this evening confirmed that they are dealing with a Covid-19 outbreak at the hospital. In a statement issued by the Saolta Hospital Group in accordance with the Health Protection Surveillance Centre guidelines, an Outbreak…
  • Jul 15, 2021

    Almost one thousand new Covid-19 cases

    The head of the HSE says the Delta variant is spreading faster than expected. It comes as a further 994 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed, the highest since February 13th. There are 80 people in hospital with the virus, and 22 in ICU. Paul Reid says…
  • Jul 15, 2021

    122 new cases of Covid-19 in Mayo over the past week

    Covid-19 case numbers are growing by more than 3 percent each day, while the virus' reproduction number is above one. Yesterday, the Department of Health announced 783 new cases - the highest figure in five months - and the Delta variant now accounts for 80%…
  • Jul 15, 2021

    Do Not Swim notice in place at second Mayo beach

    Swimming is being banned at a second Mayo beach, due to contamination of the bathing water. A temporary Do Not Swim notice has been put in place at Ross Beach, Killala, following an elevated enterococci bacteria in a water sample taken on Monday. The water…
  • Jul 15, 2021

    Deputy Alan Dillon says he was paired for last night's Dáil vote

    The Dáil has passed the legislation allowing indoor dining for fully vaccinated people or those who've recovered from Covid-19. The Bill was voted through by 74 votes to 68 last night. It's reported that Mayo TDs Michael Ring and Alan Dillon were among a…
  • Jul 15, 2021

    Temporary accommodation solutions needed for families impacted by pyrite

    Mayo and Donegal County Councils will have to come up with a temporary accommodation solution for people who will have to leave their homes due to pyrite damage, and will need somewhere to live while their homes are being rebuilt. That's according to the…
  • Jul 15, 2021

    Met Eireann predicts warm and sunny weekend across the West

    Dry, warm and sunny - that's what we can expect weather-wise for the weekend, according to Met Eireann. Mount Dillon in Co Roscommon recorded the highest temperature nationally yesterday, along with Dublin's Phoenix Park - both registering 23 degrees celsius.…
  • Jul 15, 2021

    HSE boss concerned about spread of Delta variant here when restrictions ease in UK

    The Head of the HSE has said he expects Covid case numbers to continue to rise in the immediate future. It comes as the Department of Health confirmed 783 new infections yesterday, and the Delta variant now accounts for 80% of the cases reported here. CEO…
  • Jul 15, 2021

    Dáil passes legislation on indoor dining, while parents advised to eat outdoors with children

    The Dáil has passed the legislation allowing indoor dining for fully vaccinated people or those who've recovered from Covid, and the Bill will now go to the Seanad. It was voted through by 74 votes to 68 last night. It's emerged that Mayo TDs Michael Ring and…
  • Jul 15, 2021

    Cheapest house prices nationally in Castlerea and Ballyhaunis

    The towns of Castlerea and Ballyhaunis had the cheapest median house prices in the year up to May. New figures from the CSO show that residential property prices increased by 5.5% nationally in the 12 months to May - with a 6.2% jump in the price of houses…
  • Jul 14, 2021

    Highest number of Covid-19 cases in nearly five months recorded

    The country's highest number of Covid-19 cases in nearly five months has been reported today.There are 783 new cases - the highest since February 20th.There are 73 Covid patients in hospital, with 20 in intensive care.Professor Philip Nolan, who chairs…
  • Jul 14, 2021

    Protest in Dublin today over backlog in forestry licences

    Farmers from across the region have travelled to Dublin today to take part in an IFA demonstration highlighting the crisis in the forestry sector, and the need for emergency legislation to reform the licence system. There are currently almost 6,000 forest…
  • Jul 14, 2021

    People urged to walk or run 5k in aid of Erris defibrillators

    A fundraising campaign has been launched in Erris, to raise money to maintain the dedibrillators in the region. Erris Heartbeat Defibrillator has 36 defibs across the Erris region, and needs to raise €2,000 urgently to maintain them, and replace batteries.…
  • Jul 14, 2021

    Connacht GAA secretary explains decision to move Connacht final to Croke Park

    There's mixed reaction to the GAA's decision to move the Connacht senior football final to Croke Park. Connacht GAA announced last night that the Mayo V Galway provincial final would be moved to the Dublin stadium, to avail of the extra capacity. It's…
  • Jul 14, 2021

    Parents urged to check child car seats before going on staycation

    With families heading off on staycations over the coming days and weeks, the Mayo Road Safety Office is urging parents to carry out some simple car seat checks before you leave. Four out of five child car seats in Ireland are not fitted correctly, according…
  • Jul 14, 2021

    Mayo Senator brings forward new legislation on stalking

    Mayo Senator Lisa Chambers has brought forward new legislation, that would make stalking an offence. The Fianna Fail Senator has worked on the legislation with two victims of stalking - Sligo woman Eve McDowell and Una Ring from Cork, and says their…
  • Jul 14, 2021

    Westport Councillor disappointed that swimming not allowed at Bertra beach

    A temporary Do Not Swim notice has been put in place at Bertra beach near Westport. People are being urged not to swim at the beach, following the detection of E.Coli in a water sample taken on Monday. Mayo County Council says the bathing water at Bertra will…
  • Jul 14, 2021

    EPA report shows majority of Mayo rivers have high or good water quality

    A new report from the EPA shows the majority of rivers in Co Mayo have high, or good quality water. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has warned that there's an urgent need to curb nitrogen pollution in Ireland's surface and ground waters, which…
  • Jul 14, 2021

    Mayo's 14-day rate of Covid-19 has more than doubled in the past week

    589 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday evening. 62 patients are currently in hospital with the disease, of which 17 patients are in ICU. Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn says the delta variant now accounts for 80 percent of cases…
  • Jul 13, 2021

    Over 580 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    589 new cases of covid have been confirmed.62 patients are in hospital with the disease of which 17 are in ICU.Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn says the delta variant accounts for 80 percent of cases reported here and is a challenge that is facing…
  • Jul 13, 2021

    Do Not Swim notice put in place at Bertra Beach, Westport

    A temporary Do Not Swim notice has been put in place at Bertra beach near Westport. People are being urged not to swim at the beach, following the detection of E.Coli in a water sample taken yesterday. Mayo County Council says the bathing water at Bertra will…
  • Jul 13, 2021

    Ryanair announces new Winter service between Ireland West Airport Knock and Bergamo, Milan

    Ryanair is to operate a new winter service between Ireland West Airport Knock and Bergamo in Italy. Bergamo is near the city of Milan - Italy's fashion capital. The new service will operate twice per week, with flights on Thursdays and Sundays throughout the…
  • Jul 13, 2021

    Castlebar's Mark Mellett to retire as Chief of Staff of Defence Forces later this year

    Castlebar native Mark Mellett is to retire as Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces in September. Vice Admiral Mellett took up the top post in September 2015. He first joined the Irish Naval Service in 1976 and worked his way up the ranks to the position of…
  • Jul 13, 2021

    62 patients in hospital with Covid-19

    62 Covid patients are in hospital today - a drop of 2 from yesterday - with 16 of these patients in intensive care. The HSE's chief executive, Paul Reid, says Covid-19 cases, testing and positivity rates are all increasing. Mr Reid is asking people to take…
  • Jul 13, 2021

    38 patients on trolleys today at UHG

    It's another busy day in the Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway. There are 38 patients on trolleys at the hospital today, according to the latest trolley figures from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation. The Galway hospital has the…
  • Jul 13, 2021

    Restrictions on nursing home visits will be eased from next week

    Restrictions on nursing home visits are to be eased from next Monday. New guidance from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre says that, from 19th July, routine visits will not need to be scheduled in advance, and a list of nominated visitors will no…
  • Jul 13, 2021

    Mayo Councillors seek review of social housing income thresholds

    Mayo County Councillors are to write to the Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien, calling for the income thresholds for council or social housing to be revised. At present, a couple with two children earning over €27,500 do not qualify for local authority…
  • Jul 13, 2021

    Redress scheme for Mother & Baby Home survivors to be brought to Cabinet within weeks

    The Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman hopes to bring details of a redress scheme for Mother and Baby Home survivors to Cabinet in the next two weeks. The Minister is also working on the terms of an independent review of the evidence given to the…
  • Jul 13, 2021

    Sligo continues to have second-highest 14-day virus rate nationally

    Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says the proportion of new Covid-19 cases that are due to the Delta variant has increased rapidly over the last four weeks - and is now accounting for about 70% of cases or more. Over the past fortnight, Ireland’s…
  • Jul 13, 2021

    Ministers meet today to confirm reopening date for indoor dining

    More than 2 million people who are fully vaccinated will be able to dine indoors as early as next week. People who've recovered from Covid-19 will also be able to enter pubs, cafes and restaurants, under new laws agreed last night. Children who're aren't…
  • Jul 12, 2021

    600 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    600 cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed today.64 patients are in hospital with the virus, of which 16 are in ICU.Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says tomorrow marks 500 days since the first case of Covid was reported in Ireland.He added we have come a…
  • Jul 12, 2021

    Number of spectators allowed to Connacht final not yet decided says Minister

    After their comprehensive win over Leitrim yesterday, Mayo are through to the Connacht senior football final the weekend after next when they will take on Galway in MacHale Park. The number of fans who will be allowed into the Castlebar stadium to watch the…
  • Jul 12, 2021

    Formal date for reopening indoor dining may not be agreed until tomorrow

    A formal date for the re-opening of indoor dining may not be agreed until tomorrow. Cabinet Ministers are being briefed on the legislation over the phone this afternoon, ahead of a full cabinet meeting in the morning. The new laws will allow fully vaccinated…
  • Jul 12, 2021

    €70,000 of suspected cannabis herb found in search in Galway city

    Gardaí have seized €70,000 worth of suspected Cannabis herb following the search of a house in Galway city on Saturday. Shortly after 4pm on Saturday afternoon, Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit conducted a search of a house in the Doughiska…
  • Jul 12, 2021

    Minister Jack Chambers plays down speculation of leadership heave in FF

    The Government Chief Whip says he has full confidence in the Taoiseach, amid rumblings about Micheal Martin's leadership of the party. While party sources are playing down the prospects of an imminent move against Mr Martin, former Minister Barry Cowen is…
  • Jul 12, 2021

    People asked to report any sightings of Barn Owls across Mayo

    People across Co Mayo are being asked to report any information they have in relation to Barn Owls. Over recent decades, the Barn Owl population has suffered extensive decline. However, there seems to be early indications that Barn Owl populations may be…
  • Jul 12, 2021

    Day centres for the elderly & disabled should be fully reopened, says Roscommon TD

    It's unacceptable that day services for people with disabilities and older people remain closed, or only open for part of the week, despite the fact that users and staff are vaccinated - that's according to Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten. Deputy Naughten…
  • Jul 12, 2021

    Minister Jack Chambers to open gteic hub in Achill today

    Following visits to Charlestown, Ballina and Castlebar yesterday evening, the Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Gaeltacht & Sport Jack Chambers has a number of engagements in Co Mayo today. The Minister starts this morning with visits to…
  • Jul 12, 2021

    Cabinet meets today to sign off on legislation allowing for reopening of indoor hospitality

    The Cabinet will meet today to sign off on new legislation that will pave the way for the reopening of indoor hospitality. Under the proposals, unvaccinated children will be allowed inside pubs and restaurants when they fully reopen. They will have to be…
  • Jul 12, 2021

    Gardai investigate serious assault in Tuam

    Gardai are investigating a serious assault in Tuam in the early hours of yesterday morning. A man in his 40's was assaulted at about 12.05 am at Foster Place in Tuam, and received a number of injuries. He was taken to the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where his…
  • Jul 12, 2021

    Proclamation Stone unveiled in Castlerea on 100th anniversary of the Truce

    A Proclamation Stone was unveiled in Castlerea yesterday evening, as part of the events to mark the Decade of Centenaries. Exactly 100 years to the day since the truce was signed in the Irish War of Independence, the Defence Minister Jack Chambers and…
  • Jul 11, 2021

    Gardai investigating serious assault in Co. Galway

    Gardai are investigating a serious assault on a man in County Galway. He received a number of injuries when he was attacked at Foster Place in Tuam at around 5 past midnight this morning. The man in his 40s was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where he's…
  • Jul 11, 2021

    Over 570 Covid-19 cases confirmed

    The Department of Health has reported an additional 576 Covid cases today. There are 58 patients with the disease in hospital, an increase of 6 on yesterday's figure. While the number of people receiving treatment in ICU remains at 16. The Health Minister…
  • Jul 11, 2021

    Unvaccinated under-18s will be allowed inside pubs and restaurants when indoor hospitality reopens

    Unvaccinated under-18s will be allowed inside pubs and restaurants when indoor hospitality resumes, according to a junior minister. However, they'll have to be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. A cabinet meeting's taking place tomorrow to sign off on…
  • Jul 11, 2021

    Sligo Fianna Fail deputy calls for his leader to resign

    Taoiseach Micheál Martin should quit as Fianna Fáil leader during the Dáil's summer break, according to one of the party's TDs. Marc MacSharry's call comes after the party got less than 5 per cent in this week's Dublin Bay South by-election. The Sligo-Leitrim…
  • Jul 10, 2021

    581 new Covid-19 cases

    The Department of Health has reported 581 new Covid cases today. There are 52 patients in hospital, an increase of 2 compared with yesterday's figures. While 16 people are in intensive care units across the country, up one.
  • Jul 10, 2021

    HSE expects 80% of adult population to be fully vaccinated by the end of the summer

    The head of the HSE has said he expects up to 80 percent of the adult population to be fully vaccinated by the end of the summer. At the moment 55 percent are fully protected while more than 70 percent have been partially vaccinated against Covid. More than…
  • Jul 10, 2021

    Special event in Castlerea tomorrow as part of the Decade of Centenaries

    A special event will take place in Castlerea this Sunday, as part of the Decade of Centenaries. A proclamation stone will be unveiled outside the Courthouse by Colonel Kevin Campion of the Irish Defence Forces, and a native of Castlerea. Minister Jack…
  • Jul 10, 2021

    No Covid tests to be carried out at MacHale Park tomorrow

    No Covid-19 tests will be carried out this Sunday at the test centre at MacHale Park in Castlebar, as the Mayo footballers taken on Leitrim in the Connacht senior football championship semi-final. The HSE says the Covid-19 test centre at MacHale Park will not…
  • Jul 10, 2021

    Erris community raises over €14,000 for Ballyglass RNLI & local GAA Club

    During the months of May and June, the combined efforts of the Cill Chomáin Ladies and Mens team raised €14,234 for the Ballyglass RNLI and Cill Chomain GAA. The monies raised were split equally, with both groups getting €7,117 each. A “Dip, Donate, Nominate”…
  • Jul 10, 2021

    New figures show 106,000 people are waiting to take their driving test

    New figures show that 106,000 people are waiting to take their driving test here while a further 130,000 are waiting for their driver theory test. The Irish Daily Mail reports that Covid 19 restrictions have led to the backlog. The Road Safety Authority has…
  • Jul 10, 2021

    Nursing Home visits set to return to closer to normal within the next ten days

    Nursing home visits are set to return to closer to normal within the next 10 days. New guidance from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre says restrictions should be eased by July 19th. The new rules state routine visits won't have to be scheduled in…
  • Jul 10, 2021

    Deputy CMO warns of rising Covid-19 cases in Roscommon & Sligo

    The Deputy Chief Medical Officer says the Delta variant may be up to twice as transmittable as the virus we were dealing with this time last year. Dr Ronan Glynn says some parts of the country are more affected than others including Donegal, Waterford and…
  • Jul 10, 2021

    Castlebar candidate eliminated on the 6th count in Dublin Bay South by-election

    Labour Party candidate Ivana Bacik won a resounding victory for her party in the Dublin Bay South byelection last night in a disappointing result for Fine Gael, which also saw a dramatic collapse in the Fianna Fáil vote. Ms Bacik will take the Dáil seat…
  • Jul 09, 2021

    Highest Covid-19 figures since April 1st

    631 covid cases have been reported today - the highest figure since April 1st. 50 people are in hospital with the virus, 15 of which are in ICU. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan says today's figure is a cause of concerns and shows the disease is…
  • Jul 09, 2021

    Author to donate all proceeds from his book to Mayo literary festival

    Clogher resident Tony Lynott is generously donating all of the proceeds from the sale of his book to the Wild Atlantic Words literary festival. Anyone who would like to support the annual Castlebar-based festival can now do so by purchasing a copy of The…
  • Jul 09, 2021

    Castlebar travel agent reports increase in enquiries about holidays

    Travel agents across the region will be hoping to see an upturn in enquiries, with the reopening of international travel from 19th July. From next week, people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will begin to receive their EU Digital Covid Certificate…
  • Jul 09, 2021

    High Covid-19 rates in Ballymote-Tubbercurry, and in Roscommon LEA

    Covid-19 figures are very high in the Ballymote -Tubbercurry areas of Co Sligo and in the Roscommon local electoral area. A breakdown of Covid-19 figures by local electoral areas shows that these two areas are among the top ten highest incidence rates.…
  • Jul 09, 2021

    Mayo Senator calls for ongoing financial supports for hospitality industry

    Ongoing financial supports are needed for the hospitality industry in Mayo, and across the country - such as the extension of the wage subsidy scheme and the retention of the 9% VAT rate. That's according to Mayo Senator Lisa Chambers, who says that even if…
  • Jul 09, 2021

    Person reported missing in Mayo overnight was later recovered

    A person reported missing in Mayo overnight was later recovered safe and well. Achill Island Coast Guard and the Ballyglass Coast Guard Unit were tasked following a report of a missing female in Ballycroy shortly after 2am this morning. The two teams,…
  • Jul 09, 2021

    Unique Reek Sunday Pilgrimage now into its 2nd week

    Organisers of the Reek Sunday pilgrimage are very happy with how this year's unique pilgrimage is going - now in its second week. This year, rather than cancelling Reek Sunday, the Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage is being held from Wednesday to Saturday each week…
  • Jul 09, 2021

    Social gatherings helping fuel rise in Covid cases in Sligo & Donegal

    The HSE is urging people to “act sensibly” after a number of social gatherings helped fuel a rise in Covid cases in Sligo and Donegal. Funerals, wakes, house parties and other indoor gatherings have led to outbreaks in the past two weeks. The Irish…
  • Jul 09, 2021

    Concern over high ED attendances at hospitals in Mayo & Galway

    The HSE says some hospitals are experiencing “winter level” surges of patients in emergency departments, as Ireland braces for a wave of Delta variant cases. HSE chief operations officer Ann O’Connor said some hospitals have seen a large number of people…
  • Jul 09, 2021

    Govt on target to have plan for reopening indoor dining in place for 19th July

    The Taoiseach says the Government is on target to have a plan to reopen indoor dining in place for July 19th. For the second time this week, representatives for the hospitality sector met Government officials about the plans yesterday. Taoiseach Micheal…
  • Jul 09, 2021

    Sligo has second-highest rate of Covid-19 in the country

    Ireland has the fourth highest incidence rate of Covid-19 in the EU - with only Cyprus, Portugal and Spain faring worse. The Republic's 14-day rate is now 121 per 100,000 people, with 534 new cases confirmed yesterday. Co Sligo now has the second highest rate…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    Cabinet to consider six options for reopening indoor hospitality

    The Government will consider six reopening options for indoor dining at its Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. A further meeting between representatives of the hospitality sector and senior Government officials was held today. The Vintners' Federation of Ireland…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    Fundraising campaign underway for facility in Cong for children with cancer & their families

    Thanks to a donation of over €1 million from golfer Rory McIlroy, a site has been secured in Cong for a therapeutic short-break centre for families with a child suffering from cancer, and planning permission has been granted for the facility. However, €12.5…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    No Covid-19 tests this Sunday at MacHale Park, Castlebar

    No Covid-19 tests will be carried out this Sunday at the test centre at MacHale Park in Castlebar, as the Mayo footballers taken on Leitrim in the Connacht senior football championship semi-final. The HSE says the Covid-19 test centre at MacHale Park will not…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    Wreath laid to mark 41st anniversary of the deaths of two Gardai near Loughlynn

    Yesterday marked the 41st anniversary of the deaths of two Gardai in the line of duty in Co Roscommon. On 7th July 1980, Detective Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne, who were stationed in Castlerea, were shot dead near Loughlynn while responding to a…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    UHG most overcrowded hospital in the country today

    University Hospital Galway is the most overcrowded in the country today. There are 45 patients on trolleys at the Galway hospital, according to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation. Elsewhere across the region, there are 13…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    Motorists urged to lock cars in coastal and scenic locations

    Gardai are urging motorists to lock their vehicles when parking in coastal and scenic locations this Summer, as millions of euro worth of property are stolen from cars each year. Over 36 million euro in valuables have been stolen from cars between 2016 and…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    Mayo Pride Parade cancelled

    The Mayo Pride parade, due to take place this weekend, has been cancelled. The parade was planned for Westport this Saturday, but the organisers say that - despite stringent event planning and liaising with the local authorities - Gardai have advised that the…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    Several hotels in the West among winners at the Irish Hotel Awards 2021

    Several hotels in the West were among the winners in the 2021 Irish Hotel Awards this week. The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Cong was named Ireland's best 4-star hotel. The Lodge also won the Fine Dining Hotel of the Year award. Mount Falcon in Ballina won the…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    Galway tech company to create up to 30 new jobs

    A Galway tech company is set to create up to 30 new jobs over the next five years as part of a collaboration with NUI Galway. Furbo based Aró Digital Strategy is teaming-up with NUIG’s Insight Centre for Data Analytics to build a product which Aró will…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    New Chief Supt appointed for Mayo, Roscommon / Longford Garda Divisions

    A new Chief Superintendent has been appointed to take over responsibility for the Mayo Garda Division, as well as the Roscommon / Longford Garda Division. Chief Superintendent Raymond McMahon takes up the post with effect from today, following the retirement…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    NUIG hopeful of holding large-scale lectures this autumn

    Irish universities are hoping to hold large-scale lectures this autumn. The Irish Universites Association says all eight colleges are finalising their plans for the return of on-campus teaching in September. It will tell an Oireachtas committee today big…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    The Lodge at Ashford Castle wins another prestigious award

    The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Cong has won another prestigious accolade. The Lodge has been awarded 4-Star Hotel of the Year 2021 at the Irish Hotel Awards. This is the second year running that the Cong hotel has picked up the accolade, which is a testament…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    Funding of €380,000 allocated to complete the second phase of a road in Claremorris

    Funding of €380,000 has been sanctioned to complete the road at Claremount in Claremorris. This funding has been allocated under the Smarter Travel Scheme. Local Fine Gael Councillor Tom Connolly says this funding is hugely important to benefit the local…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    Crunch talks at return of indoor dining to take place today

    Crunch talks aimed at facilitating the swift return of indoor dining will take place this afternoon. Hospitality representatives will meet senior government officials to finalise a plan, following exploratory talks earlier this week. Among the measures to be…
  • Jul 08, 2021

    Highest number of Covid-19 cases in 76 days

    The Taoiseach says the Delta variant of Covid-19 is an ongoing concern and will be a 'slow-burner'. He told his parliamentary party last night testing and tracing will be increased to try to address the highly transmissible strain. The highest number of Covid…
  • Jul 07, 2021

    Over 1,000 Covid cases in Travelling community in Galway since start of pandemic

    There have been more than 1,000 Covid cases in the Travelling community in Galway since the start of the pandemic. A report released today found Travellers are twice as likely to get Covid-19, compared to the rest of the population. Dr Mike Ryan, senior World…
  • Jul 07, 2021

    Mayo homeowners affected by pyrite will get 6-year exemption from LPT

    Homeowners in Mayo affected by pyrite will get a 6-year exemption from the Local Property Tax. The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue has told an Oireachtas committee today that householders in Mayo and Donegal affected by pyrite and mica will be exempt…
  • Jul 07, 2021

    Mayo homeowners disappointed at lack of progress on pyrite scheme

    A spokesperson for the North Mayo Pyrite Group says they're frustrated with the lack of progress being made at meetings of the working group set up by Government to review the redress scheme for owners of pyrite and mica-damaged homes. A second meeting of the…
  • Jul 07, 2021

    Break-in foiled at Castlebar business overnight

    Raiders who broke into a business premises in Castlebar last night were interrupted by Gardai and got away empty-handed. The intruders gained entry to McHale Agri, Forest & Garden on Sir Ernst Chain Road -the link road between Breaffy and Moneen - and removed…
  • Jul 07, 2021

    MEPs give the green light to a 6 billion euro fund to support European fishermen

    MEPs have given the go-ahead to a 6 billion euro fund to support European fishermen. The new fund will run until 2027, and is hoped the money will encourage more environmentally friendly fishing. Midlands Northwest MEP, Colm Markey says the Irish fleet have…
  • Jul 07, 2021

    Galway syndicate collects Lotto prize of almost €2.5 million

    A Galway syndicate has collected a Lotto prize of almost €2.5 million, won last month. The lucky syndicate members won the Lotto jackpot on June 5th, and collected their prize of €2,475,303 at lottery headquarters in Dublin yesterday. They bought the winning…
  • Jul 07, 2021

    Increase in number of Covid patients being treated in hospital

    The number of Covid patients being treated in hospital is now 60 -the highest number in 3 weeks, and a 36% increased since this day last week. 16 of these patients are in ICU. A breakdown of Covid-19 cases per hospital is still not available, since the cyber…
  • Jul 07, 2021

    Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on the Traveller community

    Covid-19's had a disproportionate and potentially devastating long-term impact on the Traveller Community. That's according to new research compiled by the Galway Traveller Movement. It says many members of the community found it nearly impossible to…
  • Jul 07, 2021

    PUP Scheme to close to new entrants from tomorrow

    It's the final day for people to apply to receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment. The scheme will close to new entrants from tomorrow, after being extended by an extra seven days due to the delay in reopening indoor dining. The payment, introduced last…
  • Jul 07, 2021

    Urgent action needed to address Driving test system which is in complete chaos according to Roscommon Deputy

    The driving test system is in complete chaos, and urgent action is needed to tackle the backlog for both the driving and theory tests. That's according to Roscommon / Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice, who says young people feel abandoned by the current system.…
  • Jul 07, 2021

    Working group set up to address pyrite redress scheme will meet for the second time this morning

    The working group established to review the Defective Concrete Blocks redress scheme for the owners of pyrite and mica-contaminated homes is due to meet for the second time this morning. The group, which was formed following a major campaign for 100% redress…
  • Jul 07, 2021

    CMO says rising number of Covid-19 patients in hospital is a "cause for concern"

    The chief medical officer says the rising number of Covid-19 patients in hospital is a 'cause for concern'. The figure has risen by 38 per cent over the past two weeks, and now stands at 54. 397 new cases were also reported yesterday, with 16 Covid patients…
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Latest Covid-19 figures

    There has been a further 397 Covid-19 cases. 54 people are in hospital with the virus, an increase of 3 in 24 hours. 16 are in ICU, which is up two over the same period.
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Motorists advised of oil spillage on the Ballyhaunis to Claremorris road

    Motorists are advised of a bad oil spillage on the Ballyhaunis to Claremorris road this afternoon close to the Bekan turn off. Motorists are advised to reduce their speed as a result of the greasy road conditions.
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Company offering Covid tests at IWAK now offering fastest PRC results

    The company that offers Covid-19 tests at Ireland West Airport Knock is now promising to provide results to a PCR test in just 12 hours. RocDoc currently offers both PCR and antibody tests are Knock, Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports. The company has now…
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Roscommon TD welcomes new Bill banning ticket touts

    A ban on ticket touts re-selling tickets for large concerts and sporting events well above face value is set to become law before the end of this month. Uner the Sale of Tickets Bill, sellers found guilty of reselling tickets for profit can face two years in…
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Digital Covid Certs will start to be issued from next week

    Vaccine passports may be used to ensure the return of live events including gigs as well as indoor dining. From next week, Digital Covid Certs will start to be issued to fully vaccinated people. People who have had Covid-19 and wish to travel internationally…
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Housing shortage in West Mayo "as bad as Dublin" says local Councillor

    There's hardly a house to be bought or rented at present in Westport, Newport or Louisburg. That's according to Westport-based Fine Gael Councillor Peter Flynn, who says housing shortages are no longer confined to Dublin, and the situation needs to be…
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Plan for reopening indoor dining "the only show in town" says Castlerea restaurant owner

    Around 1.8 million fully vaccinated people are set to start receiving their Digital Covid Certs in the coming days. The certs can be used for international travel and will either be emailed or posted out to people. Work is also underway to use them as the…
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Covid-19 vaccination centre opens today in Clifden

    A new Covid-19 vaccination centre opens today in Clifden. The new satellite centre is based at Clifden Community School, and vaccination teams will provide vaccines to the public on one or two days per week, depending on demand. The HSE says this will improve…
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Castlerea outdoor swimming pool reopens tomorrow

    The outdoor swimming pool in Castlerea will open tomorrow ( Wed) for the Summer season. It's good news for the local community, as the heated outdoor pool did not open last Summer due to the Codi-19 pandemic. The pool will be open from Wednesday to Sunday…
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Almost half of cannabis growhouses detected last year were in the West of Ireland

    Almost half of all cannabis growhouses detected by Gardai last year were in the West of Ireland. At a recent meeting of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee, Gardai confirmed that 40% of such growhouses were detected in the West - with 15% of them in Mayo, 18%…
  • Jul 06, 2021

    53 people died in workplace-related accidents last year

    53 people died in workplace-related accidents last year, according to the Health & Safety Authority - an increase on the 47 fatalities the previous year - despite significant changes in workplaces due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 28 of those who lost their lives…
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Talks resume on Thursday on reopening indoor hospitality

    Groups from the hospitality industry are to consult with their members this week on proposals to get indoor dining reopened. Representatives of the restaurant and pub sectors met Government officials yesterday to devise a plan that would allow for the safe…
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Over half of adult population will be fully vaccinated by today

    Over half of the adult population will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 today. Brian MacCraith , chairman of the vaccination taskforce, says the landmark will be reached this morning. Under-35s will continue to receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in…
  • Jul 06, 2021

    Delta variant poses risk to unvaccinated, says CMO

    The Chief Medical Officer is warning of the risk the Delta variant poses to the unvaccinated, or those waiting for a second dose. Dr Tony Holohan says this strain now makes up over 70% of all Covid cases. The five-day moving average has increased by 32 per…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    Working group on indoor dining to reconvene on Thursday

    The Taoiseach says NPHET will not change its advice on indoor dining "anytime soon". Indoor dining in pubs and restaurants was due to return today, but was pushed back due to fears over the Delta variant. Industry representatives, who met with the Government…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    Latest Covid-19 figures confirmed

    There are 365 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed this evening. The HSE says 51 patients are now in hospital with the virus - which is the highest number in two weeks - with 14 of these patients in intensive care. The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    Increased Garda resources has led to drug detections in Mayo

    The success rate in detecting those involved in drug dealing in Mayo is high, but shows that the drug trade is thriving. That's according to Garda Superintendent Joe McKenna, who says that while Gardai know a lot of the drug dealers operating in the county,…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    Pharmacists begin vaccinating over 18's

    Pharmacists across the region have today begun administering Covid-19 vaccines to young people aged between 18 and 34. 21 pharmacies in Co Mayo are offering the service, and a list of participating pharmacies in each county are available on the HSE website.…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    National Novena at Knock being postponed

    The National Novena at Knock Shrine is being postponed until later this year. The Novena was due to take place from 14th to 22nd August, but has been called off given increasing concerns over the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19. This is the second…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    Mayo residents and visitors urged to "Keep Mayo Wild & Beautiful"

    With Mayo and the West coast proving very popular with staycationers once again this Summer, Mayo County Council is calling on people living in Mayo, and those visiting the county, to "Keep Mayo Wild and Beautiful". The local authority has launched a public…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    Galway East TD recovering after cycling accident

    Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon is recovering following a cycling accident over the weekend. On Friday evening, the Fine Gael TD was on his bike when he was involved in a collision with an SUV. He sustained a serious knee fracture, which required surgery, and…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    Mayo has lowest 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 nationally

    Sligo and Roscommon are in the top 5 counties nationally in terms of their 14-day incidence rates of Covid. Donegal, Waterford and Limerick have the highest 14-day rates, followed by Sligo and Roscommon. In the two weeks up to the 1st July, Sligo recorded 109…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    "Normal People" wins nine IFTA awards

    "Normal People" - based on the novel by Castlebar author Sally Rooney - was the big winners at last night's virtual Irish Film & Television Academy Awards, winning 9 awards in total. The awards included the Best Script Award for Sally Rooney, Best Drama, Best…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    21 pharmacies across Mayo to start vaccinating 18-34 year olds from today

    Pharmacies across the region are due to begin vaccinating people aged 18 to 34 against Covid-19 from today. 120 thousand Johnson and Johnson jabs will be distributed to chemists over the next week. 21 pharmacies in Co Mayo are offering the service, and a list…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    Knock parish priest welcomes increase in number of wedding guests from today

    The number of people allowed to attend wedding receptions increases to 50 from today. Parish Priest of Knock, Father Richard Gibbons says he's pleased about this easing of restrictions. However, Fr Richard says the restrictions not allowing baptisms at this…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    Pop-up Covid-19 test centre opens in Roscommon Town this morning

    Following a spike in cases in Roscommon Town, a ‘pop-up’ COVID-19 test centre opens in the county town this morning, for 2 days. Free tests are offered without appointment from 11:00am to 05:00pm at the Roscommon Arts Centre on Circular Road in Roscommon…
  • Jul 05, 2021

    Talks get underway on reopening of indoor hospitality

    High level talks will take place today between representatives from the hospitality sector and the Government on the reopening of indoor dining. Today's planned reopening has been postponed due to NPHET concerns about the Delta variant of Covid-19. This led…
  • Jul 04, 2021

    Highest daily figure of Covid-19 cases in nearly a month

    Health officials have confirmed 562 new cases of covid-19 - the highest daily total in nearly a month. There are 48 patients in hospital with the virus, up 6 since yesterday. While there are 14 people in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.
  • Jul 04, 2021

    Additional "pop-up" Covid-19 testing available in Roscommon tomorrow

    Additional ‘pop-up’ COVID-19 testing will be available in Roscommon town on Monday July 5th and Tuesday July 6th. The pop-up test-site will offer free testing without appointment from 11:00am to 05:00pm at Roscommon Arts Centre, Circular Road, Roscommon, F42…
  • Jul 04, 2021

    Lotto player in Galway one number shy of winning last night's jackpot

    A Lotto player in the Clifden area of Galway was just one number shy of winning the €4,903,530 jackpot on offer in last night’s draw. The West of Ireland ticket holder matched five numbers and the bonus to win €56,230 after purchasing their winning Quick Pick…
  • Jul 04, 2021

    All options being looked at when it comes to vaccinating 12-15 year-olds

    The head of the HSE says it's looking at "all options and scenarios" when it comes to administering Covid-19 vaccines to 12-15-year-olds. The National Immunisation Advisory Committee's set to issue updated advice on its use on teenagers shortly. It's after EU…
  • Jul 04, 2021

    Minister Anne Rabbitte has a number of engagements in Mayo tomorrow

    The Minister for Disabilities, Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte, will be in Ballina tomorrow where she will visit a number of local groups and organisations. Minister Rabbitte starts with a visit to the Praxis Care Day service in Ballina, which supports service…
  • Jul 04, 2021

    Pharmacies say there is overwhelming interest from young people looking to get vaccine

    Pharmacies that are low on stock of the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine won't get fresh supplies until the middle of next week. The Irish Pharmacy Union says its members have received an overwhelming level of interest from people aged 18 to 34 who want…
  • Jul 04, 2021

    Unvaccinated people set to be given access to indoor dining if they get a negative covid test

    Unvaccinated people are set to be given access to indoor dining if they get a negative Covid-19 test. NPHET has recommended indoor service in pubs and restaurants should only be open to fully vaccinated people. But the Business Post reports the government is…
  • Jul 03, 2021

    Gardai seek information on man missing in Galway

    Galway Gardai are appealing for help in tracing a missing 44 year-old man. Bernard Ward was last seen in the College Road area of the city at around 9 o'clock on Wednesday night. He's described as 5' foot 9" in height, of stocky build with dark brown hair and…
  • Jul 03, 2021

    Latest Covid-19 figures

    Health officials have confirmed 448 new cases of Covid-19 this evening. 42 patients are currently in hospital with the virus, down 4 on yesterday's figures, while the number of people in ICU remains unchanged at 14.
  • Jul 03, 2021

    "Save our Summer" - protest in Ballina over delay in reopening indoor hospitality

    "Save our Summer", "Stop the Nonsense", "Save Our Jobs" - just some of the slogans carried on placards in Ballina today, during a protest over the delay in reopening hospitality. Pub, restaurant and cafe owners were among a large gathering organised to…
  • Jul 03, 2021

    New pilot project aimed at saving small rural schools

    A new pilot project aimed at saving small rural schools will get underway in September. Education Minister Norma Foley has announced that the pilot project will involve clusters of three to five schools sharing resources. One issue likely be explored is…
  • Jul 03, 2021

    80% of HSE computer servers now unlocked following cyber attack

    80 per cent of the HSE's computer servers have now been unlocked, after the recent cyber attack. It's a 10 per cent increase on last week, while 70 per cent of hospital outpatient appointments are now going ahead. It comes seven weeks after ransomware…
  • Jul 03, 2021

    Pharmacists overwhelmed with calls about vaccines

    200,000 people are set to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 up to two months early, according to a Government minister. It's due to the accelerated programme, which will allow 18 to 34 year olds get a Johnson and Johnson vaccine in a pharmacy from Monday.…
  • Jul 03, 2021

    Tánaiste says fourth wave of virus will not lead to lockdown

    The Tanaiste says he doesn't believe there will be a lockdown due to the Delta variant of Covid-19. Leo Varadkar has told the Irish Independent that the country will "weather through" a spike in cases by ramping up vaccinations and keeping the current…
  • Jul 03, 2021

    Protest in Ballina today over delay in reopening indoor hospitality

    A protest is taking place in Ballina today over the delay in the reopening of indoor hospitality. Publicans and restaurant owners will hold a peaceful demonstration on Pearse Street in Ballina at 12 noon. They're angry over the Government's decision not to…
  • Jul 03, 2021

    Covid-19 hotspots - and latest figures for Mayo electoral areas

    Covid-19 hotspots have been identified in Down, Donegal and Waterford, but there are also areas of this region that have recorded high case numbers in the last two weeks of June. The Ballymote - Tubbercurry area recorded 59 new cases of the virus between 15…
  • Jul 02, 2021

    512 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed this evening

    512 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported today - the highest daily total in nearly a month. 46 patients are in hospital with the virus - up two from yesterday. The ICU figure is unchanged, at 14.
  • Jul 02, 2021

    AstraZeneca likely to be offered to 18-34 year olds in just over a week

    The deputy Chief Medical Officer says the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine will likely be offered to 18 to 34 year olds in just over a week. It was announced today that people in this age group can now sign up to get the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine from…
  • Jul 02, 2021

    Lidl to create 35 jobs in Claremorris when new store is built

    Lidl Ireland has welcomed the decision from An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for a new store in Claremorris, and will invest over €6 million in the project. 35 new permanent jobs will be created in the new Claremorris store, and up to 80 people will be…
  • Jul 02, 2021

    Two men in custody in Ballina following cannabis seizures

    Two men are being detained at Ballina Garda Station following drug seizures yesterday evening. Members of the Divisional Drugs Unit and Gardai from Ballina carried out a planned search of a house in the Knockmore area. Cannabis worth an estimated €15,000 was…
  • Jul 02, 2021

    Over €713,000 worth of drugs seized in Mayo since start of this year

    Drugs worth over €713,000 have been seized across the Mayo Garda division since the start of this year. The figure was given by Superintendent Joe McKenna at today's meeting of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee. He outlined that, in addition to the drugs…
  • Jul 02, 2021

    Mayo pharmacist explains how vaccination of young people will work from next week

    18 to 34 year olds will be able to get a Covid-19 vaccine in pharmacies from next Monday. The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that pharmacists can begin administering the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine to this age group from the start…
  • Jul 02, 2021

    Admiral Browne Museum in Foxford closes

    Mayo County Council needs to step in, to ensure that the connections between Co Mayo and Argentina are protected into the future. That's according to Foxford-based Councillor Neil Cruise, who says the Admiral Browne Museum in Foxford has had to close. Admiral…
  • Jul 02, 2021

    18-34 year olds can get vaccinated in pharmacies from next Monday

    18 to 34 year olds will be able to get Covid-19 vaccines in pharmacies from next Monday. The official advice from NIAC is under 50's should get an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer where possible. However, 18 to 34 year olds who want an earlier vaccination will be…
  • Jul 02, 2021

    Man dies after falling from cliffs in Sligo

    A man has died after falling from a cliff in Co Sligo. Members of the Sligo/Leitrim Mountain Rescue team recovered the man's body yesterday evening, after he fell from cliffs in the Gleniff Horseshoe area. A 27-year old Spanish woman was rescued from the…
  • Jul 02, 2021

    Nine new posts confirmed for Eating Disorders team in Galway & Roscommon

    The Eating Disorder team in Galway and Roscommon will be further strengthened with the addition of nine new posts. That's according to Galway-based Minister Anne Rabbitte, who has confirmed the addition of nine new posts for the Eating Disorder team which…
  • Jul 02, 2021

    Mayo anglers urged to report any sightings of Pacific pink salmon

    Inland Fisheries Ireland is asking anglers in Mayo and the general public to report any sightings of Pacific pink salmon. Also known as "humpback salmon", pink salmon were very rare in Irish waters until 2017, and are believed to have originated from stocking…
  • Jul 02, 2021

    Minister Naughton announces further extension to driving licences

    Another extension to driving licences has been announced, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Licences that are due to end over the next four months will have 10 months added to the expiry date. This will only apply to licences that haven't already been extended.…
  • Jul 02, 2021

    High 14-day incidence rates in Sligo & Roscommon

    There's no stopping a Delta wave of Covid-19 in Ireland, according to the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan. The proportion of cases of the strain has risen to an estimated to be as high as 70 percent. The National Public Health Emergency Team is…
  • Jul 01, 2021

    Ireland's death toll from Covid-19 has now reached 5,000

    Ireland's Covid-19 death toll has reached 5,000, with two further fatalities reported today. 448 new cases have also been confirmed this evening. Donegal has the highest 14-day incidence rate in the country, at 250 cases per 100,000 people, while there are…
  • Jul 01, 2021

    Tánaiste clarifies situation on Holy Communions and Confirmation

    Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says NPHET's advice has always been that communions and confirmations shouldn't go ahead. The further cancellation wasn't included in the Chief Medical Officer's advice to Government this week. There was anger among parents and some…
  • Jul 01, 2021

    Cash, vehicles & drugs seized during search in Sligo

    Cash, vehicles, documents and a small amount of drugs have been seized following a search operation in Sligo this morning. The Criminal Assets Bureau in conjunction with Sligo Gardai, the Regional Armed Support Unit, Garda dog unit and Revenue dog unit…
  • Jul 01, 2021

    Confusion and frustration over the cancellation of Baptisms

    There is great confusion and some frustration among priests and families since the government announced yesterday that Baptisms are cancelled, and further clarity on the matter is now called for. That’s the view of the Parish Priest of Knock, Fr Richard…
  • Jul 01, 2021

    Charity cycle from Dublin to Castlebar on Saturday

    A group of 30 cyclists will cycle from Dublin to Castlebar this Saturday, to raise funds for the Mayo / Roscommon Hospice. The West End Tour is the title of the charity event, which involves a number of Mayo people living in Dublin. They're hoping to raise…
  • Jul 01, 2021

    Gardai warn of recent fraudulent transactions targeting Agri-businesses

    Gardai are making the public aware of recent fraudulent transactions targeting Agri businesses. Incidents have been reported in counties Roscommon, Donegal and Laois, and the latest incidents occurred in county Cavan. In the first case in Cavan, an individual…
  • Jul 01, 2021

    Contract signed for new 5-year ferry service to Clare Island

    The contract has been signed for a new 5-year contract for the provision of a ferry service to Clare Island. Following pressure from islanders for a more frequent service, the new service will provide for 4 return sailings per day, all year round, between the…
  • Jul 01, 2021

    High trolley numbers at University Hospital Galway today

    There are 30 patients on trolleys today awaiting admission to University Hospital Galway. That’s the second highest number nationally of patients on trolleys today, according to INMO trolley watch figures. There are 3 patients on trolleys awaiting admission…
  • Jul 01, 2021

    Mayo TD accuses Government of failing to tackle "skyrocketing" childcare costs

    A Mayo TD has accused the Government of failing to tackle skyrocketing childcare costs. In the Programme for Government agreed last year, the coalition announced a series of reforms of the childcare sector, but one year on, not only have childcare fees not…
  • Jul 01, 2021

    Tourism Minister will launch Westport Tourism Survey this evening

    The Tourism Minister Catherine Martin will this evening launch the latest Westport Tourism Survey. "Westport-Where Visitors Feel at Home" - is the title of the report by Fr Michéal MacGréil, which is the latest in a series of tourism surveys conducted in the…
  • Jul 01, 2021

    Working group to be set up to examine reopening indoor hospitality

    Representatives of the hospitality sector said they had a "constructive" meeting with the Taoiseach and Government ministers yesterday, following the decision to delay the reopening of indoor hospitality. A special group is to be formally established before…
  • Jul 01, 2021

    Bank of Ireland warns of unprecedented spike in fraudulent activity

    Bank of Ireland has issued a warning to the public advising extra caution around fraudulent text messages in circulation this week. The bank says there's been a spike in "smishing" -where fraudsters send fake text messages appearing to come from Bank of…