Senator Michelle Mulherin

  • €55,000 in LEADER funding has been approved for the Local Voices Music Trail in Ballina.

    Local Voices Music Trail is part of the acclaimed Other Voices Music Festival and will feature an exciting and diverse line-up of performers, musicians, bands and DJs, plying their wares across the venues of Ballina on September 28th and 29th.

    The funding will be provided by Minister Ring’s Department through the Mayo LEADER Local Action Group.

    22 new acts have been confirmed for free gigs throughout Ballina as part of the Local Voices Music Trail later this month.

    Local Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says the funding is a welcome boost.

  • Affordability for households must be at the heart of the new National Broadband Plan.

    That's according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who points to the low take-up of high-speed broadband already rolled out by Eir under its commercial rural deployment plan, as only one in 7 of these households have taken up the offer.

    As the final bid for the national broadband contract is still being evaluated, Senator Mulherin says broadband packages should be affordable for all homes.

  • An Bord Pleanala has again pushed back the date for a decision on planning permission for a new bridge at Cloongullane, near Swinford.

    The decision is not just disappointing but outrageous, according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    It's almost two years since an oral hearing took place into plans for a replacement bridge at Cloongullane - an accident blackspot on the N26 - yet no progress has since been made on the matter.

    The planning application is still with An Bord Pleanala, and it was expected a decision might be made by the end of last month, but that date is now being further delayed, and  there's no indication when a decision will be made.

    Senator Mulherin says it's not good enough that environmental concerns are holding up such a vital piece of infrastructure, when there are no objections from the National Parks & Wildlife or the fisheries.

  • Ballina-based Senator Michelle Mulherin is to meet shortly with the Transport Minister Shane Ross to push the case for a ring road around Ballina to ease the worsening traffic congestion, which she says is impacting on people driving into town from the Foxford road and Sligo road on a daily basis.

    A deputation from Mayo met with representatives of Transport Infrastructure Ireland last Monday to discuss plans for various road projects across the county.

    However, Ballina-based FF Councillor Annie May Reape told Midwest News that neither the N26 road project from Mount Falcon to Foxford, or the Ballina Orbital Route, are included in the National Framework Plan, therefore she claims there will be no progress on either road project for the next 5-10 years.

    However, Senator Mulherin says the Orbital Route, or ring road, is badly needed and she claims it could be delivered in different phases.

    She says the first section to be built should connect the Foxford road and Crossmolina road.

  • Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin, who lost her Dail seat in the last general election, topped the poll at the Fine Gael Selection Convention in Castlebar on Sunday night last.

    While party headquarters did not release the full details of the ballot, Midwest West News understands the Ballina based Senator was ahead by two votes after the first count.

    Senator Mulherin led the charge on Sunday night taking 256 votes

    Westport based, Minister Michael Ring was second, receiving 254 votes.

    While Castlebar based former Mayo footballer Alan Dillon received 193.

    South Mayo based councillor, Patsy O’Brien lost out in the 4 candidate contest with 140 votes.

    The party has decided to contest the 4- seater constituency of Mayo with a three candidate ticket.

    At present it holds two of the 4 seats. Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny remains a Dail deputy but declared some time ago that he will not be contesting the next time round, while the second seat is held by the Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring.

    It would be considered highly unlikely that Fine Gael could do any better than retain 2 seats in this constituency, however, as a 5 seater constituency back in 2011,  the party managed to secure 4 of the 5 places.

  • The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has granted funds under the Additional Accommodation Scheme to Ballyvary National School.

    The Additional Accommodation approval is for 2 x 80m2 Mainstream classroom including en-suite toilet 1 x 10.5 m2WC for assisted users.

    The Additional Accommodation Scheme is an important programme which improves the quality of school buildings and helps them to expand their capacity.

    An additional benefit is the local employment created during the works on schools through this Scheme.

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says this is fantastic news ahead of Christmas.

    Senator Mulherin says she has lobbied both Minister Bruton and Minister McHugh in getting this funding over the line for Ballyvary National School.

    She says this will all be complimented by the funding secured from Minister Michael Ring for a looped walk near the school which will connect up with the path to the school from Ballyvary village again opening up these shared facilities and making them more accessible.

    Senator Mulherin says she believes this school and its community is a model of excellence for cooperation and best practice in rural areas which are determined to remain vibrant, to provide community facilities and ensure their school is well supported. 

  • Concerns have been raised in relation to parking and traffic management at Barnacogue National School near Knock Airport.

    That’s according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who has raised the matter in the Seanad and pointed out that this is a problem for hundreds of rural national schools across the country.

    She says neither the Department of Education or local authorities are taking responsibility for issues around parking and traffic management plans, and it’s unfair that parents have to fundraise to buy nearby land parcels and construct parking areas.

    Senator Mulherin is calling for better co-operation between the Department and local authorities in relation to road safety at schools such as Barnacogue….

  • A Mayo Senator is calling on Mayo County Council management to provide an interim payment to the Friends of Leigue cemetery committee in Ballina to carry out improvement works ahead of the annual Cemetery Mass this Sunday.

    The voluntary committee is responsible for maintaining the historic cemetery, but have expressed concern in recent days that the cemetery is becoming overgrown with weeds due to the ongoing delay by Mayo County Council is paying out this year's GMA funding - the general municipal allocation is given annually to a number of committees and organisations across the county's four Municipal Districts, with €20,000 provided each year to the Friends of Leigue Cemetery, but has not yet been paid out for 2018.

    Ballina-based FG Senator Michelle Mulherin says it's not good enough, and she's calling on the Council's Chief Executive Peter Hynes to make an interim payment to the Friends of Leigue cemetery committee, so that grass-cutting and other works can take place ahead of next Sunday's Cemetery Mass....

  • A draft plan for a pyrite remediation scheme will go before a meeting of the cabinet in January.

    That’s according to Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin, who raised the matter with Minister Damien English this week.

    A pyrite remediation scheme was confirmed by Government in October and Senator Mulherin says the Minister told her that a draft scheme has been drawn up.

    That draft will go before cabinet in January for any amendments or changes required and approval.

    Senator Mulherin says that once the scheme has been approved, it will be put in place almost immediately.

  • Female entrepreneurs who are setting up a new business in a rural area are being encouraged to apply for a place on the ACORNS programme - which provides them with support and networking opportunities.

    The programme involves successful female entrepreneurs providing a mentoring service to those starting out in business, and will run from October to next April.

    The ACORNS programme is run by the Department of Agriculture under its Rural Innovation & Development Fund, and applications must be submitted by the closing date of 21st September.

    Mayo-based Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin is encouraging early-stage female entrepreneurs in the area to apply

  • Female entrepreneurs who are setting up a new business in a rural area are being encouraged to apply for a place on the ACORNS programme - which provides them with support and networking opportunities.

    The programme involves successful female entrepreneurs providing a mentoring service to those starting out in business, and will run from October to next April.

    The ACORNS programme is run by the Department of Agriculture under its Rural Innovation & Development Fund, and applications must be submitted by the closing date of 21st September.

    Mayo-based Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin is encouraging early-stage female entrepreneurs in the area to apply

  • The Mayo Fine Gael Selection convention was held last night in Castlebar.

    Three candidates were selected to represent the party in the next general election.

    Current Minister Michael Ring, Senator Michelle Mulherin and former Mayo footballer Alan Dillon were selected.

    Councillor Patsy O’Brien from Hollymount lost out on a place on the party’s ticket at last night’s selection convention.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially called time on his Dáil career also last night.

    A total of 870 delegates cast their votes and the venue was packed to capacity as party supporters from throughout the county turned out in force in a clear show of the organisation's strength, having attracted 51% of the vote in the Mayo constituency in the 2016 general election.

    However, they had to wait until shortly after 12.30 a.m. before the names of the three selected candidates were announced by Minister of State Sean Kyne, who chaired the convention. 

    Tom Garvey, director of election, said the party's objective is to win three seats out of four in Mayo.

  • Ballina Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin raised in the Seanad yesterday with Minister Eoughan Murphy the need for funding to be secured for an ambitious project proposed for the Military Barracks in Ballina.

    A project planning to develop a digital and innovation hub in the barracks has already sought funding under the government’s Urban Regeneration and Development Fund 2018.

    While the Ballina project looks set to cost up to 70 million euro in total , it is hoped that some funding may be secured under this fund. There are 189 applicants nationally competing for monies under the scheme at present.

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News today she is hopeful that there will be positive news for Ballina before Christmas, as decisions on the funding scheme are due before the New Year.

  • Nominations have now closed for the Fine Gael Constituency Selection Convention for Mayo and there are 4 contenders.

    Eanna Kilbane , secretary of the party’s constituency executive received the 4 names ahead of the closing date last night.

    The selection convention will take place on Sunday, March 25th.

    The 4 nominees are Minister Michael Ring, Senator Michelle Mulherin, Councillor Patsy O’Brien and Alan Dillon.

    It’s not yet known how many names will be selected to contest the next General Election in the 4-seater constituency of Mayo. That will be a decision for the party’s Headquarters.

    Fine Gael at present hold two of the 4 seats in Mayo.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, one of the two sitting TDs has stated that he will not be contesting the next election.

  • €3.2m government funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund 2018 has been approved for the transformation of Ballina's 18th century military barracks.

    It is to be developed into a digital hub and innovation quarter in an exciting and pioneering project that marks the start of a new era for Ballina and its hinterland,.

    The digital hub will provide 20 spaces for technology, digital media and internet companies to scale and grow alongside local enterprises and a distillery which will be established by SMAKS, an international private investor which will create jobs in the production of high-end rum.

    “Plans realised would see Blackstone Launchpad a vehicle company used by National University of Ireland, Galway providing third level outreach in entrepreneurship supporting an innovation and enterprise centre for seed and scaling up new businesses.

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says this project has the potential to be transformational.

    She says not alone will it restore a centre piece in our built heritage, the Military Barracks built in 1742, and unlock its tourism and cultural potential, but it will be a living functioning building realizing plans for investment and jobs and put Ballina on the map internationally as a place to start and grow a digital business.

  • Funding of over €9,000 has been granted to the North Mayo Youth Project in Ballina.

    The news of the funding has been welcomed by local Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin, who says the allocation will come from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

    The new Government capital grants announced are going to be of huge benefit to young people here in Mayo, as they will improve the quality of the services on which local young people rely according to Senator Mulherin.

    The grants approved support purchases of equipment and small scale projects, including the upgrade of bathrooms and kitchens in youth services.

    Eligible local services were invited by the Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim Education and Training Board to apply for support.

  • There's good news in today's Budget for hundreds of householders in Co Mayo whose homes have been damaged by pyrite in the blockwork.

    The Government has signed off in principle on a grant aid scheme to assess and repair homes in Mayo affected by pyrite.

    An expert report was published last year which revealed that up to 400 homes across the county were affected by pyrite damage-  particularly in north and west Mayo.

    Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who has been campaigning for some time for a compensation scheme for the private homeowners affected, has welcomed the news in today's Budget that a Concrete Blockwork Scheme is to be established, and money will be provided from next year to assist homeowners carry out remedial works.

  • There is welcome news today for the community of Kilmurray, located between Crossmolina and Keenagh, who for years have sought a new group water scheme.

    Funding announced earlier this month by government for rural water schemes, includes funding for the Kilmurray group scheme, a scheme that had until now been too costly to deliver per household, because of the local terrain and the dispersed population.

    There are approx 80 households on this scheme.

    Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin told Midwest News today that she has now secured confirmation from Minister  Eoin Murphy that the Kilmurray group scheme will now go ahead, at a total estimated cost of 754,000 euro.

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  • The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has given the go-ahead for a pilot remediation project in north Mayo, as part of the ongoing work to try and find a solution to the issue of pyrite in concrete blocks in a number of Mayo homes.

    Minister of State Damien English met with a number of homeowners in Mayo earlier this year, and said a pyrite remediation scheme is a top priority for him.

    Minster Eoghan Murphy has now confirmed that an experimental pilot project will be carried out on a social housing unit in Carrowtigue, which will have its outer leaf removed and replaced.

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says this is a important step forward in finding a solution to the issue for Mayo householders whose homes are affected by pyrite in the blockwork.

  • A lifeguard is on duty today at Enniscrone Beach.

    Midwest News understands that following an outcry yesterday, a lifeguard has been put in place today.

    Sligo County Council issued a statement yesterday to say there would not be a lifeguard on duty due to a lack of available staff.

    However Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin told Midwest News today that she was down at Enniscrone Beach this morning and there is a lifeguard on duty.