• EML Payments Limited today announced it is expanding its operation in Galway with the establishment of a Technology & Innovation Hub in Galway, employing 20 people.

    The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

    The Australian company provides prepaid payment services in Australia, Europe and North America, issuing mobile, virtual and physical card solutions for pay-outs, gifts, incentives and rewards as well as supplier payments. The company has an established sales and marketing operation in Wicklow.

    EML also offers supplier enablement, payment execution, programme management and other services.

    Minister Heather Humphreys, who is undertaking a trade and investment mission in Australia at present, welcomed the announcement, saying “This expansion is a great vote of confidence in Galway and, in particular, the highly skilled local workforce.


  • Enshi City in China has offered 5,000 face masks to the Mayor of Galway during the Covid-19 crisis.

    The former Mayor of Galway City Neil McNeilis had paid a visit several years ago to Enshi, and relations between the two cities have continued, with the current Mayor, Councillor Mike Cubbard contacting officials in the Chinese city when the coronavirus first broke out in the Hebei province, passing on the regards of the people of Galway to the people of Enshi and its frontline workers.

    Yesterday, the Deputy Director of Enshi City Municipal Government contacted Mayor Cubbard to offer help during the Covid-19 outbreak here, including the offer of 5,000 face masks as they are aware there's a shortage of them in this country.

    Mayor Cubbard told Midwest News that he immediately contacted the CEO of the Saolta Hospital Group and offered them to frontline staff in Galway - a gesture which, he says, was greatly appreciated by the CEO on behalf of staff at University Hospital Galway.

    As over 190 countries worldwide are seeking to source basic essentials like masks and gloves, Councillor Cubbard says he found this a very heartening gesture by the city of Enshi at this difficult time.





  • Just under two thousand homes and businesses have lost power because of Storm Gareth, which  brought strong winds and high seas to the west and north-west region overnight.

    ESB Networks are reporting power outages in the Achill and Ballinrobe areas of Co Mayo - they hope to restore power to about 50 customers in Ballinrobe this lunchtime, while the Achill outage should be repaired by late afternoon.

    A small number of customers are without power in Collooney, Co Sligo, while the Co Galway areas of Claregalway, Oughterard and Carraroe have also been hit by power outages.

    No structural damage was reported across Co Mayo following Storm Gareth, with gusts of  96 km/h recorded in Newport at 6am this morning, and 81 km/h in Belmullet.

    The highest gusts were reported in Co Donegal.



  • The annual Esker Healing Mission gets underway this evening - but will be held online this year due to Covid-19 restrictions on  numbers attending Churches.

    Hundreds of people usually attend the December Healing Mission in Esker Redemptorist Church, near Athenry, but this year, people are encouraged to take part in the mission online at 8pm each evening, from this evening until Friday on

  • The Esker Novea will take place from Tuesday June 5th to Wednesday June 13th.

    The Esker Novena has been running for almost forty years and this year the theme will be around family life today.

    As Ireland prepares for the World Meeting of Families in August, the Novena sets out to contribute to that preparation and will focus on various aspects of family life today.

    There are daily sessions at 8 and 10am, 4, 6, 8 and 10pm. There will be a special session with anointing of the sick at 12 noon on Saturday 9th. There will be blessing of children after all sessions on Sunday 10th.

  • A Euromillions raffle ticket worth over €1 million was sold in the Connemara town of Clifden.

    The National Lottery has announced that the "Ireland Only Raffle" winner bought their ticket on Tuesday at the Sweeney Oil service station in Clifden.

    The ticket is worth one million and five thousand euro, and the code from the winning ticket is:  I-JXR -67753

    People in the Clifden and surrounding areas are being encouraged to check their tickets.

    Tuesday's Euromillions draw was the 3rd draw in the "Fortnight of Fortunes" which guarantees to make 5 new millionaires in Ireland over two weeks with a series of Ireland Only Raffle events.

    The first two winning tickets were sold in Dublin, and the remaining two winning tickets will be chosen this Friday night.



  • Patients and workers at Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway have this morning been urged to check their EuroMillions tickets after Tuesday night’s EuroMillions draw produced another EuroMillions Plus top prize winner of €500,000 – the fifth win in Ireland so far this year.

    The winning Quick Pick ticket was bought yesterday at the Oasis Shop which caters for hospital patients, visitors and workers.

    Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe is an acute general and maternity Hospital. The catchment area includes patients residing in the East Galway, Roscommon, Midlands and Mid-Western areas.

    The winning EuroMillions Plus numbers are: 13, 15, 22, 25, 41.

    There was no winner of the Tuesday’s EuroMillions €115 million jackpot which means that Friday’s jackpot now rolls to a whopping €130 million.

  • An event will take place this Friday to mark the beginning of demolition at Gilmartin Road in Tuam.

    The road is due to undergo an €8m rejuvenation project from Friday, which will involve the demolition of 30 old houses and the construction of 40 new homes.

    21 council houses at Gilmartin Road and St Enda’s Avenue will also be refurbished as part of the project.

    The event will take place on Friday from 12 noon at Gilmartin Road and will see councillors attend to see the demolition of the first of the houses.

    Chairman of Tuam Municipal District Fianna Fail Cllr Donagh Killilea told Midwest News that it is a historic day for the town.

  • This Sunday marks "World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims", with commemorations taking place globally to remember those killed or injured in road traffic collisions.

    The Road Safety Authority is joining forces with Gardai, local County Councils, emergency services and victim support groups to remember victims of road collisions at a number of services across Ireland.

    A service will take place in Knock Shrine at 12 noon on Sunday to remember those who lost their lives or suffered serious injuries in road collisions, and to recognise the work of the emergency services and hospital staff following such incidents.

    Refreshments will be served afterwards in St John's Rest & Care Centre.

    in Galway, a special commemoration to remember road traffic victims will take place in the Clayton Hotel at 2pm on Sunday.

    Those attending are asked to bring a frame photograph of their loved one.

    This is the 12thyear that he have commemorated World Remembrance Day in Ireland.


  • The Taoiseach says digging at the site of the mother-and-baby home in Tuam won't start until the end of next year, as legislation is needed before work can begin.

    In October, cabinet approved proposals by Children's Minister Katherine Zappone to excavate the site, after the work of historian, Catherine Corless, uncovered that 7-hundred-and-96 babies were buried there in an unmarked grave.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that measures need to be put in place to allow the government excavate the property.

  • Experts are looking at whether there's any legal block to gathering DNA from survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

    Survivors want DNA collection to start as soon as possible given the age and health profiles of some of the women involved.

    It's hoped the information may help identify the remains of the children buried at the site when excavation begins.

    The government has commissioned Dr Geoffrey Shannon to look at whether it's legal to gather DNA from survivors - and how to manage privacy issues.

    Excavations at the Tuam site are due to begin late this year if the government passes the necessary legislation on time.


  • Motorists are being advised to drive with extreme caution this morning following storm force winds overnight.

    There are reports of fallen trees in a number of counties in the west and midlands.

    A status orange wind warning was in place for Mayo and Galway for a time last night, with trees and debris on many roads.

    Mayo County Council and Galway City Council says crews worked overnight clearing flooding and debris, and have been joined by additional crews since 5am.

    Both local authorities are urging the public to watch out for branches, debris and spot flooding on all roads.

    Wind and rain in the Salthill area of Galway resulted in flooding, with emergency crews working overnight in affected areas.

    Hundreds of householders are without power this morning across the west this morning.

    ESB crews are working to repair the faults.

    A full assessment of any damage caused by the storm conditions will be undertaken this morning by Mayo County Council and updates will issued as appropriate.

  • Faller's Jewellers, Williamsgate Street, Galway is among the Top30 Best Stores in Ireland.

    The Top30 have been selected from the Top100 stores shortlisted last month.

    Retail Excellence, the largest retail industry representative organization in Ireland, will announce the overall winner at a black-tie Awards banquet on Saturday, November 9th in the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney, at the AIB Merchant Services Retail Excellence Awards 2019.

    There was a record entry of over 550 stores to this year’s AIBMS Retail Excellence Awards. Each of the 30 will now be visited in person by UK retail trends company Echochamber. They will also make a detailed financial submission to Grant Thornton. The outcome of the visit and the financial submission will determine the overall winner. 

  • A farm safety event for farmers and their families will be held this Friday 14th Feb at Mountbellew Agricultural College.

    Last year, 18 farmers were fatally injured on farms, with one fatality already this year.

    Teagasc says farm safety is a crucial issue on Irish farms, and there needs to be constant awareness of how we can make farms safer places to be and work.

    Teagasc, in partnership with Mountbellew Agricultural College, will host Friday's half-day farm safety event, which takes place between 2 and 5pm and is open to all farmers.

    A farm accident victim from Co Galway will be there to outline the consequences of his accident, while Gardai, the Health & Safety Authority and Farm Relief Services will make presentations, and Teagasc and college staff will mount presentations on slurry, animal handling and machinery.


  • The father of one of the women rescued in Galway after spending 15 hours stranded at sea says they're both just happy to be alive.

    Cousins Ellen Glynn and Sara Feeney drifted out while paddleboarding at Furbo beach on Wednesday night.

    They managed to cling onto a lobster pot buoy and were eventually found by a local fisherman yesterday morning - 27 kilometres from where they'd set off.

    Sara was released from hospital yesterday while Ellen is still receiving treatment.

    Her dad Johnny Glynn says they had to deal with large waves - and the frustration of coming close to being rescued on Wednesday night.

  • Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a woman died following a fatal collision in Co. Galway yesterday evening.

    Shortly after 9pm a female pedestrian in her 70s was fatally injured when she was struck by a 4x4. The collision occurred on the M18 (southbound) near junction 17 at Cloughboley, Ardrahan. Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene. The injured woman was pronounced dead at short time later. The driver of the 4x4 was uninjured.

    The woman’s body has been removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Galway for a post-mortem examination. The local Coroner has been notified.

    Garda forensic collision investigators have examined the crash site and the road has since fully reopened to traffic.

    Gardaí investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses to contact Gort Garda Station 091-636400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.


  • A Fianna Fail European election candidate says the two-tier pay structure for school secretaries is unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue.

    Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte, who's contesting the European elections in the Midlands-Northwest constituency, says 10% of the 3,500 school secretaries across the country are employed by the Department of Education, while the 90% majority are paid out of school funding, which also pays for caretakers and school supplies.

    This means that 90% of school secretaries do not enjoy the same benefits as their counterparts - as there's no sick leave, pensions or safeguards.

    Deputy Rabbitte is calling on the Education Minister Richard Bruton to tackle this anomaly, and recognise the work of all school secretaries equally.

    She says talks must get underway between the Government and the trade union, following an adjudication of the Workplace Relations Commission in 2015.




  • Taoiseach Leo Varadker has given the opening address at the 2-day Fine Gael think-in, which is taking place today and tomorrow in Galway.

    The Parliamentary Party is meeting in Salthill, ahead of the start of the new Dáil term, and discussions will focus on Fine Gael's Budget priorities, housing and homelessness and Brext.

    Galway-based Minister of State Séan Kyne told Midwest News that it's an important opportunity to hear from senior Ministers in relation to these issues....

  • Micheál Martin is bringing Fianna Fail in the wrong direction, and if he remains as leader, the party is set for extinction within the next number of elections. That’s the stated view of Galway West Fianna Fail deputy Eamon O’Cuiv.

    The deputy was vocal in his opposition of the party entering coalition with Fine Gael earlier this year, and he claims the latest opinion poll on the state of the parties nationally, published in last Sunday’s Business Post, has reinforced his stance.

    Fianna Fail was showing among those surveyed at 10 percent in that opinion poll, and deputy O’Cuiv says the "catastrophic" drop in support for the party, is even worse when you look at it’s support in Dublin.

    Eamon O’Cuiv has ruled himself out of taking over the leadership of the party himself, but has been telling Midwest News why he is not happy with Micheál Martin at the helm, and he claims the latest national survey strengthens his view.


  • The fifth interim report on Mother and Baby Homes is expected to focus on burial arrangements for the women and children who died in the institutions.

    The report from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission was brought to cabinet by Children's Minister Katherine Zappone yesterday and is to be published today.

    The commission has been investigating 14 mother and baby homes - including the former home in Tuam - as well as four 'county homes' which were in operation between the years 1922 and 1998.

    Meanwhile, an annual day of commemoration could be approved for former residents of mother and baby homes.

    It's one of a number of proposals put forward by a forum of former residents that will be brought to government in September. 

    The proposals also include a new package of health measures which would see women gain access to GPs services, counselling and mental health supports. 

    The Tuam Mother & Baby Home Alliance - which represents survivors of the institution and their advocates - has welcomed the proposed health measures, and have reiterated the need for full medical cards and fast-tracking through the system as a number of survivors are over 80.