councillor John O'Hara

  • A Ballina councillor is calling for speed ramps to be installed in the Bohernasup area to slow down traffic.

    Since the opening of the new Lidl store in Bohernasup, Councillor John O'Hara says there's a significant increase in traffic in the area, and locals are complaining of the speed of traffic through the residential area.

  • 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..

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • IDA Ireland needs to outline plans for its two vacant sites in Ballina.

    That's according to local FG Councillor John O'Hara, who raised the matter at a recent meeting of the Ballina Municipal District.

    Councillor O'Hara tabled a notice of motion calling on the IDA to clarify its position on its sites on the Sligo Road and at the back of Greenhills estate.

    He believes Ballina is being ignored, and is calling for an IDA representative to meet with local Councillors to outline their plans for the north Mayo town....

  • Public lighting is to be restored to residents of two private housing estates in Ballina left in the dark for a number of years now.

    The two estates, Ashbourne Grove and Orchard Court, remain unfinished, and so are not yet taken in charge of by Mayo County Council.

    The plight of residents left in the dark in both estates has been highlighted on a number of occasions by local Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara at meetings of Ballina Municipal District.

    The ESB cuts off the power to estates for public lighting when no one is paying the bill.

    According to cllr O’Hara speaking to Midwest News today, Joe Lavelle, the owner of the Merry Monk in Ballina, has now agreed to pay the bill until both estates are taken in charge of by Mayo County Council .

    The matter will be raised again at tomorrow's monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District.

  • Residents of Ashbourne Grove, located on the Killala road in Ballina, are without any public lighting in their estate for the past 18 months.

    Local Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara raised the plight of the residents at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District and he said it is a disgrace that householders who pay property tax (LPT) can be left without basic infrastructure.

    He called on council management to intervene and assist the residents, however, council officials explained that the developer of the private estate has failed to engage sufficiently with them to begin the process of taking it in charge. At this stage, the estate is not the responsibility of the local authority.

    Councillor O’Hara told Midwest News thata group of residents had come together and asked the local authority to take their estate in charge but he was not sure how far along that process this request now is.

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    Eirgrid appears to be pursuing an underground option for its planned North Connacht 110kV power line.

    The proposed power line will run from Ballina to Ballaghaderreen, and has been designed to cater for increased renewable energy capacity in the region into the future, and will also secure the power supply into the north Mayo region.

    Extensive public consultation has been carried out in relation to the route proposals for the project which consisted of seven options – four overhead line designs, and three underground cable options.

    There has been widespread opposition to the overhead line proposals in particular, in the Attymass area where a local opposition group was established highlighting concerns over the impact of overhead lines held up on large mast structures on the local environment.

    Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara told Midwest News this morning that EirGrid has selected an underground cable option for the North Connacht 110kV project and will now seek planning permission for that option.

    It will be the longest underground line in Ireland, at approximately 60 km in length, and councillor O’Hara believes it will be a huge asset for the region.

    He says the news is very welcome and has congratulated Eirgrid for listening to the concerns of communities and providing an extensive public consultation period on the proposals.

    Cllr O’Hara has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the development and the relief for the community of Attymass..