Ballina

  • A Ballina Councillor is this evening highlighting the need for an access road for emergency vehicles at Leigue Cemetery in Ballina.

    It comes after a man became ill while attending a funeral earlier today.

    Councillor John O'Hara says an ambulance could not reach the man, as the road into the cemetery is only the width of a car.

    The patient had to be brought down the road where the ambulance could reach him at a lay-bye.

    There was also no defibrillator on site.

    Councillor O'Hara says this incident highlights the need for an access road for emergency vehicles at the graveyard - which he will be raising at the next meeting of the Municipal District....

  • Ballina was mentioned by US President Joe Biden yesterday in his St Patrick’s Day meeting with Micheál Martin.

    Both leaders met for an hour and 20 minutes and discussed a range of topics.

    To hear Ballina spoken of so warmly in the White House was wonderful, according to the Cathaoirleach of Ballina Municipal District, Seamus Weir.

    Ballina Municipal District has already linked up with the US council of Scranton Pennsylvania, the birthplace of Joe Biden, to entice the US President to visit Ballina during his presidency.

    Independent cllr Seamus Weir gave his reaction to Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley today on what it was like to hear the north Mayo capital spoken of in the White House

     

  • Gardai in Ballina are investigating after two cattle were killed in a road traffic incident close to the entrance of Mount Falcon.

    The incident involving a truck occurred shortly after 5am this morning and the driver of the truck was uninjured.

    Traffic management measures were put in place for a time this morning to clear the scene and allow Gardai the opportunity to carry out an investigation.

  • The North Mayo U16 A final has been moved to Ballina at the earlier time of 5:30.

    Ballina are home to Knockmore in that encounter this evening.

  • There's a change of time in this Sunday's North Mayo Junior A final in Ballina.

    The North Mayo Junior A and B finals take place in Ballina Stephinites pitch this Sunday, 3rd November.

    The Junior B  Final is at 12 noon.

    The Junior A Final is now at 1.30pm

  • Claremorris was last night named the best small town in Connacht/Ulster at the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Towns, held in Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny.

    Claremorris picked up the overall award in the small town category, while Westport was a runner-up in the regional section.

    Ballina and Castlebar also represented Mayo at last night’s awards.

  • Independent Ballina councillor Seamus Weir says he is aware of a distraught 93 years old woman in a wheelchair, who is being refused payment of the grant, after having the work completed.

    At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District Cllr Weir outlined a sad situation for the applicant involved in this case. An elderly disabled woman who had two doors changed in her home. He said she had been approved for the work by the local authority, however, when the job was completed it was not suitable for her needs and the contractor changed how the doors were hung.

     She paid him for his work, but when she sought re-imbursement, as approved, by Mayo county council for the works, and she was refused as the authority said she had altered the works that she had been approved for.

    Councillor Weir questioned the system being used by MCC in paying out housing adaptation grants. He said it seems unfair that the applicant has to pay out first before they are reimbursed and he called on the local authority to intervene in this case to resolve the situation.

  • Lower Pearse St in Ballina town centre has been extensively brightened up by Ballina Community Clean-Up, a voluntary group keen to make Ballina look vibrant and “funky” , while at the same time remembering and honouring its past.

    Parts of the streetscape that looked somewhat derelict and run down, has been painted in bright colours and cosmetic windows and doors have been added to facades.

    An exhibition of old photographs of Ballina,its businesses and people, is displayed across the windows of one of the newly painted premises.

    Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley was in Ballina and saw it all first hand and met with two of the large body of volunteers that form Ballina Community Clean-up - David O’Malley and Martin Devaney.

    They explained that they do the work with a sense of pride for Ballina.

  • A complete review of the traffic management system around Ballina town is required now, according Independent councillor Gerry Ginty.

    He says that while the town requires an orbital route to prevent traffic congestion, any such development is a long way off and in the meantime solutions must be found to reduce severe traffic congestion at busy times in the day.

    He raised the matter at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District, and his motion was supported by all councillors.

    Cllr Ginty believes that prolonged traffic congestion can be damaging to the town’s commercial business, and frustrating for local residents and tourists.

    He called for the re-adjustment of the traffic lights at the font on the Foxford / Crossmolina road and two way traffic to be re-introduced between the bridges as some of the measures that might address the problem.

  • Councillors in the Ballina area have again expressed their concerns that there are no improvements being currently planned for the N26 Ballina to Foxford road.

    At the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District today Fine Gael Councillor John O’Hara proposed that TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) come down to Ballina to meet with the business community and local representatives to see the state of the road themselves at first hand.

    However, Councillor O’Hara’s proposal didn’t get unanimous support.

    There are currently 2 councillors who make representation to the TII as SPC road members.

    They are councillors Seamus Weir and Annie Mae Reape.

    The director of public services tom Gilligan said there is no difference in making representation from the members going to Dublin or the TII coming to Ballina asking questions.

    TII have been previously been invited down to Ballina regarding this matter but failed to do so.

    A delegation from Mayo County Council along with the two SPC members will be meeting with TII in Dublin on November 18th

    Cllr. O’Hara says TII need to come down to experience what the situation is like at first hand.

  • Construction work is to start tomorrow on the new Mary Robinson Centre on the banks of the River Moy in Ballina.

    Mayo County Council has confirmed that the contract for the €3.1 million museum, archive and educational facility has been signed with Mayo-based LPB Construction Services.

    The project will involve the conservation and refurbishment of the original Robinson family home with a new extension, and is located on Emmet Street in Ballina.

    Mayo County Council is partnering with NUI Galway in this project, to provide the public with access to the former President's substantial archive, and to papers from her ongoing work, which she has gifted to the museum.

    Mary Robinson, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is world-renowned for her work in human rights, gender equality and climate change, and Mayo County Council says the project - which is Ireland's first Presidential Library -will honour the legacy of Ireland's first female President.

    Government funding of €2 million euro has been pledged for the Mary Robinson Centre, along with funding from Mayo County Council and from local and diaspora fundraising.

    Ballina-based Senator Michelle Mulherin says it's a very important investment for the town, and for the north Mayo region....

  • 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 Ballina councillor is calling for crash barriers to be erected on a number of roads in the greater Ballina area, amid concerns that motorists who go off the road could enter rivers or streams.

    The issue was raised at a recent meeting of the Ballina Municipal District, where Councillor John O’Hara called for barriers to be installed at locations on the Bonniconlon road, Bofield Road, Tubbercurry Road and at Church Road.

    Speaking with Midwest Radio Councillor O’Hara said safety has to be the number one priority, and a number of incidents in recent months have highlighted the need for such barriers.

  • The problem of rat infested, often abandoned property, located beside a family home and impacting on its neighbour was highlighted by Killala based Fine Gael councillor Jarleth Munnelly at this month’s meeting of Ballina Municipal District.

     The councillor says he is aware of a number of families that are trying to cope with this disturbing and potentially dangerous public health issue, and are finding it very difficult to get action from the HSE or Mayo county council.

    Some of the rat infested buildings are privately owned, others are local authority properties.

    The councillor says immediate action is needed and called on Mayo county council to work with the HSE and try to resolve completely unacceptable situations for some residents.

  • A Ballina area Councillor is calling on Eirgrid to go underground with their power line project that will run from Ballina to Ballaghaderreen. 

    FG Cllr. John O'Hara says he has contacted Eirgrid and Mayo County Council to go for a 220kv power line instead of the 110kv option.

    He raised his proposal at yesterday's meeting of Ballina Municipal District and got unanimous support from his council colleagues.

    Eirgrid is currently considering 7 different route corridor options, four of these involve overhead lines, and 3 would be underground cable.

    The public consultation phase of the North Connacht 110 KV project is underway, and Eirgrid have extended the deadline for submissions from the public until 11th December.

    Cllr. O'Hara told Midwest News that it would be better for the environment, and visually, if the project goes underground..

  • There is an urgent need for public lighting in two private housing estates in Ballina town, that have not been taken in charge of by Mayo County Council.


    That’s the view of Independent Ballina cllr Mark Duffy.


    He raised the frustration and concern of residents in Ashbourne Grove on the Killala road, and the Arches in Ballina town centre, at the failure of the local authority in taking charge of both estates.


    The Cllr said the residents associations in both estates believe they have done all they can do to apply for their estate to be taken in charge of, but despite all the discussion- both set of residents remain in the dark, without public lighting , and incomplete road surfaces and footpaths.


    Council management explained that they are both private developments and said the local authority has no access to any fund to complete unfinished estates

    Speaking to Midwest News Cllr Duffy outlined his frustration with the lack of progress on the serious issue of householders having paid large sums to buy a home in an estate and that estate remaining unfinished for years.

  • Business people in Ballina believe their business from the Sligo side, is being adversely affected because of a closure since last Monday of the main Sligo to Ballina road, between Corballa and Dromore West. That’s according to Ballina Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara.

    The road will remain closed to traffic until the 24th June, as Sligo county council is carrying out resurfacing work.

    Councillor O’Hara says he cannot understand why the works cannot be carried out, closing off just one half of the road and using traffic lights, rather than closing off the entire road for such an extended period.

    He told Midwest News today that the diversions in place are discouraging people coming into Ballina to do their business.

  • A Fine Gael Councillor has received confirmation that the trees on the entrance to Greenhills Estate in Ballina will be removed in January.

    John O'Hara got the commitment at a recent meeting of Ballina Municipal District and says it is imperative for the health & safety of the residents in the area to receive these trees.

    Cllr. O'Hara says cars have been damaged in the past by branches falling off the trees and it also poses a risk to passers-by.

  • A local Fine Gael Councillor has voiced his frustration at unfinished housing estates in Ballina.

    John O'Hara says people have paid a lot of money for these houses and they deserve to have lighting working, good road into the estate and the sewerage is running.

    Cllr. O'Hara says he feels sorry for the Tidy Town Committee who are pushing hard for National Awards but are being held back by unfinished estates.

  • A temporary Portaloo has been installed at the Quay area in Ballina, for boat owners and those enjoying the facility over the Summer.

    Ballina-based FG Councillor John O'Hara had asked Mayo County Council to install temporary toilet facilities at The Quay for the Summer months, and says he's now glad this facility has been provided.