Cllr Jarlath Munnelly

  • The problem of rat infested, often abandoned property, located beside a family home and impacting on its neighbour was highlighted by Killala based Fine Gael councillor Jarleth Munnelly at this month’s meeting of Ballina Municipal District.

     The councillor says he is aware of a number of families that are trying to cope with this disturbing and potentially dangerous public health issue, and are finding it very difficult to get action from the HSE or Mayo county council.

    Some of the rat infested buildings are privately owned, others are local authority properties.

    The councillor says immediate action is needed and called on Mayo county council to work with the HSE and try to resolve completely unacceptable situations for some residents.

  • A local Councillor says he is confident there will be progress on Cloongullane Bridge on the N26 in the short rather than the long term.

    Fine Gael Cllr Jarlath Munnelly was speaking following today’s meeting of Ballina Municipal District, where other councillors outlined details of a meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland on Monday last.

    Cllr Annie-May Reape, who was one of the councillors who attended that meeting told Midwest News earlier that despite the delegation highlighting the importance of a number of projects, including work at Cloongullane Bridge on the N26 between Swinford and Foxford, they are not included in the National Framework Plan, so they could be 5 of possibly more years down the line.

    However Cllr Munnelly says there is a planning application in front of An Bord Pleanala for realignment work on a stretch of the road at Cloongullane Bridge and there should be a decision on that in the next month.

    He says that if there is a positive outcome from that application, he is expecting it will be funded in some way next year.

  • Erecting  80km per hour speed signs along third class/ minor roads across the county is almost an invitation for visitors to travel that speed on roads that simply can’t accommodate that speed and many local communities are concerned about the development.

    That’s according to Killala based Fine Gael Councillor Jarlath Munnelly and the Councillor raised his concern at this week’s monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District. He called instead for speed limiting signs to be erected along such routes.

  • Parking charges in Ballina are to be increased, following a meeting of the Ballina Municipal District on Monday.

    Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District Councillor Michael Smyth told Midwest News earlier that charges will be increased by between and 5 and 10 cent in the three different zones in Ballina.

    He also explained that GMA payments allocated to various festivals, events and committees in the Ballina Municipal District will be paid out from next week.

    The payments have been delayed by several months, as Mayo County Council management said increased parking charges were needed to balance the budget.

    However, the Fine Gael councillors in the Ballina Municipal District are opposed to any increase in parking charges, and do not believe the charges should be linked to GMA payments.

    Councillor Jarlath Munnelly says he and his colleagues have consistently objected to any increase in parking charges, since the council's budget meeting last December, and he wants it put on the record that he and his FG colleagues did not agree at Monday's meeting to an increase in parking charges in Ballina - however, they're outnumbered on the council by Fianna Fail and Independents....

  • A Mayo Councillor has called for smaller landlords to be exempt from tax on the income they earn on second properties.

    Killala based Fine Gael Cllr Jarlath Munnelly had a motion down at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council asking the Minister for Finance to exempt income generated from private rented accommodation from taxation in next year’s budget.

    Cllr Munnelly stressed that this was aimed at the small landlords, who only have one or two properties.

    He said it would allow landlords to rent out these properties at a reasonable rate, which could help to alleviate the housing crisis.

    Cllr Munnelly says many properties around the county are vacant at present, because these smaller landlords cannot afford the taxation on the income generated by them.

    The motion received the backing of his fellow councillors at the meeting.

  • A Mayo Fine Gael Cllr has called on the Road Safety Authority to certify personal use alcohol breathalysers, to give more clarity to motorists when it’s safe to drive a vehicle.

    Cllr Jarlath Munnelly says he is raising the issue now following the public debate surrounding drink driving penalties over the Christmas and New Year period. He says people expressed anxiety over whether or not they are fit to drive their car the morning after a night out and this needs to be addressed.

    Cllr Munnelly says there are many personal use breathalysers for sale, both online and in shops, but no one seems to be able to say for sure who accurate they are. He says by contrast in France, it is possible to buy a packet of disposable breathalysers that have been certified by the police. Cllr Munnelly says this means the public in France can be certain that if they test themselves with one of these certified units and it says they are fit to drive, they are fit to drive.

    Cllr Munnelly says under the proposal, the RSA would certify personal use alcohol breathalysers that are on sale in shops and pharmacies in Ireland.

    He is due to raise the issue at Monday’s Mayo County Council meeting.

  • At Monday’s meeting of Mayo County Council, Councillors approved a proposal to seek the designation of the former Asahi site in Killala as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). This issue was first raised by Fine Gael Councillor Jarlath Munnelly at a meeting of the Ballina Municipal District last year. Following this decision, Mayo County Council will write to the Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy, requesting designation for this site.

    Speaking on the issue at Monday’s meeting, Cllr. Munnelly outlined the particular assets that this site contains, including connectivity to the national electricity grid, the location of the transatlantic optical fibre landing station on the site, in addition to water and sewerage facilities. Cllr. Munnelly also highlighted the projects in development on or near the site that are going to generate renewable electricity, which will be a big advantage to the site.

    The proposal received cross party support at the meeting, with many Councillors pointing out the importance of this site to all of North Mayo.

    Responding to the proposal, council chief executive Peter Hynes welcomed the idea, and outlined that the process would not be straight forward. But he acknowledged the uniqueness of the site, the significant land holding that Mayo County Council has here, and the potential it offers for job creation.

  • Mayo County Council is requesting the Road Safety Authority to standardise a breathalyer test that could be bought in any shop or pharmacy.

    FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly proposed the motion at this week's monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, and it was unanimously supported.

    He believes that, if a consumer could have confidence in an over-the-counter breathalyser kit, marked with the RSA logo, then it would assist drivers - particularly the morning after a night out.