GMIT has appointed Dr Eoin Cullina to the new post of Head of Research at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), having previously worked in the college’s Department of Enterprise and Technology, School of Business, as a lecturer and researcher.

Dr Cullina worked as a lawyer and mediator prior to entering academia. He completed a M.Sc. in Information Systems Management at NUI Galway in 2013. He completed his PhD under scholarship from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) with Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software.

He has won awards for his research and teaching and has presented his research at leading conferences and workshops around the world. 

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  • Nov 20, 2021

    Federation of Early Child Providers say the sector is "on its knees" keeping Covid out

    The Federation of Early Childcare Providers says they're trying to keep Covid out - and keep everybody safe - on a shoestring. They've written to every TD in the country this weekend to highlight their concerns about the sector, and a lack of resources and…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Call to speed up the rollout of the Covid booster vaccine

    The Government's been told to 'speed up' the roll out of booster shots for Covid 19 by an infectious diseases expert. Jack Lambert says Ireland needs to be more proactive and make the booster dose more accessible. 3,138 new Covid cases were confirmed…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    GMIT virtual open day today for prospective students

    GMIT is hosting a virtual open day for prospective students and their families on the CrowdComms platform today (Sat) from 10am for 4pm. The event on https://openday.gmit.ie/ will focus on the range of CAO programmes offered in all five GMIT campuses, as well…
  • Nov 20, 2021

    Search continuing for missing Longford teenager that often visits Ballinasloe

    Gardai in Longford are continuing to seek the public's help in finding a 16 year old girl who has gone missing. Louise Little, from Edgeworthstown, was last seen on Tuesday and often visits Ballinasloe in county Galway She's 5ft 4in tall, with a slim build.…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Over 3,100 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health is reporting 3,138 new cases of Covid-19. 643 people are in hospital with the virus, with 118 in ICU. The country's 14-day incidence rate now stands at 1,217 cases per 100,000 people - with Leitrim, Westmeath and Carlow having the…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Covid cases putting severe pressure on hospitals

    Larger hospitals are being told to prioritise urgent and Covid care over the next two weeks. The head of the HSE says rising covid cases are putting hospitals under severe pressure. 643 Covid patients are in hospital today - the highest number since February…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Planning granted for major expansion of Ballina Lab plant

    Planning permission has been granted for an expansion of Ballina based Charles River Laboratories plant, to facilitate the intensification of its operations and the creation of an additional 90 jobs over the next three years. On July 23 last, the company…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    MUH introduce new text message reminder for hospital appointments

    Mayo University Hospital has introduced a text message reminder service for patients who have appointments in the Outpatient and Ambulatory Gynaecology Departments in the hospital. MUH The hospital runs approximately 60,000 outpatient appointments per year…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    The scarcity of substitute teachers in our schools requires immediate and radical action, according to Sligo/ Leitrim deputy

    The scarcity of substitute teachers in our schools at present requires immediate and radical action, according to Sligo/ Leitrim deputy Marian Harkin She says due to the present surge in Covid cases, we need to think outside the box and take some radical…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Fund raising National Pyjama Day today

    Pre-school children across the region are taking part in National Pyjama Day today. The annual event, organised by Early Childhood Ireland, will see families sponsoring both preschool children and school age children to wear their pyjamas to their early years…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Head of the HSE says hospitals are under severe pressure

    The head of the HSE says hospitals are under "severe pressure" with around 20 percent of Covid patients in ICU. The executive is using private hospitals to increase capacity by around 2,800 to 3,000 beds per week. It comes as just 17 adult ICU beds are…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Brother of missing Galway man appeals for help

    The bother of a missing Galway man has appealed for help in tracing his whereabouts. Dunmore native Stephen Cunningham has been missing since November 5th. Stephen is described as being approximately 6' 2" in height with a thin build, blue eyes, sandy/blond…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Community Swabbers needed for Covid testing teams in this region

    As Ireland continues to be impacted by COVID-19, HSE Community Healthcare West are recruiting Community Swabbers for COVID-19 testing teams. This role of Community Swabber is a unique job in the health services and is very much a vital role in the responsive…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    100,000 fewer BreastCheck screenings last year compared to 2019

    Data released by the HSE to the Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín shows that over 100,000 fewer women were screened for breast cancer in 2020 than were screened in 2019. Deputy Tóibín has called for urgent investments to make up for the pandemic shortfalls. The HSE…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Belmullet continues to have the lowest incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country

    Belmullet continues to have the lowest incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country. The Belmullet area has a 14-day incidence of 318 per 100,000, which is up from 198 last week. 40 cases of coronavirus were recorded between November 2nd and 15th. Westport is…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Working from home resumes today to help curb Covid spread

    People are being asked to revert to working from home from today, unless it's necessary. It's a complete reversal of the rules that were relaxed in September. But the Government's being warned it may not have the desired effect on Covid-19 case numbers. Neil…
  • Nov 19, 2021

    Gardai renew appeal for help in tracing missing Galway man

    Gardaí are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 32 year old Stephen Cunningham who is missing from Ballybrit, Galway. Stephen is described as being approximately 6' 2" in height with a thin build, blue eyes, sandy/blond hair and may…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    118 Covid patients are in ICUs this evening.

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 4,650 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 643 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 118 are in ICU. Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Challenge to licence for Dublin pub run by Mayo native

    Pantibar, one of the country's best known gay venues, is facing a challenge to its pub licence from local residents. The bar, run by Ballinrobe native, Rory O'Neill, AKA Panti Bliss, on Dublin's Capel Street has become iconic among the LGBTQ+ community.…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Higher hospitalisations with Covid than in any previous wave of the virus

    19 per cent of Covid hospitalisations are requiring ICU treatment - compared with around 10 per cent in January. The HSE says the virus is currently having a higher impact on the health system than at any other time during the pandemic. 38 per cent of…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Antigen testing in primary schools on or before the end of the month

    Antigen testing for asymptomatic close contacts will begin in primary schools on or before November 29th. The Education and Health Ministers announced the move today. Tests will be made available to children in a primary school pod, where a child in the pod…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Mature Road Users Information Day next week postponed due to Covid restrictions

    Following recent changes in public health advice, the Mature Road Users Information Day, which was to take place in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar on Tuesday next, November 23rd 2021 is being postponed to Spring 2022. It is intended to re-schedule this…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Ballina late bar owner says earlier closing time was needed in order to curb the rise of the virus

    A nightclub owner in Ballina believes the Government had no choice but to bring in the new measures. A midnight curfew for restaurants, bars and nightclubs comes into force later today. The measure has been brought in to try curb the recent spike in Covid-19…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Westport based software company expanding its workforce

    Payslip, a tech company that harmonizes global payroll operations for multinational companies, with its headquarters in Westport, is looking to increase its workforce by 75 over the next year. Payslip has seen a surge in demand for hybrid workforces as a…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    HSE West advise - Covid 19 tests by appointment only

    HSE Community Healthcare West is advising members of the public requiring a COVID-19 test that all requests for COVID-19 tests are by appointment only via the self-referral online portal https://covid19test.healthservice.ie/hse-self-referral/, and GP…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Tuam woman named Galway Carer of The Year

    Martina Hynes from Tuam has been namerd as the 2021 Netwatch Galway Family Carer of the Year Martina cares for her son Joseph (9) who has a rare genetic disorder and epilepsy. Martina was nominated by her friend Noreen who said that she goes above and beyond…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Castlebar Chamber launch new website

    Castlebar Chamber of Commerce has launched a new website, castlebarchamber.com. It can be accessed at https://www.castlebarchamber.com/. Bernard Hughes, Chamber President, said the new site is a positive spin-off from Castlebar winning the Rising Star…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Claremorris woman named Mayo and Connacht Carer of the Year

    Family Carers Ireland, the national charity supporting Ireland’s family carers has announced this year’s Netwatch Mayo and Connacht Family Carer of the Year. She is Una Biggins from Deerpark, Clogher, Claremorris. Una has cared for her husband Gerry, who has…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    WATCH: Rapid Antigen Test Live On Air - The Tommy Marren Show

    James Geraghty from Molloy's Lifestyle Pharmacy conducted a rapid antigen test live on The Tommy Marren Show this morning. How to do an antigen test: To do the antigen test you use a swab to take a sample from your nose. The test will show the result in 15…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Man arrested in connection with firework incident in Eyre Square is released without charge

    The man in his 20s arrested yesterday, in relation to an incident in Eyre Square, Galway on the 22nd October 2021 has been released without charge. A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Jobs boost for Galway

    100 new jobs have been announced by a US hiring software company. Greenhouse, which has employees in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Wexford, says the positions will be a mix of hybrid and remote roles. The firm set up its European base in the capital last…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Head of NPHET modelling group says there is still time to hospitals being overwhelmed

    The head of NPHET's modelling group says there's "every hope" that over 400 Covid patients won't end up in ICU next month. Professor Philip Nolan has urged people to reduce their social contacts by a third to bring the virus back under control. New…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Quarter of a million euro in funding for Park in Castlerea

    Somers Park in Castlerea has received 250,000 euro in Outdoor Performance and Public Space funding from the Government. This investment has been welcomed by Fianna Fail councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice, who says the project will go to Part 8 planning within the…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Search entering its eight day for missing Galway man

    The search for a missing Galway man has entered it’s eight day today. 32-year-old Stephen Cunningham from Ballybrit has been missing since November 2nd. Stephen is described as being over 6 feet in height with a thin build and sandy blond hair. Cleggan Coast…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Mayo among the lowest rates of Covid-19 in the country

    County Mayo has among the lowest rates of Covid-19 in the country. In the two-week period leading up to November 16th there were 1,340 confirmed cases of the virus in the county, giving a 14-day incidence reading of 1,027 which is the sixth lowest in the…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Mayo man dies in road traffic collision in Mexico

    A Mayo man has died in a road traffic collision in Mexico. 55-year-old Ambrose Blaine originally from Killala but living in Malahide died in a collision on Monday last November 15th. Mr Blaine, a married father of three is a pilot and worked in a consultancy…
  • Nov 18, 2021

    Midnight curfew for restaurants, bars & nightclubs comes into force later today

    A midnight curfew for restaurants, bars and nightclubs comes into force later today. The measure has been brought in to try curb the recent spike in Covid-19 cases. However, several nightclubs across the country say they'll continue to open, but will just…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Mayo Deputy critical of Government's mixed messaging around mitigating measures

    A Mayo Deputy has criticised the Government over mixed messaging with regards to Covid restrictions. Erris based Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway-Walsh says there has been no mitigating factors put in place citing the need for ventilation in schools. She also has…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Covid-19 cases remain very high

    43 Covid-related deaths have been reported over the past week. 3,633 new cases have also been confirmed in the most recent 24-hour period. 634 Covid patients are in hospital, up 20 from yesterday. 119 people are in intensive care with the virus, up five.
  • Nov 17, 2021

    30 million euro settlement for birth injury case at Portiuncula Hospital

    The highest award for a birth injury case was approved by the High Court today. After accepting liability for negligence during the delivery of a boy from Birr, Co Offaly, the HSE settled its case with his mother for 30 million euro. Oran Molloy suffered…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Man arrested in connection with firework incident in Eyre Square

    Gardaí have today arrested a man in his 20s as part of the investigation into an incident in Eyre Square, Galway on the 22nd October, when a female was struck with a firework. He is currently being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Webinar this evening to outline educational opportunities in Mayo

    Anyone over the age of 16 thinking of continuing or returning to education or training in Co. Mayo will get invaluable insights at a special webinar this evening. ‘Welcome to FET! – Further Education and Training Opportunities in Mayo’ is the title of the…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Mayo Vintners Chair fears another lockdown of the sector this Christmas

    Mayo Vintners Chairman believes the government’s mitigation measures announced yesterday, are heading for another lockdown of the sector this Christmas. Achill based Alan Gielty says yesterday’s announcement that the hospitality centre must close from…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Two Green Flag awards and the launch of local beer - all happening today at Enniscoe House

    The North Mayo Heritage Centre at Enniscoe is celebrating two awards today, A Green Flag and a Heritage Flag. It is also launching its new craft beer, brewed by hops grown in its organic garden. Hugh Trayer, Manager of the North Mayo Heritage Centre has been…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    2021 Green Flag success for a number of groups in this region

    Mayo, Galway and Roscommon feature among the 103 areas that have secured the international accolade of 2021 Green Flag Awards The initiative, which's operated by An Taisce, honours high-quality parks and green spaces that are managed in a sustainable way.…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Pope Francis to appoint one Bishop to two western dioceses

    Pope Francis is to appoint a single Bishop to the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora and the Diocese of Clonfert. The union of two dioceses under one Bishop is not, however, according to the Bishops, an amalgamation and does not suppress either of…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    IFA revise its plan for next Sunday's Farm Family Rally

    IFA President Tim Cullinan says the IFA is revising its plans for the Farm Family Rally planned for this Sunday, due to the increasing concerns around COVID. It’s now organising a modified event involving tractors and machinery. Mr Cullinan said it was a big…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Cheaper antigen tests will be available "shortly"

    The Health Minister says cheaper antigen tests will be made available "very shortly" - but hasn't been able to give an exact date. New restrictions to reduce the rates of Covid will see a curfew for the hospitality sector take effect tomorrow. While everyone…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Redress Scheme for Mother and Baby homes based on a flawed report according to Tuam survivors group

    Survivors of Mother and Baby Homes have described as 'totally inadequate' the redress scheme announced by government. The 800 million euro scheme, announced yesterday, will benefit around 34,000 former residents. Minister for Children, Roderic O'Gorman, says…
  • Nov 17, 2021

    Deputy claims garda manpower in the Roscommon Division has hit an all time low

    Local TD Denis Naughten has asked the Minister for Justice to intervene as Garda manpower has hit an all-time low in the Roscommon Garda District leaving just one Garda policing an area from Ballyleague to Ballinasloe on occasion. Speaking in the Dail, the…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Covid numbers remain high this evening

    The Department of Health has this evening reported 4,407 new cases of Covid-19. 614 people are in hospital with the virus, of whom 114 are being treated in ICU. Almost 55-thousand infections have been confirmed in the past two weeks, an amount which hasn't…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Investigations are continuing

    Gardaí are investigating a road traffic collision that occurred on the N5 in county Roscommon this morning. The incident in which a minor was struck by a vehicle occurred close to Frenchpark at 9.10am. Non life-threatening injuries were sustained and an…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Family of missing Galway man appeal for public assistance in locating him

    The family of a missing Galway man is again appealing for public assistance in the search for him. 32 year old Stephen Cunningham has been missing from Ballybrit, Galway for two weeks now, since Tuesday, November 2nd. He is described as being approximately 6'…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Everyone eligible to receive a booster will be given a dose of a mRNA jab.

    Over 50s, and those with underlying conditions aged between 16 and 59, will be added to the list of those eligible for a Covid-19 booster vaccine. It follows advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee to Government - which has been approved by…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Taoiseach will address the nation on Covid measures this evening

    Pubs, restaurants and nightclubs will have earlier closing hours from Thursday after Cabinet approved more measures aimed at reducing the spread of Covid. Hospitality businesses will have to close at midnight in a row back from Government. While people will…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Close to 50 percent of those who died with Covid 19 over the past seven months were vaccinated

    Almost half of the people who died of Covid-19 in the space of seven months were fully vaccinated. 606 patients died of the virus in Ireland between April 1st and November 6th. 292 were fully vaccinated. 72 per cent had an underlying medical condition, and…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    800 million euro redress scheme approved for survivors of mother and baby homes

    The government has approved an 800 million euro redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes. 34 thousand former residents will be eligible and applications open late next year once the necessary legislation is passed. All mothers who spent time in…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Range of measures set to be introduced by Government to curb rising Covid-19 infection rates

    Nightclubs, pubs and restaurants will have new closing hours of 12 midnight from this Thursday under plans agreed by Cabinet. Ministers have also approved new advice for people to work from home where they can from Friday. In the face of very stark warnings…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Roscommon has the lowest incidence rate of Covid-19 nationally

    The country's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has increased by 165 per cent over the past month. 21 counties have rates of over 1,000 per 100,000 people. However, Roscommon has the lowest rate of infection in the country. A month ago, the country's 14-day…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Mayo TD calls for review of ambulance's Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch System

    Mayo Deputy Alan Dillon is calling for an urgent review of the Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch System to determine its effectiveness within National Ambulance Service. The Fine Gael TD was supplied with new information showing that average waiting times…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Councillor accuses Irish Water of "hood winking" the public regarding new commercial water charges

    File: hjoh dur: 4 secs A Ballina councillor has accused Irish Water of “hoodwinking” the farming and business community, with its newly imposed charges on water meters. Councillor John O’Hara says that the utility company some years ago, asked farmers to…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Fund raiser in Claremorris for "Protect the Children of Kenya"

    “The Kenyan Art Project” an exhibition of art works by two local artists, Anna O Dixon and Norah Brennan, will be held in the Townhall Theatre Gallery, Claremorris over the weekend 3rd to the 5th of December. Its a fund raising event and all proceeds will be…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Three men arrested in Galway following armed robbery in Offaly

    Gardaí have arrested three men in Galway following an armed robbery in Ferbane, Co. Offaly yesterday morning. Three men entered a convenience store in Ferbane at approximately 6:40 armed with a number of weapons and forced the two female staff members to hand…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Mayo Councillor says income bands for social housing may change after review

    There may be some welcome news before the end of the year, for people across the region looking for a home, and who do not qualify for social / council housing. That’s according to Independent Westport councillor Christy Hyland. He says that he has been…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Cabinet to consider new Covid measures this morning

    The Cabinet will consider covid measures including working from home, when it meets this morining. Last night the cabinet sub-committee heard up to 500 people with Covid could require ICU admission by next month, under a worst-case scenario - in new NPHET…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Cabinet due to sign off on compensation scheme for Mother and Baby Home survivors

    The Cabinet is due to sign off on a long awaited compensation scheme for the survivors of Mother and Baby Homes when it meets this morning. It's understood the scheme is worth 800 million euro and will also include an action plan on access to birth records.…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Over €49,000 allocated to three LGBTI+ projects in Mayo

    Over €49,000 has been announced for three Mayo projects under the LGBTI+ Community Services Fund. That’s according to Fine Gael TD Michael Ring, who says the call came from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. The projects…
  • Nov 16, 2021

    Family to hold protest outside Mayo County Council later

    Families living on an unauthorised site at Ernst Chain Road in Castlebar want to raise awareness over the lack of progress by Mayo County Council in addressing the inadequate living conditions on their site and are holding a protest outside the headquarters…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    More than 4,500 new cases of Covid 19 today

    There have been 4,570 new cases of Covid-19 reported by the Department of Health in the Republic today. The number of people with Covid-19 who are being treated in hospitals has increased by forty from yesterday to 622. 117 of these patients are being treated…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Man dies in house fire outside Ballina at the Weekend

    An elderly man died in a house fire in the Cloghans area of Ballina at the weekend. The victim has been named locally as Tom McGowan. He was the single occupant of the residence that caught fire on Friday evening, last. The alarm was raised by neighbours who…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Lunchtime Protest today by INMO nurses outside MUH

    Up to 100 nurses, INMO members, at Mayo University Hospital took part in a lunchtime protest today outside the hospital to highlight what they term “excessive workloads and staffing pressure”. Nursing staff claim that they are unable to take adequate breaks…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Construction to start on Cong enhancement scheme in January

    Construction will start on a 130,000 euro Village enhancement Scheme in Cong in the New Year. That’s according to Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan, who says the rising of the waters project will be a footprint for the area. The project was sent to An Bord…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Galway University Hospital has the fourth highest trolley numbers today

    401 admitted patients are waiting for beds today at hospitals across the country That’s according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch figures, which show there are 302 patients waiting in the emergency department, while 99 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    HSE boss says there's high levels of 'stress' across health system due to Covid-19

    The head of the HSE says there's a high level of 'stress and duress' across the health system because of Covid 19. 617 patients are in hospital with the virus and 106 are in ICU. There are 27 patients with the virus at Galway University Hospital at present,…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Saolta Group's Chief Director of Nursing reacts to protest at MUH

    The Saolta Hospital Group says they understand and regret the ongoing pressures facing nursing staff across their sites, including at Mayo University Hospital. In a statement to Midwest News they say the improvement of nursing staff levels, are a priority for…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    91,500 euro raised by Summer charity cycle for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice

    A cheque for €91,500 raised by a group of Dublin-based Mayo diaspora and friends has been handed over to the Mayo-Roscommon Hospice.The group undertook a marathon fundraising cycle challenge from Dublin to Castlebar in aid of the charity last July. The West…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    "Clann Mhuirs" available from next weekend

    The fifth edition of the historical journal Claremorris Historical Society, Clann Mhuiris, will be available from the usual outlets in Claremorris from this weekend. The publication of Clann Mhuiris has become something of an annual event, keenly awaited by…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Farmers offered extension on Glas contracts

    The Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue today gave further details about how farmers can continue their participation in GLAS for 2022. Farmers with GLAS 1, 2 or 3 contracts which will expire on 31st December 2021 are being offered an extension of…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Saolta Group issue statement on INMO protest at Mayo University Hospital

    Statement on INMO action at MUH Mayo University Hospital (MUH) and the wider Saolta University Health Care Group regret the ongoing pressures facing nursing staff across our sites. Nursing staffing levels at MUH and at all our hospitals, and the improvement…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Over €290,000 for Mayo community groups impacted by the pandemic

    Over €290,000 in funding has been set aside for Mayo community groups impacted by COVID-19. That’s was confirmed by Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers, who says the funding is part of the Community Activities Funds national allocation of €9 million. This money…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Cabinet sub-committee meets later to consider further actions to stem the Covid-19 tide

    The Cabinet Sub Committee on Covid-19 will meet this evening to consider further actions aimed at addressing rising infection rates. The wider use of covid certs, antigen tests and a recommendation for people work from home where possible are among the…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    Visitors to nursing homes will require Covid vaccination cert from today

    Visitors to nursing homes will be required to show a Covid vaccination certificate from today, before entering the premises. Other proof of immunity would also be acceptable. The new requirement does not include Essential Service Providers such as healthcare,…
  • Nov 15, 2021

    INMO members to protest outside Mayo University Hospital later

    INMO members at Mayo University Hospital will protest outside the hospital this afternoon, to highlight excessive workloads and staffing pressure. The union says staff in the hospital are unable to take adequate breaks or use their annual leave due to their…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Call for contractors to engage with communities to avoid lengthy road closures

    Contractors should engage more with local communities across Mayo to avoid lengthy road closures. That's according to Fine Gael councillor Ger Deere, who has made the call following representations from the residents of Correens to Mayo County Council on the…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Man who died in a tragic accident in Mayo has been named

    A man who died in a tragic accident in the Cregganbawn area has been named as Jimmy Kilcoyne of Shrawee, Louisburgh. Jimmy, who was in his 40s, was a reported missing from the area late on Friday night and a search operation got underway yesterday morning.…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Work commences on Smarter Travel plan in South Mayo village

    Work commenced this week on the Smarter Travel footpaths and cycle-way in the village of Glencorrib. 100,000 euro was sanctioned for the project several months ago and it will be completed as planned by the local community group and Mayo County Council.…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Over 3,800 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has confirmed 3,805 new cases of Covid-19 today. As of 8am today, 582 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised. 106 of these are in intensive care.
  • Nov 14, 2021

    New millionaire in Sligo

    A Lotto player in Sligo will be celebrating today after becoming Ireland’s newest Lotto millionaire after scooping the top prize of €1 million in last night’s Lotto Plus 1 draw. The National Lottery has said it hopes to reveal the name of the winning store…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Jump in support for Sinn Fein

    Support for Sinn Fein has jumped six points to 37 percent approval in the latest opinion poll in the Sunday Times today. The party's leader Mary Lou McDonald is at 50 percent- nine points clear of the Taoiseach Micheal Martin. According to the survey, Fine…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Gardai renew appeal for help in identifying human remains found in Leitrim 35 years ago

    Gardai in Leitrim have renewed their appeal for information about un-identified remains found off the coast of the county in 1986. The body was discovered on the 1st of May, at Knockbrack in Tullaghan. A post mortem was completed but the remains were never…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    Mass in Knock Shrine today for those who have been bereaved during the pandemic

    Mass is being celebrated at Knock Shrine in county Mayo today, for those who have been bereaved during the Covid-19 pandemic. Prayers will also be offered for those who have died during this time. The Bishops of Ireland will concelebrate the Mass in the…
  • Nov 14, 2021

    NUIG named University of the Year

    There is good news for Galway this morning, as NUIG has been named University of the Year, and GMIT has been named Institute of Technology of the year. The new edition of The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 also reveals that Trinity College dublin…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Body discovered in search for missing man in Mayo

    The search for a man missing in the Westport area was stood down this morning after the discovery of a body. A man, in his 40s, was reported missing late last night and a search operation got underway this morning. The Ballyglass Coast Guard Unit’s Drone Team…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Ballina's Mary Robinson says world must focus on limiting global temperature rises

    Calls for countries to speed up the phasing out of 'inefficient fossil fuel subsidies' has been kept in the latest draft of the Cop26 climate agreement. That wording was a sticking point for some nations trying to reach a deal yesterday. They missed the…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Over 4,600 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has reported a further 4,642 cases of Covid-19 today. Currently, 556 patients are being treated in hospital - up 7 on yesterday. 107 are in ICU - a rise of 11 on yesterday's figures. HSE CEO Paul Reid has called on the public to 'turn…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Local Aontú rep hits out at 'harrowing' number of youth deaths in State care from suicide or overdose

    Almost half the children who died while in state care over the last decade, passed away from drug overdoses or suicide. Forty two young people died between 2010 and 2019, twelve of them by suicide and another six by overdose. In total 206 children and young…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Tuam pharmacist says HSE has an opportunity and obligation with antigen testing

    Pharmacists say there's opportunity and obligation for the HSE when it comes to antigen tests. They're to be rolled out across primary schools, but NPHET has also advised twice weekly testing for people undertaking 'high risk' activities. Darragh O'Loughlin…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Approval on a payment scheme for Mother and Baby Home survivors to be sought next week

    Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman has written to mother and baby home survivors to say he'll seek approval on a payment scheme next week. The arrangement is being put in place to recognise the 'suffering' people endured in the homes. They will receive a…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Cases of respiratory virus increased by 22% last week

    Cases of a respiratory virus increased by 22 per cent last week. There were 483 RSV infections between November 1st and 7th - compared to 397 the week before. The HSE says the virus is at 'very high levels' - with four out of five cases last week among…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has increased by 163%

    The country's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has increased by 163 per cent in the past month. It now stands at 1,037 cases per 100,000 people - the first time it's been above 1,000 since late January. It was only 394 a month ago. Nearly 5,500 cases were…
  • Nov 13, 2021

    Major fundraiser underway to get life-saving surgeries for Mayo woman's daughter

    A major fundraising drive is underway for the daughter of an Erris woman who needs life-saving spinal surgeries and ongoing stem cell therapy. 36-year old Kirstin Maguire who has fibromyalgia, PoTS, Vitiligo, ME and other chronic conditions is based in the…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Over 5,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening

    5,483 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported this evening - the highest figure since January 10th. The Chief Medical Officer says it's also one of the highest ever daily case counts. Dr Tony Holohan says there's been a very significant increase in cases in…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    LISTEN:Tom McCann dementia nurse specialist with Western Alzheimer’s - The Tommy Marren Show

    Tom McCann is a dementia nurse specialist with Western Alzheimer’s and he’s been talking to Tommy Marren about the importance of people becoming more comfortable about talking about dementia. Every person has a role to play when it comes to dementia. The…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Gold for two Mayo towns today at the SuperValu National Tidy Towns Competition

    Ennis in County Clare has claimed the top prize at the SuperValu National Tidy Towns Awards this afternoon The awards were announced at a ceremony in the RDS in Dublin and was streamed live to allow groups around the country to listen to the results, unable…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Bypass proposed of Foxford is not what the community wants, according to councillor

    The community of Foxford is not looking for a bypass of the town at this time. That’s the view of local Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise. The councillor outlined why at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council. He stated quite clearly that he and…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    ESB crews working to repair power supply to people in Achill

    ESB crews are working to restore power supply to over 2,300 premises in the Achill area. The outage occurred at around 8:30am this morning following windy conditions overnight. Power is expected to be restored by 11am. The ESB have apologised for the loss of…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Digital Covid Cert required from Monday to visit anyone in a nursing home

    People visiting nursing homes will need to show a digital covid cert from Monday. New HSE guidance will require proof of vaccination or immunity at the entrance. Visitors may also be asked to show photo ID to make sure the cert is theirs. There will be some…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Roscommon Deputy says its 'very disappointing' only 1.5% of state-owned vehicles are electric

    Over 12,200 state-owned vehicles run on petrol or diesel - and only 186 are electric. Junior Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughton says just 1.5 per cent are electric. It's only up slightly on last year, when the figure was 1.15 per cent. Former climate…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Three areas of Mayo have an above average incidence rate of Covid-19

    Three local electoral areas in Mayo have a 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in excess of the national average. Westport has the highest rate of infection in the county at 1,393 per 100,000 people, accounting for 256 cases; well above the national average of…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    IFA says further cases of highly contagious Avian flu are a 'grave concern'

    The Irish Farmers Association says further cases of highly contagious Avian flu are a 'grave concern'. It was detected in birds in Kerry, Donegal and Offaly yesterday - and in a peregrine falcon in Galway last week. The IFA says the outbreak could have an…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Government will make a decision on remote working next week

    The government will make a decision next Tuesday about whether to ask people to work from home where possible. It's after NPHET issued that advice yesterday - and appealed to employers to be supportive. It comes amid concern at rising Covid case numbers, with…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Motorists urged to take care on roads across the region

    Gardaí are urging motorists to take care on roads across the region this morning. The warning has been issued as a wind warning ended in Mayo and Galway at 8am. Met Eireann says that gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour battered the west last night.…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Pop up Covid Test Centre in Tuam next week

    Due to the high numbers presenting for Covid 19 tests in the Galway test centre at the airport at present, the HSE is to operate a Pop-up Covid testing Centre at the Tuam GAA Stadium on Monday and Tuesday next, (15, 16th Nov). The Pop-up Tuam centre will…
  • Nov 12, 2021

    Gardaí seek assistance in tracing Longford teen who may be in the Ballinasloe area

    Gardaí are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 16 year old Louise Little who has been missing from Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford since Friday last. Louise is described as being approximately 5' 4" in height with a slim build, long…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Gardai seek assistance in tracing whereabouts of missing Galway man

    Gardaí are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 32 year old Stephen Cunningham who has been missing from Ballybrit, Galway since Tuesday 2nd November, 2021.Stephen is described as being approximately 6' 2" in height with a thin build,…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Well over 3,000 new cases of Covid 19 confirmed this evening

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has this evening been notified of 3,680 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationally.As of 8am today, 543 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 97 are in ICU. Meanwhile NPHET is meeting to look at the rising…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Green Light for new Emigrant Park in Kiltimagh

    The Kiltimagh Amenity Park Committee is delighted that the Part 8 planning for the development of its Emigrant Park in the town centre has been approved. Elected councillors gave the green light for the community development at yesterday’s monthly meeting of…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Status Yellow Wind Warning for counties Mayo and Galway from 4pm this afternoon

    A status yellow wind warning for counties Galway and Mayo comes into place shortly. Met Eireann says the warning begins at 4pm this afternoon, with gusts of up to 110km/hr expected. The status yellow alert will remain in place until 8am tomorrow (Fri)…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Roscommon broadcaster and journalist launches his new book this evening

    Long time broadcaster and journalist, Roscommon’s Seamus Duke is launching his new autobiography this evening at the Abbey hotel in Roscommon. “Dukie… The Game of Life” is the name of the new book and it details his 32 years working in the local media and…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Safety concern is the main reason why just one percent of students in Westport cycle to school

    Only 1 percent of almost 800 students surveyed recently in Westport cycle to school. The survey was carried out by Westport Active Travel to School Group, which includes Green Schools from Brackloon National School, Rice College and Sacred Heart School in…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Local man makes case for the now named The Wild Neiphin National Park

    The controversy over the renaming of Mayo’s National Park from Ballycroy National Park to The Wild Nephin National Park continues. At this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, councillors unanimously agreed to insist that Ballycroy is again added…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Fund of over €290,000 to assist community groups in Mayo impacted by Covid-19

    A Mayo deputy has today urged community groups in Mayo impacted by COVID-19 to apply to Mayo County Council for The Community Activities Fund. Mayo County Council will have a fund of €290,406 to support community groups with their running costs, such as…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Drop in number of Covid-19 patients at Mayo University Hospital

    There are 21 Covid patients at Mayo University Hospital today. That's a drop of six in the space of 24 hours, according to the HSE. Three new cases were admitted to the Castlebar facility yesterday while the centre's ICU remains Covid-free. Elsewhere, there…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Woman missing in Sligo found safe and well

    The woman who is missing in South Sligo has been found safe and well. The 58-year-old was missing since yesterday evening but Gardaí in Tubbercurry have confirmed to Midwest News this morning that she has been found and have thanked the public for their…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    New Lidl store gets the green light in Tubbercurry

    Tubbercurry is in line for a major boost after the German international retailer Lidl was notified by Sligo County Council that it is to get planning permission for a new store with a fourteen-hundred square metre sales area. Lidl says it will bring in…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Councillor calls for urgent action to address traffic problems in Ballinrobe

    A Fianna Fail Councillor has called on Mayo County Council to urgently address the worsening traffic situation in Ballinrobe. At the Claremorris/Swinford Municipal District meeting Cllr. Damien Ryan called for the local authority to make an application to…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Mica Scheme could include €400,000 cap

    An enhanced scheme for homeowners affected by the mica crisis is set to go to Cabinet in less than two weeks with a new cap of up to €400,000 per home under discussion. It was originally intended that the scheme would be presented to Cabinet this week but…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    NPHET will meet today over high covid-19 rates

    The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet today to consider if further measures are needed to address the high Covid rates. Health officials will discuss the possible introduction of a full work from home policy - but aren't looking at other…
  • Nov 11, 2021

    Gardai appealing for help in tracing whereabouts of missing woman in Sligo

    Gardai are appealing for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a missing woman in Sligo. The Gardaí and the family of Susan Minton are concerned for her well being. Susan is 58-years-old, and was last seen in the Cloonacool area of Sligo at approximately…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Almost 3,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed today

    74 Covid-related deaths have been reported over the past week. It's the highest total since NPHET started reporting deaths on a WEEKLY basis five months ago. 2,975 new cases have also been confirmed today. 551 Covid patients are in hospital - the highest…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Identifying children's remains at Tuam would likely take years

    A forensics expert says identifying childrens' remains at Tuam would likely take years. Survivors and relatives of those who died at the former mother and baby home have called for the Co. Galway site to be excavated. The site has been controversial following…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    One billion euro investment by Eirgrid to strengthen the electricity network

    Eirgrid has today announced a one billion euro investment in the strengthening and modernising of the electricity network nationally. The power grid is to be upgraded over the next decade to accomodate 80 per cent renewable energy. The company is expecting…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    High incidence rate of Covid 19 in county Leitrim

    County Leitrim now has the third highest 14 day incidence rate of Covid 19 nationally. The country's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has more than doubled over the past month. It now stands at 895 cases per 100,000 people - compared to less than 400 at the…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Bishop Francis Duffy appointed as the new Archbishop of Tuam

    Pope Francis has announced the appointment of Bishop Francis Duffy as the Archbishop of Tuam. Archbishop-elect Duffy will replace Archbishop Michael Neary who is retiring at the age of 75. Born in County Cavan, 63-year-old Bishop Duffy was ordained to the…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Sinn Fein Dail motion last night on WRC carried

    Mayo deputy Rose Conway Walsh has welcomed the passing of a Sinn Fein Dail motion yesterday evening supporting fair investment in transport in rural Ireland, that focussed on the delivery of the western rail corridor. She told Midwest News today that while it…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Staff sought to restore Diabetes in Pregnancy clinic at Mayo university Hospital

    It’s expected that the Diabetes in Pregnancy clinic will be restored at Mayo university Hospital by early next year. That’s according to Mayo Fianna Fail deputy Dara Calleary. The deputy raised the matter in the Dail after the service was withdrawn from the…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Planning permission quashed for chicken farm in county Mayo

    The High court has made an order quashing planning permission for a chicken farm in Balla, county Mayo. According to today's Irish Times, the order was made by Mr Justice Anthony Barr after he was told that An Bord Pleanala had consented to quashing the…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    Councillors extend invite to Argentine Navy to bring ARA Libertad into Killala Bay

    The magnificent sight of the Argentine ARA Libertad ship sailing into Killala bay at Kilcummin could be on the horizon again this Summer. The navy training ship of the Argentine Navy last sailed into Kilcummin back in 1998, and at this week’s monthly meeting…
  • Nov 10, 2021

    19 percent jump in the number of covid tests in the community in the last week

    There was a 19 per cent increase in Covid tests carried out in the community last week. Nearly 137,000 were taken between November 1st and 7th - compared to less than 115,000 the previous week. The five-day moving average of cases has increased by 30 per cent…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    3,578 new cases of Covid-19 this evening

    3,578 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening. It's the eighth consecutive day the figure has exceeded 3,000. 520 Covid patients are in hospital - the highest in over eight months - with 83 in intensive care, up five from yesterday. The Chief…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    Mayo's first-ever Climate Action Gathering later this week

    Mayo's first-ever Climate Action Gathering will take place in Ballina this Friday and Saturday. It will coincide with the end of COP26, and former President Mary Robinson will officially launch the event virtually, from the UN Climate Change conference taking…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    Call for stronger sanctions for pubs & restaurants breaching Covid regulations

    The hospitality industry is calling for stronger sanctions for pubs and restaurants breaching the Covid-19 regulations. The Restaurants Association of Ireland says this should include fines and closures. It follows a meeting between the hospitality sector,…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    Almost 600 new Covid cases in Mayo in the past week

    Almost 600 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Mayo in the past week. Latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show Mayo has recorded 596 cases of the virus in the last 7 days, with 250 cases in Roscommon, 1,321 in Galway, 293 new…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    Covid-19 figures have doubled in Mayo & Galway over past week, says HSE

    We're now at a critical point in the spread of Covid-19, with a doubling of cases in Mayo and Galway over the past week. That's according to Dr Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health at the HSE West. She says almost 80 new cases of the disease are now being…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    Dawn Meats secures funding for capital investment in Ballyhaunis plant

    More than 1.6 million euro in grant funding has been allocated today to Dawn Meats Ireland for capital works to its plants in Ballyhaunis, county Mayo and Kilbeggan in county Westmeath. Agri-food projects nationally are to benefit from a €70 million fund to…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    LISTEN: What is it really like living with a person with dementia?

    What is it really like living with a person with dementia? Have a listen to Eileen who tells Tommy Marren about her late husband’s dementia experience and how it has led her to volunteer and help other families going through a similar journey. Remember, we…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    IFI conservation fund now open

    Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched a funding call of up to €1 million today to support vital conservation projects around the country. Eligible angling clubs, fishery owners and other stakeholders in the region are now invited to apply for funding to…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    New Castlebar University may just be "rebranding", warns Castlebar councillor

    Castlebar councillor Donna Sheridan has welcomed the announcement of Technological University for the West and North West, but questioned if it is a rebranding exercise with a change in Management structure and a different name on the degree. The Fine Gael…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    Galway University Hospital is the second most overcrowded facility nationally today

    A patient is dying every day because of hospital overcrowding, according to the Irish Patients Association. Latest figures from the INMO, show 449 people are waiting on trolleys nationwide at present. Galway University Hospital has the second highest amount…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    National Covid-19 hospital numbers reach highest figure since March

    520 Covid-19 patients are in hospital today - the highest figure since March. There were 81 patients with the virus admitted in the past 24 hours, which is the most daily admissions since January. While there were 53 discharges over the past day. The…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    Gardaí are investigating a break-in to a premises in Sligo

    Gardaí are investigating a break in to a premises on Temple Street in Sligo Town over the weekend. The suspected burglary is believed to have occurred on Saturday night. Investigating officers are appealing to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    WHO says 'substantial' rise in Covid cases is a cause for concern

    The World Health Organisation says the 'substantial' rise in Covid cases in Ireland over the past week, is a cause of concern. At least 3,000 cases have been reported every day for the past week. The five-day moving average now stands at 3,440 - after rising…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    Government to meet hospitality sector over perceived lack of compliance with Covid rules

    Government officials will meet the hospitality sector today about their lack of compliance with Covid rules. The Department of the Taoiseach sought the meeting on Friday, after new ESRI data was released. It found 34 per cent of customers in restaurants…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    Gardaí appeal for witnesses to aggravated burglary in Sligo

    Gardaí are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred in the Ballinode/Hazelwood Road area of Sligo Town on Saturday evening. The incident occurred at approximately 8pm, when a house in a local residential estate was forcibly entered by a group of men…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    Mayo TD hits out at abuse of football match officials in Dublin

    Over 13,000 children won't be able to play soccer matches this weekend, due to 'constant abuse' towards referees recently. Match officials in the Dublin region are withdrawing their services from several underage leagues. The FAI says any abuse directed at…
  • Nov 09, 2021

    75 new jobs announced in Athlone by cloud specialist Sidero

    75 new jobs have been announced for Athlone following a 4.5 million Euro investment by cloud specialist Sidero. The company will be hiring across the areas of cloud and software development. CEO of Sidero Carmel Owens said they aim to fill the position…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    Sligo/Leitrim TD Frank Feighan tests positive for Covid-19

    Junior Health Minister Frank Feighan has tested positive for Covid-19. The Department of Health says he experienced mild symptoms yesterday, and immediately self-isolated. The Sligo/Leitrim TD arranged for a PCR test, which detected the virus. The Department…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    3,161 Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening

    3,161 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening. There are currently 498 patients with Covid in hospitals across the country, with 78 of these patients in ICU. The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says vaccination provides our strongest…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    Burst water mains leads to outage in Bunree area of Ballina

    Some residents and businesses in Ballina are without water this evening, following a burst water mains in the Bunree area of the town. Irish Water says crews are on site, repairing the burst, and are working with Mayo County Council to restore water to the…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    Clár funding for Newport and Eachléim

    Funding of over €94,000 in total has been allocated to two community groups in Mayo, under the Clár programme. The funding is part of a new Innovation Measure, designed to support communities in delivering innovative projects in rural areas. €44, 236 goes to…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    Catherine Corless honoured with Irish Red Cross Lifetime Achievement Award

    Historian Catherine Corless has received a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Red Cross for her research into the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam. Her work led to the discovery of the death and burial of hundreds of children at the site, while she…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    Two arrests for street altercations in Claremorris at the weekend

    Two men were arrested following two separate street altercations in Claremorris in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday) morning. Both unrelated incidents occurred on Dalton Street in the town after 1am. In the first case two men were fighting on the street…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    Mayo TD urges Govt action on spiralling electricity bills

    The Government needs to take real action in the face of rising electricity bills by reducing VAT to zero for the Winter months - that's according to Mayo TD Rose Conway-Walsh. The Sinn Fein deputy says every household has seen their electricity bill rise…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    Increasing number of Covid patients in hospitals across the West

    A number of public hospitals across the West have seen an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients over the past week. Latest HSE figures show 32 Covid-positive patients are being treated at Galway University Hospital - up from 24 a week ago. At Mayo…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    Mary Kennedy and Brendan Graham to be honoured with Cong Hands of Fame Award

    Broadcaster Mary Kennedy and singer / songwriter Brendan Graham are to be honoured in Cong next weekend, as they're awarded the Cong Hands of Fame Award, and the Freedom of Cong. Next Sunday will see the unveiling of an impression of their hands in bronze, at…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    Minister's response not urgent enough as hundreds of primary pupils contracting Covid daily, according to Mayo/Sligo INTO rep

    With close to 400 primary school children testing positive for Covid 19 every day, over the last number of weeks, it’s not acceptable for Minister Donnelly to state yesterday that he is “considering” re-introducing contact tracing and introducing antigen…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    Swinford-based legal firm wins National Law Award

    A Mayo legal firm has won the National Law Award for Probation Law and Practice at a gala ceremony in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin. Swinford-based firm P. O’Connor & Son has been acting in the administration of estates since 1900 and was presented the award in…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    IT Sligo to hold on-campus Open Day this weekend

    IT Sligo will hold an on-campus Open Day this weekend - for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Virtual open days have been held online since the first lockdown in March 202, but IT Sligo will welcome back prospective students on-campus…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    Pop-up Covid-19 test centre to open in Ballina this week

    A symptom free COVID-19 Testing facility will operate in Ballina for two day this week. It will be held at the Stephenites GAA Grounds in the town on Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. All requests for COVID-19 tests will be by appointment…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    IMO says health service is being hit by a 'perfect storm' due to high Covid-19 rates

    The Irish Medical Organisation says the health service is being hit by a "perfect storm" due to the high rates of Covid-19. It says the next few weeks will be "critical" with GP surgeries, hospitals and ICU units all under "extraordinary pressure". Case…
  • Nov 08, 2021

    Golden Discs opens latest store in Galway City this morning

    Golden Discs has opened its latest store in Galway city this morning. It will be the 23rd store in operation around the country, and the first time the company has been in Galway in 12 years. The company is currently recruiting around 15 to 20 full and…
  • Nov 07, 2021

    Over 3,400 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has reported 3,428 new confirmed cases of Covid-19. As of this morning, 478 patients are being treated in hospital - up 34 since yesterday. 75 are in ICU - an increase of 1 in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the health minister says…
  • Nov 07, 2021

    Local MEP calls for further supports to address mental health needs of farmers

    A Midlands-North-West MEP has called for further supports to address the mental health needs of farmers in order to combat the high rate of suicide within the farming community. Maria Walsh says we know that rural isolation and mental health continues to be a…
  • Nov 07, 2021

    Funding secured to build a dementia specific daycare in Foxford

    Foxford & District Alzheimer's Trust have secured adequate funding to deliver on their promise to build a purpose built dementia specific daycare in Foxford. They have gone one step further and have also secured part funding from Pobal to provide a new 5 day…
  • Nov 07, 2021

    Restauranteurs says everyone needs to be 'on message' ahead of Christmas

    The Restaurants Association says everyone needs to be 'on message' with inspections over the next 7 weeks to Christmas. It comes ahead of a meeting between the Government and the restaurant and pub trade on Tuesday to discuss covid rule breaking. New ESRI…
  • Nov 07, 2021

    Call for legislation to disincentivise industrialised beef and dairy farming

    People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy says legislation's needed to incentivise farmers not to engage in industrialised beef and dairy farming. He believes instead, they should be taking part in sustainable, regenerative farming. He was among the thousands who…
  • Nov 07, 2021

    Immunologist says high vaccination rate has prevented another lockdown now

    A leading immunologist says Ireland would be back in lockdown now if it wasn't for our high Covid-19 vaccination rate. High levels of infection have continued -- with 3,685 people confirmed as positive for the virus yesterday. It's the fifth day in a row the…
  • Nov 07, 2021

    Travel expert says new rules for US won't cause too many headaches

    A travel expert doesn't believe new rules for air passengers travelling to the US will cause too many headaches for passengers. The change in entry requirements for travel to the United States will take effect tomorrow. Aer Lingus says non-US citizens must be…
  • Nov 07, 2021

    Taoiseach and Tánaiste are both negative for Covid-19 after Green Party Leader contracted the virus

    The Taoiseach and Tánaiste are both clear of Covid-19 -- having taken rapid tests as a precaution after the Green Party leader came down with the virus. Climate Action Minister Eamon Ryan won't be travelling to Glasgow after testing positive for covid 19.…
  • Nov 06, 2021

    Over 3,600 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has confirmed a further 3,685 cases of Covid 19 today. It's also confirmed that the number of people being treated in hospital for Covid 19 is continuing to fall. Figures released today show there are now 444 people being treated in…
  • Nov 06, 2021

    Rural Ireland Organisation take part in COP26 protest in Dublin

    The Rural Ireland Organisation is among the groups taking part in the Cop 26 Coalition Ireland demonstration in Dublin City this afternoon. Leader of RIO Gerry Loftus has lambasted the Climate Action Plan agreed by Government during the week, claiming that…
  • Nov 06, 2021

    Mayo TD says CAO inclusion doesn't address real issues facing apprenticeships and FETs

    The inclusion of information on further education and apprenticeships on the CAO Portal doesn’t address the real issues facing the sectors. That’s the view of Mayo Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway Walsh, who says government has acted as if the main problem facing…
  • Nov 06, 2021

    Burst watermains causing significant disruption in Ballina

    Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council have mobilised crews and are working to repair a burst water main on Pearse Street in Ballina and also on the Bunree Road. The Pearse Street and surrounding area will see reduced pressure and supply…
  • Nov 06, 2021

    Jobs Expo underway in Galway City

    A jobs expo takes place in Galway City today. Jobseekers can find out about open roles in the areas of science, technology, pharma and med tech, as well as in retail and hospitality. The event will also feature talks and tips on CVs and interviews, and a…
  • Nov 06, 2021

    Walk-in vaccination clinics continuing across the region this weekend

    Walk-in vaccination clinics will be open around the country this weekend. Parents or guardians of children aged 12 to 15 can register for their children and must attend with them. Most walk in clinics are for the first or second dose of the Pfizer/ BioNTech…
  • Nov 06, 2021

    Nursing home visitors will soon have to show Covid certs

    Visitors to nursing homes will soon need to show their Digital Covid Certificate. Updated guidance is expected to be issued next week, which will require people to show proof of vaccination or immunity when visiting a nursing home. This week, the Minister for…
  • Nov 06, 2021

    COP26 Coalition Ireland to hold nationwide protests later

    Protests across the country today will call on the Government to ensure there are radical cuts in emissions. The demonstrations by 39 groups will be held in Galway, Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Belfast and Derry at midday. Cop26 Coalition Ireland which…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    Over 3,900 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    There have been 3,903 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed by the Department of Health. The number of people in hospital who have tested positive for the disease is 463, five more than yesterday. Of these, 76 are receiving treatment in intensive care, a decrease…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    Crews working to restore water to customers in Galway

    Repair crews are on site in Portumna this evening working to restore water to homes outside the town. Irish Water and Galway County Council are working to resolve a network issue and restore water as quickly as possible to approximately 80 customers along the…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    Power outages affect hundreds of premises in Ballina area

    Around 380 ESB customers are without power in the Ballina area this evening, according to the company’s powercheck app. The customers affected by the outage lost supply shortly before 4pm this afternoon and it is expected the power will be restored by 7:30pm…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    Single vehicle crash on the N17 in Galway

    Gardaí and emergency services are currently at the scene of a single vehicle crash on the N17 just outside of Milltown. The road traffic collision occurred shortly before 1pm this afternoon on the Ballindine side of the town. It is not known at this time if…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    One Mayo LEA has a rate of Covid-19 above the national average

    Ireland's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has nearly doubled over the past month. It has risen to 695 cases per 100,000 people on Monday last - compared to 378 in early October. Castlebar is the only local electoral areas in Mayo to have a rate of infection…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    More than half of the salmon caught are being released back into our rivers & lakes

    The number of salmon released by anglers now outstrips the number kept for the first time. A new report by Inland Fisheries Ireland shows 51 per cent are now being released back into rivers and lakes. It comes amid calls for anglers to help conserve declining…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    Increase in Covid-19 patients being treated at Mayo University Hospital

    463 Covid-positive patients are in Irish hospitals - the first time the total has increased in four days. It's risen by five since yesterday, and is more than 3 per cent lower than last Friday. Across the region there are 28 patients with the virus at Galway…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    Government’s Climate Action plan compared to the 1960's plan for foreign direct investment

    A Mayo Senator has welcomed the Government’s Climate Action Plan which outlines the measures to be taken in various sectors to reduce emissions for the rest of the decade. Fianna Fail senator Lisa Chambers says the science is indisputable and the effects of…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    HSE reminding people to book online in advance for a Covid test

    HSE Community Healthcare West are advising members of the public requiring a COVID-19 test that all requests for COVID-19 tests are by appointment only via the self-referral online portal and GP referrals. They are asking people to book on-line in advance and…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    Navigational issues a major factor in R116 crash

    A report into the Rescue 116 tragedy has found databases didn't detect the island which the crew crashed into. Four members of the Irish Coast Guard lost their lives in the tragedy off the Mayo coast in March 2017. Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    UHG is the most overcrowded hospital in the country

    University Hospital Galway is the most overcrowded hospital in the country . According to the latest trolley watch from the INMO there are 49 patients on trolleys at the Galway hospital. There are 16 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, twelve…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    Major water outage in Castlebar

    Crews are on site at Castlebar’s Rowan Drive this morning repairing a burst water mains. Irish Water and Mayo County Council are working together to restore water to customers affected by the burst as quickly as possible. Customers in Rowan Drive can expect…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    CAO Portal opens today

    For students hoping to go to college in 2022, the CAO online application facility opens at 12 noon today. For the first time, Level 5 and Level 6 Further Education courses will be listed on the CAO page, as well as apprenticeships. This move to bring all the…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    Health Minister to officially open the new Roscommon Hospice Unit today

    The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will be in Roscommon Town this afternoon, to officially open the new Roscommon Hospice Unit. The 8-bed specialist palliative care unit has been built on a site close to Roscommon Hospital, to offer comfort and dignity…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    Rescue 116 report expected to be published today

    A report into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash in which all four crew members died on a search and rescue mission will raise significant questions about why a number of crucial navigation systems failed. While the sole objective of an Air Accident…
  • Nov 05, 2021

    Belmullet has the lowest incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country

    Waterford City South has the highest rate of Covid-19 in the country. Two other local electoral areas in Waterford also feature in the top ten. On Monday, the country's 14-day incidence rate was 695 cases per 100,000 people. Waterford City South's was 1,482 -…