News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:04:34 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Mayo's Best Restaurants named last night at regional final of 2017 Irish Restaurant Awards

Sage Restaurant in Westport has been named Mayo’s Best Restaurant, Wildes at the Lodge in Cong has been named Best Hotel Restaurant, while Flanagan’s Gastro Pub in Brickens, Claremorris has taken the county award for Best Gastro Pub.

The Connaught Regional final of this year’s Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sligo last night, where the top establishments in each county were named.

Jonathan Keane of the Lodge at Ashford Castle in Cong was named Best Chef in Mayo, while Bar One in Castlebar took the county award for best casual dining.

The Library Restaurant at Belleek Castle, Ballina took the best customer service award, while Newport House Restaurant was named the Best Wine Experience.

Best Newcomer in Mayo was Cian’s on Bridge St in Westport, while John Moran’s Bar in Westport was named Mayo Pub of the Year.

Café Rua in Castlebar meanwhile won the regional award for the Best Kids Size Me menu.

All county winners now compete for the regional and all-Ireland titles, which will be announced in Dublin on 8th May.

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Revised train times this Saturday on the Mayo-Dublin line, and on a number of Saturdays over the coming months

Passengers travelling by train between Mayo and Dublin should note the revised train times today (Saturday), and on a number of Saturdays over the next 7 months.

Iarnrod Eireann is resuming a programme of improvement works on the line between Hazelhatch and Portlaoise, and between Portlaoise and Ballybrophy, to boost line speeds.

The facilitate this major programme of works, a revised timetable will operate on selected Saturdays until November, starting today 1st April.

Train services will operate on these Saturdays, but with a revised timetable.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:36:31 +0100
Poor weather hampers lifting of helicopter wreckage off Blackrock Island

Poor weather is again hampering the recovery of helicopter Rescue 116 off the north Mayo Coast.

The Naval Service has been trying to partially raise the wreckage of the Coast Guard helicopter by using air bags, as the search continues for missing crewmen Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith.

An attempt to lift the wreckage was cancelled yesterday evening due to spring tides.

Coast Guard Operations Manager Gerard O'Flynn says things didn't work out last night, but they're hoping to try again today – weather permitting….

]]> (Administrator) Latest Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:29:41 +0100
Concerns about impact of Bus Eireann strike on elderly customers, while Roscommon TD calls for independent mediator to be appointed

There are fresh calls for the Transport Minister Shane Ross to intervene amid fears that the Bus Éireann strike could spread to Irish Rail and Dublin Bus.

SIPTU has warned it will ballot its CIE members to strike in solidarity with their colleagues after indications Bus Éireann may be considering compulsory job losses.

Workers from across the sector will stage a lunchtime protest today outside Leinster House to coincide with the Minister’s appearance at the Oireachtas Transport Committee.

As the all-out strike at Bus Eireann now enters its 6th day, Age Action is concerned about the impact on elderly people in rural areas who need bus services to travel to medical appointments.

Despite the Transport Minister saying he will not get involved in the dispute, Justin Moran of Age Action is calling on Minister Shane Ross to intervene and try to get both sides to agree a resolution.

He says the impact of the strike on elderly people across the country is very worrying – as they cannot travel to hospital appointments, or visit family and friends.

Meanwhile, Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has again called for an independent mediator to be appointed to work on the Bus Eireann dispute before its gets out of control.

He says that, with no sign of talks taking place, and a threat to train and school transport, it’s vital that every effort is made to try and bring the sides together to find a formula for talks to take place.

Deputy Fitzmaurice is calling on Minister Ross and the Government to oversee the appointment of an independent mediator.

Otherwise, he warns Bus Eireann could go into liquidation and the train and school bus system could grind to a halt.

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Over 1,100 jobs on offer tomorrow at Agri Career Fair taking place at the RDS


Over 1100 jobs are on offer this Thursday at the Agri Career Fair taking place at the RDS in Dublin – with many of the jobs available in the West of Ireland.

The event is organised by the Irish Farmers Journal, and drew huge crowds last year.

This year’s event has doubled in size, with the addition of an Ag Tech Summit which brings together technology leaders and industry leaders with start-ups and investors.

Over 60 companies will be there, which have over 1100 job vacancies across a broad range of job titles.

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Cabinet agrees to external review of controversies in An Garda Siochana - Taoiseach says restoring confidence is paramount

The Tánaiste and Justice Minister is to answer questions on the Garda crisis in the Dáil tonight.

Minister Frances Fitzgerald will face the opposition after the Cabinet declared confidence in Noirín O'Sullivan.

An independent external root and branch review of the Gardaí has been suggested as part of dealing with the one million fake breath tests scandal, along with people being wrongly convicted in court of speeding offences.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says restoring confidence in Gardaí is paramount:

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil says it's unable to express confidence in the Garda Commissioner. 

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Investment needed to tackle recurrent water outages in Bohernasup area of Ballina, says local TD

Residents in the Bohernasup area of Ballina have had to endure up to 15 water outages since Christmas, which is very unfair on them – according to local Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary.

He says residents in a large area of Ballina are being left without water frequently – sometimes without advance notice.

Deputy Calleary says that, while Irish Water are carrying out minor repairs, investment is needed in replacing the pipeline serving these homes.

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Questions raised over advertising in public waiting areas of Mayo University Hospital

Questions have been raised over the advertising of local businesses on flat-screen televisions in public waiting areas of Mayo University Hospital – without the knowledge or consent of hospital management.

Belmullet-based Senator and GP Keith Swanick says a number of questions remain unanswered, after it emerged that the televisions were advertising local businesses in waiting areas in the Emergency Department, radiology and outpatient areas.

The hospital has discovered that there was no record of advertising being sought, sold, or paid for in any of its departments, and the televisions were subsequently decommissioned.

However, Senator Keith Swanick said we need to find out who sanctioned the advertisements and where the money went.


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Efforts to Lift the Wreckage of Rescue Helicopter 116 to Continue today

Efforts to lift the wreckage of Coast Guard Helicopter 116 will resume this morning, weather permitting.

The Naval divers have successfully attached a number of lifting bags to the aircraft, located just off Blackrock Island, about  40 metres below sea level.

The recovery team want to partially lift the wreckage in an effort to locate the two crewmen still missing since the helicopter went down two weeks ago.

Last night, poor sea conditions off the Mayo coast forced them to suspend the dive.

The search efforts have been extended after debris from the wreckage washed ashore along the Donegal coastline at the weekend.

Chief Inspector with the Air Accident Investigation Unit Jurgen Whyte says experts in the UK are continuing efforts to download data from the Coast Guard helicopter's black box.

]]> (Midwest Radio News) Latest Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:22:17 +0100
On Day 5 of Bus Eireann Strike Concerns Grow that other Public Transport will be Affected

Siptu has warned there's a level of anger in the transport sector that hasn't been seen in decades.

The trade union says Irish Rail and Dublin Bus workers are demanding to show their support for their Bus Eireann colleagues whose strike has entered its fifth day.

Staff from all three CIE firms will join together for a demonstration outside Leinster House tomorrow while the Transport Minister discusses the issue inside.

There are concerns that both Iarnroid Eireann and Dublin Bus services may be affected by tomorrow’s demonstration. The result of the ballot on industrial action will not be known for some weeks.

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Cathaoirleach Calls for Apology from Planning Section after he Adjourned Yesterday's West Mayo Municipal Meeting

The Cathoairleach of West Mayo Municipal District told Midwest News today that he is now waiting for an apology from the Planning section of Mayo County Council, after he adjourned the monthly meeting of the district yesterday because he says he was insulted by the address to councillors by the Head of Planning of Mayo county council Ian Douglas.

Heated exchanges erupted at the meeting that was held in Lecanvey community centre.

Some hours had passed at the gathering when Mr Douglas addressed the councillors and a number of councillors took issue with what he was saying.

Mr Douglas defended his team of planners and planning decisions.  No other section of the council, he claimed, gets such abuse and criticism from councillors.

About 5 minutes into Mr Douglas's address  - the Cathaoirleach Brendan Mulroy adjourned the meeting  - saying councillors would not be spoken to in this way by the council official.

This morning he told Midwest News the matter can only be resolved if an apology is forthcoming from the planning section

In response, Mayo county Council has issued a brief statement saying that council management and councillors will convene as soon as possible to resolve the issue.


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Efforts being made to lift wreckage of rescue helicopter, as search continues for two crewmen

Good conditions at sea have allowed Navy and Garda divers to undertake dives off Blacksod today, as the search continues for the two missing crewmembers of Rescue helicopter 116 – Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith.

The remains of Captain Mark Duffy were brought ashore yesterday after being located in the cockpit of the helicopter.

The Marine Institute’s Remotely operated Vehicle is being deployed again at the crash site off Blackrock Island, and divers have been conducting a number of dives today in favourable weather conditions while efforts were made to lift the wreckage from the seabed.

John McLoughlin, Operations and Training Officer with the Irish Coast Guard, says this will assist divers to determine the possibility of one of the missing crewmen being under the wreckage.

Sea, air and land searches have also been continuing throughout the day.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:15:57 +0100
Bus Eireann strike now in its 4th day, as Roscommon TD warns schools bus sector may also be hit

The strike at Bus Eireann is now in its 4th day, and is affecting services across the region.

The indefinite strike began last Friday morning, following a management decision to implement a survival plan for the State-owned company – without union agreement.

The Board of Bus Éireann is meeting today to consider proposals for a survival plan including up to 300 redundancies, as losses continue to mount at the company.

Bus Eireann workers are to stage a protest outside Leinster House on Wednesday and it’s expected that Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann employees may join the Bus Éireann workers in that protest.

Train services returned to normal at the weekend and Iarnród Éireann says all its services are operating on all routes today.

Meanwhile, there are fears that the school bus sector could also be hit by the industrial action at Bus Eireann.

Roscommon / Galway Independent TD says that with Bus Eireann office staff also on strike, no invoices are being processed for school bus operators.

The 30-day rule has been invoked in his case, and he said that will lead to cashflow problems for many school bus operators who may not be in a position to continue providing the service.

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House prices in Mayo increased by 2.2% in first quarter of 2017

House prices in Mayo have increased by 2.2% in the first quarter of this year, according to the REA average house price index, published today.

The survey concentrates on the actual sale price of three-bed semis, giving an updated picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide for the first 3 months of the year.

The survey shows the average semi-detached house nationally now costs almost 210,000.

In Mayo, the average price for a 3-bed semi is 138,000 – up 2.2% since last December.

In Sligo, the average price is now 97,500 – an increase of 2.6%.

House prices in Galway city have increased by 2% since December, averaging at 240,000, while in Co Galway the average price for a 3-bed semi is 132,000 -  up 1.5%.

There’s no change in Co Roscommon, where prices average 112,500.


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Castlebar and Sligo Selected for new 1 gigabit broadband connectivity for business hubs

Business hubs in 15 towns across Ireland are being offered a 1 gigabit broadband connectivity for two years free of charge under a joint initiative by Vodafone and Siro.

The companies claim that the national campaign has the potential to create thousands of jobs in selected towns.

Castlebar  and Sligo are among the towns selected.

The Initiative is now open to hubs based in 15 towns – Dundalk, Cavan town, Carrigaline, Sligo, Letterkenny, Wexford town, Drogheda, Portlaoise, Castlebar, Mullingar, Newbridge, Ennis, Ratheniska, Tralee and Carlow town. 

 Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell O’Connor  says the possibilities and benefits of digital connectivity for these towns through this initiative are endless. Having access to high-speed broadband internet connectivity will mean that businesses can now be based in any location and compete on a level playing field with national and international organisations.

 he application process is now open and will run until Friday 21st April. Hubs interested in applying for the 1 Gigabit broadband connection can find out more about the initiative and register their interest at

 This unique initiative has been designed to replicate the success of the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, which is powered by 1 Gigabit internet connection thanks to SIRO, the joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone.  Officially launched in August 2016 by Minister O’Connor, Ludgate is firmly on course to help create 500 jobs in the West Cork region over the next five years. 

]]> (Midwest Radio News) Latest Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:48:51 +0100
Wreckage of Helicopter to be Lifted from Sea Bed as Search Continues for Two Missing Crewmen off the Mayo Coast

The search is continuing today for the remaining missing crew of Rescue 116.

The body of Captain Mark Duffy was recovered from the helicopter wreckage off Blackrock Island yesterday.

His remains were located in the cockpit of the aircraft 40 metres below sea level.

Technical experts are hoping to raise the wreckage off the sea floor today.

Air bags will be used to float it a few feet to allow camera equipment and divers access the site.

The latest stage in the recovery operation comes after it was confirmed that debris from Rescue 116 had been spotted as far north as Killybegs in Co Donegal on Saturday.

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Minister Naughten Keen to Introduce Licence Fee for Laptops

People may soon have to pay the licence fee, even if they don't own a TV.

Plans are being looked at to expand the number of people eligible, to include those with laptops and tablets.

The Communications Minister, Roscommon’s Denis Naughten is attempting to take into account the changing ways in which people are watching programmes.

The extra people paying the € 160 charge could bring in € 5 million a year, but former Communications Minister Eamon Ryan says it would be difficult to police.

]]> (Midwest Radio News) Latest Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:14:57 +0100
Young Man who Died in Collision Outside Newport Early Yesterday Morning Has been Named

The man who died in a single vehicle collision on the N59 road at Kilbride cemetery in the early hours of yesterday morning has been named as 36 years old Timothy Lyons of Kilmacrade, Breaffy, Castlebar.

Emergency services attended the scene at 4.20 am. Mr Lyons was the sole occupant of the car.

His remains were brought to Mayo University Hospital and a post mortem was carried out.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Westport garda station on 098 50237

Mr Lyons remains will be reposing at Kilcoyne’s funeral home in Castlebar tomorrow (Tuesday) evening from 5pm with rtemoval to his residence at 7.30pm

He’ll be laid to rest in Keelogues cemetery after 11am Mass in Breaffy on Wednesday.

Six people died on Irish roads over the past three days in accidents across the country.

A 50 year old cyclist became the latest fatality after being in a collision with a campervan in Co Limerick.

A separate crash in Limerick on Friday saw an 18 year old girl and a 19 year old male lose their lives.

A young men died in a crash in Cork on Sunday.

While another cyclist was killed in a collision in Dublin in the early hours of Friday morning. 

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Body of Captain Mark Duffy formally identified after being recovered from Rescue 116 today

The body of Captain Mark Duffy has been formally identified after being recovered from Rescue 116.

While the search for two other members of the Coast Guard crew is continuing this afternoon.

Work to bring the Helicopter to shore is also continuing. 

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Man dies following road collision between Westport and Newport overnight

A man has died following a road collision on the Westport to Newport road overnight.

At approximately 4.20am Gardaí and Emergency services were called to the scene of a single vehicle collision on the N59 in Kilbride, Newport. It's understood the car left the road and struck a wooden fence. A man in his 30s was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the sole occupant of the car. His body has since been removed to Mayo University Hospital for a post-mortem examination and the local Coroner has been notified. 

The road remains closed to facilitate Forensic Collision Investors and local diversions are in place. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Westport Garda Station on 098-50237 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

]]> (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:57:00 +0100
Sea conditions improve as search continues for missing crew members of Rescue 116

It's hoped divers will be able to bring the body of a crewman trapped inside Rescue 116 to the surface today.

Weather conditions are good and a sea swell - which hampered efforts yesterday - has reduced significantly.

It's a slow process as divers are only able to stay on the sea-bed for about nine minutes at a time.

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Labour and Independents gain in latest opinion poll

Labour and Independents have gained in the latest opinion poll, at the expense of Sinn Féin and other small parties.

The latest RED C poll for the Sunday Business Post shows Independent TDs are up 3 points to 13 per cent - with Labour up two points to 6.

Fianna Fáil - on 26 - remains two points ahead of Fine Gael on 24, but both are unchanged from last month.

Sinn Féin drops back two points to 17, after a five point increase last month. 

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Concern is being expressed that strike at Bus Eireann could escalate

Concern is being raised that a strike at Bus Éireann could escalate. 

Services are at a standstill again as workers strike over the company's cost cutting plans.

The indefinite action is said to be costing the operator hundreds of thousands of euro each day as it says insolvency is now imminent. 

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No diving will take place today at site of wreckage of Rescue 116

No diving will take place today at the site of the wreckage of Rescue 116 off Blackrock Island in North Mayo due to sea conditions. 

The body of one of the missing crew members was found in the cockpit of the wreckage of the helicopter. His identity has not yet been confirmed by Gardai.

The black box recorder was recovered from the seabed at around 4.30 yesterday afternoon and has been transferred to the UK, where the data will be analysed and downloaded by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. 

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Significant funding for two Mayo secondary schools

Balla Secondary School has been approved funding for additional accommodation. 

Funding from the Department of Education and Skills has been sanctioned for two new classrooms   - an ASD unit, and a Science Lab and prep area together with provision of acoustic enhancement in the PE Hall
Minister Michael Ring has welcomed what he terms the “significant accommodation approval for Balla Secondary School, saying it will be of great benefit to the students and teachers.

The Department of Education and Skills has also granted approval of the revised proposal for works needed to Rice College in Westport.
The additional accommodation approved includes the provision of a Science Lab, 8 x General Classrooms, and new toilet facilities together with a new designated drop-off, pick-up point close to the main entrance, works to address access issues and some external works to the school.

Minister Ring says the current school building for Rice College was constructed and opened in 1988. Other than a small extension in 2012 and some other very minor projects the school building is the same as that constructed almost thirty years ago and he hopes
the works approved will further enhance the school for students and staff.

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USI calls on Transport Minister to intervene in Bus Eireann strike

The Union of Students in Ireland has added their voice to calls for the Transport Minister to intervene in Bus Éireann's all-out strike.

The student group says its members have been particularly affected by the travel disruption - as the indefinite bus strike enters its second day.

Minister Shane Ross has said repeatedly that he will not get involved and has urged Bus Eireann management and unions to get back to the talks table and resolve the row over cost-cutting measures.

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Body of one of the missing crew members of Rescue 116 found in cockpit of wreckage of helicopter

The body of one of the missing crew members of Rescue 116 has been found in the cockpit of the wreckage of the helicopter off the coast of County Mayo.

Divers are continuing efforts to recover the 3 missing Coast Guard crewmen who were on board when the aircraft crashed almost two weeks ago just off Blackrock Island.

Speaking late last night, Superintendent Tony Healy said he could not confirm the identity of the crew member found in the wreckage. He said efforts would be made as soon as conditions allowed to recover the body, and the search area would be “further extended” at this location for the two missing men.

The black box recorder was recovered from the seabed at around 4.30 yesterday afternoon and has been transferred to the UK, where the data will be analysed and downloaded by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. 

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Black box recorder from Rescue 116 helicopter recovered today

The black box recorder of the Rescue 116 helicopter has been recovered today. 

The data recorder was recovered from the seabed at around 4.30 this afternoon just off Blackrock Island. 

The black box recorder is presently located on the Grainne Uaile ship and will be transported to Dublin later tonight and then flown to the UK overnight to the Air Accident Investigation Unit to be prepared for download by Tuesday of next week. 

Jurgen White of the AAIU told a press briefing this evening that the recorder is visually in good condition but the extent of what data it contains will not be known until it is analysed in the UK. 

Naval divers have been able to dive for much of the day today due to improved weather conditions but Superintendent Tony Healy was not able to confirm if any of the bodies of the three missing crew members had been found at the site of the wreckage but said investigations of the site are ongoing. 

He also confirmed that diving will continue until last light tonight. 

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Chairman of Ballinrobe BEO Business and Enterprise Organisation welcomes Mayo County Council's decision to grant planning permission for a hotel development in the town

The Chairman of Ballinrobe BEO Business and Enterprise Organisation has welcomed Mayo County Council’s decision to grant planning permission for a hotel development in the town.

Richard Burke says it is a long overdue amenity for Ballinrobe and said it will be a key component in growing the town in a number of ways.

The development is due to include a hotel, leisure centre, houses and apartments.

Mr Burke says this development, when complete, will create a spin off for all other businesses in the town. 

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60 Years of the European Union Marked Today with Talk in Ballymote Library

A presentation is taking place Ballymote today to mark 60 years of the European Union.

The 60th anniversary of the EU will also be marked by a major ceremony in Rome next Saturday.

Today's talk takes place at the Ballymote  Library at 2.30pm where German Political scientist and academic, Ingo Espenschied will address the gathering .

He'll be examining Ireland's role in the union, in the past and into the future. 

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