Mayo CountyCouncil

  • Residents of the Carrabeg Estate in Swinford say they are angered and disappointed that Mayo County Council has “failed to answer or adequately respond” to their concerns about anti social behavior by local authority tenants in housing estates.

    The residents have again asked the council to clearly outline its anti social behavior policy for its tenants, and addressed a similar letter to elected councillors and TDs in the county.

    The residents claim that prior to a violent death in their estate last November, they had contacted the local authority about their concerns on numerous occasions and had failed to get any adequate response. After that incident they again wrote to Mayo County Council on the 20th of November, 2020, but have again, they say, failed to get a response apart from an acknowledgement of receipt of their letter.

    The residents say they are keen to get answers in an effort to ensure that a similar situation can be avoided / prevented in any other housing estate in the county when the local authority appears to fail to deal with the antisocial behavior of its tenants.

    One of the residents of the Carrabeg Estate outlined their concerns to Midwest News today

    A spokesperson for Mayo County Council declined to come on air, but did explain that the Anti Social Behavior policy of Mayo County Council is available on its website.

    The spokesperson explained that the council cannot act on “general complaints”, but can only do so when a complaint is officially lodged with it.

    In this case, a complaint was officially lodged by the residents association earlier this year and Mayo County Council say it was dealing with the concerns, but the procedure takes time and there are other agencies and authorities also involved in the investigation of any official complaint.

    The spokesperson said that the council’s MD in Swinford had met residents on the matter some months ago, and the case was active, the authority is limited in what it can now say as a criminal investigation is underway.

     

  • The HSE has joined with the Mayo County Council and the Gardaí in the county to appeal to the people of Mayo to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

    The three agencies have come together to appeal to people to follow the public health advice and stay at home to protect themselves and each other given the significant and sustained increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county.

    The three principle agencies say the recent rise in figures for those contracting the virus in the county is extremely concerning.

    They are urging everyone across Mayo to stay at home, protect themselves and each other and protect the health services. The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign has now begun in the county and they are reminding everyone of the importance of ensuring older and vulnerable people are kept safe, so that they can avail of it in the coming weeks.

    Dr Breda Smyth, HSE Director of Public Health in the West said, “Over the last two weeks in particular we have seen a really worrying increase in the numbers of people being diagnosed with COVID-19 across county Mayo but in particular Ballyhaunis, Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar and Claremorris.

    In the two week period between December 21st and January 3rd there were 862 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mayo. Remember COVID-19 is highly contagious and you can be infectious without having any symptoms. Now more than ever we are asking the community across Mayo to stick to the advice and stay at home where possible, avoid unnecessary interactions and protect each other. Our individual actions do matter and they all count.”