Public Meeting

  • GAA's director-general Tom Ryan is set to intervene directly in the ongoing row over Mayo GAA funding, and meet with US-based Tim O'Leary.

    The Irish Independent reports that Croke Park officials have already met with the Mayo executive and were briefed on the dispute.

    Tim O'Leary is head of the Mayo GAA International Supporters Club, which  has been withholding € 250,000, which was raised at a gala function in New York last year, due to concerns over governance issues.

    In a letter to the Mayo County Board dated this Monday November 25th, Tom Ryan offered whatever support and assistance may be required to Mayo GAA to reach a positive outcome.

    The director-general also said  they "would be glad" to meet Tim O'Leary and would "be grateful" for any assistance from the county board in making those arrangements.





  • Despite much debate, little has been done by Government to alleviate the increasing cost of insurance for businesses and motorists.

    That's according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers, who will host a public meeting next Monday night in the Ivy Tower Hotel, Castlebar at 8pm to address the rising insurance costs.

    She claims local businesses have seen insurance premia rise by thousands of euro over the past number of years, while motorists are being priced off the road.

  • Founder of Irelands Future Gerry Loftus has said the organisation will work closely with the new alliance of independents recently formed in the west.

    Mr Loftus said the organisation will  hold public meetings across the county to insure the concerns of the people are communicated to the new group.

    The first meeting takes place tonight in the Community Centre Killasser at 8 pm.

    Mr Loftus says, "Its critically important this happens as Mayo is the only county in the west that failed to elect an independent TD."

    Mr Loftus welcomed the fact that Marian Harkin and Michael Fitzmaurice are part of the new group.

  • 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.

  • People Before Profit Mayo will hold a public meeting in Ballina this evening to discuss housing and homelessness.

    The meeting gets underway at 8pm in the Station House Hotel, Ballina.

    Guest speakers include Ballina-based Independent Councillor Gerry Ginty and Garie Beattie of the Mayo Land League.

    People Before Profit believe there needs to be a major progamme of council house-building to deal with the homelessness crisis, rather than the policy of subsidising private landlords.

  • A public meeting will take place in the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone next Monday night, to discuss concerns about the National Planning Framework. The Government is currently drafting a plan for the country until 2040 , and will become the basis for future development in urban and rural areas of the country for the next two decades. However, there are concerns among public representatives across the political divide that some aspects proposed in the plan would impact negatively in western areas, and throughout many parts of rural Ireland – for example in relation to one-off housing. Independent Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice, Fianna Fail TD Eamon O’Cuiv and Labour Party TD Alan Kelly will outline their concerns at next Monday night’s public meeting, which gets underway at 8pm. Deputy Fitzmaurice claims the draft Ireland 2040 Plan will further undermine this region.

  • A public meeting will be held in Castlerea next Monday night to discuss the future of the Rosalie Unit, which provides residential care for 12 people with dementia.

    It now appears the unit will close, following comments made by Tony Canavan of the HSE on local radio yesterday, and at a meeting with local Oireachtas representatives on Friday last.

    Families of the residents being cared for at the Rosalie Unit say they have had little or no engagement with the HSE on the future of the unit- despite Minister Jim Daly saying several months ago that the HSE should engage with local stakeholders before making any decision.

    A public meeting will take place in Hester's Golden Eagle Lounge next Monday evening at 8.30 to try and prevent the closure of the Rosalie Care Home.

  • A public meeting will take place in Castlerea tonight, to discuss the future of the Rosalie Care Home.

    The unit currently accommodates 12 elderly patients with Alzheimers and dementia, but the future of the home is in doubt, following an admission recently by the HSE that there will be no new admissions, while families of residents are to be consulted about moving them to other facilities in Castlebar and Ballinasloe.

    Liam Walsh, who’s mother Breda is a resident at the Rosalie Home for the past 8 years, has organised tonight’s meeting in Hesters Golden Eagle Lounge at 8pm and is appealing to the local community to come along and join the campaign to try and retain the Rosalie Home – not just for the current residents but for those who will need such mental health facilities in years to come…

  • A public meeting will be held in Crossmolina this Thursday night to discuss ongoing problems with low water pressure in parts of the town.

    The meeting will take place at O’Malleys bar & Grill, formerly known as the Dolphin Hotel on Ballina Street.

    Organisers are hoping that an immediate temporary fix will be put in place to relieve householders worst affected by the ongoing low water pressure, while they say a permanent solution needs to be determined.

    Irish Water and elected representatives have been invited to the meeting, which gets underway at 9pm on Thursday night.

  • A public meeting in Castlerea last night on the future of the Rosalie Unit heard that a now senior Minister had received written confirmation of assurances given in 2015 over the future of the unit.

    The meeting was held last night over fears about the future of the unit, which is currently home to 12 elderly patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

    The HSE has confirmed there will be no new admissions, while the families of residents are to be consulted about moving them to other facilities in Castlebar and Ballinasloe.

    Earlier yesterday a family delegation met with senior HSE official Tony Canavan, who told them that the unit is not in the future plans of the HSE.

    In 2015 the Rosalie Unit was in danger of closing but the situation was resolved and assurances were given at that time by Minister Kathleen Lynch and HSE officials about the future and longevity of the unit.

    Those assurances have been denied by HSE officials in recent months.

    However at last night’s meeting, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten read his notes from that meeting with the Minister in 2015 and also a letter he received from the private secretary to then Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, reiterating those commitments.

    Minister Naughten told Midwest News today that he has made representations to the Minister for Health and the HSE in recent days and says he expects that the commitments given in 2015 will be stood by.

  • Tonight (Wednesday) in Kiltimagh a public meeting will take place in the Community Centre at 8pm and everyone is invited to attend.

    The community of Kiltimagh has sought a public amenity park for some time, and has recently acquired a substantial piece of land in the town area and are keen to develop it.

    Local fund raising efforts will have to be undertaken and in conjunction with Mayo county council it is hoped to develop the site.

  • A public meeting will be held this Wednesday evening to try and prevent the closure of Easkey Post Office in Co Sligo.

    The current postmaster is retiring shortly and An Post has opened a public consultation process, before deciding whether or not to readvertise the contract to run the Post Office in Easkey.

    A spokesman for An Post has confirmed to Midwest News that submissions can be made on the matter up to the 23rd February, after which a decision will be made on whether An Post will readvertise the contract.

    Wednesday night’s meeting takes place in Easkey Community Centre at 8pm, and organisers are urging the local community to fight to retain their Post Office.

  • A public meeting will take place this evening regarding the closure of Ballycroy Post Office.

    The meeting takes place in Ballycroy Community Centre at 8pm.

    A public meeting earlier this week heard that An Post has indicated that the facility will close next month.  

    There have been large turnouts at two previous public meetings held since the news emerged that the post office was to close. The community asked at a meeting earlier this week that local public representatives attend a meeting to hear their concerns.

  • A Public meeting will take place tonight in the Talbot Hotel, Belmullet surrounding the future of Belmullet Community Hospital.

    A Public Meeting to oppose the cuts to Belmullet Hospital and Áras Deirbhle Nursing Home has been organised by Mayo Senator Rose Conway-Walsh this evening at 8pm in the Talbot Hotel. 

    This meeting is in solidarity with patients, carers, staff, management and the most vulnerable in our community. 

  • The journey of the former International Rosary Priest, Fr Patrick Peyton, towards Sainthood is progressing.

    The late priest from Attymass, outside Ballina, was made venerable by Pope Frances at the end of last year (2017).

    The extensive process in becoming a Saint is continuing in Rome, and over the past number of days, it has emerged that Rome now hopes to exhume his body.

    The Holy Cross priest was buried in Boston College in 1992, and he is likely to be reinterred at the Order’s Headquarters in Easton New York.

    Members of his family must give permission for the exhumation, which is part of the process in anyone becoming a Saint.

    When Fr Peyton was made venerable last November, the news was widely welcomed in his home parish of Attymass and at the Fr Peyton centre that has been established in the village in his honour.

    It is hoped that with the anticipated visit of the Pope to Ireland later this year, that his Holiness may have further news on the Mayo priest’s beautification.

  • A public meeting will take place in Bangor Hall this Friday evening to discuss the situation surrounding a GP service in the area.

    There have been concerns expressed locally about the service in the Bangor area in the near future, after it was confirmed that the current GP has been offered a job in another area and will take that up in the coming weeks.

    The issue was raised by Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary and Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh in the past week.

    Yesterday evening Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring said he had received confirmation from the HSE that the GP in Bangor Erris will resign his position with effect from February 28th to take up a new position in Galway.

    He said that the Bangor Erris and Glenamoy practices will be cared for by one GP, on a six month trial period.

    The GP position for Bangor Erris will be advertised immediately to ascertain if this post can be fill on a permanent basis following the GP’s departure.

    The six month trial period with the one GP covering both Bangor Erris and Glenamoy will be kept under review over the six months.

    Minister Ring said while it is disappointing to see the GP leaving the Bangor Erris practice, he is hopeful that when the position is advertised, it will be filled by another GP on a permanent basis.

    Friday’s public meeting will commence at 8pm in Kiltane Hall and people in the Bangor, Geesala and Doohoma areas are urged to attend.