• There's a major jobs boost for Sligo, as Phibro Animal Health Corporation has announced plans to establish a biotech facility at the IDA Finisklin Business Park in Sligo town, creating up to 150 jobs over the next 5 years.

    Phibro develops and manufactures a broad line of animal health and nutrition products for poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture customers around the world.

    The company has its headquarters in New Jersey in the United States, and the Sligo plant will be their first biologicals manufacturing location in Europe.

    The new Sligo facility will initially focus on producing Phibro's line of vaccines for treating a range of poultry diseases, which will be sold globally, while in the future, the company expects to expand production to include vaccines for livestock and aquaculture.

    Announcing the new jobs in Sligo today, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said the significant investment by Phibro is a great vote of confidence in Sligo, and will significantly benefit the local economy.

  • GSK is to close its manufacturing plant in Sligo by 2021,with the loss of 165 positions.

    Staff have been informed that the skincare manufacturing plant in Sligo is to be phased out over the next three years, and will close by the end of 2021.

    Just over two years ago, the company created 50 jobs at the Sligo plant, but says demand for products made at this facility has not grown in line with previous expectations, due to the highly-competitive market.

    GSK has been in Sligo for the past 43 years, and its plant is a dedicated supply site for the company's Stiefel skincare products.

    In a statement to Midwest News, GSK said a number of alternatives for the Sligo plant had been evaluated but, none of them were considered feasible without significant further investment.

    The statement says the company's immediate priority is to support their employees through this difficult period.

    GSK's other operations in Ireland (manufacturing sites in Cork and Dungarvan, and commercial operations in Dublin) are not affected by this proposal.



  • Over 200 new jobs are being created in Sligo.

    GW Plastics is expanding its advanced manufacturing operations as part of a 5.7 million euro investment.

    The jobs are in the areas of production, quality, regulatory, and engineering.

  • The 2018 EPA Bathing Water report, published today, sets out bathing water quality during the long hot summer of 2018.  Overall, 94 per cent of the 145 identified bathing waters met the minimum EU standards last year, with over 100 beaches classified as Excellent. 

    However the bathing waters described as poor quality include Clifden Beach in Co Galway.

    145 bathing waters were identified in 2018, an increase of three since 2017. 94 per cent of identified bathing waters (137 of 145) met at least the minimum EU standards. 103 of 145 bathing waters were classified as Excellent.  A further 22 were classified as Good and 12 were classified as Sufficient, meeting the mandatory requirement. 

    Five bathing waters were classified as Poor, down from seven in 2017. These include Clifden in Co Galway along with Lilliput in Co Westmeath and Sandymount Strand, Merrion Strand and Portrane (the Brook) Beach in Dublin. 

    Clifden has received a Poor classification for the past three years.  According to Galway County Council, the main problems are the public sewer network and a storm water overflow at the Clifden wastewater treatment plant. Other potential sources of pollution include discharges from domestic and non-domestic septic tanks in the areas.

    Galway County Council will continue to engage with Irish Water to help minimise leaks, spills or overflows of untreated sewage from the Clifden waterwater treatment plant. Irish Water also planning further rehabilitation works on the Clifden sewer network in 2019. Galway County Council will also continue to inspect septic tanks in the area and for any which are not operating correctly, will instruct owners to take specific action to fix them.

    Improvements were made in three bathing waters previously classified as Poor, which included Ballyloughane near Galway City.

    The majority of the bathing waters included in Co Mayo were described as Excellent, with Bertra Beach in Murrisk, Golden Strand on Achill Island and Old Head beach in Louisburg were classified as Good.

    In Sligo the majority of beaches were described as Excellent or Good, with Mullaghmore Beach Sufficient.

  • 2018 was a mixed year for house prices across the country.

    That's according to the Irish Independent, which has published its annual list of property prices.

    According to the study, prices in Kilkenny increased the most over the 12 months, up 22 percent.

    Property prices in Mayo were down 1% in the year. The average price of a house in the county is 175,000. There are big differences between different areas in the county.

    Increasing builders costs and the number of new homes being built were just some of the factors that impacted on prices in each area.

    Mark Keenan, Residential Property Editor, Irish Independent has details of the survey in Co Mayo.

    In Galway, prices in the city went up by 10% and by 3% in the county.

    Property prices in Roscommon were up 7% in the last year – where the average price is 160,000

    Prices in Sligo are up 3% in the year, where the aveage price of a home is also 160,000 euro.


  • This year's National Famine Commemoration will take place in Sligo City on Sunday 19th May.

    Minister Josepha Madigan says this is the 3rd time that the State Commemoration takes place in Connacht.

    She says the ceremony will provide an opportunity for people in Sligo to honour the memory of those who died during the Famine, or sought escape from its port for a new life, and will feature the National flag and military honours as well as a solemn wreath-laying ceremony.

    The population of Co Sligo fell by one-third between 1841 and 1851 - with those who did not die emigrating from the area.

    Schools around the country will be invited to hold a minute of silent reflection on Friday 17th May in memory of those who died or suffered loss during the Famine, while sporting organisations will be invited to observe a minute's silence at events taking polace on 19th May - the day of the commemoration.

    This is the 12th consecutive year of the National Famine Commemoration.

  • 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.



  • A 32 year old man is due in court this morning in connection with the murder of a woman in Sligo.

    Natalia Karaczyn's body was discovered on Tuesday, just two days after she was reported missing.


    The mother of three had been missing from her home at Crozon Park since early on Sunday morning.

    Originally from Poland - the 30 year old been living in the town for a number of years.

    Natalia's body was discovered in the Holywell area on Tuesday however Gardaí aren't saying how she died for operational reasons.

    A 32-year-old man was last night charged in connection with her murder.

    He's due to appear before Sligo District Court this morning.

  • €6.6m in funding has been announced for a major campus extension at IT Sligo.

    The announcement was made by the Minister for State at the Department of Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, and will go towards the provision of a €20m four-storey extension block on the campus.

    Local Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighin says its welcome news for Sligo IT and follows on from a Government investment of almost €14m earlier this year to help develop a North Campus Creative Hub at the Institute.

    He says its ongoing development is at the heart of the Government's designation of Sligo as a key economic centre for the North-West under the Project 2040 plan."

  • The number of patients on trolleys at Irish hospitals today has reached 643.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 27 patients waiting for admission to a bed at both Sligo and Galway University Hospitals, with 7 on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital and 18 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    Meanwhile, the Health Minister Simon Harris has said he will offer every student nurse and midwife a full-time, permanent job once they graduate.

    Minister Harris has tweeted to say that letter is on its way to each one of them.

    He posted that the HSE will need more and more front-line staff as they plan for more beds and facilities.

  • The Agriculture Minister needs to introduce a meal voucher scheme for farmers in the West and Northwest who are suffering due to the fodder shortage.

    That’s according to Sligo-Leitrim TD Eamon Scanlon who claims some farmers are going hungry themselves to ensure they can feed their stock.

    He believes the Fodder Transport subsidy announced earlier this year by Minister Michael Creed is not benefitting the majority of farmers impacted by the fodder shortage, whereas a meal voucher scheme would help farmers buy feed to supplement what fodder supplies they still have.

    Deputy Eamon Scanlon told Midwest News that he received a number of calls from farmers across the region in recent weeks who are suffering severe hardship as they try to provide fodder for their stock

  • Almost 16% of commercial properties in Mayo are vacant at present, according to the latest figures from GeoDirectory.

    The national commercial vacancy rate is at 13.2% - down slightly on the previous year.

    There are almost 28,000 commercial properties in the country vacant.

    Counties on the West coast had the highest commercial vacancy rates, with Sligo, Leitrim, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon making up the top five.

    Sligo had the highest commercial vacancy rate at almost 19%, while at the other end of the scale, Meath had the lowest vacancy rate at 10.4% showing the widening gap between the East and West coast in terms of commercial activity.




  • The annual National Famine Commemoration is taking place in Sligo this afternoon.

    It's the third state commemoration of the event to be held in Connacht, and will be attended by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan.

    It gets under way at 2.15pm beside Sligo Port.

    Minister Madigan says it's an important event to remember the one million Irish people who died in the 1840s.

  • The Annual New Year’s Day Swim in Enniscrone Co Sligo, organised by the Enniscrone Events Committee,  takes place tomorrow at 2pm at the Pier. 

    This year’s beneficiaries are Spinal Injuries Ireland, North West Hospice and  Meals on Wheels. 

    Participants must register just prior to taking part in the office beside the pier. 

    Everyone is welcome to take part or to spectate and join in the fun. 

  • Ballina Rugby Club have this morning launched a competition to see which of their supporters can be the 'greenest' as they prepare for Sunday's big Junior Cup final clash on Sunday against Sligo at 3pm.

    They're asking their fans to get dressed in green from head to toe and send pictures to their Facebook page.

    It promises to be a very green weekend!

  • Gardai have confirmed that the Ballymote to Gurteen road in Sligo has reopened.

    The road was closed for a time earlier this morning after a lorry overturned, emergency services attended the scene and diversions were in place.

    Gardai say no serious injuries were sustained in the incident, and the road has reopened.



  • The bathing ban enforced at Rosses Point and Mullaghmore beaches earlier in the week has been lifted.

    A high level of bacteria was found in water samples taken at the sites of the two Sligo beaches.

    The HSE conducted a further test on the 1st of August and this test returned a result of ‘excellent water quality.’

  • Beaches in Galway and Sligo have been included in TripAdvisor’s top ten best beaches in Ireland – this year’s list is dominated by the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry takes the top spot for 2018, followed Inchydoney strand near Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

    In third place is Dog's Bay Beach, Roundstone in Galway, while Strandhill Beach in Co. Sligo in number 9 on the list.

    TripAdvisor says its Travellers’ Choice awards are determined based on traveller reviews gathered over a 12-month period.

  • A body which was exhumed in Co Sligo is not that of a missing Tyrone schoolgirl. 

    According to the BBC, the family of Arlene Arkinson said tests were carried out on the remains which were found in Co Sligo and they are not that of the 15-year-old who disappeared following a night out in Donegal in 1994. 

    She was last seen in the company of convicted child killer Robert Howard, who was cleared of her murder but remains the main suspect.

    Arlene’s sister Kathleen Arkinson told the BBC: "My hope in finding the remains of my sister, Arlene, have been dashed again."

    Howard died in a UK prison in 2015 while serving a life sentence for rape and murder.


  • A body has been found by Gardaí investigating the disappearance of 30-year-old Natalia Karaczyn in Sligo.

    Ms Karaczyn has been missing from her home at Crozon Park in Sligo town since early Sunday.

    The discovery was made around 10am in the Holywell Road area on the outskirts of Sligo town. 

    A wooded area close to Lough Gill has been sealed off.

    This morning a man who was being questioned about her disappearance was released without charge.

    The 32-year-old man was released from Ballymote Garda Station early this morning.