News http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news Thu, 25 May 2017 17:03:54 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Ireland is as well-prepared for a terrorist attack as any other European country, says Minister Naughten http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39781-ireland-is-as-well-prepared-for-a-terrorist-attack-as-any-other-european-country-says-minister-naughten http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39781-ireland-is-as-well-prepared-for-a-terrorist-attack-as-any-other-european-country-says-minister-naughten

Ireland is as well-prepared for a terrorist attack as any other European country, according to the Communications Minister.

Roscommon-based Minister Denis Naughten attended a special meeting convened by the Taoiseach this morning in the wake of the Manchester attack, at which Taoiseach was told today that while a terrorist attack is possible in Ireland, it is unlikely, and there is no specific information currently on any threat to Ireland from international terrorism.

Minister Denis Naughton says his Department specifically are looking at the threat of cyber terrorism.

Irish Government departments are in daily contact with their UK counterparts to protect against an attack here.

Minister Denis Naughten says Ireland is as prepared as it can be.

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Government has failed to address housing crisis in Galway, claims local TD http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39777-government-has-failed-to-address-housing-crisis-in-galway-claims-local-td http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39777-government-has-failed-to-address-housing-crisis-in-galway-claims-local-td

It has become almost impossible for people to find suitable, reasonably-priced accommodation in Galway.

That’s according to Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O’Cuiv, who says the latest census figures reveal the Government’s failure to address the housing crisis in the city.

The census shows that only 200 additional houses were added to the housing stock in the city over the past 5 years – while 2,000 units were needed.

In Co Galway, the increase in housing stock was less than 700.

Deputy O’Cuiv claims many of the Government’s new schemes are so complicated that they’re acting as a deterrent to local authorities and builders, and is calling on Cabinet Ministers to look at ways of making it easier for councils and builders to get involved in the construction of new homes.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 25 May 2017 12:52:04 +0100
There is no specific information in relation to any threat to Ireland from international terrorism - Government Meeting Chaired by the Taoiseach was told this morning http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39772-there-is-no-specific-information-in-relation-to-any-threat-to-ireland-from-international-terrorism-government-meeting-chaired-by-the-taoiseach-was-told-this-morning http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39772-there-is-no-specific-information-in-relation-to-any-threat-to-ireland-from-international-terrorism-government-meeting-chaired-by-the-taoiseach-was-told-this-morning

The Taoiseach chaired a meeting of Ministers and senior officials this morning in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack to review the State's arrangements and level of preparedness in the event of an attack here.

As well as An Taoiseach and the Tánaiste, the Ministers for Housing, Health, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Defence and Communications also attended. The meeting was also attended by the Garda Commissioner and the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces. 

The meeting was briefed on the threat assessment by the security authorities, who indicated that they remain in daily contact with their counterparts in the UK, the EU and beyond. It was noted that while a terrorist attack here is possible it is unlikely and there is no specific information in relation to any threat to Ireland from international terrorism. 
The meeting was told that this assessment will remain under continuous review.

The roles of the Office of Emergency Planning, the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning, the National Co-ordination centre were noted and Ministers were assured that all the various agencies and bodies continue to work closely together in supporting a coordinated response to any incident that might arise. In that regard Ministers were briefed that regular "scenario exercises" involving all the agencies continue to be held with the lessons learned shared among the bodies in question.

Ministers were advised that the Garda authorities are working closely with event organisers to ensure that appropriate safety and security measures are in place at forthcoming events in the summer period. The Gardaí are asking the public to remain vigilant and to immediately report any issue which gives rise to concern.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 25 May 2017 11:57:58 +0100
Delay in Processing Medical Card Renewal Applications Highlighted by Councillor http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39766-delay-in-processing-medical-card-renewal-applications-highlighted-by-councillor http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39766-delay-in-processing-medical-card-renewal-applications-highlighted-by-councillor

People waiting to have their medical card renewed are waiting longer periods to have their applications processed, and its costing patients money.

That’s according to Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

The councillor is a member of the HSE West Forum and  he often seeks information on the status of  an application of renewal for a medical card holder. He says its clear each application is taking significantly longer to be processed.

He told Mid West News today that this is not acceptable as its unfair to medical card holders.

He will raise the matter at the June HSE West forum meeting to find out why the delay is occurring.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 25 May 2017 08:40:32 +0100
Temperatures Could reach 25 Degrees Today in East Connaught http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39765-temperatures-could-reach-25-degrees-today-in-east-connaught http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39765-temperatures-could-reach-25-degrees-today-in-east-connaught

Today is set to be the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures expected to hit 25 degrees in some parts of the country.

Met Éireann forecaster Liz Gavin says temperatures will be at their highest in the midlands and in east Connacht, and in parts of the northwest.

But she said the warm spell will not last and the weather will probably deteriorate at the weekend.

On Friday afternoon there’s a front moving in off the west which will bring some heavy bursts of rain later in the evening.

She said the outlook for the weekend was uncertain “but there is the likelihood of some rain on Saturday and Sunday.”

Ms Gavin said temperatures would drop to 13 or 14 degrees in parts of the west over the weekend but it would be milder in the east.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 25 May 2017 08:36:13 +0100
Rescue 116 Captain Mark Duffy's widow has thanked the public and the emergency services for their "immeasurable support and kindness" http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39764-rescue-116-captain-mark-duffy-s-widow-has-thanked-the-public-and-the-emergency-services-for-their-immeasurable-support-and-kindness http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39764-rescue-116-captain-mark-duffy-s-widow-has-thanked-the-public-and-the-emergency-services-for-their-immeasurable-support-and-kindness

Rescue 116 Captain Mark Duffy's grieving widow in an email to the Dundalk Democrat newspaper has thanked the public and the emergency services for their "immeasurable support and kindness."

Hermione Duffy said that the compassion shown by others is helping her family "in adjusting to their life now without Mark.

Mark died with 4 of his colleagues after their coastguard helicopter came down off Blackrock Island, off the coast of Blacksod last March.

Captain Duffy (51) tragically died alongside his colleagues Captain Dara Fitzpatrick (45), winch operator Ciarán Smith (38) and winchman Paul Ormsby (53) when the Coast Guard helicopter crashed off the Co Mayo coast on March 14.

The bodies of Captain Duffy and Captain Fitzpatrick have since been recovered but the remains of Mr Smith and Mr Orsmby still haven't been found.

In an e-mail to The Dundalk Democrat, Ms Duffy said: "The respect we have been shown gives us great pride to know the esteem Mark was held in by you all.

She thanked all the emergency services staff of the Irish Coastguard and the volunteers of the RNLI, saying “your unique selflessness has been highlighted nationally by this tragedy may you always be acknowledged for your wonderful work. "

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 25 May 2017 07:50:04 +0100
The two men hoping to replace Enda Kenny as Taoiseach will face off in their first debate tonight in Dublin http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39763-the-two-men-hoping-to-replace-enda-kenny-as-taoiseach-will-face-off-in-their-first-debate-tonight-in-dublin http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39763-the-two-men-hoping-to-replace-enda-kenny-as-taoiseach-will-face-off-in-their-first-debate-tonight-in-dublin

The two men hoping to replace Enda Kenny as Taoiseach  will face off in their first debate tonight in Dublin.

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney will meet in the first of four debates being organised by Fine Gael.

Fine Gael blocked any plans for the two contenders to take part in any live TV or radio debates - purportedly amid fears that broadcasters would try to provoke fights in a quest for ratings.

The party has instead arranged four nights of hustings debates around the country, being streamed online - the first of which is tonight in Dublin's Red Cow Hotel.

But despite the party's best efforts, in the last few days some animosity has begun to creep in.

Simon Coveney, who trails significantly in terms of parliamentary support, has criticised Leo Varadkar's commitment to people who get up early for work - he says ignoring everyone else is simply divisive.

Varadkar has dismissed Coveney's aspiration to represent a United Ireland, saying that's already been Fine Gael policy.

With reports that some councillors are considering switching sides and backing Coveney over recent days, many will wonder whether the housing minister can pull off an unlikely comeback that could start tonight.

Three similar events are planned over the weekend in counties Carlow, Galway and Cork.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 25 May 2017 07:45:52 +0100
Councillor Seeks clarification on Waiver for Car Parking Charge at Sligo University Hospital for Frequent Patients http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39757-councillor-seeks-clarification-on-waiver-for-sligo-university-hospital-for-frequent-patients http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39757-councillor-seeks-clarification-on-waiver-for-sligo-university-hospital-for-frequent-patients

Despite being told by HSE Management that any patient who had to attend Sligo hospital a number of days in any week, over a long period, could secure a car parking pass, if they liaised with their Clinical Nurse Manager – the reality is the Clinical Nurse Manager had no idea what the patient was talking about when they inquired.

That’s according to Sligo county councillor Keith Henry.

At last month’s meeting of the HSE West forum ,the councillor first raised the matter. He had sought clarification on how a car parking pass could be secured at Sligo hospital in light of queries he was receiving from patients or relatives of patients.

The response from management was for the patient to talk to the clinical nurse manager about securing a car parking pass.

Cllr Henry explained that he told that to the people who had contacted him, and was subsequently told by one patient that the Clinical Nurse Manager had no idea what he was talking about.

He raised the matter again yesterday but told Midwest News today that he is not satisfied with the response

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Wed, 24 May 2017 13:51:35 +0100
Hong Kong Travel Agents Visit Ballina with Tourism Ireland http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39756-hong-kong-travel-agents-visit-ballina-with-tourism-ireland http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39756-hong-kong-travel-agents-visit-ballina-with-tourism-ireland

For the first time ever, a group of travel agents from Hong Kong is visiting Ireland this week. They are here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland – visiting Mayo and the Wild Atlantic Way and experiencing first-hand what the area has to offer Chinese holidaymakers.

Travel agents continue to play an important role in China, with Chinese travellers preferring to use a travel agent than to book online.

The group have visited Ballina, where they had dinner in Dillon's Bar & Restaurant and an overnight stay in Mount Falcon Estate.

According to the latest data from the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization), China is now the world’s largest outbound travel market – with 135 million people travelling overseas each year, spending about $261 billion.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Wed, 24 May 2017 13:03:26 +0100
The new Emergency Department for University Hospital Galway will cost in the region of 110 million euro http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39753-the-new-emergency-department-for-university-hospital-galway-will-cost-in-the-region-of-110-million-euro http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39753-the-new-emergency-department-for-university-hospital-galway-will-cost-in-the-region-of-110-million-euro

 

The new Emergency Department for University Hospital Galway will cost in the region of 110 million euro.

The proposed new Emergency Department will be a 7-storey building, and the HSE has confirmed that the process of recruiting a firm to design the facility will begin this Summer.

The matter was raised yesterday by two councillors at the Hse West Forum meeting in Merlin Park.

Both Headford based  Fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade and Galway city Fine Gael councillor Padraig Conneelly again raised concerns about the time that it will take to have a new building underway – considering the ongoing overcrowding crisis at University Hospital Galway.

Both councillors sought clarification from the HSE Management  - asking if they had submitted an application for funding to the government’s midterm capital  review. They  argued without that – the whole process will be even further delayed.

HSE’s Chief Operating Officer Ann Cosgrove says there’s a lot of paperwork that needs to be completed ahead of a public procurement process.

She confirmed that  he Saolta group has applied for funding from various government agencies for a new 7-storey Emergency Department.

The contract notice for the first stage of the design process was submitted to e-tenders earlier this month, and expressions of interest will be accepted until June 7th.

Following this, tender documents for the design works will be developed, and it’s expected the tender will be advertised in July.

Both councillors stated their frustration at the length of time each stage of this development is taking in light of the urgent need  - but accepted that there are national procedures that take stated time periods.

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Wed, 24 May 2017 12:07:32 +0100
Two-vehicle collision on Claremorris bypass http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39751-two-vehicle-collision-on-claremorris-bypass http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39751-two-vehicle-collision-on-claremorris-bypass

In local news, emergency services are attending the scene of a collision on the Claremorris bypass, at the Ballinrobe junction.

Gardai say two vehicles were involved in the collision at the top of the Old Ballindine Road.

The road is open, but motorists can expect delays.

Gardai and the ambulance service are currently at the scene.

 

 

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 24 May 2017 11:45:45 +0100
Castlebar-based barrister Eoin Garavan is being appointed Circuit Court judge http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39750-castlebar-based-barrister-eoin-garavan-is-being-appointed-circuit-court-judge http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39750-castlebar-based-barrister-eoin-garavan-is-being-appointed-circuit-court-judge

Castlebar-based barrister Eoin Garavan is being appointed a Circuit Court judge.

Mr Garavan, a former Fine Gael member of Castlebar Town Council, will be appointed to the Circuit Court in October.

This is one of a number of judicial appointments made by Cabinet to fill vacancies arising because of retirements in the High Court, Circuit Court and District Court.

Eoin Garavan was called to the Bar in 1990 and was formerly a senior tutor in law at University College Dublin.

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 24 May 2017 11:44:36 +0100
50 complaints made from Co Mayo last year to the Ombudsman for Children http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39747-50-complaints-made-from-co-mayo-last-year-to-the-ombudsman-for-children http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39747-50-complaints-made-from-co-mayo-last-year-to-the-ombudsman-for-children

50 of the complaints made last year to the Ombudsman for Children came from Co Mayo.

The annual report from the Ombudsman for Children’s Office has been published this week, and shows there was a 3% increase last year in the number of complaints made.

Of the 1,682 complaints received by the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon, 50 were made by children of on behalf of children in Co Mayo, and each of these complaints relates to at least one child.

Dr Muldoon says most of the complaints his office receives are from Dublin, but he says it’s important that children, families and anyone who works with children should know that anyone can make a complaint to his Office if they are not happy about a service being provided for a child.

Education was a factor in 46% of the complaints received.

The majority of these complaints related to specifically to schools, while 23% of the complaints received last year related to Tusla - the Child and Family Agency.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 24 May 2017 07:19:16 +0100
New study shows high levels of risk-taking by farmers http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39746-new-study-shows-high-levels-of-risk-taking-by-farmers http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39746-new-study-shows-high-levels-of-risk-taking-by-farmers

Farmers are being urged to make farm safety a bigger priority.

It's after a study showed high levels of risk-taking by farmers as they go about their work.

1 in 4 farmers admit they don't wear basic safety gear like high viz vests or ear defenders while working.

Farmers with the largest farms were three times more likely than farmers with the smallest holdings to take risks by not routinely using safety gear.

27 per cent say they tackle dangerous jobs on their own, rather than seeking help.

Over the past decade 197 people have died in farm accidents in Ireland and so far this year another 11 fatalities have been added to that total, making farming the most dangerous occupation.

The report has been compiled by the ESRI on behalf of the Health and Safety Authority.

Mark O'Halloran, chief executive of the Health & Safety Authority, says not getting help with difficult jobs is the number one risk factor on Irish farms…

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 24 May 2017 07:17:03 +0100
New 50-bed acute psychiatric unit to open later this year at UHG, but concerns remains over assessing mentally-ill patients at hospital's ED http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39745-new-50-bed-acute-psychiatric-unit-to-open-later-this-year-at-uhg-but-concerns-remains-over-assessing-mentally-ill-patients-at-hospital-s-ed http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39745-new-50-bed-acute-psychiatric-unit-to-open-later-this-year-at-uhg-but-concerns-remains-over-assessing-mentally-ill-patients-at-hospital-s-ed

A new 50-bed acute psychiatric unit at University Hospital Galway will be operational by the end of this year at a cost of 13.3 million euro.

The news was confirmed at yesterday’s meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, but Galway City Councillor Padraig Conneely has expressed concern about patients with psychiatric needs who are being assessed at the hospital’s Emergency Department, and he claims there is not always a consultant psychiatrist available around the clock, despite such claims by the HSE.

Councillor Conneely expressed his concerns to Midwest Radio’s Teresa O’Malley following yesterday’s meeting.

While welcoming the opening of the new 50-bed unit, he said a number of serious issues remain for patients presenting at the Galway hospital who need psychiatric services….

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 24 May 2017 07:15:20 +0100
Book of Condolence will open at Westport Town Hall in memory of those killed in Manchester bomb attack http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39744-book-of-condolence-will-open-at-westport-town-hall-in-memory-of-those-killed-in-manchester-bomb-attack http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39744-book-of-condolence-will-open-at-westport-town-hall-in-memory-of-those-killed-in-manchester-bomb-attack

A Book of Condolence will open at the Town Hall in Westport today, in memory of the 22 people who died in Monday night’s bomb attack at a concert in Manchester.

Members of the public can visit the Town Hall between 12 noon and 6pm today and for the rest of the week to sign the book.

Books of condolence are being opened across the country in solidarity with those affected by the Manchester terror attack, in which 22 people died and 59 were injured.

Britain's terror threat level has been raised to “critical” amid fears another attack may be 'imminent'.

Prime Minister Theresa May made the announcement as investigations continue into the suicide bombing in Manchester.

More victims have been named overnight - while concern is growing for those who are still missing.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 24 May 2017 07:11:53 +0100
Taoiseach says Manchester attack was one of "brutal inhumanity" http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39741-taoiseach-says-manchester-attack-was-one-of-brutal-inhumanity http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39741-taoiseach-says-manchester-attack-was-one-of-brutal-inhumanity

The Taoiseach says last night's attack in Manchester was one of "brutal inhumanity".

The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for last night's bomb attack which killed 22 people in Manchester – including an 8-year old girl.

The blast happened outside a concert by Ariana Grande in Manchester Arena.

59 others have been injured - and a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Enda Kenny's told the Dáil that the threat level here remains at "moderate" - which means an attack is possible but not likely.

Locally, a book of condolence for those who lost their lives in the Manchester tragedy will be opened at the Town Hall in Westport from 12 noon to 6pm for the rest of this week.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Tue, 23 May 2017 16:43:39 +0100
Manchester bomb attack should be warning to Ireland to review security at major events, says Independent TD http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39739-manchester-bomb-attack-should-be-warning-to-ireland-to-review-security-at-major-events-says-independent-td http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39739-manchester-bomb-attack-should-be-warning-to-ireland-to-review-security-at-major-events-says-independent-td

The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for last night's bomb attack which killed 22 people in Manchester.

The blast happened outside a concert by Ariana Grande in Manchester Arena - and children as young as 8 are now known to be among those killed.

59 others have been injured - and a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Locally, a Roscommon TD says the atrocity in Manchester is a warning to use in Ireland that we need to review security at major events, and in centres of large population.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says that, in the wake of the outrageous atrocity in Manchester, our first thoughts must be with the famalies of those who lost their lives and were injured in this senseless, vicious and cowardly attack on innocent young children and teenagers.

Deputy Fitzmaurice says parents here who have children attending such events regularly will be shaken and horrified by what has happened in Manchester, and with many major sporting and other events coming up for the summer months it is essential that we review the security measures being taken, and be more vigilant than ever.

The Roscommon-Galway TD says Minister Frances Fitzgerald and the Garda Commissioner need to ensure that a review is carried out immediately into our ability to deal with any possible attack.

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Tue, 23 May 2017 14:42:28 +0100
Archbishop Neary to unveil plaques in Castlebar tomorrow in honour of Sr Ignatia, who assisted in founding AA http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39738-archbishop-neary-to-unveil-plaques-in-castlebar-tomorrow-in-honour-of-sr-ignatia-who-assisted-in-founding-aa http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39738-archbishop-neary-to-unveil-plaques-in-castlebar-tomorrow-in-honour-of-sr-ignatia-who-assisted-in-founding-aa

The Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary will be in Castlebar tomorrow afternoon to unveil plaques at two locations, in honour of a Castlebar nun who assisted in founding Alcoholics Anonymous.

The late Sr Ignatia Gavin was born Bridget Mary Della Gavin in Shanvalley, Burren, Castlebar in 1889.

After emigrating to the United States, she entered the Sisters of Charity of St Augustine in Ohio in 1914.

Between the 1930’s and 1960’s, she was known as the Angel of Hope to her patients – thousands of whom were addicted to alcohol or other substances.

While Dr Bob Smith and Bill Wilson are credited with founding Alcoholics Anonymous, Sr Ignatia was behind many of the AA practices.

She was honoured by former US President John F Kennedy for her work, but little has been known about her achievements in her native Co Mayo.

Archbishop Neary will tomorrow unveil plaques at her family home in Shanvalley at 2pm and at the Parish Centre in Castlebar at 3pm and everyone is welcome to attend.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Tue, 23 May 2017 14:40:38 +0100
Ross Beach regains its Blue Flag Status http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39736-ross-beach-regains-its-blue-flag-status http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39736-ross-beach-regains-its-blue-flag-status

Ross Beach, Killala has regained its blue flag status for the 2017 bathing season.

Last year, this beach situated in picturesque Killala Bay lost its blue flag due to irregularities with life guard cover following a routine inspection of blue flag beaches in 2015.

Local Fine Gael Cllr. Jarlath Munnelly says he is relieved that Ross Beach has regained its blue flag.

Cllr. Munnelly says lessons were learned from last year, losing the Blue Flag wasn’t down to the facilities at the beach or water quality, it was down to lifeguard cover.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Tue, 23 May 2017 13:45:36 +0100
Jury in trial of 17-year old charged with Claremorris murder has been discharged http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39735-jury-in-trial-of-17-year-old-charged-with-claremorris-murder-has-been-discharged http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39735-jury-in-trial-of-17-year-old-charged-with-claremorris-murder-has-been-discharged

The jury in the trial of a 17 year-old, who is charged with the murder of another youth in Claremorris, was discharged this morning by Mr. Justice Paul Butler.

The case against the accused, who denies murder, will be heard by a new jury at the Central Criminal Court in July.

The accused denies the murder of teenager Dovydas Jenkas at a house in Claremorris on 19th December 2015.

Last Friday, the prosecution team led by senior counsel Patrick McGrath concluded its case.

However, the court was told this week that fresh evidence had emerged in the case, and today, Mr. McGrath asked that the case be re-opened to recall a witness.

Counsel for the accused, Michael Bowman said he was opposed to re-opening the case maintaining that re-introducing the witness could “not be safely done.”

After legal argument on the issue, Mr. Justice Butler said he was discharging the jury

The judge offered his regret and sympathy to both families involved in the case .

The judge said “it’s obviously very distressing but is the only solution in light of what has now emerged.”

The new trial, which is fixed to start on July 11, will be heard before different judge as well as a different jury.

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Tue, 23 May 2017 13:06:24 +0100
Over 10,800 people in Mayo subscribe to local Garda text alert scheme http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39731-over-10-800-people-in-mayo-subscribe-to-local-garda-text-alert-scheme http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39731-over-10-800-people-in-mayo-subscribe-to-local-garda-text-alert-scheme

The number of people signing up to a text alert service from their local Gardaí has more than doubled in just three years.

New figures released today show that, as of April 2017, there were more than a thousand Text Alert schemes around the country, with over 191,000 subscribers – compared to just 80-thousand in 2014.

The third-highest number of subscribers are in the Roscommon-Longford division, with almost 14,000 people subscribing to text alert schemes.

Under the service, subscribers receive alerts from Gardai advising them of suspicious or criminal activity in their local area.

In Co Mayo, there are 47 Text Alert schemes, with a total of over 10,800 subscribers, while in Galway, almost 13,000 people are subscribing to 74 schemes.

The Community Text Alert Scheme was designed in consultation with Muintir na Tire, Neighbourhood Watch and the IFA, with the emphasis on preventing crime through active partnership with communities.

 

 

 

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Tue, 23 May 2017 12:10:31 +0100
Claremorris, Ballinrobe & Castlerea Musical Societies nominated for AIMS awards http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39730-claremorris-ballinrobe-castlerea-musical-societies-nominated-for-aims-awards http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39730-claremorris-ballinrobe-castlerea-musical-societies-nominated-for-aims-awards

 

Musical societies in Claremorris, Ballinrobe and Castlerea have all been nominated for the 2017 AIMS awards – the annual awards for the Association of Irish Musical Societies.

For Claremorris Musical Society, John Byrne has been nominated for Best Comedian Award for his role as Bill Snibson in their production of “Me & My Girl” earlier this year.

Ballinrobe Musical Society staged “9 to 5- the Musical” and Niall Conway has been nominated for Best Comedian for his role as Hart.

Castlerea Musical Society have been nominated for Best House Management for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”.

Musical societies in Tuam, Corofin, Galway and Loughrea were also nominated for the awards, which will be presented at a gala awards ceremony in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney in mid-June.

 

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Tue, 23 May 2017 12:08:53 +0100
Protest in support for the Mayo Campus of GMIT to take place this Saturday http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39725-protest-in-support-for-the-mayo-campus-of-gmit-to-take-place-this-saturday http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39725-protest-in-support-for-the-mayo-campus-of-gmit-to-take-place-this-saturday

A protest March takes place this Saturday in Castlebar to demonstrate local support for the Mayo campus of GMIT.

The GMIT action group are organising the event that gets underway at 3pm at Market Square.

There is ongoing local concern that the Castlebar campus of GMIT is being downgraded  - with 5 courses cut for the next academic year, and up to 15 staff being informed they will have to transfer to the Galway campus.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Tue, 23 May 2017 09:54:17 +0100
22 people have died following an attack in Manchester http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39722-22-people-have-died-following-an-attack-in-manchester http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39722-22-people-have-died-following-an-attack-in-manchester

 

22 people, including a number of children, have been confirmed dead following a suspected suicide bombing in Manchester.

 

Police say the attacker detonated a device which he was carrying - officers are now trying to work out if he was acting alone.

 

59 people were also injured in the blast which happened outside an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena last night.

 

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for people to send them any images or footage of last night's incident.

 

Prime minister Theresa May will chair an emergency Cobra meeting in Downing Street this morning, and political parties have suspended general election campaigns because of the attack.

 

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has issued a statement saying the 'vile acts' in Manchester are 'a reminder of the depravity of the views held by the few' and he says '

Those beliefs have no place in our society'.

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says there are no reports of any Irish citizens having been caught up in the attack, anyone with concerns for family or friends can call his Department on  01 408 2000

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Tue, 23 May 2017 07:37:39 +0100
Gardaí have seized a large amount of cannabis and cocaine and arrested a woman in Co Sligo http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39719-gardai-have-seized-a-large-amount-of-cannabis-and-cocaine-and-arrested-a-woman-in-co-sligo http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39719-gardai-have-seized-a-large-amount-of-cannabis-and-cocaine-and-arrested-a-woman-in-co-sligo

Gardaí have seized a large amount of cannabis and cocaine and arrested a woman in Co Sligo.

At around 8pm yesterday evening they conducted a planned search of a house in the Carraroe area.

During the search, they found cannabis and cocaine with a street value of around 80 thousand euro.

A woman in her 30s was arrested at the scene and is being detained at Ballymote Garda Station. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Mon, 22 May 2017 15:56:12 +0100
Three Vehicle Collision on N5 at Westport this afternoon http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39718-three-vehicle-collision-on-n5-at-westport-this-afternoon http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39718-three-vehicle-collision-on-n5-at-westport-this-afternoon

A three vehicle collision has occurred outside Westport this afternoon on the N5 Westport to Castlebar road close to Corrib Oil.

Gardai and the emergency services are at the scene and traffic in the area is disrupted as a result,

Westport Gardai say delays can be expected in the area for some time this afternoon.

There are no further details available about the collision.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Mon, 22 May 2017 15:53:58 +0100
Visitor restrictions remain in place at Mayo University HospitaL To Curb Spread of Norovirus http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39714-visitor-restrictions-remain-in-place-at-mayo-university-hospital-to-curb-spread-of-norovirus http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39714-visitor-restrictions-remain-in-place-at-mayo-university-hospital-to-curb-spread-of-norovirus

Visitor restrictions remain in place at Mayo University Hospital to help curb the spread of the winter vomiting bug known as Norovirus.

Although no new cases were reported over the weekend, the hospital is asking for the continued co-operation of the general public in preventing the spread of this infection.

Visitors are encouraged not to visit the hospital unless it is essential and where it is essential, visitor numbers should be kept to a minimum.

Visitors who themselves may be unwell or have vomiting or diarrhoea should not visit the Hospital.  Very young children or those with some other serious illness should avoid visiting the hospital, if possible, as they may be particularly susceptible to the virus.

Members of the public with symptoms of viral gastroenteritis should as far as possible not present in the A&E Dept but should contact their GP.

 Admissions to the hospital are continuing as normal. 

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Mon, 22 May 2017 13:46:12 +0100
Supermac's Wins National Franchise of the Year Award for Outstanding Contribution to Employment in Ireland http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39710-supermac-s-wins-national-franchise-of-the-year-award-for-outstanding-contribution-to-employment-in-ireland http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39710-supermac-s-wins-national-franchise-of-the-year-award-for-outstanding-contribution-to-employment-in-ireland

Supermac's has won the Franchise of the Year Award for Outstanding Contribution to Employment in Ireland at the Irish Franchise Awards 2017.

The awards were announced at an event at the Radisson St Helen’s Hotel in Dublin at the weekend.

The awards recognise excellence in franchising and reward the achievements of businesses and individuals in the franchise industry and are in association with AIB.

Supermac's contribution to communities throughout the country was a key factor in the group of family restaurants winning the award.

Supermac's is Irelands largest indigenous quick service restaurant chain with over 2,500 people employed in over 100 family restaurants throughout the country with significant expansion plans in the near future. 

 Supermac's Managing Director, Galway native Pat McDonagh, said that he was delighted to win the award on behalf of the franchisees that do an excellent job. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Mon, 22 May 2017 11:02:44 +0100
€14,000 allocated to Castlerea Playground http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39708-14-000-allocated-to-castlerea-playground http://www.midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/39708-14-000-allocated-to-castlerea-playground

€14,000 has been granted for the playground in Castelrea.

Fianna Fail Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice says this is being allocated under the Capital Grant Scheme.

Cllr. Fitzmaurice says this funding will go towards refurbishment works and put in a new area.

There are also plans going forward to build a new car park at the back of the existing swimming pool and it is intended to turn around the entrance of the pool in to this new car park.

Cllr. Fitzmaurice has welcomed this funding for the Castlerea Demesne playground.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Mon, 22 May 2017 09:15:13 +0100