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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Councillor Jarleth Munnelly has accused the Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, of effectively blackmailing elected councillors  by the withholding of GMA funds to local voluntary groups.

    The Ballina based Fine Gael councillor made the statement at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District.

    Ballina councillors  have called for an immediate meeting with the Chief Executive  over the delay in the out of GMA  (General Municipal Allocation) monies, that is the monies that a range of voluntary organisations across the county receive annually from the local authority.

    It appears that the monies are being withheld, because the anticipated funding that the local authority budgeted for, from car parking charges, is short 400,000 euro.

    There were angry contributions from most councillors on the withholding of the funds at yesterday’s meeting. Director of Services for Mayo County Council Tom Gilligan stated and restated throughout the debate that the monies are being withheld while a process is underway to see how the 400,000 euro shortfall from Pay and Display car parking charges that were agreed by councillors in the budget can now be resolved.

    Councillors said that a number of organisations in Ballina are dependent on receiving the GMA contribution at this time of the year, like the 20,000 euro that Ballina Salmon Festival has been promised, monies to Ballina Arts Centre, funding to Tidy Towns, residents associations, the chamber and so on.Without the money, a variety of festival committees will be hit, they claimed.

    Cllr Munnelly told Midwest News today that he believes that Mr Hynes is effectively blackmailing councillors over the matter.

    400,000 euro is less than .003 percent of the overall county council budget in Mayo for 2018, according to Fianna Fail councillor Michael Smith. He insists that he wants in writing from the Director of Services – where it’s stated, that if monies anticipated are not secured through parking charges then that funding must be withheld to voluntary groups under GMA.

    In a brief statement from Mayo County Council today it says that the CEO Peter Hynes is at meetings outside of the County today but added he is always available to meet councillors and will meet the councillors of the Ballina Municipal District on this matter

  • The number of outdoor staff now employed by Mayo county Council is at a critical level, and if additional staff are not hired, than Charlestown based councillor Gerry Murray, claims he is fearful that health and safety issues will arise.

    The Cathaoirleach of the Claremorris Municipal District, raised his concerns at the monthly meeting of the authority.

    Cllr Murray said that over the past decade, 250 outdoor staff in the county have retired and have not been replaced by the local authority, and called for an immediate recruitment of additional staff to ensure that essential works can be carried out.

     He and other councillors pointed out that they had allocated funding for a range of outdoor jobs to be carried out, promised constituents that these works would be carried out, only to find there is no one available to carry out the work – and they as cllrs they were taking the wrath of the public on these jobs.

    Council official Liam Hanrahan strongly refuted any suggestion by the Cathaoirleach that there were health and safety issues arining due to the shortage of staff numbers. He insisted that a health and safety risk assessment is prepared before any job is undertaken and if there is inadequate staff or equipment on the day, the job is not carried out.

    He admitted that staffing levels had fallen but said recruitment is now underway and added that despite the lifting by the government of the embargo on recruitment, nonetheless staff numbers in the local authority are capped.

    Cathaoirleach Murray says his concerns remain the same.

  • The Offices of Mayo County Council remain closed today in line with the Red Alert issued yesterday and the ongoing orange alert in place currently. Offices will reopen on Monday morning at 9am.Essential services from our Winter Maintenance crews continue to remain in place in addition to any Staff supporting our response to this severe weather event.  

    The emergency contact numbers for the areas of the Local Authority are outlined below.  Ongoing communications in relation to gritting will continue to be posted across all Mayo County Council Social Media.

     

    Mayo County Council encourage the public to continue to adhere to advice been given for this severe weather event.  We encourage drivers to always exercise caution when driving in poor weather conditions. Be Winter-ready, be prepared, stay safe.

     

     

    Ballina:                                                     096 76159

    Ballinrobe:                                               087 9940183

    Belmullet:                                                087 6579348

    Castlebar:                                                094 9034706

    Claremorris:                                            086 0450200

    Westport (South):                                  087 6474150

    Westport (Newport & North):            087 6540206

    Swinford links to Ballina out of hours

     

     

  • A five member delegation from Mayo county council is in the US since last Saturday for the St Patrick Day Festivities.

    The group led by the Cathaoirleach Richard Finn, is joined by councillors Annie Mae Reape, Michael Holmes and Gerry Coyle together with Director of Services for Mayo County Council,Peter Duggan.

    They arrived in New York for the presentation of the Mayo Association Person of the year gala event in Queens.

    Yesterday morning (Sunday) they headed to Philadelphia to take part in the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade.

    They are travelling to Rhode Island today and will stay until Wednesday as they meet with business interests working with local employment offices  under the Ireland West International Trade Centre initiative.

    On Thursday they travel to Boston to meet the Mayo Association there and other business interests.

    On Friday they return to New York to march in the be in the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in the city.

  • The former Estoria Cinema building located in Ballina town, should be made a protected structure . That was the joint motion put forward by Independent councillors Gerry Ginty and Seamus Weir at this week’s Ballina Municipal District meeting, held in the Community Centre in Bonniconlon.

    The building owned by Mayo County Council, is leased at present to Ballina Men's Shed group.

    The councillors say the structure is of significance as a piece of art deco architecture, it also is part of the town’s social history and in addition, the Men’s Shed Group are keen to restore the structure.

    In response the Manager of Ballina Municipal District Marie Crowley explained to the councillors that there are financial implications to listing a building in this way. She said any work on a protected structure building is restricted and tends to be costly.

  • Joe McHale from Castlebar has been co-opted onto Mayo County Council, to take the seat recently vacated by Terése Ruane.

    At a selection convention held in Castlebar over the weekend, Joe McHale defeated Donna Hyland to take the Sinn Fein seat on the local authority in the Castlebar Municipal District.

    Térese Ruane recently retired from the council after 8 years as a public representative, due to work commitments.

    Joe McHale is a long-serving member of Sinn Fein who was unsuccessful in contesting previous elections.

  • A master plan for the development of Moore Hall and its environs is expected to be put before members of Mayo county council by this Autumn.

    That was confirmed by Director of Services  for the local authority, Catherine McConnell at a meeting of the Special Policy Committee on Tourism this week.

    The historical and ecological significance of the house and the 80 acre site, located at Lough Carra, about 12 km from Castlebar, was outlined to the committee by Senior Council Engineer Padraig Philbin.

    The house and lands were bought by Mayo County Council from Coillte some months ago and the authority is now working with the National Parks and Wildlife Dept to develop the location as a conservation for birds and bats, and as a recreational facility for the people of the region.

    The master plan will set out how, and in what stages, the development will advance.

    Padraig Philbin told the meeting that the reaction to the local authority purchasing the site has been tremendous.

  • A Mayo Councillor has called for smaller landlords to be exempt from tax on the income they earn on second properties.

    Killala based Fine Gael Cllr Jarlath Munnelly had a motion down at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council asking the Minister for Finance to exempt income generated from private rented accommodation from taxation in next year’s budget.

    Cllr Munnelly stressed that this was aimed at the small landlords, who only have one or two properties.

    He said it would allow landlords to rent out these properties at a reasonable rate, which could help to alleviate the housing crisis.

    Cllr Munnelly says many properties around the county are vacant at present, because these smaller landlords cannot afford the taxation on the income generated by them.

    The motion received the backing of his fellow councillors at the meeting.

  • A Mayo Councillor is calling on the Transport Minister Shane Ross to allocate funding for LIS roads in Co Mayo.

    The Minister for Community & Rural Affairs Michael Ring has allocated over €2 million euro for LIS roads in Mayo over the past year, in three separate allocations, but Ballyhaunis-based Councillor John Cribben says Minister Shane Ross has not sanctioned any money for these private roads, since becoming Minister for Transport.

    The issue was raised at this week’s meeting of Mayo County Council, where Councillor Cribben’s motion, calling on the local authority to write to Minister Ross requesting that he allocate funds for LIS roads in Co Mayo, was carried.

     

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    Mayo County Council, in partnership with Social Innovation Fund Ireland, are hosting an information seminar for local social enterprises to learn more about how they can apply for funding from the new €1.6 million Social Enterprise Development Fund.

    The deadline for applications is March 28th.                 

    The event will take place in the Regional Training Centre in Mayo County Council at the Mall in Castlebar on Monday 19th at 11am.

  • Mayo County Council is encouraging householders across the county to avail of its free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day this Saturday.

    From 9am to 1pm on Saturday, certain hazardous wastes found around the home can be disposed of free of charge at the Rathroeen Civic Amenity Centre on the Killala Road in Ballina.

    Many everyday household items, fluids and containers are considered hazardous to both the environment and human health if not stored and disposed of correctly.

    Even common household items such as cooking oil and detergents can be considered hazardous if not treated with proper care and consideration.

    A full list of items accepted is available on www.mayococo.ie and also on www.facebook.com/greeningmayo.

  • Leprechauns are taking to social media to help promote road safety this St Patrick's weekend.

    Cut-out selfie boards are being set up all around County Mayo to remind people not to risk drinking and driving.

    The council's Road Safety Officer, Noel Gibbons told Midwest News today that he hopes the selfie boards will resonate with drivers.

  • Mayo County Council’s Senior Management Team and Severe Weather Group met this morning and have decided that Mayo County Council will close its offices, including the Libraries and Civic Amenities from 2pm this afternoon until Monday next at 9am.

    Essential services from our Winter Maintenance crews will remain in place in addition to any staff supporting the local authority’s response to this severe weather event.

    There are emergency contact numbers for all areas of the Local Authority.

    In Ballina, it’s 096-76159; in Ballinrobe it’s 087-9940183; in Belmullet 087-6579348; in Castlebar 094-9034706; in Claremorris 086-0450200; in Westport South 087-6474150; Westport (Newport and North) 087-6540206 and Swinford links Ballina out of hours.

  • Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes has issued an update following a local crisis management team meeting earlier today. 

    Following snow overnight in much of the county, Mayo County Council gritting teams have been out since early morning dealing with main roads and priority routes across the County. 

    While main routes are treated they are encouraging the public to exercise caution on secondary routes that are not gritted. 

    Mayo County Council is monitoring weather conditions in the North Mayo area where significant snow fall overnight has left many sideroads in a challenging condition.  

    Again the message for the public in that particular area is to exercise caution. 

    The emergency contact numbers for specific area offices are listed on the Mayo County Council website.   Further updates from Mayo County Council will be posted across our social media channels.

  • Mayo County Council was last night named Council of the Year at the 2018 LAMA Awards in Croke Park.

    The accolade recognises the efforts of Mayo County Council working with community to deliver projects and initiatives across the county.

    Two projects also went on to win the outright national awards in their categories – Westport 250 and the ‘It’s for Girls’ initiative by Mayo Sports Partnership.

    The national awards recognise and celebrate community and Councils working together. They provide a great opportunity to highlight the work done within our communities between Local Authorities and Communities in bringing novel and progressive projects to fruition.

    Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes confirmed this morning that Mayo County Council were delighted to be shortlisted as finalists for 7 projects in a number of categories this year.

    Finalist Nominations for Mayo Included 

    Wild Mayo - Promotional Campaign Best Tourism Initiative

    Westport 250 - The Arts & Culture (including Festivals) Category

    Crossmolina St Patrick’s night festival - The Arts & Culture (including Festivals) Category

    It’s for Girls Campaign Health & Wellbeing Category

    Crossmolina St Patricks Night Festival - Community Volunteer of the Year

    Mayo Community Futures - Best Community based initiative

    School Wardens ‘Lollicops’ (Kildare & Mayo) Best Community based initiative

    Mayo County Council -  Council of the Year

  • Mayo county councillors yesterday voted “not to take a position” on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, the subject of the Referendum that takes place on Friday week.

    Independent councillor Gerry Ginty proposed that councillors support the retention of the Eighth Amendment and called on voters of Mayo to vote No on the 25th of May.

    However, his motion was defeated as a counter proposal was put forward by Fine Gael’s Jarleth Munnelly calling on the councillors  not to take a position on the matter, and that proposal was carried

    The decision by councillors  not to take a position on the Eighth amendment was only arrived at after extensive debate.

    Cllr Ginty made his proposal calling on voters across the county to support the retention of the Eighth amendment , by voting No on the 25th, and that was supported by Independent cllr Frank Durcan. Both cllrs outlined in detail why they believe the eighth amendment as it stands is necessary.

    Cllr Ginty said that every public representative should be prepared to state publicly how they will be voting.

    Cllr Durcan outlined his opposition to abortion saying that there are preservation orders on everything from bats to elephants but not on human life, if the Eighth amendment is abolished.

    Cllr Jarleth Munnelly said while he respected the views of both cllrs  - it was not up to cllrs to come down on either side in this debate and added it was the right of any cllr not to give his/her view on this matter.

    He then put forward the counter proposal calling on councillors not to take a position on the issue.

    Independent cllr Seamus Weir argued that while the Eighth Amendment had not protected women like it should, he would rather see it amended rather than abolished.

    Sinn Fein’s Joe McHale spoke in favour of abolishing the Eighth amendment saying women needed to take the power back into their own hands.

    FG’s Tereasa McGuire said she would not preach to anyone, and said it was a personal choice and called for sensitivity in the debate.

    FF’S Michael Smyth outlined his opposition to abolishing the Eighth amendment and spoke of threatening emails that he and other cllrs had received from members of the public – simply because the motion was on the council agenda. He said the state had let down women in the past and questioned giving the state back power if the Eighth amendment is abolished.

    Finally a vote was taken, and all cllrs present, opted not to take a position on the matter, with the exception of cllrs Ginty and Durcan who voted against, and cllr Weir abstained.

  • The road safety officer at Mayo County Council says he would like to see new hi-tech cameras that detect drivers using their mobile phones being introduced in this country.

    Police in Australia are set to use automated camera technology to identify drivers who use their at phones at the wheel.

    Noel Gibbons says that if you look at your phone for just four seconds while you are driving it’s like driving the equivalent of more than 100 yards blindfolded.

    Mr. Gibbons says motorists need to believe that using a handheld phone brings real consequences