councillor Michael Kilcoyne

  • Iarnrod Eireann is not fit to provide rail services to the public. That’s the view of Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    The councillor has been speaking to Midwest News today in light of assault incidents that have occurred on the Westport to Dublin train on two separate occasions over the past number of days.

    On Saturday evening last an incident developed on the 5.45 Westport to Dublin service, after it stopped at Tullamore.  At least one person was injured.

    Four men in their twenties were arrested after Gardai later boarded the train at Sallins. Two of the four were released on bail and the other two were remabnded in custody to appear before Naas District court today.

    While on Thursday evening last, the Dublin to Westport train was held up for almost two hours at Claremorris after a train driver and a young female passenger were attacked by a male passenger.The male passenger was arrested and later taken to the Mayo Adult Health Unit.

    The train driver was the only staff member of Iarnrod Eireann on the train on Thursday evening.

    Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that the company is not fit to provide a rail service to the public.

  • A woman waited five hours in the waiting room at the Emergency Dept of Mayo University hospital on a Saturday afternoon last month, in severe pain before seeing any doctor.

    She has detailed her experience in an email to Castlebar independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    The woman attended the ED of the hospital on Saturday July 21st, where it appeared that there was not adequate staff on duty to cope with the demands.

    She describes an 18 month old sick toddler with her mother waiting five hours to be seen by a doctor, and a man who had waited seven hours to see a doctor and eventually was gone home when his name was called.

    Councillor Kilcoyne says the situation is completely unacceptable and together with information released earlier this week that almost a million people are waiting for outpatient appointments nationally, he calims, the health system is failing many patients.

  • If a pedestrian crossing is not installed on the Station Road in Castlebar at the junction between McHale road and Hanley’s shop, then the local residents will bring a protest to the street and stop traffic. That’s according to local Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    He raised the concerns of pedestrians at this very busy location, at a recent meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.

    The councillor claims the junction is an accident waiting to happen for pedestrians that attempt to cross from McHale road over to the local shop, doctors and pharmacy on the opposite side of the street.

    His demand for action from council management on the matter was supported by all councillors present.

    Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News today that they are no longer prepared to accept what he termed “excuses” from the authority as to why this development is not already in place.