• 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.

  • 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.

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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.



  • Galway have booked a date with Roscommon at Tuam Stadium in the U20 Connacht Championship Final.

    They overcame the challenge of Leitrim in the semi-finals this afternoon.

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    Galway 1-12 Leitrim 0-2

  • Gardaí have detained two Lithuanian Nationals following the discovery of a grow house during an operation in Leitrim targeting cannabis cultivation.

    The grow house was discovered during a search of a rented property in the Manorhamilton area on Tuesday night. Cannabis cultivation equipment along with 50 fully mature cannabis plants, 90 plants in the early stages of growth and 1kg of processed cannabis herb was seized, with a combined estimated value on €60,000.

    Two men aged 49 and 22 years were arrested during the operation. Both are currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Ballyshannon Garda Station.

    The operation was led by Gardaí from Manorhamilton supported by members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU). An examination of the site is continuing.

  • The Government has abandoned plans to accommodate asylum seekers at a hotel in Rooskey, Co. Leitrim.

    The Shannon Key West Hotel had been earmarked as an accommodation centre for 80 people.

    However, the Department of Justice has confirmed that following legal advice, the plans have now been dropped.

    It's because of difficulties over the lease agreement between the company renting the hotel - who wanted to turn it into a tourist spot - and the owners.

    Local Councillor Liam Callaghan told Midwest News that he received confirmation from the Department earlier that the plans had been dropped.

  • A new Oireachtas report is making several recommendations on how to improve transport in rural Ireland.

    The 'Regional and Rural Transport Policy' will be launched in Carrick-on-Shannon this afternoon.

    It's being published by Leinster House's committee on rural and community development.

    Sinn Féin TD in Sligo/Leitrim Martin Kenny, who's on the committee, says it will outline several improvements needed

  • A High Court injunction has been dropped against six people who protested against a direct provision centre in Co Leitrim.

    In November, they were restrained from interfering with the fitting out of accommodation for asylum-seekers in Ballinamore.

    But the matter was struck out in the High Court today, after 'mutual agreement' was reached between both sides.

    Only eight or nine families are currently housed in apartments in Ballinamore, after initial plans for more than 100 asylum seekers were reduced.

  • Gardaí are investigating the cause of a fire yesterday evening at the former Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey, on the Roscommom/ Leitrim border, which had been due to open as an accommodation centre for asylum seekers.

    The alarm was raised at about a quarter to eight last night.

    Gardaí from Carrick-on-Shannon Garda station and a number of fire tenders went to the scene, and sealed off the area around the hotel. There were no reports of injuries, and witnesses said there was little obvious damage apart from smoke damage to the outside of the building.

    In a statement this morning, the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he is deeply concerned by the incident.

    He states that the hotel had recently contracted with his Department to provide accommodation for 80 asylum seekers who have come to Ireland to seek protection, many of whom, he says, have experienced conflict and trauma and are vulnerable.

    The Minister concludes saying that the final preparations were being made in the hotel for their arrival. Thankfully, there were no residents in situ when the fire broke out. A security guard who was on the premises was not injured and managed to raise the alarm.The investigation into the cause of the fire must now take place.