Co Mayo

  • People are being urged to make sure all the alcohol is out of their system before they drive today.

    Almost one thousand people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving over the Christmas period last year.

    Gardai say 11 per cent of fatal road crashes involving drink happen the morning after a night out.

    Liz O'Donnell from the Road Safety Authority is advising motorists to be careful if they were out last night.

  • The 27th Annual Mayo People of the Year Awards will be officially launched this evening in the Breaffy House Resort Hotel in Castlebar.

    Again this year the awards are sponsored by The Connaught Telegraph, Mayo Rehab and Mayo County Council.

    Any person or group that voluntarily makes a difference to the lives of others in county Mayo, or county Mayo people making a significant contribution to the quality of lives in any national or international community can be nominated for an award.

    The application forms for nominations are available at the offices of the Connaught Telegraph, Mayo County Council or Rehab Care.

    Entries for this year’s awards close on Friday October 11th.

    Bernard Hughes is the Commercial Managaer of the Connaught Telegraph and he’s been giving Midwest News more details about tonight’s launch of the 2019 awards.

  • Sometime in October, Westport based global enterprise Portwest is hoping to secure the green light from West Mayo Municipal District councillors to allow the development of its 10 million euro world headquarters at a site at the harbour in Westport town.

    The decision is in the hands of the local councillors who must vote on a change of planning designation at the harbour side site, as a material convention of Mayo County Development Plan is needed to allow the building to go ahead.

    Portwest had originally planned to locate its global HQ at a site adjacent to Allergan, however, Allergan has sought additional space to expand its enterprise, and so the Hughes family have opted to locate at a site they own at the harbour.

    One of the Directors of Portwest Owen Hughes told Midwest News today that they hope to get the project underway by October.

  • A woman whose two sons were murdered by their father in Mayo says the government isn't doing enough to protect women's lives.

    Kathleen Chada's 5 and 10 year old sons were found in murdered in their father's car at Rosbeg in Westport on 29 July 2013.

    Her former husband Sanjeev Chada, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 after driving his sons across the country before murdering them at a secluded location in Mayo.

    It comes as new figures from a Woman's Aid report show 230 women have been killed in Ireland since 1996 - including 5 so far this year - while 16 children died alongside their mothers. mostly by someone they know.

    Ms Chada is now leading calls for more government support to help women at risk of "femicide".