councillor Jarlath Munnelly

  • There's good news for the Ballycastle area of north Mayo, as the boil water alert has been lifted.

    The boil water notice was put in place on the Ballycastle public water supply and local group water schemes on 12th October, following the detection of cryptosporiudium in the water supply.

    Works have taken place by Irish Water and Mayo County Council to resolve the situation, and following further testing and sampling, no further detections of cryptosporidium were found and there were no reported cases of illness in the community.

    The HSE and Irish Water met earlier today, and have confirmed that the boil water notice has been lifted with immediate effect - however, Irish Water warns there is a risk of further cryptosporiudium in the supply until Ballycastle is connected to the Ballina-Lisglennon public water supply - works on this connection are at a preliminary stage and are expected to be completed by late next year.

  • Among the projects listed under the 2019 Capital Investment programme for Mayo County Council is a 6 milllion euro new Civic Offices for Castlebar Municipal District.

    It’s part of a 30 million euro plan for projects across the county, but according to Killala based Fine gael councillor Jarlath Munnelly this programme of investment requires debate at Mayo county council level and then should be open to public submissions.

    He says that the Fine Gael councillors on Mayo County council are not prepared to approve any Capital Investment Plan for the county without discussion and more clarification and detail on the projects proposed.

    He told Midwest News today that he called for a similar discussion last year when a Capital Investment plan was produced at budget time, but his efforts were unsuccessful.

  • Where is the increased revenue that Mayo county council is getting from increases to business rates being spent ? That was the question posed yesterday by Fine Gael councillor Jarlath Munnelly at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District.

    The councillor claims that while rates are increasing, services to the people of county Mayo are on the decline

    Cllr Munnelly outlined a 7.5 percent increase in business rates in the county last year, a proposed further 4 percent hike in rates for 2019, together with an increase in revenue from car parking charges across the county this year and yet he says the services that Mayo county council provides to the people of the county are deteriorating.

    He wants answers as to where this increased revenue is going, claiming that he and his party colleagues on Mayo county council voted against the adoption of last year’s budget for this reason, but were not supported by Fianna Fail cllrs working with Independent cllrs.

    At yesterday’s meeting he called for the GMA allocation, the General Municipal Allocation – funding in the control of councillors, to be doubled to the Ballina District Council in the 2019 budget, and his request was supported.

    Cllr Munnelly outlined to Midwest News today his concerns over services deficit as revenue to Mayo county council is on the rise.

  • Remedial works are taking place on the Ballycastle water scheme, where a boil water notice is currently in place following the detection of cryptosporidium in the water supply last month.

    Irish Water has confirmed to local FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly that the remedial works are nearing completion, and it's hoped the boil water notice could be lifted following the next review meeting with the HSE on the 4th December.

    Councillor Munnelly says this would be welcomed by Ballycastle residents who currently have to boil water before use.

    He says Irish Water also has longer-term plans to improve water quality in the area, by connecting Ballycastle to the Ballina Regional Supply, which provides water for most of North East Mayo.