• The number of patients on hospital trolleys across the country has increased significantly this week, compared to last week.

    Today, there are 565 patients waiting for a bed - with 583 on trolleys yesterday and 565 on Monday.

    Last week's trolley figures were between 300 and 400.

    The INMO figures show Galway University Hospital is the third most-overcrowded today with 44 patients on trolleys, while there are 22 waiting for a bed at Sligo University Hospital and 13 at Mayo University Hospital.

    The ongoing overcrowding and the pressure this is putting on nursing staff are among the reasons INMO members are taking strike action later this month.

    Nurses will go on a 24-hour strike on Wednesday 30th January - three weeks from today - with 5 further days of strike action planned for February.

    The union says members are fed up dealing with low pay and poor working conditions.

    However, the Irish Patients Association says patients lives are at risk if the proposed strike by nurses goes ahead at the end of the month.

  • Galway University Hospital is once again the most overcrowded in the country, with 57 patients on trolleys today.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, the number on trolleys nationally has risen to 558.

    This includes 57 at UHG, 25 at Sligo University Hospital and 26 at Mayo University Hospital.

     Figures also show that, during the month of November, 178 patients spent time on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, with an average waiting time of 12 hours on a trolley in the Emergency Department.

    The figures were confirmed to Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne at a recent meeting of the HSE regional forum in Galway.

    Councillor Kilcoyne claims there are many Third World and developing countries that have a more satisfactory health service at present that what's being provided to sick people in Co Mayo....

  • 59 on the spot fines were issued last year to dog owners in Co Mayo.

    Of the fines issued by Mayo County Council, just 24 were paid

    11 people were prosecuted, with 5 convictions.

    The dog warden in the county told Midwest News this morning that the majority of the on-the-spot fines were for dogs that were out of control, while a number related to restricted breeds not wearing a muzzle and being off the leash in a public place.

    Fines for dog-fouling are a separate category, and are issued by the litter warden.

    Figures released by the Department of Rural & Community Development also show that 165 stray and unwanted dogs entered the pound in Mayo last year.

    Of those, 122 were strays while 43 were surrendered.

    26 of these were reclaimed, while 131 were transferred to dog welfare groups, and 7 were put down.

    Speaking after the figures were published, Minister of State Séan Canney welcomed the year-on-year decrease in the number of dogs entering local authority pounds - down from over 26,000 in 2002 to less than 10,000 last year.

    Minister Canney is reminding dog owners that it is a legal requirement for them to have a dog licence and have their dog micro-chipped - that way a stray dog that enters a local authority pound can have the micro chip scanned and be reunited with its owner.



  • A 60-year old man died following a house fire in Galway city over the weekend.

    The fire broke out on Friday evening at a house in the Renmore area, and the man was removed to University Hospital Galway where he was later pronounced dead.

    Other occupants of the house escaped without serious injury.

    Gardai are not treating the fire as suspicious.




  • Nearly 400 people have been diagnosed with mumps so far this year - including 62 in the Western region.

    New statistics from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show 64 new cases of mumps were reported nationally last week alone, bringing the total for this year to date to 381.

    Just over 60 percent of cases were in young people aged 15 to 24.

    115 of the cases so far this year were in the Eastern region, while just 9 diagnoses were confirmed in the South East area, and 62 in the West.

    Some outbreaks have been reported in schools and universities, with Trinity College telling people to stay at home if they feel unwell.



  • There are 649 people waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the latest trolley watch from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Yesterday, levels reached a new record high of 714.

    Today, there are 28 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hospital, 21 in Sligo, 19 at Mayo University Hospital and 13 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    The worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where there are 58 people waiting for a hospital bed.

    The HSE has announced that non-urgent elective surgery is being cancelled at hospitals across the county, as they try and tackle the backlog of patients on trolleys.

    A spokesperson for the Saolta Hospital Group told Midwest News today that while non-urgent electives are cancelled at Mayo University Hospital, some urgent elective procedures are proceeding.

    The spokesperson said patients have been contacted directly in relation to their procedures.

    At Galway University Hospital , some non-urgent surgeries scheduled for today have been deferred.

    Affected patients are being contacted directly, so those who have not heard from their hospital should attend for their appointment as scheduled.

  • A 67-year-old man has admitted killing a well-known runner in Galway.

    Noel Lenihan of Cardinal Road, Mervue was due to stand trial for murdering Christopher McGrath at his home on March 12th 2017.

    He pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter when the charge was put to him today and his plea was accepted by the DPP.

    His sentence hearing will take place in November.




    There's a seven-race card at Sligo this evening where the first goes to post at 5.10.

    Robert Power returns to action this evening after missing the last couple of months due to injury.

  • A 70 year old man has died following a single-vehicle collision in Co. Galway.

    He was the sole occupant of a car that hit a wall on the Ballinasloe to Laurencetown Road at Sycamore Hill at around 8:30 last night.

    The man's body was removed to University Hospital Galway for a post-mortem.

    The road remains closed while Gardai examine the scene and any witnesses are being asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station at 090-96 31890.


  • Funding of 70,000 euro has been secured for flood defence measures in Cong village.

    The news has been confirmed today by local Fianna Fail councillor Damien Ryan.

    He told Midwest News that the funding will be used to erect barriers, a flood protection wall and to raise the road in vulnerable areas of the village.

    The works will get underway by next month, and he said it is an ideal time for such works, as water levels are so low.

  • For the second day in a row, there are 760 patients on hospital trolleys across the country today - matching yesterday's record figure.

    According to the INMO, Limerick is the worst-hit hospital with 75 patients on trolleys, followed by Galway University Hospital where 51 patients are waiting for a bed today.

    Elsewhere across the region, there are 14 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, 20 in Sligo and 21 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation says this extreme overcrowding presents a clear danger to both patients and staff, and requires immediate political intervention to stabilise our hospitals.

    The union has written to the Health Minister Simon Harris, calling for a major incident to be declared at the worst-affected hospitals.

    The INMO is also calling for the immediate approval of all nursing posts across the acute hospitals, an end to the recruitment ban, the cancellation of elective procedures in the worst-affected hospitals and the sourcing of additional beds in the private and voluntary sector.


  • A 78-year old man will be sentenced next month for raping his daughter at the family home in Co Mayo.

    The man, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to five sample charges of carnal knowledge without the girl’s consent on dates between July 1973 and November 1974.

    The court heard the woman was regularly raped while she was aged between 9 and 12, while her mother was out at work.

    In her victim impact statement, the now 54-year old woman referred to her father as a predator.

    Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy remanded the man in continuing custody, and adjourned sentencing to June 18th next.


  • University Hospital Galway was the third most-overcrowded in the country during last month, according to new figures from the INMO.

    During the month of February, 805 patients were treated on trolleys at the Galway hospital - with Limerick and Cork University Hospitals being the most overcrowded.

    The figures show over 10,000 admitted patients were left on trolleys across the country during February - an increase of 23% on February 2019.

    At Mayo University Hospital, 317 were on trolleys during last month - up from 171 in the same month last year.

    290 patients were treated on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital - which was down on the figure for Feb 2019 - while the figure at Portiuncla Hospital was much the same.

    The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation says the long-running trolley crisis has to be the top priority in talks on forming a new Government.

    The INMO says their members are forced to provide care in appalling conditions, while qualified healthcare staff are queueing ujp to work, but hospitals are unable to hire them.

    The union is calling for the recruitment embargo to be lifted - whatever the make up of the next Government.


  • 83 new jobs were created in the Mayo Gaeltacht last year, according to Udaras na Gaeltachta's End of Year Review for 2018.

    This was a net increase of 9 new jobs on the previous year, and brings to 657 the number of fulltime jobs in Udaras client companies in Mayo.

    6 new companies were established in the Mayo Gaeltacht during 2018, with the support of Udaras, and 9 people are now employed in these companies.

    New jobs were also created in a number of companies, and during 2018, the Udarás Board approved new projects which will result in the creation of up to 119 jobs in the Mayo Gaeltacht in the future - in both established companies and in companies currently being founded.

    Meanwhile, there were 254 people employed on Social Employment schemes in the Mayo Gaeltacht at the end of 2018.

  • 85% of patients who took part in a survey have rated their experience at Mayo University Hospital as good or very good - which is higher than the national average.

    816 people who were discharged from Mayo University Hospital during the month of May were invited to take part in the National Patient Experience Survey, detailing their experience at the Castlebar hospital.

    54% or 440 people completed the survey - and of these, 81% were emergency admissions to hospital.

    60% said their overall experience at the hospital was very good, 25% rated their care as good, and 14% said the care given to them was fair to poor.

    The majority said they were treated with dignity and respect, and said they were involved in decisions about their care and treatment.

    However, the survey also shows three areas where improvement is needed.

    40% of respondents said they were not given enough time to discuss their care and treatment with a doctor. A number of patients said they were not told how they could expect to feel after an operation or procedure, and 30% said there should be better information on support services after discharge from hospital.

    In terms of the time patients are waiting in the Emergency Department, Mayo University Hospital performed better than the national average, but still below the HSE targets.

  • September was the worst month of 2019 for trolley figures at Irish hospitals, with over 10,600 patients on trolleys across the country last month.

    It was also the worst September on record for overcrowding, according to the INMO.

    Figures released today show Galway University Hospital had the third-highest number of patients on trolleys, with 884 people on trolleys during the past month - the highest September figure at the Galway hospital in the past 15 years.

    University Hospital Limerick was the most overcrowded in the country last month, with over 1400 patients on trolleys.

    INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghda says the figures are astonishing, especially outside of Winter, and are placing a massive strain on frontline staff.

    The INMO says it's a capacity issue - more hospitals beds and more nurses are needed.

    Sligo University Hospital had almost 400 patients on trolleys during the past month, with 110 at Mayo University Hospital - which was down on previous years.


  • Nine communities in Mayo are to share funding of almost €840,000 under the Government's Town & Village Renewal Scheme.

    The Mayo-based Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring was in Killawalla this afternoon to announce details of the scheme nationally.

    In Mayo, the largest grant of funding of over €192,000 has been allocated for Roundfort, with funding of €100,000 for each of three villages - Killawalla, Barnacarroll and Glencastle for village enhancements and public realm works.

    €92,000 has been allocated for Ballycastle, €80,000 for Killasser, over €78,000 for an extension to the community centre in Kilmeena, €56,000 for an extension to the community centre in Killeen and €40,000 for enhancement works in Inver.

    Minister Ring says the Town & Village Renewal Scheme focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages, and is part of a €15 million scheme nationally....


  • Over 3 thousand complaints were made last year about public service providers, according to the latest Ombudsman report, with 98 complaints from Co Mayo, over 300 from Co Galway, 39 from Roscommon and 41 from Sligo.

    The highest amount of complaints were made against government departments, local authorities and the health and social care sectors.

    31% of complaints nationally related to Government Departments - the highest number were complaints about the Department of Social Protection, followed by the Dept of Agriculture.

    28% of complaints last year were in relation to local authorities - the biggest issues were housing and planning.

    Of these, 20 complaints were made about Mayo County Council, of which 3 were upheld.

    There were 46 complaints about Galway County Council and 48 in relation to Galway City Council.

    2017 was the first year the Ombudsman was permitted to deal with complaints from asylum seekers and refugees, and 115 complaints were received of which 9 were upheld.

    In relation to health, there were 538 complaints about the HSE - of which almost half were in relation to hospitals.

    Other complaints related to medical and GP cards, primary and community care and Tusla.

    The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall says there was also an increase in the number of complaints made against private nursing homes:


  • A Kerry based company that controls and eradicates Japanese Knotweed is expected to submit a planning application to Mayo county council before the end of this month to develop a facility to process the invasive plant species.

    Representatives from the company held an information evening in Ballyhaunis on Friday where they outlined their plans for the soil recovery facility, to be located at a disused quarry at Drimbane, just off the Claremorris road.

    The processing centre is expected to create 16 jobs.

    The company had initially planned to locate the facility at a disused quarry in Claremorris  but that proposal was abandoned following local objections.

    Speaking to Midwest News today the owner of the proposed plant said that he intends to submit a planning application to Mayo county council in the next ten days.

    He said the new plant would be located close to Western Proteins, and following Friday’s public meeting he believes there are no substantial objections to his proposal locally.

    He declined to be interviewed.


  • A number of areas of Achill Island are without water today, following two bursts on the watermain.

    Local Councillor Paul McNamara says households and businesses in the areas of  Cashel, Saula, Curraune, Derreens, Shraheens and Dooega are without water as a result of the bursts.

    Mayo County Council are working to resolve the problems, and hope to have water supplies restored by this evening.