Government housing thousands of migrants in centres throughout the country.

Migrant accommodation centres in Kerry, Waterford, Cork, Sligo and other locations

Sligo News File

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.

Some 5,442 migrants from 17 countries are currently being housed by the Government in accommodation centres across the State.

Details of the location and occupancy of the centres have been given by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan include:










King Thomond Hotel

The Bog Road, Lisdoonvarna



Ashbourne Hse




Kinsale Road

Cork City




Wellington Road







Clonakilty Lodge

Clonakilty, Co. Cork



The Towers

The Ninth Lock, Clondalkin, D.22




St. Margarets, Finglas, Dublin 11



Hatch Hall

28 Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2




The Proms, Salthill



Great Western House

Eyre Square



Atlas House (Killarney)




Atlas House (Tralee)




Johnston Marina




Linden House

New Road, Killarney



Park Lodge









Emo, Portlaoise




Glentworth Street, Limerick



Mount Trenchard

Foynes, Co. Limerick



Richmond Court

Richmond Street, Longford



The Old Convent








St. Patricks




Globe House

Chapel Hill



Bridgewater House

Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary



Atlantic House

Tramore, Co. Waterford



Ocean View

Tramore, Co. Waterford




Ballytruckle Road



Viking House

Coffee House Lane



Temple Accommodation

Horseleap,Moate, Westmeath







Carroll Village






Minister says he is prohibited from releasing information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Intersexed refugees applying to reside in State

‘It is an offence to identify a person that has applied for international protection in Ireland.’

Sligo News File

Asked by a TD if he had received requests to accommodate members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Intersexed from the Chechen Republic, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan replied that he was prohibited from supplying the information.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.

He said in a written reply: “I am obliged by law to keep information on asylum applicants confidential and it is an offence to identify a person that has applied for international protection in Ireland. It is in that context that I cannot provide the information sought by the Deputy as it could potentially lead to the identification of protection applicants.

“If an application for asylum or subsidiary protection has been made in the State, for confidentiality reasons it is not the practice to comment on such applications.”

Government looking abroad for garda personnel?

It’s reported new Commissioner will travel in armoured vehicle accompanied by team of armed gardai.

Sligo News File.

There is clearly no shortage of recruits for the gardai but despite this it appears that the government is planning to pull in new policing staff from outside the country.

Justice minister Flanagan has said the garda inspectorate proposes in a Review “that a programme be developed to recruit experienced police officers from police services in other jurisdictions.

“I have sent the Review to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland to consider in the context of its forthcoming Report which will bring forward to Government proposals on the future of policing including on the appropriate composition and recruitment methods and routes into the Garda Síochána,” he said.

The incoming garda commissioner, Harris, a member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, is meanwhile expected to take up his new role in September. A”competitive remuneration package” for the job is understood to include a salary of upwards of €250,000.

According to reports, he will be protected by an armed Garda security team when he takes up duty in the State.

It’s also reported that a heavy armoured vehicle of the type used in Northern Ireland or world trouble spots will be recommended for the use of the new commissioner, as well as which a full-time team of armed close protection Garda officers will be posted to his security detail.

Burglaries at church and other properties in West Sligo

Chalice and cash stolen in Rathlee.

Sligo News File.

Gardai are investigating a number of burglaries in West Sligo.

A safe containing a chalice and cash were stolen from a church at Rathlee. The chalice is believed to have been recovered.

Televisions were taken during a break-in at a holiday home close to Dromore West.

A local business in the area was also broken into when cigarettes and cash to the value of nearly ten thousand euro were taken.

Gardai in Ballymote and Enniscrone are asking anyone with information on the incidents to contact them.

Rural TD opposition to draconian road traffic laws empowering seizure of cars driven by learner drivers

Drivers consuming half-a-pint to be banned from the road.

Passage of Ross’s Bill lashed as ‘a sad day for rural Ireland.’

Sligo News File.

A move by a group of rural TDs to delay a perceived anti-rural road traffic Bill has been blocked by Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and other Dail deputies.

Minister for Transport Ross

The Bill, which was guided through the Dail by Dublin-based Minister Shane Ross, will result in drivers consuming half a pint being automatically put off the road.

Under the same measures, cars of parents in rural areas who allow the use of the vehicle by a son or daughter driving alone without a full licence to get to work will be seized and both the driver and car owner prosecuted. The car might be the family’s only vehicle, meaning the whole rural family will be left without any transport for conveying children to school, hospital appointments and many other regular family activities.

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae, Mattie McGrath, Michael Fitzmaurice, Michael Lowry, Clare Daly and Michael Collins and Mick Wallace were the only deputies to oppose the draconian law. Although their opposition was hotly criticised by many other TDs, some of the eight protested at length about the impact the new laws would have on rural dwellers who, unlike Dublin residents, don’t have ready access to public transport.

Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rea

Michael Healy-Rae to his credit also highlighted the backlog of young people left waiting for a driving test and the government’s shameful failure to curb the astronomical cost of insurance cover.

“This is a sad day for rural Ireland,” he said after the vote on the new road law was declared.

Mayo constituency Fianna deputies Dara Calleary(Ballina) and Lisa Chambers (Castlebar) voted for the new law. Michael Ring and Enda Kenny, both Fine Gael, are not named on the list of those who voted. Sligo-Leitrim TDs Tony McLoughlin (Fine Gael) and Martin Kenny (Sinn Fein) supported the Bill. Fianna Fail deputies Marc MacSharry and Eamon Scanlon are not on the list of TDs voting for or against the law.

Government partners, Fianna Fail, are also moving a Dail Bill aimed at compelling rural and other householders to show that turf and briquettes found on their premises have been obtained from a State registered trader.

The proposed law, contained in the Sale of Illicit Goods Bill 2017, will make it illegal for householders to procure turf, coal, tobacco and alcohol from what the Bill describes as “unregistered” sources.

The Fianna Fail Bill describes peat briquettes, sod peat and coal as solid fuels. Under the pending legislation, penalties will be slapped on families who procure the fuels through other than registered outlets.

Under the legislation, inspectors will have the power to enter on private property without the consent of the owners and go through sheds and other premises on the holding to check than fuels and other stored goods have been obtained from an approved source. Receipts and other documentation will have to be retained by householders, and produced to inspectors as evidence of the legitimacy of purchases and payments of applicable taxes.

Meanwhile, the price of electricity is to be hiked to a new record high.

Electric Ireland has announced a 6.2% increase in rates. It comes just a few months after a previous rise 4%. Residential gas prices are set to soar by a phenomenal 8%.

The escalation in price is estimated to add more than €60 to the average annual electricity bill and about €55 to the average annual gas bill.

A standing charge – higher for rural areas – PSO levy and VAT are additional to the electricity charges. A higher amount of VAT will be payable on the increased charge.

Last month, Varadkar, the Taoiseach, revealed that briquettes, home heating oil, petrol and diesel are also to be targeted with a hike in carbon levies. Fuels and materials used in agriculture and transport are also destined to rocket as the increase in carbon levies come into play.

“It’s our job to protect our planet and make it healthy and great again,” Varadkar told a gathering in Dublin. “We want to hand over stewardship of our planet to our grandchildren in a much better state then we left it.

“The transition to a low carbon world will require profound changes in how we live our lives.”

It will also mean “carbon pricing and increases in the carbon tax,” he said.

Man in his 50s killed in Claremorris farm incident

Deceased fatally injured when he became caught under a baling machine.

Sligo News File.

A man has died in a farm accident at Claremorris.

The tragedy occurred at Clogher this morning.

The victim, who was in his early 50s, was part of a group making silage on the farm.

He was fatally injured when he became caught under a baling machine.

He was pronounced dead at Mayo University Hospital.

Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating the circumstances of the incident

Sligo projects earmarked for funding under Clar programme

€131,000 allocated for five developments.

Sligo News File

Clar funding has been approved for some infrastructural developments in Sligo -Leitrim.





Five projects to benefit include:

Scoil Muire gan Smál,  Curry, Board of Management,
    Improvement of Car Parking Facilities to access school at front – upgrade road markings to approach to school, provision of public lighting €33,359.00
Culfadda N.S.     Construction of access footpath to improve safety on approach to school €15,750.00
 Easkey Community Council     Provide pedestrian crossing to improve safety €19,800.00
Coláiste Muire, Ballymote     Construction of access roads and footpath to school and the creation of car parking/drop-off facilities €49,223.00
Cloghogue N.S., Castlebaldwin.     Construction and upgrading of access footpaths next to school, barrier rail and road markings €13,500.00




Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin won’t contest next election

‘I made a commitment to my family and my close supporters after the last General Election in 2016 that I would not seek re-election again, and I am sticking to this promise.’

Sligo News File.

Sligo-Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin is retiring from the Dail at the next election.

Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin.

The Fine Gael deputy and Assistant Party Whip, who is 69, announced that he would not be putting his name forward as a candidate at the next election.

He said: “After almost 45 years in public office, I believe that the time is now right for me to begin to step away from politics in order to spend more time with my family and my wonderful grandchildren whose support down through the years has been incredible.

“I made a commitment to my family and my close supporters after the last General Election in 2016 that I would not seek re-election again, and I am sticking to this promise.”

McLoughlin began his career in politics when he was elected to Sligo County Council in 1976, a body on which he served as chairman on two occasions. He was elected to Sligo Borough Council in 1979, succeeding his father, Pat on the authority. He served four separate terms as Mayor of Sligo.

“Throughout my career, both locally and on national issues, I have always tried my very best, always fought for what was right for my constituents and always did so in a respectful manner,” he said.

“The large amounts of support I have received from the general public at election time has been one of the proudest aspects of my career. On that basis, I want to thank the people of Sligo and Leitrim. I am honoured to have served you.

“As a humble backbencher, I will leave office safe in the knowledge that I am leaving a constituency that has improved massively from where it was after the recession in 2011

and with its future development secured as a part of Ireland 2040, I leave with a strong record of delivery for my constituents and also with an ‘Act of the Oireachtas’ on the Statute book.”

McLoughlin was earlier today warmly applauded for his work towards outlawing onshore fracking. The Dail backed his historic private member’s Bill to prohibit hydraulic fracturing in Ireland last year, following which it was signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins.