Rural fracking. Cllr Declan Bree said the ban had been welcomed by the Sligo community “who fully recognise the dangers fracking poses to water quality, to human safety and to the general environment”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Council chief, backing activity, cites conflict between national and local government needs

Claire O’Brien from Ballinlough, Cork with her son Conor attempting to travel to Dublin for the soccer international, at Kent Train Station, Cork during industrial action halting services. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Among thousands left stranded were Ireland fans travelling to World Cup qualifer

A sign inside the  former Abbey Field Hotel in Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon, welcoming the  76 Syrian refugees who arrived there on Tuesday. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Ballaghaderreen community warmly welcomes first contingent of refugees to town

A jury at Sligo Coroner’s Court has returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the case of musician Martin (Matt) Kivlehan (59), who died in August 2015.

59-year-old suffered deep stab wounds to left and right sides of his neck in his home

Musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh said she was concerned at the plan to expand the shellfish operation at Braade Strand, Gweedore Bay, which is close to her home. Photograph Colm Hogan

Farms approved by Minister could lead to industrialisation of ‘most beautiful county’

Judge Keenan Johnson in Roscommon Circuit Court condemned what he called  “systematic and protracted” abuse perpetrated by Robert Sumner (76). File photograph: Getty Images

Woman tells court her childhood and innocence were stolen by Robert Sumner (76)

Davy Walsh and Aodán Conneely, from GMIT Mayo, trying out the play area which was built by  students  from donated and upcycled materials. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Finishing touches are being applied to the former hotel that will house the new arrivals

Frank Feighan: said he had received death threats after voting with his party to close Roscommon Hospital’s emergency department. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Senator says public attitude has shifted over Roscommon Hospital A&E closure

 Artists Maria  Fleming and Paul Cole put the finishing touches to the Ballaghaderreen welcome wall: interpreters will be available at Duffy’s Supervalu to translate messages   into Arabic. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Playgrounds built as Welcome to Roscommon group prepares centre for 37 children

Oliver Williams, of Loughrea, Co Galway, has received a five-month suspended sentence.

Oliver Williams convicted under Charities Act for unregistered soup kitchen in Sligo

The hotel site of the Emergency Reception & Orientation Centre (EROC) in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Jacqueline Mullen overwhelmed with offers of help from locals in Ballaghaderreen

Bus Feda driver Donal Sweeney at IT Sligo on the company’s Donegal/Galway route. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Brian O’Donnell says his Donegal-Galway service is not undercutting Expressway

A member of the project’s board said the closure was ironic given the spotlight now on Ballaghaderreen and the need for facilities there because of the decision to accommodate 82 Syrian  refugees, including 37 children and teenagers, in the town. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TD says move by department leaves vacuum for 500 young people who use service

Pupils from Taunagh National School, Riverstown, Co Sligo with The Assumption by Mainie Jellet, one of 11  artists featured in the Punc 1x1 project. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Model arts centre outreach scheme takes paintings out of gallery to inspire children

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon: 82 Syrian refugees, including 37 children, will arrive to area in  early March. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil TD calls for child psychologist appointment ahead of arrival of 37 children

Mary Gallagher: “Wouldn’t it break your heart to see Aleppo ... It’s like a broken jigsaw.” Photograph: Brian Farrell

'I think Irish people are sympathetic because after the Famine, where would we have been?'

A view down  Main Street in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Council chief: ‘This is a good news story for desperate people who are in desperate need’

Flooding on the river Shannon just over a year ago. Seán Canney TD says a maintenance programme on the Shannon will get under way shortly.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Work on demountable barrier at Castleplunkett turlough stalled over access row

Mary Jameson: “Five years ago banks were not repossessing homes. We never had to deal with people in that category but that has all changed”

Over 1,000 on housing list while numbers contacting Focus Ireland up 50 per cent

An Bord Pleanála cited concerns over flooding in denying permission for the development of a Lidl shop outside Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Board overrules council in blocking Carrick-on-Shannon development

Teenager Aoife McCormack (14) has to have her finger pricked 10 times a day.

Freestyle Libre can monitor glucose levels in blood through skin instead of finger pricks

Farms and houses along the River Shannon were badly affected by floods last winter. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Not before time’ say locals as OPW pledges to undertake strategic maintenance works

Carrick Cineplex owner Liam Farrell estimates he lost close to €400,000 due to flooding in 2009 and 2015. Photograph: Brian Farrell

OPW proposals to build flood defence wall have met scorn, anger and derision from locals

Sam Smith was shot twice when he answered a knock on the door where he was living at Carroll Drive, Cranmore, Sligo, on December 30th, 2005. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sam Smith was shot aged 23 in 2005 at the door of his sister’s house in Sligo

A protest last week in support of Ballygawley post office in Co Sligo.

Priest speaks out as company reviews contract after death of Ballygawley postmaster

By 2025 there will be a ton of plastic in the oceans for every three tons of fish worldwide. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Tonnes of plastic waste being dumped into the oceans affecting bird and marine species

 Globe House direct provision centre in Sligo: Iranian asylum seeker Amjad Rosstami had stopped taking liquids at the weekend, sparking concerns for his wellbeing. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister lifted deportation threat on Monday but Iranian (44) waited for confirmation

Globe House direct provision hostel in Sligo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kurd refused food for 35 days as he would ‘rather die of starvation than go back to Iran’

Globe House in Sligo, where the unnamed hunger striker is said to be very weak and  losing his eyesight. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry appeals to Minister to review case as matter of urgency

A man who drove at speed while a Garda was clinging onto the open window of his car has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Judge says Garda John Walsh lucky not to have been killed in Co Sligo incident

A coroner has criticised our “binge” culture after hearing a 19-year-old girl died after ingesting a cocktail of illegal drugs mixed with alcohol. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Toxicology results show evidence of drug and alcohol consumption mix in Leitrim fatality

Anglers and canoeists held a rally at a Border lake on Saturday in a bid to put pressure on political parties to support a Private Member’s Bill to ban fracking.

Bianca Jagger and Glen Hansard among those backing the Love Leitrim campaign

Man pleads guilty to endangering Sligo officer who tried to search him for drugs

Members of the local party faithful were at a Fine Gael function in Coady’s pub in Castlebar  shortly after the February election, when Taoiseach Enda Kenny introduced his daughter Aoibhinn. File photograph: Google Street View

Locals evenly split between supporters and those saying someone else should get chance

Author Annie Proulx and Iron Mountain Literature Festival director Vincent Woods  on the way to a holy well in Co Leitrim.  Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Writer praises Dermot Healy at literature festival but has a pop at John Steinbeck

The Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, announced in October 2015 that Sligo would get a new station

Engineers’ report highlighted antiquated heating system and ‘third-world’ toilet facilities in station

A threat to close libraries in Co Sligo has been lifted following approval from a Government department for the recruitment of six staff. Photograph: Eric Luke

Four full-time library staff plus two librarians to get six-month contracts

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney: met with Ciarán Hayes, chief executive of Sligo County Council on September 21st to discuss staffing crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Section 140 motion to force council chief executive to keep branch libraries open

A witness told gardaí the deceased had pulled up in his van to admire a pitbull terrier before he was shot through the open window of his van. The shooting happened outside EJ’s Menswear on Grattan Street (above), Sligo, on April 28th, 2005.  File photograph: Google Street View

Hughie McGinley (26) died after gunman put small weapon to left temple and shot him once

 Strokestown House in Co Roscommon. Strokestown locals are joining forces with the estate in a bid to transform their community into an internationally-known heritage attraction.

Local community plans partnership with Strokestown House to transform town

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney has been urged to rethink the Government’s attitude to local authority debt.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

County associated with WB Yeats may lose two of its three libraries if staff cuts go ahead

 Stanley Richardson, of Newtowngore, Co Leitrim, a cattle breeder,  at Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on Tuesday.  Photograph: Brian Farrell

Stanley Richardson convicted of selling bull which had been given phenylbutazone

The Shamrock Gaels GAA club in Coola, Co Sligo where the alleged assault took place last Friday. Photograph via Google

Violence erupts after supporters say referee played eight minutes of extra time

Former Fine Gael Frank Feighan: Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘I do not think enough people were willing to stand up and be counted,’ says former TD

Jimmy Gralton: suspected of being a Communist and was denounced by the Catholic Church

Jimmy Gralton denounced as a communist by Fianna Fáil government in 1933

Neisha Wratten at the Carrick-on-Shannon workhouse from which her ancestor Bridget Cannon was taken to Australia in 1849. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Descendants of orphans transported to Australia want memorial in Carrick-on-Shannon

 Circuit Court Judge Keenan Johnson: said  the bedroom after the assault was  like something out of a horror movie. Photograph: Collins Courts

Comments made after case of ‘vicious’ assault which left victim afraid to come to court

A Department of Social Welfare official has been found not guilty of coercion at Sligo Circuit Court. The complainant in the case Martha Rooney had alleged that the defendant had asked her for her oral sex in return for not being prosecuted for fraud. Photograph: James Connolly

Judge says he was satisfied the prosecution case did not establish the offence of coercion

Andrew Gilmartin (46) ‘absolutely and totally refutes’ an allegation that he asked a woman for oral sex in return for her avoiding prosecution for fraud, Sligo Circuit Court heard on Friday. Photograph: James Connolly

Woman who made allegation denies in Sligo court that the case was ‘all about money’

Andrew Gilmartin (47), of Drumfad, Grange, County Sligo, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of coercion. He denies compelling a woman to do an act which ‘she was lawfully entitled to abstain from’ at the Social Welfare offices in Cranmore, Sligo on April 9th, 2014. Photograph: James Connolly

Sligo Department of Social Protection worker Andrew Gilmartin denies charge

Minister of State Andrew Doyle visited Leitrim  on Tuesday to meet farmers who say they are being forced to compete for land with foreign and Irish investors who were getting involved in forestry and securing  favourable treatment from the banks. File photograph: Getty Images

Leitrim IFA chair says county does not want to be a ‘carbon sink for aristocrats of Europe’

Adrian Kelly from Cloone, Co Leitrim, passing a former shop (left) and a house which are both surrounded by forestry. “How can you live with trees coming up to your door?” Photograph: Brian Farrell

The planting of trees is causing tension in the area and turning farmer against farmer

A Garda before the courts on seven counts of disclosing information obtained in the course of her duties was further charged on Thursday under the Data Protection Acts. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Jimell Henry (34) is accused of revealing personal data obtained during her duties

Dominic Fallon, of Kiltrustran, Strokestown, Co Roscommon - who was admitted to Sligo University Hospital the day after a catheterisation  procedure - died there 90 days later, coroner Eamon MacGowan heard.  File photograph: Getty Images

Coroner returns verdict of medical misadventure in case with ‘three months of torture’

Seán Mac Diarmada was executed at dawn on May 12th, 1916.

Mac Diarmada’s grandniece among those who gathered in Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim

Mary McInerney and Jorn Bjerknes on their ‘Lovely Leitrim’ boatel at Keshcarrigan, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

A couple keen to make a living on the river have launched tailor-made stays on board ‘Lovely Leitrim’

Whiskey will soon be distilled in Sligo’s Hazelwood House, which was designed by architect Richard Cassels. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Production of single malt whiskey to start in the Lough Gill distillery within 12-18 months

Sabine Walsh, president of the Mediators Institute of Ireland, says mediation costs a fraction of the cost of litigation, and the route to resolving conflict is speedier.

Mediation is about dealing with the nitty gritty

Former deputy editor of The Irish Times James “Jim” Downey  at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, in October 2009. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Journalist decided ‘he could wait no longer for government to be formed’, mourners told

MEP Luke Ming Flanagan, a distant relative of Fr Michael O’Flanagan who was a local curate and a key figure in Sinn Féin during the period, launched ‘Ardcarne Remembers 1913 to 1923’. Photograph: Frank Miller

Teenage boy shot by Black and Tans among those to be commemorated in Ardcarne

Radiocarbon dating of the bear’s knee bone, one of some 15,000 bones found in the cave, confirmed it was 12,500 years old. Photograph: James Connolly

Find pushes back earliest evidence of human habitation of island by 2,500 years

Scenes at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Mountbellew, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Strong sunshine drives numbers and exuberant atmosphere at events around country

Judge Rosemary Horgan: expressed concern about the multiple interviews children are subjected to in child abuse investigations. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

District Court president expresses concern at breakdown of placements

Dr Geoffrey Shannon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

State rapporteur on child protection says issue ‘one of the biggest challenges facing schools’

Fine Gael member owns shop in Sligo where winner of €8,244,501 jackpot bought ticket

Rose Ward (18), Connolly Park, Tubbercurry, who died on July 21st, 2007, had dropped in weight from more than 14 stone, Sligo Coroner’s Court heard.    Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Parents of Sligo teenager said they had unanswered questions over HSE care

A woman who expressed suicidal thoughts, and was twice admitted to a psychiatric unit at Lettekenny General Hospital (pictured), died by drowning hours after she was allowed leave the hospital, an inquest has heard. Photograph: Google Streetview.

Doctor felt Pauline Devlin’s condition improved to point she could go out unaccompanied

Among the gems uncovered in this show on Leitrim’s music heritage are a song from Turlough O’Carolan and a forgotten star of the N(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Irish Water was “here to stay”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach defends stance on removal of cancer services from Sligo hospital

Theft took place at the Bank of Ireland, Teeling Street, Tubbercurry. Photograph: Google Street View

Crime in Tubbercurry was ‘an affront and an attack on the sanctity of an Irish town’

A jury at Sligo Circuit Court took less than an hour to convict Bernard Quigley of Branchfield, Drumfin, Co Sligo, who had denied three charges in connection with the theft of an ATM from a bank. File photograph: Getty Images

Jury takes under an hour to convict Bernard Quigley of Branchfield, Drumfin, Co Sligo

More than 500 protesters in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, march in support of nurse-led services at St Patrick’s Community Hospital, which have been downgraded. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Open letter from Friends of St Patrick’s urges politicians not to insult the elderly with vague promises but to come up with cost(...)

Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has apologised in court to a Fianna Fáil politician for comments he posted on his Facebook page on the morning of the October 2014 Roscommon-South Leitrim byelection. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

Defamation action by Fianna Fáil councillor over comment on page before byelection is settled

Just after 5am on January 29th, 2014, a digger was used to remove an  ATM from the front wall of a Bank of Ireland branch in Teeling Street, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo. File photograph: Getty Images

Witness says cash machine fell off trailer in Tubbercurry and had to be reloaded

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin reading Easter 1916 by WB Yeats in Hargadons Bar, Sligo. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Probably the most popular participant at Hargadons pub was Joanna Lumley

Members of the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club bring sand bags up the flooded road in an effort to keep the waters for the house. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Brady family home in Lisserdrea now ‘an island surrounded by water’

Shem Caulfield from Thomastown and John Kedney from Knocktopher, both Co Kilkenny, head down the quay after the river Nore burst its banks at Thomastown. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Offaly council says water levels on Shannon could exceed peak levels of two weeks ago

The jury returned a unanimous verdict of unlawful killing in the case of Brandon Skeffington and a majority verdict of suicide “as a result of unsound mind” in the case of his brother Shane Michael. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Jury at inquest into deaths of 20-year-old and 9-year-old urges education about mental health

Inquest:  brother of  Liam McCauley ‘shocked’ by his unexpected death. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Verdict of medical misadventure returned after death of hernia patient Liam McCauley

Marooned: buildings surrounded by flood waters in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Properties in Leitrim also under threat as residents brace themselves for deluge

The alarm was raised at lunchtime when the woman was spotted in the Owenmore River at Collooney, Co Sligo (above). File photograph: Google Street View

Coast Guard helicopter joins search with gardaí and fire service after body spotted

Joe Queenan - as secretly filmed by the RTÉ Investigations unit. Photograph: RTÉ

Joe Queenan, who resigned from Fianna Fáil, says he will not give up council seat

The tomb at Tievebaun discovered by archaeologist Michael Gibbons. Photograph: Michael Gibbons

Site on Sligo/Leitrim border may not have been found until now due to mountain setting

Twins Shayna and Orlaith Teggart, pupils at St Hugh’s National School in Dowra,  with a proof of the cover of The Scrapbook of Regrets. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Leitrim pupils ask sports stars how they’d do things differently

A surfer prepares for the evening waves on Strandhill beach at the Surf Summit in Sligo. Photograph: Elaine Kelly

Surf Summit weekend event included talks from local and international surf champions

Gardaí at the scene on Mail Coach Road, Sligo, where Natalie McGuinness died. Photograph: James Connolly

Oisin Conroy charged over death of Natalie McGuinness at Mail Coach Road

Gardaí at the scene on Mailcoach Road, Sligo, where Natalie McGuinness died. Photograph: James Connolly

Death of 23-year-old in Sligo this week was ‘utterly senseless’, mourners told

Gardaí at the scene on Mailcoach Road, Sligo, where Natalie McGuinness died. Photograph: James Connolly

Oisin Conroy (33) in court over death of Natalie McGuinness (23)

Gardaí at a house on Mailcoach Road, Sligo, where an incident occurred resulting in the death of a woman. Photograph: James Connolly

Natalie McGuinness (23) was from Easkey, Co Sligo but who was working in Sligo town

An estimated 400 people attended a public meeting last week to oppose the downgrading of day care services at St Patrick’s Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Locals and medics oppose downgrade of nurse-led service in Leitrim community hospital

Former Fine Gael TD John Perry with Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Mr Perry  lost out at the selection convention for Sligo-North Leitrim in a close contest over weekend. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

FG candidate says he understands why Perry would find it difficult to accept the result

 Fine Gael  leader Enda Kenny  with former minister of state John Perry. File Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former junior minister claims he was ‘hung out to dry’ on hospital issue

Remains of five children and an adult may be more than 1,000 years old

Strokestown House: built by the Mahon family in the 1760s and now owned by Westward Garage Group

Site to be taken over by Irish Heritage Trust, which also runs Fota House in Cork

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton,  Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford at the annual cross-border seminar on organised crime at the Clarion Hotel in Sligo. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Frances Fitzgerald says ‘no blind eye’ will be turned to actions of Provisional IRA

The N4 route towards Sligo in Castlebaldwin. Photograph: Google Street View

14km stretch between Castlebaldwin and Collooney has claimed the lives of 30 people

John Carslake, gamekeeper and grouse project manager: “Because I am on the mountain full-time, I can raise the alarm if a lamb is in trouble.”  Photograph: Brian Farrell

In 2007, just four pairs of the birds were left on the mountain, now 98 have been recorded

One of six  discovered cannons from the Spanish Armada shipwrecks in 1588 at  Streedagh, Co Sligo,   when it was   set down for a public viewing in Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo, in July. Photograph: James Connolly

1,100 died when, in violent storms in September 1588, three ships from the Armada were driven ashore and wrecked

Kieran Quinn came late to both his passions: GAA and playing music

An Eircom technician surveys the aftermath of telephone line theft in the Kesh/Ballinafad area of Roscommon.  Photograph: Brian Farrell

Rural lifeline for hundreds severed as thieves ‘burn off plastic’ to harvest valuable metal

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