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Fianna Fail select Sligo-Leitrim election candidates

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There will be no Co Leitrim candidate on the Fianna Fail ticket to contest the next General Election in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency. Delegates at last night’s convention in Manorhamilton chose the two County Sligo candidates in the field, Senator Marc MacSharry and Cllr Eamon Scanlon, to go forward for election. Leitrim councillor, Sinead Guckian and Cavan Cllr John Paul Feeley were the defeated candidates The first count vote was 275 votes to MacSharry, 157 to Scanlon, 94 to Guckian and 72 to Feeley. It remains to be seen if the party will add on a third candidate from Co Leitrim ... Read More »

Collision on N17 near Collooney

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The emergency services were called to the scene of a two-car collision on the N17 just before lunchtime. The crash happened just before one o’clock at the junction of the old Collooney road. The Gardai, ambulance and fire services attended the scene. Gardai say motorists should still expect delays in the area. Read More »

Donegal Fire Officer warns of wildfire dangers this weekend

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Donegal County Council is appealing to land owners and members of the public to exercise caution during this current period of dry weather and to take all necessary measures to prevent fires. With current forecasts indicating continuing good weather for the coming days, Acting Chief Fire Officer for Donegal Joseph Mc Taggart warned that the conditions are favourable for gorse, hill and forestry fires. Householders living in areas prone to wildfires are being asked to cut back any vegetation in the vicinity of their house so as to protect their homes. Joseph Mc Taggart explains what the dangers are: dONEGAL Read More »

Emergency services at scene of N17 crash

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The emergency services were called to the scene of a two-car collision on the N17 just before lunchtime. The crash happened just before one o’clock at the junction of the old Collooney road. The Gardai, ambulance and fire services attended the scene. Gardai say motorists should still expect delays in the area. Read More »

Former Minister for Small Business welcomes LEO figures

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The former Minister of State for Small Business has lauded what he sees as the job-creation success of the new Local Enterprise Offices. Sligo Leitrim TD John Perry has welcomed the announcement today that all counties have seen job creation as a result of the setting up of the new LEOs within the County Councils. As part of a range of reforms of local government carried out by the Department of Jobs, 31 LEOs were set up as a ‘first-stop shop’ system of business supports to start-ups and small businesses. Under the system, 117 new jobs were created in Leitrim, ... Read More »

Irish Water defends leak repair charges

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Irish Water says it’s clear that metering is already working after the utility determined that more than 30,000 properties across the country are wasting about a thousand euros worth of water due to leaks. The leaks were detected during the first meter readings covering the period January to March this year. Irish Water has now contacted 2,500 of the worst affected customers offering them a free leak investigation under its interim First Fix Scheme. Speaking on Ocean FM today, Head of Communications with Irish Water Elizabeth Arnette says that after this first check, people will then have to pay for ... Read More »

Ulster Bank branch in Manorhamilton closes today

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The Ulster Bank branch in Manorhamilton is closing today. The branch is set to close its doors for the final time after almost 150 years in the town. It’s part of a raft of closures that were announced by the bank last November. It means that there is now no Ulster Bank in the whole of county Leitrim. However, the local business forum is talks with the Royal Bank of Scotland that owns the bank to try and secure the building for use by the local community in the future. Read More »

Minister to officiate at awards ceremony in the Clarion in Sligo tonight

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The Minister of State with responsibility for Social Support will be in Sligo this evening to officiate at a special awards ceremony. The County Sligo Accessibility Awards recognise the progress, achievements and commitment of organisations and employers in promoting the employment of people with disabilities. The group also works to improve accessibility for customers with disabilities. Developed by the SEED Project, the event is a joint initiative between Sligo Leader Partnership Company and the Sligo Disability Network. Ocean FM are nominated in the enterprise/business category which includes the company premises and the oceanfm.ie website Minister Kevin Humphreys said that businesses ... Read More »

New walking trail to be launched in Sligo

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A new walking trail is being launched in Sligo on Saturday. Walkers are encouraged to come along and try out the new Queen Maeve Trail which goes from Strandhill up Knocknarea. The trail has been developed by Sligo County Council, financed through EU Interreg and the Border Uplands Project with support from landowners and Coillte. Cathaoirleach of the county Joe Queenan will launch the walk at half eleven before walkers set off on the walk from the rugby club at about twelve noon. The walk should take about an hour and a half and buses will take people from the ... Read More »

Pringle says proposed free GP care for over 70’s is a political tactic

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A Donegal Deputy believes that plans to introduce free GP care for the over 70’s don’t go far enough. Speaking in the Dail this week, TD Thomas Pringle addressed government proposals to push the legislation through the Oireachtas. The law will affect nearly 40 thousand people who do not have a medical card or GP visit card. This follows similar moves to provide free GP services for all children under six and replaces current arrangements for over-70s, where access is means-tested. Deputy Pringle says the measure amounts to nothing more than a pre-election stunt, and won’t allow access to a ... Read More »