Cllr Jarlath Munnelly

  • 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.