councillor Jarlath Munnelly

  • Irish Water says works will take place over the next week to connect Ballycastle to the Ballina Regional Water supply network.

    The works will benefit about 360 local residents and businesses.

    Local councillor Jarlath Munnelly says Ballycastle is currently supplied by a local well, but will now be supplied by water from the Irish Water Lough Conn scheme, which also supplies Ballina Town and most of north east Mayo.

    Irish Water says there will be short water supply disruptions on October 1st, 5th and 7th in Ballycastle and Carrowmore-Lacken due to the essential watermain works.



  • Irish Water has confirmed that the Ballycastle water supply has been removed from the EPA's Remedial Action List, following upgrade works.

    Over 360 customers in Ballycastle are enjoying a better quality and more secure supply of drinking water, following works to connect the Ballycastle Public Water Supply to the Ballina-Lisglennon public water supply.

    This involved installing 6 km of new watermains from the existing Lacken Reservoir to the Ballycastle public water supply.

    The old Ballycastle water treatment plant has now been decommissioned, and customers in this area are receiving their water from the Ballina-Lisglennon supply.

    In November 2018, Ballycastle was placed on a boil water notice, following the detection of cryptosporidium during routine testing.

    At that time, Mayo FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly had called for the Ballycastle network to be connected to the mains water system serving North Mayo.

    This morning, Councillor Munnelly has welcomed confirmation from Irish Water that the connection from the Lisglennon scheme to the town of Ballycastle is now operational.

    Irish Water says the EPA is now satisfied that customers on the supply are receiving fully compliant water.

    There's now only one Mayo water supply on the EPA's at-risk list - that's the Newport Public Water Supply, which is included on the Remedial Action list due to persistent exceedances for pesticides.

  • There's good news for the Ballycastle area of north Mayo, as the boil water alert has been lifted.

    The boil water notice was put in place on the Ballycastle public water supply and local group water schemes on 12th October, following the detection of cryptosporiudium in the water supply.

    Works have taken place by Irish Water and Mayo County Council to resolve the situation, and following further testing and sampling, no further detections of cryptosporidium were found and there were no reported cases of illness in the community.

    The HSE and Irish Water met earlier today, and have confirmed that the boil water notice has been lifted with immediate effect - however, Irish Water warns there is a risk of further cryptosporiudium in the supply until Ballycastle is connected to the Ballina-Lisglennon public water supply - works on this connection are at a preliminary stage and are expected to be completed by late next year.

  • Among the projects listed under the 2019 Capital Investment programme for Mayo County Council is a 6 milllion euro new Civic Offices for Castlebar Municipal District.

    It’s part of a 30 million euro plan for projects across the county, but according to Killala based Fine gael councillor Jarlath Munnelly this programme of investment requires debate at Mayo county council level and then should be open to public submissions.

    He says that the Fine Gael councillors on Mayo County council are not prepared to approve any Capital Investment Plan for the county without discussion and more clarification and detail on the projects proposed.

    He told Midwest News today that he called for a similar discussion last year when a Capital Investment plan was produced at budget time, but his efforts were unsuccessful.

  • Where is the increased revenue that Mayo county council is getting from increases to business rates being spent ? That was the question posed yesterday by Fine Gael councillor Jarlath Munnelly at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District.

    The councillor claims that while rates are increasing, services to the people of county Mayo are on the decline

    Cllr Munnelly outlined a 7.5 percent increase in business rates in the county last year, a proposed further 4 percent hike in rates for 2019, together with an increase in revenue from car parking charges across the county this year and yet he says the services that Mayo county council provides to the people of the county are deteriorating.

    He wants answers as to where this increased revenue is going, claiming that he and his party colleagues on Mayo county council voted against the adoption of last year’s budget for this reason, but were not supported by Fianna Fail cllrs working with Independent cllrs.

    At yesterday’s meeting he called for the GMA allocation, the General Municipal Allocation – funding in the control of councillors, to be doubled to the Ballina District Council in the 2019 budget, and his request was supported.

    Cllr Munnelly outlined to Midwest News today his concerns over services deficit as revenue to Mayo county council is on the rise.

  • Funding has been allocated for additional accommodation at Newtownwhite Educate Together National School in the Ballina area.

    The school - which became an Educate Together school in 2014 - has been approved for two new mainstream classroms and a prefab replacement.

    Ballina area FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly says it's welcome news for the Newtownwhite school where pupil numbers are growing.....

  • Remedial works are taking place on the Ballycastle water scheme, where a boil water notice is currently in place following the detection of cryptosporidium in the water supply last month.

    Irish Water has confirmed to local FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly that the remedial works are nearing completion, and it's hoped the boil water notice could be lifted following the next review meeting with the HSE on the 4th December.

    Councillor Munnelly says this would be welcomed by Ballycastle residents who currently have to boil water before use.

    He says Irish Water also has longer-term plans to improve water quality in the area, by connecting Ballycastle to the Ballina Regional Supply, which provides water for most of North East Mayo.

  • Mayo County Council is to introduce a multi-annual programme of works, aimed at slowing down traffic in housing estates across the county.

    While a 30 km/h speed limit is being introduced in many housing estates, vehicles are travelling over that speed limit- often due to the layout and design of roads in the estate, according to Killala-based FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly.

    At this week's meeting of Mayo County Council, he called for a survey of all housing estates in the county to identify those most in need of solutions to slow down traffic, and a programme of works to be completed over a number of years to put in place these solutions, which could include chicanes, ramps and rumble strips.

  • Over €1 million euro will be spent on roadworks in Killala this year, once construction work is completed on the town's new sewerage scheme.

    That's according to Killala-based FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly, who says over €980,000 will be spend on road strengthening works, while €50,000 has been allocated for a pedestrian crossing at Killala Community Centre, and a further €50,000 for repair works at Meelick Bridge.

    This is in addition to the funding currently being spent on the Killala Inner Relief Road.

    Councillor Munnelly says it's good news for the town.....