• As Galway city continues to develop and grow, an integrated public transport system is now a priority, along with housing and health facilities.

    That's according to Galway Independent TD Catherine Connolly.

    She says that, 14 years after park & ride facilities were proposed for the east and west of the city, no progress has been made, and suitable sites have not yet been identified.

    Deputy Connolly says park and ride facilities, along with a light rail system, would help to take traffic off the congested roads in the city.

  • Ballina-based Senator Michelle Mulherin is to meet shortly with the Transport Minister Shane Ross to push the case for a ring road around Ballina to ease the worsening traffic congestion, which she says is impacting on people driving into town from the Foxford road and Sligo road on a daily basis.

    A deputation from Mayo met with representatives of Transport Infrastructure Ireland last Monday to discuss plans for various road projects across the county.

    However, Ballina-based FF Councillor Annie May Reape told Midwest News that neither the N26 road project from Mount Falcon to Foxford, or the Ballina Orbital Route, are included in the National Framework Plan, therefore she claims there will be no progress on either road project for the next 5-10 years.

    However, Senator Mulherin says the Orbital Route, or ring road, is badly needed and she claims it could be delivered in different phases.

    She says the first section to be built should connect the Foxford road and Crossmolina road.

  • A Ballinrobe Cllr has called for any proposed traffic alleviation measures for Ballinrobe to be implemented as soon as possible.

    A report is being carried out at present to look at the traffic congestion in the town and come up with possible solutions.

    Funding has granted by TII to carry out works to alleviate traffic congestion in Ballinrobe.

    Local Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan says he is happy that progress is being made but he wants no delay to the report being completed or the proposed works being carried out.

    He says the situation cannot be let continue as it is, because of the problems the congestion causes but also because he is worried that if an emergency vehicle had to get through the town at a very busy time, it would not be able to do so.

  • Ballinrobe Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run event) will cause some traffic disruption around the streets of Ballinrobe on Friday February 8th from 6-8pm especially at The Lakeside Sports and fitness centre, Station Road, Ballinrobe and again on Saturday Feb 9th from 8-10am, where participants will be registering.

    Event day:

    On Saturday Feb 9th hundreds of participants will be gathering in Abbey St from 9am with the event start  proper at 10am at the top of Bridge St, running down towards  High st, Carnlecka Rd onto the Cloongowla Rd back to Abbey St from 10am to 10.40am.

    The cycle will take the Claremorris Rd out of town proceeding towards  Robeen and onto the Cloongowla rd regathering at Abbey st.

    The final run will take the participants down through Brewery court and up onto Creagh Rd and onto The Bowers Riverside Walk finishing at Abbey St from 10.50 to 12 noon.

    Please can all motorists slow down and allow 1.5m when passing either runners or cyclists. 


  • Castlebar is gearing up for the 10th Western People West of Ireland Women's Mini-Marathon which takes place this Sunday, 5th May.

    Over 1500 women of all ages and abilities are expected to take part in the event, which will raise funds for local charities.

    The Mini-Marathon gets underway at 12noon on Sunday, while the Primary Schools Mini Fun Run starts a few minutes later, and 500 children have registered for this free event.

    A number of temporary road restrictions will be in place on Sunday during the events.

    The Mall area in Castlebar will be closed to traffic from 9.30am to 4pm.

    Ellison Street will be closed from 11.30 am to 3pm,

    Lower Spencer St closed from 10.30- 12.30

    Duke St from 12 noon to 1pm,

    Newport Road to Pound Road, Gallows Hill and Newline will be closed from 12 noon to 1pm.

    Pontoon Road to Ballinacarriga, and Ballinacarriga to Ballynew closed from 12 noon to 2 pm,

    Ballynew / Turlough Road will be closed from 12 noon to 2.30,

    Staball Hill / Thomas St from 12.15 to 2.30 pm

    while Bridge Street and Main Street will be closed from 12.15 to 2.30pm on Sunday.


    A full detailed map of the route, with information on car parks, is available on


  • A complete review of the traffic management system around Ballina town is required now, according Independent councillor Gerry Ginty.

    He says that while the town requires an orbital route to prevent traffic congestion, any such development is a long way off and in the meantime solutions must be found to reduce severe traffic congestion at busy times in the day.

    He raised the matter at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District, and his motion was supported by all councillors.

    Cllr Ginty believes that prolonged traffic congestion can be damaging to the town’s commercial business, and frustrating for local residents and tourists.

    He called for the re-adjustment of the traffic lights at the font on the Foxford / Crossmolina road and two way traffic to be re-introduced between the bridges as some of the measures that might address the problem.

  • All roads lead to the Galway village of Corofin tomorrow (Sunday) for the 2018 Connacht Spring Show.

    Traffic on the approach roads is expected to be heavy, and traffic delays in the village itself are anticipated.

    However, show organiser Ray McHugh says there will be plenty of carparking spaces both sides of the Showgrounds.

    Sheep Shearing is the highlight of the event that also includes Machinery and Vintage displays, Dog and poultry shows music, cookery and children’s entertainment

  • The speed of traffic travelling through the south Mayo village of Kilmaine along the N84 Ballinrobe to Tuam road and connecting onto the R332 Kilmaine to Foxhall road to access the new motorway, is a cause of great concern to local residents.

     In addition there is an increasing volume of traffic now using the route.

    Residents had asked to address the next monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District to outline to councillors their concerns, however, at the monthly meeting of the authority councillors said they agreed with the residents and insisted something must be done to control traffic through the village.

     Council officials agreed to present a report to the September meeting of the district outlining potential traffic control measures for Kilmaine, and councillors said as a result, it wasn’t necessary for a local resident delegation to address a municipal meeting.

    Local Fine Gael councillor Patsy O’Brien said both he and councillor Damien Ryan would go back to the residents and ensure them that action follows the proposed report.

  • The Mullarkey family, Eileen, Alan and their five children are living along a road being used for access into and out of the construction site of the huge wind farm that is under construction in Bellacorrick.

     The windfarm is being developed by the ESB and Bord na Mona.

    At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Mayo county council, councillors outlined the problems that families, like the Mullarkeys, living beside such construction sites are facing and called on Mayo county council as the planning authority to listen and to respond to the disruption that such major construction can cause.

    Independent Ballina councillor Gerry Ginty initially raised the concerns of the families living closest to the windfarm site in Bellacorrick yesterday.

    Alan and Eileen Mullarkey and others were in the public gallery during the discussion – and afterwards spoke to Midwest News.

     They described their situation as a nightmare, saying it was impacting on their lives daily.

     They had concerns for their children’s safety with the constant movement of large lorries along their small rural road. They also had issues  with constant heavy dust and noise and they called on Mayo county council as the planning enforcer to ensure that the developers meet the conditions imposed on them in their planning permission.

    Councillor Michael Loftus, was among a number of councillors who called on the local authority as the planning enforcer to engage with the residents.

    The CEO of Mayo county council Peter Hynes told the meeting that yesterday was the first time that concerned residents had sought a meeting with Mayo county council and he said discussions between the sides will now continue – he said engagement between all sides was necessary and will continue and he hoped could be resolved.

  • GAA supporters travelling to the Leitrim v Roscommon game in Carrick-on-Shannon tomorrow evening are being asked to enter the town from the Longford side where possible.

    Gardai have asked anyone who can possibly use the N4 on their way to the game to do so.

    Gardai and stewards will be on duty on the day and motorists are asked to be patient and leave themselves enough time to get there.



  • Gardai have held a briefing today in advance of the Pope’s visit to Ireland next month.

    Pope Francis will visit Knock Shrine on Sunday August 26th.


    Gardai say road closures will be in place from 6pm on Saturday evening

    From 6pm on Saturday the centre of Knock Village will be closed (except to residents). The N17 between Charlestown and Claremorris will be closed from 12 midnight on Saturday until at least 3pm on Sunday.

    For those who live and work near Knock, a business and community liaison team is in place to handle queries, working closely with Claremorris Garda Station.

    Gardai are asking people to use a private coach or carpool to and from the event, join a parish or community coach group or carpool where possible, as car park spaces are limited and may be some walking distance from the Shrine.

    Coaches have a designated parking area on the N17. This will result in the shortest distance to walk to and from the Knock Shrine via a short walkway.

    There is a considerable walk from the car parks due to the size, scale and location of the event and there will be no shuttle bus facility available between car parks and the event site. If cars are necessary, carpooling and car sharing is essential.

    Iarnród Éireann and Bus Éireann will be providing public transport for this event. A bus shuttle service will operate from Claremorris train station to take people to Knock Shrine.  For those who have a ticket for the event, the bus shuttle service will be free.

    No public viewing opportunities will be available at Knock Airport.

    It will not be possible for the public to view Pope Francis arriving or departing due to security limitations.

    Those flying into and out of Ireland West Airport Knock on Sunday will have some access with strict limitations.  Only those named on airline passenger lists and those transporting named passengers will be able to access the airport between 12 midnight on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday. 

    Outbound passengers in particular are advised to allow more travel time than usual as there will be a number of security checks on airport access routes. 

    Information updated on a regular basis on, which will direct you to all the main information website pages.

  • Traffic is very heavy around Knock now as people leave the event.

    It's busy leaving Knock northbound on the Ballyhaunis/Kiltimagh Rd (R323).

    Bear in mind that several road closures remain place, including the main road through Knock Village (R329) and the N17 between Charlestown and Claremorris.

    A number of roads just off the N17 are also closed, including a stretch of the N83.

    Gardai are advising motorists to be patient exiting the area.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Ballina to improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

    The works involve the replacement of approximately 1700 metres of old problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipe material.

    This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited. Works are due to commence in mid-September and will take approximately 16 weeks to complete. Once complete, customers will benefit from a more consistent water supply due to the reduction in instances of bursts and leaks.

    The section of works will take place between Circular Road, Pound Street, Killala Road and Libadore. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

    Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

    Traffic management will be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. Irish Water understands that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.

    Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278if they have any questions about the project.


  • A man was fatally injured in a single vehicle road collision this evening between Bohola and Swinford on the N5. The tragedy occurred at about 7.30pm. The road is closed to traffic as a result. Diversions are in place.

  • Motorists are being advised of potential disruption in the Westport area this Saturday as the 2018 Westportif cycle takes place.

    Over 650 cyclists from all over the country are taking part in the event, and traffic is expected to be busy in Westport Town as a result.

    The participants will sign on from 6.30 to 9.30 at the Towers Bar on the Quay, with cyclists heading off from 9am.

    The Quay area is expected to be busy with cyclists between 9 and 10am, before they depart for Louisburg on the R335 to Ashleigh Falls.

    The shorter 80k route then goes north onto the N59 to Westport, while the longer 120 and 160km route turn for Leenane and Innagh Valley, joiing the N59 at Recess via Maam Cross.

    Most cyclists will have returned by 4pm.

    Organisers are asking all road users to be aware of possible traffic disruption on Saturday as a result of the popular event.

  • Motorists are being warned of black ice on many roads across the region this morning.

    The Swinford to Foxford Road is closed to traffic as a lorry has jack-knifed on that road. Traffic from Ballina should divert via Bohola.

    Black ice also reported on the N17 road around Kilkelly and also on the N5 at Bohola.

    The Ballina to Crossmolina Road is also very dangerous, while secondary routes in Ballaghaderreen are also reported to very icy.

  • Some traffic disruption can be expected on the streets of Ballinrobe this evening (Friday) and tomorrow during the Ballinrobe Duathlon event.

    Organisers are advising that there may be some traffic disruption this evening between 6-8pm especially around the Lakeside Sports & Fitness Centre on Station Road, and again tomorrow morning from 8-10am where participants will be registering.

    Tomorrow (Sat), hundreds of participants will gather in Abbey St from 9am, with the Duathlon getting underway at 10 at the top of Bridge Street, they will be running towards High St, Carnalecka Road, onto the Cloongowlan Road and back to Abbey St between10am and 10.40, followed by a cycle out the Claremorris Road towards Robeen and re-gathering at Abbey St.

    The final run will take participants through Brewery Court, onto Creagh Road and the The Bowers Riverside Walk, and finishing at Abbey St between 11am and 12 noon.

    Motorists are asked to slow down and allow plenty of space when passing runners and cyclists.

  • A survey has been conducted by a consultant group looking at the traffic chaos in the town of Ballinrobe. Local Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan says he has raised the matter on numerous occasions and is pleased that the survey will be presented to Councillors before December 1st. 

    Cllr Ryan says he has asked that the recommendations be looked at on a phased basis, instead of introducing the changes all at once. 


  • Work will start next Monday week 12th February to replace lead pipes from the public water network on the Athlone Road in Roscommon.

    Irish Water says old and damaged water mains will also be replaced as part of the works.

    The work is expected to take about 8 weeks, and there will be temporary traffic disruptions.

    Roscommon TD Eugene Murphy has welcomed assurances from Roscommon County Council that, once the works are completed, full road resurfacing works will take place.