News http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:58:48 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Mayo County Council to grit roads from 6pm this evening and again at 4am http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43457-mayo-county-council-to-grit-roads-from-6pm-this-evening-and-again-at-4am http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43457-mayo-county-council-to-grit-roads-from-6pm-this-evening-and-again-at-4am

Mayo County Council say their gritters will out on roads at 6pm this evening and again at 4am tomorrow morning to treat roads across the region. 

There are reports of extremely poor driving conditions on the Foxford to Ballyvary road, Gardai say conditions are lethal. 

Also poor conditions reported between Castlebar and Ballinrobe and on the N5 and N17 in places close to Swinford and Charlestown. 

Roads around Bonniconlon, Swinford, Crossmolina and Foxford are described as lethal. 

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:19:29 +0000
Updated travel information for Sunday December 10th http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43450-updated-travel-information-for-sunday-december-10th http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43450-updated-travel-information-for-sunday-december-10th

Bus Eireann says the majority of their services are unaffected at present but Route 440, the 14.45 departure from Athlone to Westport has been cancelled and the Galway/Derry service is diverted through Milltown, Ballindine and Claremorris. Route 440, 1445 departure from Athlone to Westport & 1900 Westport/Athlone has been cancelled
Galway City services operating with delays.
Route 65,1500 Galway/Cavan & 1915 Cavan/Galway will not operate
Route 70, 1530 Dundalk/Athlone/Galway,1800 Galway/Dundalk (1940 Athlone/Dundalk) services have been cancelled.

At Ireland West Airport Knock the 9.35 flight from Ryanair flight from London Stansted and the corresponding outgoing flight was cancelled the 11.25 service from London Luton was cancelled, while Ryanair also cancelled its 2pm flight from East Midlands and it's 5.15pm flight from London Stansted, with the outgoing flight also cancelled. The Ryanair Liverpool flight did get in around 3.20pm.  The Flybe service from Birmingham was also cancelled earlier, while their flights from and to Manchester and Edinburgh operated. The cancellations are due to adverse weather in the UK as the runway is clear of snow and ice and fully operational. There is a delay in the Aer Lingus service from London Gatwick which was due to arrive at 2.20 was delayed to 3.10pm while the outbound flight was also delayed.

Power was also an issue across the region – the majority of the some 800 customers who were without power in the Westport area have had power restored now, and the same with 162 people in Knockaphunta in Castlebar, around 12 customers in Ardnaree/Bonniconlon remain without power and 27 in Newport where power should be back around 8pm

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:03:55 +0000
Homes in Mayo damaged by pyrite in the blockwork should be exempt from paying Local Property Tax http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43449-homes-in-mayo-damaged-by-pyrite-in-the-blockwork-should-be-exempt-from-paying-local-property-tax http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43449-homes-in-mayo-damaged-by-pyrite-in-the-blockwork-should-be-exempt-from-paying-local-property-tax

Homes in Mayo that have been damaged by pyrite in the blockwork should be exempt from paying the Local Property Tax.

That’s according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who’s raised the issue in the Seanad this week.

Homes in Leinster that are deteriorating due to pyrite are already exempt from the Local Property Tax, and that now needs to be extended to over 300 homes in Co Mayo with substantial structural damage as a result of pyrite.

Senator Mulherin says she received a commitment from the Minister that this would be considered as part of a review of Local Property Tax next year.

She says she will continue to seek this exemption for the Mayo homeowners affected - as well as a compensation scheme.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:54:18 +0000
24-year-old Sligo woman left paralysed after car crash in the US http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43445-24-year-old-sligo-woman-left-paralysed-after-car-crash-in-the-us http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43445-24-year-old-sligo-woman-left-paralysed-after-car-crash-in-the-us

A 24-year-old Sligo woman has been left paralysed after she was seriously injured in a car collision in Florida.

Elaine O’Halloran was the lone survivor of a car crash that occurred in Wellington, Florida on November 25th according to the Irish Independent.

Two Americans who were travelling in the same car died in the collision.

Elaine has been in the US for the past two years, working as a groom for Co Clare showjumper David Blake at Pine Hollow Stables.

Elaine’s employer has launched a massive fundraising campaign for Elaine, who broke her spine in two places in the accident.

Elaine didn’t have any medical insurance.

The family is hoping to raise $500,000 for Elaine’s treatment. She had to undergo a six-hour spinal reconstruction surgery but is doing better now and is in rehab. She has felt some sensation in her leg and toes so they are hopeful she will be able to walk again.

Elaine is hoping to complete her rehab in the US but then wants to return to Ireland.

You can donate to Elaine via a GoFundMe Page.

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:35:19 +0000
Snow and ice causing havoc across the region this morning http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43444-snow-and-ice-causing-havoc-across-the-region-this-morning http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43444-snow-and-ice-causing-havoc-across-the-region-this-morning

Snow and ice weather warnings have been issued for most parts of the country.

The most severe is a status orange snow and ice warning for 11 counties in Connacht, Leinster, Ulster and Tipperary.

While a yellow snow ice warning is in place for Wexford, Clare, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford.

Freezing conditions are expected to spread southwards across the afternoon.

Gardai are warning motorists in most areas of Mayo not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Conditions are very poor on the N17 around Claremorris and into Charlestown, also from Mount Falcon in Ballina towards Foxford and Swinford and also from Ballina to Crossmolina and around Bonniconlon.

Gardai say roads are dangerous from Bangor Erris towards Keenagh, Castlebar and Ballina.

Roads around Castlerea are treacherous and people again shouldn’t travel unless necessary.

Roads in and around Castlebar are very dangerous also, while there is snow and ice on the roads around Roscommon Town also.

Bus Eireann says the majority of their services are unaffected at present and same applies to Irish Rail services but they do advise intending passengers to check their social media for updates throughout the day.

At Ireland West Airport Knock the 9.35 flight from London Stansted and the corresponding outgoing fligh has been cancelled the 11.25 service from London Luton has been delayed, while Ryanair has cancelled its 2pm flight from East Midlands.The Flybe service from Birmingham has been cancelled, while the 12.45 Flybe service from Manchester is expected just after 1pm. The cancellations are due to adverse weather in the UK as the runway is clear of snow and ice and fully operational. 

Power is also an issue across the region – there are 168 people without power in Crossmolina/Moygownagh area with an estimated restoration time of 2.15, around 18 in Ardnaree/Bonniconlon with a restoration time of 12.45, 140 in Bangor Erris again estimated restoration time of 12.45, 27 in Newport where power should be back around 2.15, 162 in Knockaphunta where power should be restored around 1.30, around 100 in Westport where power will be back in the early afternoon for the majority but for some it will be 8pm this evening, 61 in the Castlerea area where power should be back around now and also 20 in Glenamaddy where power should be restored this afternoon. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:18:42 +0000
Galway RNLI Lifeboat rescue injured fisherman on Galway Bay this afternoon http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43437-galway-rnli-lifeboat-rescue-injured-fisherman-on-galway-bay-this-afternoon http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43437-galway-rnli-lifeboat-rescue-injured-fisherman-on-galway-bay-this-afternoon

Galway RNLI Lifeboat came to the rescue of a fisherman injured on a trawler on Galway Bay this afternoon.

The fisherman was working on a 30-metre trawler, five miles west of Salthill, when he injured his hand. The skipper of the vessel alerted the Irish Coastguard who immediately sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat which launched within 10 minutes from Galway Docks.  

The Lifeboat met the fishing trawler off the coast of Barna and the injured man was transferred on board where he was attended to by two RNLI first aiders. They treated the laceration, stopped the bleeding, sling-ed his arm, and prevented hypothermia.

The lifeboat transported the man to Galway Docks where an ambulance was waiting to take him to Galway University Hospital. The injured fisherman is understood to be from Cork.

Galway Lifeboat Helmsman Brian Niland said there was a good outcome to this incident and thankfully conditions were calm and favourable. The other RNLI volunteer crew on this callout were Leanne McHugh, John O’Sullivan and Ian O’Gorman. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:44:48 +0000
Gardai advising people living in areas where there is an orange level weather warning to avoid unnecessary journeys http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43436-gardai-advising-people-living-in-areas-where-there-is-an-orange-level-weather-warning-to-avoid-unnecessary-journeys http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43436-gardai-advising-people-living-in-areas-where-there-is-an-orange-level-weather-warning-to-avoid-unnecessary-journeys

The Gardai are advising people living in areas where there is an orange level weather warning to exercise extreme caution when travelling and avoid unnecessary journeys.

Met Eireann have issued an Orange weather warning for counties in Connacht, Ulster and Leinster and is valid from tonight Saturday 9th December, 2017 at 23:00 to Sunday 10th December, 2017 at 23:00.

Gardai say there has already been falls of snow in parts of the country with more forecast and motorists are asked to heed the changing conditions.

  
Drivers should be aware that it takes longer to stop a vehicle on an icy road so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.

Motorists should clear the windows and mirrors of your vehicles before you set off on your journey and carry a screen scraper and de-icer. Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.

Ensure you remove ALL snow from your vehicle before commencing your journey as snow left on the roof will become loose and can drop onto the windscreen during braking, causing severe restriction to your vision. It can also fall off during your drive and cause injury to pedestrians or a reflex action by another driver.

Further information and updates can be obtained from Met Eireann www.met.ie

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:32:45 +0000
Some progress will be made in coming months in providing coach spaces in Westport town http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43432-some-progress-will-be-made-in-coming-months-in-providing-coach-spaces-in-westport-town http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43432-some-progress-will-be-made-in-coming-months-in-providing-coach-spaces-in-westport-town

Some progress will be made in the coming months on providing coach spaces in Westport town, for coaches dropping off and collecting visitors.

The issue has been highlighted in the past by Westport Independent Councillor Christy Hyland, who was concerned that some coach drivers were avoiding Westport, due to a lack of parking spaces for buses.

At this week’s meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, Councillors were informed that coach parking will be available at seven locations in Westport town in the coming months.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:41:21 +0000
Young Claremorris woman among 55 people from across Ireland to receive Gaisce Gold Award http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43431-young-claremorris-woman-among-55-people-from-across-ireland-to-receive-gaisce-gold-award http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43431-young-claremorris-woman-among-55-people-from-across-ireland-to-receive-gaisce-gold-award

A young woman from Claremorris was among 55 people from across Ireland aged between 15 and 25 who received the prestigious Gaisce Gold Award this week from President Michael D Higgins at a special ceremony in Dublin Castle.

This year’s Gold awardees have successfully completed five challenge areas for 52 weeks or more – including volunteering with a charity or community group, developing a new or existing skill, becoming more physically active, take part in an outdoor adventure and broadening their horizons on a 5-day trip away from home.

Laura Beston volunteered with the Claremorris Special Olympics Club, sang with Claremorris Parish Choir, took up running and cycled from Mizen to Malin.

President Higgins praised the recipients for their dedication, perseverance and generosity and congratulated them on their accomplishments.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:39:28 +0000
Orange level snow and ice alert to come into effect later http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43430-orange-level-snow-and-ice-alert-to-come-into-effect-later http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43430-orange-level-snow-and-ice-alert-to-come-into-effect-later

We're being warned to keep an eye on the weather forecast this weekend.

An Orange level weather warning is in place for snow and ice today and tomorrow.

The National Emergency Coordination Group is urging people to take care on the roads and allow extra time for journeys.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:28:06 +0000
Tuam TD says proposed new drink driving laws go too far http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43424-tuam-td-says-proposed-new-drink-driving-laws-go-too-far http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43424-tuam-td-says-proposed-new-drink-driving-laws-go-too-far

A government TD has said proposed new drink driving laws go too far.

Transport Minister Shane Ross has been pushing the Road Traffic Bill which would see people lose their licence if they're caught drink driving.

Some rural TDs have expressed concerns the new laws will leave people in rural Ireland isolated in areas where there's little public transport.

Tuam based Independent Alliance TD Sean Canney is not in favour of his colleague's proposals:

Deputy Canney says the bill proposed is disproportionate.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:30:53 +0000
Michael Lynn's extradition from Brazil to Ireland could happen within weeks http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43423-michael-lynn-s-extradition-from-brazil-to-ireland-could-happen-within-weeks http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43423-michael-lynn-s-extradition-from-brazil-to-ireland-could-happen-within-weeks

Michael Lynn's extradition from Brazil to Ireland could happen within weeks.

Appeals by the fugitive former solicitor have now been exhausted and his case has now been passed to the country's Federal Police.

There is no extradition treaty between the two countries so a bilateral agreement has been reached.

Brazil's Foreign Ministry will now negotiate the logistics of his 4,500 mile transfer to Dublin with authorities here.

The Crossmolina native faces 33 charges at Dublin's High Court relating to an alleged € 80 million mortgage fraud - although some will be dropped as part of the extradition deal.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:26:48 +0000
Mayo TD calls for action on Westport courthouse http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43422-mayo-td-calls-for-action-on-westport-courthouse http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43422-mayo-td-calls-for-action-on-westport-courthouse

A Mayo TD is calling for action on Westport Courthouse.

The courthouse was closed temporarily in 2013 as it was not meeting Health & Safety standards and required substantial work.

However, four years later, the building is left empty and falling into further disrepair, according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers.

She says this iconic building should be used for public amenities, if it’s not going to reopen as a courthouse.

Deputy Chambers says it’s now been confirmed to her that Mayo County Council has approached the Courts Service with a view to taking over the building.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:39:52 +0000
Irish Water and Mayo County Council complete upgrade of two wastewater treatment plants in Belcarra and Lahardane http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43415-irish-water-and-mayo-county-council-complete-upgrade-of-two-wastewater-treatment-plants-in-belcarra-and-lahardane http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43415-irish-water-and-mayo-county-council-complete-upgrade-of-two-wastewater-treatment-plants-in-belcarra-and-lahardane

Irish Water, in partnership with Mayo County Council, has completed an upgrade of two wastewater treatment plants in Belcarra and Lahardane.

The work has improved the quality of effluent being discharged into two rivers that form part of the River Moy Special of Conservation.

TES Ltd carried out the upgrade works at the Belcarra and Lahardane Wastewater Treatment Plants to benefit a combined population of almost 1,000 people.

€1.2m was invested by Irish Water in the project which involved a full upgrade of the wastewater facilities at both plants.

The Belcarra Wastewater Plant serves the village of Belcarra and its surrounds which has a current population of 400 and the final effluent from the plant discharges to the Manulla River.

The Lahardane Treatment Plant serves Lahardane and its surrounds which a population close to 430. The final effluent discharges to the Castlehill River. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:40:41 +0000
Gardai warn motorists to exercise caution on roads across the region this morning http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43411-gardai-warn-motorists-to-exercise-caution-on-roads-across-the-region-this-morning http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43411-gardai-warn-motorists-to-exercise-caution-on-roads-across-the-region-this-morning

Up to 8 centimetres of snow could fall today as forecasters warn of wintry weather.

There's an orange warning for the North and North West – including Mayo and Sligo, which are expected to be worst hit

But there's also an ice warning for the rest of the country.

Gardai say for the most part the main routes are treated this morning. However they say caution should be exercised as temperatures are still very low and there is the possibility of ice on some routes. Secondary routes are described as slippery in most areas this morning.

There are reports of slippery conditions on the N5 near Charlestown and also the N17 from Charlestown to Ireland West Airport Knock.

Gardai in Castlerea also say there are very slippery road conditions right across the area.

Icy conditions are also reported in Roscommon Town.

Slippery conditions are also reported around Ballymote in Sligo.

Meanwhile the N17 road at Tubbertelly, Tubbercurry reopened to traffic yesterday evening following a three vehicle collision between a car, truck and jeep.

There are not believed to have been any life-threatening injuries sustained in the crash – three people were taken to hospital. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:49:41 +0000
N17 Tubbercurry-Sligo road closed following 3-vehicle collision http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43409-n17-tubbercurry-sligo-road-closed-following-3-vehicle-collision http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43409-n17-tubbercurry-sligo-road-closed-following-3-vehicle-collision

Emergency services are attending the scene of a collision on the outskirts of Tubbercurry.

A truck and two cars were involved in the collision on the Sligo side of Tubbercurry.

Gardai have confirmed that there were injuries sustained, but no further details are yet available.

The N17 Tubbercurry to Sligo road remains closed, and motorists are being diverted via Ballymote.

Meanwhile, Mayo County Council has been dealing with a major fuel spill on the N5 between Ballyvary and the Swinford bypass, and continuing onto the Swinford / Kilkelly road.

Motorists are advised to take caution on these roads.

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:37:03 +0000
Motorists urged to take extra caution on roads with snow & ice forecast http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43408-motorists-urged-to-take-extra-caution-on-roads-with-snow-ice-forecast http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43408-motorists-urged-to-take-extra-caution-on-roads-with-snow-ice-forecast

Motorists are being warned to take extra care on the roads over the next 24 hours, as there's a risk of snow and ice.

Met Eireann has issued a status yellow snow & ice warning for the whole country from 4pm today until 4pm tomorrow, with up to 3cm of snow expected in some areas.

Scattered snow showers can be expected this evening, tonight and into tomorrow, while strong winds are also hitting the Western seaboard.

The Road Safety Authority is reminding drivers to clear windows and mirrors before setting off, and to carry a scraper and de-icer.

Motorists should brake gently and leave plenty of distance from the vehicle in front, as stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow.

 

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:35:48 +0000
Mayo Senator hopeful of progress soon on increased subsidies for Group Water Schemes http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43407-mayo-senator-hopeful-of-progress-soon-on-increased-subsidies-for-group-water-schemes http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43407-mayo-senator-hopeful-of-progress-soon-on-increased-subsidies-for-group-water-schemes

90 percent of households will receive their water charges refund by Christmas.

Irish Water says 100,000 customers have been contacted this week by email and a further 30,000 by text with a view to processing their money.

The company says its reliant on customers providing correct details to ensure cheques are sent to the right address.

Almost 19,000 people nationwide need to provide additional details and there are also a number of people who have moved and not yet notified the company who need to update their details. 

Meanwhile, the issue of those on group water schemes still having to pay for domestic water was raised at a meeting today between Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin and Minister Eoghan Murphy.

Senator Mulherin says it’s unfair that those in rural areas and on group schemes are continuing to pay for domestic water, while those on public schemes no longer do so, but she’s hoping for progress in the near future to ensure fairness between urban and rural areas….

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:34:03 +0000
Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Ball not going ahead due to bereavement http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43401-mayo-roscommon-hospice-ball-not-going-ahead-due-to-bereavement http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43401-mayo-roscommon-hospice-ball-not-going-ahead-due-to-bereavement

The Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Ball due to take place on Saturday night in the Great National in Ballina will not go ahead as planned due to a bereavement.

The Hospice Shop in Westport is also closed until Monday. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:43:36 +0000
73 new jobs announced for Galway today http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43398-73-new-jobs-announced-for-galway-today http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43398-73-new-jobs-announced-for-galway-today

73 new jobs have been announced for Galway today.

53 of the jobs will be created by Antares Vision – a leading inspection systems and data and management solutions company.

Antares will locate its new software development centre at Mervue Business Park in Galway.

Minister for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, Galway TD Sean Kyne told Midwest News this is very positive news for Galway.

Meanwhile Maximum Media will create 20 jobs in a new office in Galway from early 2018.

The latest development will see the group’s workforce increase to above 150.

The company, which was founded by Castlebar native Niall McGarry, is behind the JOE, SportsJOE, Her and HerFamily websites.

The jobs in Galway will be a mix of creative, copy writing, design, journalism, sales and client service roles.

The company also plans further expansion at its operations in Manchester and London.

Niall McGarry has been telling Midwest News more about the new office and jobs in Galway. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:33:18 +0000
Roscommon County Council requests immediate end to construction of bioplant in village of Tibohine http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43397-roscommon-county-council-requests-immediate-end-to-construction-of-bioplant-in-village-of-tibohine http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43397-roscommon-county-council-requests-immediate-end-to-construction-of-bioplant-in-village-of-tibohine

Roscommon County Council has requested an immediate end to construction of a bioplant in the village of Tibohine in west Roscommon.

In a statement to Midwest News, on behalf of Tibohine Action Group, a spokesperson said concerns of alleged breaches of planning conditions had been raised with the council by the group, which is opposed to the facility given its proximity to homes and the local National School.

The spokesperson said that the group has received a copy of the letter from Roscommon County Council to Biocore Environmental, the company involved in the development of the waste plant.

The correspondence from the council to Biocore contains an Enforcement Notice demanding an immediate end to the construction of the facility as it is an unauthorised development.

The notice not only demands that construction ceases on the site, but gives Biocore twelve weeks to remove all unauthorised developments as constructed on the site, and eighteen weeks to reinstate the lands to their pre-development condition.

The spokesperson says it has been a long eight year battle against a development which started out as a Biopark in 2008 and quickly became a waste plant.

The spokesperson said we never had any issue with the principle of a Biopark, but the location was an issue. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:27:24 +0000
Event in Loughglynn this Friday night following on from unveiling of monument this summer http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43395-event-in-loughglynn-this-friday-night-following-on-from-unveiling-of-monument-this-summer http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43395-event-in-loughglynn-this-friday-night-following-on-from-unveiling-of-monument-this-summer

An event will take place in Loughglynn this Friday night, following on from the unveiling of a monument at Shannon’s Cross this Summer in memory of two Gardai who lost their lives while on duty in 1980.

Mayo natives Detective Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne –both stationed in Castlerea – were shot dead while responding to a bank robbery in Ballaghadereen in July 1980.

They died when the getaway car and Garda patrol car collided at Shannon’s Cross, and on 28th July this year, a monument in memory of the two Gardai was unveiled, which was attended by members of the Morley and Byrne families.

Members of An Garda Siochana, GAA clubs in Roscommon and Mayo and the local community contributed to the memorial.

Money left over from that fund is being donated to the Mayo/ Roscommon Hospice, and will be handed over at a public function this Friday night in the Village Inn, Loughglynn at 10pm.

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:09:18 +0000
Green light given for major upgrade work to take place on N5 between Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43394-green-light-given-for-major-upgrade-work-to-take-place-on-n5-between-ballaghaderreen-and-scramogue http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43394-green-light-given-for-major-upgrade-work-to-take-place-on-n5-between-ballaghaderreen-and-scramogue

The green light has been given for major upgrade work to take place on the N5 between Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue.

Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that the multi-million euro project is to go to An Bord Pleanana for planning approval which will also kick-start a process of compulsory purchase orders along the route.

Minister Naughten says this will be a major economic boost for the west of Ireland.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:07:14 +0000
Snow and ice warning issued by Met Eireann comes into force later today http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43393-snow-and-ice-warning-issued-by-met-eireann-comes-into-force-later-today http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43393-snow-and-ice-warning-issued-by-met-eireann-comes-into-force-later-today

A Snow and ice weather warning issued by Met Eireann comes into force later today.

Counties in the north and northwest will be worst affected, with up to 3 centimetres of snow expected in places.

Forecasters say we're in for bitterly cold conditions until Sunday.

Drivers are being urged to slow down during the bad weather.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:05:16 +0000
Leo Varadkar's popularity as leader has risen amid Brexit controversy http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43390-leo-varadkar-s-popularity-as-leader-has-risen-amid-brexit-controversy http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43390-leo-varadkar-s-popularity-as-leader-has-risen-amid-brexit-controversy

Leo Varadkar's popularity as leader has risen amid the Brexit controversy.

His approval rating has gone up 4 points to 53 per cent, according to an Ipsos Mrbi opinion poll in today's Irish Times.

The Taoiseach's party, Fine Gael, is also experiencing an increase in support – it’s on 36 per cent, an extra 5 points since the last poll in October.

Fianna Fáil is down 4 to 25 per cent, Sinn Féin is unchanged at 19 per cent, Labour hasn't moved at 4 percent, while the Independents and others are down 1 to 16 per cent.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:50:55 +0000
The Irish Times has bought the Western People & the Roscommon Herald http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43384-the-irish-times-has-bought-the-western-people-the-roscommon-herald http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43384-the-irish-times-has-bought-the-western-people-the-roscommon-herald

 

The Irish Times is to buy a number of newspaper titles and radio stations.

It's bought the Landmark Media group which includes the Irish Examiner, The Western people, Roscommon Herald, Evening Echo along with WLR FM and Beat.

The transaction will still have to get the go ahead from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, the Communication's Minister as well as the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Staff affected were informed of the move by management this afternoon.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:46:29 +0000
Strong winds and snow showers to hit the West in the coming days http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43376-strong-winds-and-snow-showers-to-hit-the-west-in-the-coming-days http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43376-strong-winds-and-snow-showers-to-hit-the-west-in-the-coming-days

Strong winds and snow showers can be expected in the West over the next two days.

Winds gusting up to 110km per hour are battering coastal areas of the West today.

A status yellow weather warning is in place since this morning for Mayo, Galway, Donegal and Kerry.

A second weather warning for strong winds has been issued for tomorrow as Storm Caroline passes close to Scotland’s northern coast.

Met Eireann is warning of gusts of 100 to 110km/h in Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Galway, Clare and Kerry.

Winds are expected to be strongest in coastal areas and over high ground.

Tomorrow will become bitterly cold, with showers over Connacht bringing heavy hail with an increasing risk of sleet and snow towards evening.

Further sleet and snow showers can be expected on Friday, with widespread frost and icy patches as night-time temperatures fall below zero.

Motorists are being warned to exercise additional caution when driving in the coming days, as Met Eireann has forecast a drop in temperatures with a risk of sleet, hail and snow for the latter half of this week.

AA Roadwatch is urging motorists to drive with extra care in the coming days, to slow down and to adapt their driving to the snowy and icy conditions.

Motorists are also being warned about the impact that falling snowfall or sleet can have on visibility, and may make it more difficult to see cyclists and pedestrians.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:34:49 +0000
IFA says Minister to set up Working Group to examine fodder crisis in the West http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43375-ifa-says-minister-to-set-up-working-group-to-examine-fodder-crisis-in-the-west http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43375-ifa-says-minister-to-set-up-working-group-to-examine-fodder-crisis-in-the-west

The Agriculture Minister Michael Creed met with the IFA yesterday, and has asked the farming organisation to take part in a new Working Group to examine the extent of the fodder crisis.

Many farmers along the western seaboard are facing serious fodder shortages, following poor weather conditions in the Summer and Autumn, and farming groups have been calling on the Minister to announce a fodder aid package for those affected.

Hundreds of farmers attended meetings held in Claremorris and Sligo last Friday night, organised by the IFA and INHFA respectively, to highlight the extent of the fodder crisis.

The Mayo IFA Chairman Martin Gilvarry says Minister Creed now recognises that the issue is a serious one for many farmers in areas of the West & Northwest, and he’s setting up a new Working Group- involving farming organisations, Teagasc and the milling companies -  to report back to him on the extent of the crisis, and on how best to assist the farmers affected…..

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:30:28 +0000
Ban on smoky coal from next September will improve air quality, says Minister Naughten http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43374-ban-on-smoky-coal-from-next-september-will-improve-air-quality-says-minister-naughten http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43374-ban-on-smoky-coal-from-next-september-will-improve-air-quality-says-minister-naughten

The Minister for Climate Change says a ban on smoky coal will be introduced from next September in an effort to move away from using fossil fuels to heat our homes and improve air quality.

Currently, four deaths per day in this country are associated with poor air quality.

Roscommon-based Minister Denis Naughten says a high number of children suffer from asthma, while hospitals are busy dealing with patients with COPD and related illnesses.

He’s announced a ban on the sale of smoky coal from September, with a 12-month transition period to allow for existing stocks to be used up.

He’s also planning to introduce a grant towards the cost of installing a heat pump in homes, while grants will no longer be provided to upgrade oil and gas boilers.

While moving away from fossil fuels will take a number of years, Minister Naughten told Midwest News that the ban on smoky coal is an important step in improving air quality in all areas of the country

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:28:42 +0000
Castlebar / Pontoon road remains closed this morning following collision http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43371-castlebar-pontoon-road-remains-closed-this-morning-following-collision http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/43371-castlebar-pontoon-road-remains-closed-this-morning-following-collision

The road remains closed this morning on the Castlebar side of Pontoon, following a collision yesterday afternoon.

Initial reports suggested a jeep and bicycle had collided, but it’s now emerged that the jeep was involved in a single-vehicle collision at Knockalanna, Pontoon and the cyclist came upon the accident.

The driver of the jeep was taken to Mayo University Hospital.

Gardai say the R310 Pontoon- Castlebar road remains closed this morning for forensic examination, and diversions are in place.

 

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:27:43 +0000