Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District

  • There are 35 patients on trolleys waiting for admission to Mayo University Hospital today. That’s the third highest in the country, according to the INMO trolley watch figures, and the Mayo facility shares the ranking with University Hospital Galway today where another 35 patients are awaiting admission.

    Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne , the Cathaoileach of Castlebar Municipal District, says Minister Harris should hang his head in shame in light of these figures, which he describes as “unbelievable” at the Castlebar hospital in light of the level of staffing there and the physical size of the facility.

    Speaking to Midwest News today he asks what our government TDs are doing about it – arguing that the people of Mayo deserve better.

    Councillor Kilcoyne is a member of the HSE West Forum, where he regularly, seeks an update on the long promised modular build / temporary extension promised for the Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital, but to date it has secured no funding.



  • There is an urgent need for at least a doubling of the number of gardai assigned to the Mayo Garda drugs unit, that’s the view of the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne.

    The Cathaoirleach expressed his view at the county Joint Policing Committee meeting.

    He says that the scourge of drug misuse across the county is increasing and he believes that there is a need for targeted police work to effectively combat a growing problem.

    There are up to 15 gardai assigned to the Traffic Unit in Mayo at present, and the Cathaoirleach says that is significantly more than the 5 that are assigned to the Drugs Unit in the county.

    Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne has been telling Midwest News  why he is not satisfied with a 5 strong Garda Drugs Unit in Mayo.

  • The number of people with confirmed cases of Covid 19, who have died at Mayo University Hospital and other HSE facilities across county Mayo since the start of the pandemic are figures sought for many weeks now by the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne from the HSE West management.

    However, to date he has been unable to get these details.

    He will raise the question again this afternoon at the HSE West Forum meeting in Merlin Park Galway. The meeting is being held virtually due to Covid 19 restrictions.

    In addition the Cathaoirleach has submitted a written question to the Forum asking for details on the numbers of tests conducted, over the past month, for Covid 19 at Mayo University Hospital and other test centres in the county and their results.

    The independent councillor spoke to Midwest News  this lunchtime about why he is pursuing the matter and is also calling on the HSE to test anyone who wants a Covid 19 test, even if they are not displaying symptoms of the virus, in an effort to seriously eradicate the virus in the county and country.


  • Either the road is too low or the newly installed ramps in the village of Turlough, Castlebar are too high – but either way they will cause an accident and are at present causing grave concern to many motorists. That’s the view of Independent Castlebar councillor, the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District, Michael Kilcoyne. The Cathaoirleach raised concerns over the development at the monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.

    Cllr Kilcoyne echoed what many people using the route are saying about the new ramps  –located along the old Castlebar to Turlough road.

    The recently installed ramps, located either side of the main entrance into the Museum of Country Life in Turlough are not adequately signposted, and in addition appear simply too high for many vehicles, the councillor claimed.

     The Cathaoirleach told Midwest News today that he is aware of cases where buses have got  stuck on the ramp and ended up literally see-sawing over the them.