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 around 6am on Sunday morning.

Emergency services attended the scene and extinguished the fires, which caused extensive damage to a parked van and car, one of which was parked in the driveway of a home.

Gardaí say no-one was injured during the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact Galway Garda Station at 091-538000.

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    Galway County Council has lodged a planning application with An Bord Pleanala for the realignment of a section of the N17 between Milltown and Ballindine. The 3km section from Milltown to Gortnagunned is very narrow and not fit for purpose, according to…
  • Jan 13, 2022

    HSE urged to reconsider decision to move Covid-19 test centre to Breaffy, Castlebar

    A Castlebar councillor is appealing to the HSE not to relocate the Mayo PCR Covid Testing Centre - which is now at MacHale Park - out to the Breaffy Resort Vaccination Centre. Before Christmas, the HSE stated that the test centre would be re-locating in the…
  • Jan 13, 2022

    Nursing union concerned about changes to close contact rules

    Changes to the isolation rules on close contacts take effect from midnight tonight. It will see thousands of people who've received a booster able to avoid having to self-isolate, if they don't have symptoms. However they'll be required to take antigen tests…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    High number of new confirmed cases of Covid 19 again this evening

    he Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 20,909 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 1,055 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, 92 of whom are in ICU. There has been a total of 6,035 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    Bill approved to establish watchdog over complaints about social media companies

    The Cabinet has approved a bill to establish a watchdog to oversee complaints about social media companies. The Online Safety Commissioner will be tasked with managing harmful content online and the regulation of TV and radio stations. However, whether…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    Tracing service to be set up this year to assist adopted people find family members

    A tracing service which will help adopted people find their family members will be set up later this year. It's part of a new move by the government to finally allow adopted people full legal access to their birth records. The service will also give access…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    Westport hotelier welcomes changes in close contact rules

    A Westport hotelier has welcomed the changes to close contact isolation rules approved by Cabinet Ministers earlier today. The new regime will come into place from midnight tomorrow. It means close contacts who have received a Covid booster jab, and who have…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    LISTEN: Tommy Marren speaking to Charlie Bird

    Singer Daniel O’Donnell has become the latest celebrity to join Charlie Bird’s Croagh Patrick climb challenge. The former RTÉ correspondent has organised a climb on Ireland’s most sacred mountain in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    Cabinet gives green light to new isolation periods around Covid 19

    Changes to the isolation periods for Covid-19 have been approved today by cabinet and will take effect from midnight tomorrow (Thurs). The decision brings an end to the five day isolation period for fully vaccinated close contacts who do not have any Covid-19…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    Energy Efficient Award for Mayo County Council

    Mayo County Council secures SEAI Energy Efficiency Measures Award. The plaques were presented by Project Coordinators Clár ICH. This project was funded by SEAI’s Community Scheme and represents a unique partnership between Board Na Mona and Mayo County…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    GMIT lecturer publishes first empirical evidence-based report on post primary students’ knowledge of algebra

    A new empirical evidence-based report on Irish post-primary students’ knowledge of algebra identifies strengths and weaknesses in their knowledge of the subject and proposes recommendations to address the weaknesses. The report finds that students have good…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    Delay in securing BreastCheck appointment highlighted

    There is now a 12 month delay in woman aged 50 and over securing an appointment with the cancer screening service, BreastCheck. A listener to Midwest News discovered the significant delay, when she sought information about a Breast Check appointment she was…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    Mayo TD calls for Leaving Cert hybrid option to be reconsidered

    This year's Leaving Cert students should once again be offered the choice between predicted grades and sitting the written exams. That's the view of Mayo Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway-Walsh, who was reacting to reports this morning that the State Examinations…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    Second-hand car prices at an all-time high

    The cost of a used car in Ireland has increased to an all time high. According to the latest DoneDeal Car Price Index, the cost of a second hand car has risen by 56 percent since January 2020. The Index also points out that, in some cases, a second-hand…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    Four Mayo schools represented at BT Young Scientist & Technology virtual exhibition

    Students from four Mayo secondary schools are participating in the BT Young Scientist & Technology, which gets underway today and runs until Friday. It's a virtual exhibition again this year, with 550 projects chosen from 219 schools in 29 counties. Students…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    Cold conditions in classrooms of increasing concern, says local TD

    The conditions students have to endure in schools across the region as a result of Covid-19 precautions are of increasing concern. That's according to Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice, who's received an increasing number of calls from concerned…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    Temporary relaxation in driving and resting times for HGV drivers

    Due to the impact of Covid-19 on heavy goods vehicle operations, the Road Safety Authority and Department of Transport have agreed to allow a temporary relaxation in driving and resting times for HGV drivers. The derogation comes due to a driver shortage…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    UHG now treating highest number of Covid-19 patients nationally

    The Department of Health yesterday reported 19,290 new cases of Covid-19. 1,062 people were in hospital with the virus yesterday - that was down to 997 last night. Galway University Hospital is now treating the highest number of Covid patients nationally at…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    SEC rules out hybrid Leaving Cert this year

    The State Exams Commission says it won't be possible to rerun last year's hybrid Leaving Cert model, giving students a choice between accredited grades and sitting written exams in the Summer. The Irish Times reports the cancellation of the Junior Cert in…
  • Jan 12, 2022

    Ministers set to change rules around close contacts

    Ministers are to approve a number of changes to the Covid-19 testing regime and rules around close contacts when they meet this morning. The Chief Medical Officer has recommended getting rid of the five day isolation period for asymptomatic close contacts of…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    Health Minister to bring proposed changes on close contacts to Cabinet

    Boosted close contacts who don't have Covid-19 symptoms will no longer have to restrict their movements, under plans going to Cabinet tomorrow. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will also propose those with a positive antigen test won't have to get a PCR test…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    19,290 new cases of Covid-19

    The Department of Health has reported 19,290 new cases of Covid-19. 1,062 people are currently in hospital with the virus, of whom 92 are being treated in ICU. Latest figures show 51.6 percent of PCR tests carried out in the past week were positive. More than…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    Cabinet will consider close contact isolation rules tomorrow

    The Tánaiste has said he supports reducing the time period some close contacts are required to isolate. Updated advice is expected from the Chief Medical Officer today for Cabinet to consider tomorrow. The guidance may include a reduced isolation period for…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    Mayo student calls for hybrid model for this year's Leaving Cert

    As debate continues over the format this year's Leaving Cert should take, one Mayo student is calling for a hybrid model - where students could choose between accredited grades or sitting the exams - or both. The Teachers Union of Ireland has called for the…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    Tanaiste supports the reduction of isolation for some close contacts

    The Tánaiste has said he supports reducing the time period some close contacts are required to isolate. Updated advice is expected from the Chief Medical Officer today for Cabinet to consider tomorrow. The guidance may include a reduced isolation period for…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    Lotto players in Claremorris again urged to check tickets before deadline

    The National Lottery is again urging players in the Claremorris area to check their tickets, as time is running out to claim a prize won in October. The winning ticket was sold at the Centra store on Lower James St in Claremorris on Tuesday 26th October, and…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    Work to get underway on new all-weather outdoor dining area in the county town

    Work is to get underway on a new Outdoor dining project in Market Square, Castlebar. Local councillor Donna Sheridan says the new development is very exciting and is being undertaken by Mayo county council working with Failte Ireland. A new weatherproof…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    70 Covid-positive patients receiving treatment at GUH today

    1,062 Covid patients are being treated in hospitals today - down one from yesterday. However, the total is still 20 percent higher than last Tuesday. There are 70 patients with the virus at Galway University Hospital today- the second highest in the country…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    New Data Centre set to be in place by 2024 at the former Asahi site, in Killala

    A new data centre is to be located at the former Asahi site in Killala, and looks set to be up and running by late 2024. At yesterday’s online monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, councillors approved the sale of two plots of council land for the…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    2021 was busiest year yet for Irish Community Air Ambulance

    The Irish Community Air Ambulance was tasked 512 times across 14 counties last year - making it the busiest year since the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service air ambulance launched in 2019. The organisation is Ireland's only charity-funded HEMS air…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    File will be sent to the DPP in respect of false imprisonment incident in Mayo

    Gardai are investigating an incident of false imprisonment in Claremorris on Sunday evening. Four men were arrested in Co Roscommon later that evening - including a man in his mid-30's, one in his early 40's, one in his late teens and a juvenile in his late…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    Public service workers in line for reduction in working week

    More than 150,000 public service workers are in line for a reduction in their working week from July. It's after review by an Independent Body has recommended extra unpaid hours introduced in 2013 are reversed. The government will consider the proposal, which…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    Workers union says changes to close contact rules must follow health advice

    A workers union says any changes to isolation rules for Covid close contacts must be led by public health advice and not the demands of business. The Cabinet's expected to consider new advice from experts on easing the restrictions when it meets tomorrow. It…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    Number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ireland surpasses one million

    The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country has surpassed one million. Yesterday, a further 23,909 cases of the virus were confirmed. More than 1,000 Covid patients are in hospital, with 89 of those in intensive care. Yesterday the Taoiseach…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    Mayo Senator appointed to Northern Ireland and Good Friday Agreement Committee

    Mayo Senator Lisa Chambers has been appointed to a new Northern Ireland and Good Friday Agreement Committee, being set up by Taoiseach Míchéal Martin. A group of just eight TDs and Senators have been asked to sit on this specialist committee, which will…
  • Jan 11, 2022

    Mayo has the lowest incidence of Covid-19 in Connacht

    Mayo has the lowest 7-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in Connacht, according to the latest data from the HPSC. The rate of infection in the county in the last week of 2021 was 1,172 per 100,000 people, accounting for 1,530 cases of the virus. This is lower…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Latest Covid-19 figures

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 23,909 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 1,063 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 89 are in ICU. The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says it's essential that…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Four men being detained at Castlerea Garda station following false imprisonment in Claremorris

    Mayo Gardai who are investigating an incident of false imprisonment in Claremorris yesterday evening have arrested four men. The four - including a man in his mid-30's, one in his early 40's, one in his late teens and a juvenile in his late teens - were…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Councillors give green light for sale of land at Asahi for development of a data centre

    Mayo county councillors have agreed to the sale of two plots of lands in the Killala area for the potential development of the first data centre in the west. Proposals to develop the Mayo Green Data Hub at the Killala Business Park is very exciting, according…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Taoiseach does not want to go down the route of mandatory vaccinations

    The Taoiseach has said he would prefer not to go down the route of mandatory vaccinations. The issue is being examined by the Department of Health after being discussed by NPHET. A number of countries have considered making Covid vaccination mandatory for…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Special meeting of MCC to take place next month to discuss action to ensure that the authority does not again have to hand back government monies allocated

    A special meeting of Mayo County Council will take place at the end of next month (February) to discuss the action plan that council management has in place to ensure that the authority does not again have to hand back monies allocated from government for…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Free webinar for Mayo Leaving Cert students

    Second-level students in Mayo and their families are invited to a free live webinar this Wednesday evening with renowned careers expert, Irish Times columnist Brian Mooney. "What Students Need to Know" is the title of the webinar which is free of charge for…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    228 Covid deaths in Mayo since the start of the pandemic

    228 people have died from Covid-19 in Co Mayo since the start of the pandemic. A new report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows the number of deaths in each county, since March 2020. The figure for Mayo is 228, which represents 174 deaths per…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Visiting at Castlerea Prison suspended for the next 2 weeks

    Visits at Castlerea Prison, and all other prisons in the State, are being suspended for the next two weeks, due to the spread of Covid-19. All physical family visits are cancelled until Monday 24th January. However, video visits will continue, with prisoners…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Local entrepreneurs win business prize and have clothing range sold in Arnotts

    Two young local entrepreneurs have won a prestigious prize worth €10,000, which has also resulted in their clothing range being sold in Arnotts. 20-year old Peter Timlin from Ballina and his 21-year old business partner Richard Grimes from Enniscrone are…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Call for clarity on new recommendations for nursing home visits

    New HSE guidelines on visits to nursing homes may lead to further uncertainty and inconsistency around visiting arrangements at some facilities. That’s the warning coming from Sage Advocacy, who are alarmed that some nursing home providers may be denying…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Galway University Hospital is the joint second most overcrowded hospital nationally today

    University Hospital Galway has the joint second highest number of patients on trolleys awaiting beds nationally. There are 44 patients awaiting admission for a bed at the Galway facility and at Letterkenny University Hospital today. University Hospital…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Some NPHET members opposed earlier closing time for hospitality

    It's emerged some NPHET members did NOT agree with earlier closing times for hospitality, introduced last month. Minutes from December 16th's meeting of public health officials show some voiced concern, saying such strict measures were "disproportionate" by…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Over 1,000 people with Covid in hospital for the first time since February

    Over a thousand people with Covid are in hospital for the first time since last February. There are 1,004 patients being treated - an increase of 20 since yesterday. 82 people with the virus are in intensive care - down one. HSE chief executive Paul Reid says…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Gardaí investigate aggravated burglary in County Roscommon

    Gardaí are investigating an aggravated robbery which occurred in County Roscommon on Friday evening. The incident occurred on the N4 between Carrick on Shannon and Boyle in the vicinity of Carrick on Shannon Golf Club and Drumharlow Lake between 5.30pm to…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Derelict site in Ballina to be transformed into an outdoor performance area

    The green light has been given by councillors in the Ballina Municipal District for a derelict site in Ballina town to be transformed into an outdoor performance space The plan was put before elected councillors at a recent monthly meeting of the authority,…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    New HSE guidelines for nursing home visits come into effect

    Visitors are advised to regularly self-test for Covid-19 before entering nursing homes. It's part of new HSE recommendations which take effect today. Sage Advocacy's warning these new HSE guidelines may lead to further uncertainty and inconsistency around…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Visits to prisons suspended due to Covid

    All visits to prisons have been suspended from today for the next two weeks. The Irish Prison Service says all physical visits up to January 24th are now cancelled due to the widespread community transmission of Covid-19. It says video visits will continue to…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    Government urged to ease restrictions on outdoor dining

    The government's being urged to ease Covid restrictions on outdoor dining. At the moment, hospitality venues like pubs, restaurants and bars have to close at 8pm. Gary Smith, owner of Michael's Restaurant in Mount Merrion in Dublin, says venues have spent a…
  • Jan 10, 2022

    NPHET to consider the possible introduction of mandatory vaccination

    NPHET's set to consider whether mandatory vaccination should be introduced. The Irish Times reports it'll look at the measure after it receives details from the Department of Health on legal and ethical aspects of such a move. Ireland has one of the highest…
  • Jan 09, 2022

    Retail Ireland calls for change to close contact rules

    Retail Ireland's calling for a change to close contact rules, with an update due to be given this week. The Tanaiste Leo Varadkar says the Government has some options to consider in new guidance from the European Centre for Disease and Control. Retail Ireland…
  • Jan 09, 2022

    Car crashes into a building in Sligo

    Gardaí attended a road traffic collision near the Slip in Sligo last night. The collision occurred at approximately 7.35pm. A car collided with a building in the area. No injuries were reported.
  • Jan 09, 2022

    Over 21,000 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has reported 21,384 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today. 984 people are in hospital with the virus, of whom 83 are being treated in ICU. As demand for PCR tests continues, the HSE this week estimated that up to 150-thousand Covid-19…
  • Jan 09, 2022

    New Archbishop of Tuam to be installed later

    The new Archbishop of Tuam will be installed this afternoon. Archbishop Francis Duffy takes over from outgoing Archbishop Michael Neary who held the position for the past 27 years. The new archbishop will be installed during 2.30 Mass this afternoon in Tuam…
  • Jan 09, 2022

    Missing Leitrim woman has been located

    A woman missing from her home in Drumshanbo in Leitrim since Thursday evening has been located. 46-year-old Devon Mac Gillivray was found safe and well. Gardaí have thanked the public and media for their assistance in this matter.
  • Jan 09, 2022

    Elderly woman missing from MUH has been located

    An elderly woman who went missing from Mayo University Hospital last night has been located. Gardaí issued an appeal for assistance in tracing her whereabouts early this morning. She was last seen on the grounds of the hospital at 9:10pm last night. A search…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Gardaí appeal for assistance in tracing whereabouts of missing Leitrim woman

    Gardaí are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 46-year-old Devon Mac Gillivray, who was last seen in her home in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim on Thursday evening last.Devon is described as being 5 feet 10 in height, and of slim build.She…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Ireland records highest Covid-19 case count since the pandemic began

    The Department of Health has confirmed the highest daily number of Covid cases since the Pandemic began. Figures released this afternoon show 26,122 new cases of the virus, confirmed with PCR tests. Today's record breaking case count is widely expected to be…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Mayo's Dr Mike Ryan receives Presidential award

    Mayo native Dr Mike Ryan of the World Health Organisation has been presented with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award - in recognition of his service to global public health over a number of decades. Dr Ryan - who grew up in Charlestown - visited Áras…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    New 5-year tourism plan being developed for the North Mayo/ Erris region

    A new 5-year tourism plan is being developed for the North Mayo & Erris region. Fáilte Ireland will put the plan out to tender next Spring, according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary, who says extra focus is needed on the many facilities, amenities and…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Minister suggests opening windows 'at a lower level' if classrooms are cold

    The education minister says teachers should open windows "at a lower level" if their classrooms are cold. Ventilation requirements for pandemic safety have seen some room temperatures dip below seven degrees Celsius this week. Health and safety rules require…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Psychiatric nurses call for PCR testing prioritisation

    The Psychiatric Nurses Association is calling for its members to be prioritised for PCR testing. The union estimates up to 600 nurses in mental health services are absent due to Covid-19. The PNA says staff shortages are causing unprecedented and…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Courts Service postpones jury trials due to Covid absences

    Jury trials, pharmacy opening hours and post deliveries have all been delayed in recent days because of staff shortages. The number of people isolating means the Courts Service has had to postpone jury trials in the Central and Circuit courts until later this…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Over 380,000 households fail to file property tax return

    Over 380 thousand households have failed to file a property tax return, despite a high profile campaign by Revenue last year. The failure to report means those households are now likely underpaying their property tax. November 10th last was when every…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Covid-positive patient numbers fall for second consecutive day

    The number of people being treated in Irish hospitals for Covid 19 has fallen for the second day in a row. This morning 917 people are being treated for the disease in the country's health system - a drop of 24 since Thursday. 84 people are currently being…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Online vaccine registration for young children opens

    Online registration for Covid-19 vaccination for all children aged five to eleven is now open. Parents and guardians can register their children through the HSE's website. The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan is encouraging parents to engage with the…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Health expert says risk of long Covid shows need to minimise infection risk

    A Public health expert says the risk of long covid shows the need to do everything to minimise the risk of infection. Professor Ivan Perry from UCC believes there will be a significant burden of long covid from the Omicron wave here. It comes as 21,926 new…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Covid cases nationally remain above 20,000 this evening

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 21,926 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 936 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised nationally, of which 84 are in ICU.
  • Jan 07, 2022

    "Golfgate" trial will resume in Galway on February 3rd

    Supreme Court judge, Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe, has told the Golfgate trial that he didn't see anything at the event that evening that gave him cause for concern. He was giving evidence at the trial of two politicians and two hoteliers, who were accused of…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Pharmacists urge people to order medicine in advance, due to staff shortages

    Pharmacies are encouraging people to order medicines in advance, due to the strain of staff absences. The Irish Pharmacies Union says the Omicron wave's placing them under significant pressure, and is resulting in reduced hours or temporary store closures.…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Mayo Pipe Band open tonight's Late Late Show

    Tonight’s Late Late Show on RTE television will opened with a performance by Mayo’s Clew Bay Pipe Band. Charlie Bird will in studio again with host Ryan Tubridy and his climbing volunteers to launch the inaugural Climb with Charlie Event. Charlie has spoken…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Colleges will re-open as planned on Monday next

    Third level colleges will re-open on Monday as planned. It follows a meeting between Higher Education Minister Simon Harris and student, staff and management representatives today. The re-opening will be staggered with five colleges returning on Monday and…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Councillor asks why GPs are giving booster jabs when the service is available in pharmacies and County Vaccination Centre

    Why GPs are involved in administering Covid booster vaccines to patients when there are up to one hundred people employed at the Vaccination Centre in Breaffy to do that job, as well as pharmacists right across the county, is a question that many are asking…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Man dies following single vehicle crash in County Roscommon

    Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a fatal road traffic collision on the N61 at Ballybay in Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon this morning. The single vehicle collision occurred shortly after 9.30am. The driver of this car, a man, aged in his 40s,…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Covid-positive patient numbers at GUH up 10 in 24 hours

    936 Covid patients are in Irish hospitals today - the first fall since New Year’s Day. It's a drop of five since yesterday. However, the total is 37 percent higher than last Friday and 138 percent up on two weeks ago. Across the region there are 53 patients…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    An Post deliveries in rural areas impacted by staffing shortages

    An Post says deliveries in some rural areas are being impacted by staffing shortages. The company says a spike in Covid-related absences has placed a "temporary strain" on its resources. It says the worst impact's being felt across its mails and parcels…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Disabled parking bay to be installed at PO in Castlerea

    A disabled parking bay is to be installed for people accessing the post office on Barrack Street in Castlerea. Roscommon / Galway deputy Denis Naughten told Midwest News today that he has been in contact with the County Council area office after he was…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    GUH will postpone some outpatient appointments to redeploy staff

    The rising COVID-19 cases in the community, along with a number of staff absences due to COVID-19, are having a significant impact on services at Galway University Hospitals. In light of this, from Monday GUH is postponing a number of outpatient appointments…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Gardaí are investigating a theft incident at a Claregalway estate

    Gardaí are investigating an incident of theft that occurred in Claregalway on Wednesday night. The incidents occurred at 20:30pm in the evening. Midwest News understands that a number of vehicles were broken into in an estate in the town. No arrests have been…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    'Golfgate' trial of those accused of breaching Covid rules continues

    The trial of two politicians and two hoteliers accused of breaching Covid rules relating to the 'Golfgate' dinner continues today at Galway District Court. Independent TD Noel Grealish and former Fianna Fáil Senator Donie Cassidy are alleged to have organised…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    New car sales in Mayo were up 13% last year

    New car sales in Co Mayo last year were up by almost 13% on the previous year, with 1,850 new cars registered in Mayo in 2021. That's according to the latest report from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, which shows a 13% increase in new cars…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    NPHET is not recommending any fresh restrictions

    Nphet is not recommending any new restrictions, after a record number of new Covid-19 cases. 23,817 cases were reported yesterday - the highest daily figure since the pandemic began. 941 people are in hospital with the virus and 90 are in ICU. Nphet's also…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Galway TD says increased parking fines will help protect vulnerable road users

    The junior Transport Minister says increasing the fine for parking on footpaths, cycle tracks and bus lanes will help better protect vulnerable road users. From February 1st, the penalty's set to double to 80 euro. Minister of State at the Department of…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Motorists urged to exercise caution with icy conditions across the region

    Motorists should prepare for icy stretches this morning, with a Status Yellow Snow and Ice warning in place for the country. There have been scattered showers of hail, sleet and snow overnight, which has left hazardous conditions in some areas. The alert's…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    High number of Covid cases nationally again this evening

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 23,817 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 941 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised nationally, of which 90 are in ICU.
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Trial is continuing in Galway into so called "Golfgate" incident

    A witness who attended the dinner at the centre of the Golfgate trial says he was satisfied that all Covid-19 guidelines were observed. He was giving evidence at the trial of two politicians and two hoteliers, who are accused of organising an event in Clifden…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Efforts underway to register positive antigen test results

    The HSE says its working on allowing people who've tested positive on an antigen test to register their result with the health service. Many people who've tested positive on an antigen test over Christmas were unable to get a confirmatory PCR. These people…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Updated Digital Covid Certs are being rolled out

    Updated Digital Covid Certs won't be required to access services including indoor dining. People who've received a booster dose of a covid vaccine will start to receive their updated certs from this afternoon. The updated certs will reflect a person's…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Renewed Garda appeal for witnesses to fatal road collision at Breaffy, Castlebar last month

    Gardaí in Castlebar are renewing their appeal for information in relation to a fatal road traffic collision which occurred on the N60 at Breaffy in Castlebar, on Monday, 27th December 2021. The collision, which involved two cars, occurred at approximately…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Major drop in passenger numbers through Knock Airport over past two years due to the pandemic

    2021 has proven to be another tough year at Ireland West Airport as the impact of COVID-19 continues to have a devastating impact on passenger numbers. Last year just 175,000 passengers passed through the airport, passenger numbers in 2020 dipped to just…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Over 1300 staff on Covid-related leave across Saolta Hospital Group

    Public health officials are meeting today to discuss changing the rules around close contacts of Covid-19 cases. The National Public Health Emergency Team is holding talks on what advice to give Government on dealing with the Omicron variant. The Government…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Man remanded in custody following knifepoint robberies in Castlebar

    A 43-year-old man appeared in court this morning charged in connection with a series of knifepoint robberies in Castlebar over the Christmas and New Year period. Ian Burke of 12 Lios Na Circe, Castlebar, did not apply for bail when he appeared before Judge…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    As schools re-open, one Mayo principal has two thirds of his teaching staff out today due to Covid, but has managed to open

    Schools have re-opened across the country today following the Christmas break. It comes amid concern about the impact high Covid infection rates are having on staffing levels and student attendance. Teacher unions have warned that thousands of staff will be…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Rural regeneration funding for Roscommon, Galway, Sligo & Leitrim projects

    Regeneration projects in Roscommon, Galway, Sligo and Leitrim are to receive funding under the latest round of allocations from the Rural Regeneration Development Fund. Minister Heather Humphreys has announced a package of €21.5 million for 27 landmark…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Man charged with four robberies / attempted robberies in Castlebar

    A man is due in court this morning, charged in connection with four robberies or attempted robberies in Castlebar over the past fortnight. The man in his early 40's, who's from the Castlebar area, was arrested on Tuesday, following attempted robberies at a…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Lotto ticket worth over €305,000 sold in Crossmolina

    There's good news for the north Mayo area this morning, as one Lotto player has won over €305,000 in last night's Lotto draw. The Match 5 plus bonus winning ticket was sold at Mulhern's Applegreen Filling Station and Gala shop in Crossmolina, and is worth…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Snow & ice warning comes into effect from 4pm

    Met Eireann is warning of hazardous conditions later today, due to snow and ice. A yellow weather alert comes into effect from 4pm for the entire country and is to remain in place until 11am tomorrow morning. Met Eireann forecaster, Andrew Doran Sherlock,…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Schools reopen this morning amid concern over absences

    Schools are reopening across the country today following the Christmas break. It comes amid concern about the impact high Covid infection rates will have on staffing levels and student attendance. Teacher unions are warning thousands of staff will be absent…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Court case arising out of Golfgate controversy opens in Galway today

    A court case arising out of the so-called "Golfgate" controversy in Connemara is due to begin today. In August 2020, the Oireachtas Golf Society held a two-day golfing event in Clifden. Independent TD for Galway West Noel Grealish was captain of the society,…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Booster vaccines available in Castlebar today for anyone over 16

    People aged 16 to 29 who had their first round of COVID-19 vaccination at least three months ago can now book an appointment to get a booster vaccine at the Breaffy Vaccination Centre. A free appointment for a booster can be booked on the HSE website.…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    NPHET meets to consider changes to rules for close contacts

    The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet later today to consider changes to rules around close contacts. Coalition leaders are seeking a reduction in the isolation period as businesses across the country struggle with staff shortages. Yesterday saw…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    40 deaths of people with Covid 19 newly notified in the past week in the Republic

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 17,656 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 928 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 94 are in ICU. There has been a total of 5,952 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Changes to the need for a negative Covid test for vaccinated passengers flying into Ireland

    Passengers flying into the country will no longer need a negative Covid test, provided they're vaccinated. The measure was introduced last month in an effort to slow the spread of the Omicron variant. The changes will come into effect in the coming days.…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Owner of Castlebar jewellery store where attempted armed robbery took place yesterday is relieved no one was injured

    Gardaí in Mayo are searching for evidence in connection with an attempted robbery with a weapon which occurred at a Castlebar business on Main St. yesterday afternoon. Members of the Garda Water Unit have set up operations in the vicinity of the Town River at…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Lotto players in Claremorris urged to check their tickets

    Lotto players in the Claremorris area are urged to check their tickets, as a prize of over €22,000 remains unclaimed since last October. The winning ticket was sold at the Centra store on Lower James Street in Claremorris ahead of the draw on Wed 27th…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Snow / ice warning issued for tomorrow evening

    Met Eireann has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for the entire country for tomorrow. It comes into force at 4pm on Thursday, until 11am on Friday. Scattered showers of hail, sleet and snow are expected, with hazardous travelling conditions in…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Passengers will no longer need negative Covid test to enter Ireland

    The requirement for passengers to have a negative Covid test to enter the country is to be scrapped from tomorrow. Cabinet Ministers have agreed to lift the measure, which was brought in to little avail to slow the importation of Omicron cases. The decision…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    ISCA sheep chairman appeals to dog owners to keep their pets under control

     The Department of Agriculture must show greater flexibility around sheep inspections during the busy lambing months. That’s the view of ICSA sheep chair Sean McNamara. He says there are welfare issues when it comes to moving heavy in-lamb or recently lambed…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    NUI Galway’s Access Centre to hold its annual information evening on Wednesday next

    NUI Galway’s Access Centre will hold its annual information evening, on Wednesday next, 12 January, from 7-9pm. The event will focus on the needs of Mature Students and Adult Learners who may be considering full-time or part-time studies for the 2022-23…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Archbishop Francis Duffy will be installed on Sunday

    The new Archbishop of Tuam will be installed on Sunday. Archbishop Francis Duffy takes over from outgoing Archbishop Michael Neary who held the position for the past 27 years. The new archbishop will be installed during 2.30 Mass on Sunday afternoon in Tuam…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    1200 staff absent across Saolta hospital group due to Covid-19

    The impact of the Omicron variant is being felt across frontline health services. In the Saolta Hospital group - which includes public hospitals in Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal - there are currently in the region of 1200 staff absent from work…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Ice and low temperature warning in place until 10am this morning

    A status yellow ice and temperature warning remains in place across the country this morning. Met Eireann expect widespread frost and icy stretches to impact the country until 10am with temperatures as low as minus 3 in many areas. After a frosty start, today…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Man remains in custody following attempted robbery in Castlebar

    A man remains in custody at Castlebar Garda station following an attempted robbery at a jewellery shop in the town yesterday afternoon. The incident occurred at a premises on Main Street at about 4pm, and the culprit was pursued on foot by Gardai. The man in…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    NPHET to review rules around close contacts

    Rules around close contacts are set to be reviewed by public health officials tomorrow. It follows a request by coalition leaders to look at reducing the current isolation period due to Omicrons impact on vital services. It comes as a further 21,302 Covid…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Schools prepare to reopen tomorrow, amid warnings of staff shortages and Covid outbreaks

    Teacher unions are warning of staff shortages and Covid-19 outbreaks ahead of the reopening of schools tomorrow. Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan says it's “inevitable” children would pick up the infection from household contacts over the coming days and…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Met Eireann issues low temperature / ice warning for tonight

    Met Eireann has issued a status yellow weather warning for low temperatures and ice. The warning is in place for the entire country from 7pm this evening until 10am tomorrow. Temperatures are expected to drop as low as minus three degrees tonight, with Met…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Robbery at Castlebar business premises - man arrested

    A man has been arrested following a robbery at a business premises in Castlebar this afternoon. The incident occurred at a premises on Main Street at about 4pm, and the culprit was pursued on foot by Gardai. A man in his early 40's was arrested and is being…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Over 21,000 new Covid cases confirmed this evening

    21,302 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed this evening. 884 patients are curently in hospital with the virus - 90 of these patients are in ICU. Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says the current infection levels are having a major impact on…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Govt leaders agree schools should reopen on Thursday

    The Government party leaders have agreed schools should reopen as planned on Thursday. Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Transport Minister Eamon Ryan discussed the issue at their meeting earlier. Meanwhile, talks are ongoing between…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Bus Eireann disruption due to Covid absences

    Bus Eireann is advising customers that its service is experiencing some disruption, as a result of Covid-19 absences among staff across its 17 depots. The bus company says its working on a daily basis to manage absences and to prioritise delivery of services…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    House price increases across Connacht in the past year

    House prices in Co Leitrim are up 42%, and by over 20% in Sligo in the past year. That's according to the latest report from MyHome.ie, which shows demand for housing outside the main cities is skyrocketing, as supply plummets. The asking price for houses…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Icy conditions tonight in sub-zero temperatures

    Met Eireann is advising of sub-zero temperatures across the West tonight, with the cold spell to continue for the most of this week. Following a cold and bright day, tonight will be dry and cold with widespread frost and some icy patches as temperatures fall…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Social welfare increases come into effect from this week

    A range of social welfare increases announced in the Budget will take effect from this week. Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon says increases for carers, pensioners, widows and widowers, lone parents, people with disabilities and people on Jobseekers payments will…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Two people died in workplace incidents in Mayo in 2021

    Two people died in workplace accidents in Mayo over the past year, according to the annual report from the Health & Safety Authority. There were 3 work-related deaths in Sligo and one in Galway during 2021, while nationally, 38 people died in workplace…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    ASTI insists the safety of both staff and students must be a priority for the re-opening of schools later this week

    The ASTI is suggesting only exam year students return to school later this week. The Union is calling for a staggered reopening to schools post-Christmas amid concerns of staff shortages and inadequate ventilation. The Department of Education will meet with…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    41 patients with Covid 19 at MUH today

    Mayo University Hospital is dealing with a high volume of patients presenting at its Emergency Dept today, and is also coping with the rising Covid-19 cases in the community, and a Covid-19 outbreak on site. As of this morning, according to the General…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    39 patients with Covid-19 at Mayo University Hospital today

    884 people are in hospital this morning with Covid-19. That's 80 more compared to the same period yesterday. The number's also up 57 percent compared to Christmas Day, 10 days ago. There are 39 patients with the virus at Mayo University Hospital at present-…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    High number of patients on trolleys at hospital across the region today

    There are 29 patients on trolleys waiting for admission to Galway University Hospital today. That’s according the latest INMO trolley watch figures today. There are 27 patients on trolleys waiting for beds at Sligo University Hospital, 17 at Mayo University…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    30,000 5-11 year olds registered for a Covid-19 vaccine

    Thirty thousand 5 to 11 year olds have so far been registered for a Covid-19 vaccine. The HSE's vaccine portal opened for the age cohort yesterday. There are half a million children aged between 5 and 11 living in Ireland. The HSE's National Lead for the…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Coalition leaders meet later to discuss Covid situation

    Coalition leaders are to meet later to assess the current Covid situation. A shortening of the isolation period for close contacts is expected to be among the measures considered. It comes as the country battles record infection rates and rising hospital…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Updated Local Authority Home-Loan Scheme comes into effect

    A newly updated Local Authority Home-Loan Scheme comes in to effect from today. The scheme is aimed at helping people on low or modest incomes get on the property ladder. These new regulations will make it easier for single people to avail of a State backed…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Ballina retains clean status in latest IBAL survey

    Ballina has retained its clean status in the latest IBAL survey but has dropped 6 places to 19th position in the ranking of 40 towns and cities nationwide. It was a good performance for Ballina, with seven out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Galway and Sligo University Hospital among the top five most overcrowded in 2021

    Over 70,000 patients went without a bed in Irish hospitals in 2021, according to figures in the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s annual report. The union has branded this year’s figures as an “unacceptable rise in overcrowding while we know this adds…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    New minimum pricing laws for alcohol come into effect

    The Health Minister is welcoming new minimum pricing laws for alcohol which take effect today. Stephen Donnelly says the minimum price is directly proportionate to the amount of pure alcohol in a drink. There'll be a minimum cost based on grams of alcohol,…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Discussions later on the planned reopening of schools

    Education officials, union representatives and management bodies will meet today to discuss the reopening of schools. The Association of Secondary Teachers say it's deeply concerned the Education Minister's going ahead with Thursday's reopening without…
  • Jan 03, 2022

    Almost 17,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening

    16,986 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by the HSE today.The number of people with Covid-19 in hospitals has risen to 804, an increase of 87.This day last week there were 461 people in hospital with Covid-19.The number of people in intensive care…
  • Jan 03, 2022

    Acute Covid Assessment Unit at Mayo University Hospital is extremely busy

    Mayo University Hospital continues to deal with high attendances coupled with the rising Covid-19 cases in the community and a Covid-19 outbreak on the site. People attending at the hospital will be clinically streamed in advance of entering the emergency…
  • Jan 03, 2022

    Children between 5 & 11 who are at high risk of infection are getting vaccinations from today

    Children aged between 5 and11 who are at higher risk of infection, are starting to get their COVID-19 vaccinations from today.For all remaining 5 to11 year olds, registration will commence shortly, and vaccinations will commence next Saturday.Chief Executive…
  • Jan 03, 2022

    Hospitals under severe pressure as thousands of frontline healthcare workers are off due to covid concerns

    Thousands of frontline healthcare workers are off work due to Covid-related concerns, leaving the country's Hospitals under severe pressure, as the number of those hospitalised for Covid-19 continues to rise.Yesterday, the number of people being treated in…
  • Jan 02, 2022

    Over 17,000 new Covid-19 cases

    A further 17,071 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed. 717 people are in hospital with the virus, up 61 in the past 24 hours. 87 are in ICU, up two over the same period.
  • Jan 02, 2022

    Booster programme opens to people aged 16 and over

    People over 16 will start receiving a Covid-19 booster from today. The rollout comes as cases of the virus reach record levels and put pressure on the hospital system. From today people aged 16 to 29 will start receiving a Covid-19 booster at vaccination…
  • Jan 02, 2022

    Primary school students in Galway receive special letter from David Attenborough

    A group of primary school students in Galway received a special letter from David Attenborough. The 95-year-old wildlife broadcaster responded to the students of Scoil Bhríde Tír na Cille in Maam Valley, according to Independent.ie. Attenborough talked about…
  • Jan 02, 2022

    350,000 antigen tests to be posted out to people under 40 this week

    Up to 350,000 antigen tests are set to be posted out to people under the age of 40 this week. The Sunday Times reports the HSE's more than tripling its antigen testing capacity to deal with the Omicron threat. The move follows new guidance that people aged…
  • Jan 02, 2022

    Infection rate among staff at Galway Hospital has doubled in 48 hours

    The infection rate among staff at one Irish hospital has doubled in 48 hours. Galway University Hospital reported 190 infected on Friday, an increase from 100 just two days earlier. It's one of a number of hospitals experiencing severe staff shortages, as…
  • Jan 01, 2022

    Mayo University Hospital announce emergency measures

    The Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital is extremely busy today. The situation has been exacerbated by the rising Covid-19 cases in the community along with a Covid-19 outbreak on the site. The hospital teams are working to manage the current in-…
  • Jan 01, 2022

    All over 16s can avail of a booster vaccine from tomorrow

    The rollout of the booster vaccine is due to ramp up tomorrow when all those aged over 16 will be eligible for their jab.The health minister Stephen Donnelly made the announcement yesterday, inviting those eligible to book their appointment online.Originally,…
  • Jan 01, 2022

    Over 23,000 cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    23,281 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported today.It's the highest figure recorded since the pandemic began.There are 656 people in hospital with the virus, down 26, while 85 people are in ICU.
  • Jan 01, 2022

    All weekly social welfare payments to increase this week

    All social welfare weekly payments will increase this week benefiting an estimated 1.3 million pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents and jobseekers.Making the announcement Minister Heather Humphreys said the increases, delivered under…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Covid boosters will be available to all age groups from Sunday

    The booster vaccine programme will open to all remaining age groups earlier than expected, the Minister for Health has announced. Speaking on RTE Stephen Donnelly said that from this Sunday all those aged 16 and older who are eligible to receive a booster…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Galway shows an increase in road fatalities compared with 2020

    Provisional road collision statistics show that the number of road deaths in Ireland in 2021 dropped to a record low, making it the safest year since road deaths were first recorded in 1959. A total of 130 people died in 119 fatal road collisions in 2021…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Six Mayo punters share in festive lotto celebrations

    The National Lottery have revealed the selling locations where each of the 36 tickets that matched 5 numbers in last Saturday night’s draw were purchased as well as where each of the 17 tickets that matched 5 numbers in Wednesday night’s draw were purchased.…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Over 20,000 cases of Covid-19 confirmed yet again

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 20,110 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 682 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 86 are in ICU. Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Once…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Status Yellow Wind Warning tonight for Mayo, Galway and Kerry

    A status yellow wind warning has been issued for Galway, Mayo and Kerry. The alert is valid from 8 o'clock tonight and will last until 8am tomorrow. Met Éireann is warning of gusts of up to 100km/h with the possiblity of wave overtopping along the coast. A…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    18 patients waiting for beds today at MUH

    There are 18 patients on trolleys waiting for admission at Mayo University Hospital today. That’s according to the latest trolley watch figures from the INMO. The same number of patients are on trolleys waiting for a bed at Galway University Hospital today, 7…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Taoiseach says jury is out on whether Commission of Inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes was the ideal

    The Taoiseach says whether the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was the ideal, remains to be seen. Micheál Martin says that's not casting any aspersions on those who carried out the inquiry into the institutions. He was responding to…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Increase in face masks and dog poo bags littered along our coasts

    Face masks and dog poo bags have been highlighted in a survey of litter along our coastlines. Coastwatch, which assessed 710 locations across the island, found the number of sites where one or more masks were found has risen to 21 per cent from 18 per cent.…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Walk in booster vaccination clinics continue in Mayo throughout New Year Bank Holiday weekend

    The following walk-in clinics are taking place in the Breaffy House Resort Vaccination Centre, Castlebar over the bank holiday weekend for anyone aged 30 and over who is eligible for a booster vaccine. There is no appointment needed: Friday 31 December - 8am…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Omicron now accounts for 90% of infections here

    The government has cut back on professional Covid-19 testing for most people under forty amid record rates of infection with the virus. A new record case load was set last night,prompting the Chief Medical Officer to urge people not to mix with other…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    30 percent reduction in the number of work fatalities this year

    The Health and Safety Authority has reported a 30% reduction in work-related fatalities for 2021. As of yesterday, December 30, 38 people had lost their lives in 2021, compared to 54 in 2020. This represented the lowest figure recorded since the Health and…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Don't socialise with other households indoors this New Year's Eve, urges the Chief Medical Officer

    The Chief Medical Officer has urged people not to socialise with people from other households indoors this New Year's Eve. Dr Tony Holohan says the rate of hospital admissions is "not sustainable" , with 20,554 new infections announced yesterday. PCR testing…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    As Covid cases in the community rise, limited access available to visitors to MUH

    Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community and a current outbreak within the hospital, visiting at Mayo University Hospital is limited at this time to compassionate grounds and to those visiting the elderly. Visits are by appointment only and…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Taoiseach tweets "omicron variant a serious threat"

    The Taoiseach says the Omicron variant of Covid-19 "continues to spread rapidly and is a serious threat". Earlier today Labour leader Alan Kelly said there has been "silence" from the government over record levels of infection and PCR test shortages. He said…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Severe traffic congestion in Castlebar this afternoon around the Covid Test Centre at McHale Park

    Gardai in Castlebar are advising of congested traffic in the town this afternoon as long queues are forming, to enter the Covid Test Centre at McHale Park. Traffic is almost at a standstill from McHale road back to the Cathal Duffy Roundabout, and down as far…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Mayo Vaccination Centre at Breaffy to remain open throughout New Year Bank Holiday Weekend

    The Mayo Covid Vaccination Centre at Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar will remain open throughout the New Year Bank Holiday weekend. Booster walk-in clinics, for anyone aged 30 years and older are available today (Thurs) until 8pm this evening. Tomorrow,…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    The young man who died in a road collision at Breaffy, Castlebar to be laid to rest this Saturday

    The funeral takes place this Saturday of the young man who died in a two car road collision at Breaffy, Castlebar earlier this week. David Henning, of “The Spinney” Derreenascobe, Killawalla, Westport , and formerly of South Africa and the UK, died in the…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    It was a busy year for the Coast Guard

    There's been a 12 per cent increase in the number of incidents dealt with by the Coast Guard this year. It responded to just under 3 thousand - with April and July the busiest months. The service says it provided help in 474 cases where a loss of life or…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Heavy rain forecast for Mayo and Galway this evening and tonight

    A Status Yellow Rain warning has been issued for counties Mayo and Galway this evening and tonight. Met Éireann is forecasting heavy rain, over a relatively short period of time, saying it may lead to localised flooding. Highest accumulations are expected in…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    New Year arrangements for Bus Éireann passengers

    Bus Éireann is advising customers of its New Year’s arrangements. Tomorrow, New Year's Eve, its city, town, commuter, and rural and Expressway services will operate a weekday service running as normal through the evening. On New Year's Day, (Saturday) Bus…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    The INMO wants all activity except urgent emergency care to be curtailed in public hospitals

    The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has today called on the HSE to publish and implement a Plan B for dealing with the capacity crisis that is escalating within the public acute hospital system. The INMO wants all activity except urgent emergency care…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Call on HSE to open walk-in Covid test centres across the region

    The HSE must open walk-in Covid-19 test centres across the region to keep up with demand for PCR testing. That’s the call from Galway City Fine Gael Councillor Eddie Hoare has called on the HSE to reopen the testing centre in Forster Street. A walk in test…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Mayo people can join an online celebration to the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu later

    The Irish peace and human rights organisation Afri are hosting an online celebration of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu this evening. The event, which gets underway at 8pm, is in honour of the South African humanitarian and anti-apartheid campaigner who…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    New restrictions introduced at UHG and Merlin Park due to Covid

    New visiting restrictions have been brought in at University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park Hospital due to the rise in COVID-19 infections in the community. One visitor per patient is allowed at the hospitals each day, for a visit lasting 15 minutes.…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Missing teen last seen in Roscommon found following appeal

    A missing Dublin teenager, who was last seen in Tarmonbarry County Roscommon, has been located. 16-year-old Joseph Jodie Burns was reported missing on St Stephens Day but has been found safe and well following an appeal yesterday. Gardaí have thanked the…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Gardaí urge public to protect their household over the New Year period

    Gardaí have issued a warning to homeowners to ensure their household is protected over the New Year period. They are asking anyone going away for the weekend to consider the following security advice: Leave on some lights or using timer switches to give the…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    €15,000 allocated to footpath works in South Mayo village

    Councillor Patsy O’Brien has allocated 15,000 euro notice of motions funding for a footpath on the Dalgan Road in Shrule. The South Mayo councillor says the 80 metre stretch posed a significant hazard to pedestrians due to the raised embankment. This will now…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    CMO says everyone should consider themselves Covid infectious

    The Chief Medical Officer says everyone should consider themselves potentially infectious - as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 continues to spread. Dr Tony Holohan is urging people to avoid crowded shops where possible - and that it should be considered…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Burial takes place this afternoon of Mayo nurse who died in Boston

    A Mayo nurse who died following a tragic road traffic collision in Boston will be laid to rest in her native Ballintubber later today. Ann O’Flaherty nee Moran of Westwood, Massachusetts, USA, and formerly of Ballintubber, died on Wednesday the 15th of…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Taoiseach admits addressing Pyrite crisis will be difficult and challenging

    The Taoiseach says addressing the Pyrite and Mica crisis in affected counties will be difficult and challenging for the Government. Micheal Martin says a significant number of families will have to live in rented accommodation while reconstruction works take…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Weather alert for Mayo and Galway later

    Met Eireann is warning of localised flooding in parts of the south and west today. A status yellow rain alert for Cork and Kerry will be in effect from 11am until 5 o'clock tomorrow morning. There's also a warning for Galway and Mayo between 5pm this evening…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Over 16,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

    16,428 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 -- the highest number ever seen in the Republic.The Chief Medical Officer says "every individual should consider themselves potentially infectious" in light of the very high levels of transmission of the…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Gardaí seek assistance in tracing teen missing in Roscommon

    Gardaí are looking for help finding a teenager missing from Clondalkin in Dublin. 16-year-old Joseph Burns -- also known as 'Jodie' Burns -- was last seen in Tarmonbarry, Co Roscommon on St Stephen's Day. He's five-foot eleven in height and slim, with…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    N60 reopen to traffic both ways following crash in Roscommon

    Gardai and emergency services attended the scene of a road traffic collision on the N60 in Roscommon this morning. The two vehicle collision occurred on the main Ballymoe to Roscommon road near the turn off for Ballintubber at around 11:30am. Traffic was…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Mayo nurse who died in road traffic collision in Boston will be laid to rest

    A Mayo nurse who died following a tragic road traffic collision in Boston will be laid to rest in her native Ballintubber tomorrow. Ann O’Flaherty nee Moran of Westwood, Massachusetts, USA, and formerly of Ballintubber, died on the 15th of December after…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Anglers shed stolen from the Foxford area

    An anglers shelter has been stolen from the Foxford area. The structure in Rinnaney, Foxford was popular with fishermen from the Foxford Salmon Anglers group, who used it for dining and for setting up equipment. The Foxford Salmon Anglers group have made an…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Tanaiste believes omicron wave will be overcome faster than previous Covid waves

    The country is likely to 'overcome' the Omicron wave of Covid 19 more quickly than earlier waves, according to the Tanaiste. Leo Varadkar told the Irish Times the latest wave should peak in the next week or so. He says there will be an increase in patient…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Jump in number of Covid positive patients being treated in hospitals today

    There are 568 patients with Covid 19 being treated in hospitals today across the country. That's an increase of 47 from yesterday. 92 patients with the disease are in ICUs.
  • Dec 29, 2021

    The man who died in a road collision at Breaffy on Monday has been named locally

    The man who died in a two vehicle collision on Monday evening last on the N60 at Breaffy, Castlebar has been named locally as 33 years old David Henning,of Killawalla, Westport. David, a South African national, was a passenger in one of the cars. Four others…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    House prices in Mayo took a hike in the last quarter of 2021

    House prices rose by almost 8 percent on average during 2021. That’s according to the latest report from property website, Daft.ie. The average price nationwide in the final quarter of 2021 was €291,000 , up 0.6% on the third quarter of 2021 Fewer than 11,500…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Senator calls for action on spate of break-ins to homes in Galway

    There have been 14 break-ins to private homes in Carnmore and Claregalway over the last ten days. According to Galway Fianna Fail Senator Ollie Crowe the incidents generally appear to follow a similar pattern. Two/three males are dropped off and carry out a…
  • Dec 28, 2021

    N60 road at Breaffy, Castlebar closed this morning following a fatal collision

    Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a fatal road traffic collision on the N60 at Breaffy in Castlebar, yesterday(Mon) evening. The collision occurred at approximately 5.35pm, when two cars collided. A passenger from one of the vehicles, a man…
  • Dec 28, 2021

    Covid Vaccination Clinic at Breaffy open this morning

    Vaccination clinics are continuing to operate throughout this morning at the Mayo Vaccination Centre. Traffic diversions are in place on the N60 in the area following a road traffic accident on December 27th. While the N60 routes on the Castlebar side of…
  • Dec 25, 2021

    Over 13,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed today

    The Department of Health has reported a further 13,675 cases of Covid-19 today.378 people are hospitalised with the virus, which is a decrease of 15 patients from yesterday.87 of those are currently in ICU.It's a new highest daily total since 11,182 new cases…
  • Dec 25, 2021

    Booster vaccine available in Mayo by appointment on Monday & Tuesday

    The Breaffy House Resort Vaccination Centre is running clinics next week for people who are eligible to receive a booster vaccine to book their own appointment slot in advance. Online booking is currently available for appointments on: · Monday 27…
  • Dec 25, 2021

    CMO urging public to reduce their contacts after over 11 thousand cases yesterday

    The Chief Medical Officer says people should take all steps to protect themselves until they get their booster vaccine.Tony Holohan says it's important everyone reduces their contacts and avoids crowded places as much as possible.It comes after 11,182 new…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    More than 380,000 boosters administered since Monday

    Over 386,000 booster and additional vaccine doses have been administered since Monday. Almost 84,000 of those were given yesterday, in a combination of vaccination centres, GP surgeries and in pharmacies. So far this week more than 8,200 people have presented…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    Number of covid patients in ICU at its lowest level in over six weeks

    The number of Covid patients in intensive care has fallen to its lowest level in over six weeks. 89 people are receiving critical care at the moment, of a total of 393 confirmed cases in hospital. However there are fears that those numbers could begin to rise…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    Over 700 children and teenagers in County Mayo waiting for eye treatment

    Over 700 children and teenagers in Co Mayo are waiting to see an ophthalmologist, and over 200 of these children and teenagers have been on a waiting list for over a year, for basic eye assessments or treatment. That's according to local Aontú representative…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    President Higgins remembers those lost to Covid-19

    Ireland's President Michael D Higgins says he's acutely aware this Christmas of all the families who have lost loved ones over the past year, due to Covid-19. However, he says the vaccine rollout programme offers a sense of renewed hope and optimism. In his…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    RSA warning motorists to expect traffic delays today

    The Road Safety Authority is warning motorists to expect traffic delays this Christmas Eve. Thousands of people across the country are driving home for Christmas. It's advising people to have their toll fare ready to pay on motorways and DON'T stop on the…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    Staff member sustains minor injuries in latest Castlebar burglary

    Gardaí are investigating a robbery that occurred at a business premises on Linenhall Street, Castlebar yesterday afternoon. A man entered the shop and threatened the staff member with a knife at approximately 2.45pm. He left the scene with a sum of money and…