Sligo

  • There's a major jobs boost for Sligo, as Phibro Animal Health Corporation has announced plans to establish a biotech facility at the IDA Finisklin Business Park in Sligo town, creating up to 150 jobs over the next 5 years.

    Phibro develops and manufactures a broad line of animal health and nutrition products for poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture customers around the world.

    The company has its headquarters in New Jersey in the United States, and the Sligo plant will be their first biologicals manufacturing location in Europe.

    The new Sligo facility will initially focus on producing Phibro's line of vaccines for treating a range of poultry diseases, which will be sold globally, while in the future, the company expects to expand production to include vaccines for livestock and aquaculture.

    Announcing the new jobs in Sligo today, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said the significant investment by Phibro is a great vote of confidence in Sligo, and will significantly benefit the local economy.

  • GSK is to close its manufacturing plant in Sligo by 2021,with the loss of 165 positions.

    Staff have been informed that the skincare manufacturing plant in Sligo is to be phased out over the next three years, and will close by the end of 2021.

    Just over two years ago, the company created 50 jobs at the Sligo plant, but says demand for products made at this facility has not grown in line with previous expectations, due to the highly-competitive market.

    GSK has been in Sligo for the past 43 years, and its plant is a dedicated supply site for the company's Stiefel skincare products.

    In a statement to Midwest News, GSK said a number of alternatives for the Sligo plant had been evaluated but, none of them were considered feasible without significant further investment.

    The statement says the company's immediate priority is to support their employees through this difficult period.

    GSK's other operations in Ireland (manufacturing sites in Cork and Dungarvan, and commercial operations in Dublin) are not affected by this proposal.
     

     

     

  • Over 200 new jobs are being created in Sligo.

    GW Plastics is expanding its advanced manufacturing operations as part of a 5.7 million euro investment.

    The jobs are in the areas of production, quality, regulatory, and engineering.

  • 2018 was a mixed year for house prices across the country.

    That's according to the Irish Independent, which has published its annual list of property prices.

    According to the study, prices in Kilkenny increased the most over the 12 months, up 22 percent.

    Property prices in Mayo were down 1% in the year. The average price of a house in the county is 175,000. There are big differences between different areas in the county.

    Increasing builders costs and the number of new homes being built were just some of the factors that impacted on prices in each area.

    Mark Keenan, Residential Property Editor, Irish Independent has details of the survey in Co Mayo.

    In Galway, prices in the city went up by 10% and by 3% in the county.

    Property prices in Roscommon were up 7% in the last year – where the average price is 160,000

    Prices in Sligo are up 3% in the year, where the aveage price of a home is also 160,000 euro.

     

  • This year's National Famine Commemoration will take place in Sligo City on Sunday 19th May.

    Minister Josepha Madigan says this is the 3rd time that the State Commemoration takes place in Connacht.

    She says the ceremony will provide an opportunity for people in Sligo to honour the memory of those who died during the Famine, or sought escape from its port for a new life, and will feature the National flag and military honours as well as a solemn wreath-laying ceremony.

    The population of Co Sligo fell by one-third between 1841 and 1851 - with those who did not die emigrating from the area.

    Schools around the country will be invited to hold a minute of silent reflection on Friday 17th May in memory of those who died or suffered loss during the Famine, while sporting organisations will be invited to observe a minute's silence at events taking polace on 19th May - the day of the commemoration.

    This is the 12th consecutive year of the National Famine Commemoration.

  • A 31 year old man has pleaded guilty to having sexual relations with a 14 year old girl.

    He was 24 at the time of the offence in Sligo, and claimed he thought the victim was 18.

    The court heard this offence dates back to September 2012 .

    When the accused was questioned by gardai he told them he thought the girl was 18 or 19, but the victim said she told him she was just 14.

    The accused, who has a long list of minor convictions, was originally due to go on trial for rape but pleaded guilty to the defilement of a child under the age of 15.

    He will be sentenced next week.

     

     

  • A 32 year old man is due in court this morning in connection with the murder of a woman in Sligo.

    Natalia Karaczyn's body was discovered on Tuesday, just two days after she was reported missing.

     

    The mother of three had been missing from her home at Crozon Park since early on Sunday morning.

    Originally from Poland - the 30 year old been living in the town for a number of years.

    Natalia's body was discovered in the Holywell area on Tuesday however Gardaí aren't saying how she died for operational reasons.

    A 32-year-old man was last night charged in connection with her murder.

    He's due to appear before Sligo District Court this morning.

  • The number of patients on trolleys at Irish hospitals today has reached 643.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 27 patients waiting for admission to a bed at both Sligo and Galway University Hospitals, with 7 on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital and 18 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    Meanwhile, the Health Minister Simon Harris has said he will offer every student nurse and midwife a full-time, permanent job once they graduate.

    Minister Harris has tweeted to say that letter is on its way to each one of them.

    He posted that the HSE will need more and more front-line staff as they plan for more beds and facilities.

  • The Agriculture Minister needs to introduce a meal voucher scheme for farmers in the West and Northwest who are suffering due to the fodder shortage.

    That’s according to Sligo-Leitrim TD Eamon Scanlon who claims some farmers are going hungry themselves to ensure they can feed their stock.

    He believes the Fodder Transport subsidy announced earlier this year by Minister Michael Creed is not benefitting the majority of farmers impacted by the fodder shortage, whereas a meal voucher scheme would help farmers buy feed to supplement what fodder supplies they still have.

    Deputy Eamon Scanlon told Midwest News that he received a number of calls from farmers across the region in recent weeks who are suffering severe hardship as they try to provide fodder for their stock

  • Almost 16% of commercial properties in Mayo are vacant at present, according to the latest figures from GeoDirectory.

    The national commercial vacancy rate is at 13.2% - down slightly on the previous year.

    There are almost 28,000 commercial properties in the country vacant.

    Counties on the West coast had the highest commercial vacancy rates, with Sligo, Leitrim, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon making up the top five.

    Sligo had the highest commercial vacancy rate at almost 19%, while at the other end of the scale, Meath had the lowest vacancy rate at 10.4% showing the widening gap between the East and West coast in terms of commercial activity.

     

     

     

  • The Annual New Year’s Day Swim in Enniscrone Co Sligo, organised by the Enniscrone Events Committee,  takes place tomorrow at 2pm at the Pier. 

    This year’s beneficiaries are Spinal Injuries Ireland, North West Hospice and  Meals on Wheels. 

    Participants must register just prior to taking part in the office beside the pier. 

    Everyone is welcome to take part or to spectate and join in the fun. 

  • Ballina Rugby Club have this morning launched a competition to see which of their supporters can be the 'greenest' as they prepare for Sunday's big Junior Cup final clash on Sunday against Sligo at 3pm.

    They're asking their fans to get dressed in green from head to toe and send pictures to their Facebook page.

    It promises to be a very green weekend!

  • Beaches in Galway and Sligo have been included in TripAdvisor’s top ten best beaches in Ireland – this year’s list is dominated by the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry takes the top spot for 2018, followed Inchydoney strand near Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

    In third place is Dog's Bay Beach, Roundstone in Galway, while Strandhill Beach in Co. Sligo in number 9 on the list.

    TripAdvisor says its Travellers’ Choice awards are determined based on traveller reviews gathered over a 12-month period.

  • A body which was exhumed in Co Sligo is not that of a missing Tyrone schoolgirl. 

    According to the BBC, the family of Arlene Arkinson said tests were carried out on the remains which were found in Co Sligo and they are not that of the 15-year-old who disappeared following a night out in Donegal in 1994. 

    She was last seen in the company of convicted child killer Robert Howard, who was cleared of her murder but remains the main suspect.

    Arlene’s sister Kathleen Arkinson told the BBC: "My hope in finding the remains of my sister, Arlene, have been dashed again."

    Howard died in a UK prison in 2015 while serving a life sentence for rape and murder.

     

  • A body has been found by Gardaí investigating the disappearance of 30-year-old Natalia Karaczyn in Sligo.

    Ms Karaczyn has been missing from her home at Crozon Park in Sligo town since early Sunday.

    The discovery was made around 10am in the Holywell Road area on the outskirts of Sligo town. 

    A wooded area close to Lough Gill has been sealed off.

    This morning a man who was being questioned about her disappearance was released without charge.

    The 32-year-old man was released from Ballymote Garda Station early this morning.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council, would like to advise customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice that was issued on the supply on Monday, February 5 will remain in place during the high risk cryptosporidium season which runs until the end of April/beginning of May.

    Following a meeting with the relevant stakeholders this afternoon (Friday), the HSE advised that the BWN should continue during this time. It was agreed that weekly sampling will continue until the end of April after which time all results will be reviewed collectively by all stakeholders and further actions will be advised by the HSE. The HSE has confirmed that to date there have been no cases of associated illness reported in the community.

    Out of 18 samples collected over the past few weeks, six have returned with exceedances for cryptosporidium.

    In the meantime, Irish Water will continue to engage with Sligo County Council to prepare a suitable planning application for submission which, if granted, will ensure the necessary barriers against cryptosporidium are installed at the Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant. Irish Water will be submitting a planning application to Sligo County Council to provide an emergency water treatment plant on the existing site towards the end of April

    Areas affected by the Boil Water Notice include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Bunnanaddan, Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteige, Quarryfield and Coolaney.

    This boil notice also includes customers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme (GWS) in Co Sligo and the following areas in Co Mayo: Cloontia, Doocastle, and the Moylough GWS.

     

  • A boil water notice for customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply in Co Sligo and part of Co Mayo has been lifted after being in place for over eight months.

    The notice came into effect on 5th February, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the water supply, affecting some 13,000 customers in south and west Sligo as well as the area supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme in Co Mayo.

    The notice has now been lifted following a meeting yesterday between Irish Water, the HSE and Sligo County Council.

    The decision was made to lift the notice with immediate effect as there have been no reported cases of illness in the community and no detections of the cryptosporidium parasite recorded since the end of August. 

    However, Irish Water has warned that, until the Lough Talt water treatment plant is upgraded, there is a risk of further detections in the supply and it is possible a boil water notice will be re-imposed if there are more detections.

    A planning application lodged by Irish Water in 2015 for a new treatment plant at Lough Talt was refused for reasons of protected habitat at the lake.

    A new application was made in May of this year to upgrade the current plant, which Sligo County Council is currently considering.

  • Over 13,000 people are affected as a boil water notice has been reissued for the Lough Talt Regional Water Supply scheme, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant.

    This affects the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and a large rural hinterland of south Sligo including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Curry, Lavagh, Ballinacarrow, Carrowneden, Kilmacteigue and Coolaney.

    The boil water notice also affects customers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme, as well as customers in the Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield areas of Co Mayo.

    A boil notice was originally issued for the Lough Talt water supply last February, and wasn't lifted until October.

    However, the supply has been monitored closely by Irish Water since then, and following the recent detection of cryptospodidium and two cases of illness, a boil notice has again been issued for the Lough Talt water supply.

    Consumers are advised to boil water for drinking, preparing salads and uncooked foods, brushing teeth, and making ice.

     

     

  • Irish Water is reminding customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water supply scheme that the boil water notice remains in place until further notice.

    The boil alert was issued two weeks ago, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant.

    A two-week testing and sampling programme is continuing, and once the results have been received and reviewed by all stakeholders involved, further action will be advised by the HSE.

    In the meantime, customers are reminded to continue boiling water before consumption, including the washing of teeth, making of ice and preparing food that’s not cooked.

    Areas affected by the boil water notice include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, as well as a number of Sligo villages and townlands, and the Mayo villages of Cloontia, Doocastle as well as for customers supplied by the Moylough Group Water Scheme in Mayo and the Ogham group water scheme in Co Sligo.

      

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    Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council, would like to remind customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice that was issued on the supply on Monday, February 5 remains in place until further notice.

     

    Sampling and testing was impacted this week due to the adverse weather conditions and will resume once conditions permit next week. As a result an update meeting that was due to take place today has been postponed until Friday, March 9. The results of the second set of samples will be reviewed collectively before further actions are advised by the HSE. The HSE has confirmed that to date there have been no cases of associated illness reported in the community.

     

    Commenting on the Boil Water Notice, Seamus Granahan, Regional Asset Operations Manager from Irish Water said: “We would like to remind customers to continue boiling their water before consumption. We would also like to stress that this is NOT a Do Not Use Notice. Once boiled and cooled the water is perfectly safe to consume.

     

    “Public health is our number one priority and it is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice. Irish Water sincerely apologise for the inconvenience that this Boil Water Notice has caused and we will continue to communicate with local stakeholders and elected representatives to keep the community updated.”

     

    In the meantime Irish Water is urgently progressing with an alternative design proposal and will be in consultation with the relevant stakeholders regarding this detailed option over the next few weeks.

     

    The priority for Irish Water is to ultimately provide compliant and robust water treatment for the 13,000 people who are affected by this Boil Water Notice in the shortest possible time.

     

    Over the past couple of weeks Irish Water, in partnership with Sligo County Council, has completed a review of the catchment followed by protection works at the inlet.

     

    Areas affected by the Boil Water Notice include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Bunnanaddan,Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteige, Quarryfield and Coolaney.

     

    This boil notice also includes customers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme (GWS) in Co Sligo and the following areas in Co Mayo: Cloontia, Doocastle, and the Moylough GWS.

     

    Customers are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption including the washing of teeth, making of ice and in the preparation of food that is not cooked. It is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice.

     

    A map of the scheme is available on the Irish Water and Sligo County Council’s websites.

     

    Irish Water and Sligo County Council sincerely apologise to all customers for any inconvenience caused by this Boil Water Notice.

     

    Water must be boiled for:

    • Drinking
    • Drinks made with water
    • Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
    • Brushing of teeth
    • Making of ice - discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.

     

    What actions should be taken:

     

    • Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads)
    • Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling
    • Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink. Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink
    • Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water