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 Sligo News File Online.

WEEK FROM 22 OCTOBER 2014

FEARS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY FOLLOWING SLIGO TOWN CENTRE VIOLENCE.

Fears are growing about public safety after violence flared in Sligo’s main shopping street.

At least one person is reported to have been left with a severed finger when the violence erupted during afternoon shopping hours in O’Connell Street. Another allegedly had a knife plunged into his side in the town centre.

The violence comes as plans are being drawn up for the development of the town centre as a hub of nightlife activity under a Diageo sponsored programme known as the Purple Flag. Diageo is one of the world’s leading purveyors of alcoholic products, and owner of iconic brands including Guinness, Bushmills and Smithwicks.

Assessment for the Purple Flag award appears from a press release to extend to an evaluation of the town centre economy between the hours of 5 pm and 5 am in the morning.

Commenting on the recent violence, a town shopper said the account was “frightening, not least of it details that it occurred during hours shoppers were present in the town centre.

“There’s a very real danger of shoppers being hurt in this kind of disorder.

“I would also question how it’s planned to control things during the hours of the proposed nightlife programme when you have behaviour like this in the middle of the afternoon. It’s something I think the public would need to hear a lot more about.”

The garda press office has confirmed that there have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

Riverstown Plans by Irish Water to shut down the area’s water pumps has struck a raw nerve in the local community. Sligo County Council turned over the century-old pumps to Irish Water earlier this year, but now residents of the area have launched a campaign to block the national utility dismantling the pumps. More than 200 have signed a petition in a bid to have the pumps placed under a preservation order. They are also calling for the existing water supply to the sites to be maintained. Organisers say they are also proposing to take the campaign nationwide to ensure the survival of the valued village heritage in every county of the country.

Tubbercurry The Mayoral race is on with five candidates vying for the honour of representing the town. The ‘contest’ is a fundraiser launched by the local GAA club. Candidates in the running are Michelle O’Hara, Pat Kilcoyne, Michael Foley, John Murphy and Stephen Gilmartin. The last mayoral election was more than 30 years ago when the successful candidate was the late Joe Masterson.

Dromard Edward (Eddie) Neary, who died recently, was a well known GAA figure and referee. St Patrick’s GAA Club, with which he was closely associated, formed a guard of honour at his funeral, which took place to St. Mary’s cemetery following requiem mass at St. Adamans’ Church, Skreen. He is survived by his wife Mary and children Eamonn, Maire, Caoimhe and Richie.