John O'Hara

  • There is a need for Mayo county council to set aside up to 200,000 euro a year specifically to be used on the restoration of footpaths across the county.

    That’s the view of Ballina Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara.

    He says that would mean that at least, 50,000 euro would be available annually for the restoration of footpaths in each Municipal District area.

    Councillor O’Hara believes the allocation could actually save money for Mayo county council, as it is likely that insurance compensation payments against the authority over people falling and injuring themselves on broken pavement would be reduced.

  • Councillors in the Ballina area have again expressed their concerns that there are no improvements being currently planned for the N26 Ballina to Foxford road.

    At the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District today Fine Gael Councillor John O’Hara proposed that TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) come down to Ballina to meet with the business community and local representatives to see the state of the road themselves at first hand.

    However, Councillor O’Hara’s proposal didn’t get unanimous support.

    There are currently 2 councillors who make representation to the TII as SPC road members.

    They are councillors Seamus Weir and Annie Mae Reape.

    The director of public services tom Gilligan said there is no difference in making representation from the members going to Dublin or the TII coming to Ballina asking questions.

    TII have been previously been invited down to Ballina regarding this matter but failed to do so.

    A delegation from Mayo County Council along with the two SPC members will be meeting with TII in Dublin on November 18th

    Cllr. O’Hara says TII need to come down to experience what the situation is like at first hand.

  • A Ballina councillor is calling for crash barriers to be erected on a number of roads in the greater Ballina area, amid concerns that motorists who go off the road could enter rivers or streams.

    The issue was raised at a recent meeting of the Ballina Municipal District, where Councillor John O’Hara called for barriers to be installed at locations on the Bonniconlon road, Bofield Road, Tubbercurry Road and at Church Road.

    Speaking with Midwest Radio Councillor O’Hara said safety has to be the number one priority, and a number of incidents in recent months have highlighted the need for such barriers.

  • There's some good news for residents of the Childers Heights estate in Ballina, as drainage works will start tomorrow to relieve flooding problems in the area.

    That's according to FG Councillor John O''Hara who says there are ongoing flooding problems in the area, which have impacted in the past on a local playschool, as well as residents.

    Councillor O'Hara says funding was allocated for the scheme earlier this year, and work will start next week

  • Feedback speed signs are to be erected at two locations on the entrance to the village of Bonniconlon this morning.

    The feedback signs are the result of extensive lobbying by local councillors Annie Mae Reape and John O’Hara working with the Gardai to try to reduce the speed of traffic into the village.

    There is increasing concern in Bonniconlon for children and the elderly trying to cross the street in the village.

    The feedback speed signs will alert motorists to the speed that they are travelling at, on entrance to Bonniconlon, and are in addition to the normal speed limit signs.

     The data is stored and will be reviewed over a 12 month period to determine if additional speed reduction measures are required permanently in Bonniconlon.

  • An interim management team has been appointed to manage the Sligo Ladies after the existing joint manager’s step aside.

    The Sligo ladies issued a vote of no confidence in current joint management team of John O’Hara and David Curran, causing an emergency county board meeting to be held on Thursday.

    The Sligo County Board voted to retain the current management team, but both O’Hara and Curran declined the offer.

    In their absence a temporary management team has been appointed to manage the Sligo Ladies Intermediate team, consisting of Kathleen Kane, Ted Maloney and Oliva Flannery-McLoughlin.

    A win on Sunday against Limerick would get the ladies team passage into the Intermediate All-Ireland quarter-finals.

    Sligo LGFA offered their thanks to O’Hara, Curran and their management team as focus now shifts to today's game with Limerick at 2 p.m. in Tubbercurry.

  • People living in private houses in estates in Ballina, that have not yet been taken in charge of by the local authority,are living in limbo land, according to local Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara.

    Cllr O’Hara raised the many problems that these residents face , at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District, and he called for funding to be found "somewhere" to deal with the problem.

    He called on council management to complete the taking in charge of all the housing estates in Ballina and he told Midwest News that the situation can not be allowed to continue where no one is responsible for public lighting, footpaths, water and other basic infrastructure.

  • Sligo Ladies Football have appointed a new manager for next season.


    Michael Bohan was ratified at Monday night’s Sligo Ladies Football county convention.


    Bohan is a former Leitrim minor manager and will be assisted in his backroom team by former Sligo senior footballer Paul Durcan.


    Sligo will be playing Division 3 ladies football in the league next season, having narrowly missed out on promotion against Meath.


    The county has been without a permanent manager since joint-managers John O’Hara and David Curran left their posts following a vote of no confidence taken by the players during 2019.

  • Work is to be carried out on a section of footpath on the Foxford Road in Ballina before the end of the year.

    That was confirmed to Cllr John O’Hara this week.

    Cllr O’Hara says that this section of footpath from Rehinsfort to Hollister needs attention, and its poor condition has also led to flooding issues in some residents’ back gardens also.

    He told Midwest News that he is happy to hear the issue is being dealt with.