councillor Al McDonnell

  • The decision to hold last Sunday's Connacht senior club football championship match between Ballintubber and Tourlestrane in Enniscrone GAA pitch has been criticised by a Mayo councillor.

    The Ballintubber side recorded a one-point win over the Sligo champions, but Castlebar-based Fianna Fail Councillor Al McDonnell claims the lack of parking facilities and spectator facilities made Enniscrone pitch a poor choice.

    Enniscrone is also the venue for the meeting of Balla and Easkey in the Junior football club championship semi-final next Saturday.

    At this week's meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District, Councillor McDonnell requested that the local authority write to the GAA Connacht Council, to outline why the pitch was inappropriate for last Sunday's game.


    However John Prenty, secretary of the GAA Connacht Council, insists that the pitch in Enniscrone was a suitable venue for last weekend's senior quarter final, and that there were no complaints from either club about the facilities at the pitch.



  • As new plans are underway to strategically link Castlebar to Westport in an effort to develop a new regional growth centre , a Castlebar councillor has expressed his view that the bypassing of Castlebar with the construction of a new dual carriageway on the N5 between Turlough and Westport will be to the detriment of many businesses in Castlebar.

    Fianna Fail councillor Al McDonnell outlined his concerns about the road development at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District

    He said y he believes that the dual carriageway  bypass of Castlebar that will run from Turlough to Westport will work to the detriment of Castlebar, stating that the new road will at its closest – be two miles from Castlebar town centre. Many business people, he said have expressed concerns to him about the potential impact on Castlebar businesses.He also believes that Castlebar and Westport have two very different identities and wont merge easily to form a hub

  • There is a major risk in sending cash in the post with birthday cards and there is something wrong with our postal service when this is the case. That’s the view of Castlebar based councillor Al McDonnell.

    At Thursday’s monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District the councillor acknowledged that he was raising an issue not directly related to council business, but he said it was a matter of growing public concern when people were losing confidence in an essential service.

    Councillor McDonnell presented to the meeting a Christmas card he had received from New York last December, where it was clearly visible that the bottom corner of the envelop had been slit open, most likely to search for any cash enclosed.

    He said he had also been in houses in the area recently where people told him similar stories.

    He called on Castlebar Municipal District to write to the Chief Executive of an Post to highlight the problem and ask for it to be investigated and addressed.

    He told Midwest News the problem has come to the fore since the postal services have been centralised for sorting mail, and stressed that he was not pointing the finger at any local postal workers.

    Midwest News contacted An Post today about the situation. A spokesperson said An Post always advises customers never to include cash in envelops. He added that to tamper with mail is a serious offence and carries heavy penalties.

    He advised anyone who suspects that their mail has been tampered with to report their suspicions to An Post and it will be fully investigated.

    He concluded that they will now await correspondence now from Castlebar Municipal District and respond accordingly.


  • The cutting down of road signs in areas across Co Mayo has been described as thuggery, and vandalism at its worst by Castlebar-based Fianna Fail Councillor Al McDonnell.

    Councillor McDonnell says he's aware of road signs being cut down, often in the middle of the night, in the Carnacon and Ballyglass areas, and more recently this practise has extended to Clogher, Ballintubber and other areas of the county.

    In some cases, he says the road signs are taken while in other cases they're discarded on the roadside.

    He's concerned about the health and safety aspect, as well as the cost of replacing these signs.

    Councillor McDonnell has warned those responsible that Gardai and local communities are watching out for those involved in this activity...