former Scoil Padraig site

  • Mayo County Council should serve a derelict site notice on the Department of Education, to force them to take action on the former Scoil Padraig building in Westport.

    That's according to local Councillor Christy Hyland, who says the site has become an eyesore in Westport town centre, and a location for anti-social activity, which resulted in a small fire at the old school last weekend.

    The Westport Fire Service and local Gardai attended the scene on Friday night, and the fire was quickly brought under control with no-one injured.

    However, Councillor Hyland says Government agencies have neglected the property, which is causing major concern for residents on Altamont Street.

    The Department of Education is responsible for the old primary school, while the local authority owns the other part of the site - the former convent.

    Councillor Hyland raised the matter at this week's Municipal District meeting, and told Midwest News that this situation needs to be tackled urgently...