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Sligo Leitrim TD to make Representations of Behalf of Northwest IFA Members


A Sligo/Leitrim TD is set to make several representations to the Minister for Agriculture on behalf of farmers in the region. It follows a recent meeting between Deputy Tony McLoughlin and a delegation of IFA members from across Sligo and Leitrim to discuss aspects of the new Rural Development Plan. According to the Fine Gael TD, the three key issues affecting farmers in the Northwest are complications with the new GLAS payment scheme, the new Departmental commonage plan, and low prices in the suckler cow industry. Speaking to Ocean FM this afternoon, Deputy McLoughlin said that the industry represented the ... Read More »

Donegal CPWP pleased with Irish Water protest turnout


The Can’t Pay Won’t Pay group have held a protest outside Donegal County Council offices this morning The protest coincided with a meeting between Councillors and Irish Water representatives between 10am and noon. Speaking to Ocean FM earlier Spokesperson Liam White said that they were happy with the turnout. Read More »

Two Sligo newsagents close

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Two of Sligo’s best-known newsagents have closed. The stores operated by the O’Hehir family on High Street and Wolfe Tone Street have both ceased trading from today. The shutters are down on both buildings this afternoon with a “For Sale” sign on the Spar store across from Sligo bus station. Read More »

Doherty says Greece result is a landmark


Sinn Féin’s Finance Spokesperson – Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty- says the Greek election results are significant for Ireland. Greece’s new prime minister is being sworn in around now – with senior EU officials saying they’re prepared to enter talks on changes to the country’s bailout. But ministers say there is almost no chance of Greece being able to write off some of its debts. Alexis Tsipras is being sworn in this afternoon as the head of a new government led by the far-left party Syriza, which claimed victory in yesterday’s elections. Deputy Doherty says Syriza’s victory could be a landmark ... Read More »

Praise for Bundoran RNLI following award


There’s been widespread praise for Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Service which was named Emergency Response Team of the Year over the weekend. The team scooped the prize at the Local Authority Members Association awards, Crowne Plaza Hotel Dublin. The awards recognise innovative projects in infrastructure, community development, recreation and social impact initiatives. Donegal Councillor Barry O’Neill says he was delighted to be able to nominate Bundoran RNLI. Read More »

Brady welcomes results of same-sex marriage poll


Former Bundoran Councillor Tiernan Brady says he’s happy with the results of a poll released yesterday, showing reservations among the electorate on the issue of same-sex marriage. 46 per cent of those surveyed in the Red C poll stated they have “some reservations” about allowing same-sex couples to marry in this country – finding that the number of certain YES voters is on 44 per cent Although the poll does find a large majority of 77 per cent support same-sex marriage, much of that support could potentially be lost in the run up to polling day. Meanwhile, 38 per cent ... Read More »

Michael Kivlehan and Sean Rowlette to meet Health Minister this afternoon


Two men whose wives died after giving birth at Sligo Regional Hospital will meet the Health Minister today. Michael Kivlehan and Sean Rowlette were invited by Leo Varadkar to discuss the care their wives were given at the hospital. Both of the men want assurances that the HSE has learned the lessons from each of their cases. Michael Kivlehan’s wife Dhara died in Belfast as a result of multi-organ failure nine days after giving birth to their son in Sligo in 2010 – while Sean Rowlette’s wife Sally died at Sligo Regional one day after giving birth to her fourth ... Read More »

Water protest outside Donegal Co. Co. offices


The Can’t Pay Won’t Pay group is to hold a protest outside Donegal County Council offices later this morning The protest is to coincide with a meeting between Councillors and Irish Water representatives. The demonstration gets underway at 10 o’clock in Lifford Organiser Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig is urging his fellow councillors and members of the public to join the protest. Read More »

Former Sligo Rovers goalkeeper found dead


Police in Thailand are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a former Sligo Rovers goalkeeper, found dead yesterday. 68 year old John Fintan Brett was discovered as his apartment in Buriram yesterday morning. The Irish Daily Star reports that Mr. Brett, a father of five and former supervisor at Summerhill College, suffered head injuries. His family have been told by local officials that he died as a result of a fall. Read More »