• Met Eireann is forecasting that it will be a rather wintry week ahead with temperatures around 3C to 4C colder than we have been getting on average so far this month.

    The main theme is that it will be cold and frosty below-freezing at night with highs of around 5C during the days," according to a Met Éireann forecaster.

    Winter showers will feed in from Tuesday and Wednesday mainly in the west and north.

    There is also the possibility of sleet and snow over those days.

  • The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed today announced details of EMFF grants of €4 million, awarded by Ireland’s 7 Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) to 274 coastal based projects, supporting total investment of €6.4 million.  The grants are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector.

    Almost 400 applications were made to the 7 FLAGs this year. All applications were reviewed by individual FLAG Boards in each of the seven FLAG regions throughout Ireland.  The FLAG Boards are comprised of volunteers from the local communities.  Projects must be able to demonstrate a clear link to coastal community rejuvenation, enterprise, innovation, job creation and skills enhancement across the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries.

     62 projects in the West have been awarded funding of €808,000, while in the Northwest 42 projects will share grant aid of €973,000.


  • On two occasions this year, it took an ambulance over an hour to arrive at a life-threatening emergency.

    New figures also show that response-time targets aren't being met in up to 50 per cent of such cases across the country.


    HIQA says ambulances should arrive at life-threatening emergencies in less than 19 minutes in 80 per cent of cases.

    But new figures, released by the National Ambulance Service, show this isn't being met in almost all regions in Ireland.

    In the first four months of this year, for non-cardiac cases, it was reached only 44 per cent of the time by Dublin Fire Brigade, the major provider of emergency ambulance cover in Dublin.

    It was also met in only 52 per cent of these type of cases in the west and southeast.

    There were response-times of over an hour in Kildare and Cork and one of 44 minutes in Leitrim - and three further calls of over 42 minutes for cardiac emergencies, in Tipperary, Monaghan and Wexford.

    The HSE has not yet responded to requests for comment on the statistics.


  • Storm Hannah looks set to cause disruption and power outages in parts of the country.

    A status orange warning is in place for Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick from 4pm - and will be extended to Tipperary and Waterford from 10 tonight.

    The storm's due to bring gusts of up to 130 kilometres an hour to those counties.

    A Status Yellow Wind Warning will also come into effect from 11pm for counties in the west, north-west and south-east.

    Met Eireann forecaster Liz Walsh says motorists need to be extra careful out on the roads from 6 o'clock this evening.