• Mayo county council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland are at present testing different road barriers on the Castlebar road outside Foxford (the N58).

    In the Umoon area about 2 km outside the town there are significant drops either side of a newly resurfaced road and many road users have expressed their concerns over the lack of any barriers that might prevent a vehicle dropping a couple of meters should it come off the road in ice or frost.

    Local Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise told Midwest News today about the present testing of barriers to ensure that the safest option is installed along this very busy stretch of main road linking Ballina to Castlebar.

     He said he expects the barriers to be in place before next winter.

  • "They can dress it up anyway they want to, but the introduction of car parking charges on the streets in eight additional Mayo towns, is just a money making exercise by Mayo county County Council." That’s the view of Westport based Fianna Fail cllr Brendan Mulroy.

    The Cllr is the Chair of the Roads and Transport Strategic Policy Committee of Mayo county council, and at a meeting of the committee yesterday, Tom Gilligan Director of Service for the local authority told members that car parking charges are to be introduced in Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Charlestown, Crossmolina, Foxford, Kiltimagh, Knock and Swinford.

    At present these towns have neither street car parking charges or carpark charges.

    Mr Gilligan said they plan to collect an additional half a million euro a year from such charges.

    Westport has carpark charges already, but on street car parking charges are also proposed under this plan.

    Cllr Mulroy told Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley why he cannot accept the proposals.

  • One of the county’s oldest and most popular bus routes, has been significantly impacted by the new Bus Schedule Service announced last week by Bus Eireann.

    Route 52, that had always picked up passengers along the road between Ballina and Castlebar, particularly between Foxford and Castlebar,  has now become an expressway service. That’s according to Castlebar Sinn Fein councillor Joe McHale.

    He says its means that passengers who use the service between Foxford and Ballyvary and on through Chancery in Turlough, who had always been picked up along route, must now travel to either Foxford or Ballyvary to access the bus.

    Route 52 is also a Galway bus service from Ballina.

    The councillor says many people had depended on the route and it’s a significant change to the service.

    Speaking to Midwest News today councillor McHale said he is calling on Bus Eireann to immediately look at this new expressway service and think again about its impact on customers.

    Midwest News has contacted Bus Eireann and are awaiting a response.


    Gardai seized cannabis and cocaine from four people in Ballina on St Patrick’s Day.

    Gardai searched the four men on the street in the town on Saturday and discovered the illegal substances.

    In a separate incident, a man was arrested on Friday evening last after he was found in possession of cannabis. The drugs were discovered in his car after it was stopped and searched during a planned garda operation in the Foxford area.

    The man was arrested for questioning. He was later released without charge but a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

  • Irish Water, in partnership with Mayo County Council, is starting construction works  for new wastewater treatment facilities at Foxford, Killala and Charlestown.

    A total investment of €19 million is being invested to achieve environmental compliance and provide for the existing population and future needs of the towns.

    The Killala Sewerage Scheme will stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Killala Bay.

    The Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will provide new and upgraded treatment plants for both towns to meet the current populations and will provide for future growth in the areas.

    Any businesses from Killala Foxford or Charlestown interested  in receiving further information about these three projects are invited to attend an  information hour  in the theatre at the Foxford Woollen Mills.

    The Information Hour takes place in the Foxford Woollen Mills between 12:30 and 13:30 tomorrow afternoon at the Foxford Woollen Mills Theatre


  • Members of the business community in Ballina are seeking a meeting with local elected councillors to outline their frustration with elected councillors’ failure to listen and take on the concerns of businesses in the town, as a new speed limit of 80km per hour is set to be introduced on the N58 main Foxford to Ballyvary road.

    That’s according to the President of Ballina Chamber of Commerce Hugh Rouse.

    Mr Rouse told Midwest News this morning that at last month’s meeting of Ballina Municipal District some councillors appeared to question the authenticity of the one thousand signatures secured by Ballina businesses - objecting to the TII decision to reduce the speed limit along this stretch of road that links Ballina to Castlebar.

    The business group had asked councillors to seek a meeting between themselves and the TII to outline in detail business concerns about the reduction to the speed limit proposed.

    Councillors voted not to seek such a meeting between both sides.

    Mr Rouse, who declined to go on air this morning, told Midwest News that Ballina Chamber is the third largest chamber in Connaught and he said it appears that local councillors are not listening to its concerns.

    He added that multinationals and local businesses in Ballina are all concerned about the impact on business if the speed limits are, as planned, reduced from  100km per hour to 80km per hour, along the Foxford to Ballyvary road.

  • Minister of State for Housing Damien English will be in Foxford this noon time for the official opening of 4 houses, developed by St Vincent de Paul in association with Mayo county council and St Nathy’s Trust.

    At 12 noon the Minister will open the second phase of the  twelve unit St Michael’s development in the town.

    Local Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise says the new, award winning  housing development has been designed for the elderly and people with a disability.

  • Plans are progressing to erect a memorial in Foxford to honour local  men and women who fought in World War One.

    A local committee is working towards placing a momument at Green Road in Foxford in memory of those from the area who were involved in the war.

    In order to apply for grant aid, the committee needed Mayo County Council to lease a portion of ground on the town side of the Admiral Browne Promenade for the memorial.

    Foxford-based Councillor Neil Cruise told Midwest News that the council has now agreed to the lease, which will allow the committee to apply for grants for the project.

  • The Irish equestrian community has paid tributes following the tragic death of talented Mayo show jumper Jack Dodd.

     25 year old Jack from Foxford passed away on Wednesday in a Netherlands hospital, as a result of injuries he sustained in a car accident which occurred in Belgium last week. 

    One of Ireland's best prospects, he won the FEI European Championships in Arezzo, Italy, as part of the Irish team in 2014. He was also selected in the International Young Riders Academy, a prestigious position in show jumping reserved for talented young athletes.

    After spending several years learning his trade from the world's top riders, Jack worked at Bertram Allen's yard in Germany before setting up his own business in Balen Belgium, where he achieved success both in Young Horse events and in the top international classes in European show jumping.

    Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy has paid his respects to Jack’s family and recognised the Mayo man's talent on a saddle.

    "Jack Dodd was an extremely talented and hard-working young man and was much loved by all who met him.

    Irish Show Jumping Development Team Manager Michael Blake also offered condolence to Jack’s  parents  Trish and David and praised the youngsters motivation to achieve the life he dreamed of.

  • The man who drowned tragically in the river Moy in Foxford  yesterday afternoon has been named as John Newcombe of 47 Moyview, Foxford.

    John, aged in his early fifties, was fishing for salmon on the River Moy close to the bridge in the town.
    Other anglers in the area and members of the gardai were unable to save the fisherman after he apparently lost his footing.

    His body was recovered and brought to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar where a post mortem examination was carried out.

    Local councillor Neil Cruise told Midwest News today the community is saddened at his death and described John as an able fisherman.

    His remains will be reposing at Clarke’s funeral home Foxford tomorrow evening (Wed) from 5.30pm to 7.30pm with removal to St Michael’s Church Foxford to arrive at 8pm.

    He will be laid to rest after 12 noon Mass in Craggagh cemetery on Thursday.