• 102 new cases of COVID-19  have been confirmed this evening, and no new deaths recorded by the Department of Health.

    Half of the new cases are in Dublin and the Department has said people in the capital in particular need to be incredibly careful over the next week.

    Dr Ronan Glynn also gave a warning for people living in Limerick.

    11 cases today have been identified in Leitrim, 6 in Galway and 29 spread between 14 other counties including Mayo.


  • 11 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Leitrim and 6 in Galway.

    These were among the 1-2 new cases confirmed by the Department of Health yesterday evening, while there were no new deaths recorded from the virus.

    75% of the new cases were in people aged under 45.

    Leitrim has had the lowest number of cases in the country since the outbreak of coronavirus, with 5 additional cases reported over the course of last week.

    The county had 90 confirmed cases up to Saturday night.

    Galway saw an increase of 9 cases in one day last week and 6 yesterday - the latest confirmed number of cases for Co Galway is 534.

    Mayo's figure rose by 4 cases last week to 592, while Mayo was among 17 counties to record additional cases yesterday.

    Over half of the confirmed cases yesterday were in Dublin, with the acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn expressing concern over the growing number of cases nationally, particularly in Dublin and Limerick, and asked everyone to reduce their contacts.....

  • Campaigners are welcoming revised plans for a direct-provision centre in Co Leitrim.

    Round-the-clock protests were held recently against a proposal to house up to 130 asylum-seekers in Ballinamore this month. 

    The Immigration Minister David Stanton now says just 27 people will be accommodated in apartments in the town before Christmas.

  • 89 new cases of Covid 19 were confirmed in the Republic last evening - with Leitrim among the counties affected.

    Co Leitrim has lowest rate of the virus of any county, and its last recorded case was a month ago.

    One further death from the virus was reported yesterday evening - which related to a person who died in June.

    There have been no deaths from coronavirus in the past 2 weeks.

     53 of the new cases are in Dublin, 15 in Limerick and the rest are spread across 13 other counties.

    Covid-19 case numbers and patterns are showing the virus is growing very slowly in many counties across the country, according to the latest modelling.

    But Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn, wants everyone to treat people they come into contact with as a threat:


    A record number of Coronavirus cases have been recorded in the north in the last 24 hours.

    There were 1217 new cases of Covid 19 and four additional deaths.

    A four week 'circuit breaker' lockdown will come into effect in Northern Ireland on Friday.

    The measures include an extended Halloween break for schools, which will reopen on November 2nd.

    Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill says the two week long school closure could be extended.

    Here, Cabinet Ministers will meet this evening to decide whether or not to move border counties to level four restrictions.

    A high level officials group was briefed by the Chief Medical Officer this morning after Northern Ireland entered a four week circuit break lockdown.

     It's expected Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan will be moved to higher restrictions while Louth and Leitrim may escape them.

    A full announcement is expected tonight as to whether those restrictions will be needed to bring the border counties in line with Northern Ireland.

  • An anti-racist gathering will be held today at 12.30 pm in Rooskey at the Shannon Key West Hotel. According to a social media post the gathering is intended to give people from the Leitrim/Roscommon area an opportunity to condemn the alleged arson attack on the hotel and to reject the kind of casual racism that is increasingly directed at asylum seekers and refugees.

    Those organising the event want an end to the Direct Provision system. They are also opposed to the manner in which Direct Provision centres are imposed without consultation on small communities but say the existence of the system cannot be used as an excuse for racism and for arson.




  • A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash involving a school bus in Co Leitrim.

    It happened this morning in Cloone.

    This crash, between a motorcyclist and school bus, happened on the Cloone-Fenagh road just before 8 am.

    The motorcyclist, who is in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    His body has been removed to Sligo University hospital for a post-mortem exam.

    The bus driver was taken to the same hospital to be treated for shock.

    Bus Eireann has confirmed that five children were on board the bus at the time of the incident, but they were not injured. 

  • The centenary of women's suffrage is being marked in County Sligo today.

    A seminar in honour of the achievements made by women in the trade union movement and politics is being held in Lissadell House.

    SIPTU's hosting the summer school to recognise the contribution Constance Markievicz made to women in politics and to the people of the North West.

    SIPTU Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon District Council Secretary, John McCarrick says she helped women get the vote.

  • There's growing concern about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in 8 counties nationally.

    Last Friday, Dublin entered into Level 3 restrictions as set out in the government's roadmap for living with the virus.

    However the rising number of individual cases elsewhere has led to warnings that the virus isn't just spreading in Dublin.

    The Government says Leitrim, Louth, Waterford, Limerick, Kildare, Donegal and Offaly are all showing concerning trends.

    Co Leitrim has been described as " at a critical juncture", as the county has recorded 22 new cases of the virus in the past two weeks.

    The incidence of the virus per 100,000 population is 68.7 - compared to 10 in Sligo and 35 cases per 100,000 people in Mayo.

    Over the 14 days up to last Friday night - which is the latest county breakdown available - there were 70 additional cases of Covid 19 in Co Galwy, 35 in Mayo, 7 in Sligo, 21 in Roscommon and 22 in Leitrim.

    In a joint statement issued by Leitrim County Council, the HSE and Gardai, people are urged to act as though they have the virus, to protect their families, friends and colleagues.

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  • Engineers have been inspecting the damage caused by landslides in Co.Leitrim.

    Over 10 farms have been impacted by tonnes of mud near Drumkeeran, and two homes have been evacuated.

    Heavy rain has caused floods of liquid peat to spread out across acres of land and has also covered a bridge.

    In the Dáil yesterday, Independent TD Marian Harkin called for greater support to be made available to Leitrim County Council after thousands of tonnes of bog sipped down from Shass mountain near the village of Drumkeeran.

    The Sligo / Leitrim TD asked Tanaiste Leo Varadker to provide Government aid to remedy the damage to property and the environment arising from the landslide.

    She said people had suffered extensive damage to the land and property, and in some cases, had to leave their homes.

  • Despite severe overcrowding at the Emergency Dept of Sligo University Hospital at times over the past summer, additional beds to deal with a likely increase in patients over the winter months have not been sanctioned.

    That was confirmed  by HSE West management  in response to a question submitted by Independent Leitrim Cllr Phelim Gurn at last week’s HSE West Forum meeting in Galway.

    The Councillor believes additional flu vaccines should be provided to reduce the number of patients presenting at the hospital.

    HSE Management explained that while the hospital has made a submission for 46 additional medical beds at the facility, a decision on the funding application for these beds is still awaited. In the meantime, a number of internal initiatives are underway to assist in improved discharging and patient flow in the hospital.

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  • An event is taking place in Co Leitrim tonight to welcome plans for a direct-provision centre in the town.

    Proposals to house more than 100 asylum-seekers in apartments in Ballinamore have been 'paused' after local opposition.

    But tonight's event in the town is designed to extend a 'warm message of welcome' to the asylum-seekers if and when they arrive.

    Organiser Caroline Dempsey says she was concerned about the level of opposition to the plans.

  • The family of a 42-year old woman, who died of a heart attack just hours after visiting her GP complaining of cardiac-like symptoms, have settled their High Court action for €750,000.

    The three young daughters of Sheila Tymon found her collapsed on her bed at home and they had to ring their father to rush to the family home in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim.

    An off-duty detective followed Michael Tymon, and later tried to  help him resuscitate his wife as their three daughters aged between five and 10 years old looked on.

    Michael Tymon of Kilboderry, Summerhill,, Carrick on Shannon, along with his daughters  sued GP Martina Cogan who was practising at a surgery at Keadue Health Centre in Co Roscommon.

    Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told the settlement was without an admission of liability.

    Senior Counsel for the Tymons, Pearse Sreenan said it was their case that Mrs Tymon should have been sent on for further investigation and treatment, which in all probability would have saved her.

    The court heard that Mrs Tymon attended the GP on several occasions in June 2013 and complained of abnormal sensations in her chest and down both arms, which were causing her discomfort and pain.

    She was prescribed an anti-hypertensive medication.

    Mrs Tymon attended a review appointment on 27th June, with recurring pains, and was prescribed anti-inflammatories.

    Later that evening, her children found her lying motionless on her bed.

    A post mortem found Mrs Tymon had extensive cardiovascular disease and her heart was enlarged. The cause of death given as acute cardiac failure.

    Approving the €750,000 settlement yesterday, Mr Justice Cross offered his sympathy to Mr Tymon and his family.

  • Farmers from across the region travelled to Co Leitrim today to protest at what they claim is an “unworkable” fodder support scheme.

    Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim farmers were all represented at the demonstration which took place at Department of Agriculture offices in Drumshanbo, with farmers calling for the immediate introduction of a meal voucher scheme for those experiencing fodder shortages.

    The protest was organised by the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association, who say the Agriculture Minister has ignored the principal recommendation of the fodder committee, which was for a meal voucher scheme.

    While the Minister did deliver a transport subsidy, its restrictive nature means it will not deliver for most farmers, according to National President Colm O’Donnell.

    He wants licenced hauliers who traditionally source quality fodder to be involved in the transport subsidy scheme, and he’s calling for a change to the 100km zone for sourcing fodder.

    The INHFA is also calling for square bales of hay and straw to be included in the scheme, and for local Agri stores to be added to the scheme where there is no Co-op in the area.

    The organisation is calling on Minister Michael Creed to reconvene the fodder action group to address the problems with the scheme designed by his Department and the co-operatives.

  • Tributes are being paid to folk singer and broadcaster Mary McPartlan, who has died following an illness.

    Mary McPartlan was a native of Drumkeeran in Co Leitrim and started singing in the 1970's as part of folk duo Calypso.

    She was also a lecturer in Creative Arts and was Traditional Artist in Residence at NUI Galway.

    She was a founding member and producer of Galway theatre company Skehana and was involved with the Galway Youth Theatre as well as being involved with TG4.

    President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the late Mary McPartlan, describing her as a dear friend and  "one of Ireland's great folk singers".

    President Higgins said "she leaves a legacy of achievement in the arts that will endure".

    The President and his wife Sabina offered condolences to Ms McPartlan's husband and daughters, and to her extended family and friends.



  • Former Leitrim footballer Joe Canning has passed away after a battle with illness.

    Joe was part of the Gortletteragh team that won a Leitrim title in 1970 and represented his county at inter-county level.

    He went on to become a key figure in Mullingar club St Lomans.

    His son Aidan played for the club and captained Westmeath to an All-Ireland Under-21 title in 1999.

    Joe Canning is survived by his wife Rose, his sons Aidan and Derek, daughter Orla, grandchildren and extended family.

    A family funeral takes place this morning in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar in keeping with current Government guidelines.



  • 24 landmark buildings around the country are to be transformed into libraries, remote working hubs, cultural, enterprise and community spaces under a €75 million euro fund announced today by the Minister for Rural & Community Development Heather Humphreys - including projects in Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Leitrim.

    The funding is being provided under the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund, and a large number of the projects will provide for the regeneration of vacant town centre buildings as remote working and hot-desking facilities, to support people to work remotely from their local community.

    In this region, €8.2 million has been allocated for the regeneration of the Sisters of Mercy convent site in Westport and adjacent lands.

    The project will include a new public library and community services hub.

    In Co Galway, €2.55 million goes towards transforming the old courthouse in Portumna into a new multi-purpose arts, performance, remote working and social space, with the courtyard becoming an outdoor social space.

    In Co Roscommon, €1.8 million has been allocated for Boyle, to revitalise the town centre, focusing on the King House Cultural Quarter.

    Two projects in Co Leitrim are being funded under this scheme -  €2.5 million has been allocated for Mohill in Co Leitrim, for a public realm improvement scheme in the town centre to enhance streetscapes.

    And €1.9 million goes to Dromahair, where an old derelict building in the town will be used as a new public library, cultural and creative spaces, with multi-purpose meeting room, exhibition space and hot-desking facilities.

    Minister Heather Humphreys says these projects will not only enable people to live and work in their community, but will also see iconic town centre buildings given a new lease of life...