Collooney

  • There are 38 towns and villages across the State discharging raw sewage into the environment, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency.

    The agency also notes that there are 28 large towns and cities discharging inadequately treated sewage into the environment.

    Foxford, Tubbercurry, Collooney and Monksland are among the larger urban areas that are listed in the report as failing to deal with waste water effectively and where waste discharges entering our waters don't meet pollution and health standards.

    Untreated sewage is still being pumped into our seas and waterways from 38 towns and villages around the country. Killala, Newport, Roundstone, Carraroe, Spiddal and Ahascaragh are among the locations cited in this list.

    The EPA says years of under-investment in the system is one of the main causes.

    Despite a "legacy of under- investment" and the State facing legal action from the European Commission for failing to meet mandatory standards, the EPA says improvements are not happening at a fast enough pace.

    EPA spokesperson Darragh Page says Irish Water is not meeting its own targets for dealing with the issue.

  • Gardai arrested a man yesterday in connection with a robbery at a bookmakers in Co. Sligo.

    The incident occurred at 3.25pm yesterday afternoon at a premises on the Square in Collooney.

    The man in his 30’s was arrested a short time later and is currently detained at Ballymote Garda Station.

    No-one was injured during the incident and investigations are ongoing.

  • Gardaí in Collooney arrested two members of what is believed to be a  prolific rural burglary gang who are suspected of carrying out at least 50 raids over the last two months.

    The arrests were made by uniformed gardaí in county Sligo over the weekend as part of Operation Thor, an ongoing initiative tackling marauding burglary gangs. That’s according to today’s Irish Independent.

    During the operation two males, aged 22 and 32, were arrested while two high-powered vehicles were also seized.

    The criminals were detained for questioning in relation to burglary related offences but have since been released without charge, while a file is being prepared for the DPP.

    The arrests were carried out last Friday afternoon shortly after 4pm by uniformed officers from Collooney garda station, who were assisted by members of the Garda Air Support Unit.

    The two suspects , who have since been released without charge, are originally from the Limerick area and are part of a four man gang accused of causing havoc along the west coast. One of the men was also wanted in relation to an outstanding bench warrant.

    These were significant arrests for gardai, with two high-powered cars also seized which were suspected of being used in burglaries. This crime grouping have been a key target for gardai across the west of the country for some time, as they are suspected of being connected to in excess of 50 burglaries since Christmas.