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Health Minister welcomes agreements reached at Letterkenny hospital meeting

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Agreements reached during a meeting to safeguard cancer services at Letterkenny General Hospital this morning have been welcomed by the Health Minister. The talks, which included members of the Donegal Action for Cancer Care Group, Senior Members of the Saolta University Hospital Group and the Health Minister Leo Varadkar, were focused on addressing the current challenges facing the cancer care unit at the hospital. It was agreed that the application for a General Surgeon would be submitted by the end of April and that two GP positions for the Unit to help support the current team would be re-advertised. It ... Read More »

Council preparing coastal erosion funding application

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Sligo County Council says it’s in the process of preparing an application for OPW funding to tackle the coastal funding problems in north Sligo. It follows queries earlier from Sligo North Leitrim TD John Perry asking why local authorities hadn’t applied for a share in an allocation made available by the OPW. Over 11 million euro is still available from this fund. In a statement issued this afternoon, Sligo County Council confirmed that it is currently preparing an application to the OPW for funding for a Scheme Detail and Planning Report, in respect of the coastal erosion issue at Rosses ... Read More »

Church not alienating people with stance on same-sex marriage – Bishop

The Bishop of Elphin says he doesn’t believe that people are being driven away from the Church because of its stance on issues such as same sex marriage. Bishop Kevin Doran made comments earlier this week that he had “no problem with gays marrying – just not each other”. Speaking on Ocean FM today, he said same sex marriage changes the meaning of marriage in that it does not lead to pro-creation which is one aspect of the union. In that regard, in his and the Church’s opinion, there is currently equality among people seeking to get married under the ... Read More »

Minister Varadkar insists trolley figures are falling

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The Health Minister says the number of people waiting on trolleys in Emergency Departments is coming down. That’s despite the fact there are still alot of people waiting on trolleys in the North West today according to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. The numbers waiting in Sligo Regional Hospital have increased since yesterday and are now at twenty one while the numbers on trolleys at Letterkenny General Hospital is down to twenty. However, the national figures are down to four hundred and fifty two people from four hundred and sixty this day last week and ... Read More »

Ghana Chief raises awareness about Fair trade products in Sligo

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An African chief is continuing his visit to Sligo today to raise awareness about Fairtrade products. Chief Adam Tampuri, from Ghana is the Board chairman of Fairtrade Africa’s West Africa Network and says the purchase of fair trade products In Ireland is much lower than in other countries. His visit comes as part of fair trade fortnight – an annual campaign organized by the Fairtrade foundation. The international campaign has been celebrated since last monday and will continue until March 8th. Chief Tampuri outlines the key reasons why people in Sligo, Donegal and Leitrim should consider buying fair trade:   Read More »

Kenny against MacManus at Sinn Fein selection convention

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The race to secure a Sinn Féin candidate for the Sligo-Leitrim constituency in next General Election should prove to be an interesting battle, as the party hold their selection convention this weekend. Two nominees are going head to head, following confirmation earlier this month that sitting TD Deputy Michael Colreavy will not run again. Ciara Mc Ginn reports: It’ll be a case of Sligo versus Leitrim as Sinn Féin members gather to decide on their chosen candidate for the new constituency in the next general election. The selection convention takes place this Sunday in Sligo, and sees Leitrim Councillor Martin ... Read More »

Victim’s call records are being examined at Dwyer murder trial

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A telecoms engineer is explaining to the Graham Dwyer murder trial how mobile phone calls bounce off different cells according to location. Conor O’Callaghan provided gardai investigating Elaine O’Hara’s death with call data records between 2011 and 2013 for a number of mobile phones. Today is day twenty seven of the trial at the Central Criminal Court. Architect Graham Dwyer denies murdering the childcare worker at Killakee mountain in Dublin in August 2012. Read More »

Bishop of Elphin says he’s received some support for comments

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The Bishop of Elphin says he has received support from people of a homosexual orientation for his comments on marriage equality this week. Bishop Kevin Doran made some controversial comments earlier this week when he gave a talk at the “Synod on the Family” in Donaghmeade earlier this week. He said the law as it stands on marriage equality is fair in the eyes of the Church as the definition of marriage lies in the fact that its aim is procreation. Speaking on Ocean FM this morning, he said he made the comments to clarify that the law with regard ... Read More »

TD says Council should have applied sooner for erosion funding

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Fine Gael TD John Perry is questioning why local authorities haven’t applied for funding to address coastal erosion in North Sligo. Earlier this month Environment Minister with responsibility for the OPW Simon Harris visited Rosses Point to see first-hand the impact coastal erosion is having on the local economy and tourism. A delegation from Sligo Chamber of Commerce and local business were keen to meet with the minister and discuss the possibility of getting funding from the Department to address the issue. However according to Deputy Perry, an allocation of 19 million euro has been available from the OPW for ... Read More »

Sligo IT student to be laid to rest in Belfast

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A student of IT Sligo who died suddenly this week will be laid to rest today. 23 year old Jamie Shaw from Belfast was a first year student at the IT and was living in the Clarion Village Student Accomodation. He was found dead at an apartment in the town on Monday, and was removed to Sligo Regional Hospital where a port mortem examination was carried out on Tuesday morning. His funeral mass is due to take place at St. Bernard’s Church, Glengormly in North Belfast this morning, with burial afterwards in Carnmoney Cemetery. It’s understood that a group of ... Read More »