• 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.

  • Crossmolina Lahardane MacHale Rovers lost the All-Ireland Junior football decider to Donoughmore after extra-time.

    It finished AET C.L Rovers 1-11 1-12 Donoughmore.

    Heartbreak for the girls from north Mayo who lost out by the smallest of margins.

  • 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.

  • Plans by the executive of Mayo County Council to reduce the General Municipal Allocation to councillors has been scrapped, ahead of the council's budget meeting next Monday.

    Mayo County Council's executive had proposed reducing the GMA allocation for each councillor by up to €11,000 in 2021 - this is funding councillors allocate to community groups in their individual municipal districts.

    However, following a pre-Budget workshop and negotiations behind the scenes, the GMA funding will not be cut.

    Crossmolina based Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Loftus says councillors in the Ballina Municipal District should be getting an additional amount.

    Cllr. Loftus told Midwest News today after their local Municipal meeting that an extra fund of some description now needs to come on stream.

  • 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.

  • Wild Mountain Thyme, the Irish romance starring Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt and filmed extensively in the Crossmolina area, will be available to rent in both Ireland and the UK at the end of the month (April 30th).

    The film’s distributor has confirmed that “with uncertainty remaining as to when  cinemas will reopen, Lionsgate have decided to release Wild Mountain Thyme on PVOD” – premium video on demand – “in Ireland at the same time as the UK.”

    The Irish accents in the film have caused controversy internationally – even as the trailers to the film was introduced to audiences.

  • A Crossmolina man is one of the organisers of a convoy of trucks helping to deliver water and animal feed to a town in Australia devastated by drought and the ongoing bushfires.

    27-year old Kieran O'Brien from Crossmolina lives in Brisbane, and is one of a group of Irish tradesmen living in Australia are giving up part of their Christmas holidays this year to help deliver water and animal feed to the town of Stanthorpe in South East Queensland, which hasn't had proper rain for years.

    The group set up the Brisbane Irish SEQLD Drought Run with the aim of raising 10,000 dollars, and were overwhelmed by the response with over 70,000 dollars raised.

    A convoy of 88 trucks departed Brisbane over the weekend, bringing 150,000 litres of drinking water along with over 330,000 litres of water for livestock.

    The delivery, just in time for Christmas, was inspired by a similar run from Sydney to northern New South Wales, organised by the Irish community just last month.


  • 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.




    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.

  • There is outcry among local residents on the Ballina road side of Crossmolina  after Mayo County Council granted Eir planning permission to erect an 18 metre mast on the company’s substation on the entrance to the town of Crossmolina.

    The local residents now intend to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala.

    Mayo county council granted Eir permission to erect the 18m mast on the 28th August. A notice of planning was erected at the front of Eir’s substation on July 7th, and for a number of reasons people in the area had not seen it / understood it and so no objections to the development were submitted to Mayo County Council.

    The main problem people had with the notice was its wording and the confusion it caused – the area in question is known as the Glebe, but the site notice read Knockalegan.

    In addition the timing of the site notice was during the height of the Summer, many were away and others were still cocooning – as the area has a number of elderly residents.

    Eir appears to be putting up the mast to enhance/ introduce  it’s 4/5 G coverage in the area.

    Midwest News asked Eir for a comment today, but the company has not responded.

    Midwest News visited the site of the proposed mast and spoke to a number of residents who gathered, social distancing, to outline their concerns about the development. They are now preparing their submission to An Bord Pleanala to object to the planning given.

    Local Fianna Fail councillor Michael Loftus told Midwest News that he shares the concerns of residents about the proposed development by Eir in the town.

  • 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 protracted process involved in securing an adequate flood defense scheme for Crossmolina, has again been delayed, but remains on track for works to get underway on the much needed project by this Summer.

    That’s according to Mayo Fianna Fail deputy Dara Calleary.

    The deputy says the OPW were due to have an application for funding for the works on the River Deel to the Dept of Public Expenditure by the end of 2019  -  last week, but weather has delayed that application for a few weeks.

    Deputy Calleary told Midwest News today that he has been assured of its progress by the Minister for the OPW, Boxer Moran, and he remains confident that construction, as promised, will get underway within 6 months.



  • 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.