Leitrim

  • An anti-racist gathering will be held today at 12.30 pm in Rooskey at the Shannon Key West Hotel. According to a social media post the gathering is intended to give people from the Leitrim/Roscommon area an opportunity to condemn the alleged arson attack on the hotel and to reject the kind of casual racism that is increasingly directed at asylum seekers and refugees.

    Those organising the event want an end to the Direct Provision system. They are also opposed to the manner in which Direct Provision centres are imposed without consultation on small communities but say the existence of the system cannot be used as an excuse for racism and for arson.

     

     

     

  • The centenary of women's suffrage is being marked in County Sligo today.

    A seminar in honour of the achievements made by women in the trade union movement and politics is being held in Lissadell House.

    SIPTU's hosting the summer school to recognise the contribution Constance Markievicz made to women in politics and to the people of the North West.

    SIPTU Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon District Council Secretary, John McCarrick says she helped women get the vote.

  • Despite severe overcrowding at the Emergency Dept of Sligo University Hospital at times over the past summer, additional beds to deal with a likely increase in patients over the winter months have not been sanctioned.

    That was confirmed  by HSE West management  in response to a question submitted by Independent Leitrim Cllr Phelim Gurn at last week’s HSE West Forum meeting in Galway.

    The Councillor believes additional flu vaccines should be provided to reduce the number of patients presenting at the hospital.

    HSE Management explained that while the hospital has made a submission for 46 additional medical beds at the facility, a decision on the funding application for these beds is still awaited. In the meantime, a number of internal initiatives are underway to assist in improved discharging and patient flow in the hospital.

  • Connacht U17 Championship 
    Mayo 4-20 
    Leitrim 1-08 

    Connacht Junior Championship Quarter Final 
    Mayo 2-15 
    Roscommon 1-17 

  • Farmers from across the region travelled to Co Leitrim today to protest at what they claim is an “unworkable” fodder support scheme.

    Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim farmers were all represented at the demonstration which took place at Department of Agriculture offices in Drumshanbo, with farmers calling for the immediate introduction of a meal voucher scheme for those experiencing fodder shortages.

    The protest was organised by the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association, who say the Agriculture Minister has ignored the principal recommendation of the fodder committee, which was for a meal voucher scheme.

    While the Minister did deliver a transport subsidy, its restrictive nature means it will not deliver for most farmers, according to National President Colm O’Donnell.

    He wants licenced hauliers who traditionally source quality fodder to be involved in the transport subsidy scheme, and he’s calling for a change to the 100km zone for sourcing fodder.

    The INHFA is also calling for square bales of hay and straw to be included in the scheme, and for local Agri stores to be added to the scheme where there is no Co-op in the area.

    The organisation is calling on Minister Michael Creed to reconvene the fodder action group to address the problems with the scheme designed by his Department and the co-operatives.

  • Gardaí are investigating the cause of a fire yesterday evening at the former Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey, on the Roscommom/ Leitrim border, which had been due to open as an accommodation centre for asylum seekers.

    The alarm was raised at about a quarter to eight last night.

    Gardaí from Carrick-on-Shannon Garda station and a number of fire tenders went to the scene, and sealed off the area around the hotel. There were no reports of injuries, and witnesses said there was little obvious damage apart from smoke damage to the outside of the building.

    In a statement this morning, the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he is deeply concerned by the incident.

    He states that the hotel had recently contracted with his Department to provide accommodation for 80 asylum seekers who have come to Ireland to seek protection, many of whom, he says, have experienced conflict and trauma and are vulnerable.

    The Minister concludes saying that the final preparations were being made in the hotel for their arrival. Thankfully, there were no residents in situ when the fire broke out. A security guard who was on the premises was not injured and managed to raise the alarm.The investigation into the cause of the fire must now take place.

     

     

  • Leitrim boxer Dearbhla Rooney secured a bronze medal at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires last night.

    The Leitrim featherweight beat New Zealand's Te Mania Shelford-Evans on a unanimous decision.

    There was disappointment for Sligo flyweight Dean Clancy.

    He was beaten on a unanimous decision by his Brazilian opponent in their bronze medal bout.

     

  • A man's been arrested after drugs worth 135 thousand euro were discovered in Co. Leitrim on Tuesday night.

    The cannabis resin was found after Gardai stopped a car in Carrick-on-Shannon as part of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing in the Sligo/Leitrim areas.

    The 50 year old driver of the car was arrested and taken to Carrick-on-Shannon Garda station for questioning.

    In a follow up search at a house in Manorhamilton, a large amount of cash, and more of the drug were found.

  • Connacht Junior Football Semi-Final
    Mayo 0-17 
    Leitrim 0-08

  • Two Irish boxers must shake off the disappointment of semi final defeats, and fight for bronze medals.

    Sligo flyweight Dean Clancy, who lost his flyweight semio-final to Briitain's Ivan Price last night, will face Brazil's Luiz Chalot de Oliveira in Buenos Aires this evening.

    While Leitrim's Dearbhla Rooney goes up against Kiwi, TeMania Shelford-Edmonds.

     

  • Ten counties had no emergency accommodation for victims of domestic violence last year.

    The Times Ireland edition says many women and children are fleeing abusive situations - only to be told there's no space for them at refuges.

    It also claims the government is still counting beds from a Dublin refuge that was closed in 2017 in its statistics for emergency spaces.

    The counties without emergency accommodation include Galway County, Leitrim and Roscommon.

  • Three candidates were last night selected to run for Fianna Fail in the next election in the Sligo/Leitrim constituency.

    Sitting TDs Eamon Scanlon and Marc MacSharry, along with Leitrim’s Shane Ellis were all selected for the party.

    The convention was held in the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon and was chaired by Roscommon/Galway Deputy Eugene Murphy.