• A contractor has been appointed for the Tonragee Scheme in Achill for five new houses.

    This news has been welcomed by local Fianna Fail Councillor Paul McNamara who says more council housing sites should be looked at rural areas like Achill.

    Cllr. McNamara says there is currently 40 people on the housing list in Achill and this number should be tackled.

  • 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they want his recent circular to elected members on the discussion of single planning applications at council meetings rescinded.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.

  • Housing activists are set to take to the streets nationwide today with demonstrations planned to highlight the ongoing housing crisis.

    Around 20 separate events are scheduled to take place with the biggest to be held at Dublin's Garden Of Remembrance from 1pm.

    The demonstrations come as the number of people in emergency accommodation lies just below 10,000.

  • The lack of available land on which to build social housing is a problem across Co Mayo.

    That’s according to Ballina Councillor Gerry Ginty, Chairperson of Mayo County Council’s Strategic Housing Committee.

    He claims that much of the land designated for housing is owned by private developers.

    Councillor Ginty is also concerned about the number of objections to social housing developments, and says many of the objectors may not realise that members of their own families may need social housing in the coming years.

    Councillor Ginty raised the matter at a recent meeting of the Ballina Municipal District, where there are over 500 people on the housing list at present.

    He again raised the issue of the colour scheme on a new social housing development at Marian Crescent in Ballina, where he says the colours used make the houses stand out “like a sore thumb”.

    Councillor Ginty believes social housing developments should blend in well with neighbouring properties, and this may lead to fewer objections.

  • Members of the People Before Profit Party in Sligo protested outside the gates of IT Sligo on Friday ahead of the special Cabinet meeting to rubberstamp the Ireland 2040 plan.

    The group were there to protest for a number of reasons. Local Cllr Gino O’Boyle was there to highlight the lack of social and affordable housing in Sligo. There are 1,100 people on the waiting list, with only 65-85 houses available.

    While Nigel Gallagher from the party was there as part of the Still Waiting campaign, which is calling for a one-tier health system.

  • Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is making a case to Minister Donohue for the inclusion of funding for a pyrite remediation scheme in Budget 2019.

    That was confirmed to Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    Senator Mulherin had a meeting with Minister Murphy last Friday, during which she asked him to allocate funding in the forthcoming Budget to establish a Pyrite Remediation Scheme to provide financial assistance for affected homeowners in Mayo.

    She said that she is pleased to confirm that the Minister is very sympathetic to the plight of homeowners and is making a case to Minister Paschal Donohue for it to be included in Budget 2019.

  • People Before Profit Mayo will hold a public meeting in Ballina this evening to discuss housing and homelessness.

    The meeting gets underway at 8pm in the Station House Hotel, Ballina.

    Guest speakers include Ballina-based Independent Councillor Gerry Ginty and Garie Beattie of the Mayo Land League.

    People Before Profit believe there needs to be a major progamme of council house-building to deal with the homelessness crisis, rather than the policy of subsidising private landlords.

  • A protest is taking place today outside the Ballina Civic Offices, over the lack of social housing in Mayo.

    Today’s protest has been organised by the Ballina Housing Action Committee.

    Joe Daly of Mayo People Before Profit was one of those protesting today.

    He told Midwest News that they are concerned about the high number of vacant properties in Mayo – 15,000 in total, 10,000 of which are not holiday homes.

    3,000 families are on the social housing waiting list in Mayo, with 500 of those in Ballina.

    Mr Daly says Mayo County Council need to look at purchasing some of these vacant properties by way of Compulsory Purchase Orders.