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Ocean Retains Radio Licence

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Ocean FM has just been awarded the licence to broadcast to the North West for another ten years. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has announced that Ocean has been successful in its re-application bid to provide a local, broad-format radio service for Sligo, North Leitrim and South Donegal It had been challenged for the licence by the Coast FM group. ... Read More »

Luke Ming criticises Minister Kelly


Luke Ming Flanagan has criticised new Environment Minister Alan Kelly for his attempts to sway county councillors on their windfarm policies. It is understood that Minister Kelly contacted Donegal County Council expressing concern about their recent vote to introduce set back distances and other restrictions on windfarm developments in the county. According to the Midlands North West MEP, Minister Kelly ... Read More »

Wild Atlantic way helps boost Tourism figures in the West


The number of visitors to Ireland increased in the second quarter of this year – up 12-point-3 percent on 2013. More than 2-million people traveled to Ireland between April and June, with the majority coming from Great Britain. The numbers coming from Great Britain were up 15 percent on last year, whille nearly 13 percent more Americans visited here during ... Read More »

Faint chances of Sligo cutting property tax “disappointing”


Local Sinn Fein Councillor Sean MacManus has described as ‘disappointing’ comments made by the public expenditure minister that Sligo is among counties unlikely to cut property tax rates next year. Earlier this month Sligo County Council rejected 2 motions to cut the property tax by 15% in the County. The proposals to cut the tax were put forward by Independent ... Read More »

Bishop Doran speaks out on behalf of Asylum Seekers


The Bishop of Elphin has spoken out about the way that Asylum Seekers are treated by society in Sligo. In comments made this morning Bishop Kevin Doran criticised what he described as a ‘holding system’ whereby asylum seekers are not allowed to work or receive an education, and could be uprooted at any time. He has called on the government ... Read More »

Donegal rental properties not up to standard


Nearly 60 per cent of rental properties inspected by local authorities last year failed to make the grade. In Donegal none of the premises that were visited passed. 3 other councils Louth, Offaly and Limerick City all returned a 100% failure rate. Figures from the Department of the Environment show nearly 17 thousand 9 hundred inspections were carried out around ... Read More »

Irish Water protest in Sligo today


A protest against the installation of water meters is taking place in Sligo. The demonstration is being held outside the GPO and is being attended by a number of local councillors and members of the Cranmore Residents Association. Installation of water meters has been temporary suspended in Cranmore, following a standoff between locals and Irish Water workers last week at ... Read More »

Title of Mayor defended by Councillor Séamus Kilgannon


Fianna Fáíl Councillor Séamus Kilgannon has been defending the decision of Sligo Municipal District Council to adopt the titles of Mayor and Deputy Mayor for it’s Cathaoirleach and Leas Cathaoirleach. The decision was taken at a meeting on Monday and approved by an 8 to 1 majority, with Councillor Declan Bree the only member to oppose the move. This follows ... Read More »