• The future viability of the Mayo Power plant in Killala is now in question, following the decision of the energy regulator to issue a Certificate of High Efficiency to the company with a rate of 18% - compared to the 100% issued previously.

    Some €95 million has already been spent on the €255m high-efficiency combined heat and power plant in Killala.

    Work on the plant was halted in 2016 when one of the investors withdrew from the project.

    New investors then came on board to complete the 45 megawatt biomass-fuelled power plant, and they applied for the necessary consents.

    Renewed consents were was given by Mayo County Council, the EPA and ESB Networks, while the energy regulator has taken since last May to respond.

    The high efficiency rating of 18% now issued by  the regulator puts the commercial viability of the project in question, according to Mayo Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    The FG Senator believes the energy regulator has a number of questions to answer in relation to this power plant, and she's calling for the regulator to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, climate change and the environment to answer these queries.

    Senator Mulherin says this is a very important project for north Mayo, and is also of national importance as it will help Ireland acheive its targets on renewable energy.

    The FG Senator says this latest development calls into the question the viability of the Mayo Power plant.


    A spokesman for Mayo Power confirmed to Midwest News that the project promoters will discuss this latest development later today, but are unlikely to issue a statement on the matter yet.



  • The body of a man was discovered at a house outside Killala this morning.

    Gardai were alerted at about ten to 11 this morning when the 91 year old man was found dead in the house.

    The area has been sealed off and a garda forensic unit is conducting preliminary investigations into what appears to have been a house fire.

    The incident occurred at Ballinteen, Killala and investigations are continuing

  • Bishop John Fleming has announced the following clerical changes in Killala diocese:

     Fr Aidan O’Boyle to be Parish Priest of Kilmoremoy, Ballina.

    Fr Gerard O’Hora to be Co-Pastor. Kilglass, living in Enniscrone.

    Fr  Edward Rogan on loan to St James Missionary Society.

    Fr  Michael Gilroy, Parish Priest of Templeboy to be also Parish Priest of Skreen and Dromard.

    Fr  Enda Kelly, SPS, to be Parish Priest of Moygownagh.

    Fr  Gerard O’Donnell to be Parish Priest of Kilfian.

     The new Parish priests will take up their duties on the weekend of September 7th/8th 2019


  • Dates, times and venues have been confirmed for the TP Brennan Connacht Cup and Shield Finals. 

    The cup final will take place on Sunday May 26th at Eamon Deacy Park in Galway as Manulla face Corrib Rangers with a 3pm kick off. 

    The Shield Final is fixed for Sunday May 19th at 3pm in Solar 21 Park in Castlebar as Manulla B or Knocknacarra face Killala. 


  • The body of an elderly man was discovered at a house near Killala this morning.

    Gardai were alerted shortly before 11am when the 91-year old man was found dead at a house in Ballinteen.

    The area was sealed off while a Garda forensic unit conducted preliminary investigations into what appeared to be a minor house fire.

    The man's body has been removed to hospital for a post-mortem examination, and Gardai are not treating the death as suspicious.


  • The future of the Mayo Power plant in Killala will come under the spotlight next Tuesday evening, as the Energy Regulator has agreed to come before the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and the Environment to answer questions on the matter.

    The Energy Regulator recently issued a Certificate of High Efficiency of 18% to the promoters of the project - a significant change from the 100% rating originally issued by the regulator.

    This puts the future viability of the Killala plant in question, according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who asked that the regulator be brought before the Oireachtas Committee to answer a number of questions in relation to the high-efficiency combined heat and power plant.

    The project has a price tag of €225 million , of which €95 m has already been invested.

    Senator Mulherin says this power plant is very important, not just for Mayo, but nationally in terms of meeting our targets on renewable energy.

    Senator Mulherin says she's now been informed that the Energy Regulator has agreed to appear before the Oireachtas Committee next Tuesday evening, 2nd April.

  • The Energy Regulator has agreed to meet with the promoters of the Mayo Power plant in Killala next week, amid concerns about the financial viability of the new power station.

    This follows an appearance byrepresentatives from the energy regulator before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action & the Environment yesterday evening, to discuss their decision to issue a certificate of efficiency with an 18% approval rate for the Killala power plant - compared to a 100% rate issued in 2012.

    There are concerns that this could put the future of the combined heat and power plant in question, as the 18% rate changes the viability of the project.

    Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin has asked why the energy regulator changed its rating, when the other agencies involved - including the EPA, ESB Networks and Mayo County Council - renewed the consents given for the original project in 2012.

    She says the promoters have already spent almost €100 million euro on the Killala plant, and it's vital that the Energy Regulator works with the promoters to get this project over the line.


  • Funding totalling over €91,000 has been announced for seafood businesses in Co Mayo, under the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme.

    Two allocations, totalling almost €62,000, goes to Carr & Sons Seafood based at Croghan , Killala with over €30,000 for the development of a new oyster farm in Achill.

  • Gardai again appeal for information on the disappearance of Sandra Collins of Killala who went missing 18years ago today, the 4th December 2000.

    On this day, 18 years ago, Sandra was reported missing in the Killala town area.

    Garda Superintendent Joe Doherty, the District Officer leading the investigation is today appealing to any person or persons who may be in a position to provide any information , no matter how small, in connection with Sandra’s disappearance to now come forward and make contact with the investigation team based in Ballina or with local gardai based in Killala or any member of the garda siochana.

    The contact number at Ballina garda station is 096 20560, or the garda confidential line at 1800 666 111.

    Superintendent Doherty told Midwest News this morning that this is very much an ongoing investigation and he is appealing to anyone with any information to make contact with the gardai and assist them in bringing the matter to a conclusion for the sake of Sandra’s family.


  • Irish Water, in partnership with Mayo County Council, is starting construction works  for new wastewater treatment facilities at Foxford, Killala and Charlestown.

    A total investment of €19 million is being invested to achieve environmental compliance and provide for the existing population and future needs of the towns.

    The Killala Sewerage Scheme will stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Killala Bay.

    The Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will provide new and upgraded treatment plants for both towns to meet the current populations and will provide for future growth in the areas.

    Any businesses from Killala Foxford or Charlestown interested  in receiving further information about these three projects are invited to attend an  information hour  in the theatre at the Foxford Woollen Mills.

    The Information Hour takes place in the Foxford Woollen Mills between 12:30 and 13:30 tomorrow afternoon at the Foxford Woollen Mills Theatre


  • Irish Water is to invest €19 million to end the discharge of untreated wastewater from Killala, Foxford and Charlestown.

    The contract was signed yesterday with Glan Agua, and construction is expected to get underway in the coming weeks, with the project due to be completed by early 2020.

    For years, untreated sewage has been flowing into Killala Bay, but Irish Water says a new wastewater treatment plant will be constructed in Killala along with a new pumping station and the upgrade of the sewer network.

    This will ensure that wastewater discharging into Killala Bay meets appropriate standards.

    The Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will upgrade the wastewater treatment networks in both towns to provide for the current population and for future growth in both areas.

    The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says €19 million is being invested to end the discharge of untreated wastewater from Killala, Charlestown and Foxford…

  • As both the Killala and Foxford new sewerage schemes are now in the construction phase, an information morning on the new Killala scheme takes place in the local community centre on Friday morning next, May 10th and in Friday afternoon in the Mill in Foxford.

    Irish Water is keen to provide the public with any information or updates on both schemes.

    Foxford based fine Gael councillor Neil Cruse  is encouraging anyone with questions to attend.

  • Judges in the Pride of Place competition will be visiting Killala, Ballycastle and Belderrig today, as the Céide Coast is representing Mayo in the new Community Tourism category of the IPB Pride of Place awards this year.

    The three north Mayo communities are working together to develop tourism across the area, and all calling on people to come out this morning and show their support and pride in their local community.

    Pride of Place acknowledges the work of local communities across the island of Ireland, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in Cork on 17th November.

    Meanwhile judges will visit the Erris Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association in Belmullet this afternoon - as it competes in the Community and Wellbeing category. And judges will be in Balla tomorrow morning, as it takes part in the Population category. 

  • Mayo's Brendan Golden has been elected Chairman of the IFA's National Livestock Committee.

    The Killala man will succeed outgoing chairman Angus Woods at the IFA AGM on 27th January.

    The National Livestock Committee met in Portlaoise today to elect a new Chair.



  • Gardai have arrested a man in his early twenties in connection with burglaries to two retail businesses in Killala.

    The burglaries took place overnight and the man who is not from the area was arrested earlier today.

    He is currently being detained at Ballina Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    Killala Gardai are investigating the matter and wish to thank the general public for their assitance.

    Anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the Killala area last night is asked to contact Ballina Garda station on 096-20560 or Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.

  • Mayo County Council is being accused of wasting money on erecting 80 kph speed limit signs on third-class roads in Killala -  roads which are totally unsuitable for such speeds.

    Killala-based FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly says the signs could encourage people to drive faster on roads that are unsuitable for such speeds, rather than spending the money on signs that are needed in the area - such as signs for the new carpark in the town, or local schools and cemeteries.

    Councillor Munnelly told Midwest News that he will be raising the issue at the next meeting of Mayo County Council.

  • At Monday’s meeting of Mayo County Council, Councillors approved a proposal to seek the designation of the former Asahi site in Killala as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). This issue was first raised by Fine Gael Councillor Jarlath Munnelly at a meeting of the Ballina Municipal District last year. Following this decision, Mayo County Council will write to the Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy, requesting designation for this site.

    Speaking on the issue at Monday’s meeting, Cllr. Munnelly outlined the particular assets that this site contains, including connectivity to the national electricity grid, the location of the transatlantic optical fibre landing station on the site, in addition to water and sewerage facilities. Cllr. Munnelly also highlighted the projects in development on or near the site that are going to generate renewable electricity, which will be a big advantage to the site.

    The proposal received cross party support at the meeting, with many Councillors pointing out the importance of this site to all of North Mayo.

    Responding to the proposal, council chief executive Peter Hynes welcomed the idea, and outlined that the process would not be straight forward. But he acknowledged the uniqueness of the site, the significant land holding that Mayo County Council has here, and the potential it offers for job creation.

  • A Fine Gael Senator has called on the IDA to step up its efforts in promoting Killala for a data centre, as planning permission has already been granted for such a development at the former Asahi site.

    Senator Michelle Mulherin says we were told the main difficulty in developing a data centre is obtaining planning permission like in Athenry where Apple scrapped its plans for a data centre after a long planning row.

    She says in Mayo, we have planning permission for a data centre in Killala since June 2017, where there is a high-speed transatlantic fibre optic cable, and there is planning permission for a combined heat and power plant beside it, providing a secure, reliable and sustainable source of energy which is a key factor for data centres.

    Senator Mulherin says she wants to know what is being done to promote investment in these situations, as there have been no takers for the data centre so far.

    She says the likes of Microsoft, Facebook and Google should be enticed to come to Killala.

    Senator Mulherin put that question to IDA representatives when they came before the recent Joint Oireachtas Climate Action Committee recently.

  • The delay by the Energy Regulator in issuing licences for a €255 million renewable energy plant at the former Asahi site in Killala could see a repeat of the Apple fiasco in Athenry.

    That's according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who raised the issue in the Seanad earlier this week.

    She says three other State agencies have given consent for the project to go ahead under a new promoter - the EPA, ESB Networks and Mayo County Council - but a decision has not yet been forthcoming from the energy regulator.

    Senator Mulherin claims the promoters of Mayo Renewable Power have tried to deal with the energy regulator, but have "run into a stone wall".

    The Mayo Senator believes new legislation is needed to ensure that the regulator makes a decision on such matters within a certain time period, as she fears developers may look elsewhere.

    Senator Mulherin says this combined heat & power plant offers a golden opportunity for the north Mayo region.

    Midwest News has contacted the Energy Regulator to ask about the delay in issuing licences for the north Mayo power plant.

    A spokesperson said they cannot comment on this matter, due to commercial sensibilities and other factors.

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