• The seaside villages of Strandhill and Rosses Point in Sligo will benefit from funding of over €200,000 announced today under the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development visited Boyle in Co Roscommon today, where she announced funding totalling €5.5 million euro for 7 projects nationwide.

    Sligo County Council is to receive €202,000 to develop plans for pedestrian-friendly village centres in Strandhill and Rosses Point, through re-designed public realm areas, walkways and addressing dereliction.

    The other major projects to receive funding today are in Kildare, Limerick, Kerry, Tipperary, Meath and Wicklow.

    While in Boyle today, Minister Humphreys visited the site of the vacant Royal Hotel, which received funding under an earlier round of this scheme and will shortly be re-developed as an enterprise hub and remote-working facility.


    Covid-19 case numbers are growing by more than 3 percent each day, while the virus' reproduction number is above one.

    Yesterday, the Department of Health announced 783 new cases - the highest figure in five months - and the Delta variant now accounts for 80% of cases reported here.

    HSE CEO Paul Reid says he expects case numbers to continue to rise, but said the vaccination rollout is having an impact.

    Latest figures show Mayo recorded 122 new cases of the virus over the past week.

    There were 211 new cases in Galway, 68 in Sligo, 58 in Roscommon and 24 in Leitrim in the past week.

    Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon now have 7-day rates above the national average.

  • 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.

  • Sligo University Hospital has the 3rd highest number of patients on trolleys today.

    According to the latest trolley figures from the INMO, there are 23 patients on trolleys today at the Sligo hospital waiting for admission to a bed.

    Only Limerick and Cork University Hospitals have higher trolley numbers.

    Elsewhere in this region, there are 11 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, 12 at University Hospital Galway and 4 on trolleys at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

  • A further 25 people have died from Covid19 in the Republic, while 365 new cases have been confirmed.

    It brings the death toll here to 235. 

    The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus now stands at 6,074. 

    The total number of confirmed cases in Mayo is now 130.

    There are now 134 cases in Galway, 28 in Sligo and 22 in Roscommon.

  • 28 more people with Covid-19 have died in the Republic.

    The death toll related to the disease now stands at 794.

    936 new cases have been detected in the past 24 hours, with the total number of positive tests standing at 17,607.

    There are 26 more cases of Covid-19 in Mayo, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 365.

    There are now 315 cases in Galway, 98 in Sligo, and 92 in Roscommon.

  • Trolley numbers remain high once again today at Sligo University Hospital.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 198 patients on hospital trolleys across the country today, including 29 on trolleys at the Sligo Hospital, 8 at both Mayo and Galway University Hospitals and 6 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

  • 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.

  • 44 more people have died after contracting Covid-19 in the Republic.

    The death toll across the country now stands at 530.

    In the past 24 hours 702 new cases have been detected, including 112 from swabs sent to German labs.

    The total number of positive tests now stands at 13,980.

    In Mayo there are now 259 confirmed Cases of Covid-19.

    There are 266 cases in Galway, 69 in Sligo and 61 confirmed cases in Roscommon.

  • A 48-hour status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for four counties in the north-west.

    The alert, for Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal, will come into effect tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.

    Heavy rain and blustery conditions are expected to last until the same time on Monday morning.

    Met Éireann says the heaviest rain will fall over mountainous areas with a risk of flash flooding.

  • 49 more deaths related to Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic.

    The death toll from the disease now stands at 769.

    631 new cases have been detected today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 16,671.

    The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Mayo has risen once again, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 339.

    The number of cases in Galway is now 309, with 91 cases in Roscommon, and 97 in Sligo.

  • 28 more people have died after contracting Covid-19 with the death toll now standing at 263.

    500 new cases have also been detected in the past 24 hours - the largest number in a single day since the outbreak began.

    The total number of positive tests in the Republic is now 6,574.

    There is now 134 confirmed cases in both Mayo & Galway.

    There are 28 confirmed cases in Sligo and 22 in Roscommon.

  • 307 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday evening in the Republic of Ireland - the highest daily total since early May.

    This includes 6 new cases in Galway, 182 in Dublin,  25 in Kildare, 19 in Limerick, 15 in each of Wexford and Louth, with the remaining cases are spread across 16 different counties including Sligo.

    Health officials also confirmed one further death linked to the virus.

    A closer look at Connacht shows that, over the last 14 day period, there were an additional 31 cases confirmed in Galway, bringing the county's total to 540.

    16 additional cases brought Leitrim's total over 100 - but is still the lowest county in the country followed by Sligo which has recorded 2 more cases over the last fortnight to 158.

    Roscommon has confirmed 12 additional cases over 14 days, bringing the confirmed number to 365, while Mayo showed 6 additional cases over the 2 weeks, bringing the total to 593. 

  • €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."