Protesters primed for first town visit
SECURITY will be tight for a visit by Brian Cowen to Sligo tonight as protesters plan to hold vigils.
Mr Cowen, on his first visit as Taoiseach to the town, is to deliver a speech at the Sligo Chamber of Commerce annual dinner at the Clarion Hotel.
Extra gardai will be on duty as cancer campaigners and the jobless hold silent protests during the visit.
It will be Mr Cowen's first major public appearance in Ireland since his much-criticised interview on Tuesday on RTE's Morning Ireland radio programme.
Save Sligo's Cancer Services are to hold a vigil and deliver a letter of protest against the transfer of services to Galway.
Sligo Workers' Alliance said they would also be protesting silently.