Michael Loftus

  • Ballina councillors yesterday agreed to send a letter to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine calling for a cull of seals in Killala Bay.

    In a Ballina Municipal District council meeting Cathaoirleach Michael Loftus called for a cull of the mammals, which he believes are contributing to the loss of wild Atlantic salmon in the River Moy.

    “These seals would kill salmon or sea trout sometimes just for fun, other times to eat it,” he said, adding that they are “killing all that is good about the River Moy.”

    The Western People is reporting that the Fianna Fáil Councillor, who is also a member of the Grainne Uaile Sub Aqua Search and Recovery Unit, said he had noticed approximately 150 seals in and around Bartragh Island, in Killala Bay, while out on a search last weekend.

    He said the loss of salmon in the Moy is affecting fishing tourism, which in turn harms the local economy.

  • Businesses, homes and schools in Crossmolina were affected by power outages this morning.

    Over 700 customers in the North Mayo were without power, following a fault on the network.

    Crossmolina National School was forced to close as a result of the outage, which has also hit local businesses financially.

    Power supplies have now been restored to most customers, but Crossmolina-based Councillor Michael Loftus says this is the fourth power outage in the town in recent weeks, and he says ESB Networks need to resolve the fault quickly.

  • Three, 200 foot blades for the Oweninny wind farm development in North Mayo were carried over road, from Killybegs in Donegal through Ballina and Crossmolina in the early hours of this morning.

     The huge cargo traveled with police escort.

    Local Fianna Fail councillor Michael Loftus told Midwest News today that there was big excitement in Ballina and Crossmolina early this morning.

    Large blades and turbines will continue to be transported along this route on a regular basis between now and the end of next month.