councillor John Cribben

  • The consumption of alcohol in public areas of Ballyhanunis town, particularly in the Friary Grounds, and the potential for anti social behaviour as a result was highlighted by councillor John Cribben at this month’s meeting of Claremorris Municipal District.

    He called for by-laws to be introduced to prevent the consumption of alcohol on the streets and in the Friary Grounds, as he says the Friary Grounds are a particularly popular recreational location for young and old, and there is a tendency for groups of youths to gather and consume alcohol in the location.

    His motion was supported and the local authority will now begin the process of introducing the  necessary by-laws.

  • Claremorris Municipal District councillors have agreed to ban election posters across the district for the May local elections. 

    The motion was proposed by Ballyhaunis based Fine Gael councillor John Cribben at the monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District, and it was unanimously supported. 

    Yet despite the support, the banning of election posters in the district is a voluntary issue and is not legally binding. 

    Councillir Cribben made a strong argument for banning posters equating them with the litter concerns in the area, and while other councillors supported his stance, nonetheless, some added that if anyone breaks the voluntary agreement - then its” gloves off “, so to speak. 

    Nonetheless, Cllr Cribben told Midwest News  that he is pleased that the motion has been unanimously carried. 

  • Mayo county council now needs to assign the necessary staff to ensure that the 7 million euro digital hub and enterprise centre proposed for the former Military barracks in Ballina is progressed efficiently.  That’s the view of Ballina Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara.

    Earlier this month local Senator Michelle Mulherin announced details of three and a half million euro in government funding secured for the project.

    An additional 2.5 million euro is due to be allocated from government to the development next year, with a further one million euro from Mayo County Council.

    At the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District councillor O’Hara suggested that the former garda barracks in the town had the potential to be used as a hostel to accommodate the many young people likely to be attracted to Ballina- as a digital and cultural hub.

  • Roadworks due to be carried out in Ballyhaunis town will take place next week during night-time hours.

    The works mark the completion of the upgrading of the Ballyhaunis to Tavrane Road.

    The issue was raised at this week's meeting of Mayo County Council, where Councillor John Cribben asked that any road works taking place in towns in the Claremorris Municipal District would be completed by 1st December, or postponed until the New Year, to facilitate Christmas shoppers.

    Councillor Cribben told Midwest News the roadworks that will be carried out in Ballyhaunis from next Monday to Wednesday, at night-time.