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Approach to Hughes Bridge re-opens following crash


Traffic is returning to normal at Hughes Bridge in Sligo Town following a road traffic accident on the South bound approach road earlier. The two car crash took place at the junction of Hughes Bridge and Markievicz Road and Gardai attended the scene. No-one was injured in the collision and the road is now full re-opened.

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Gardai urge motorists to avoid Barnesmore Gap following collision

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The drivers of two cars involved in a collision in the Barnesmore Gap in Donegal this afternoon have been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital. The extent of their injuries is not known at present. The N15 Sligo/ Lifford Rd is expected to be closed until about 8 o’clock this evening. Diversions are in place. Gardai are advising motorists to avoid the area.

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Right2Water meeting in Sligo tonight


The Right2Water campaign will hold a meeting in Sligo tonight. Local anti-water charge protesters are gathering to discuss making a contribution to a new document on economic equality in Ireland which is being produced by the 5 Trade Unions involved in the Right 2 Water campaign. The document discusses the rights to Water, Healthcare, Housing and Education which the group says should be afforded to all of the people of Ireland. Tonight’s public meeting takes place in the Glasshouse Hotel at 8pm. Right2Water’s Brian O’Boyle is denying any suggestion that the anti-water charge campaign has lost its momentum since the ...

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Traffic delay following Hughes Bridge crash


There is significant traffic disruption in Sligo Town this afternoon following a road traffic accident on the South bound approach road to Hughes Bridge earlier. The crash took place at the junction of Hughes Bridge and Markievicz Road and Gardai are attending the scene. No-one was injured in the collision. Gardai say the vehicles have now been cleared from the scene and they are directing traffic, however the incident will cause delays for traffic on approach roads, which are the N16 & N15.

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Sligo Dunnes workers to march on Friday


Dunnes Stores workers will hold a march in Sligo on Friday, in protest at management’s continued refusal to engage with unions on the issue of low hour contracts. It follows national strikes last month, with the Mandate Trade Union demanding more secure contracts and hours for workers. Friday evening’s march will leave the Market Yard in Sligo Town at 7 o’clock and make its way to Dunnes Stores in Cranmore where a petition will be handed in to management. Dunnes bosses have defended their constitutional right not to engage with unions on the issue, accusing Mandate of seeking to generate ...

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Campaigners say protests possible over library services


Library campaigners in Sligo have voiced their disappointment over reduction in library services due to staff shortages. Last night, Sligo County Council confirmed to Ocean FM that there will be temporary closures of Sligo, Ballymote and Tubbercurry libraries. But Julie Golden Gallagher of the Ballymote Library Action Group says they will be watching very closely over the coming months to ensure there are no more closures or reduction in services. She told Ocean FM that if there are, there will be protests.

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€60,000 to tackle Rosses Point coastal erosion


The Office of Public Works has allocated money for a study of coastal erosion and flood risk management at Rosses Point. The study, believed to cost about €60,000, will take in the coastline from Deadman’s Point to Rosses Point Lower, including the Sand Spit. It follows a visit by Minister with responsibility for the OPW Simon Harris to Sligo in February. Fine Gael TDs Tony McLaughlin and John Perry are welcoming the allocation. Deputy McLoughlin says storms in 2013 had a major impact on local families and businesses and it’s essential to plan ahead to prevent further destruction.

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Knock airport welcomes IAG’s Aer Lingus acquisition


Ireland West Airport Knock is welcoming the Government’s decision to support IAG’s proposal to acquire Aer Lingus as a boost for the airport and residents and businesses in the North West. Yesterday the government gave IAG the go-ahead to buy its 25 per cent stake – in return for ‘concrete’ guarantees over the Heathrow landing slots, connectivity and Aer Lingus’s future at Irish airports. Managing Director Joe Gilmore says it will have positive implications for the Airport which has a strong working partnership with Aer Lingus. The Gatwick service, which caters for over 70,000 passengers annually, has provided critical connectivity ...

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Sligo Residents Associations urged to join new text alert scheme


Organisers of the new “Sligo City Text Alert Scheme” are hoping more residents associations will sign up to the initiative. The new scheme – which already has eight associations signed up – was launched by the Chief Superintendent in Sligo Mary Murray last night. There are over 40 text alerts schemes in operation in Sligo and Leitrim and Gardai state they are a significant factor in crime prevention. A follow-up meeting has been planned by the new committee for the 18th of June and people can contact the Gardai in Sligo if they want join. Sinn Fein Councillor Thomas Healy ...

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Sligo Tidy Towns calls for removal of posters


The Chairman of Sligo Tidy Towns is appealing to parties and groups who put up posters during the same sex marriage campaign to take them down as soon as possible. Judging for this year’s Tidy Town’s competition is due to begin this coming Monday 1st of June with Sligo’s entry being submitted on Friday last. Jim Lawlor says he is confident of Sligo’s prospects this year. However he fears the continued presence of posters could have an adverse effect on the town’s chances.

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