Eoghan Murphy

  • Councillors in Claremorris Municipal District have instructed council management to write to the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and tell him that they want his recent circular to elected members on the discussion of single planning applications at council meetings rescinded.

    In his letter the Minister says it is not acceptable that single planning applications are discussed by councillors at municipal or county council level.

    The practice in Mayo, has been to date, that single planning applications that look set for refusal are discussed by councillors at municipal district meetings.

    The Minister of State at the Department of Housing and Planning John Paul Phelan told a meeting of Mayo County Councillors earlier this week that they are breaking the law by discussing these individual single planning applications.

    Ballinrobe based Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan says for twenty years it has been the practice in Mayo to discuss planning applications that look set for refusal, and he believes there is nothing wrong with the practice.

  • A Galway West TD wants the Government to reconsider strengthening the law so appellants to An Bord Pleanala are clearly identifiable.

     

    The Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government Eoghan Murphy rejected Deputy O’Cuiv’s call to change the current laws in relation to the verification of residency for those who lodge An Bord Pleanala appeals.

     

    Deputy O’Cuiv’s issue with the current process of appealing applications to An Bord Pleanala is that there is no way of confirming people’s residency at an address.

     

    The Fianna Fail TD claims that people can use false names or, purport to live at an address that they do not live in, under the current appeal process.

     

    Deputy O’Cuiv told Midwest Radio News that An Bord Pleanala should be given evidence of residency at an address to speed up the planning application process.

  • A Mayo Senator is calling for Government action to help Downpatrick families who have been without a water supply for over ten years.

    Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin raised the issue of 17 Downpatrick families who must go to a pump in Ballycastle for water in the Seanad.

    The project was named a number one priority by Mayo County Council ten years ago, but it was refused funding under the Multi-annual Rural Water Programme 2019-2021 as the cost per unit exceeds the €9,000 per house threshold by €4,500 per house.

    The area is unsuitable for the boring of well water because natural soil conditions make the water untreatable.

    The Mayo Senator expressed her disappointment that a panel comprising of EPA, Irish Water and Department officials, didn’t deem the Downpatrick project worthy of exceptional funding

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News that she is confident Minister Eoghan Murphy will look into this project and ones like it in more detail.

  • The Ballina Digital Hub in the former Military Barrracks is expected to create over 200 jobs in the town centre.

    The Hub is a €7m project with €3.2m already allocated towards the delivery of Phase 1 of the project and Part 8 planning permission has already been granted for the project by the Council.

    Technology, digital media and internet companies are expected to create 210 jobs within three years in the new enterprise cluster that will provide office spaces for 20 companies and house a high-end rum distillery.

    Approval of Urban Regeneration and Development Fund was granted by the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy TD for the Ballina Innovation Quarter project last December.

    Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says that the approval of the project is brilliant for the North Mayo town.

    She told Midwest News that the project has moved to the detailed design stage and is a priority for Mayo County Council.

  • A Mayo TD is calling on the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to give a start date for the compensation scheme for those whose homes are affected by pyrite.

    €20 million was set aside in last year's Budget for a Mica and pyrite redress scheme, but it has not yet opened for applications.

    Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers says there was much fanfare when the compensation scheme was announced, but 12 months later, it has not been delivered.

    With just days to go to next Budget, Deputy Chambers told Midwest Radio News that the Minister must announce a start date for this scheme immediately.