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Jury retires without a verdict after second day of deliberations


The jury in the Graham Dwyer murder trial has finished a second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. The architect from Kerrymount Close, Foxrock denies stabbing Elaine O’Hara at Killakee in August 2012. After nearly 5 hours in the jury room there is as yet no verdict. Deliberations have been suspended until tomorrow morning. Earlier the jury asked to see a number of exhibits including knives, clothing, a spade and a rucksack. Graham Dwyer denies murdering Elaine O’Hara who went missing in August 2012. Her skeletal remains were found at Killakee 13 months later.   Read More »

Waste Management Company defends €2.00 increase in standing charge


Greenstar Waste Management is defending a 2 euro increase to it’s standing charge coming into effect next week. It’s after a Sligo Councillor strongly criticised the move, the second such increase in the past year, which will see customers paying €8.50 a month in standing charges from April 1st. Greenstar claims that the increase is due to costs associated with new ‘pay by weight’ regulations being introduced in July. According to the company, new weighing equipment will cost in excess of 750 thousand euro, an expense which ultimately must be covered by the customer. In a statement to Ocean FM ... Read More »

Jobs Minister confident of further investment in the North West as he visits the region today


The Minister for Jobs says a one hundred and fifty million euro investment in property for prospective business investors in Sligo and Letterkenny will not be a waste of money. Minister Richard Bruton is hosting a forum this lunchtime in the Sligo Park Hotel for business stakeholders from Sligo, Donegal and Leitrim. It’s part of a national series of events to identify each region’s competitive advantages to help create more jobs. The Minister said these properties will “not simply become more empty office space in the future and he says the track record of the North West in attracting companies ... Read More »

Graham Dwyer jury asks to view a number of exhibits


The jury has asked to view a number of exhibits as part of their deliberations in the Graham Dwyer murder trial. The architect from Kerrymount Close, Foxrock denies stabbing childcare worker Elaine O’Hara to death at Killakee in August 2012. Francesca Comyn reports: The jury has made two requests for exhibits on this their second day of deliberations. Firstly they asked to see knives recovered from the basement of Graham Dwyer’s workplace, knives found in Vartry reservoir, a rucksack, a runner and a spade. Then just before 12.30 they requested to see tracksuit bottoms , a vest, a hoodie, and ... Read More »

Preparations begin across the North West for national tidy towns awards


Towns and villages in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim are preparing for the national Super Valu Tidy Towns awards which have been launched today. The annual initiative encourages towns and villages to generate interest about the environment in their community. Participating areas are rated on all aspects of their local environment; and prizes are awarded to the best in a number of different categories. The overall winner is “Ireland’s Tidiest Town” which is announced at a national ceremony in September each year. Read More »

Sligo Regional shortlisted for National Healthcare award

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Sligo Regional Hospital has been shortlisted in the best public hospital category at the National Healthcare Awards. The hospital has submitted an overview of its services along with a nomination of the departments that highlight the hospital’s commitment to improving patient care. There are more than twenty categories including Primary Care Centre of the Year and Healthcare Person of the Year. Sligo is also entered in three other categories at the ceremony which takes place tomorrow. Read More »

Jobs Minister in Sligo to host business forum


The Minister for Jobs says today’s jobs forum in Sligo is about local businesses being aware and accessing the funds and opportunities being made available through the IDA and Enterprise Ireland. Minister Richard Bruton is hosting a jobs forum in the Sligo Park Hotel this afternoon as part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. The event is part of a national series of events to identify each region’s competitive advantages and areas of opportunity to help produce a plan to support enterprise growth and create jobs locally. Part of the process includes consulting with regional stakeholders from both the ... Read More »

New President of the Restaurant’s Association says education of food nutrition is needed at a young age


The new president of the Restaurant’s Association of Ireland says that children need to be educated on food nutrition from a young age in a bid to curb national obesity levels. Well known Sligo restauranteur Anthony Gray was appointed to the position this week, having previously served as the association’s North West Representative. His role will see him come up against many issues currently affecting the industry, including the proposed introduction of calories on menus, the call for the retention of the 9% VAT rate, as well as the proposed increase in the minimum wage. As the owner and manager ... Read More »

Special Needs Assistants in the North West vote in favour of industrial action


Special Needs Assistants in the North West have voted in favour of industrial action due to a loss in working hours. SNAs represented by the trade union IMPACT voted by 95% in favour of the industrial action yesterday evening. They state that in some cases they are getting as little as ten working hours per week. They are calling for a commitment from the Department of Education not to reduce SNA’s hours before taking on new staff at schools. Spokesperson for IMPACT, Niall Shanahan says that the Department is blaming the issue on the National Council for Special Education. He’s ... Read More »