The Irish Farmers Association says further cases of highly contagious Avian flu are a 'grave concern'.

It was detected in birds in Kerry, Donegal and Offaly yesterday - and in a peregrine falcon in Galway last week.

The IFA says the outbreak could have an impact on Ireland's exports of chicken.

The chairman of its poultry committee, Andrew Boylan, says he's very worried about the latest cases.

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  • Nov 29, 2021

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  • Nov 29, 2021

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  • Nov 29, 2021

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  • 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

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  • Nov 29, 2021

    New antigen testing programme introduced for primary school children

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  • Nov 29, 2021

    Coalition leaders to discuss new Covid variant with NPHET later

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  • Nov 29, 2021

    Emergency services locate two people reported missing in Mayo

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  • Nov 29, 2021

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  • Nov 28, 2021

    Mayo North Tourism launches 2022 membership drive

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  • Nov 28, 2021

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  • Nov 28, 2021

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

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  • Nov 28, 2021

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

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  • Nov 28, 2021

    Over 400 homes without power in West Sligo

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  • Nov 28, 2021

    Over 3,700 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

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  • Nov 28, 2021

    Power outage in Enniscrone this morning

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Nov 27, 2021

    Storm Arwen causes electricity outages across the region

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  • Nov 27, 2021

    Gardaí attend scene of a single vehicle crash in Roscommon

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  • Nov 27, 2021

    Fire crews tackle blaze at former hotel in Knock

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  • Nov 27, 2021

    The Green Party Convention takes place later

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  • Nov 27, 2021

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

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  • Nov 27, 2021

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

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  • Nov 27, 2021

    People advised to avoid travel to seven African countries

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  • Nov 26, 2021

    Hotel quarantine will be used to tackle new Covid varient

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  • Nov 26, 2021

    Over 4,600 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

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  • Nov 26, 2021

    School buses for second level are returning to 100% capacity

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  • Nov 26, 2021

    Funeral arrangements announced for former District Court Judge from Roscommon

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  • Nov 26, 2021

    North Mayo teen wins Connacht Young Carer of the Year

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  • Nov 26, 2021

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

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  • Nov 26, 2021

    20 million euro revamp planned for Pennys, Eyre Square

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  • Nov 26, 2021

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

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  • Nov 26, 2021

    National award for Mayo School

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  • 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

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  • 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…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    WATCH: Rapid Antigen Test Live On Air - The Tommy Marren Show

    James Geraghty from Molloy's Lifestyle Pharmacy conducted a rapid antigen test live on The Tommy Marren Show this morning. How to do an antigen test: To do the antigen test you use a swab to take a sample from your nose. The test will show the result in 15…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Man arrested in connection with firework incident in Eyre Square is released without charge

    The man in his 20s arrested yesterday, in relation to an incident in Eyre Square, Galway on the 22nd October 2021 has been released without charge. A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Jobs boost for Galway

    100 new jobs have been announced by a US hiring software company. Greenhouse, which has employees in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Wexford, says the positions will be a mix of hybrid and remote roles. The firm set up its European base in the capital last…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Head of NPHET modelling group says there is still time to hospitals being overwhelmed

    The head of NPHET's modelling group says there's "every hope" that over 400 Covid patients won't end up in ICU next month. Professor Philip Nolan has urged people to reduce their social contacts by a third to bring the virus back under control. New…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Quarter of a million euro in funding for Park in Castlerea

    Somers Park in Castlerea has received 250,000 euro in Outdoor Performance and Public Space funding from the Government. This investment has been welcomed by Fianna Fail councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice, who says the project will go to Part 8 planning within the…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Search entering its eight day for missing Galway man

    The search for a missing Galway man has entered it’s eight day today. 32-year-old Stephen Cunningham from Ballybrit has been missing since November 2nd. Stephen is described as being over 6 feet in height with a thin build and sandy blond hair. Cleggan Coast…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Mayo among the lowest rates of Covid-19 in the country

    County Mayo has among the lowest rates of Covid-19 in the country. In the two-week period leading up to November 16th there were 1,340 confirmed cases of the virus in the county, giving a 14-day incidence reading of 1,027 which is the sixth lowest in the…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Mayo man dies in road traffic collision in Mexico

    A Mayo man has died in a road traffic collision in Mexico. 55-year-old Ambrose Blaine originally from Killala but living in Malahide died in a collision on Monday last November 15th. Mr Blaine, a married father of three is a pilot and worked in a consultancy…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Midnight curfew for restaurants, bars & nightclubs comes into force later today

    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 cases. However, several nightclubs across the country say they'll continue to open, but will just…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Mayo Deputy critical of Government's mixed messaging around mitigating measures

    A Mayo Deputy has criticised the Government over mixed messaging with regards to Covid restrictions. Erris based Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway-Walsh says there has been no mitigating factors put in place citing the need for ventilation in schools. She also has…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Covid-19 cases remain very high

    43 Covid-related deaths have been reported over the past week. 3,633 new cases have also been confirmed in the most recent 24-hour period. 634 Covid patients are in hospital, up 20 from yesterday. 119 people are in intensive care with the virus, up five.
  • Nov 17, 2021

    30 million euro settlement for birth injury case at Portiuncula Hospital

    The highest award for a birth injury case was approved by the High Court today. After accepting liability for negligence during the delivery of a boy from Birr, Co Offaly, the HSE settled its case with his mother for 30 million euro. Oran Molloy suffered…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Man arrested in connection with firework incident in Eyre Square

    Gardaí have today arrested a man in his 20s as part of the investigation into an incident in Eyre Square, Galway on the 22nd October, when a female was struck with a firework. He is currently being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Webinar this evening to outline educational opportunities in Mayo

    Anyone over the age of 16 thinking of continuing or returning to education or training in Co. Mayo will get invaluable insights at a special webinar this evening. ‘Welcome to FET! – Further Education and Training Opportunities in Mayo’ is the title of the…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Mayo Vintners Chair fears another lockdown of the sector this Christmas

    Mayo Vintners Chairman believes the government’s mitigation measures announced yesterday, are heading for another lockdown of the sector this Christmas. Achill based Alan Gielty says yesterday’s announcement that the hospitality centre must close from…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Two Green Flag awards and the launch of local beer - all happening today at Enniscoe House

    The North Mayo Heritage Centre at Enniscoe is celebrating two awards today, A Green Flag and a Heritage Flag. It is also launching its new craft beer, brewed by hops grown in its organic garden. Hugh Trayer, Manager of the North Mayo Heritage Centre has been…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    2021 Green Flag success for a number of groups in this region

    Mayo, Galway and Roscommon feature among the 103 areas that have secured the international accolade of 2021 Green Flag Awards The initiative, which's operated by An Taisce, honours high-quality parks and green spaces that are managed in a sustainable way.…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Pope Francis to appoint one Bishop to two western dioceses

    Pope Francis is to appoint a single Bishop to the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora and the Diocese of Clonfert. The union of two dioceses under one Bishop is not, however, according to the Bishops, an amalgamation and does not suppress either of…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    IFA revise its plan for next Sunday's Farm Family Rally

    IFA President Tim Cullinan says the IFA is revising its plans for the Farm Family Rally planned for this Sunday, due to the increasing concerns around COVID. It’s now organising a modified event involving tractors and machinery. Mr Cullinan said it was a big…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Cheaper antigen tests will be available "shortly"

    The Health Minister says cheaper antigen tests will be made available "very shortly" - but hasn't been able to give an exact date. New restrictions to reduce the rates of Covid will see a curfew for the hospitality sector take effect tomorrow. While everyone…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Redress Scheme for Mother and Baby homes based on a flawed report according to Tuam survivors group

    Survivors of Mother and Baby Homes have described as 'totally inadequate' the redress scheme announced by government. The 800 million euro scheme, announced yesterday, will benefit around 34,000 former residents. Minister for Children, Roderic O'Gorman, says…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Deputy claims garda manpower in the Roscommon Division has hit an all time low

    Local TD Denis Naughten has asked the Minister for Justice to intervene as Garda manpower has hit an all-time low in the Roscommon Garda District leaving just one Garda policing an area from Ballyleague to Ballinasloe on occasion. Speaking in the Dail, the…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Covid numbers remain high this evening

    The Department of Health has this evening reported 4,407 new cases of Covid-19. 614 people are in hospital with the virus, of whom 114 are being treated in ICU. Almost 55-thousand infections have been confirmed in the past two weeks, an amount which hasn't…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Investigations are continuing

    Gardaí are investigating a road traffic collision that occurred on the N5 in county Roscommon this morning. The incident in which a minor was struck by a vehicle occurred close to Frenchpark at 9.10am. Non life-threatening injuries were sustained and an…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Family of missing Galway man appeal for public assistance in locating him

    The family of a missing Galway man is again appealing for public assistance in the search for him. 32 year old Stephen Cunningham has been missing from Ballybrit, Galway for two weeks now, since Tuesday, November 2nd. He is described as being approximately 6'…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Everyone eligible to receive a booster will be given a dose of a mRNA jab.

    Over 50s, and those with underlying conditions aged between 16 and 59, will be added to the list of those eligible for a Covid-19 booster vaccine. It follows advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee to Government - which has been approved by…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Taoiseach will address the nation on Covid measures this evening

    Pubs, restaurants and nightclubs will have earlier closing hours from Thursday after Cabinet approved more measures aimed at reducing the spread of Covid. Hospitality businesses will have to close at midnight in a row back from Government. While people will…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Close to 50 percent of those who died with Covid 19 over the past seven months were vaccinated

    Almost half of the people who died of Covid-19 in the space of seven months were fully vaccinated. 606 patients died of the virus in Ireland between April 1st and November 6th. 292 were fully vaccinated. 72 per cent had an underlying medical condition, and…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    800 million euro redress scheme approved for survivors of mother and baby homes

    The government has approved an 800 million euro redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes. 34 thousand former residents will be eligible and applications open late next year once the necessary legislation is passed. All mothers who spent time in…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Range of measures set to be introduced by Government to curb rising Covid-19 infection rates

    Nightclubs, pubs and restaurants will have new closing hours of 12 midnight from this Thursday under plans agreed by Cabinet. Ministers have also approved new advice for people to work from home where they can from Friday. In the face of very stark warnings…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Roscommon has the lowest incidence rate of Covid-19 nationally

    The country's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has increased by 165 per cent over the past month. 21 counties have rates of over 1,000 per 100,000 people. However, Roscommon has the lowest rate of infection in the country. A month ago, the country's 14-day…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Mayo TD calls for review of ambulance's Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch System

    Mayo Deputy Alan Dillon is calling for an urgent review of the Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch System to determine its effectiveness within National Ambulance Service. The Fine Gael TD was supplied with new information showing that average waiting times…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Councillor accuses Irish Water of "hood winking" the public regarding new commercial water charges

    File: hjoh dur: 4 secs A Ballina councillor has accused Irish Water of “hoodwinking” the farming and business community, with its newly imposed charges on water meters. Councillor John O’Hara says that the utility company some years ago, asked farmers to…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Fund raiser in Claremorris for "Protect the Children of Kenya"

    “The Kenyan Art Project” an exhibition of art works by two local artists, Anna O Dixon and Norah Brennan, will be held in the Townhall Theatre Gallery, Claremorris over the weekend 3rd to the 5th of December. Its a fund raising event and all proceeds will be…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Three men arrested in Galway following armed robbery in Offaly

    Gardaí have arrested three men in Galway following an armed robbery in Ferbane, Co. Offaly yesterday morning. Three men entered a convenience store in Ferbane at approximately 6:40 armed with a number of weapons and forced the two female staff members to hand…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Mayo Councillor says income bands for social housing may change after review

    There may be some welcome news before the end of the year, for people across the region looking for a home, and who do not qualify for social / council housing. That’s according to Independent Westport councillor Christy Hyland. He says that he has been…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Cabinet to consider new Covid measures this morning

    The Cabinet will consider covid measures including working from home, when it meets this morining. Last night the cabinet sub-committee heard up to 500 people with Covid could require ICU admission by next month, under a worst-case scenario - in new NPHET…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Cabinet due to sign off on compensation scheme for Mother and Baby Home survivors

    The Cabinet is due to sign off on a long awaited compensation scheme for the survivors of Mother and Baby Homes when it meets this morning. It's understood the scheme is worth 800 million euro and will also include an action plan on access to birth records.…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Over €49,000 allocated to three LGBTI+ projects in Mayo

    Over €49,000 has been announced for three Mayo projects under the LGBTI+ Community Services Fund. That’s according to Fine Gael TD Michael Ring, who says the call came from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. The projects…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Family to hold protest outside Mayo County Council later

    Families living on an unauthorised site at Ernst Chain Road in Castlebar want to raise awareness over the lack of progress by Mayo County Council in addressing the inadequate living conditions on their site and are holding a protest outside the headquarters…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    More than 4,500 new cases of Covid 19 today

    There have been 4,570 new cases of Covid-19 reported by the Department of Health in the Republic today. The number of people with Covid-19 who are being treated in hospitals has increased by forty from yesterday to 622. 117 of these patients are being treated…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Man dies in house fire outside Ballina at the Weekend

    An elderly man died in a house fire in the Cloghans area of Ballina at the weekend. The victim has been named locally as Tom McGowan. He was the single occupant of the residence that caught fire on Friday evening, last. The alarm was raised by neighbours who…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Lunchtime Protest today by INMO nurses outside MUH

    Up to 100 nurses, INMO members, at Mayo University Hospital took part in a lunchtime protest today outside the hospital to highlight what they term “excessive workloads and staffing pressure”. Nursing staff claim that they are unable to take adequate breaks…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Construction to start on Cong enhancement scheme in January

    Construction will start on a 130,000 euro Village enhancement Scheme in Cong in the New Year. That’s according to Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan, who says the rising of the waters project will be a footprint for the area. The project was sent to An Bord…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Galway University Hospital has the fourth highest trolley numbers today

    401 admitted patients are waiting for beds today at hospitals across the country That’s according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch figures, which show there are 302 patients waiting in the emergency department, while 99 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    HSE boss says there's high levels of 'stress' across health system due to Covid-19

    The head of the HSE says there's a high level of 'stress and duress' across the health system because of Covid 19. 617 patients are in hospital with the virus and 106 are in ICU. There are 27 patients with the virus at Galway University Hospital at present,…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Saolta Group's Chief Director of Nursing reacts to protest at MUH

    The Saolta Hospital Group says they understand and regret the ongoing pressures facing nursing staff across their sites, including at Mayo University Hospital. In a statement to Midwest News they say the improvement of nursing staff levels, are a priority for…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    91,500 euro raised by Summer charity cycle for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice

    A cheque for €91,500 raised by a group of Dublin-based Mayo diaspora and friends has been handed over to the Mayo-Roscommon Hospice.The group undertook a marathon fundraising cycle challenge from Dublin to Castlebar in aid of the charity last July. The West…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    "Clann Mhuirs" available from next weekend

    The fifth edition of the historical journal Claremorris Historical Society, Clann Mhuiris, will be available from the usual outlets in Claremorris from this weekend. The publication of Clann Mhuiris has become something of an annual event, keenly awaited by…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Farmers offered extension on Glas contracts

    The Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue today gave further details about how farmers can continue their participation in GLAS for 2022. Farmers with GLAS 1, 2 or 3 contracts which will expire on 31st December 2021 are being offered an extension of…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Saolta Group issue statement on INMO protest at Mayo University Hospital

    Statement on INMO action at MUH Mayo University Hospital (MUH) and the wider Saolta University Health Care Group regret the ongoing pressures facing nursing staff across our sites. Nursing staffing levels at MUH and at all our hospitals, and the improvement…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Over €290,000 for Mayo community groups impacted by the pandemic

    Over €290,000 in funding has been set aside for Mayo community groups impacted by COVID-19. That’s was confirmed by Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers, who says the funding is part of the Community Activities Funds national allocation of €9 million. This money…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Cabinet sub-committee meets later to consider further actions to stem the Covid-19 tide

    The Cabinet Sub Committee on Covid-19 will meet this evening to consider further actions aimed at addressing rising infection rates. The wider use of covid certs, antigen tests and a recommendation for people work from home where possible are among the…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Visitors to nursing homes will require Covid vaccination cert from today

    Visitors to nursing homes will be required to show a Covid vaccination certificate from today, before entering the premises. Other proof of immunity would also be acceptable. The new requirement does not include Essential Service Providers such as healthcare,…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    INMO members to protest outside Mayo University Hospital later

    INMO members at Mayo University Hospital will protest outside the hospital this afternoon, to highlight excessive workloads and staffing pressure. The union says staff in the hospital are unable to take adequate breaks or use their annual leave due to their…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Call for contractors to engage with communities to avoid lengthy road closures

    Contractors should engage more with local communities across Mayo to avoid lengthy road closures. That's according to Fine Gael councillor Ger Deere, who has made the call following representations from the residents of Correens to Mayo County Council on the…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Man who died in a tragic accident in Mayo has been named

    A man who died in a tragic accident in the Cregganbawn area has been named as Jimmy Kilcoyne of Shrawee, Louisburgh. Jimmy, who was in his 40s, was a reported missing from the area late on Friday night and a search operation got underway yesterday morning.…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Work commences on Smarter Travel plan in South Mayo village

    Work commenced this week on the Smarter Travel footpaths and cycle-way in the village of Glencorrib. 100,000 euro was sanctioned for the project several months ago and it will be completed as planned by the local community group and Mayo County Council.…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Over 3,800 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has confirmed 3,805 new cases of Covid-19 today. As of 8am today, 582 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised. 106 of these are in intensive care.
  • Nov 14, 2021

    New millionaire in Sligo

    A Lotto player in Sligo will be celebrating today after becoming Ireland’s newest Lotto millionaire after scooping the top prize of €1 million in last night’s Lotto Plus 1 draw. The National Lottery has said it hopes to reveal the name of the winning store…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Jump in support for Sinn Fein

    Support for Sinn Fein has jumped six points to 37 percent approval in the latest opinion poll in the Sunday Times today. The party's leader Mary Lou McDonald is at 50 percent- nine points clear of the Taoiseach Micheal Martin. According to the survey, Fine…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Gardai renew appeal for help in identifying human remains found in Leitrim 35 years ago

    Gardai in Leitrim have renewed their appeal for information about un-identified remains found off the coast of the county in 1986. The body was discovered on the 1st of May, at Knockbrack in Tullaghan. A post mortem was completed but the remains were never…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Mass in Knock Shrine today for those who have been bereaved during the pandemic

    Mass is being celebrated at Knock Shrine in county Mayo today, for those who have been bereaved during the Covid-19 pandemic. Prayers will also be offered for those who have died during this time. The Bishops of Ireland will concelebrate the Mass in the…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    NUIG named University of the Year

    There is good news for Galway this morning, as NUIG has been named University of the Year, and GMIT has been named Institute of Technology of the year. The new edition of The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 also reveals that Trinity College dublin…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Body discovered in search for missing man in Mayo

    The search for a man missing in the Westport area was stood down this morning after the discovery of a body. A man, in his 40s, was reported missing late last night and a search operation got underway this morning. The Ballyglass Coast Guard Unit’s Drone Team…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Ballina's Mary Robinson says world must focus on limiting global temperature rises

    Calls for countries to speed up the phasing out of 'inefficient fossil fuel subsidies' has been kept in the latest draft of the Cop26 climate agreement. That wording was a sticking point for some nations trying to reach a deal yesterday. They missed the…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Over 4,600 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has reported a further 4,642 cases of Covid-19 today. Currently, 556 patients are being treated in hospital - up 7 on yesterday. 107 are in ICU - a rise of 11 on yesterday's figures. HSE CEO Paul Reid has called on the public to 'turn…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Local Aontú rep hits out at 'harrowing' number of youth deaths in State care from suicide or overdose

    Almost half the children who died while in state care over the last decade, passed away from drug overdoses or suicide. Forty two young people died between 2010 and 2019, twelve of them by suicide and another six by overdose. In total 206 children and young…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Tuam pharmacist says HSE has an opportunity and obligation with antigen testing

    Pharmacists say there's opportunity and obligation for the HSE when it comes to antigen tests. They're to be rolled out across primary schools, but NPHET has also advised twice weekly testing for people undertaking 'high risk' activities. Darragh O'Loughlin…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Approval on a payment scheme for Mother and Baby Home survivors to be sought next week

    Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman has written to mother and baby home survivors to say he'll seek approval on a payment scheme next week. The arrangement is being put in place to recognise the 'suffering' people endured in the homes. They will receive a…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Cases of respiratory virus increased by 22% last week

    Cases of a respiratory virus increased by 22 per cent last week. There were 483 RSV infections between November 1st and 7th - compared to 397 the week before. The HSE says the virus is at 'very high levels' - with four out of five cases last week among…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has increased by 163%

    The country's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has increased by 163 per cent in the past month. It now stands at 1,037 cases per 100,000 people - the first time it's been above 1,000 since late January. It was only 394 a month ago. Nearly 5,500 cases were…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Major fundraiser underway to get life-saving surgeries for Mayo woman's daughter

    A major fundraising drive is underway for the daughter of an Erris woman who needs life-saving spinal surgeries and ongoing stem cell therapy. 36-year old Kirstin Maguire who has fibromyalgia, PoTS, Vitiligo, ME and other chronic conditions is based in the…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Over 5,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening

    5,483 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported this evening - the highest figure since January 10th. The Chief Medical Officer says it's also one of the highest ever daily case counts. Dr Tony Holohan says there's been a very significant increase in cases in…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    LISTEN:Tom McCann dementia nurse specialist with Western Alzheimer’s - The Tommy Marren Show

    Tom McCann is a dementia nurse specialist with Western Alzheimer’s and he’s been talking to Tommy Marren about the importance of people becoming more comfortable about talking about dementia. Every person has a role to play when it comes to dementia. The…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Gold for two Mayo towns today at the SuperValu National Tidy Towns Competition

    Ennis in County Clare has claimed the top prize at the SuperValu National Tidy Towns Awards this afternoon The awards were announced at a ceremony in the RDS in Dublin and was streamed live to allow groups around the country to listen to the results, unable…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Bypass proposed of Foxford is not what the community wants, according to councillor

    The community of Foxford is not looking for a bypass of the town at this time. That’s the view of local Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise. The councillor outlined why at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council. He stated quite clearly that he and…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    ESB crews working to repair power supply to people in Achill

    ESB crews are working to restore power supply to over 2,300 premises in the Achill area. The outage occurred at around 8:30am this morning following windy conditions overnight. Power is expected to be restored by 11am. The ESB have apologised for the loss of…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Digital Covid Cert required from Monday to visit anyone in a nursing home

    People visiting nursing homes will need to show a digital covid cert from Monday. New HSE guidance will require proof of vaccination or immunity at the entrance. Visitors may also be asked to show photo ID to make sure the cert is theirs. There will be some…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Roscommon Deputy says its 'very disappointing' only 1.5% of state-owned vehicles are electric

    Over 12,200 state-owned vehicles run on petrol or diesel - and only 186 are electric. Junior Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughton says just 1.5 per cent are electric. It's only up slightly on last year, when the figure was 1.15 per cent. Former climate…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Three areas of Mayo have an above average incidence rate of Covid-19

    Three local electoral areas in Mayo have a 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in excess of the national average. Westport has the highest rate of infection in the county at 1,393 per 100,000 people, accounting for 256 cases; well above the national average of…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Government will make a decision on remote working next week

    The government will make a decision next Tuesday about whether to ask people to work from home where possible. It's after NPHET issued that advice yesterday - and appealed to employers to be supportive. It comes amid concern at rising Covid case numbers, with…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Motorists urged to take care on roads across the region

    Gardaí are urging motorists to take care on roads across the region this morning. The warning has been issued as a wind warning ended in Mayo and Galway at 8am. Met Eireann says that gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour battered the west last night.…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Pop up Covid Test Centre in Tuam next week

    Due to the high numbers presenting for Covid 19 tests in the Galway test centre at the airport at present, the HSE is to operate a Pop-up Covid testing Centre at the Tuam GAA Stadium on Monday and Tuesday next, (15, 16th Nov). The Pop-up Tuam centre will…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Gardaí seek assistance in tracing Longford teen who may be in the Ballinasloe area

    Gardaí are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 16 year old Louise Little who has been missing from Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford since Friday last. Louise is described as being approximately 5' 4" in height with a slim build, long…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Gardai seek assistance in tracing whereabouts of missing Galway man

    Gardaí are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 32 year old Stephen Cunningham who has been missing from Ballybrit, Galway since Tuesday 2nd November, 2021.Stephen is described as being approximately 6' 2" in height with a thin build,…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Well over 3,000 new cases of Covid 19 confirmed this evening

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has this evening been notified of 3,680 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationally.As of 8am today, 543 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 97 are in ICU. Meanwhile NPHET is meeting to look at the rising…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Green Light for new Emigrant Park in Kiltimagh

    The Kiltimagh Amenity Park Committee is delighted that the Part 8 planning for the development of its Emigrant Park in the town centre has been approved. Elected councillors gave the green light for the community development at yesterday’s monthly meeting of…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Status Yellow Wind Warning for counties Mayo and Galway from 4pm this afternoon

    A status yellow wind warning for counties Galway and Mayo comes into place shortly. Met Eireann says the warning begins at 4pm this afternoon, with gusts of up to 110km/hr expected. The status yellow alert will remain in place until 8am tomorrow (Fri)…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Roscommon broadcaster and journalist launches his new book this evening

    Long time broadcaster and journalist, Roscommon’s Seamus Duke is launching his new autobiography this evening at the Abbey hotel in Roscommon. “Dukie… The Game of Life” is the name of the new book and it details his 32 years working in the local media and…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Safety concern is the main reason why just one percent of students in Westport cycle to school

    Only 1 percent of almost 800 students surveyed recently in Westport cycle to school. The survey was carried out by Westport Active Travel to School Group, which includes Green Schools from Brackloon National School, Rice College and Sacred Heart School in…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Local man makes case for the now named The Wild Neiphin National Park

    The controversy over the renaming of Mayo’s National Park from Ballycroy National Park to The Wild Nephin National Park continues. At this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, councillors unanimously agreed to insist that Ballycroy is again added…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Fund of over €290,000 to assist community groups in Mayo impacted by Covid-19

    A Mayo deputy has today urged community groups in Mayo impacted by COVID-19 to apply to Mayo County Council for The Community Activities Fund. Mayo County Council will have a fund of €290,406 to support community groups with their running costs, such as…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Drop in number of Covid-19 patients at Mayo University Hospital

    There are 21 Covid patients at Mayo University Hospital today. That's a drop of six in the space of 24 hours, according to the HSE. Three new cases were admitted to the Castlebar facility yesterday while the centre's ICU remains Covid-free. Elsewhere, there…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Woman missing in Sligo found safe and well

    The woman who is missing in South Sligo has been found safe and well. The 58-year-old was missing since yesterday evening but Gardaí in Tubbercurry have confirmed to Midwest News this morning that she has been found and have thanked the public for their…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    New Lidl store gets the green light in Tubbercurry

    Tubbercurry is in line for a major boost after the German international retailer Lidl was notified by Sligo County Council that it is to get planning permission for a new store with a fourteen-hundred square metre sales area. Lidl says it will bring in…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Councillor calls for urgent action to address traffic problems in Ballinrobe

    A Fianna Fail Councillor has called on Mayo County Council to urgently address the worsening traffic situation in Ballinrobe. At the Claremorris/Swinford Municipal District meeting Cllr. Damien Ryan called for the local authority to make an application to…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Mica Scheme could include €400,000 cap

    An enhanced scheme for homeowners affected by the mica crisis is set to go to Cabinet in less than two weeks with a new cap of up to €400,000 per home under discussion. It was originally intended that the scheme would be presented to Cabinet this week but…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    NPHET will meet today over high covid-19 rates

    The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet today to consider if further measures are needed to address the high Covid rates. Health officials will discuss the possible introduction of a full work from home policy - but aren't looking at other…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Gardai appealing for help in tracing whereabouts of missing woman in Sligo

    Gardai are appealing for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a missing woman in Sligo. The Gardaí and the family of Susan Minton are concerned for her well being. Susan is 58-years-old, and was last seen in the Cloonacool area of Sligo at approximately…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Almost 3,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed today

    74 Covid-related deaths have been reported over the past week. It's the highest total since NPHET started reporting deaths on a WEEKLY basis five months ago. 2,975 new cases have also been confirmed today. 551 Covid patients are in hospital - the highest…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Identifying children's remains at Tuam would likely take years

    A forensics expert says identifying childrens' remains at Tuam would likely take years. Survivors and relatives of those who died at the former mother and baby home have called for the Co. Galway site to be excavated. The site has been controversial following…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    One billion euro investment by Eirgrid to strengthen the electricity network

    Eirgrid has today announced a one billion euro investment in the strengthening and modernising of the electricity network nationally. The power grid is to be upgraded over the next decade to accomodate 80 per cent renewable energy. The company is expecting…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    High incidence rate of Covid 19 in county Leitrim

    County Leitrim now has the third highest 14 day incidence rate of Covid 19 nationally. The country's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has more than doubled over the past month. It now stands at 895 cases per 100,000 people - compared to less than 400 at the…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Bishop Francis Duffy appointed as the new Archbishop of Tuam

    Pope Francis has announced the appointment of Bishop Francis Duffy as the Archbishop of Tuam. Archbishop-elect Duffy will replace Archbishop Michael Neary who is retiring at the age of 75. Born in County Cavan, 63-year-old Bishop Duffy was ordained to the…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Sinn Fein Dail motion last night on WRC carried

    Mayo deputy Rose Conway Walsh has welcomed the passing of a Sinn Fein Dail motion yesterday evening supporting fair investment in transport in rural Ireland, that focussed on the delivery of the western rail corridor. She told Midwest News today that while it…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Staff sought to restore Diabetes in Pregnancy clinic at Mayo university Hospital

    It’s expected that the Diabetes in Pregnancy clinic will be restored at Mayo university Hospital by early next year. That’s according to Mayo Fianna Fail deputy Dara Calleary. The deputy raised the matter in the Dail after the service was withdrawn from the…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Planning permission quashed for chicken farm in county Mayo

    The High court has made an order quashing planning permission for a chicken farm in Balla, county Mayo. According to today's Irish Times, the order was made by Mr Justice Anthony Barr after he was told that An Bord Pleanala had consented to quashing the…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Councillors extend invite to Argentine Navy to bring ARA Libertad into Killala Bay

    The magnificent sight of the Argentine ARA Libertad ship sailing into Killala bay at Kilcummin could be on the horizon again this Summer. The navy training ship of the Argentine Navy last sailed into Kilcummin back in 1998, and at this week’s monthly meeting…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    19 percent jump in the number of covid tests in the community in the last week

    There was a 19 per cent increase in Covid tests carried out in the community last week. Nearly 137,000 were taken between November 1st and 7th - compared to less than 115,000 the previous week. The five-day moving average of cases has increased by 30 per cent…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    3,578 new cases of Covid-19 this evening

    3,578 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening. It's the eighth consecutive day the figure has exceeded 3,000. 520 Covid patients are in hospital - the highest in over eight months - with 83 in intensive care, up five from yesterday. The Chief…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    Mayo's first-ever Climate Action Gathering later this week

    Mayo's first-ever Climate Action Gathering will take place in Ballina this Friday and Saturday. It will coincide with the end of COP26, and former President Mary Robinson will officially launch the event virtually, from the UN Climate Change conference taking…