Cllr Gerry Coyle

  • The Air Corps is en route to Ballycroy to deal with a gorse fire outbreak. That was confirmed by Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe, to Minister Michael Ring this afternoon.

    Minister Ring says he was notified by Cllr Gerry Coyle earlier today of a serious gorse fire in Ballycroy that required external assistance.

    Minister Ring spoke with Minister Kehoe and it has been confirmed that the Air Corps is en route to Ballycroy to deal with the fire and are due to arrive around 4.30pm. 


  • An Bord Pleanala has sought further information from Mayo County Council in relation to the proposed construction of a new bridge at Glenisland, on the main Castlebar to Belmullet road.

    Funding of 500,000 euro was granted in 2015 for the construction of a new bridge at Mucknagh/Kilgarriff in Glenisland and realignment works. However An Bord Pleanala has sought additional information on a number of occasions, with the latest request arriving on January 18th.

    Erris based Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle says if the situation wasn’t so serious it would be amusing.

    He says he cannot understand why the planning authority cannot see the urgency in completing this project, given the safety concerns on that road.

  • It’s not acceptable that Erris contributes so significantly to the rates collected annually by Mayo County Council, yet the area fails to get a fair share of spending by the local authority in return. That’s the view expressed by Erris based Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle at yesterday’s West Mayo Municipal District meeting.

    The councillor says the Gas terminal in Ballinaboy now pays in excess of 3 million euro a year in rates to the local authority and the windfarms at Bellacorrick are ready to come on stream, yet he argues, the people affected most are not seeing any return for this new development.

    He told Midwest News that he has no problem with the entire county benefiting from rates collected county wide, but he says Erris is not getting a fair slice of the cake, in his opinion.

  • An Erris Councillor says the way in which customer issues are dealt with by Eir is crazy.  

    Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle was speaking after highlighting the case of a 93-year-old woman is his area, who has been without a phone for two weeks. The phone is also connected the lady’s panic pendulum.

    There is no mobile coverage in the woman’s house, so Cllr Coyle took it upon himself to call Eir on the woman’s behalf, with her permission, to report the fault.

    Cllr Coyle was told he could not report the fault on the woman’s behalf, and she would have to call herself.

    He says it would have meant taking the woman out of her home, to bring her to an area where there is mobile coverage, to call them herself.

  • People cannot continue to be made strangers on their own land.

    That's according to Erris-based FG Councillor Gerry Coyle, who says that's what's happening at present due to planning regulations in the Mayo County Development Plan.

    Councillor Coyle is concerned that returning emigrants cannot get planning permission to build on their family land in Mayo, and says smaller villages and townlands will be wiped out unless planning regulations are eased.

    The Mayo County Development Plan is currently being reviewed, and Councillor Coyle in insisting that people, rather than flora and fauna, should be prioritised.

    He raised the matter at this week's meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District