Social solidarity: Members of the North Leitrim Men’s Group – John Maguire, Thomas Happ, Pat Love, Pat Kerrigan, Des Hand and Pat McMorrow. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Department accused of being ‘hell bent’ on closing scheme that combats social isolation

Sean Rowlette from Dromore West in Sligo with his four children Leanne (8), Abbie (6), Joseph (3) and baby Sally Jnr. His wife Sally died at Sligo General Hospital just hours after giving birth to her fourth child. Photograph supplied by family.

Husband of Sally Rowlette speaks about decision to help others to live after his wife died the day after giving birth to their fou(...)

Academic staff at St Angela’s college Sligo are to stage a second one-day strike next month

Staff at St Angela’s college say they would be effectively demoted from ‘lecturers’

Spike Milligan: his father Leo was born  in Sligo where the inaugural Bright Side of Life comedy festival is taking place

Songs written by the Goon were found by actor daughter Jane who will perform them

Taoiseach Enda Kenny presents US president Barack Obama with a  volume of WB Yeats’s poetry,  hand-printed by Mary Plunkett, in the White House in Washington, DC,  today.  Photograph: Dennis Brack/EPA

Poetry volume presented by Taoiseach to president made by grandniece of 1916 leader

The work  etched on his face: Leaving the pit at Arigna in July 1990. Photograph Derek Speirs

Ex-miners, now guides, recall savage working conditions

  Joanne Flanagan: “We take hand hygiene very seriously. We swab hands constantly.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Joanne Flanagan is the infection prevention and control nurse specialist at the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin

File photograph of IT Sligo. A 23-year-old student  whose body was discovered in his  apartment on Monday has been named as Jamie Shaw, a first-year performing arts student at the institute.

Jamie Shaw (23), was a first-year performing arts student at IT Sligo from Belfast

TUI deputy general secretary Annette Dolan said given the level of anger among academic staff at St Angela’s College (above), she was not surprised 95 per cent voted in favour of industrial action.  File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

TUI says issues at Sligo college include plan to demote many from ‘lecturer’ to ‘university teacher’

The finds (pictured) follow the discovery last year of part of a 20ft rudder from one of the vessels on the beach. Photograph: Ciaran McHugh Photography

Low tides at Streedagh this weekend may expose more wreckage

Eddie Walsh and his wife Constance Cassidy are owners of Constance Markievic’s ancestral home Lissadell House. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Women involved in 1916 Rising ‘were almost written out of the historical record’

Jan O Sullivan: Local Fianna Fáil senator Marc MacSharry appealed to the Minister for Education to intervene. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Jan O’Sullivan asked to get involved in row over merger of St Angela’s College Sligo and NUI Galway

St Angela’s College, Sligo. Photograph: Pat Langan

Concern expressed over lack of consultation with union representatives

Minister for Local Government Alan Kelly: his department has already signalled its unhappiness with a recently submitted 10 year financial plan from Sligo County Council. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Council deputation facing uphill battle to convince the Minister to sanction funding

Seán Rowlette said  that he told his children where he was going, they sat down and wrote a letter to Minister Leo Varadkar.

Seán Rowlette and Michael Kivlehan had meeting with Minister about safety of maternity services

Hazelwood House, Co Sligo, on the shores of Lough Gill. Software developer David Raethorne plans to establish a craft distillery, restaurant and arts initiatives on the site. Photo:Wiki

Software developer’s pledge to restore Hazlewood House is welcomed by heritage society

 Michael Kivlehan husband of Dhara Kivlehan, who died after having a baby at Sligo Reional  Hospital: “If I am out with the children shopping or having a meal I am often approached by people asking me questions – they are worried [about having a baby in Sligo Regional Hospital].”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sally Rowlette and Dhara Kivlehan died after giving birth at Sligo Regional Hospital

Bryan Rooney: catalogue of ill-health left him unable to play fiddle for a time. Photograph: Brian Farrell

TG4 documentary shows why fiddler Bryan Rooney is so revered

Bishop Colm O’Reilly, Fr Tom Healy and Bishop Francis Duffy in St Mel’s Cathedral. Photograph: John McElroy

Building transformed following €30m restoration project

 Sally  and Seán Rowlette of Dromore West in Sligo. Ms Rowlette died at Sligo General Hospital  in February 2013     hours after giving birth to her fourth child. Photo supplied by family

Second apology comes two weeks after public apology was issued to them through PR firm and media

Sean Rowlette arriving at Sligo Court for the inquest into the death of his wife Sally Rowlette. Photograph: James Connolly

Two months ago a jury recorded the same verdict in respect of Dhara Kivlehan

File photograph of Sean Rowlette and his children. Photograph: James Connolly

No reference in hospital’s computerised records to Ms Rowlette’s history of HELLP

Mother who died after birth ‘never suffered from any illness prior to her death’

Sally Rowlette (36) from Dromore West, Co Sligo with her husband Sean. She died in the hospital on February 5th 2013 the day after her fourth baby was born.

Inquest hears Sally Rowlette (36) died in Sligo the day after her fourth baby was born

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has made it clear he does not wish ‘to close down Sligo County Council’, elected members have been told. Image: Google Street View

Department questions whether draft budget a ‘credible step to financial recovery’

Annie West with ‘Prime Time’ presenter David McCullagh at the launch of Yeats in Love in the Yeats Building, Sligo.

Annie West’s book ‘Yeats in Love’ has irreverent drawings of the poet’s four proposals

A small group of anti-water charges protesters surrounded the Taoiseach’s car, kicking and banging it with placards, while one man who climbed on the bonnet had to be pulled away by gardaí.  Photo: James Connolly / PicSell

Protest leaders had urged crowd to ensure picket remained peaceful

The court had heard that 110 gardaí were involved in a 13-hour siege in Sligo last December. Photograph: Frank Miller

Michael O’Connor reloaded a shotgun on 23 times during Sligo siege

A good egg: Keen GAA man Luke Dolan attributed his longevity to a boiled egg every day, plenty of sugar in his tea and a devoted wife. He was also off the cigarettes for almost 50 years, having kicked the habit at 60. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Tributes paid to Roscommon man who credited long life to boiled eggs and sugary tea

Barry Feely reflects on his family’s 230 years of making headstones

Some protesters in Sligo carrying placards reading ‘let them have phones’, a reference to recent remarks by Tánaiste Joan Burton.

Crowd of 4,000 directs anger at Taoiseach in demonstration against new charges

Most common refrain in Leitrim today was “it wasn’t me” as speculation mounts who the winner might be

Actor Chris O’Dowd pictured in King House, Boylet when he received The Freedom of Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Moone Boy creator accepts freedom of Roscommon before crowd in Boyle

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Commenting on the outcome, Luke Ming Flanagan said a seed had been planted

Newly elected Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice (right) celebrates winning the Roscommon South Leitrim byelection with MEP Luke Ming Flanagan. Photograph: Brian Farrell.

Independent candidate defeats Fianna Fáil’s Ivan Connaughton on seventh count

The winners: Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy celebrates taking the Dublin South West byelection (left) and Michael Fitzmaurice (Independent) savours his victory in the Roscommon South-Leitrim byelection. Photographs: Alan Betson/The Irish Times and Brian Farrell.

Anti-Austerity Alliance tops SF in Dublin SW; Independent beats FF in Roscommon-South Leitrim

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheal Martin with Cllr Sinead Guckian in Roscommon on Monday. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Taoiseach Enda Kenny took to campaign trail in Roscommon-South Leitrim

 Seán with his children Leanne (9), Sally jnr (20 months), Joseph (4) and Abbie (7). “I am conscious that her inquest starts in December, when the children will be getting excited about Christmas, but the waiting is really hard and I don’t want anyone to delay it further now.”

Hearing into Sligo hospital death to be held in December

Dhara Kivlehan’s husband  Michael says he feels no anger towards hospital staff over her death. Photograph: PA

Dhara Kivlehan’s husband to set up foundation for bereaved parents who lose a partner

Michael Kivlehan appealed to other fathers not to be afraid to challenge doctors.

Jury reach unanimous verdict and call for national database of critical-care beds

An undated picture  of Dhara Kivlehan and her husband Michael.

Expert witness gives evidence on final day of hearing into woman’s death

 Dhara Kivlehan: died in 2010,  days after giving birth, from multi-organ failure in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital having  suffered a severe strain of pre-eclampsia. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Nurse denies telling Michael Kivlehan to ‘stop eavesdropping’ on doctors

Inquests hears of angry exchanges between staff and husband of seriously-ill woman

Dhara and Michael Kivlehan.

Delay after diagnosis ‘not appropriate’ but did not affect overall care, inquest told

Michael Kivlehan with his late wife Dhara Kivlehan: staff at Sligo Regional Hospital tried in vain to find an ICU bed for her in a number of hospitals before she was airlifted to Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, where she died. Photograph: PA Wire

Woman died in Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast of multi-organ failure a week after her first baby was born in Sligo Regional Hospit(...)

Dhara Kivlehan (left), who lived with her husband Michael (right) in Dromahair, Co Leitrim, died in the Royal Victoria hospital, Belfast, in September 2010, a week after giving birth at  Sligo Regional Hospital.

Dhara Kivlehan died in Belfast a week after giving birth at Sligo Regional Hospital

Michael Kivlehan, at the inquest into the death of his wife Dhara  at Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday. Photograph: James Connolly

Pathologist said it was the only case he had come across

Michael Kivlehan, husband of Dhara Kivlehan who died in 2010, speaks at coroner’s court in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Husband of Dhara Kivlehan says consultant told him she would be ‘fine’

Dhara Kivlehan and her husband Michael. Ms Kivlehan died  in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital on September 28th 2010 , four days after being airlifted from Sligo Regional Hospital where she had given birth to her first baby, a boy called Dior.

Dhara Kivlehan died in a Belfast hospital after being airlifted from Sligo Regional Hospital

Bruno Beo, owner of Bruno’s bar and restaurant in Boyle, shows the clear water from a filtration system he installed. Photograph: Brian Farrell

‘If we were not about to have a byelection there would be damn all talk in the Dáil about our water problems’

The present owner’s grandfather, Bryan, was an MP at Westminster and was elected as a TD in south Dublin in 1923.

Famous guests at Francis Johnston-designed castle include Johnny Cash and Tom Watson

 Anti-fracking protests outside Leitrim County Council in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim,  in 2011. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Leitrim and Cavan councillors to meet Alex White on hydraulic fracturing for gas

The 34th International Naturists Congress, Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, runs until Sunday. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Twenty five countries represented at International Naturist Congress in Leitrim

Volunteers excavate the box-like archeological structure on Coney Island. The site may date back 4,000 years

A box-like structure built from large stone slabs may have been used for bathing or cooking during the Bronze Age

 Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland refused to see or hear when it came to hiding women, children in institutions, Tanaiste says

Taoiseach Enda Kenny warned today that the Government was not in a position to “write large cheques” while conceding tax figures published this afternoon were “quite strong”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Government not in position to ‘write large cheques’

A portrait of Charles Alexander   MacMunn, published in  the British Medical Journal  in  March 1911.    Photograph: Wellcome Trust

Easkey man gave up his research for the Boer War after his findings were rubbished

Stuart King from Ashbourne, Co Meath (foreground) and other DeLorean owners at the meeting of the DeLorean Owners of Ireland Association at Carrigallen, Co Leitrim.

An estimated 60-100 DeLorean cars from early 1980s survive in Ireland

Workers install water meters outside houses near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Gardaí in Sligo are investigating an incident in which 120 meters were destroyed in a fire. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Gardaí investigating cause of blaze which broke out in shed causing €20,000 damage

Minister  for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. Photograph: Alan Betson

Frustration and disappointment for local businesses as 160 jobs go

President Michael D Higgins, at the opening ceremony of the Fleadh Cheoil, said the music was all about “engaging with a fleeting present in order to create something that will be lasting and beautiful”. Photograph: Colin Gillen

Some 10,000 competitors to attend the week-long event

Dublin senior football manager Jim Gavin (centre) with former Ireland darts player Seán Marshall and former Ireland rugby player Richard Costello among the team. Photographs: Conor McCabe

More than 30 athletes are set to travel to the transplant and dialysis championships in Krakow, Poland

Minester for Energy and Natural Resources Alex White. Photo: Alex Betson .

Councillors vote unanimously to seek the intervention of Taoiseach and British prime minister David Cameron

Artist Sean Rafferty with an installion he created from stones saved by his grandfather and other local people from Rockingham House in Boyle. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Artist Sean Rafferty has made an installation from the gateposts in Lough Key Forest Park

Michael Skeffington and his younger brother Brandon  were great friends who played football together, mourners at their funeral were told today.

Priest says boy with ‘bright sparkling blue eyes and big smile’ made big impression in school

Nine year-old Brandon Skeffington (left) and his brother Shane (20) who died after an incident at a house in Banada, Co Sligo on Sunday night.

Shane Skeffington believed to have stabbed brother before taking his own life

‘For some people a pregnancy might not have been a crisis 10 years ago but it is now.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

While Ireland may no longer be such a harsh place for unmarried pregnant women, the stigma persists

Brandon Skeffington (9) who was  found with stab wounds in a  house in Banada yesterday, and who died later in hospital, and his  brother  Shane (21)  whose body was found in a nearby shed.

Shock in rural community after child (9) found with stab wounds in Tubbercurry

India-born Dhara Kivlehan (left, with husband Michael Kivlehan), was 29 when she died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after being transferred by helicopter from Sligo. She had developed HELLP, a severe form of pre-eclampsia.

Solicitor tells Coroner family ‘stunned’ at what they saw as restrictive approach

The Bishop of Elphin: “Will you find one suitable candidate for priesthood in each deanery between now and Easter and invite him to contact me or one of the members of the vocations team.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dr Kevin Doran ordained by his predecessor Bishop Christopher Jones in Sligo

Dermot Healy’s widow, Helen, is consoled by President Michael D Higgins at St Patrick’s Church, Maugherow, Co Sligo, yesterday. Photograph: James Connolly

Writer laid to rest yesterday in the company of poets and artists, musicians and singers, a president and, above all, his neighbou(...)

A solicitor representing the family of Dhara Kivlehan, who died in Belfast four days after giving birth in Sligo Regional Hospital in 2010, said her husband Michael and other relatives had  ‘gone through hoops’ for four years in an attempt to get answers.

Dhara Kivlehan (29) died in Belfast four days after son was born in Sligo Regional Hospital in 2010

 Ballroom of Romance: Caretaker Clement Maguire puts the finishing touches to the Rainbow Ballroom, Glenfarne, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell.

Hall immortalised by writer William Trevor now reinvented as tourist attraction

Joe Kelly, who fought in the GPO in 1916, ended up back on duty there in the 1940s when he got a job as a doorman. He died in 1969. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Anger among relatives of those involved in the Rising as they received no assurances they would be invited to the 2016 ceremony (...)

Some 59% of teenagers regard sunbeds as a good treatment for acne. Photograph: Thinkstock

Calls for ban on sunbeds for under-18s as teenage boys, under pressure to sport a tan, put their health at risk

See Change Ambassador Hazel Larkin from Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Twenty years of battling feelings of worthlessness has led Hazel Larkin to be an ambassador for See Change

Independent councillor Declan Bree who has been elected.

Count concludes shortly after 3am with FF polling stronger than expected

Fiach MacConghail: “This commemoration anxiety has been going on for a while, and will I believe end up in commemoration paralysis.” Photograph: Joe St Leger.

Fiach MacConghail suggests a UN general assembly be convened in Dublin

Boundary change puts Roscommon hopefuls in unfamiliar territory

Constituency profile: Political observers slow to make predictions after changes

Andrew Dolan’s parents, Joe and Rosie, at his graveside in Ardcarne Cemetery , Co Roscommon.  Photograph: Brian Farrell

‘After 29 months and 21 gruelling court appearances, just one person was convicted of his manslaughter’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has today described tax cuts as a priority for the Government. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Coalition must ‘get a grip’ on issues that concern the public , Pat Rabbitte says

Jimmy Deenihan: 1916 project discussed with Minister for Arts

The focus will be on Leitrim man Seán Mac Diarmada, says film maker Kevin McCann

A Great Famine memorial in Dublin (above). When the coffin ships “rampant with cholera and typhus” arrived in Canada “the dead and living were huddled together”, and bodies were pulled from the ships with boat hooks, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told an audience which included 43 ambassadors , Government TDs, returned emigrants and up to 2,000 local people. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Unveiled memorial carries names of 1,490 from Stokestown who left on coffin ships

Patrick and Judit  Warner and their children Zoli (10) and Niki (17). Photograph: Brian Farrell

The Warners’ Harmony Farm is open to people interested in self-sufficiency, goat-keeping and woodland management

 The Alpine Garden and Cottage at Lissadell House in Sligo. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hayes says council would try to facilitate owners if seeking to host more concerts

Lissadell House: The ancestral home of Constance Markievicz has been closed since 2009.

Sligo County Council faces a legal bill estimated at €5-7 million

Bush Hotel owner Joe Dolan said: “Such events might be commonplace in the Shelbourne Hotel, but they are not in the Bush Hotel and never will be.”

Co Leitrim hotel owner cheered after stopping sale of neighbour’s property

A psychologist told the court that she believed Bimbo Paden, a nurse who has accepted responsibility for placing surgical tape over a patient’s mouth, would not be an ongoing risk to patients in the future. Photograph: Reuters

Bimbo Paden has suffered guilt, remorse and anxiety since incident, court hears

Local Fine Gael TD and Minister of State John Perry said it was “absolutely essential” that Lissadell would reopen.

Local tourism and business representatives said it was crucial the estate reopened to the public

Caitlin and Gavin Hodgins hold a picture of their late grandmother, Dolores, who was able to spend her last days at home thanks to the Irish Cancer Society’s free night nurse service.Photograph: David Sleator

Daffodil Day, which is taking place on Friday, has an ambitious target of €3.45 million

NCAD lecturer Tony Murphy photographs his early-morning journey from Boyle, Co Roscommon, to Dublin by remote control. Photograph: Tony Murphy

Irish Lives: Tony Murphy uses his daily five hours on the road to capture ‘abstract compositions’ by remote-control camera

Cavalcade of 50 boats on trailers driven through the centre of the Fermanagh town

Artist  Nick Miller, has a  studio near Benbulben in Sligo.

While Sligo is awash with creative types, it’s also a hot spot for surfing royalty

The entrance to the Sligo City Hotel on Quay Street in the town. Image: Google Streetview.

Gardaí are investigating incident which they have described as a ‘tragic, freak accident’

Fionnuala Kenny, wife of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, at the funeral of former TD Ted Nealon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Sligo, yesterday. Photograph: James Connolly

Priest recounts many ways the former minister of state had made his mark

Fr Niall Molloy who died at Clara Co Offaly in July 1985

Minister told that without inquiry ‘suspicion of cover up and collusion at a high level’ will fester

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