• Ballina councillors have called for an immediate meeting with the Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, as Mr Hynes is withholding  the paying out of GMA 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.

    Director of Services for Mayo County Council Tom Gilligan told angry councillors yesterday at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District 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.

    It was a long, and at times, angry meeting, where elected councillors  simply refused to accept the response of Director of Services Tom Gilligan – and eventually called for Peter Hynes, the man in charge, the CEO of the county, to come and talk to them himself.

    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, the councillors claimed.

    They  said if the revenue from Pay and Display car parking charges is not what was agreed in the budget, insinuating that Westport’s refusal to introduce street car parking charges was the main cause of the shortfall, than why should voluntary organisations in Ballina have to pay for that?

    Councillors asked why the GMA allocation that had to be hit, why not take back some of the funding they allocated to the LEO office, or councillors' expenses or any other item in the budget?

    But despite the volume of questions the answer by the Director of Services remained the same – the process to look at how the shortfall in the agreed budget can be resolved is underway and the GMA will not be paid out until it is resolved.

    Fianna Fail councillor Annie Mae Reape is the Cathaoirleach of Ballina Municipal District and she told Midwest News that they are now demanding answers directly from Mr Hynes.



  • The delegation from Mayo County Council due to travel to New York and Philadelphia for St Patricks Day events have decided not to travel.

    The decision was taken this morning.

    The Cathaoirleach Brendan Mulroy and Chief Executive Peter Hynes conveyed their apologies to the Mayo Associations in both Cities. 

    They say it is disappointing that the long tradition cannot be fulfilled in this instance but circumstances dictate a prudent and precautionary approach.  

    Mayo County Council looks forward to future opportunities to reinforce the connection with our Diaspora in the United States when the current Corona Virus crisis has been brought under control

  • At yesterday’s  (Monday) monthly meeting of Mayo county Council the Cathaoirleach, Councillor Richard Finn, thanked the outdoor staff of Mayo County Council for their tireless work in gritting and dealing with the main routes across the county during the recent severe weather.

    In addition he praised Midwest Radio for its regular alerts regarding weather and road conditions through the snow and storm.

    The CEO of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes also praised the work of local authority outdoor staff over the past number of days and nights who ensured that the main roads were passable for traffic at all times.

    He said it was almost miraculous that the county had, thankfully, escaped the worst of the snow.

    Erris based councillor Gerry Coyle praised the work of the many volunteers with Meals on Wheels, who despite the hazardous conditions, continued to cook and deliver meals to many elderly across the region.

     Castlebar based councillor Frank Durcan encouraged everyone to install emergency lighting at their homes. He said the cost of such lighting is relatively cheap and it is vitally important when the electricity supply is brought down in severe weather.