• It’s emerged that a number of hospitals are routinely missing their targets for treating cancer patients within 15 days of diagnosis.

    As a result, hundreds of people were last year forced to wait for chemotherapy, according to figures published in the Irish Independent.

    The worst offender was The Mater Hospital in Dublin where one-in-three cancer patients got delayed treatment last year.

    The National Cancer Control Programme has set a target that 95% of cancer patients should receive IV treatment within 15 days of diagnosis, but at Galway University Hospital, 22% of patients did not receive IV treatment within the 15-day target last year, and this figure was 25% at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals fared better, with 99% of patients at both hospitals receiving chemotherapy treatment within 15 days of diagnosis.



  • A 24-year-old man has been found guilty of the manslaughter of Co Galway publican John Kenny in 2011. 

    Marian Lingurar Jnr, with an address at Blackpool, Co Cork, was charged with the unlawful killing of Mr Kenny at Kenny's Bar, Main Street, Oughterard, on 25 September, 2011.

    John Kenny, who was also a teacher, was found tied up and had suffered a violent and sustained assault. His body was discovered by his wife and daughter. 

    Marian Lingurar Jnr, who is originally from Romania, was found guilty at Galway Circuirt Court by a jury of seven men and four women in a trial that lasted three weeks.

    He was also found guilty of the second charge of trespass with intent to commit theft.

    He was remanded in custody and will reappear before Galway Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing on 8 May.


  • Drivers are being urged to put away their mobile phones when driving this Easter weekend, as new figures show that almost 5,000 drivers were caught by Gardai holding their phone while driving in the first 2 months of this year - an increase of 24% on the same period last year.

    The Road Safety Authority has expressed concern at the figures, and say using a mobile phone while driving makes a motorist four times more likely to crash.

    Gardai have also issued a road safety message ahead of Easter, appealing to motorists to slow down, always wear seatbelts, be well-rested and never drink and drive.

    Last Easter, two people were killed and 14 seriously injured over the Bank Holiday weekend, and Superintendent Noel Kelly of the Western Regional Traffic Unit is urging motorists to take extra care and plan ahead for the long weekend.

  • 25,000 used batteries weighing in at 480kgs have been collected by the students of St Patrick’s National School  in Castlebar over the last number of weeks as they took part in a recycling project with WEE Ireland.

    Today the Big Battery Hunt presentation took place in the school.

    The initiative was undertaken by the school secretary Aoife McIntyre and Liz McManamon was the teacher co-ordinator.

    Ben Walsh is a 5th class student in St Patrick’s who himself added 3,450 used batteries to the collection.

    He told Midwest News today that it's important for the environment that used batteries are disposed of safely.

  • Friday 25th January is the closing date for residents associations, burial ground committees, Tidy Towns committees, festivals and other community clubs and organisations to apply to Mayo County Council for funding under the GMA - General Municipal Allocation.

    Each of the four municipal districts in Mayo has funding set aside under the GMA, and the council is now advising that applications for GMA funding are open until the 25th January.

    West Mayo Independent Councillor Christy Hyland is urging groups to apply for the funding before that date....

  • More than 280,000 euro in funding has been approved for a new Community Centre in Kilkelly.

    Funding of 281,445 has been granted under the Leader Programme for the development.

    The facility is being constructed to meet the social and leisure needs of the community, while also providing a venue for community services.

    Minister Michael Ring told Midwest News today that he is delighted to approve support for the new centre, which he says will act as a focal point for information and coordination of all local activity and will drive local development.

  • A second beef blockade has been lifted, this time at the ABP factory at Ferrybank in Waterford.

    The decision comes after those picketing outside a Dawn Meats factory in Slane, Co. Meath ceased their protest yesterday.

    The Irish Farmers Association is encouraging all protests to end in order to "put the ball back in the factory's court."

    IFA President Joe Healy says progress on last weekend's deal will only be made once factory gates are cleared:

    However, a number of farmers remain on the protest outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis this morning.


  • 3.5 million euro has been announced today for the Rural Water Programme in Mayo.

    Minister Eoghan Murphy has announced grant supports nationally totalling €20 million for water services in rural areas. The funding will enable development and improvement work to be undertaken on group water schemes and group sewerage schemes in rural areas and will provide grants for households to upgrade private wells and septic tanks.

    Mayo Fine Gael candidate Alan Dillon told Midwest News that the Rural Water Programme for County Mayo is made up of six different measures and the funding that has been announced today is broken down across a series of initiatives.

    €2.24 million is being committed under ‘Measure 1’ for water treatment improvements for the group water sector. These improvements are associated with environmental and public health compliance in the following schemes;

    Attymas; €15,000, Cregduff; €15,000, Mayo Operate schemes - Bundle No. 1 €1, 474,000, Mayo Operate schemes -Bundle No. 2; €400,000, Drumsheen / Newtown; ;€25,000,  Johnstown / Levalleyroe; €25,000,  Killaturley; €25,000, Robeen; €200,000

    Under ‘Measure 2’ dealing with the enhancement of group water schemes, €375,000 is being allocated. This funding is provided to local authorities in the form of a block grant.

    Under ‘Measure 3’ which is focused on rural development, €455,000 is being committed:

    Tonacrick / Culinakillew €430,000 and Kilmurray €25,000

    To support the transition of group water schemes to the public water and waste water sector under ‘Measure 4’, €426,500 is allocated to the following:

    Cushin & Ayle €122,000, rishtown €150,000, Ballyholan; €23,000, Glenhest Road; €15,000, Rosmoney; €2,500, Cloonlyon; €4,000, Lecarrow €110,000

    Under ‘Measure 6’, €3.5m is being committed to funding grants for private wells and septic tanks.

  • Some 30,000 people will be welcomed through Ireland West Airport Knock over the Christmas period, making it the busiest festive season in the airport's 32 year history.

    This Friday 21st December is set to be the busiest day for arriving passengers, with over 2,500 people expected to touch down at the airport.

    Midwest Radio's Mid Morning Show will be broadcast live from the airport on Friday, with local schools and choirs from across the region performing in the arrivals area over the coming days to add to the festive atmosphere.

    Passenger numbers for 2018 are set to reach 772,000 for the first time - up 3% on last year's figures.

    2019 is expected to be a further year of growth at the airport following the announcement of a new service to Cologne in Germany with Ryanair which starts next June, and the introduction of additional seats on the Ryanair Barcelona and Bristol services.


  • A 31 year old man has pleaded guilty to having sexual relations with a 14 year old girl.

    He was 24 at the time of the offence in Sligo, and claimed he thought the victim was 18.

    The court heard this offence dates back to September 2012 .

    When the accused was questioned by gardai he told them he thought the girl was 18 or 19, but the victim said she told him she was just 14.

    The accused, who has a long list of minor convictions, was originally due to go on trial for rape but pleaded guilty to the defilement of a child under the age of 15.

    He will be sentenced next week.



  • Over 32,000 people in Mayo in receipt of social welfare supports will see an increase in their payment over the coming week.

    This follows the announcements in Budget 2019 to increase payments for pensioners, widows, single parents, those with a disability and for jobseekers.

    There's a €5 weekly increase in most social welfare allowances, and Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring says the increases will kick in over the coming days....

  • €320,000 in grant aid has been announced today for School and Community Safety supports in Mayo under the CLÁR programme

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring , has announced details of €324,166 to be awarded to 9 projects for safety measures for schools and communities in Mayo under the 2018  programme which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

    The following projects in Mayo will be supported:

    School/Community Group


    Project Description






    St. Brendan's College


    Carpark resurfacing and lights


    Scoil Náisiúnta Phádraig Naofa


    To facilitate set down area temporary parking area on school grounds; Extend/upgrade footpaths on approaches to school


    Attymass National School


    Construct & upgrade footpaths, carparking facilities and public lighting


    St. Peter & Paul National School


    Upgrade of parking and set-down area, and pedestrian access and safety at Straide National School


    St. Joseph's National School


    Traffic Calming Measures


    Glencorrib Kilroe Community Centre Ltd


    Upgrade of existing street lighting


    Ballyhaunis Community Preschool


    Resurface approach road and carpark


    Newport National School


    Create 10 new parking spaces, reconfigure busbays, upgrade road and line markings


    Mount Palmer National School

    Kincon, Ballina

    Resurface carpark and new road markings, provision of child safety signs


  • New figures show that the number of patients in hospitals confirmed as having Covid-19 has reduced.

    A new HSE report shows there are 770 confirmed cases in the county's hospitals, as well as 320 suspected cases that are waiting for their test results.

    The acute hospitals with the most confirmed cases are in Dublin.

    At Mayo University Hospital, there are 33 confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to the latest HSE figures published last night, with 10 suspected cases at the Castlebar Hospital.

    There are 14 patients with confirmed cases of coronavirus at Galway University Hospital with a further 11 suspected cases, and 8 confirmed cases at Sligo University Hospital with 26 suspected.

    The Minister for Health Simon Harris has asked people to "stay the course" for the next couple of weeks and do all they can to suppress the spread of Covid-19 .

  • 33 people in Co Mayo are on the waiting list for the Fair Deal scheme, with 45 in Galway and 24 in Sligo / Leitrim.

    The waiting list nationally has increased by 16% in just 3 weeks, according to the Irish Independent which claims a funding crisis is looming for the Fair Deal scheme, after the HSE failed to adequately budget for people living longer.

    It's now likely the scheme will need a bailout from Government later in the year to deal with the growing backlog.

    Figures obtained by Fianna Fail show that, in the 3-week period from 7th June to the end of that month, the number of people waiting for a placement increased from 729 to 846 and this upward trend is expected to continue.

    The longest waiting list for Fair Deal is in Cork, and the shortest is in Roscommon





  • 35 new jobs are being created in Galway by financial services firm PwC.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday launched the company's new office at One Galway Central on Forster Street, which will allow PwC to double its workforce in the city over the next two years.

    Ken Johnson, Senior Partner and Assurance Leader at PwC Galway said it's a "strategic relocation" that reflects strong growth in the West.

    He said the company's expansion also gives graduates the opportunity to work and live locally, while having the benefit of developing a career in a global organisation.

    PwC provides financial services in 158 countries and employs a quarter of a million people worldwide.


  • The number of patients on hospital trolleys has increased by 50 since yesterday.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 563 patients on hospital trolleys across the country today - up from 513 yesterday.

    Limerick University Hospital is again the most overcrowded with 64 patients waiting for a bed, followed by Galway and Cork University Hospitals - both with 44 patients on trolleys.

    There are 33 patients waiting for a bed today at Sligo University Hospital and 7 at Mayo University Hospital.

    Meanwhile the number of patients taking up beds on a long-term basis at Galway University Hospital who no longer need that level of medical care needs to be tackled, according to a local Councillor.

    There are currently 37 patients at University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park Hospital who have been there for over two months - but only 14 of these are receiving active medical care.

    Galway-based Fianna Fail Councillor Donagh Killilea questioned HSE management on the issue of bed-blockers at yesterday's meeting of the HSE West Regional Forum.

    Councillor Killilea says the figure provided by the HSE include long-term care applicants waiting to move to other health facilities, as well as homeless people.

    He believes the HSE and Galway City Council can do more to find alternative accommodation for these patients, and free up beds for patients on trolleys.

  • 522 people are waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the country today. 

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where 68 people are waiting for beds. 

    The second most-overcrowded is University Hospital Galway, where 37 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 16 patients waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital, 12 in Sligo and 2 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.





  • THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce details of the 2019 Gaelic4Girls Programme – with 38 clubs from across the country set to benefit.

    This is the 11th year of the Gaelic4Girls initiative, which has proven hugely-successful since its inception in 2008.

    This year, 22 counties are represented among the 38 clubs, and Armagh star Aimee Mackin is on board once again as the official 2019 Gaelic4Girls ambassador.

    The two-time TG4 All Star kick-started her glittering career with the Gaelic4Girls programme at club level with Shane O’Neills, and she’s a huge advocate of the programme.

    Over course of the initiative, Aimee will release videos sharing some of the tips that have helped her to develop into one of the most feared forwards in the game.

    Aimee’s videos were incredibly popular in 2018 and she’s encouraging players to get involved in the various challenges, and share their own footage on social media, using the hashtag #Gaelic4Girls.

    Five clubs from four counties in Connacht will participate in the 2019 Gaelic4Girls Programme, while Leinster will be represented by 15 clubs from six counties.

    In Munster, all six counties are represented by nine clubs while nine Ulster clubs from six counties will be involved.

    The full list of clubs reads as follows:

    Connacht:Glenamaddy/Williamstown (Galway), Glencar Manorhamilton, St Josephs (Leitrim), Balla (Mayo), Owenmore Gaels (Sligo).

    Leinster: Ballinkillen/Newtown, St Andrews, Mount Leinster Rangers, Éire Óg, Cnoc Arda, Kildavin Clonegal (Carlow), Naomh Marcais (Dublin), Roberstown, Two Mile House, Moorefield, Castledermot (Kildare), St Josephs (Louth), Tullamore (Offaly), Ballygarrett Réalt na Mara, Baile Dubh Tire (Wexford).

    Munster: Banner (Clare), Delanys, St Michaels (Cork), Ballymacelligott (Kerry), Athea, Dromcollogher Broadford (Limerick), Cappawhite (Tipperary), Tramore, Dungarvan (Waterford).

    Ulster:Glenariffe Oisíns (Antrim), Mullaghbawn, Pearse Óg, Highmoss Sarsfields (Armagh), Belturbet (Cavan), Dungloe, Termon (Donegal), Clan na Banna (Down), Pomeroy Plunketts (Tyrone).

    The selected clubs will attend training evenings in the coming weeks before the programme is rolled out.

    Gaelic4Girls 2019 will culminate with cluster blitz days, where Gaelic4Girls clubs will be paired with each other.

  • Mayo and Galway University Hospitals are among the most-overcrowded in the country today.

    Figures from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation show there are almost 560 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country - with University Hospital Limerick being the most overcrowded, where 60 patients are on trolleys, followed by 51 at Letterkenny Hospital.

    In 3rd place in the trolley watch are Mayo and Galway University Hospitals, both with 38 patients on trolleys today, according to the INMO.


  • There are 548 people on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the latest figures from the INMO.

    University Hospital Limerick is the most over-crowded with 61 patients waiting for a bed, followed by Sligo University Hospital with 39 patients on trolleys.

    There are 34 people waiting for a bed at Galway University Hospital, 18 at Mayo University Hospital and 15 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.