There is no premises in Mayo connected under National Broadband Plan to date, according to Mayo Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway Walsh.

She has expressed deep frustration that Mayo is still waiting for the first home, business or farm  to be connected under the Plan. 

 The deputy has received confirmation from both the Minister and National Broadband Ireland, -the companyset up to deliver the roll-out of broadband, that no home or business has been connected in Mayo and says its alarming that after 18 months not a single premises has been connected.

While Covid was a substantial disruption for many sectors, broadband contractors were classified as essential and allowed to work throughout most of the pandemic. 

Last month, Sinn Féin uncovered that only 4,000 homes nationally are ready for connection in 2021, despite a target of 115,000. This only accounts for 3.4% of the annual target for 2021.

 The deputy has been speaking to Midwest News

 

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  • Dec 02, 2021

    Part 8 planning approved for Westport flood relief scheme

    There's good news for residents in the Cois Abhainn and Ashwood estates in Westport, as a part 8 planning application for the proposed flood relief scheme has been approved this week by local councillors. About 30 houses in the area at risk of flooding, but…
  • Dec 02, 2021

    NPHET meets this morning to consider new restrictions

    The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet this morning to consider recommending more restrictions, due to high Covid case numbers and the worrying new variant. The first Omicron case was confirmed here yesterday, while the five-day moving average of…
  • Dec 02, 2021

    Updated visiting restrictions at Mayo University Hospital

    Mayo University Hospital has updated its guidelines for people visiting the hospital. Visitors will be asked to produce their EU Digital Covid Cert or vaccination record at the entrance, and will also be asked for photo ID to prove the Covid cert is theirs.…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    CMO appeals to people to reduce social contacts over next 2 weeks

    There have been 55 deaths related to Covid-19 in the past week. Meanwhile, the Department of Health has this evening reported 3,793 new cases of Covid-19. 578 people are currently in hospital with the virus, of whom 117 are being treated in intensive care.…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    Mayo TD says changes can still be made to pyrite scheme

    The new pyrite redress scheme announced by Government yesterday falls short of providing 100% compensation for homes impacted by pyrite and mica. That's according to the North Mayo Pyrite Group, who claims homeowners facing demolition and rebuild will still…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    Walk-in vaccination centre in Castlebar for 1st and 2nd doses of a Covid vaccine

    A walk-in vaccination clinic will take place at Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar this Friday evening for people who have not yet receiving their first or second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Anyone aged 12 or over, who've not yet received their first or second…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    Drugs worth over €12,000 seized during search of house in Westport

    Gardai have seized more than €12,000 worth of suspected cannabis herb following a search of a house in Westport yesterday evening. Shortly after 6pm, Gardai attached to the Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit conducted a search of a house in Westport, under warrant.…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    Cold conditions in classrooms more difficult than wearing masks, claims Tuam principal

    From today, primary school pupils from 3rd class upwards are required to wear face masks in school, and can be refused entry if they don't. The measure was only announced yesterday, and the Education Minister Norma Foley says schools will have a few days to…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    Omicron Variant confirmed in the Republic

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of one case of the SARS-CoV-2 Variant B.1.1.529 (Omicron). A review of positive cases arising since 30 September 2021 identified a number of positive SARS-CoV-2 samples found to have S-gene…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    Technical problem disrupted booking HSE PCR tests for a time today

    People were unable to book a Covid-19 PCR test for a time earlier today due to a technical problem with the HSE's website. The health service says the issue affected its book a test portal. However it says the glitch has since been resolved and the system's…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    An Post reminds the public re last dates for Christmas posting

    An Post has issued advice to customers nationwide to send early this festive season, as it’s their busiest time of the year, especially for posting abroad. Millions of Christmas cards and parcels will go through the postal system and be sent to all corners of…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    IE launch its national strategy plan in Ballina this morning

    Iarnród Éireann launched its new national Rail Freight 2040 Strategy in Ballina this morning. The new rail freight strategy outlines strategic initiatives targeted to increase rail freight operations. The new strategy is aligned with Climate Action Plan goals…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    Cut in Wage Subsidy scheme from today is a hammer blow to the hospitality sector

    Cuts to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme take effect today - despite the recent announcements of more restrictions. Many employers will get almost 150 euro less per week to help pay the wages of each staff member. There were subsidies of up to 350 euro a…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    Brother of missing Killala woman again appeals for information on her remains

    The brother of a murdered Mayo woman says finally finding her body would be like winning 19 million euro in the Lotto. Patrick Collins has issued an emotional appeal for information on National Missing Persons Day. There are 876 long-term missing people on…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    2.2 billion pyrite compensation package will leave some homeowners tens of thousands euro out of pocket

    7,500 thousand homes damaged by pyrite or mica are set to be repaired or rebuilt under a new redress scheme approved by Cabinet yesterday. The 100 per cent redress scheme is capped at 420 thousand euro and will include expenses for renting alternative…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    Children from third class up required to wear facemasks in schools from today

    Children in third class and above have to wear masks in school from today onwards. Schools will be entitled to refuse to allow students into class who fail to comply, with the exception of children with medical certs indicating why they cannot comply. The…
  • Dec 01, 2021

    17 percent more covid cases reported in the Republic last month than last January

    Nearly 123,000 Covid cases were reported last month - which is 17 per cent more than the previous peak in January. The government fears a further spike due to the Omicron variant - leading to more restrictions. From Friday, people arriving into Irish ports…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    5,471 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed this evening

    5,471 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening. There are currently 579 Covid patients being treated in hospitals, with 122 of these patients in ICU. The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has again stressed the sharp increase in virus rates…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Mandatory face masks from tomorrow for children in 3rd class upwards

    The Taoiseach Michéal Martin says the numbers of Covid cases in 5 to 11 year olds have gone through the roof. The Government decided earlier that children over the age of nine will have to wear masks in school, shops and on public transport. Children in third…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Housing Minister confirms 100% pyrite redress scheme

    The Government has agreed a 100% redress scheme for homes impacted by pyrite and mica damage. Hundreds of homes across Mayo are severely damaged by the defective building blocks, with many facing total demolition and rebuild. The Cabinet has today agreed a…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Tesco to buy ten Joyce's Supermarkets in Galway

    Tesco Ireland has announced a deal to buy ten Joyce's Supermarkets retail stores in Galway for an undisclosed sum. The supermarkets currently operate under the Joyce family's independent brand and will be rebranded and designed as Tesco stores during 2022 on…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Negative Covid test needed to fly into Ireland from this Friday

    From this Friday, a negative PCR or professionally-carried out antigen test will be needed to fly into Ireland. The Cabinet has been agreeing updated travel advice amid fears around the new Omicron variant. There will be further advice for people to reduce…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Private hospitals need to provide extra beds during pandemic, says INMO

    A nursing union is calling for private hospitals to be utilised and provide extra bed capacity to help tackle hospital overcrowding. During the past month, there were over 8,300 patients on hospital trolleys across the country - a 110% increase on the…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Mayo & Leitrim currently have lowest 7-day Covid incidence rates

    There are currently 579 Covid-19 patients in hospitals across the country - that number is unchanged over the last 24 hours. 115 of these patients are in intensive care. Hospitals in Dublin and Limerick are treating the highest number of Covid-positive…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Roscommon TD tables motion to stop privatisation of local employment services

    Sinn Fein TD Claire Kerrane will bring forward a motion in the Dail later aimed at protecting local employment service jobs from privatisation. The Roscommon Deputy says there are nine local employment services in Mayo, with job clubs in Foxford and…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Taoiseach urges everyone to cut back on "socialising"

    The Taoiseach says everyone, including children, will be asked not to socialise as much as planned over the next two weeks. Public health officials are warning there's a high incidence of Covid-19 among 5 to 11 year olds and their parents. New guidelines are…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    CCTV was out of order when a man was assaulted on the Westport Greenway at the weekend

    CCTV along the Greenway in Westport wasn’t working on Saturday evening last when a young man was assaulted and robbed, according to Westport councillor Christy Hyland. The councillor told yesterday’s Budget meeting of Mayo County Council that the camera was…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Green light for extension to Colaiste Muire, Tourmakeady

    Approval has been given to proceed to tender for a Mayo school under the Additional School Accommodation Scheme from the Dept of Education. Coláiste Muire in Tourmakeady is set to get two general classrooms and a WC for assisted users. Other works include a…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    NUIG hosted the first public musical performance assessment in its 176-year history

    Final year NUI Galway Music students Rachel Reed, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, Laura Heneghan Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, Róisín Seoighe, Ros an Mhíl, Co. Galway, Eimear Cowman, Béal an Mhuirthead, Co. Mayo, and David Love, Cill Charthaigh, Co. Donegal. The Quadrangle at…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Protest by INMO planned for today at SUH has been withdrawn

    The planned protest today by INMO nurses at Sligo University Hospital has been withdrawn. Management at the hospital agreed to an assessment of staffing requirements which will be undertaken by a clinical lead in emergency nursing. There will also be an…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Councillor disappointed at failure to develop a policy plan for campervan accommodation

    The failure of Mayo County Council to develop a policy plan and facilities around the accommodation of campervans throughout the county is disappointing and frustrating, according to Westport Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn. The councillor raised the matter…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Eirgrid to give update in Swinford on North Connacht 110kV power line

    EirGrid representatives will be in the Cultural Centre in Swinford today (Tuesday) and again tomorrow (Wed) to brief members of the public on progress with the development of the North Connacht 100kV power line. The project, which will run underground between…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Revised Pyrite redress scheme due to be brought before Cabinet

    A revised Pyrite redress scheme will be brought before Cabinet this morning. The scheme will cover 100% of the costs of rebuilding work up to a cap of € 420,000, and will also include a ten-thousand euro rental accommodation allowance. Housing Minister…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Cabinet to consider NPHET recommendations this morning

    Cabinet ministers will decide this morning whether everyone coming into Ireland should need to have a negative Covid test. Public Health officials made the advice last night after updating Government party leaders on the Omicron variant. Last night CMO Dr…
  • Nov 30, 2021

    Eight charged in connection with Tuam graveyard altercation

    Eight people have been before a special sitting of Tuam District Court, to face charges in connection with an altercation at a graveyard in the town last September. The seven men and one woman were brought to court from a number of garda stations around Co…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Number of new Covid cases remains high

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 4,607 confirmed cases of COVID-19.As of 8am today, 579 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 115 are in ICU. Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health says:“Our high…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    500,000 Covid-19 vaccines donated by Ireland arrive in Nigeria

    A consignment of 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines donated by Ireland arrived in Nigeria today. This is the first consignment of vaccines donated by Ireland through the COVAX facility. The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, noted that this is Ireland’s second…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Public view sought on an All Island Strategic Rail Review

    A public consultation process is under way on an All Island Strategic Rail Review. Ministers from both sides of the border announced the move today. Transport Minister Eamon Ryan says they want to hear views on how rail can support social and economic…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Eight people charged today in connection with a violent disorder incident at a Galway cemetery two months ago

    Gardaí have charged eight people arrested today in connection with a violent disorder incident at a Galway cemetery two months ago. The seven males and one female are due to appear before a sitting of Tuam District Court at 5.30pm this evening. The incident…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    "It's likely" new Covid variant is in Ireland, according to Minister

    The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said "it’s likely" that the new Covid variant is in Ireland. Speaking on the national broadcaster today the Minister stated "I think it is likely at this point that we will be identifying cases here in the coming…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Used electric cars sales growth is highest in Mayo, Galway and Sligo

    The price of a used electric car is 57 per cent higher than an average petrol car, and 26 per cent higher than a diesel one. That's according to website Carzone, which says interest in electric vehicles has increased significantly in Ireland. The biggest…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    880,000 euro funding for three Roscommon outdoor activity projects

    €880,000 has been allocated for three outdoor recreation projects county Roscommon today, in Ballyleague, Ballintubber/Ballymoe and Arigna. The Ballyleague project is to receive €200,000 to help bring together a range of recent investments in the area in…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    €450,000 in funding for outdoor recreation projects in Mayo

    €450,000 of funding has been announced for Mayo under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. The funding will be used for developing existing projects, as well as progressing new recreational infrastructure. €200,000 has been allocated to support a new…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Mayo Pyrite homeowner hits out at redress scheme leaks

    The Pyrite redress scheme, as it is reportedly set out, is not satisfactory. That’s according to Martina Hegarty, spokesperson for the North Mayo Pyrite Group. The Crossmolina woman says pyrite affected homeowners across Mayo were disappointed to first learn…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Eight arrested in connection with violent disorder at Galway cemetery

    Eight people have been arrested in connection with violent disorder at a Galway cemetery two months ago. The incident happened at Tuam Cemetery on September 22nd. Seven men aged between their mid-20s and mid-50s, as well as a woman in her 20s, were arrested…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Gardai investigate an assault and robbery of a young man at the weekend on the Westport Greenway

    A man was assaulted and robbed in an incident that occurred in Westport at the weekend. Gardaí are investigating the incident that occurred on the Greenway in the Westport area on Saturday night. A young man was attacked by a group of people and had money…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Gardai investigating an arson attack in Galway city yesterday morning

    Gardaí are investigating an incident that occurred in Galway city in the early hours of yesterday morning. Two vehicles were destroyed in what appears to be an arson attack at the Carn Ard estate on the west side of Galway city. The incident occurred at…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    436,000 euro announced for outdoor activity projects in county Sligo today

    Three outdoor projects in Co. Sligo have received funding today. €118,800 has been allocated to Muckelty Hill just outside Tubbercurry, for a Trail Project Development of a 1.5km trail, providing safe access to summit views and heritage sites and trailhead…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Government scraps plans for subsidised antigen testing

    The Government has scrapped plans for subsidised antigen testing. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly told RTÉ the market had already intervened to reduce the cost of the tests for people. It comes as NPHET officials will meet the coalition party leaders tonight…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    750,000 euro in funding for three outdoor adventure projects in East Galway

    €750,000 in funding has been allocated to three projects in Galway East. Portumna Blueway Wayfinding Sculpture Park has received just under a half a million euro to develop a multi-use shared 2.4k leisure route (Blueway) information, directional and safety…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Pop-up Covid-19 test centre open in Tuam

    A pop up Covid-19 test centre has opened in Tuam this morning. The centre will be based at Tuam Stadium and will be open today and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm All requests for COVID-19 tests will be by appointment only via the self-referral online portal. You…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Decrease in Covid-positive patients at hospitals across the region

    The number of Covid patients in hospital has dropped by 16 per cent over the past week. It now stands at 578 - compared to 685 last Monday. Today's figure is up 12 from yesterday, but there were very few discharges over the weekend. There are 22 patients with…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Iarnród Éireann to launch new rail freight strategy in Ballina

    Iarnród Éireann will launch the company’s new national Rail Freight 2040 Strategy in Ballina on Wednesday. The new rail freight strategy will outline strategic initiatives under five pillars which are targeted to increase rail freight operations five-fold.…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Mayo Pyrite homeowners to brief European Parliament this week

    Two homeowners from Mayo will brief members of the European Parliament in Brussels on Ireland’s defective concrete blocks crisis on Wednesday. The delegation will include two Mayo pyrite victims – Loren Devers and Julie Tracey – along with counterparts from…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Visitors to hospitals will require proof of vaccination or immunity from today

    People visiting hospitals from today onwards must show proof of vaccination or immunity from Covid-19. Previously, people were only asked to avoid the hospital if they were positive for the virus or had symptoms. The official policy will see visitors asked to…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    New antigen testing programme introduced for primary school children

    A new antigen testing programme for primary school children's to introduced from today. Parents will receive the tests where another child in their pod is Covid positive or if there has been two or more cases in a class within a week. Student teachers are…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Coalition leaders to discuss new Covid variant with NPHET later

    Coalition party leaders are set to meet NPHET officials later to discuss the new Covid variant. Regulations on new travel and home quarantine policies are being drawn up. It's expected NPHET will meet today to hear the latest from its Epidemiological…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Emergency services locate two people reported missing in Mayo

    Emergency services were called to assist in locating two people reported missing in the Achill area yesterday evening. Achill Island Coast Guard were tasked to the search along with the National Ambulance Service and Gardaí shortly after 7:15pm last night. A…
  • Nov 29, 2021

    Mayo and Leitrim had some of the lowest imprisonment rates last year

    Longford, Limerick and Dublin are the most law-breaking counties in Ireland. They had the biggest numbers of people jailed last year, per capita. Mayo and Leitrim had among the lowest rates of imprisonment in the country. Last year just under 5,300 people…
  • Nov 28, 2021

    Mayo North Tourism launches 2022 membership drive

    Mayo North Tourism has launched its 2022 membership drive, with businesses of all types from Ballina and the surrounding areas encouraged to contribute towards a marketing and promotion fund for North Mayo, as the local tourism industry looks towards recovery…
  • Nov 28, 2021

    Failte Ireland launches plan to sustain tourism in West Mayo

    Fáilte Ireland has launched a new plan that is aimed at driving and sustaining tourism in West Mayo area. The Clew Bay Destination and Experience Development Plan’s goal is to extend the tourism season and spread business across all parts of the region over…
  • Nov 28, 2021

    Leading South African GP says travel restrictions in response to new variant are not justified

    The chair of the South African Medical Association says travel restrictions in response to the new Covid variant are not justified. On Friday the EU recommended additional rules for passengers arriving from southern Africa and other countries affected by the…
  • Nov 28, 2021

    New poll shows little support for a new flag or anthem in a United Ireland

    A new poll has revealed that 6 out of 10 people in the Republic would opt for a United Ireland if a vote was held today. But the poll in the Business Post shows a large majority of people would be unwilling to pay more taxes, change the flag or the national…
  • Nov 28, 2021

    Over 400 homes without power in West Sligo

    Over 440 premises are without power in Enniscrone this afternoon, according to the ESB Powercheck App. The fault was reported at approximately 12:15pm and follows the restoration of power to close around 200 homes in the area this morning. It's expected that…
  • Nov 28, 2021

    Over 3,700 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has reported 3,735 new cases of Covid-19. 566 people are currently in hospital with the virus - an increase of 30 on yesterday's figure. 117 people are being treated in ICU, a decrease of 1 on yesterday. The figures come as officials…
  • Nov 28, 2021

    Power outage in Enniscrone this morning

    There is close to 200 ESB customers without power this morning in the Enniscrone area. ESB say they are working to repair the fault and hope to have it restored by 12 noon today.
  • Nov 28, 2021

    Mica homeowners set to get a 100% grant for remediation works

    Mica-affected homeowners are set to get a 100pc grant for remediation works, up to 420,000 euro. The fresh proposals are detailed in the Sunday Independent, and the plan would cost the state about 2.2billion euro. The paper reports Minister Darragh O'Brien's…
  • Nov 28, 2021

    Concern over new variant

    Vaccinations remain our best defence against infection with Covid-19 according to a Health Systems Professor at DCU. Anthony Staines says the world was warned that unless vaccinations were provided to poorer countries, dangerous mutations would occur. He was…
  • Nov 27, 2021

    LISTEN: Moycullen woman cannot return home from South Africa following cancellation of flights

    The Department of Foreign Affairs says it stands ready to provide consular assistance to Irish citizens stranded in Southern Africa. Andrea Manning is a British citizen who has been living in Moycullen in County Galway for over ten years. She made the journey…
  • Nov 27, 2021

    Gardaí appeal for witnesses to burglary in South Mayo

    Gardaí are investigating a burglary that occurred at a property in Hollymount yesterday morning. It is understood that the incident occurred between 8.30am and 11.30am. No arrests have been made to date. Investigations are ongoing. No arrests have been made…
  • Nov 27, 2021

    Two cases of the Omicron variant detected in the UK

    Two cases of the new variant of coronavirus have been discovered in the UK. Health Secretary Sajid Javid also says four more countries in Africa have been added to Britain's travel red list. They include Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola. Mr Javid gave…
  • Nov 27, 2021

    Archbishop of Tuam pays tributes following the passing of two priests that served the Archdiocese

    The Archdiocese of Tuam is saddened at the loss of two priests who are being laid to rest this weekend. That’s according to the Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary, who has been paying tributes following the passing of Fr Patrick O’Brien and SMA priest Father…
  • Nov 27, 2021

    Over 4,700 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has reported an additional 4,791 cases of Covid 19 today. There's currently 536 patients in hospital, a drop of 35 on yesterday's figures. While 118 patients are receiving treatment in ICU, there's no change on yesterday's figure.
  • Nov 27, 2021

    Storm Arwen causes electricity outages across the region

    Northern counties could see a dusting of snow on high ground today. Storm Arwen's brought high winds and frosty air - with Mayo, Sligo and Donegal among the counties worst affected. A number of homes are without power across the region as the high winds…
  • Nov 27, 2021

    Gardaí attend scene of a single vehicle crash in Roscommon

    Gardaí attended the scene of a single vehicle collision on the Loughlynn to Castlerea road this morning. The crash occurred along the R325 at approximately 8am. No injuries were reported during the course of the incident. Midwest News understands that the…
  • Nov 27, 2021

    Fire crews tackle blaze at former hotel in Knock

    Gardaí and local fire crews are currently at the scene of a fire at the former Belmont Hotel in Knock. Authorities were alerted to the incident at 7am this morning after a member of the public raised the alarm. Midwest News understands that the blaze is under…
  • Nov 27, 2021

    The Green Party Convention takes place later

    The Green Party Convention is being fully live-streamed today as the party celebrates 40 years in Ireland. It's also marking another key milestone, with the introduction of the most ambitious Climate Action plan in the history of the State. Minister of State…
  • Nov 27, 2021

    Consultant stresses importance of over 60's and immunocompromised coming forward for boosters

    A consultant thinks it's important anyone over 60 or those with impaired immunity come forward to get a booster appointment. Over 666,000 boosters have been given out so far, to over-60s, healthcare workers and those with compromised immune systems. It comes…
  • Nov 27, 2021

    Pfizer insists it can adapt it's vaccine within 100 days if the Omicron variant spreads

    Pfizer and BioNTech is among the vaccine manufacturers insisting they'll be able to quickly adapt their jabs within 100 days if the Omicron variant spreads. Data suggests the new strain - first identified in South Africa - brings an increased risk of…
  • Nov 27, 2021

    People advised to avoid travel to seven African countries

    People are being advised to avoid travel to seven countries in southern Africa - and Irish residents already there, are being told to come home. It's after the World Health Organisation declared the new Covid strain 'Omicron' a 'variant of concern'. The…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Hotel quarantine will be used to tackle new Covid varient

    The World Health Organisation has classified the new covid strain from Southern Africa as a 'variant of concern'.It says this strain which has been named 'Omicron' has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning.It says preliminary evidence…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Over 4,600 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    4,620 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening. 571 patients are in hospital with the virus, with 118 in intensive care.
  • Nov 26, 2021

    School buses for second level are returning to 100% capacity

    School buses for second level students are returning to 100 per cent capacity. Bus Éireann says other measures to prevent the spread of the virus will remain, including pre-assigned seating and mask-wearing. School transport for post-primary level has been…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Funeral arrangements announced for former District Court Judge from Roscommon

    Funeral arrangements have been announced for former District Court Judge John Neilan Junior. The Roscommon town native served on the Midlands Circuit for many years before his retirement in 2010. He practiced as a solicitor in Roscommon town before being…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    North Mayo teen wins Connacht Young Carer of the Year

    A north Mayo teenager has been named as the Netwatch Connacht Young Carer of the Year at an awards ceremony held in The Westin Hotel in Dublin yesterday. 13-year-old Zoe Gilmartin from Bonniconlon received the prestigious recognition for going above and…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    18,000 euro of drugs seized by Gardai in the Loughrea area last night

    €18 thousand worth of cocaine and cannabis was seized near Loughrea, last night. Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit assisted by the Western Regional Support Unit stopped a vehicle travelling on the M6 near Loughrea shortly before 7.30pm…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    20 million euro revamp planned for Pennys, Eyre Square

    700 jobs have been announced as part of plans to expand and redevelop Penneys stores. The fashion retailer is investing 250 million euro over the next decade. Penneys has announced it's to create 600 jobs in its stores across the country, over the next 3…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Walk-in booster clinics in Mayo this weekend for Healthcare Workers and Over 60s

    The Mayo Vaccination Centre at Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar will be holding walk-in booster vaccination clinics at specific times over the coming days for healthcare workers and people aged 60 to 69 who have reached an interval of at least 152 days since…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    National award for Mayo School

    Sancta Maria College in Louisburgh have won the Erasmus+ Schools Week video competition. Coordinated by Léargas, Erasmus+ Schools Week takes place from 22nd to 26th November. The week celebrates all primary and post-primary schools involved in Erasmus+ by…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Status Yellow wind warning comes into effect this afternoon for Mayo & Sligo

    Snow is expected to fall in parts of the country today due to Storm Arwen. There will also be strong winds, with yellow wind warnings for Mayo, Sligo and Donegal from 3pm. It will bring winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour and there's a possibility of…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Storytelling events get underway at the National Museum of Ireland today

    What’s the Scéal? is a series of storytelling events that celebrates this ancient tradition and seeks to highlight the role of storytellers in Ireland today. To this end the National Museum of Ireland and Poetry Ireland are delighted to once again partner up…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Covid Booster rollout has been expanded

    The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has recommended Covid booster vaccines for everyone over the age of 16. The rollout will start with pregnant women and then descend by age, starting with those aged 40 to 49 before continuing to the 16-39 cohort.…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Christmas Lights will be switched on this evening in Castlebar

    The Christmas lights in Mayo’s County town will be officially switched on this evening. The lights will be turned on by the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Martin McLoughlin on Market Square in Castlebar this evening at 5pm. The public are reminded that…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    RNLI urges public to be careful around water in Storm Arwen

    The RNLI is urging people to take extra care over the coming days as strong winds and large seas are expected during Storm Arwen. With high winds and large seas anticipated today and tomorrow, the RNLI is urging people to exercise extreme caution if visiting…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Drugs seizure in Roscommon

    Gardaí in Roscommon have seized €8,000 worth of suspected cocaine and cannabis herb under Operation Tara following a search in Athleague Co Roscommon yesterday. Two men, one in his mid- 50s and the other in his late 20s, were arrested at scene and have since…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Westport has the highest rate of Covid in the County

    Westport has the highest incidence rate of Covid-19 in Mayo. A total of 282 cases was confirmed in the Westport Electoral area from November 9th until November 22nd leaving it with an incidence rate of 1534.4. There were for 416 cases during this period in…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    WHO meeting today to assess the significance of the new Covid 19 variant

    The Department of Health has, in recent days, been monitoring the emergence of a new variant (B.1.1.529), of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This variant has been identified in a number of countries in southern Africa and in Hong Kong. The World…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Village Enhancement Scheme to take place in South Mayo village

    Mayo County Council have committed to carrying out a village Enhancement Scheme in the village of Cross. That's according to Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan, who says council management and architects will proceed with the project once a similar one is…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Strong winds & snow expected in parts of Mayo today

    Strong winds and snow are on the cards in parts of the country today due to Storm Arwen. Met Eireann's issued status yellow wind warnings for Donegal, Sligo and Mayo which kick in at 3pm. Alan O'Reilly from Carlow Weather says it's going to be cold.
  • Nov 26, 2021

    NPHET advises masks for those aged nine and over

    Children over the age of nine are to be asked to wear masks in school, in shops and on public transport. NPHET has also advised against indoor community gatherings for under 12s. NPHET has recommended against sleepovers, indoor playdates, pantos, nativity…
  • Nov 26, 2021

    Number of Covid patients in hospital has dropped by 10% in the past week

    The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 has dropped by roughly 10 percent in the past week. 556 people were in public hospitals with the virus last night, down from 611 at the same stage last Thursday. It comes as a further 4,764 new cases have been…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Latest Covid-19 figures released

    4,764 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening. 598 patients are in hospital with the virus - down 13 from yesterday - while the ICU figure is down six, to 126. The chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, says the incidence of Covid-19 remains…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Nearly 6,000 Healthcare staff absent from work due to Covid-19

    Almost 6,000 HSE staff are absent from work due to Covid-19. The Executive says it's a big concern for the health service, and they haven't seen this level of absence since late January. Chief executive Paul Reid has said it's obvious people are responding to…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Status Yellow wind warning issued for Mayo

    There is a chance of some snow in parts of the country tomorrow as Storm Arwen hits Ireland. Status yellow warnings come into effect for Donegal, Mayo and Sligo at 3pm tomorrow. Met Eireann says gusts of up to 110 kilometres an hour can be expected.
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Gardai out in force from this weekend to combat drink driving

    Almost 4,500 drivers have been arrested for drink driving so far this year, with some found to be four times over the legal limit. Gardai and the RSA are encouraging drivers to act responsibly this Christmas and New Year as part of their annual road safety…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Walk-in Covid booster centres to open in the coming days

    Walk-in Covid vaccination centres for booster jabs will open in the coming days. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says they'll be for healthcare workers and people aged between 60 and 69. Over 666,000 people have received a booster or third dose so far.…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    National award for Mayo Leisure Facility

    Ireland Active, the National Health and Leisure Body, has awarded the Leisure Complex at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar the highest possible National Quality Standard Award for the second year in a row. The Outstanding Standard Award is the result of a thorough…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    The average age of those who died was 63

    18 people died from Covid-19 in the week that ended on Tuesday. This includes only patients who actually passed away during this period. The average age of those who died was 63. Separate figures show 52 per cent of Covid deaths since April have been among…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Roscommon Injury Unit could be an alternative to a hospital ED

    As winter takes hold Roscommon University Hospital is reminding people that their Injury Unit is open every day of the year to treat a wide range of injuries which are non-life or limb threatening, as an alternative to visiting an emergency department. The…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    EMA gives green light for Covid vaccine for children

    The European Medicines Agency has approved a Covid-19 vaccine for children. It's given the green light to Pfizer to allow reduced doses in 5 to 11 year olds. The National Immunisation Advisory Committee will now consider the decision for Ireland.
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Digital Ballinrobe group set up and working on ideas

    Six working groups comprising of 18 volunteers have been established to progress the newly founded Digital Ballinrobe organisation, which aims to help the town to capitalise on the unique post Covid-19 economic opportunities presented by digitalisation and…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Research indicates the risk of Covid infection is high for people who have just two doses of Pfizer vaccine

    Experts who have been tracking the effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have found that the risk of Covid infection increases the longer it is since people had a second dose. The study backs up the need for booster doses to prevent people suffering…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Fishing Permit abolished on the River Suck

    The need for a permit to fish on the River Suck has been abolished. It’s very welcome news, according to Roscommon County Councillor, Anthony Waldron. The Ballintubber-based Councillor had been to the fore in a campaign to have the 45 euro permit abolished on…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Drop in Covid positive patients in hospitals nationally today

    The number of Covid patients in hospitals nationally has dropped below 600 for the first time in 11 days. The figure has fallen to 598 this morning - which is 13 less than yesterday. 66 Covid patients are in the Mater Hospital in Dublin - the highest in the…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Christmas and New Year Road Safety Campaign Launched today

    The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána have called on drivers to act responsibly and to not be tempted to drink and drive this Christmas and New Year period. This year’s Christmas and New Year road safety appeal was launched at An Garda…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Enumerators can earn 3,200 euro working part-time.

    The hunt is on to recruit over 5,000 enumerators for Census 2022. They're needed to work for 10 weeks next year delivering and collecting around 2.2 million forms from every home in the country. Enumerators can earn € 3,200 working part time, visiting around…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Mary Robinson to be honoured at this evening's 2021 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

    Former President, Ballina native Mary Robinson is to be honoured at this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which take place this evening. Ms Robinson has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s special recognition award for “her dedication to…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Deputy Calleary makes strong case for extra support packages for hospitality and entertainment sectors due to recent Covid restrictions

    The hospitality industry is taking the brunt of the latest Covid 19 restrictions, with many restaurants and hotels experiencing record cancellations over the past week. Mayo Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary raised the plight of the industry in the Dail. He…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    EMA meet today to discuss authorising Covid vaccine for 5-11 year olds

    The European Medicines Agency's meeting today to discuss authorising the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children ages five to 11. However it's unclear if a decision on its use will be made today. The US began rolling out the vaccine for young children…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Nearly one in every hundred children tested positive for Covid-19 last week

    NPHET will consider whether children should wear masks in primary schools when it meets later this morning. It comes as nearly one in every hundred children tested positive for Covid-19 last week. 5,375 contracted the virus, according to the latest Health…
  • Nov 25, 2021

    Mayo building listed by An Taisce as one of the country's 10 Most-at-Risk Buildings

    An Taisce has assembled for the fifth time what it determines to be the country’s Top 10 Most-at-Risk Buildings. The only building in Connaught listed is Castle MacGarret, Claremorris, county Mayo An Taisce say they are all buildings of importance, both…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    43 deaths of people in the Republic with Covid 19 in the past week

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3,893 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 611 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 132 are in ICU. There has been a total of 5,652 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    The Minister says the revised scheme will go before Cabinet on Tuesday next

    The Housing Minister says work on the Mica redress scheme is almost finished, and he hopes to bring it to cabinet next week. Ministers were due to consider proposals yesterday for compensating homeowners affected by the defective blocks. But it was delayed…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    Nationally a thousand elective surgeries have been cancelled to deal with the fourth wave of Covid

    The HSE's winter plan will see hospital admissions avoided unless absolutely necessary. In the past month, a thousand elective surgeries have been cancelled as hospitals deal with a fourth Covid surge. Head of the HSE, Paul Reid, told an Oireachtas committee…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    Tributes paid at the funeral Mass today of Mayo pilot who died in Mexico

    Mourners at the funeral Mass today (Wednesday) for Ambrose Blaine, the Mayo pilot who died in a biking accident in Mexico earlier this month were told of the loss of “a man with a huge heart, a madman, a loveable rogue who lived his life on high octane”. Anne…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    Public Health Specialist outlines when a PCR rather than antigen test is required

    As covid numbers continue to surge, and people tend to acquire general cold and flu symptoms over the winter months, it becomes increasingly difficult for people to know what they should do on any given day that they feel a bit of a head cold , a sore throat…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    The death has occurred of a former Mayo county councillor

    The death has taken place of former Mayo county councillor Jimmy Glacken, of Carracrum, Bonniconlon. He was co-opted on to Mayo County Council and served as a Fianna Fail councillor from 1987 to 1991. He was known as a voice for his community, the farming…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    Sligo/Mayo INTO Rep welcomes new measures introduced in schools

    Antigen testing will be introduced in schools on Monday, the Education Minister has confirmed. Norma Foley says it'll be operational from the 29th, and guidance will be made available to schools and parents this week. Meanwhile unions and the department are…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    Think before you click this Black Friday

    Given that consumers have become more comfortable shopping online and given rising COVID-19 numbers, the world wide web will continue to be our favoured shopping destination this year. It’s important, however, to stay safe online and know your consumer rights…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    Boosters for over 50s won't start to be administered until the end of the year

    Boosters for the over 50s won't start to be administered until the end of year. The HSE says boosters for the medically vulnerable will be completed first. Boosters for the over 50s were given the green light over a week ago. Head of the HSE's vaccination and…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    Roscommon Deputy calls for stricter measures to be imposed on sex offenders

    Sex offenders should be denied the right to be forgotten, that’s the strong view of Roscommon / Galway deputy Denis Naughten. He has called on the Government to update the law to ensure that sex offenders cannot erase their past offences either online or by…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    No further Covid restrictions to be imposed this week

    No further Covid restrictions will be imposed by the Government this week, as Ministers and public health officials wait until at least the end of next week before deciding if further measures are required to tackle the fourth wave. The Irish Times reports…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    New measures to tackle school Covid staffing shortage

    A union representing primary school teachers says students are putting on the 'green jersey' by stepping in as substitutes during the Covid-19 crisis. It's expected that around 4-thousand teaching students will serve as subs in primary schools starting as…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    Mayo author wins Novel of the Year

    The winners of the An Post Irish Book Awards 2021 have been revealed. 'Beautiful World, Where Are You' by Mayo writer Sally Rooney was voted Novel of the Year. Aisling and the City, by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, was awarded Popular Fiction Book of the…
  • Nov 24, 2021

    Head of HSE due before Oireachtas Health Committee this morning

    The head of the HSE is due before the Oireachtas Health Committee this morning to address capacity issues in the health system this winter. CEO Paul Reid is expected to tell politicians the massive increase of Covid-19 is compounding the pressure already on…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Covid case numbers remain high this evening

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3,666 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 638 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 130 are in ICU. Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Changes may be made to final year exams to allow trainee teachers into sub in classrooms

    Final-year exams may be brought forward to allow trainee teachers to take on urgent substitution roles in schools. Teacher training colleges discussed this possibility with Education Minister Norma Foley this afternoon. It comes as hundreds of teachers are…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Sinn Fein motion in the Dail tonight calls for changes to Mother and Baby Home Redress Scheme

    Sinn Féin is bringing a cross-party motion before the Dáil this evening, calling for the recent redress scheme for Mother and Baby Home survivors to be changed. Mayo Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway Walsh says it’s time to respect Mother and Baby Homes survivors…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Saolta Chief issues stark warning re Covid pressures on hospitals in the region

    The Chief Executive of Saolta,Tony Canavan told councillors at this afternoon’s virtual meeting of the West Regional Health Forum that Covid-19 cases are expected to climb during the rest of this month and into December. “We are concerned within the health…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Youth advised to register to vote by Thursday

    Young people are being urged to register to vote ahead of Thursday's deadline. The National Youth Council says over 126,000 people have come of age since the last general election last year. It's calling on those people to sign up before another ballot is…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Close to 600,000 Covid booster jabs given nationally

    A total of 598 thousand Covid booster doses have been administered, as of yesterday. Over 160 thousand were administered last week, but there are calls for the campaign to be ramped up. At the peak of the vaccine roll out, 390 thousand vaccines were issued in…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    €22,000 seized in CAB Operation across Galway and Limerick

    22,000 euro in cash has been seized in a CAB operation across Galway and Limerick this morning. Six homes were searched along with one business. An Audi was seized, as well as designer goods and over 4-thousand pound sterling. The search operation targeted an…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Call for West of Ireland Passport Office to be established in Mayo

    A Passport Office is urgently needed to service people across the West of Ireland. That’s the view of Fine Gael TD Michael Ring, who has called for an office to be set up in County Mayo. The Westport-based Deputy has again called on the Department of Foreign…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Mayo homeowners fear further delays on pyrite redress scheme

    There are fears that a Cabinet memo on the defective blocks redress scheme could be pushed back until as late as December. That’s according to the spokesperson for the North Mayo Pyrite Group Barbara Clinton, who has questioned why Government haven’t had…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Mayo Principal hits out at 'shambolic' antigen testing system

    The way antigen testing is being set up in schools is ‘shambolic’, according to the Principal of Scoil Iosa primary school in Ballyhaunis. Principal Kenneth Dennedy believes that the rapid covid-19 tests should be administered directly to the schools…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Almost 6 million euro for new EU LIFE projects for counties Mayo, Galway and Donegal

    The Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan, has today announced the approval by the European Commission of a new EU LIFE project, LIFE On Machair, worth over €5.7 million in EU funding. With a total budget of €7.4m, the project seeks to improve the…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    New name agreed for TU for the West/Northwest region

    A new name has been agreed for the new Technological University for the West / Northwest region. It will be known as the Atlantic Technological University, and will incorporate Galway-Mayo IT, Sligo and Letterkenny Institutes of Technology. The name has been…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Memo for establishing Commission on Housing to go before Cabinet

    A memo on the establishment of a Commission on Housing will go before the Cabinet this morning. The Commission is expected to be set up before Christmas and will be charged with considering long term housing policy. The wording of a possible referendum on the…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Delay to planned Cabinet memo on subsidising antigen tests

    A planned Cabinet memo on subsidising the cost of antigen tests has been delayed. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly was due to bring the proposals to his Government colleagues this morning. The details of the deal to subsidise the cost of antigen tests were…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Two women arrested in relation to numerous thefts in Sligo Town

    Gardaí were notified about a quantity of property left in a bag on the grounds of Sligo University Hospital at around 3pm yesterday afternoon. It was believed to be stolen from a premises in Sligo Town. Gardai subsequently located and arrested two women on…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    Ballina Dental Practice wins prestigious national award

    A Ballina dental practice has won a national award, for their work in preventing serious dental injuries on the sports field. Dr Paul Dunne and his team at the Ballina Dental Practice won the Colgate Caring Dental Team of the Year award for providing…
  • Nov 23, 2021

    GMIT students can now avail of an anonymous online reporting tool

    Students and staff at all campuses of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology can now use a new anonymous tool to report incidents of bullying, harassment, discrimination, hate crime, assault, stalking or rape. The online tool called "Speak Out" was circulated to…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    Over 5,600 new Covid cases this evening

    The Department of Health has this evening confirmed a further 5,634 cases of Covid-19. There are 684 patients being treated in hospital for the virus - an increase of 16 since yesterday - while 126 of these patients are being treated in ICU.
  • Nov 22, 2021

    Second man charged in relation to Ballymote drugs seizure

    A second man has been charged in connection with the seizure of €208,000 worth of suspected cannabis and the discovery of a growhouse in the Ballymote area of Co Sligo last Saturday. One man appeared before a special sitting of the Carrick-on-Shannon district…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    Village store in Galway Gaeltacht sells winning Lotto ticket

    The National Lottery has revealed the Galway store that sold a €1 million euro winning ticket in Saturday night's Lotto Plus 1 draw. The winner purchased their ticket on Saturday at the Costcutter shop in the village of Bealadangan in the Galway Gaeltacht.…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    Walk-in vaccination centre in Castlebar this evening

    A walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centre will be open in Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar this evening, for anyone aged 12 or over who has not yet received their first vaccine. People waiting for their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine can also attend the walk-in…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    Archbishop Neary ordains three permanent deacons for Tuam Archdiocese

    Three permanent deacons were ordained yesterday for the Archdiocese of Tuam. In his final official engagement as Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary ordained three lay men to the Permanent Diaconate at the refurbished Tuam Cathedral. Cathal Galligan from the…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    Medical evacuation off Inis Meáin last night

    A medical evacuation took place last night off one of the Aran Islands off Co Galway. The volunteer crew of Aran Islands RNLI were asked to launch the all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 8.17pm by the Irish Coast Guard. A resident on the neighbouring Island…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    Roscommon Injury Unit has treated 7,800 patients to date this year

    As hospital emergency departments remain under ongoing pressure, the HSE is reminding the public that the Roscommon Injury Unit is open every day of the year, from 8am to 8pm, to treat a wide range of injuries. The unit has treated 7,800 people to date this…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    IWAK receives over half a million euro in regional airports funding

    Ireland West Airport Knock has been granted just over half a million euro in Regional Airports Programme funding. The announcement was made by Galway West TD and Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton and forms part of €1.6…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    Sinn Fein TD says Mother and Baby Homes redress scheme does not cover all institutions or county homes

    A Sinn Fein TD says The Mother and Baby Homes redress scheme does not cover all the institutions or county homes. Kathleen Funchion says 41 percent of survivors are covered in the redress, but more than half will not be included. She described the situation…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    Cabinet sub-committee meets later to discuss delaying cuts to Covid supports for hospitality sector

    A cabinet sub-committee will meet today to discuss whether to delay cuts to covid supports for hospitality businesses. The industry is complaining of lost revenue due to restrictions, saying limiting open times to midnight will damage trading before…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    IFA warn of further protests if their demands are not heard

    The Irish Farmers Association says 'the clock is ticking' to save the future of the industry in Ireland. It's accused the Government of expecting more and more for less where the climate action plan is concerned. 70 tractors in a convoy drove though Dublin…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    Infectious disease expert 'disappointed' with high number of Covid hospitalisations

    A consultant in infectious diseases says the high number of patients in hospital is 'very disappointing'. RCSI Senior Lecturer Eoghan de Barra says it's 'a very significant strain' on resources and will make life very difficult for the health service. 4,181…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    NUI Galway authorities considering name change for the university

    Authorities at NUI Galway are considering a name change due to poor international recognition. The Irish Times reports "University of Galway" is being considered in a bid to strengthen its identity and status. The college was formerly known as Queen's College…
  • Nov 22, 2021

    Man in critical condition following crash in County Leitrim yesterday

    A man's in a critical condition in hospital after a serious crash in County Leitrim. No other car was involved when it happened close to Dromahair yesterday. This single car collision happened at Fivemilebourne shortly after 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The…
  • Nov 21, 2021

    Man charged in connection with drugs seizure in Sligo

    A man in his 40s has been charged in connection with the seizure of approximately €208,000 of suspected cannabis and the discovery of a growhouse in the Ballymote area of County Sligo on Saturday, 20th November, 2021. This man is expected to appear before a…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Funeral arrangements in place for Mayo pilot who died in Mexico

    The Killala native who died following a road collision in Mexico earlier this week will be laid to rest on Wednesday next. Ambrose Blaine, Rusheens, Killala, is survived by his wife Anne and daughters Aoibhín, Niamh & Anna Rose. The 55 year old pilot was…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Almost 6,000 new cases of Covid 19 reported today

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5,959 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 640 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 121 are in ICU.
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Aggravated burglary last night at a house in county Sligo

    An aggravated burglary occurred at a house in the Tourlestrane area of County Sligolast night (Fri).Sligo gardai say sometime between 7.20pm – 7.45pm, three masked men entered the property. A number of items were taken including jewellery, a handbag with cash…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Temporary closure of Ballaghaderreen Nightclub, as new Covid restrictions hit

    A nightclub in Ballaghadeerreen has closed its doors to patrons because of the current public health guidelines. The Castle Nightclub in Ballaghaderreen has informed customers that it will be closed for an “unforeseeable duration.” Under the new guidelines,…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Galway deputy calls on Minister to expedite legislation to provide a lawful basis for local authorities to use CCTV

    Galway deputy Sean Canney has urged the Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan to expedite legislation to provide a lawful basis for local authorities to use CCTV in detecting and prosecuting illegal dumping. The Minister in reply to a Parliamentary Question…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Dr Cillian de Gascun says the most vulnerable need to be protected

    A member of the National Emergency Team (NPHET) says the group does not want to advise the government to introduce another lockdown. But Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, Dr Cillian de Gascun, says the high transmissibility of the Delta…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Eircom to appeal planning refusal for its 15 metre high monopole overlooking Lough Lannagh

    Eircom Limited is appealing a recent decision by Mayo County Council to refuse planning permission for the company to erect a a 15-metre telecommunications monopole, overlooking Lough Lannagh in Castlebar. The appeal has been lodged to the planning board and…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Average Galway fuel prices among highest nationally, according to latest survey

    Petrol prices have soared to an all time high with fears they could continue to rise. A survey published in the Independent newspaper shows petrol currently costs 1 euro 72 cent per litre on average. Meanwhile a litre of diesel isn't far behind at 1 euro 63…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Flags and bunting in support of Erris teams in county club action taken last night in Bangor

    On this busy weekend of Club championship football in Mayo, flags and bunting in support of both Erris Clubs -Kilcommon and Belmullet, both in county final action, were taken from Bangor last night The culprits have been captured on CCTV and are being advised…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Federation of Early Child Providers say the sector is "on its knees" keeping Covid out

    The Federation of Early Childcare Providers says they're trying to keep Covid out - and keep everybody safe - on a shoestring. They've written to every TD in the country this weekend to highlight their concerns about the sector, and a lack of resources and…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Call to speed up the rollout of the Covid booster vaccine

    The Government's been told to 'speed up' the roll out of booster shots for Covid 19 by an infectious diseases expert. Jack Lambert says Ireland needs to be more proactive and make the booster dose more accessible. 3,138 new Covid cases were confirmed…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    GMIT virtual open day today for prospective students

    GMIT is hosting a virtual open day for prospective students and their families on the CrowdComms platform today (Sat) from 10am for 4pm. The event on https://openday.gmit.ie/ will focus on the range of CAO programmes offered in all five GMIT campuses, as well…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Search continuing for missing Longford teenager that often visits Ballinasloe

    Gardai in Longford are continuing to seek the public's help in finding a 16 year old girl who has gone missing. Louise Little, from Edgeworthstown, was last seen on Tuesday and often visits Ballinasloe in county Galway She's 5ft 4in tall, with a slim build.…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Over 3,100 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health is reporting 3,138 new cases of Covid-19. 643 people are in hospital with the virus, with 118 in ICU. The country's 14-day incidence rate now stands at 1,217 cases per 100,000 people - with Leitrim, Westmeath and Carlow having the…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Covid cases putting severe pressure on hospitals

    Larger hospitals are being told to prioritise urgent and Covid care over the next two weeks. The head of the HSE says rising covid cases are putting hospitals under severe pressure. 643 Covid patients are in hospital today - the highest number since February…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Planning granted for major expansion of Ballina Lab plant

    Planning permission has been granted for an expansion of Ballina based Charles River Laboratories plant, to facilitate the intensification of its operations and the creation of an additional 90 jobs over the next three years. On July 23 last, the company…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    MUH introduce new text message reminder for hospital appointments

    Mayo University Hospital has introduced a text message reminder service for patients who have appointments in the Outpatient and Ambulatory Gynaecology Departments in the hospital. MUH The hospital runs approximately 60,000 outpatient appointments per year…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    The scarcity of substitute teachers in our schools requires immediate and radical action, according to Sligo/ Leitrim deputy

    The scarcity of substitute teachers in our schools at present requires immediate and radical action, according to Sligo/ Leitrim deputy Marian Harkin She says due to the present surge in Covid cases, we need to think outside the box and take some radical…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Fund raising National Pyjama Day today

    Pre-school children across the region are taking part in National Pyjama Day today. The annual event, organised by Early Childhood Ireland, will see families sponsoring both preschool children and school age children to wear their pyjamas to their early years…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Head of the HSE says hospitals are under severe pressure

    The head of the HSE says hospitals are under "severe pressure" with around 20 percent of Covid patients in ICU. The executive is using private hospitals to increase capacity by around 2,800 to 3,000 beds per week. It comes as just 17 adult ICU beds are…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Brother of missing Galway man appeals for help

    The bother of a missing Galway man has appealed for help in tracing his whereabouts. Dunmore native Stephen Cunningham has been missing since November 5th. Stephen is described as being approximately 6' 2" in height with a thin build, blue eyes, sandy/blond…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Community Swabbers needed for Covid testing teams in this region

    As Ireland continues to be impacted by COVID-19, HSE Community Healthcare West are recruiting Community Swabbers for COVID-19 testing teams. This role of Community Swabber is a unique job in the health services and is very much a vital role in the responsive…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    100,000 fewer BreastCheck screenings last year compared to 2019

    Data released by the HSE to the Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín shows that over 100,000 fewer women were screened for breast cancer in 2020 than were screened in 2019. Deputy Tóibín has called for urgent investments to make up for the pandemic shortfalls. The HSE…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Belmullet continues to have the lowest incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country

    Belmullet continues to have the lowest incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country. The Belmullet area has a 14-day incidence of 318 per 100,000, which is up from 198 last week. 40 cases of coronavirus were recorded between November 2nd and 15th. Westport is…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Working from home resumes today to help curb Covid spread

    People are being asked to revert to working from home from today, unless it's necessary. It's a complete reversal of the rules that were relaxed in September. But the Government's being warned it may not have the desired effect on Covid-19 case numbers. Neil…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Gardai renew appeal for help in tracing missing Galway man

    Gardaí are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 32 year old Stephen Cunningham who is missing from Ballybrit, Galway. Stephen is described as being approximately 6' 2" in height with a thin build, blue eyes, sandy/blond hair and may…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    118 Covid patients are in ICUs this evening.

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 4,650 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 643 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 118 are in ICU. Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Challenge to licence for Dublin pub run by Mayo native

    Pantibar, one of the country's best known gay venues, is facing a challenge to its pub licence from local residents. The bar, run by Ballinrobe native, Rory O'Neill, AKA Panti Bliss, on Dublin's Capel Street has become iconic among the LGBTQ+ community.…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Higher hospitalisations with Covid than in any previous wave of the virus

    19 per cent of Covid hospitalisations are requiring ICU treatment - compared with around 10 per cent in January. The HSE says the virus is currently having a higher impact on the health system than at any other time during the pandemic. 38 per cent of…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Antigen testing in primary schools on or before the end of the month

    Antigen testing for asymptomatic close contacts will begin in primary schools on or before November 29th. The Education and Health Ministers announced the move today. Tests will be made available to children in a primary school pod, where a child in the pod…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Mature Road Users Information Day next week postponed due to Covid restrictions

    Following recent changes in public health advice, the Mature Road Users Information Day, which was to take place in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar on Tuesday next, November 23rd 2021 is being postponed to Spring 2022. It is intended to re-schedule this…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Ballina late bar owner says earlier closing time was needed in order to curb the rise of the virus

    A nightclub owner in Ballina believes the Government had no choice but to bring in the new measures. A midnight curfew for restaurants, bars and nightclubs comes into force later today. The measure has been brought in to try curb the recent spike in Covid-19…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Westport based software company expanding its workforce

    Payslip, a tech company that harmonizes global payroll operations for multinational companies, with its headquarters in Westport, is looking to increase its workforce by 75 over the next year. Payslip has seen a surge in demand for hybrid workforces as a…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    HSE West advise - Covid 19 tests by appointment only

    HSE Community Healthcare West is advising members of the public requiring a COVID-19 test that all requests for COVID-19 tests are by appointment only via the self-referral online portal https://covid19test.healthservice.ie/hse-self-referral/, and GP…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Tuam woman named Galway Carer of The Year

    Martina Hynes from Tuam has been namerd as the 2021 Netwatch Galway Family Carer of the Year Martina cares for her son Joseph (9) who has a rare genetic disorder and epilepsy. Martina was nominated by her friend Noreen who said that she goes above and beyond…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Castlebar Chamber launch new website

    Castlebar Chamber of Commerce has launched a new website, castlebarchamber.com. It can be accessed at https://www.castlebarchamber.com/. Bernard Hughes, Chamber President, said the new site is a positive spin-off from Castlebar winning the Rising Star…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Claremorris woman named Mayo and Connacht Carer of the Year

    Family Carers Ireland, the national charity supporting Ireland’s family carers has announced this year’s Netwatch Mayo and Connacht Family Carer of the Year. She is Una Biggins from Deerpark, Clogher, Claremorris. Una has cared for her husband Gerry, who has…