Councillor Martin McLoughlin

  • The need to develop rail freight out of this county was again highlighted by Castlebar based Fianna Fail councillor Martin McLoughlin at the annual budget meeting of Mayo county council earlier this week.

    The councillor who is a member of West on track says the extension of the railway line from Athenry to Claremorris is vital for the county’s exporters, particularly in light of the developments around Brexit.

     However, he says in addition the development of rail freight is the country’s best route to reducing our Carbon footprint.

    Cllr McLoughlin says 75 percent of the 90 million euro required to get the Athenry to Claremorris line back in action, can be secured from the EU.

  • A Fianna Fail Councillor is inviting Portwest to build their offices in Castlebar.

    Martin McLoughlin says we don’t want to lose these jobs in the region and with the new ring road coming on stream connecting Castlebar and Westport it’s only a ten minute commute.

    This is in light of yesterday’s news of An Bord Pleanala’s decision not to allow Portwest to build a new global headquarters on its own site at the Quay in Westport.

    The Board has upheld an appeal lodged against Mayo County Council's decision to grant permission for a new 10 million euro office building and café at Roman Island at The Quay in the town.

    The Board says the proposed Portwest development is in an area which is at risk of flooding.

    Cllr. McLoughlin says yesterday’s announcement was a bad news day for Westport but it can be turned around and be a good day for Castlebar.

  • There is disappointment in the parish of Islandeady that Leitir National School between Castlebar and Newport is to close in June.

    Local Fianna Fail Councillor Martin McLoughlin confirmed the news to Midwest Radio today describing it as another nail in the coffin for rural Ireland.

    Leitir NS will officially close for the last time on June 28th when the number of pupils at the one teacher school will reduce to four following the departure of two children to commence second level education.

    Leitir was one of five schools in the parish of Islandeady.

    Following the closure of Glenisland School three years ago, only Cloggernagh, Cornanool and Cogaula remain.

    Cllr. McLoughlin says he has learned of this closure with great shock and dismay.

  • Mayo County Council is spearheading a new campaign, to encourage dog owners to act responsibly over dog fouling.

    Residents associations, Tidy Towns groups and other community groups have raised concerns across the county about the incidents of dog fouling on footpaths and in other public areas.

    Under this new campaign, all dog owners are being asked to “bag it and bin it”, and signs are being put in place in a number of areas – including Lough Lannagh in Castlebar – to remind dog owners to clean up after their dog.

    The Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District of Mayo Co Co, Councillor Martin McLoughlin, has welcomed the new initiative.

  • Mayo County Council is spearheading a new campaign, to encourage dog owners to act responsibly over dog fouling.

    Residents associations, Tidy Towns groups and other community groups have raised concerns across the county about the incidents of dog fouling on footpaths and in other public areas.

    Under this new campaign, all dog owners are being asked to “bag it and bin it”, and signs are being put in place in a number of areas – including Lough Lannagh in Castlebar – to remind dog owners to clean up after their dog.

    The Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District of Mayo Co Co, Councillor Martin McLoughlin has welcomed the initiative.