Blackie Gavin

  • Castlebar based Fianna Fail Cllr. Blackie Gavin has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council this afternoon.

    Blackie succeeds Independent Cllr. Richard Finn from Claremorris.

    Cllr. Michael Loftus is the new Leas Cathaoirleach.

    In his first address as Cathaoirleach, Gavin said: “I want to work with all groups, organisations and individuals who are promoting our county. I complement all the voluntary groups who work hard to make Mayo a better place to live, work and visit. I look forward to meeting them all at events during the year and supporting them in every way possible.”


    Meanwhile, Cllr. Ivan Connaughton has been elected Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council.

  • It’s disgraceful that you can’t get a doctor in the county town after 6 o’clock in the evening – that’s according to Castlebar-based Fianna Fail councillor Blackie Gavin.

    Councillor Gavin says people needing medical assistance have to pass a centre of excellence in Castlebar to travel 12 miles out of the county town to bring someone to see Westdoc in the evenings.

    He believes there should be a doctor based in the new primary care centre in Castlebar after 6pm in the evening, and says his council colleagues will raise this matter at the next meeting of the HSE Regional Forum.

  • Trees in some areas of Castlebar are so overgrown, that they're almost growing into people's houses.


    That's according to the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Blackie Gavin.


    At this week's meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District, Councillor Gavin again called on the local authority to cut back trees in the Lucan Street area and along the riverside walks.