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Vigil takes place at Sligo and Galway hospitals calling for increased investment


sligo-hospital-from-hse-website-2017A vigil will take place outside Sligo and Galway hospitals this evening calling for increased investment in front line health services.

The ”Still Waiting Health Campaign” arose following last week’s coverage of the plight of people waiting for operations and misleading information on the length of waiting lists.

Sligo and Galway are among seven hospitals where vigils will take place at half past seven to mark the loss of lives due to cutbacks in the health service over the last 20 years.

Spokesperson for the movement which began on facebook, Cyril Brennan says it’s about people on the ground making a stand.



Jimmy Farrell.


Jimmy Farrell.

Cross, Ardagh, Co. Longford.

Ex Department of Posts and Telegraphs Engineering Branch.

Thursday, February, 16th peacefully in his 97th year.

Reposing at his home at Cross tomorrow evening (Fri) from five o’clock until nine o’clock. Removal on (Sat) to St. Brigid’s Church, Ardagh arriving for Funeral Mass at twelve noon. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private on Saturday morning please.


Theresa Cox (nee Murray)


Theresa Cox. (nee Murray)

Cappagh, Ballinalack, Co. Westmeath.

Wednesday, February, 15th at the General Hospital, Mullingar.

Predeceased by her husband James, sadly missed by her sons, Brendan, Gerry and Fred,  daughters Mary and Kathleen  brother Pat, sons-in-law, daughters-in-lawsister-in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at Mullingar Hospital Mortuary Chapel tomorrow evening (Fri) from half past four, with prayers at six o’clock, followed by removal to St. Mary’s Church, Rathowen to arrive at seven o’clock.

Mass of the Resurrection on (Sat) at twelve noon, with burial afterwards in Russagh cemetery.

Due to the death of Theresa the premises of Cox upholstery services will be closed until Monday next.

Senator raises Leitrim accident’s ‘good Samaritan’ insurance issue


Motor insurance companies need to be brought to task about the recent incident involving a good Samaritan deed at a Leitrim accident.

That’s according to Fianna Fail Senator Keith Swanick who raised the issue in the Seanad yesterday.

Senator Swanick said the public has been very generous in helping Paul Egan who lost his car after the roof had to be cut off to remove a patient involved in an earlier road accident who had been sheltering there.

The accident happened at Keshcarrigan in Co Leitrim at the end of last month, and Mr Egan who is from Sligo, was the first to come on the scene.

While funds have been raised to help him recoup the loss of his car, Senator Swanick says Mr Egan has apparently been told by his insurance company that they’ll treat the incident as a claim on his policy when he renews it:



Roscommon and Leitrim councillors paid over €1million in 2016


New figures show that councillors in Roscommon and Leitrim were paid more than €1 million in salaries, allowances and expenses last year.

Councillors in Roscommon received €534,000 in 2016, while Leitrim’s got almost €488,000.


The average councillor in Roscommon last year received €26,700, while it was €25,700 in Leitrim.

In Roscommon, the current cathaoirleach, Independent Tony Ward, was the highest paid, receiving €41,300.

This included a representational payment of just over €17,143, an annual allowance of €4,600, a cathaoirleach allowance of €10,000 for holding the position for six months of last year and €3,000 for holding the same position in Athlone Municipal District.

The next highest paid was Fianna Fáil’s Paschal Fitzmaurice, receiving €39,000, while his party colleague Paddy Kilduff, cathaoirleach for half of last year, got nearly €38,400.

Another Fianna Fáil member, Ivan Connaughton, was the next top earner, with €36,200.

To see the full expenses you can click here 



In Leitrim, the best paid was Fine Gael’s John McCartin, with €41,500 – he was chairman of the council and the Ballinamore Municipal District for part of the year.

He was succeeded as cathaoirleach of the local authority by Fianna Fáil’s Mary Bohan, who was the second best earner, with €35,300.

Longford County Council says it hasn’t finalised its figures yet, but says they’ll be published on its website by March 1st.

To see the full expenses you can click here 



Burke refuses to be drawn on Enda Kenny’s future as Taoiseach


Longford-Westmeath Fine Gael Deputy Peter Burke is refusing to be drawn on whether he thinks Enda Kenny should be forced to name the day of his resignation as party leader.

Deputy Burke who was elected as a TD almost a year ago, says that he has full confidence in the party leader to know when to make that announcement.

He also says he believes the previous comments from Enda Kenny about not leading the party into the next election should have satisfied most people.



Speaking on the Joe Finnegan show this morning, Longford councillor Peggy Nolan claims the issues around Enda’s leadership is distracting from more serious issues facing the government:



Ibec study claims Roscommon’s broadband is the worst in Ireland


A new study published today shows that Roscommon is the county that has the worst high-speed broadband in the country.

According to Ibec’s Local Economic Indicators 2017 report, the county has connectivity of just 36 per cent – compared to 99 per cent in Dublin.

Counties in the west of the country generally have very poor broadband, with 40 per cent in Leitrim – the third lowest in the country.

Longford’s rate, 48 per cent, is also below the national average of 57 per cent.

Aidan Sweeney, a senior policy executive with Ibec, is calling on the government to urgently step in to provide broadband in areas where commerical operators won’t.


According to the report, the Shannonside region also fares poorly in relation to overseas tourism.

Longford has the second lowest income from that stream in the country, while Roscommon has the sixth worst.

Leitrim was somewhat better, being 14th of the 26 counties.

New day care centre planned for Carrick-on-Shannon

The car showroom that could partly be turned into a day care centre (Photo: Google Maps)

Planning permission is being sought for a day care centre to be developed in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Margaret Lunney has asked Roscommon County Council to allow her change the use of a portion of a car showroom at Cortober, which has been vacant since 2011.

She wants to turn 300 square metres of the 2,500-square-metre building into an adult day care centre for people with intellectual disabilities.

The council is due to make a decision on the application by April 4th.

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