Mark Duffy

  • A Ballina Councillor is calling for an awareness campaign in schools to combat the drugs problem in Mayo.

    The whole drugs epidemic was discussed at length at yesterday’s Joint Policing Committee in Castlebar.

    One of the suggestions was from Independent Councillor Mark Duffy who feels work needs to be done in our schools to educate younger people about the damage drugs can do.

  • 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 this week 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.

    Independent Councillor Mark Duffy says before he was born there was plans for a proper road in to Ballina and this still hasn’t moved forward.

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

    Cllr. Duffy says that while the new ring road from Castlebar to Westport is welcomed news it is now time for North Mayo to get proper infrastructure in place.

  •  There needs to be more transparency by Mayo County Council as to where the 100,000 euro raised each year through car parking charges in Ballina town is spent.

    That’s the view of Independent candidate in the Ballina Municipal District, Mark Duffy.

    Mark told Midwest News today that it is not an even playing pitch, when some towns in the county have no car parking charges at all.

  • There is an urgent need for public lighting in two private housing estates in Ballina town, that have not been taken in charge of by Mayo County Council.

    That’s the view of Independent Ballina cllr Mark Duffy.

    He raised the frustration and concern of residents in Ashbourne Grove on the Killala road, and the Arches in Ballina town centre, at the failure of the local authority in taking charge of both estates.

    The Cllr said the residents associations in both estates believe they have done all they can do to apply for their estate to be taken in charge of, but despite all the discussion- both set of residents remain in the dark, without public lighting , and incomplete road surfaces and footpaths.

    Council management explained that they are both private developments and said the local authority has no access to any fund to complete unfinished estates

    Speaking to Midwest News Cllr Duffy outlined his frustration with the lack of progress on the serious issue of householders having paid large sums to buy a home in an estate and that estate remaining unfinished for years.

  • Plans have been announced for a significant redevelopment project which will see €10 million invested in Ballina Town Centre.

    The project will involve input and investment by both public and private sectors.

    Tesco will undergo a complete makeover and expansion of their existing town centre store.

    The development of a new carpark in back lands acquired by Mayo County Council with a new street linking Market Square and Pearse Street.

    A major new commercial and residential block which will be the subject of a design and develop competition.

    The overall project will dovetail with the ongoing work on the Military Barracks Innovation Hub and will allow for a major upgrade of the public realm in the Market Square.

    Local Independent Councillor Mark Duffy says there was frustration about the delay in progressing the town centre regeneration but is delighted Tesco have confirmed their plans to push ahead with the project.