Councillor Patsy O'Brien

  • A South Mayo Councillor has again raised his concerns about the height of the water in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.

    Patsy O’Brien says the lakes are a metre higher than they should be at this time of year.

    Cllr. O’Brien says with the heavy rain forecast over the days it is imperative that measures are put in place where there isn’t a repeat situation of 2015 where some people in South Mayo were out of their homes for weeks as a result of flooding.

    The Fine Gael Councillor says the simple solution is to open the sluice gates.

  • All road signs that say "Yield Right of Way" should be replaced with a Stop sign.

    That's according to Ballinrobe-based Councillor Patsy O'Brien, who says the order to yield goes back to the days of the horse and cart.

    For safety reasons, Councillor O'Brien wants to see Stop signs at junctions instead.

    He made his comments at yesterday's meeting of the Claremorris Municipal District, where he also highlighted the problem of road signage being stolen - claiming signs are being taken every day in Co Mayo.

    He gave an example of signposts missing for two years at Collierans Cross  near Claremorris, while signs have also been taken at Sheridan Cross.

    The council executive said signs have been ordered for Collerans Cross and will be installed shortly.

    Councillor O'Brien called on Mayo County Council to carry out an audit of road signage across the county, and where signs need replacing, he said a contractor should be appointed to do this work if the council does not have the resources within its own workforce.

  • Ballinrobe in not a disability friendly town with poor access on footpaths for people in wheelchairs and with prams.

    That's the view of local Fine Gael councillor Patsy O'Brien.
    He raised the issue at the monthly Claremorris/ Swinford Municipal District and he called on council management to explore a national scheme that is assisting local authorities to repair footpaths.
    He cited again a scheme that is in operation in counties in the east of the country , where IPB insurance provides funding for footpaths in an effort to reduce accidents and subsequent insurance claims against a local authority.
    Council officials explained that under the new Traffic Management Plan forBallinrobe- that footfall through the town is incorporated in that plan.
    Cllr O'Brien said that was welcome news, but insisted works need to get underway immediately to address the problems.

  • Mayo county councillor Patsy O’Brien is running as an Independent in the upcoming Seanad Election.

    In a short statement from the Fine Gael press office today it states that councillor O’Brien has been “suspended from the party pending an investigation by the party into an allegation made against him”. As a consequence, it concludes it has “not ratified Councillor O’Brien as a candidate to contest the Seanad elections”.

    In a brief statement to Midwest News today, councillor O’Brien has confirmed that he has been suspended from the party and adds that he will be cooperating with “Fine Gael and all concerned to have the matter resolved” and in the interim says he will contest the forthcoming Seanad election as an independent candidate

  • The Office of Public Works should lower the sluice gates in Galway from mid-September, to save South Mayo from flooding this Winter.

    That's according to FG Councillor Patsy O'Brien who raised the matter at yesterday's meeting of the Claremorris / Swinford Municipal District.

    Councillor O'Brien got the support of his council colleagues to write to the OPW, asking them to open the sluice gates in Galway from 15th September, to hold the water in Lough Corrib at Summer levels.

    With a series of interlocking turloughs running into the Corrib, he said this move would help in the event of heavy rainfall over the coming months.

    Councillor O'Brien made his call, following high rainfall in South Mayo during the month of August, and he says now is the time for the OPW to take action, to prevent flooding this Winter.....

  • Mayo County Council is to write to Irish Water asking them to waive the fee for bringing a water connection into Taugheen Old Cemetery near Claremorris.

    At present, the cemetery does not have a water supply for people tending to flowers on graves, and Irish Water has quoted a connection fee of €13,000.

    The issue was discussed at a recent meeting of the Claremorris/ Swinford Municipal District, where Councillor Patsy O'Brien asked if GMA funding could be used to ensure a water connection to Taugheen Old Cemetery.

    It was agreed at the meeting that, before committing GMA funding, the council would ask Irish Water to waive the connection fee.

    Councillor O'Brien also asked the council to repair the boundary wall at the cemetery.

    He told Midwest News that it's important to show respect for those laid to rest in the cemetery  -some of whom were involved in setting up water schemes in the area.

  • Fine Gael selected three candidates last night to run in the Claremorris electoral area in the upcoming Local Elections.

    Outgoing councillors Tom Connolly, Patsy O’Brien and John Cribbin were both chosen at last night’s convention in the Dalton Inn Claremorris.

    The redrawn district is now a six-seat constituency.

  • For safety reasons it is vital that Mayo county council provides a footpath in the south Mayo village of Glencorrib between the local national school and the community pitch. That’s the strong view of local Fine Gael councillor Patsy O’Brien.

    He raised the issue at the monthly Claremorris/ Swinford Municipal District meeting.

    He explained the danger traffic poses to school children regularly walking from the school to the pitch along a busy road.

    In addition he said the speed limit through the exceptionally long village has been reduced in length recently by the TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland), adding to the traffic hazard, in his opinion.

    He called for a new footpath to be included in the village enhancement plan for Glencorrib


  • Nominations have now closed for the Fine Gael Constituency Selection Convention for Mayo and there are 4 contenders.

    Eanna Kilbane , secretary of the party’s constituency executive received the 4 names ahead of the closing date last night.

    The selection convention will take place on Sunday, March 25th.

    The 4 nominees are Minister Michael Ring, Senator Michelle Mulherin, Councillor Patsy O’Brien and Alan Dillon.

    It’s not yet known how many names will be selected to contest the next General Election in the 4-seater constituency of Mayo. That will be a decision for the party’s Headquarters.

    Fine Gael at present hold two of the 4 seats in Mayo.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, one of the two sitting TDs has stated that he will not be contesting the next election.

  • Funding is to be sought from Transport Infrastructure Ireland to widen a section of the N84 road between Kilmaine and Shrule.

    Local FG Councillor Patsy O'Brien says a number of collisions have occurred on this dangerous stretch of road, which needs to be widened.

    Councillor O'Brien told Midwest News that a feasibility study is to be sent to TII, with a request for funding in next year's budget to allow the works to be carried out, and improve road safety at this location.

  • Large areas of south Mayo are flooded, following the heavy rainfall of recent days.Areas around Hollymount and Ballinrobe have seen large tracts of land flooded.

    Local FG Councillor Patsy O'Brien has been in contact with the OPW in relation to the matter, and says he has been assured that the sluice gates in Galway have been opened, which is a necessary measure to try and alleviate flooding.

    However, Councillor O'Brien said heavy rainfall has flooded quite an area of land across the South Mayo region....

  • Counting will take place today to elect Senators to the Industrial & Commercial panel.

    Mayo County Councillor Patsy O'Brien is bidding for a seat on this panel as an Independent candidate, while Claremorris native, Dublin-based Senator Catherine Noone is also contesting this panel.

    So far, two Mayo Senators have been elected to the new Seanad - Fianna Fail's Lisa Chambers and FG Senator Paddy Burke.

    Ballindine native Pippa Hackett who lives in Co Offaly was also elected to the Agricultural panel.

  • Fine Gael Councillor Patsy O’Brien has also been nominated for a place in the Seanad.

    The Robeen-based councillor has been a longstanding member of Mayo County Council and will be vying for one of nine seats on the industrial and commercial panel.

    One of the councillor’s main aims if elected to the Seanad is to seek the return of a part of south Mayo, which was transferred to the Galway West constituency before the 2016 General Election.

    He told Midwest Radio that he was delighted to receive the nomination to run in the Senate elections.

  • A proposal to cut the GMA funding allocated to Mayo's four municipal districts by half next year has caused heated exchanges at council meetings in Claremorris and Castlebar this week.

    The executive of Mayo County Council has proposed to halve the allocation to the four Municipal Districts - from €2.1 million this year to €1.05 million in 2020.

    GMA funding is usually allocated to community groups, voluntary organisations and local committees and events.

    Councillors in the Castlebar Municipal District have unanimously opposed plans to cut their  GMA - General Municipal Allocation - by half in 2020 to €245,000.

    There were also heated exchanges at this week's monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District over the proposed cut in GMA funding  to €350,000.

    Fine Gael Councillor Patsy O'Brien says Mayo Co Co could make savings elsewhere, rather than cutting the GMA fund, and says a 50% reduction is simply not on.