• A boil water notice has been issued this evening for the Lough Talt Regional Water Supply scheme, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant.

    About 13,000 people are affected in the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and the hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Curry, Charlestown, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteigue and Coolaney.

    Irish Water says public health is their number one priority, and it’s imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice.

    The cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant was detected after a routine test, and Irish Water says they will be carrying out weekly sampling at multiple sites in the scheme with a view to getting the boil notice lifted, if there are sufficient clear samples over a number of weeks.

    Water must be boiled for drinking, preparing salads and similar uncooked foods, brushing teeth and making ice.

  • A Sligo man, who was accused of conveying illegal drugs into Castlerea Prison, has been found not guilty at the circuit court.

    Judge Francis Comerford directed the jury to find 32-year-old John Kennedy, Castleburn, Ballymote not guilty to a charge that between April 9 and 10 2015, he conveyed PVP a synthetic drug into Castlerea prison.

    The direction was made after a submission from the defence during legal argument in the absence of the jury.

    The judge also directed the jury to find the defendant not guilty of a charge of unlawful possession of the drug at Ballisodare Post Office on April 9 2015.

    The defendant had pleaded not guilty to both charges before a jury in a trial that lasted almost three weeks at Sligo Circuit Court.

  • The Ballymote to Castlebaldwin road is currently closed due to a HGV blocking the road.

    Extremely icy conditions mean the road will be closed for a number of hours.


    Bank of Ireland must ensure that the ATM machine in Ballymote remains operational - regardless of the branch closing later this year.

    That's according to the Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Dara Mulvey.

    Councillor Mulvey has put down a notice of motion for the April meeting of the local authority, calling on the council to write to Bank of Ireland CEO Francesca McDonagh to voice its anger and disappointment at the decision to close the branches in Ballymote and Tubbercurry.

    The Fine Gael Councillor believes the bank should hand back these buildings to Sligo County Council for community facilities, and should also ensure that Ballymote is not left without an out-of-hours ATM machine.

  • Gardaí in Co. Sligo have seized a gun in the boot of a car and arrested a man.

    Officers searched a house in Ballymote last night and found cannabis herb worth around 1-thousand euro and the gun.

    The car has been seized by Gardaí and the firearm has been sent to the Garda Ballistics Section for forensic examination.

    A 37 year old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Ballymote Garda Station where he remains in custody.


  • A man in his thirties has been arrested following a drugs seizure in Sligo yesterday. 

    As part of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing in the area, Gardaí searched a property is Castle Burn, Ballymote, where around €100,000 worth of cannabis was found. 

    A sum of cash was also recovered. 

    The man remains in custody and investigations are ongoing.

  • A 37 year old man is due to appear in court this morning charged in connection with a firearm and drug seizure in county Sligo.

    Gardai discovered a gun in the boot of a car on Tuesday and in a follow up operation found cannabis at a house in Ballymote.

    He's due to appear before a sitting of Ballaghadereen District Court this morning charged in connection with the investigation.

  • Work is underway on a new 54 space car park, located at Lord Edward street in Ballymote.

    According to local councillor Dara Mulvey, the new car park located in the town centre will help businesses in the town and relieve traffic congestion on the main streets and will be an asset to the entire community. It is also planned to locate a electric vehicle charging point on site.

    The councillor told Midwest News that he had been working on the development for some time and is delighted to see that work is now taking place on the development.

  • The heatwave has claimed its first victim, after a peregrine falcon got stuck in melted tar on a road in Sligo.

    Sligo Fire Brigade managed to free the bird, but it later died despite the best efforts of a local vet and wildlife experts.

    Lothar Muschketat from the Eagles Flying wildlife sanctuary in Ballymote says it was a difficult task for all involved.

  • A Sligo Councillor is calling for all bicycles sold in Sligo to be registered on a central database, to help prevent theft, and to reunite owners with bikes that have been recovered.

    Ballymote-Tubbercurry FG Councillor Dara Mulvey says such a bike database register is very useful for police forces in the UK, and he's calling on Sligo County Council to work with Gardai and the Department of Transport in introducing a similar system here.

    He believes a comprehensive register might be a deterrent to would-be thieves.