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North West advocacy group call for a specialised domestic violence court


The manager of a North West group advocating for victims of domestic violence says that a specialised domestic court for these cases needs to be established. New research by domestic abuse support group SAFE Ireland this morning suggests that the Irish legal system is failing women and children. According to SAFE CEO Sharon O’Halloran, violence in the home is often regarded as a nuisance rather than a crime, and that judges and Gardaí fail to give cases enough time and attention. They’re calling for a legal definition of domestic violence to be set out in civil and criminal law, and ... Read More »

Students in the North West being awarded less as SUSI grant allocation figures are revealed


Third-level students in the Northwest are losing out to their urban counterparts according to new data released by the grant-awarding body SUSI today. Traditionally, farmers and the self-employed have been far more likely to get a college grant for their children. Higher Education Authority figures for 2010/11 revealed that more than 40% of farmers and almost 50% of self-employed people secured a grant for a college-going child. By contrast, in the same year, only 17% of students from families headed by a lower professional and 27% from families headed by non-manual workers were grant-aided. However after the centralised processing agency’s ... Read More »

Road reopens following Drumshanbo crash

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The road has now reopened following a crash that’s left one man in a critical condition in Sligo Regional Hospital. The single vehicle accident occurred at Acres, Drumshanbo, when the vehicle crashed through a wooden fence and collided with a lamp post. A front-seat passenger in his late 20’s is in serious but stable. The driver, in his mid-20’s remains in a critical condition. Read More »

Sligo Greenway Co-Operative to be launched this week


A co-operative to drive progress on a proposed greenway in County Sligo is being launched this week. The Sligo Greenway Co-Operative Ltd. has it’s first meeting in Tubbercurry this week. Supporters for the transformation of the disused western rail corridor into a cycling and walking trail believe that the move would be an important creator of jobs locally, as well as boosting the county’s tourism offering and creating a new outdoor amenity in the North West. Joe Corcoran from Collooney is a member of the Co-op, and says it’s important to get all stakeholders and landowners involved at this stage. ... Read More »

Sligo Councillor says Irish Water “a law unto itself”


People in the North West have expressed their dissatisfaction that the details of tenants have been handed over by the County Councils to Irish Water. It’s reported today that the names of more than 100 thousand council tenants have been passed on to Irish Water by local authorities. The company consulted the Data Protection Commissioner before requesting the information from councils. However, People Before Profit Councillor Seamie O’Boyle says he’s been approached by a lot of council tenants in Sligo who have received the letters in the last week. He’s urging people to call the council to complain that their details ... Read More »

Submissions on speed limits being taken in Donegal

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Residents in Donegal have until Thursday to submit reviews in relation to speed limits in housing estates. A recent decision by the Department of Transport will allow local authorities to lower the mandatory 30km/h vehicle speeds to 20km/h where the council deems it appropriate. The review currently being carried out by Donegal County Council extends to all public roads within the county. Any concerns will be will be assessed in accordance with new revised guidelines for the application of Special Speed Limits. All submissions should be submitted by this Thursday the 2nd of April. Read More »

LCDCs look set to manage LEADER funding

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It’s looks likely that the Local Community and Development Committees will be the lead agencies in charge of distributing LEADER funding in the future. That’s according to a Director of Services at Sligo County Council who has indicated that, despite the programme opening to submissions, it appears to be Government policy for the LCDCs to manage the funding. Around 25 million euro was approved in LEADER funding for the North West recently which is a significant cut on previous year’s allocations. While the cut is a challenge, LEADER companies who have managed this funding for years, now face the additional ... Read More »

Diabetic children to be treated in Sligo and Letterkenny


Diabetic children who previously had to travel to Dublin for treatment will now be facilitated in Sligo. Sligo Fianna Fail Councillor Rosaleen O’Grady raised the issue of the future provision of children’s Diabetic Insulin Pump Services at Sligo Regional Hospital at a meeting of the Regional Health Forum West recently. Chief Operating Officer at Saolta University Healthcare Tony Canavan confirmed that the implementation plan for the service in the North West is well underway, with the recruitment for both Clinical Nurse Specialist and Dietician posts in Sligo and Letterkenny well underway. Councillor O’Grady says the transfer has already started for ... Read More »

Sligo Regional wins Public Hospital of the Year

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Sligo Regional Hospital has won ‘Public Hospital of the Year” at the National Healthcare Awards which took place over the weekend. The award was presented in regonition of “the hospital’s commitment to improving the care to patients and efficiencies” in its Surgical Gynaecology Ward, Ophthalmology Department and Theatre/Peri-Operative Department. The facility also picked up prizes in two other categories – Improvements in Pre Admission Clinic and changing the face of post operative Ophthalmology procedures through best use of technology. Read More »

Cllr Casserly attends Independents meeting


Sligo Councillor Marie Casserly is a among a group of Independent TDs and Councillors that have agreed a set of principles ahead of the next election, following a meeting in Tullamore yesterday. TDs Shane Ross, Finian McGrath, Michael Fitzmaurice and John Halligan hosted a meeting of around 100 people Around 60 sitting councillors were among the crowd at the meeting in the Bridge Hotel. The group say their priorities include the abolition of the party whip, protecting the vulnerable and the revival of rural Ireland. While they also want to strip politicians of their power to make political appointments. Read More »