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Speed on Approach into Strandhill Needs to Be Addressed

May 15, 2019

With the amount of children playing in the area and the amount of cars accessing and leaving estates at all times of the day this is a worrying problem for many families in the area.

Commercial Rates Alleviation Scheme Needed

May 10, 2019

Sligo has the highest amount of empty retail units in Ireland. Tough decisions are needed to tackle this problem. 

New Social Insurance Benefit Scheme for the Self-Employed to be Introduced: Gaffney

April 28, 2019

New Social Insurance Benefit Scheme for the Self-Employed to be Introduced Announced. 

Sligo Bus Network Requires Serious Upgrade

April 09, 2019

Blaine Gaffney has outlined how the NTA have identified that 81% of Sligo's bus associated infrastructure is in need of upgrade.  

Illegal Dumping: Catching Offenders in the Act the Only Solution

March 28, 2019

Illegal dumping: Catching offenders in the act the only solution: Gaffney

Fine Gael's Youthful Hopeful Has a Positive Outlook for County

March 10, 2019

Fine Gael's Youthful Hopeful Has a Positive Outlook for County

Revenue stalls VAT increase on vitamins & food supplements

February 27, 2019

Revenue stalls VAT increase on vitamins & food supplements. 

Pedestrian Crossing Gets the Go Ahead

February 09, 2019

The recent announcement that €20,000 in funding is being given for a new pedestrian crossing outside the Ursuline College has been welcomed by Blaine Gaffney, a Fine Gael Local Election Candidate in the Sligo - Strandhill District.

Fine Gael has selected two of its candidates to run in the local elections next May.

January 31, 2019

Fine Gael has selected two of its candidates to run in the local elections next May in the Sligo area.

Gaffney Warns New Laws are Punishing Unaccompanied Drivers

January 02, 2019

New laws for unaccompanied drivers are punishing those who cannot get a date for their driving test in Sligo. That’s according to a local Sligo Fine Gael activist, who says the Minister for Transport is demoralising driver moral by introducing new legislation aimed at tackling unaccompanied drivers.

These new provisions now make it an offence for the owner of a vehicle to knowingly allow an unaccompanied learner or an unlicensed person to drive his or her vehicle.

Local FG Representative Among a Delegation Invited to Berlin to Discuss Brexit

December 21, 2018

A local Sligo Fine Gael representative was among a delegation of young Irish politicians who went to Berlin recently to discuss the Brexit issue. The main objective of the trip was to strengthen Irish/German relations post Brexit. The cross party group was invited by the Irish Ambassador to Germany, Michael Collins as part of a new approach by the Department of Foreign Affairs in an attempt to forge new alliances across the EU.

€6.2 Million For Sligo under Urban Renewal Scheme.

November 26, 2018

The fund is the largest urban regeneration initiative in Ireland for decades and was established to support more compact and sustainable development, through the regeneration of and rejuvenation of Ireland’s cities and large towns, in line with the objectives of Project Ireland 2040.

A Responsible and Affordable Budget to Benefit the People of Sligo

October 08, 2018

Learn more about Budget 2019 here. 

Action Needed to Prevent Accident on Finisklin Road:

September 27, 2018

Concerns are being raised for the health and safety of students of the Ursuline College and other pedestrians using the Finisklin Road in Sligo, over claims that an accident may occur in the area unless preventative action is taken. 

Our 'Returning Irish' Need Improved Support

September 06, 2018

It is great to see people returning in such large numbers in 2018. However, despite this, from my experience to date many of those who have returned to Sligo recently have faced a whole host of teething problems and I feel that more needs to be done to make their transition a little bit easier. 

Concerns with Sligo Hosuing Development

August 25, 2018

I spoke to the The Sligo Champion this week about my concerns about the lack of housing development which is taking place in Sligo currently.

Road Transportation Companies in Sligo Must Be Protected from Effects of Any Potential Carbon Tax Rise

August 09, 2018

Road Transportation Companies in Sligo Must Be Protected from Effects of Any Potential Carbon Tax Rise

Blaine Gaffney to Contest Sligo – Leitrim Fine Gael Convention

July 05, 2018

Blaine has announced his intentions to contest the Sligo - Leitrim Fine Gael Convention. 

400 New Jobs for Sligo

June 05, 2018

Absolutely brilliant news this week for Sligo as 350 new jobs have just been announced by a major Irish company ‘Abtran’ and 40  new jobs by 'E3 Retail'.

New €30 Million Garda Headquarters for Sligo

May 14, 2018

Delighted to be able to help to announce that ‘Caltragh’ has been confirmed today by Tony McLoughlin T.D. as the selected location for the new €20 Million Garda Regional Headquarters in Sligo.

Strandhill's Waste Water Treatment Upgrade Works Commence

April 21, 2018

It has been confirmed this week that upgrade works have commenced on the 'Strandhill Water Treatment Plant' as a part of an overall €16 Million investment in County Sligo.

Sligo Town Needs New Retail Plan and Fast: Gaffney

April 15, 2018

Unemployment levels are down by over 25% in Sligo, consumer sentiment is up, new jobs are being announced here yet our town is continually getting worse. Why?

50 New Jobs and Brand New Innovation Centre for Sligo

April 09, 2018

It has been confirmed this morning by the IDA that global software company ‘LiveTiles’ has just announce that it is investing in Sligo, with the initial creation of 50 high quality jobs in the town this year. 

Rebuilding Ireland Home Loans Available in Sligo

March 16, 2018

Are you looking for a Mortgage in Sligo? Are you a first time buyer who is finding it difficult to ger a loan which suits you? If so check this new product out. 

Gaffney Calls for New Local Electoral Areas for Sligo

March 14, 2018

Speaking on Ocean FM today, I called for the Local Elections Boundary Commission to consider breaking up the 10 seat Sligo Local Electoral Area into a 6 seat Sligo - Strandhill LEA and a 3 seat North Sligo LEA. Listen here. 

Sligo Weather: Storm Emma: Fuel Allowance

March 01, 2018

Please pass on this information to anyone who you may know that this will affect. We are not sure how much snow we will get to Sligo but with falling temperatures, up to - 5 Degrees, it is important to be ready, to keep warm and to check on any elderly residents if  snow gets heavy in your area. 

Reaction to Imminent Closure of Sligo Store.

February 13, 2018

he Next store in Quayside Shopping Centre is to close down for good in June. There’s been an outpouring of reaction to the town’s latest high-profile shop closure – Keith McNair of Discover Sligo, Gail McGibbon of Sligo BID, and Blaine Gaffney discuss.

100 New Jobs and a New €16 Million Road fro Sligo

January 19, 2018

Two massive announcements for Sligo Town Today. 100 new jobs have been announced by AbbVie in a €113 Million investment at their plant in Ballytivnan and also, as announced by Deputy McLoughlin earlier today, the second phase of the €15 Million Western Distributor Road between Oakfield and Caltragh has been granted permission to proceed to construction.

Sligo is Seeing Positive Business Growth this Christmas

December 19, 2017

Coverage from an interview I did this month with Ocean FM Ireland on opening up a business in Sligo and on some positive developments in the town in December 2017. 

€122,000 For Sligo Libraries

November 09, 2017

€122,000 has been allocated to Sligo Libraries by the Fine Gael led Government today. 

Taxi’s Having High Visibility Jackets Available Could Help to Reduce Road Deaths

October 23, 2017

Following the tragic death of another young pedestrian on Irish roads over the weekend, I have called on the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to consider issuing Ireland’s taxi companies with high visibility jackets, as a relatively low cost, measure which could help to prevent similar deaths from occurring in the future.

New Mental Health Stratey for Sligo to Launch this Month

October 05, 2017

A new mental health strategy aimed at combating suicide in Sligo will be launched by the HSE later this month. The new plan has been developed in accordance with the 'Connecting for Life' National Strategy to reduce suicide nationwide (2015-2020).

500 Sligo people want dedicated ATM service at Castle Street / Pearse Road

September 10, 2017

There is now clear and unequivocal evidence for the need to establish a dedicated ATM banking service on the Castle Street - Pearse Road side of Sligo town. 

8 Quick Tips for Parents Before ‘Leaving Cert Results Day 2017’.

August 08, 2017

As someone who has the experience of having a 'results day' that wasn't as near as successful as I would have liked, I have put together some useful tips for parents and guardians in order to help you to prepare for whatever the 'Big Day' may bring, good and bad. 

Knock Airport Establishes link with New York airport

July 23, 2017

Ireland West Knock Airport has established a unique new relationship with Stewart International Airport in New York and it is a link which could benefit Sligo greatly. 

Increase in Minimum Wage

July 17, 2017

The decision of the Government to approved an increase in the National Minimum Wage of 30c per hour from January 2018, a decision which follows a recommendation from the Low Pay Commission last week has been welcomed locally.