Mayo County Council

  • Mayo Public Participation Network is holding a Plenary & Information evening for all Community Groups in Mayo this evening in Castlebar.

    Mayo PPN is to be the main link through which Mayo County Council connects with the community, voluntary and environmental sectors in the county.  The main aim of Mayo Public Participation Network (PPN) is to enable the public to take an active role in policy making of the local authority and to have an input into future development in their community, county and country. The network works at municipal district level and at county level. 

    The Information evening will take place in Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, Castlebar on this evening (Wed 5th Dec) at 7.30pm.

    The evening will include:

    Information on Mayo PPN and the benefits to Community Groups in joining Mayo Public Participation Network

    Community Liaison Officer Sargent Michael Toland will also be in attendance.

    It’s a free event but you must register

    Email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Or call Mary at 094 906 4358

  • An extra €18 million euro is being allocated to local authorities to assist in repairing regional and local roads damaged by severe weather events.

    Transport Minister Shane Ross has announced an additional €18 million Special Maintenance Grant to assist local authorities in repairing roads following storms and flooding over the past year.

    Under the measure, €1.1 million is being allocated to Galway County Council, €600,000 for Sligo County Council, half a million euro for Roscommon County Council and €375,000 for Mayo County Council.

    West Mayo FG Councillor Tereasa McGuire has welcomed the funding, and says Mayo County Council will prioritise which roads need repairs urgently....

  • The €400,000 target for the community of Ballinrobe to raise, to build a new Town Hall – is well on track to be achieved, with 340,000 euro now secured under the voluntary fund raising Campaign to Rebuild Ballinrobe Town Hall.

    Michael Sweeney, chairperson of the Ballinrobe Town Hall committee says they are now just €60,000 short of the ambitious target set two years ago. Support for the project continues to come through from Ballinrobe people at home, around Ireland and abroad, he says, but support is still required with a price tag of 1.5 million euro on the project.

    Mayo County Council has committed to supporting the project and an application to LEADER has been submitted and the committee are hopeful that there will be a successful outcome in early autumn.

    The old Hall in Ballinrobe closed in 1996.

    The proposal is now to build a hall with a gross floor area of 1000m2. It will consist of an auditorium and main hall area with seating for over 400 people.

  • €60,000 in European funding has been allocated to Mayo County Council, to provide free public WiFi hotspots in locations across the county.

    Mayo Co Co secured the funding under the WiFi4 EU (wiFi for you) initiative, and Minister Michael Ring says his department has offered to match that funding.

    The initiative will bring free WiFi hotspots to a number of public spaces in Mayo, such as town squares, parks, hospitals and libraries, where there is no other free WiFi service available, and the locations will be decided by Mayo County Council.

  • There were 109 reported incidents of dog-fouling from the Ice House to the Quay area of Ballina on one particular day last week.

    The issue was raised at yesterday’s Ballina Municipal District meeting by Crossmolina based Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Loftus.

    Cllr Loftus said there were 109 incidents reported to him on one day last week.

    He says it is not a problem unique to Ballina but it is a serious issue.

    There is a fine of up to €3,000 for incidents of dog-fouling and Mayo County Council has committed to enforcing this law very strictly.

  • More than a million euro in funding has been announced for 22 projects in Mayo under the Community Involvement Scheme.

     €23 million euro was announced nationally under the Programme for regional and local road projects.

    Applications were sought from local authorities for suitable schemes for inclusion and the response from local authorities was very positive, according to the Minister Shane Ross, with a large number of proposals received.

    The average community contribution proposed is about 19%. The community input can be either by way of a financial contribution or works.

    Paul Dolan is Senior Engineer with Mayo county council, speaking to Midwest News today he said  it is welcome funding for the county.

    The local authority had submitted 22 applications under this scheme and all 22 have been approved.

  • Environmental Enforcement Officers in Mayo have called to 500 homes this year in the county so far, to check if householders have receipts for the disposal of their household waste.

    That was confirmed by Liam Rabbitte a Mayo Enforcement Officer who addressed yesterday’s monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.

    Mr Rabbitte told the councillors that the local authority  will be rolling out mobile CCTV cameras in 2019 to identify people indiscriminately dumping across the county.

    He explained that fly tippers, have become smarter over the years, and it is now increasingly difficult to find evidence of identification in the dumped rubbish.

    Councillors told of incidents across the county where people’s entrances to their homes were blocked with rubbish that was indiscriminately dumped in the middle of some rural roads.

    Liam explained that it is a constant battle against fly tipping, and he told Midwest News today that they are making some progress on catching the offenders.

  • Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Strokestown, shortly before 8pm last night.

    The collision on the N5 at Bridge Street in the town involved a car and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, a man in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver of the car was not injured.

    The man’s name has not yet been released.

    The N5 remains closed at Bridge street as a forensic examination is carried OUT.

     Diversions are in place via Four Mile House and Tulsk.

    Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094 9621630.

  • There is a need for Mayo county council to set aside up to 200,000 euro a year specifically to be used on the restoration of footpaths across the county.

    That’s the view of Ballina Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara.

    He says that would mean that at least, 50,000 euro would be available annually for the restoration of footpaths in each Municipal District area.

    Councillor O’Hara believes the allocation could actually save money for Mayo county council, as it is likely that insurance compensation payments against the authority over people falling and injuring themselves on broken pavement would be reduced.

  • Ballina Councillors have called on Mayo County Council to ring-fence 4 million euro for the repair of footpaths across the county, from a dividends payment due to the authority.

    Irish Public Bodies is paying dividends to local authorities nationally and the windfall should be used for footpath repairs according to Killala based Fine Gael Councillor Jarlath Munnelly.

    He made the call at this week’s monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District and his motion received unanimous support from Councillors.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, would like to remind customers supplied by the Ballycastle Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice that was issued on the supply on last Friday 12th October remains in place until further notice.

    The Boil Water Notice was issued on the advice of the Health Service Executive following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant after a routine test. 

    Following advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Mayo County Council have issued a Boil Water Notice for the area supplied by the Ballycastle Public Water Supply and the Corrower/Sea Road Group Water Scheme and Lisbrin Group Water Scheme to protect consumers following a recent drinking water quality test.

     The EPA has carried out a site audit and an action plan is being implemented by the Incident Management Team. Sampling and testing of the scheme is continuing. The results of the suite of tests will be reviewed collectively by all agencies involved before further action is determined at the next consultation with the HSE in a months’ time.

    There have been no reported cases of illness in the community. However customers are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption.

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    A Castlebar Councillor has called on Mayo County Council to take urgent action on the illegal parking of a number of caravans in an area at Cloonkeen, between Castlebar and Westport, and in other areas of the county town.

    Fianna Fail Councillor Al McDonnell raised the issue at a recent meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District, where he called on the council to act in relation to the unauthorised parking of caravans at the Cois Abhann housing estate and the N5 Business Park.

    Councillor McDonnell is particularly concerned about caravans parking at a site in Cloonkeen, where planning permission for a house was refused previously over traffic dangers.

    He says the parking of caravans and other vehicles at this location also poses a traffic danger.

  • The Castlebar Military Barracks will open to the public this Saturday afternoon for a free family festival.

    Cruinniu is Castlebar’s newest festival, and will feature music, exhibitions, workshops and talks.

    A wide range of food and entertainment will also be provided, and there’s an opportunity for people to see the inside of the military barracks, which closed in 2012 and learn about its history.

    The event gets underway at 12 noon tomorrow.

  • Claremorris Municipal District councillors are threatening to take “further action” if the executive of Mayo County Council fail to restore planning as an item on the next monthly meeting of the authority.

    The matter was raised yesterday by the Cathaoirleach of the district, Fine Gael Councillor Patsy O’Brien at the monthly meeting of the authority.

     

    The Cathaoirleach Patsy O’Brien called for planning  to be included on the October agenda of Claremorris Municipal meeting  and he received unanimous support from his fellow councillors.

    Earlier this year planning was removed from all municipal district meeting agendas in county Mayo, following a directive from the Minister that individual planning applications could not be discussed at local authority meetings.

    Municipal Districts in Mayo, had for many years discussed likely refusals to planning applications at their monthly meetings.

    At the July meeting of Mayo county council, Councillors sought independent legal advice on the removal of planning from agendas and a workshop to discuss the matter between council executive and elected Councillors.

    Councillors in Claremorris yesterday asked why a date for that workshop is not yet in place.

    Director of Services for the Claremorris Municipal District Liam Hanrahan told Councillors the authority is awaiting that independent legal advice. In the meantime he insisted planning will not be restored to municipal district meeting agendas.

    In response, Independent Councillor Richard Finn said if planning is not restored  - then Councillors will take further action on the matter.

    Cathaoirleach Patsy O’Brien outlined his determination to pursue this issue. 

  • It has come to light that funding previously committed by Mayo County Council  for a comprehensive language plan is no longer forthcoming to Gnó Mhaigh Eo , leaving the organisation in jeopardy in January 2019.

    Following the announcement in July by Minister of State Joe McHugh that a comprehensive language plan would be prepared for Castlebar as an official Gaeltacht Service Town, Gnó Mhaigh Eo, has been appointed as the lead organisation to spearhead this process.

    The news comes with a commitment of €20,000 initially to prepare the language plan, and then a further €100,000 annually over seven years to implement the plan.

    Combined with the annual funding committed to Gnó Mhaigh Eo by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, this would see an investment of over €1.7 million euro in the provision of Irish language services over the next seven years.

    However, it has come to light that funding previously committed by Mayo County Council is no longer forthcoming to Gnó Mhaigh Eo, leaving this organisation in jeopardy in January 2019.

    Prior to the restructuring of the local government, Gnó Mhaigh Eo received funding from each Town Council.

    Although this funding was verbally committed under the new structure of the Municipal Districts, this money has not been made available to the organisation.

    As there are funding agreements in place with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, based on a certain percentage of local investment, the future of the organisation is left hanging in the balance.

    Freeda Nic Giolla Chathain is the CEO of Gnó Mhaigh Eo says a more definite structure in funding is needed to protect the Irish language in the county.

  • Mayo County Council have this afternoon confirmed to Midwest news that they currently have Consultants working on a safety barrier design for the Foxford to Ballyvary Road on the N58.

    This is as a result of numerous concerns raised over a section of the roadway between Foxford and Straide since improvement works were carried out on it some time ago.

    During the course of the work, the road was raised and since then it has been extremely dangerous because of a deep drop on either side.

    This location did not previously have a safety barrier installed and the lack of a sufficient width of roadside verge has resulted in it not being possible to install a standard barrier in this case.

    Mayo County Council say their consultants in conjunction with TII are testing various barrier options to find a solution which is in accordance with the relevant specification and a further trial is due to be undertaken in the coming week.

    Once a barrier design has been passed and approved a contractor will then be procured and the barrier installed.

    The issue has been raised on a number of occasions by Councillor Neil Cruise who again raised the matter on Midwest Radio this week.

  • The cost to parents when school buildings are used as polling stations has been highlighted by a Kiltimagh mother to Mayo County Council.

    Aine Carr says she believes the local authority could find alternative venues in Kiltimagh on election days instead of the local primary school, forcing working parents to find childcare or take a day off work.

    She says she has no childcare available to her on days that the school closes for elections or referenda  and there are many parents in a similar situation.

    She suggests a number of suitable alternative venues in Kiltimagh including the Town Hall Theatre, Community Centre or Parish Centre

  • 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.

  • Mayo county council has 100,000 euro set aside in the event that the Pope does visit Knock this year.

    That was confirmed by council management at the Claremorris Municipal District earlier this week.

    Ballyhaunis based councillor John Cribben had asked if the authority was prepared for such an occasion.

    He was told that the monies and planning was in place.

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    County councillors are at the lowest rung of the political ladder – getting lots of the electorate’s problems to solve for the least amount of financial reward, and that is among the reasons why Fine Gael’s Henry Kenny will not contest next year’s local elections.

    The Castlebar councillor says that there is no “Kenny” likely to contest the seat he is vacating after 24 years, despite a “Kenny” having served as a Castlebar councillor since 1955.

    Last week, councillor  Kenny announced his decision to bow out of politics at the end of his present term on the local authority and he has been speaking to Midwest News about his decision.