Mayo Co Co

  • Saturday 5th May has been designated Mayo Day 2018.

    This is the fourth year of Mayo Day, which celebrates Mayo and its people, here and abroad.

    In recent years, activities have taken place locally, nationally and internationally to celebrate Mayo Day, and this year the Mayo Day flagship event, called “Made of Mayo” will be held at Ballinrobe Racecourse.

    The event will showcase Mayo food produce, craft and design alongside an art exhibition, live music and a family festival.

    “Made of Mayo” will be a free event for families on 5th May, and was launched at Ballinrobe Racecourse today.

    Further details are available on


  • Friday 25th January is the closing date for residents associations, burial ground committees, Tidy Towns committees, festivals and other community clubs and organisations to apply to Mayo County Council for funding under the GMA - General Municipal Allocation.

    Each of the four municipal districts in Mayo has funding set aside under the GMA, and the council is now advising that applications for GMA funding are open until the 25th January.

    West Mayo Independent Councillor Christy Hyland is urging groups to apply for the funding before that date....

  • Castlebar based Fianna Fail Cllr. Blackie Gavin has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council this afternoon.

    Blackie succeeds Independent Cllr. Richard Finn from Claremorris.

    Cllr. Michael Loftus is the new Leas Cathaoirleach.

    In his first address as Cathaoirleach, Gavin said: “I want to work with all groups, organisations and individuals who are promoting our county. I complement all the voluntary groups who work hard to make Mayo a better place to live, work and visit. I look forward to meeting them all at events during the year and supporting them in every way possible.”


    Meanwhile, Cllr. Ivan Connaughton has been elected Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council.

  • Mayo County Council should double the hedge-cutting budget for next year, as trees growing out on roads are now a major health & safety problem.

    That's according to West Mayo Independent Councillor Michael Holmes.

    €100,000 was allocated for hedge-cutting in Mayo in 2018 - which breaks down to €25,000 for each municipal district-  which Councillor Holmes says can only deal with a fraction of the roads in each area.

    He's called on Mayo County Council to double the budget to €200,000 for 2019.


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    Mayo County Council have used Compulsory Purchase Orders just once over the past 7 years to buy up a derelict or vacant house.

    Local authorities have the power to take land or property by CPO if it's deemed to be "for the common good".

    Tens of thousands of houses are believed to be lying abandoned across the country, while at the same time, almost 10,000 people are living in emergency accomodation.

    New figures obtained by Fianna Fail under Freedom of Information requests show more than half of county councils have not made any attempt to use CPOs to build up their housing stocks.

    Just 240 attempts to take ownership of vacant properties using Compulsory Purchase Orders have been made in the last 7 years - including one request by Mayo County Council - compared to 141 by Laois County Council.

    Roscommon and Galway County Councils did not reply to requests for information.

    Meanwhile, a spokesman for Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy says county council are identifying potentially vacant homes that can be re-activated through a wide number of schemes and regulatory powers, including repair & lease, buy and renew, long-term leasing and choice-based letting.



  • Mayo county councillors yesterday voted “not to take a position” on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, the subject of the Referendum that takes place on Friday week.

    Independent councillor Gerry Ginty proposed that councillors support the retention of the Eighth Amendment and called on voters of Mayo to vote No on the 25th of May.

    However, his motion was defeated as a counter proposal was put forward by Fine Gael’s Jarleth Munnelly calling on the councillors  not to take a position on the matter, and that proposal was carried

    The decision by councillors  not to take a position on the Eighth amendment was only arrived at after extensive debate.

    Cllr Ginty made his proposal calling on voters across the county to support the retention of the Eighth amendment , by voting No on the 25th, and that was supported by Independent cllr Frank Durcan. Both cllrs outlined in detail why they believe the eighth amendment as it stands is necessary.

    Cllr Ginty said that every public representative should be prepared to state publicly how they will be voting.

    Cllr Durcan outlined his opposition to abortion saying that there are preservation orders on everything from bats to elephants but not on human life, if the Eighth amendment is abolished.

    Cllr Jarleth Munnelly said while he respected the views of both cllrs  - it was not up to cllrs to come down on either side in this debate and added it was the right of any cllr not to give his/her view on this matter.

    He then put forward the counter proposal calling on councillors not to take a position on the issue.

    Independent cllr Seamus Weir argued that while the Eighth Amendment had not protected women like it should, he would rather see it amended rather than abolished.

    Sinn Fein’s Joe McHale spoke in favour of abolishing the Eighth amendment saying women needed to take the power back into their own hands.

    FG’s Tereasa McGuire said she would not preach to anyone, and said it was a personal choice and called for sensitivity in the debate.

    FF’S Michael Smyth outlined his opposition to abolishing the Eighth amendment and spoke of threatening emails that he and other cllrs had received from members of the public – simply because the motion was on the council agenda. He said the state had let down women in the past and questioned giving the state back power if the Eighth amendment is abolished.

    Finally a vote was taken, and all cllrs present, opted not to take a position on the matter, with the exception of cllrs Ginty and Durcan who voted against, and cllr Weir abstained.

  • Mayo County Council is spearheading a new campaign, to encourage dog owners to act responsibly over dog fouling.

    Residents associations, Tidy Towns groups and other community groups have raised concerns across the county about the incidents of dog fouling on footpaths and in other public areas.

    Under this new campaign, all dog owners are being asked to “bag it and bin it”, and signs are being put in place in a number of areas – including Lough Lannagh in Castlebar – to remind dog owners to clean up after their dog.

    The Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District of Mayo Co Co, Councillor Martin McLoughlin, has welcomed the new initiative.

  • A large number of local residents attended a public meeting in Westport last night, amid concerns over community involvement in, and access to, the Quay Community Centre.

    Three years ago, the Community Centre's Voluntary management Committee was disbanded by Mayo County Council, and the council now runs the centre, which offers a range of classes and services, as well as community-led activities.

    However, locals claim the facility is not being made available to the community for which it was built, which they say is unacceptable.

    Their concerns were aired at a public meeting in Westport last night, and a spokesperson for the community groupt told Midwest News they were disappointed there was no representative present from Mayo County Council.

    Meanwhile, Mayo County Council says they were approached by representatives of an unnamed group seeking a meeting to discuss the activities at the Quay Community Centre.

    A spokesperson has told Midwest News that the council has responded to the group and offered to meet at a date and time of their convenience - the council is still awaiting a response.