It’s “petulant and immature” of both Fanna Fail and Fine Gael not to at least talk to Sinn Fein about government formation. That’s the view of the new Sinn Fein deputy in Mayo, Rose Conway Walsh.

She is among the 47 new TDs nationally entering the Dail for the first time today.

Deputy Conway Walsh spoke to Midwest News today before entering the Dail  and she described as historic her party leader being proposed as Taoiseach today during Dail proceedings, regardless of the outcome.

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  • Apr 16, 2021

    Eleven further deaths from Covid-19 and over 400 new cases

    420 new cases of covid-19 have been confirmed and eleven more patients have died. There 26 new cases in Galway, eight in Roscommon and less than five in Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim. 190 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 53 are in ICU.
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Two men who hijacked taxi in Galway to appear in court this evening

    Two men arrested in connection with the hijacking of a taxi in Galway last night are due to appear in court this evening. Gardai received reports shortly before midnight that a taxi had been hijacked and its driver forced out of the car on the M18. A man in…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Man arrested in connection with producing a firearm in Mayo

    Gardaí investigating the production of a firearm in Swinford on Wednesday have today arrested a man. Gardaí from the Claremorris Community Engagement area, the Mayo Crime Unit, and the armed support unit carried out a search of a property in Swinford town at…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Major Spring Clean in Ballina tomorrow morning

    Ballina Community Clean Up are organising a big Spring Clean this Saturday morning from 8am until 10am. It's all part of the National Spring Clean and the Earth Day Great Global Cleanup. As Covid Restrictions remain in place, participants are asked to bring…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Funding approved for Emergency Works at Achill School

    Coláiste Pobail Acla, Achill Soundhas been granted funds under the Emergency Works Scheme. Mayo Fine Gael deputy Michael Ring says funding has been approved for electrical works to the original school area. This follows periodic inspection reports. The deputy…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Two men arrested following hijacking of a taxi in Galway last night

    Gardaí have arrested two men following the hijacking of a taxi in Co Galway last night. Shortly before midnight on Thursday, Gardaí received a report that two males who were passengers in a taxi had attacked the driver and stole his taxi. The driver was…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Crews are carrying out emergency repairs to a burst watermain in Galway

    Crews are carrying out emergency repairs to a significant burst to a watermain in the centre of Spiddal village, affecting supply to customers in Spiddal and surrounding areas. Irish Water and Galway County Council Crews are working to repair this burst as…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Mayo TD’s urged to support bill which would entitle people attending hospital for outpatient services to limited free parking

    There’s a call on Mayo TDs to support a bill which would entitle people attending hospital outpatient services to limited free parking. Mayo Aontú representative Paul Lawless has made the call and if passed, the Bill would allow for three hours of…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Vaccination priority will not be given to Irish Olympic athletes

    Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers says priority won't be given to Olympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccinations, ahead of the Tokyo Games this summer. Denmark, Hungary and Israel have pledged to vaccinate all of their athletes ahead of travelling to…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Applications invited for Mayo Writer in Residence

    Mayo County Council Writer in Residence is a partnership between Mayo County Council Arts Service, Library Service and the Heinrich Böll Cottage Achill, with funding from Creative Ireland. It is an open competition to select a Writer, with the selection based…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    IT Sligo lecturer features this Sunday on RTE documentary "The Burren: Heart of Stone"

    IT Sligo lecturer Dr Marion Dowd will feature on the RTE Documentary “The Burren: Heart of Stone” this Sunday. The two-part documentary that took four years to make, takes a look at one of Ireland’s most unique landscapes. Episode two explores the underground…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Slight increase in Covid numbers at two hospitals across the region

    There's been a slight increase in the number of people with Covid-19 in hospitals today. 190 patients with the virus are receiving treatment, up from 184 yesterday. Since last week there's been a 10 percent decrease. In the past 24 hours there have been 12…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    An "administrative issue" delayed publication on Council portal of valid submissions to the Draft County Development Plan

    Mayo county Council has confirmed to Midwest News today that "an administrative issue” delayed the publication on the authority’s online portal of some of the valid submissions to the Mayo Draft County Development Plan. Submissions to the Plan closed mid…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    The role of the Coroner is key in any investigation into mass graves at the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home, according to campaigner

    The role of the Coroner is essential in any investigation into the mass graves at the former Tuam Mother and baby home, according to Breeda Murphy the PRO of Tuam Mother and Baby Home Alliance. Earlier this week, the Oireachtas Children’s Committee heard from…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Man extradited from Poland to appear before Castlebar Court this morning in connection with 123 ,000 euro drug seizure in Westport

    A man extradited from Poland yesterday is due to appear at Castlebar District Court this morning in connection with the cultivation and possession of drugs in the Westport area in 2017. The Polish national, aged 44, was arrested on arrival at Dublin airport…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Lowest house prices in the country in Castlerea, according to CSO

    Castlerea , county Roscommon, has the lowest house prices in the country, at 85,000 euro, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. While Ballyhaunis in county Mayo has one of the lowest median prices in the country at €91,000. In…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Gardaí are investigating an alleged assault in Sligo

    Gardaí are investigating an alleged assault which took place in Sligo Town last night. Gardai attended an incident in Sligo Town centre at approximately 7pm yesterday evening which led to the Pilkington Terrace and Chapel Hill areas being closed. One man, in…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    KBC could exit the Irish market as talks start with Bank of Ireland

    KBC bank is considering exiting the Irish market and is in talks to sell off performing loans to Bank of Ireland. Both banks signed a Memorandum of Understanding which would see both banks continue negotiations to transfer the loans. KBC's non-performing…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Progress made on application for proposed extension of Galway Harbour

    Progress is being made on the application for the proposed extension of Galway Harbour. Galway Chamber have welcomed the completion of a "Statement of Case" by An Bord Pleanála on the strategic infrastructure application. An Bord Pleanála stated that it was…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Deputy CMO praises Ireland's improving Covid-19 trends

    Ireland's current Covid-19 numbers are 'better than anything we could have hoped for a few weeks ago', according to the National Public Health Emergency Team. New cases of the virus have steadily dropped with 309 confirmed yesterday - bringing the five-day…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Vaccinated people to be exempt from hotel quarantine

    Fully vaccinated people against Covid-19 will be allowed to skip hotel quarantine, and isolate at home, after new advice from the Acting Chief Medical Officer. Quarantine bookings reopened overnight - but the European Commission has now launched an…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Two areas in Mayo have rates of Covid-19 in excess of national average

    Two areas in Mayo have rates of Covid-19 in excess of the national average. The Castlebar and Ballina Local Electoral Areas have rates of 147 and 136 cases per 100,000 people respectively in the two-week period that ended on Monday. This compares to a…
  • Apr 16, 2021

    Man arrested following drugs haul in Galway

    Gardaí arrested a man and seized €90,000 worth of Cocaine and Cannabis herb following an operation in Ballinasloe. As part of an ongoing surveillance operation, Gardaí conducted a search in Poolboy Bog, Ballinasloe shortly before 3:45pm yesterday afternoon.…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Fifth person arrested today in relation to fraud and being held at Castlera Garda Station

    A fifth person has been arrested as part of Operation Boxplot by Gardaí from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB). A male (20s) was arrested in Co Westmeath earlier today for an offence pursuant to Section 72 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006. He…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Eight further deaths from Covid-19 and over 300 new cases

    New Covid-19 infections fell over a fifth last week -- with NPHET now saying there are clear signs transmission is down. The latest data shows 309 more people have contracted the virus, and eight more patients are confirmed to have died. Health Minister…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Design team appointed to progress plans to benefit Ballyhaunis

    A design team is to be appointed to progress plans that will benefit a number of areas in Ballyhaunis town. The design team will prepare detailed proposals - including a significant conversion and extension of the old convent school into a community hub, as…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Mayo gardai warn of scam calls circulating in the county today

    Gardai in Mayo are advising the public to be aware of scam calls circulating across the county today. The caller identifies themselves as being from the Dept of Social Protection and goes on to tell the person that they have called, that he /she is under…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Four arrested following planned searches in three counties including Roscommon

    Gardaí have arrested four men this morning following planned searches in Roscommon, Cork and Tipperary. Four men (ranging in age from 23 years to 35 years) were arrested for offences pursuant to Section 72, Criminal Justice Act, 2006. They are currently…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Crossmolina filmed "Wild Mountain Thyme" to be released to rent at the end of the month

    Wild Mountain Thyme, the Irish romance starring Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt and filmed extensively in the Crossmolina area, will be available to rent in both Ireland and the UK at the end of the month (April 30th). The film’s distributor has confirmed that…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Online portal and phone lines open today for registration for vaccination for 69 year olds

    Sixty-nine year olds are able to register for their Covid-19 vaccine today. The online portal and phone line opened at 10 o'clock this morning. The HSE is asking people to register on specific days based on their age to manage demand. HSE's Peter Buckley…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Mayo will not accept any ban on turf or wood burning in homes, cllr insists

    The people of Mayo will not accept the banning by any government of burning turf or wood in home fires. That’s the strong view of Ballinrobe based councillor Patsy O’Brien . The councillor raised the matter at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Aurivo Co-op reports strong financial performance, despite Covid pandemic

    Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Aurivo Co-Op delivered a strong financial performance for 2020, according to the financial results published today. The Co-Op achieved a record sales turnover of over €488 million - up 9% on the previous year - and an operating…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    MEP Walsh encourages everyone to take part in "Eye on the Edge" virtual festival

    EYE on the Edge, is a collaboration between the European Parliament and Galway 2020 and was originally planned as a two-day festival in Galway but in the current circumstances, will take place virtually at locations in Galway, Ireland and Europe from Friday…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    New water sports facilities for two Mayo beaches and 2 in Sligo

    New water sports facilities are to be installed at 22 beaches around the country - including Keel beach in Achill and Carrowmore beach Louisburg in Co Mayo, and Enniscrone and Rosses Point beaches in Sligo. Failte Ireland is announcing the scheme this…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Tech company with office in Athenry to create 120 new jobs nationally

    A tech company with a base in Athenry, Co Galway is to create 120 jobs over the next two years. Nostra, one of Ireland's leading Managed IT Service Providers, is headquartered in Lucan, Dublin and has regional offices in Athenry and Moutmellick. It provides…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Planning to start in coming weeks on greenway extension from Bertra to Lecanvey

    Mayo County Council is to begin engaging with landowners, over the next few weeks, to progress the extension of the greenway from Bertra to Lecanvey. Funding of half a million euro was announced by former Minister Michael Ring over two years ago towards…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Galway travel agent calls for Passport Office to be reopened, to avoid backlog

    A Galway Travel Agent is calling on the Department of Foreign Affairs to reopen the Passport Office to process outstanding passport applications in order to avoid a backlog of applications when international travel resumes. The Passport Office paused much of…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Lowest number of Covid patients in hospitals since early October

    The number of Covid-19 patients in public hospitals has reached a low not seen since the beginning of October. 174 people with the disease were on wards last night according to the HSE. There's also less than 50 people in ICU with the virus for the second day…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Wind farms provide large percentage of rates income for Leitrim & Roscommon Councils

    Four local authorities - including Roscommon and Leitrim County Councils - depend on wind farms for over 10 percent of their rates income. A study by KPMG for Wind Energy Ireland reveals they contribute 22 percent of rates in Leitrim, 15.5 percent in Co…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Tanaiste says we're "on track" to further ease Covid restrictions on 4th May

    Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there is “lots to be positive about” as the country is on track to ease Covid-19 restrictions further on May 4. The Tanaiste says that, despite bumps in the vaccine roll-out plan, Ireland is still on track to meet its targets. Mr…
  • Apr 15, 2021

    69-year old can register today for Covid-19 vaccine

    The Government insists its target of offering a first dose to 80 percent of adults by the end of June remains on track, despite recent issues with Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca. It comes following news yesterday that Ireland will receive an extra…
  • Apr 14, 2021

    12 deaths of people with Covid 19 reported this evening

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 12 additional deaths related to Covid-19. Of the deaths reported today, 4 occurred in April, 2 occurred in March and 6 occurred in January. As of midnight last night (Tues) 431 new cases of…
  • Apr 14, 2021

    Historian claims religious orders should be forced to excavate mass graves at Mother and Baby Homes

    Historian Catherine Corless says religious orders should be forced to pay to help excavate possible mass graves at mother and baby homes. The government is bringing forward a bill which would allow the remains of children who died at the homes to be exhumed.…
  • Apr 14, 2021

    The government remains committed to having all adults given first dose of Covid 19 vaccine by June

    The government has said it's still committed to the target of all adults having a first vaccine by June. It comes after news that Ireland will get 545,000 extra doses this quarter from Pfizer. It's hoped that will make up the shortfall that may be experienced…
  • Apr 14, 2021

    IFA calls for candidates to be allowed take Driver Theory Test remotely

    IFA President Tim Cullinan has written to Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton to allow candidates to take the Driver Theory Test remotely. Almost 180,000 people are now queuing for a driving test, with even essential workers…
  • Apr 14, 2021

    Plans by Ashford Castle owners for new Dublin hotel appealed

    Plans by the owners of Ashford Castle in Cong to construct a 5-star hotel in Dublin City have been appealed. Dublin City Council has given permission to Red Carnation Hotels Ltd for the conversion and extension of a former Jesuit university students'…
  • Apr 14, 2021

    Plan for new hospital at Merlin Park "falls far short of what was expected"

    A plan by the Department of Health for a new day hospital at Merlin Park in Galway falls well short of what was originally proposed. That's according to Galway-based FG Senator Séan Kyne. He has seen a plan under the Sláintecare programme which, he says,…
  • Apr 14, 2021

    Historian says remains of children buried in Tuam being damaged by rodents

    Tuam historian Catherine Corless has told TDs and Senators that rodents have gnawed on the remains of children buried at the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home. Ms Corless is addressing the Oireachtas Children's Committee, which is today examining a new Bill…
  • Apr 14, 2021

    Road collision earlier in Kiltimagh

    Gardai attended the scene of a road collision in Kiltimagh this morning. The collision involving a bus and a car occurred on Main Street at about 8.30, causing traffic congestion in the town for a time. Gardai say no-one was injured in the incident, and the…
  • Apr 14, 2021

    Disabled car parking space to be provided on New Antrim St, Castlebar

    A disabled car parking space on New Antrim Street in Castlebar, close to the National Driving License Service office, has been given the green light, and will be installed as soon as Covid restrictions allow the road marking works to be carried out. That was…
  • Apr 14, 2021

    Oireachtas Committee to hear submissions on new legislation on Mother & Baby Homes

    A new Bill, which would allow for the exhumation of remains at mother and baby homes, could damage survivors' chances of finding out what happened to their loved ones. That's according to the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, which is before the Oireachtas…
  • Apr 14, 2021

    Two Covid-19 patients being treated at Mayo University Hospital

    The number of people with Covid-19 in public hospitals has dropped to its lowest level since December 12th. There were 189 patients being treated in hospital last night, with 47 of these patients in intensive care. This include 2 Covid patients being treated…
  • Apr 14, 2021

    Cabinet to discuss latest setbacks for Covid-19 vaccination programme

    Cabinet Ministers will discuss the latest setbacks for the vaccination programme when they meet this morning. The Taoiseach is to be briefed by the HSE and the vaccines taskforce as work continues on redrawing the roll-out plan, following a pause in the…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    HSE confirms most AstraZeneca clinics cancelled for the rest of the week

    The HSE has confirmed the majority of AstraZeneca clinics have been cancelled for the rest of the week. However, it says a small number will continue for certain people over the age of 60. It follows NIAC's recommendation that the vaccine be used for people…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Further plans for reopening the country could be revealed later this month

    A plan for re-opening the country through May, June and July could be revealed at the end of this month. The Government is examining a number of areas that will be able to re-open as the number of vaccinations ramps up. An Oireachtas committee was warned…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Low cases of Covid-19 reported across Connacht this evening

    358 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening. After a spike in cases in Mayo and Galway yesterday, the figures across Connacht are low this evening - with 5 new cases confirmed in Roscommon, less than 5 in Mayo, Galway and Leitrim and no new…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Westport GAA chairman welcomes €1 million donation for new pitch development

    Westport GAA Club Chairman Charlie Lambert has welcomed a €1 million euro donation from a local family who have a long association with the club. The club has received a €500,000 donation for their new pitch development on the Golf Course Road, with a promise…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Johnson & Johnson delays roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine in Europe

    Johnson and Johnson has delayed the roll-out of its COVID-19 vaccine in Europe as reports of rare blood clots in the US are investigated. American authorities have put a pause on the vaccine as they examine 6 reported cases among the 6.8 million doses given.…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Public art opportunity in Westport announced by Mayo County Council

    Mayo County Council has announced a public art opportunity in Westport town. It’s a unique commission opportunity for a professional artist(s) to collaborate with the local community of Tubber Hill, Westport and the surrounding area on a public art project.…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Castlerea GP insists AstraZenica vaccine is safe

    A Castlerea-based GP believes public health officials are being "over-cautious" in their decision not to give the Astra Zeneca to people under the age of 60. Dr Greg Kelly says the incidence of blood clots related to the vaccine are extremely low, and every…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    US health authorities recommend pause in the use of Johnson and Johnson vaccine

    Health authorities in the US have recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson and Johnson Covid vaccine. In a joint statement , the Federal Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control say the move is out of an abundance of caution. It's after 6…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Inquests to be heard in Swinford Courthouse from Monday next

    The 19thcentury built courthouse in Swinford is to be used again as a Coroners Court. An agreement has been reached between Mayo County Council and the relevant parties to use the extensively refurbished building for this essential service. The Courthouse in…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Council staff reopening carparks at Mayo beaches and at Croagh Patrick

    Now that people are free to travel anywhere within their county as Covid-19 restrictions are being eased, increased numbers are expected to flock to beaches, forest walks and other outdoor amenities in the coming days and weeks. Mayo County Council staff are…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Mayo sporting moments secure European award for Ballina photographer

    A Ballinrobe footballer heading for goal without his boot, and a Louisburgh goalkeeper holding firmly on to the crossbar - are just two of the photographs by Ballina photographer David Farrell that made up his award winning portfolio in the 2021 European…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Irish Rail set to submit application for a new bridge at a notorious Mayo crossing

    Irish Rail has all its documents compiled to submit an application for a new bridge at the notorious manual railway crossing at Kilnageer, outside Castlebar, and it’s expected the company will make the application shortly. That was confirmed by Mayo County…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Opportunity for people over 62 to apply for the Service Support Scheme

    The Department of Social Welfare has confirmed to Tuam based deputy Sean Canney that participants on Community Employment Schemes who are 62 years of age and have exhausted their lifetime participation on the scheme can apply for the Service Support Scheme…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Ballina man wins European sports photography award

    Ballina photographer David Farrell won a major European sports photography award, for the second consecutive year, at an online ceremony in Rome on Sunday night. A record number of photographers from 25 countries entered submissions with a total entry of…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Students at Mayo and Galway Gaeltacht schools reach All-Ireland Final

    Transition year students at two Gaeltacht schools across Mayo and Galway are making their final preparations for the All-Ireland Final of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí Competition 2021. Gaelcholáiste Chomáin, Ros Dumhach in Mayo and Scoil…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Studies show UK variant of Covid-19 is no more deadly than original strain

    Scientists have confirmed the UK variant of Covid-19 is no more deadly or severe than the original strain. Two separate studies suggest patients weren't at any higher risk of developing 'long covid' or worse symptoms either. However, the research says it is…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    NPHET to warn of the 'considerable' risk of a fourth wave of Covid-19

    The National Public Health Emergency Team will warn TDs and Senators later that the risk of a fourth wave of Covid-19 remains 'considerable' if restrictions are eased too quickly. Members of the group will be before the Oireachtas Health Committee to provide…
  • Apr 13, 2021

    All AstraZeneca vaccination clinics due to take place today are cancelled

    All AstraZeneca vaccination clinics due to take place today have been cancelled The Acting Chief Medical Officer says limiting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to over 60s "will likely have an impact" on the country's vaccine programme. However Dr. Ronan…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    21 new cases of Covid-19 reported in both Mayo and Galway

    The Department of Health has today been notified of no additional deaths related to Covid-19, while there have been 394 new cases of the virus. This includes 21 new cases in Mayo and 21 also in Galway. Elsewhere across the region, there were less than 5 new…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Walk-out in protest by Westport councillor at today's monthly meeting of Mayo County Council

    Westport Independent councillor Johno O’Malley walked out of today’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council stating that he was leaving the meeting in protest over “being left in the dark” by council management over the disposal of land at Westport Demesne by…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    NIAC expected to recommend AstraZeneca be used for over 60's only

    Further changes to the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out plan are expected, as health officials meet this afternoon. It's expected the National Immunisation Advisory Committee will recommend AstraZeneca be used only for over-60s amid concerns about rare blood clots.…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Roscommon Senator calls for reopening of all construction

    More construction is resuming from today, but Roscommon Fianna Fail Senator Eugene Murphy has expressed frustration that restrictions still apply to the commercial aspect of the construction sector, and says many smaller family-owned construction companies…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    94 year old Mayo woman has had two Covid vaccine appointments cancelled and remains without the first jab

    The HSE and government should not present misleading information on the success of the rollout of the national Covid 19 vaccination programme. That was the view expressed by Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne at the monthly meeting of Mayo…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    All students returned to secondary classrooms today for the first time this year

    Across the country all students returned to second level schools for the first time in 2021 today. First year students at St Joseph’s Girls Secondary School in Castlebar were delighted to be back, and four of the students - Ali Fitzgerald, Lucy Molloy,…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Tributes paid following death of Canon John Fallon, retired parish priest of Kilmaine

    Tributes have been paid following the death of Canon John Fallon,retired parish priest of Kilmaine. A native of Balla, Fr Fallon was ordained to the priesthood in 1964 and served as a curate in Aughagower, Clare Island, Achill Island and Louisburg, before…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Tributes paid to talented footballer who died following a crash in Galway

    Tributes are being paid to a talented footballer who died in a single vehicle road traffic collision in Galway on Saturday. Maitiu O Domhnaill died following the crash near his hometown of Carraroe shortly before 3.50am on Saturday morning. Mr O Domhnaill,…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Clifden RNLI rescue two walkers who got cut off by the tide yesterday evening

    Clifden RNLI came to the aid of two walkers who got cut off by the tide yesterday evening. The crew were requested to launch the lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard just before 6pm following a report that two people were stranded on Omey Island. The inshore…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Mayo University Hospital's ICU remains free of Covid-19

    There's been an increase in the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospitals for the third Monday in a row. The number of discharges from hospitals over the past couple of weeks on Sundays and Mondays have been low - which may contribute to the rise in…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Clew Bay and Achill are among the key study areas in SeaMonitor

    Clew Bay and Achill are among the key study areas in SeaMonitor, a unique marine research project which is using innovative marine species tracking technology to better understand and protect vulnerable marine life in our oceans. The project is funded by EU…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Galway-led tidal energy project awarded €3m from the European Commission

    Galway-based ÉireComposites is leading an initiative to develop a state-of-the-art marine hydrokinetic turbine, which aims to produce clean energy at a reduced cost. Design and manufacturing company ÉireComposites will lead an international consortium that…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Two due in court in connection with a drugs seizure in Mayo

    A man and a woman are to appear before the courts in Mayo charged in connection to a seizure of drugs and cash. 130,000 euro worth of narcotics and over 17,000 euro in cash were seized in the Cross and Kilmaine areas on Saturday, with the two people - both…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Home building resumes with the easing of restrictions today

    All home building will resume today, with the easing of level 5 restrictions. The Unite union which represents construction workers has asked Nphet for guidance on the best testing regime for building sites. Non-essential construction works have been closed…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Cambodia criticises Vice over images of Khmer Rouge victims altered by Mayo artist

    Cambodian officials have condemned a Co Mayo artist for doctoring archive photos of Khmer Rouge genocide victims to show them smiling in prison. Vice News pulled Matt Loughrey's work off its site yesterday, later saying the article did not meet its editorial…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Public urged to play it safe with easing of some Covid-19 restrictions

    Parents and students are being urged to play it safe as in-person teaching resumes for children and teenagers today. It's the first time some secondary school students will be at their desks this year. People are now free to travel within their home county or…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Three Covid-19 outbreaks linked to overseas flights

    Three Covid-19 outbreaks have been linked to overseas flights, with two involving 'variants of concern'. The Department of Health says vaccinated people still need to enter mandatory hotel quarantine when they arrive here. The Department says three covid 19…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Claremorris Agricultural Show 2021 cancelled due to the pandemic

    The Claremorris Agricultural Show for 2021 is cancelled. The decision to cancel the event for a second year in a row was announced this morning due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The agricultural show was fixed to go ahead on the August Bank Holiday…
  • Apr 12, 2021

    150 new jobs for Galway with expansion of biomedical company

    150 new jobs have been announced in the Galway Gaeltacht this morning by Spidéal-based company Aran Biomedical. In response to growing business demand, they plan to increase their workforce by 150 over three years with the creation of highly skilled jobs in…
  • Apr 11, 2021

    Lowest number of daily Covid-19 cases reported since mid-December

    303 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed and 2 additional deaths have been reported. One of these deaths happened in March, and one in April. Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn, has confirmed this is the lowest number of daily cases reported…
  • Apr 11, 2021

    West Mayo community lodge objection to three-month road closure

    The community of Islandeady have lodged an objection to a proposed three-month road closure of the main road through their community ( L-1811), during the construction of the new N5 dual carriageway between Castlebar and Westport. Islandeady is nestled among…
  • Apr 11, 2021

    NUIG student succeeds former Tuam Mayor as Aontú representative

    23-year-old student Luke Silke has been selected as the new Aontú representative for the Tuam area. He succeeds former Tuam Mayor Martin Ward as the party's candidate, after he announced his retirement from electoral politics. Mr Ward served as a Tuam Town…
  • Apr 11, 2021

    Two arrested following large drugs haul in Mayo

    Gardaí have arrested two people following the seizure of €130,000 in suspected cannabis herb and cocaine, and €17,600 in cash after searches in the Mayo area yesterday. As part of an ongoing investigation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Mayo region,…
  • Apr 11, 2021

    Dept of Social Protection warns public about phone scam

    People are being warned of a new phone scam doing the rounds. Fraudsters are calling people claiming to be from the Department of Social Protection. In a statement, the Department of Social Protection's alerting people to these scam phone calls. They claim to…
  • Apr 11, 2021

    Rapid Covid-19 testing pilot set for colleges before summer

    The Government is set to pilot rapid Covid-19 testing in colleges before the summer. The Business Post reports the Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris, will bring a memo to Cabinet this week on the establishment of the pilot programme. It's seeking to…
  • Apr 11, 2021

    Easing of some Covid-19 restrictions from midnight

    Some Covid-19 restrictions will be eased at midnight tonight - after more than 100 days of lockdown. From tomorrow, people can travel anywhere within their county while two households can meet up outdoors. Schools will fully re-open to all students - and the…
  • Apr 11, 2021

    Bookings on US-Ireland flights surged with the extension of the mandatory quarantine list

    Bookings on some flights to Ireland from the US have surged in recent days after the mandatory quarantine list was extended. Arrivals from another 16 countries, including America, will have to stay in a designated hotel for two weeks starting on Thursday. The…
  • Apr 11, 2021

    Gardaí are investigating the discovery of human remains in Galway Bay

    Gardaí are investigating the discovery of apparent human remains in Galway Bay. The body was taken from the water in Mutton Island Causeway area of Grattan Park at approximately 3.20pm yesterday afternoon. The Galway RNLI, Gardai and a crew from the Galway…
  • Apr 10, 2021

    Road reopens to traffic in Galway following fatal collision

    The road at Carraroe in Galway has reopened to traffic following an earlier fatal road traffic collision. A man in his 30s died following the single car collision which happened on a minor road near Carraroe just after 3:45 this morning. Another man in his…
  • Apr 10, 2021

    455 Covid-19 cases confirmed and 14 more deaths

    14 more deaths related to COVID-19 have been confirmed in the country this evening. Three occurred in April, one occurred in March, six occurred in February, and four occurred in January. 455 confirmed cases of the virus were also notified by health…
  • Apr 10, 2021

    Shay Healy was an inspirational man with 'unbreakable spirit'

    The late Shay Healy was man with ‘unbreakable spirit’ and an inspiration to all who knew him. That’s according to his first cousin Professor Seamus Caulfield, who has been paying tribute to the Eurovision winning songwriter. The 78-year-old presented RTE show…
  • Apr 10, 2021

    Mayo Councillor says Ireland must reopen the Western Rail Corridor

    A Mayo Councillor has said that the case for reopening the Western Rail Corridor is more compelling today that it was ten years ago. Sinn Fein's Gerry Murray says there have been six major developments that have pushed the WRC to the top of the political…
  • Apr 10, 2021

    Sligo TD says it is 'unacceptable' the county vaccination centre closed over Easter

    It is unacceptable that the Sligo Vaccination Centre was closed for four days over the Easter bank holiday weekend. That’s the view of Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry, who argues that the facility at IT Sligo should be open seven days a week to assist with the…
  • Apr 10, 2021

    Eurovision winning songwriter with Mayo connections dies

    Eurovision winning songwriter Shay Healy has died at the age of 78. The Dubliner was also a well-known TV presenter, hosting the RTE show Nighthawks in the late 80s and early 90s. He composed "What's Another Year" for Johnny Logan, which won the Eurovision…
  • Apr 10, 2021

    Covid-19 hospital numbers continue to drop nationally

    There were 200 patients with Covid-19 in hospitals across the country last night- down nine in 24 hours. Across the region there are seven receiving treatment for the disease at University Hospital Galway- down two, 3 at Mayo University Hospital, two at the…
  • Apr 10, 2021

    Cold weather set to continue over the coming days

    There's more frost and icy temperatures on the way - with the current cold snap to continue over the weekend. Temperatures are set to fall as low as minus 3 tonight and there's a chance of snow on high ground. Alan O'Reilly from Carlow Weather says it'll be a…
  • Apr 10, 2021

    16 countries added to mandatory hotel quarantine list

    Passengers arriving from another 16 countries will have to stay in mandatory quarantine hotels from next Thursday. The cabinet agreed to add countries including the US, Canada, France, Italy and Belgium to the list last night. Albania, Israel and St Lucia…
  • Apr 10, 2021

    Two-week delay in Covid-19 vaccines for the over-70s

    GPs have been told there'll be a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines for the over-70s next week. It'll affect practices who are due to get a delivery of jabs for the 70 to 74 age group, and administer their first doses. It'll delay the programme by two weeks, as…
  • Apr 10, 2021

    Man dies following fatal crash in Galway

    A man in his 30s has died following a crash in Co. Galway. The single car collision happened on a minor road near Carraroe just after 3:45 this morning. Another man in his 30s who was a passenger is being treated for non life-threatening injuries at Galway…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    34 more deaths from Covid-19 and 473 new cases

    There are 473 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic, and 34 deaths. Only three of the deaths took place this month - with the others relating to January, February and March. 229 of the cases are in Dublin. Across Connacht there are 21 new cases in Mayo, 18 in…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Mayo Student shortlisted for Access Champion of the Year following disability rights campaign this year

    A Mayo student has been shortlisted for "Access Champion of the Year" for the USI Awards later this month. Catherine Gallagher from Achill rose to prominence in recent months following her campaign to not lose her disability allowance as a result of winning a…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Mayo Day takes to the National stage for 2021

    The hugely successful Mayo Day celebrates its seventh year on Saturday, 1st May 2021 with an outstanding programme of events to be viewed from around the globe. It’s a virtual festival again this year, but if anything, that has expanded the reach of this…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Forsa delegates back emergency motion calling on Government to prioritise staff in Special Schools for the jab

    Delegates from the Fórsa trade union's education division have backed an emergency motion calling on the Government to complete the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations to staff within all special education schools. It said the vaccination schedule should take…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Teaching Unions seek urgent meeting with government and health officials

    Teaching unions disgruntled over changes to the vaccine rollout are seeking an urgent meeting with the government and health officials. Members of the ASTI, INTO and TUI supported taking industrial action over the switch which means no profession will be…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Britian's Prince Philip has died

    Britain’s Prince Philip has died at the age of 99. Buckingham Palace announced his death this afternoon. "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Covid-19 cases confirmed at Mayo University Hospital

    The number of patients with Covid-19 in public hospitals has reached its lowest point in 111 days, with 209 people receiving treatment last night. Across the region there are nine patients with the virus at University Hospital Galway- down one, three at Mayo…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Emergency funding secure for an extension to St Teresa's Special School Ballinasloe

    The Department of Education has sanctioned emergency funding for St.Teresa's Special School in Ballinasloe. Roscommon Senator Eugene Murphy says he's delighted with the news. "With ten extra students about to start in September in St Teresa's, the…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    3.3 million euro allocated to Mayo under the Transitional LEADER Programme

    €3.3 million has been allocated to the LEADER Programme in Mayo under the Transitional LEADER Programme for the period 2021-2022. Deputy Michael Ring says it is an important component of “Our Rural Future”– the Government’s five year strategy for Rural…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Five arrested following high speed chase across the Mayo/Galway border

    Gardaí arrested five people in Headford following a managed containment operation on Monday. The operation began in Headford at approximately 6pm in the evening, when a car failed to stop for Gardaí. The car travelled at speed from Headford to Tuam and…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Minister commits to study examining the introduction of a light rail system in Galway City

    Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has committed to a new study to examine the introduction a light rail system in Galway City. The Luas type system would aim to ease congestion in the city. Under the current proposals, a 17 kilometre line in Galway would cost…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Solution on the naming of a Sligo town is expected this month

    A solution to the Enniscrone/Inishcrone naming debacle is expected later this month. That's according to Minister Frank Feighan who says meetings will take place on the third week of April between the Department and the legal team. Most residents and visitors…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Views vary on what should happen along the old East Mayo Railway Route

    The jury remains out on whether the old East Mayo railway line will be developed as a greenway or remain intact to secure a rail service The Draft Mayo County Development Plan (2021 – 2027) closed for submissions last month (March). It received an…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Forsa will discuss changes to the vaccine rollout later

    Forsa will discuss the change to the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine to an age based cohort today. It's expressing concern that there's a 'vaccine' lottery within special education. The union's holding its Education division conference online, which will…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Government launch public consultation for the haulage industry

    The government's aiming to raise standards in the haulage industry. It's just launched a public consultation today on a Ten-Year Strategy for the sector for the first time. It outlines the covid and Brexit challenges facing hauliers at the moment. Junior…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    Reproductive number of Covid-19 estimated to be close to one

    7 additional deaths related to Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday, along with 400 new cases. There were 21 new cases of the virus in Galway, 6 in Mayo, less than 5 cases in both counties Roscommon and Leitrim and no new cases in Sligo. The reproductive number…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    NIAC will decide if further guidance is needed on the AstraZeneca vaccine over the coming days

    The Health Products Regulatory Authority says an Irish case of an rare blood clot associated with the Astrazeneca vaccine will be looked at as a priority. The National Immunisation Advisory Committee will decide in the coming days if it needs to issue further…
  • Apr 09, 2021

    One Local Electoral Area in Mayo has an above average rate of Covid-19

    The 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in the Castlebar Local Electoral Area is above the national average of 157.1. During the two week period from March 23rd to April 5th, a total of 57 new confirmed cases were registered in the area – equating to a rate of…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    No new cases of Covid 19 reported today in county Sligo

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to Covid-19. Of the deaths reported today 2 occurred in April, 2 occurred in March and 3 occurred in February. As of midnight last night (Wed) 400 new confirmed…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    Cannibis Herb seizure in Loughrea

    Gardaí seized €20,000 of suspected cannabis herb having stopped and searched a car in Loughrea yesterday evening. Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit conducted the search shortly before 8pm in the Bookeen North area of Loughrea. A woman in her…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    One million Covid vaccine jabs administered as of this afternoon in the Republic

    The HSE has confirmed that the number of Covid-19 vaccines administered in the Republic has hit the one million mark. HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid confirmed the figure at a press briefing this afternoon. Over 700,000 people have received dose one and over…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    New website dedicated to public toilets available nationally

    A new website dedicated to mapping Ireland's public toilets has 331 entries in just 4 days. Pee.ie is still accepting new locations, and has a map of bathrooms in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. The site says it depends on 'intrepid toilet users' to…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    NPHET is discussing possible "vaccine bonus" today

    An immunology expert says fully vaccinated people should be able to move around largely unrestricted. It comes as NPHET is discussing a potential Covid-19 'vaccine bonus' today. At present, anyone who is a close contact of someone with Covid-19 has to…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    NIAC considers whether age restrictions should be placed on AstraZeneca vaccine

    The National Immunisation Advisory Committee is to look at whether age restrictions should be placed on the AstraZeneca vaccine. It's meeting today after the European Medicines Agency listed rare blood clots as a rare side effect. Health officials say the…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    Gardai warn of scam involving PPS numbers

    Gardai are advising of a scam where members of the public are receiving calls from texts from people claiming to be from the Department of Social Protection, and advising that their PPS number has been compromised. The person receiving the call is then asked…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    Mayo CF sufferer outlines his experience of Covid-19 lockdown

    Tomorrow is 65 Roses Day - the annual fundraiser for CF Ireland- but collections cannot take place this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. Instead, people are taking up a variety of challenges, and can also donate online. Ireland has the highest incidence of…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    Claremorris businesses work together through Covid Lockdown

    A Claremorris florist is making national headlines at present thanks to the generosity of a neighbouring Garden Centre, that has provided a location for her business to trade from during the present Level 5 Covid Lockdown. Aisling Warde of Blathanna Florists,…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    Road Safety Authority issues hailstone warning for weekend

    Road users are being urged to take extra caution this weekend as Met Éireann has forecast showers of hail and temperatures as low as minus three degrees. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising drivers to be aware of dangerous road conditions hail showers…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    Additional accommodation approved for three Mayo schools

    There's good news for three Mayo schools, as funding has been approved by the Department of Education for 15 new rooms at St Tiernan's College, Crossmolina, and for special education classrooms at both Moyne College in Ballina and Scoil Mhuire agus Padraig in…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    Mayo TD concerned that some people over 90 and housebound are still waiting for vaccines

    There are people aged over 90 in Co Mayo who have not yet received any Covid-19 vaccine to date, which is simply not good enough, according to Deputy Rose Conway Walsh. The Sinn Fein TD says she is aware of a 95 year old, house bound woman in the county who…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    20 new Covid cases in Galway, with figures low elsewhere in Connacht

    The five-day moving average of Covid-19 cases has fallen by 15% in the past week to 430. HSE figures show the number of patients in public hospitals with the disease has dropped by 19 percent over the last week to 220, with 56 of these patients in ICU. It…
  • Apr 08, 2021

    NPHET to discuss link between AstraZenaca vaccine and rare blood clotting

    The National Public Health Emergency Team will discuss a link between very rare blood clotting and the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine when it meets later. The European Medicines Agency has said it should be listed as a possible side effect, however stressed the…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    Major extension confirmed for St Tiernan's College Crossmolina

    Minister Norma Foley has informed Mayo deputy Dara Calleary that a major extension has been approved for St Tiernans College in Crossmolina. It comprises of 6 new general classrooms, a new DCG/Tech Graphic room,a new art room, a new science lab, 2 SET rooms,a…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    Five additional deaths reported this evening of people with Covid 19

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 5 additional deaths today of people who had Covid 19. 423 new confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in the past 24 hours in the Republic. 20 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    Dept of Social Protection warns public about phone scam

    The Department of Social Protection has issued a warning about scammers pretending to be from its offices. It says people have received phone calls where the caller asks for details like the person's name, PPS number and sometimes bank details. The department…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    Minister Rabbitte to continue to advocate for vaccine prioritisation for teachers, childcare assistants and SNAs in Special Schools and classes

    The Minister for Disability, Galway based Anne Rabbitte insists she is continuing to advocate for vaccine prioritization for teachers, childcare assistants and SNAs in Special Schools and classes. She admits she was taken aback by NIAC advice to government…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    Three teachers unions back a motion that could lead to industrial action

    The three major teaching unions have voted in favour of a motion for industrial action, up to strikes.The ASTI, the INTO and TUI all backed the proposal today. They say teachers should be prioritised for vaccines, as they interact with dozens of children…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    Multiple drug and vehicle seizures by Mayo gardai over the Easter Bank holiday weekend

    Gardaí in Mayo seized more than €29,000 in suspected cannabis herb and cocaine and seized 15 vehicles as part of a policing operation conducted in the Mayo Garda Division over the Easter bank holiday weekend. The joint operation was conducted from Good Friday…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    Sligo TD wants teachers & SNAs vaccinated in parallel with age-based rollout

    The Government should consider rolling out Covid-19 vaccines to those in high-risk jobs - such as teachers, special needs assistants and Gardai - in parallel with the age-based rollout announced last week. That's according to Sligo-Leitrim TD Marian Harkin.…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    INTO and TUI back possible industrial action over vaccination prioritisation

    Two teachers unions have backed a motion that could lead to industrial action. They are protesting a change to the vaccine rollout list, which will now prioritise someone's age instead of their job. The votes from the INTO and the TUI means the two unions now…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    Online petition calling for Bank of Ireland to keep Ballyhaunis branch open

    Over 1,000 people have already signed a new online petition, calling on Bank of Ireland to keep the Ballyhaunis branch open. Ballyhaunis is one of three branches in Mayo due to close in September - along with Kiltimagh and Charlestown - and this will leave…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    Two Achill beaches named in Ireland's top ten

    Dog's Bay in Connemara has been named the most beautiful beach in the country. The Lonely Planet's newest listing ranked Trá Mór in Dunfanaghy in County Donegal as the runner up while Keem Bay on Achill Island came third. Trá Mór in Achill and Streedagh…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    Mayo County Council given go-ahead to purchase Castlebar Military Barracks

    The go-ahead has been given by the Department of Finance for Mayo County Council to purchase the Castlebar Military Barracks, in a move being described as "a hugely significant acquisition by the local authority". Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers says…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    Three women who left quarantine hotel stopped by Gardai in Co Galway

    Three women who left a quarantine hotel in Dublin yesterday made it to south Galway before being turned back. They were stopped on the M6 motorway near Loughrea by a Garda traffic patrol. It's understood they were persuaded to return to the facility in north…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    One millionth Covid-19 vaccine due to be administered in Ireland today

    The one millionth dose of Covid-19 vaccine is due to be administered in Ireland today. The Government had previously aimed to get 1.25 million doses given to people by the end of March - however there were supply issues. Meanwhile, nine further Covid-19…
  • Apr 07, 2021

    No Covid-19 patients at Mayo University Hospital, for first time this year

    The latest figures show a significant reduction in the number of patients in hospital with Covid-19. Nationally, there were 220 patients with the disease in hospital last night, down 41 on the figure reported earlier, according to the HSE. The number of Covid…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    9 more people with Covid 19 have died

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 9 additional deaths related to Covid-19. 3 of these deaths occurred in January, 2 in February, 3 in March and 1 in April. As of midnight last night (Mon) 443 new cases of the virus were…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    EMA Head says its "increasingly difficult" to rule out AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and clots

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's defended the safety of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine - as UK regulators apparently consider restricting it in young people. That's because of continuing fears over blood clots. The head of vaccine strategy at the…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    ISME concerned over teacher unions threat of industrial action over vaccination prioritisation

    ISME says its with great concern it notes the coordinated threats from a number of unions to “explore any and all options, up to and including industrial action” as a result of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) policy advice to prioritise…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Close to 700 people availed of walk-in pop-up Covid test centre in Ballinasloe

    Close to 700 people have been tested in Ballinasloe in the pop-up Covid-19 test centre, that opened last Friday and runs until this afternoon. It was set up because there was concern about incident rates of the virus in the community. Ballinasloe-based…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Call for crews to be allowed work overtime to repair and maintain roads

    Mayo County Council crews should be allowed work overtime to repair and maintain roads across the region. That’s according to Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle, who called for the ban on overtime to be lifted to avoid the county falling behind on road repairs.…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Galway company introduces on-site PCR Covid testing for employees

    Galway based company Galmere food production has introduced on-site PCR Covid-19 tests for its workers. All staff at the Ballybrit facility are tested once a week, and all visitors entering the premises undergo the process too. Nasal swabs are taken by…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    GoCar to set up operations in Castlebar this month

    GoCar, a commercial car sharing company, intends to set up an operation in Castlebar later this month. It will have three locations in the town, with cars at the Castle Street and Market Square car parks and a shared van at the Mall. GoCar is expanding…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Deputy Ring accuses NPHET of "making up the rules as it goes along"

    NPHET are making up the rules as it goes along and it’s not acceptable, that’s the view of Mayo Fine Gael deputy Michael Ring. He is calling for NPHET meetings to be made open to the public, insisting that other voices in addition to NPHET need to be heard as…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Two separate drugs seizures in Westport over the weekend

    Gardaí seized approximately €6,900 worth of drugs, including suspected cannabis herb and cannabis jellies, during the search of a residence in Westport on Sunday. Three male juveniles have been referred to the Youth Diversion Programme in relation to this…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Teenager arrested following assault in North Mayo estate

    Ballina Gardaí attended the scene of an assault that occurred at Greenhills Estate, Ballina on Saturday night. A 19-year-old was taken to Mayo University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A 19-year-old man was arrested a short time later after a…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Gardaí are investigating an assault in Ballina

    Gardaí are investigating an alleged assault that occurred in Ballina on Friday evening. A man, aged in his 20s, attended Mayo University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Investigations are ongoing.
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Gardaí seize €16,000 worth of drugs in Achill

    Gardaí seized approximately €16,000 worth of cannabis herb during a search operation in Achill on Good Friday. As part of an investigation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Mayo Division, Gardaí executed a search under warrant at a residence in Achill.…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Contact centre to create 40 new jobs in Sligo

    AT Management has announced plans to create 40 jobs in Sligo, with the establishment of a Sales & Marketing Contact Centre. The dynamic and fast-growing business employs 400 people across the UK. The private company has focused on revenue generation as a…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Vaccine rollout changes to dominate teachers' union conferences

    Delegates at the three teachers' union conferences are set to vote on whether to ballot their members for industrial action. It’s after the government changed the vaccine plan last week -- removing them as a priority category. Following advice from the…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Arrivals from 58 countries are now subject to mandatory quarantine

    Arrivals from 58 countries will be subject to mandatory hotel quarantine from this morning. Last week 26 high-risk states were added to the list, including Israel and the Wallis and Futuna Islands. The issue of mandatory hotel quarantine has been the source…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Outdoor transmission of Covid-19 accounts for 0.1% of cases

    Outdoor transmission of Covid-19 accounts for 0.1 percent of the country's Covid-19 cases. Figures in the Irish Times show 262 of the total number of infections in the state have been attributed to being spread outside. However, the Health Protection…
  • Apr 06, 2021

    Disqualified driver arrested on suspicion of drink driving in Sligo

    Gardai were overtaken by a vehicle travelling inbound on the N4 dual carriageway in Sligo yesterday. The vehicle was swerving from side to side and when stopped, the driver was found to be intoxicated. Following his arrest, it was established that he was…
  • Apr 05, 2021

    Drugs worth over €124,000 seized in Roscommon

    Gardaí have seized €124,000 worth of cannabis herb following the search of a residence in Boyle, Co. Roscommon today, shortly after 12pm. Gardaí attached to the Longford and Roscommon Divisional Drugs Unit obtained a search warrant for the premises following…
  • Apr 05, 2021

    No new deaths from Covid-19 and over 300 new cases

    There were no deaths related to COVID-19 notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. There are 320 new confirmed cases of the virus. New figures show that over 268,500 people have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. The Health Service…
  • Apr 04, 2021

    457 new cases of Covid-19 and three more deaths

    457 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed. along with 3 more deaths. There has now been 4,718 COVID-19 related deaths in the Republic of Ireland and 238,148 confirmed cases. As of April 1st 2021, 893,375 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in…
  • Apr 04, 2021

    Inspections to ensure correct waste disposal to proceed once restrictions ease

    Inspections to ensure householders and businesses are dealing with waste disposal in a correct manner will proceed when Covid-19 restrictions allow. Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan was told in response to a motion he tabled at a meeting of the local…
  • Apr 04, 2021

    Councillor says 'extensive delays' at MUH's ED are not acceptable

    The extensive delays being experienced by patients attending the Emergency Dept at Mayo University Hospital at present, is not acceptable, according to a Castlebar councillor. Fine Gael councillor Cyril Burke raised his concerns over the situation at the…
  • Apr 04, 2021

    Mayo University Hospital's ICU remains free of Covid-19

    An intensive care consultant says the number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 won't drop significantly until more people are vaccinated. There are 242 people in hospital with the virus, with 8 admissions in the last 24 hours. There are 8 at University…
  • Apr 04, 2021

    Galway Deputy says vaccine double booking is causing no shows

    A Galway TD is calling for the streamlining of HSE and hospital data bases to prevent vaccination no-shows. Sean Canney says separate data base systems run by the HSE and acute hospitals, and the non streamlining of that data, are leading to patients being…
  • Apr 04, 2021

    President Higgins to lead Easter Rising commemoration today

    The annual commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising will take place in Dublin today, led by President Michael D Higgins. There will be two non-public events - one at Áras an Uachtaráin and one at the GPO in O'Connell Street. For a second year, the event has…
  • Apr 04, 2021

    HSE Chief says the levels of vaccination is starting to take pressure off hospitals

    Up to 950-thousand Covid vaccine doses will be given when clinics finish work today. People with underlying medical conditions are receiving their jab at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin today. While GP-led hubs are continuing to operate at the Helix, Munster…
  • Apr 04, 2021

    Public opinion turns on Government regarding Covid and vaccine roll-out

    Approval for how the Government is handling the Covid pandemic has dropped below 50 per cent. That's according to a Kantar poll in the Sunday Independent, which says 43 per cent of people are happy with how the government are dealing with the fight against…
  • Apr 03, 2021

    511 new cases of Covid-19 and two more deaths

    511 new covid 19 cases have been confirmed and 2 more patients with the virus have died. It brings the death toll from the pandemic so far to 4,715. There are now a total of 237 thousand 695 positive tests in the Republic. As of March 31st, 865 thousand 460…
  • Apr 03, 2021

    N4 reopens to traffic following a two vehicle crash in Sligo

    The outbound lane of the N4 from Sligo to Collooney has reopened to traffic following a two car road traffic collision. The crash happened just north of Collooney at approximately 9:30am this morning. Two people were taken to hospital as a precautionary…
  • Apr 03, 2021

    Fog warning issued for Connacht

    A Status Yellow fog warning has been issued for Connacht tomorrow. The warning covers all five Connacht counties as well as Cavan, Monaghan and Longford. The warning comes into effect at 4am on Sunday morning and will last until 10am. Met Eireann says there…
  • Apr 03, 2021

    N4 is closed southbound following a crash near Collooney

    The outbound lane of the N4 from Sligo to Collooney remains closed following a two car road traffic collision. The crash happened north of Collooney shortly after 9 o’clock this morning. Emergency services and Gardaí attended the scene. There are no reports…
  • Apr 03, 2021

    Seven people have died of blood clots after taking AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK

    Seven people have died from blood clots after taking the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in the UK. The medicines regulator there has confirmed there have been 30 cases within the 18-point-1 million who've had a dose. It's insisting there's no evidence to…
  • Apr 03, 2021

    Thousands face prosecution for not paying Covid-19 fines

    Almost 5,000 people are facing prosecution for not paying Covid-19 fines. According to the Irish Times, Gardai have issued over 18,000 fines but more than a quarter of them remain unpaid after 28 days. The majority of fines were issued for non-essential…
  • Apr 03, 2021

    Covid-19 variants with no link to international travel detected

    A senior member of NPHET says Covid-19 variants with no link to international travel have been detected in the State. It comes as the UK variant of the virus is being blamed for the number of cases plateauing here. 591 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed…
  • Apr 03, 2021

    Status Orange forest-fire warning in effect

    A 'Status Orange' forest-fire warning has been issued for the Easter weekend. The Department of Agriculture says warm and dry weather over the next few days means dead grass, gorse and heather are much more flammable. Coillte is appealing to the public not to…
  • Apr 02, 2021

    Ballyglass RNLI rescue boatman in Broadhaven Bay

    Ballyglass RNLI inshore lifeboat launched to assist a fishing vessel in Broadhaven Bay in the station’s 1st call-out of 2021. The Irish Coast Guard requested Ballyglass volunteer lifeboat crew to launch to assist a 35ft fishing vessel at 12.30pm today in…
  • Apr 02, 2021

    Eight further deaths from Covid-19 and almost 600 new cases

    A further 591 coronavirus have been reported this afternoon, alongside eight more virus-related deaths. Across Connacht there 21 new cases in Galway, less than five in both Mayo and Sligo and there no new cases in Roscommon or Leitrim. This morning there were…
  • Apr 02, 2021

    3% fall in number of Covid-19 patients in Irish hospitals today

    264 people with Covid-19 are being treated in Irish hospitals this morning. It's a three percent fall from yesterday's total, while there's also a decrease of 16 percent since last Friday. In the past 24 hours there were 18 admissions to hospitals, and 22…
  • Apr 02, 2021

    20 new jobs announced for Galway

    Galway is to receive a multimillion-euro investment from medical devices firm Veryan. The development will create 20 new roles in the city where it has been operating since 2006. The money will be used to further expand and diversify Veryan's product…
  • Apr 02, 2021

    New walk-in test centre opens in Ballinasloe

    A new walk-in pop-up testing site has opened today in Ballinasloe for people who have no symptoms of Covid-19 but who still wish to be tested for the virus. This brings to seven the number of temporary testing hubs seeking to find asymptomatic infections…
  • Apr 02, 2021

    People urged to be safe near water this Bank Holiday weekend

    The Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland are issuing appeals for people to be safe if near water this Bank Holiday weekend. People are being asked to stay away from the edges of waterways within their 5k boundaries over Easter. Water temperatures are…
  • Apr 01, 2021

    More than 700 cases of new Covid cases today nationally

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to Covid-19. Of the deaths reported today 11 occurred in March and 7 occurred in February. As of midnight, last night the HPSC was notified of 761 new confirmed…
  • Apr 01, 2021

    New pedestrian crossing to be installed on the Old Turlough Road, Castlebar

    There’s welcome news for residents along the busy Turlough road in Castlebar with confirmation that a new pedestrian crossing is to be installed, across from a new filling station and grocery store. Castlebar councillor Ger Deere had raised concerns, earlier…
  • Apr 01, 2021

    Brother of woman killed in road collision urges Mayo drivers to reduce their speed over the Easter weekend

    A road safety advocate who lost his sister in a crash five years ago is urging the public to reduce their speed this Easter weekend. Neil Fox whose sister Donna was killed after being struck by a truck in Dublin in 2016 says not only does it end one life but…
  • Apr 01, 2021

    Councillor concerned over long delays for patients at ED in MUH

    The extensive delays being experienced by patients attending the Emergency Dept at Mayo University Hospital at present, is not acceptable, according to a Castlebar councillor. Fine Gael councillor Cyril Burke raised his concerns over the situation at…
  • Apr 01, 2021

    The death has occurred of former hero who saved occupants of crashed aircraft in Castlebar in the 1960s

    The death has occurred of a Castlebar man that was hailed as a hero when he rescued three occupants of a crashed light aircraft at Castlebar Railway station, back in the 1960s. John Burke (better known as Johnny) of Ballymacragh, Westport Road, Castlebar…
  • Apr 01, 2021

    Average house prices in Mayo up 0.6% in past 3 months

    The price of an average second-hand 3-bed semi-detached house in Co Mayo is risen by 0.6% in the last 3 months, according to a new survey from Real Estate Alliance. It survey shows Mayo house prices have risen by 8% over the past year, and currently average…