Cllr Michael Kilcoyne

  • The urgent need to reduce the speed limit at Breaffy village outside Castlebar will be highlighted at a meeting later this week of the Castlebar Municipal District of Mayo County Council.

    Cathaoirleach Michael Kilcoyne is to raise the matter on Thursday, following another collision at Breaffy which took place on Saturday night.

    A Norwegian woman suffered serious head injuries after being struck by a car near the entrance to Breaffy House Hotel, while her partner sustained minor injuries.

    Before this collision occurred, Councillor Kilcoyne had requested that the matter be included on the agenda for this week's council meeting, and says councillors are prepared to lead the local community in whatever action they decide to take to ensure the speed limit is reduced from 100 km/h to 60.

  • A service needs to be provided at Mayo University Hospital for people who require cataract operations.

    That's according to Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who says it's unfair that Mayo patients requiring treatment for cataracts are referred to hospitals in Galway and Sligo.

    There are currently over 1800 people on waiting lists at Galway and Sligo University Hospitals for an appointment with a consultant in relation to cataracts, with some people waiting up to two years for a consultation, before their procedure can go ahead.

    The figures were provided to Councillor Kilcoyne at this week's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum in Galway. 

  • A change in the contracts of HSE Carers will mean different carers calling every day to elderly clients.

    That's according to Castlebar-based Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who's concerned that there will be no consistency in the service, and that elderly people will be concerned about a number of different people calling to their homes to provide care.

    He's also concerned about security, as a number of carers may have keys to a client's home.

    Councillor Kilcoyne says he has been contacted by anxious families in relation to the change in carer's contracts, and will raise the matter at the next meeting of the HSE Regional Forum.

    Midwest News has also contacted the HSE for clarification in relation to this issue, and we're currently awaiting a response.

  • Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne has been elected Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District. 

    Cllr Kilcoyne was elected as Chairman at today's AGM of the Municipal District. 

  • Close to three hundred people in Mayo are at present  either approved or waiting to be approved for a Home Care package but remain without it, and as a result many of them are languishing in hospital beds when they want to be at home.

    This figure was confirmed by Tony Canavan , Chief Officer for Community Healthcare West, at this week’s HSE West Forum in Merlin Park, in response to a question from Independent Castlebar Councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    The Councillor says that 300 patients would fill a small hospital and he said it astounds him that the HSE can continue to argue that they don’t have the funding to provide the home care needed by applicants who qualify for the service, while many of the same patients remain in hospital beds costing up to 8,000 euro a week.

    The cost of a home care package in comparison would be in the hundreds of euros.

  • A homeowner in a village outside Castlebar, recently knocked a house and rebuilt a house, an apartment and a commercial unit on the same site.

    He did all the work himself in disconnecting the house from the water and sewerage system and then reconnecting to the new build, and Irish Water charged him in excess of 14,000 euro, simply for the reconnection.

    That is a ridiculous charge, according to the Mayor of Castlebar, Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, and he has written to Irish Water on behalf of his constituent to express that view.

    He also raised the matter at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council earlier this week, calling for the local authority to intervene if the national utility company insists on charging large fees for no work. He argued that there will be no building in rural Ireland if situations like this are allowed to continue.

  • A Mayo Councillor has asked how patients can be discharged from hospital during the night when the consultant - who makes the ultimate decision to discharge a patient - may be at home in their bed.

    The issue was raised at the monthly meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, when Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne asked for clarification on who ultimately makes the decision to discharge a patient.

    He was informed by HSE management that the decision is made by a consultant.

    Councillor Kilcoyne says it's unfair that patients, who often live alone, are sent home from hospital in the middle of the night.

    He also claims patients are often moved to district hospitals without prior consultation with their families.

  • There are no plans by the HSE to construct a multi-story car park at Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar, despite the ongoing problem for patients and visitors accessing the hospital.

    That was confirmed by HSE management to Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne in response to a question submitted to a recent meeting of the HSE West forum.

    Despite almost 330,000 euro in net income from the carparking charges at the hospital last year (2017), and the constant raising by local councillors of the difficulties in elderly or disabled people accessing the facility from the car parking facilities available, the HSE has no plans to provide alternative parking.

  • There are no plans at all by the HSE West to expand the opening times of the new Primary Care Centre based out in Moneen , Castlebar. That was confirmed to the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne by HSE management at the monthly HSE West Forum in Merlin Park.

    The newly built Primary Care Centre in Castlebar is open a year now, and while it offers a range of services Monday to Friday, during office hours, that otherwise would mean a hospital visit for patients, nonetheless, at weekends and over Bank holidays or late at night – patients must still attend the often overcrowded ED of Mayo University Hospital.

    Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne told Midwest News that in his opinion, these new premises provided across the county and funded by taxpayers, are not being used as efficiently as had been promised.

  • One family in Co Mayo is being asked for a 700% increase in rent for their local authority house.

    That's according to Castlebar-based Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who says the rent increases being sought by Mayo County Council in some cases are outrageous.

    A rent review has been carried out, and tenants are currently receiving letters outlining rent increases on the basis of their income.

    However, Councillor Kilcoyne says the Family Income Supplement is now being included in determining income, which has not happened in the past.

    He wants a debate on the rent increases to be held at the next meeting of Mayo County Council.

  • People are being approved for homecare packages in Mayo but that care cannot be given because the HSE does not have the resources.

    That’s according to Castlebar Independent Cllr Michael Kilcoyne.

    Cllr Kilcoyne raised the matter at this week’s HSE West Forum meeting.

    He says that people who want to stay in their own homes and qualify for a homecare package, cannot do so as there is nobody available to provide the care.

    The person’s name is then placed on the homecare waiting list, which Cllr Kilcoyne says seems to be a never-ending list.

    He says this is leading to patients who could be at home, provided they had adequate support, remaining in hospitals. Cllr Kilcoyne says a homecare package costs around €250 per week on average, while a hospital bed is costing up to €6000 per week.

  • A protest over speed limits in Breaffy will go ahead as planned tomorrow.

    That’s according to the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Cllr Michael Kilcoyne.

    Elected members have organised the protest, as they say they have exhausted all avenues open to them to impress on the TII the need to reduce the speed limit at Breaffy, the scene of many collisions and a number of fatalities.

    The TII has proposed installing flashing lights close to the school, at school times and reducing the speed limit to 60km during school times and 80km per hour for the rest of time. However Councillors say the community was looking for the limit to be reduced to 60km per hour across the board.

    Cllr Kilcoyne says that the latest TII proposals are not going far enough, given the volume of traffic in the area.

    A meeting took place in St John’s School in Breaffy last night to discuss the latest proposals from TII.

    A spokesperson for the Breaffy Road Safety Group told Midwest News today that 100% of the people in attendance at the meeting want the speed limit reduced to 60km per hour. They have decided to hold further discussions to see how that objective can be achieved. The spokesperson also told Midwest News that it is up to individuals as to whether or not they attend tomorrow’s protest.

    Cllr Kilcoyne told Midwest News today that the protest will go ahead tomorrow as planned.

  • Repeat criminals should not be granted free legal aid every time they come before the courts - that’s according to Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who’s concerned about the cost to taxpayers of Ireland’s free legal aid system.

    He believes that, while everyone is entitled to a defence, people who have been granted free legal aid and are convicted of a crime, and who are then brought back before the courts on other charges should make some contribution towards the cost of their defence.

  • The public’s views on fees imposed by retailers and companies that issue gift vouchers are being sought as part of a consultation launched by the Minister for Enterprise Heather Humphreys.

    The consultation comes on the back of an announcement last month that the Government had backed an Unfair Contract Terms (Gift Vouchers) Bill 2018, which proposes a minimum lifespan of five years for gift vouchers.

    The Bill also proposes that the Minister be given the power to make regulations to set fees for the issue and replacement of gift vouchers.

    The purpose of the public consultation is to gather information and views on gift voucher fees before the Minister decides on the level of fees, if any, that should apply. Views of both consumers and businesses are being sought.

    Castlebar’s Michael Kilcoyne is the Vice-Chairperson of the Consumers’ Association of Ireland and told Midwest News that this consultation is not needed, and the Minister should already know what the public want.