Minister Michael Ring

  • Minister Michael Ring has today confirmed that the Government has allocated €22m for the improvement and maintenance of roads in Mayo in 2019.

    The allocation for improvement of roads in Mayo is €21,058,639, while the allocation for maintenance of roads is €1,296,569.

    Included in the allocation is €10m for the Westport to Turlough road.

    Minister Ring says this project is going out for tender in January and all going well a contractor should be onsite by September or October of 2019.

    This is just one of a large number of projects to be funded under today’s allocation.



    TII 2019 National Road Allocations
    Total of All Allocations: €22,355,208
    Mayo County Council
    National Primary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat
    N05MO_088 Swinford
    N18MO_041 Knock
    N17MO_068 N17 R320 Junction Claremorris
    Total National - HD 15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat:
    Major Scheme  - Nat
    Charlestown By-Pass
    Westport to Turlough
    Total National Primary - Major Scheme - Nat:
    Minor Works - Nat
    N26 Clongullane Bridge
    Total National Primary - Minor Works - Nat:
    Pavement - Nat
    HD28 NP Pavement Renewals 2019 MO
    N5 Ballyvarry Ph1 incl N58
    N5 Castlebar Distributor Road Section 2 (East)
    N17 Kilkelly North
    N26 Foxford North
    N26 Swinford to the N5
    Total National Primary - Pavement - Nat:
    National Secondary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat
    N59MO_084 Bellacorrick
    N560MO_056 Bekan Rail Overbridge
    N60MO_079 Claremorris Road, Balla
    N84 Ballinrobe Traffic & Transportation Study
    Total National Secondary - HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat:
    Major Scheme - Nat
    Westport to Mulranny
    Total National Secondary - Major Scheme - Nat:
    Minor Works - Nat
    N59 Kilmeena LVNS
    N59 Newport to Derrada Realignment
    Rossow Bends
    N60 Heathlawn
    N60 Lagnamuck
    N60 Manulla Cross
    Total National Secondary - Minor Works - Nat:
    Pavement  - Nat
    HD28 NS Pavement Renewals 2019 MO
    N59 Ballina Bunree Bridge / Junction Pavement Strengthening
    N59 Ballycroy South
    N59 Ballyveeney to Castlehill
    N84 Ballinrobe Town North
    N84 Sandymount to R317
    Total National Secondary - Pavement - Nat:
    Both NP & NS
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat
    Fencing Retrofit - Mayo
    Total Both NP & NS - HD17 Minor Works - Nat:
    LA Eng Support - B.1.1.- Nat
    Local Authority Support (Improvement) 2019 MO
    PO Support (Improvement) 2019 MO
    Total Both NP & NS - LA Eng  Support - B.1.1. - Nat:
     €        1,710,726
    Route Lighting Improvement - Nat
    NW Bypasses Energy Saving Public Lighting Consultancy
    Total Both NP&NS - Route Lighting Improvement - Nat:
    Total Improvement Allocations:
    National Primary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    NP Ordinary Maintenance 2019 MO
    NP Route Lighting 2019 MO
    NP Winter Maintenance 2019 MO
    Total National Primary - Maintenance:
    National Secondary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    NS Ordinary Maintenance 2019 MO
    NS Route Lighting 2019 MO
    NS Winter Maintenance 2019 MO
    Total National Secondary - Maintenance:
    Both NP & NS
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    LA Eng - Support - B.1.2. - Nat
    Local Authority Support (Maintenance) 2019 MO
    Local Authority Support (Winter Maintenance) 2019 MO
    Total Both NP & NS  - LA Eng Support - B.1.2. - Nat:
    Total Maintenance Allocations:


    Meanwhile local TD, Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €14.3m investment by Transport Infrastructure Ireland in the national road network throughout County Roscommon.

    Minister Naughten says this investment includes €4m for the new section of road at the Hill of Oran, resurfacing of Athleague Village and the Town of Castlerea and the upgrading of sections of the Boyle to Athlone road”.

    Funding of €3m has also been set aside to complete the planning and design for the new N5 road between Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue which will not only improve access to the West but allow for the future development of Strokestown, Tulsk, Bellanagare & Frenchpark”.


  • Minister Michael has confirmed that improvements to access to a popular angling destination at Cushlough Bay near Ballinrobe have been completed.

    This follows the allocation of €21,263 from Inland Fisheries Ireland to Ballinrobe and District Angling Club to carry out the works including the resurfacing and realigning of the carpark, as well as the provision of security fencing around the perimeter.  

    Speaking today, Minister Ring said: “It has been confirmed to me by my colleague, Sean Canney TD, who is the Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries sector, that the improvement works have been completed at this popular angling destination at Cushlough Bay.

    He said this is great news for local anglers and indeed for the many visiting anglers who fish at Cushlough Bay. By investing in these facilities, the Government is supporting a valuable recreational pursuit for local people and helping to attract visitors to the area, which is good for the local hospitality industry.

     In addition to this funding, Ballinrobe & District Trout Anglers Association and the World Cup Trout Fly Championship Committee provided €6,641 to upgrade the slipway as an extra part of the project.  

  • Mayo based Minister Michael Ring believes both Fine Gael & Fianna Fail will pass tomorrow's programme for Government but is not so sure which way the Green Party will vote.

    The leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party are going to meet later to discuss the ministerial and departmental structure of that government.

    The results of a postal ballot on the deal agreed between Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party will be known tomorrow.

    Minister Ring says as the only Fine Gael TD who topped the poll in the country is hoping that a position can be offered to him.

    Meanwhile, Minister Ring has today announced that he has allocated €524,116 to support the development of proposals for two significant Mayo rural development initiatives.

    Minister Ring made the announcement under Category 2 of his Department’s Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, a key component of Project Ireland 2040.

    €355,764 has been allocated to develop the Newport Regeneration Project while a further €168,352 has been allocated to develop Ballyhaunis Community Vision.

    More details on this funding will be on our Evening Edition programme at 5.30pm.

  • Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring has completed a busy St Patrick’s Day schedule of events in Boston during which he met with politicians, representatives of the Irish American community and business representatives.

    The Minister for Community & Rural Affairs presented a gift from Foxford Woollen Mills to the Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh, who has family connections in Connemara and is due to receive the Freedom of Galway, and to the Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker, who visited Ireland last year.

    During his trip, Minister Ring met with numerous Irish groups including the Mayo Association, the Irish American Partnership, the Irish International Immigrant Centre, the Charitable Irish Society and the Irish Pastoral Centre. He said these organisations provide fantastic support for the Irish diaspora in Boston and they are a credit to the strong and vibrant Irish American community in the city. 

    Minister Ring said that during his meetings with public representatives, he highlighted the situation of the undocumented Irish, of whom there are many in Boston and the wider area.

    He said both Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh are very aware of the difficulties faced by the undocumented Irish – an issue which the Taoiseach also raised with President Trump.

    Minister Ring also marched in the St Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, which was attended by tens of thousands of people.


  • Minister Michael Ring has a number of engagements in the county today.

    The Minister will officially open the Department of Social Protection’s new Intreo office in Claremorris at noon.

    At 3pm Minister Ring will officially open the new National Council for the Blind Ireland retail shop in Westport.

    Then at 7pm, he will officially launch a new video highlighting the impact of his Department’s SICAP initiative in Straide.

  • Minister Michael Ring will today participate in a number of events in Mayo.

    At 11am, Minister Ring will officially launch new ambulance vehicles at the Red Cross in Claremorris.

    At 12.30pm, Minister Ring will officially launch a new ambulance for the Order of Malta in Knock. 

    Then at 2.30pm, the Minister will officially open the new community kitchen and food hub in Balla.

    Following this event he will officially open the new Balla Greenway.

  • The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring will officially launch a number of projects in county Mayo today.

    At 11am the Minister will be at Ireland West Airport Knock to open the new Visitor Discovery Centre at the airport and to launch the new Ryanair service from Knock to Cologne.

    The Visitor Discovery Centre Project is a collaborative initiative involving seven local authorities. Funding of €400,000 was provided for the project by Minister Ring’s department through the REDZ 2016 scheme, along with part funding from each of the local uuthorities and the airport itself.

    The Minister will also today turn the sod on new sewerage schemes for Killala, Foxford and Charlestown. The Government, through Irish Water, is investing €19 million in these three schemes.

    Minister Ring will also be in Louisburgh today to open the Tia Café in the town.

  • The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan will brief Cabinet Ministers this afternoon about how Ireland is doing in the fight against Covid 19.

    The two metre social distancing rule and Covid-19 restrictions are expected to dominate the agenda.

    New coronavirus cases have been declining,  with 37 reported yesterday and 9 deaths,  while on Monday no new deaths were reported for the first time in weeks.

    While caution is still advised, the declining numbers have led to questions about whether some restrictions could be eased sooner.

    The two metre social distancing rule will be up for discussion, to see if this could be reduced to one in line with guidance from the World Health Organisation - restaurants and cafes would among those who would greatly benefit from this.

    The Mayo-based Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring agrees that reducing the two-metre social distance would be greatly beneficial for businesses preparing to reopen.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News that this is one of a number of issues he will raise with Dr Holohan this afternoon....

  • Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has today announced the launch of a €40 million package of supports for Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises.

    The €40 million funding package is being made available through the Dormant Accounts Fund, which is specifically set aside to support initiatives which will benefit the most disadvantaged groups in society.

    The package consists of:

    • A €35 million ‘COVID-19 Stability Fund’ which will provide a level of support to qualifying organisations who are most in need and have seen their trading and/or fundraising income drop significantly during the crisis; and
    • A €5m Government commitment to a Philanthropy Fund, (Innovate Together) which will focus on supporting responses to the COVID-19 crisis that require innovative and adaptive solutions to existing and emerging challenges.

    This new funding is being provided in addition to the more than €45 million in funding, announced last November, for the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2020. That funding was allocated for 43 separate measures to be delivered across 9 Government Departments to benefit disadvantaged groups.

  • Over 2,000 people in Mayo who are on the Senior Alert Scheme can benefit from a new befriending phone call initiative, announced today by the Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring.

    This initiative will allow older people to receive a regular phone call to check on their wellbeing and needs during the Covid-19 emergency.

    The befriending scheme is being operated in conjunction with POBAL and ALONE.

    2,294 older people in Co Mayo are registered on the Senior Alert Scheme, and Minister Ring is urging people who have the personalised alarms to ensure that they are activated.

    Once the user tests their alarm, they will be called back and asked if they would like to avail of a befriending call service through ALONE.


  • The Taoiseach travels to Washington DC today for a pared-back schedule of St Patrick's Day celebrations.

    The lack of a government and fears over the coronavirus have led to a much shorter trip than usual.

    Tonight, Leo Varadkar attends the Ireland Funds Dinner in DC, which will also be attended by senior members of the Irish American business and political communities.

    He'll also meet Donald Trump tomorrow at the White House.

    Meanwhile, Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring has denied reports that he's travelling to Boston for St Patrick's Day events.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News that he was not going in the first instance.

    He said his name was published as one of the Ministers involved in the St Patrick's Day Overseas Programme this year, but this was incorrect.

  • The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring officially opened the Belcarra Community Playground and Riverside Walk yesterday (Friday).

    Last year, Minister Ring allocated Clár funding of €50,000 for the construction of Belcarra Playground, while Mayo County Council and the local community contributed a further €30,000.

    Meanwhile, €5,300 was allocated from the Community Enhancement Programme to develop the Riverside Walk and Biodiversity Trail, which Minister Ring says is now a valuable natural amenity for the public.

    He says the new playground and Riverside Walk will bring significant benefits to the local community and visitors to the area.

  • Applications are now open for a €35 million Covid-19 Stability Fund, which will provide one-off grant aid to organisations providing critical services for the most vulnerable in society.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring is urging eligible organisations in Mayo to apply for the funding, which is being prioritised for organisations that have seen their income and fundraising efforts drop significantly during the crisis.

    Minister Ring says charities, social enterprises and community and voluntary organisations may qualify for a one-off grant, once they can demonstrate the impact the crisis has had on their services.

    The scheme will be administered by Pobal, with full details on their website -


  • Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring says it's now up to Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald to form a Government of the left, following the general election, while the Independents also have a role to play in the formation of a new Government.

    Following a lengthy parliamentary party meeting yesterday evening, Fine Gael has decided to prepare for opposition in the next Dáil.

    A number of TDs said they don't want to enter a grand coalition with Fianna Fáil, and Fine Gael will step back from government negotiations, while Taoiseach Leo Varadker didn't rule out a coalition with FF, as a last resort.

    The cabinet meets this evening for the first time since the election and will stay on until a new government is formed.

    Minister Michael Ring told Midwest News that Fine Gael is now ready for opposition, as his party was not the winner in this election....

  • Minister Michael Ring says the tragic drowning of two County Clare teenagers highlights the need for public awareness about the hazards around water.

    The Minister has extended his sympathy to the boys' family and friends - and appealed to water users to be vigilant across the bank holiday.

    15 year old Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney got into difficulty in a quarry lake near Ennis on Thursday afternoon.

  • Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring will today officiate at the re-opening of Templemary National School in Killala.

    Tomorrow (Sat) the Minister will participate in the official opening of Castlebar Mitchels’ new 4G pitch and tomorrow evening in Westport, Minister Ring will speak at the Mayo League Presentation Dinner.

    Templemary National School was provided with a grant of just under a half a million euro under the Department of Education’s Additional Accommodation Scheme. The funding was been used to construct a mainstream classroom, an assisted users WC, a resource room, and toilets. Roof and drainage works were also included in the project and a grant of €8,500 was also paid for furniture & IT equipment.

     Castlebar Mitchels’ 4G pitch,will provide underage and adult players with year round floodlit training and playing facilities.  The new 4G Astro Turf Pitch measures 60 by 86 meters and incorporates a five meter high Ball Wall. The Astro Turf area is enclosed with a new 3 meter high fence and enhanced floodlighting of the area.

    As a keen soccer supporter and former player Minister Ring speaking ahead of the Mayo Football League Presentation Dinner at the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport tomorrow evening , says he isdelighted to be participating in the event which celebrates all that is positive about the game in Mayo.

  • The Minister for Community & Rural Affairs Michael Ring will be in Ballyhaunis later this morning (Friday) for the official opening of the newly-refurbished Square and the pedestrian crossing on Bridge Street, at the Post Office.

    Funding of almost €100,000 was provided under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme for the works, which have been ongoing over the past number of months.

    The installation of a pedestrian crossing and the refurbishment of the Square in the town- centre were among the projects highlighted in the Community Futures study, and funding is currently being sought for a number of other projects in the town, which were prioritised by local residents and business people. 

    Minister Michael Ring and representatives of Mayo County Council and the TII will be at the Friary in Ballyhaunis at 11am this morning for speeches and due to weather conditions all the events will now take place at the Friary, with a quick visit to the Square afterwards. 

    The ribbon will be cut by Andrew McHale, a native of Knock and a service user at Western Care in Ballyhaunis.

    Andrew was invited to cut the ribbon by Ballyhaunis-based Councillor John Cribben.

  • The Mayo-based Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring will be travelling to Boston next week for the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

    However, Ministers travelling abroad this year as part of the scaled-back St Patrick's Day visits have been banned from flying first class, hiring limousines or booking hotel suites.

    The cutbacks were announced as talks continue here on forming a new Government, and amid fears of the spread of Coronavirus.

    In total,  Cabinet Ministers will travel to 10 locations, mostly in the US, for the annual St Patrick's Day celebrations.

    Acting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with eight ministers will represent Ireland abroad for the national holiday.

    Mr Varadkar will lead a mission that will include the annual bilateral meeting with US president Donald Trump in the White House.

    Tánaiste Simon Coveney, who's set to travel to New York, has ordered that costs for trips this year, including flights and hotels, be kept to a minimum.

  • We're being urged to be careful around water as a heatwave approaches.

    Met Eireann is forecasting temperatures into the high twenties over the next week.

    Minister Michael Ring, who's responsible for water safety in Ireland, says people need to be careful if they're swimming this weekend as the number of drownings rises when the weather's good.


  • The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says the signing today of the contract for the National Broadband Plan "heralds a new dawn for people living and working in rural Ireland".

    The Mayo-based Minister says access to high-speed broadband will have a powerful, transformative effect on the lives of people in rural areas, and will provide businesses with opportunities to create new jobs and access new markets.

    The plan includes an investment of €145 million in Mayo, bringing high-speed broadband to 36, 390 homes and businesses across the county.

    Nationally, the €3 billion euro plan includes the rollout of high-speed broadband to over half a million premises - many in isolated areas that are not covered by commercial broadband operators.

    Minister Ring says high-speed broadband is a necessity for all areas of rural Ireland....