Crossmolina

  • Former solicitor Michael Lynn who is accused of multi-million euro thefts was in court today as part of preparations for his trial next year.

    Mr Lynn (50) with an address in St Alban's Park, Sandymount, Dublin, is facing 21 charges relating to the alleged theft of almost €30 million from seven financial institutions.

    In one of the sample charges before the court, Mr Lynn is accused of stealing €4.1 million from Irish Nationwide on April 4, 2007.

    In another sample count, he is charged with stealing €3.6 million from Ulster Bank on October 20, 2006.

    In March 2018 Mr Lynn was extradited to Ireland from Brazil, where he had been living for several years.

    He was taken into custody in Brazil in August 2013. In June last year he was granted bail on an independent surety of €100,000.

    His trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court is fixed for January 13, 2020. A pre-trial date was set for November 28, 2019.

    Mr Lynn appeared in court today when John Berry BL, prosecuting, told the court that the DPP had now completed 56 categories of disclosure sought by the defence.

    Counsel said there were some outstanding matters and asked the court to fix a date for a one hour hearing.

    Padraig Dwyer SC, defending, told Judge Patricia Ryan that a lot of work has being done “behind the scenes” by the defense lawyers.

  • €1.7m in funding has been allocated for an extension at St Tiernan’s College in Crossmolina.

    The funding will be used to construct 5 classrooms at the school.

    The classrooms will replace a number of prefab buildings that are in the school at present.

    The funding has been welcomed by local Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Loftus.

    Cllr Loftus says the school is 60 years old and this building work will make a huge difference to the 235 students and 22 teachers in the school.

  • There are over 100 ESB customers without power in the Crossmolina area this morning.

    ESB say there is a fault on the line and hope to have power restored by midday.

  • The 10th Mayo Pink Ribbon Charity Cycle is taking place today (Sat), with about 600 cyclists taking part.

    Motorists are advised of some traffic disruption as a result, with the cyclists leaving Castlebar at 10am this morning and travelling down the N5 towards Swinford.

    Organisers say the main area of concern, where motorists will need to take extra care, is at the junction of the N58 and the N4 in Ballyvary village.

    Motorists travelling from Ballina, Foxford and Straide will experience delays turning on to the N5 between 10.15 and 10.45 am this morning. 

    Road users also need to exercise caution on the following roads at these times:

    Castlebar to Swinford (N5) from 10 -11am. 

    Bohola to Foxford  (R321) from10.30am -12noon 

    Swinford to Foxford,  (N26) from 10.50am – 12noon

    Foxford to Pontoon (R318/R310) from 11.30am - 1pm 

    Foxford to Ballina via Knockmore, (R318/R310) 11.30 -1pm

    Ballina to Crossmolina, (N59) 12.30 – 2pm

    Crossmolina to Castlebar (R315/R310) 12.45 – 3.45pm

  • 4.3 million euro in funding has been announced today for county Mayo under the government’s national Rural Water Programme for this year.

    A number of group schemes across the county have secured funding under today’s announcement, however, there are 78 households in Kilmurry, outside Crossmolina, who are particularly delighted with the allocation, as they are now on course to secure a group water scheme after three decades campaigning for one.

    The Kilmurry group water scheme has secured 845,000 euro today, and it is already well advanced in planning for the urgently required scheme.

    Due to the local terrain, the cost per household of connecting to a group water scheme has for years made it beyond the reach of most householders in the area. The grant subsidy per house was increased last year, and that in effect gave the green light for the establishment of the scheme.

    Local Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin has been telling Midwest News  about the further welcome news today for Kilmurry.

  • Businesses, homes and schools in Crossmolina were affected by power outages this morning.

    Over 700 customers in the North Mayo were without power, following a fault on the network.

    Crossmolina National School was forced to close as a result of the outage, which has also hit local businesses financially.

    Power supplies have now been restored to most customers, but Crossmolina-based Councillor Michael Loftus says this is the fourth power outage in the town in recent weeks, and he says ESB Networks need to resolve the fault quickly.

  • Residents of Abbeytown and Abbeyview estates in Crossmolina have raised concerns about the state of repair of the footpaths in the area. That’s according to Ballina Fine Gael candidate in the local elections Kieran Gill.

    Mr Gill says the footpaths in the estates have never been repaired since the estate was built in the early 1980s and the paths in the Abbeyview section of the estate are in particularly precarious s condition.

     One section , he says, has a raised manhole cover of approximately 5 cm above ground level as the path around it has fallen. Also some elderly people have taken to walking on the road in places where the path is particularly bad.

    The Residents Association has been raising their concerns for years now with Mayo County Council but to date, he says have failed to get a response.

    Mr Gill says the situation is not acceptable and he has now raised the matter with Senator Michelle Mulherin  in an effort to have it resolved.

  • The new Enterprise Centre in Crossmolina is a credit to the town.

    That’s the view of local Fianna Fail Cllr. Michael Loftus who says the building is in the town since the 1800’s and over the years has had many uses.

    In 2014, a group in the town came together to improve the facility for the benefit of the town.

    On Friday the Centre staged a meeting with Minister Kevin Boxer Moran and is capable of hosting up to 150 people.

    Cllr. Loftus says they have big plans for the facility going forward.

    Siobhan Gough is the Manager of the Enterprise Centre in Crossmolina and gave more details about the new civic centre which opened officially in March this year.

    The centre is attached to the enterprise building and is located right in the heart of Crossmolina.

  • Crossmolina native Michael Lynn will arrive back in Ireland today, more than 10 years after he fled the country, according to the Irish Independent.

    50-year-old former solicitor Mr Lynn boarded a flight out of Brazil last night and is scheduled to arrive in Dublin Airport at lunchtime today, along with four Gardai.

    It marks the end of a saga that began when he did not attend a High Court hearing on €80m fraud charges in 2007.

    He was arrested in Brazil in 2013 and fought extradition back to Ireland to the last.

    Yesterday, he was taken from the Cotel prison, where he has been for almost five years, and put on a flight to Frankfurt.

    From Frankfurt he was scheduled to be put on a connecting flight to Dublin, arriving today at noon.

    At the time he fled to Brazil, Mr Lynn was facing 33 charges in the High Court relating to an alleged €80m mortgage fraud.

    Some of the charges will be dropped as part of the extradition deal with Brazil.

     

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    Crossmolina is on high alert ahead of the arrival of Storm Callum.

    While water levels in the River Deel have subsided in the last day or two, after reaching very high levels earlier this week, there are fears it will rise significantly again tonight.

    Preventative measures have been put in place in Crossmolina and the installation of non-return valves has prevented substantial flooding so far this year.

    However, local residents are again in fear of flooding in their homes and businesses, as they cannot get insurance for their premises.

    The town suffered from extensive flooding in December 2015, when many homes and businesses were destroyed by water.

    Locals have been telling Midwest News today about their fears of further flooding, and what measures they believe need to be taken in the long-term to prevent further incidents.

     

  • Gardai in Belmullet are advising motorists travelling between Belmullet and Castlebar  that there is extensive flooding on the R312 road at Keenagh, and that the road is impassable at the moment.

    Mayo county council is working on the problem.

    While, with waist high water reported on the R312 at Keenagh, residents in the nearby town of Crossmolina are being advised to put up their flood barriers and sandbags this afternoon.

    Local Fianna Fail councillor Michael Loftus has made the call today, as he told Midwest News today , when water levels are high in Keenagh, and with the ongoing rainfall, the potential of flooding in Crossmolina increases.

  • A date has been set for the trial of a former Mayo-born solicitor charged with the theft of almost € 30m from seven different banks.

    Michael Lynn, formerly of St. Albans, Sandymount in Dublin, is facing 21 counts of theft between October 2006 and June 2007.

    In one of the sample charges before the court, Mr Lynn is accused of stealing €4.1 million from Irish Nationwide on April 4, 2007.

    In another sample count, he is charged with stealing €3.6 million from Ulster Bank on October 20, 2006.

    The Crossmolina native was arrested in Brazil in 2013 and was extradited back to Ireland two months ago.

    His trial is expected to take between six and eight weeks, and is due to get underway in January 2020.

    Mr Lynn was remanded in continuing custody.

     

  • The North Mayo Heritage Centre, situated on the Enniscoe estate, is the location tomorrow (Sunday) for a family Easter Egg hunt.

    This is one of eight locations across the country hosting a Cadbury’s Easter Egg hunt, with all proceeds going to Barnardos.

    The fun event gets underway at 2pm tomorrow afternoon, and all are welcome.

  • There was extensive rain overnight which has led to flooding in many parts of the region.

    Residents in Crossmolina are closely monitoring the situation with the water level of the River Deel reaching bridge height this morning.

    However, sources say they are hopeful that there is no great risk to the situation getting any worse in the town or any damage to businesses.

    The message local business people are getting out today is that the town is very much open for business.

    Meanwhile, Clare Lake/McMahon Park in Claremorris has been closed today due to extensive flooding.

    Mayo County Council says there is localised flooding in parts of Swinford, Ballina and Killala this morning as well as several parts of the Erris region.

    The Mayo Road Safety Officer, Noel Gibbons, has issued an appeal to motorists to exercise caution on the roads due to flooding at a number of locations.

  • If you only have sheep in your herd you cannot tax your vehicle commercially which is ridiculous according to a Fianna Fail Local Candidate.

    Eamon Moore from Crossmolina who is seeking to win a seat in the upcoming elections in the Ballina constituency says he has been inundated from sheep farmers over the weekend voicing their frustration with this anomaly.

    Mr. Moore says Mayo is the only county that has brought in this law that a farmer has to have cattle to tax their vehicle commercially.

  • There’s good news today for St Tiernan’s College in Crossmolina, as the Department of Education has given the go-ahead to proceed with the construction of five new classrooms at the school.

    These will replace a number of prefabs, which are sub-standard, according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    The campaign for the new classrooms has been ongoing for a number of years, but Senator Mulherin says the Minister for Education has now given the go-ahead….

  • Gortnor Abbey won the All-Ireland U-16 basketball league final today.

    The Crossmolina girls defeated St Colmcille’s of Dublin by 28-22, with the MVP award for Most Valuable Player going to Caoimhe Walsh of Gortnor Abbey.

     

  • A Mayo Co-driver is one of seven people who will now come under the umbrella of Motorsport Ireland’s Rally Academy until the end of 2020.

    After an exhausting selection process which took place in Athlone recently, 24 co-drivers were whittled down to a final group of seven.

    21 year old Lorcan Moore from Crossmolina was selected.

    The selection process took a number of factors into account including; their application forms, in-car footage supplied by the applicants, an exam on the rules of the sport, their pacenote writing ability, a media interview and a more in-depth interview from experienced co-drivers.

    The selected co-drivers will receive tuition from the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy in all aspects of co-driving. They will get to make notes with a current top-level driver and sit in for a test in an R2 and an R5 Rally car as well as being invited to the Billy Coleman Award Development Days to avail of media and fitness guidance. Crucially, the successful seven will also get first option of any opportunities that may come available and receive ongoing mentoring/support from some of Ireland's most experienced and respected co-drivers.

    The other six successful applicants are: Eamonn Creedon, aged 28 from Co. Cork, Dylan Doonan, aged 21 also from Co. Cork; Conor Mohan, aged 21 from Co. Monaghan, Dean O'Sullivan aged 31 from Co. Donegal, Derek O'Brien, aged 32 and Grace O'Brien aged 31 both also from Cork..

    Lorcan will no doubt be looking to emulate fellow Crossmolina native Killian Duffy who is one of Ireland’s top co-drivers, and over the years has travelled all corners of the globe and competed at the sport's highest level.

    The Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy is co-ordinated by Mayo man Sean McHugh and is funded by former Irish Rally Champion John Coyne, through the Team Ireland Foundation.

  • Ahead of a public meeting being held in Crossmolina tonight to discuss the ongoing problem of low water pressure in parts of the town, Irish Water has issued a statement saying they, working with Mayo Co Co, has commenced a programme of works which will increase water pressure in parts of Crossmolina that have been affected by ongoing pressure issues.

    Irish Water says that, since Christmas, water demand has been increasing consistently and this has also been exacerbated by the recent bad weather which has led to an increase in water flows in most schemes across the country including the Crossmolina area.

    This increase in demand has led to some customers experiencing low water pressure notably in the Boreen Road and Knockalegan areas.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council say they’re committed to completing pre-planned long term measures which will resolve this issue. A planned programme of works, which was agreed prior to Storm Emma, is currently being carried out.

    As part of the planned works, a leak detection team has been deployed to Crossmolina.

    Four leaks were repaired over the past week and this work will continue until the demand is at a satisfactory level. In addition, a 200 metre section of problematic water mains in Kildaverouge will be replaced with works on this due to start imminently, and these works will increase water pressure in the scheme.

    Irish Water say they appreciate the concerns of the residents on the Boreen Road and the Knockalegan areas of Crossmolina, but expect to see an improvement in water pressure in these areas in the coming days.

     

  • A Level 3 alert for flooding has been issued for Crossmolina due to heavy rainfall and high water levels in the River Deel and a Level 2 alert has been issued for the rest of County Mayo.

    The alerts are in place from today until tomorrow.

    Mayo County Council urge the public to remain vigilant during the duration of the warning and it is important that people within the affected areas are prepared appropriately for the anticipated rainfall totals with 30 – 50 mm expected.

    There is a possibility that weather warnings can be extended or deteriorated conditions last longer than anticipated.

    Once the weather warning has passed, people are asked remain vigilant and exercise caution as the effects of the weather can last longer.

    Mayo County Council will provide updated information on their social media channels where appropriate.