• A local Councillor says he is confident there will be progress on Cloongullane Bridge on the N26 in the short rather than the long term.

    Fine Gael Cllr Jarlath Munnelly was speaking following today’s meeting of Ballina Municipal District, where other councillors outlined details of a meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland on Monday last.

    Cllr Annie-May Reape, who was one of the councillors who attended that meeting told Midwest News earlier that despite the delegation highlighting the importance of a number of projects, including work at Cloongullane Bridge on the N26 between Swinford and Foxford, they are not included in the National Framework Plan, so they could be 5 of possibly more years down the line.

    However Cllr Munnelly says there is a planning application in front of An Bord Pleanala for realignment work on a stretch of the road at Cloongullane Bridge and there should be a decision on that in the next month.

    He says that if there is a positive outcome from that application, he is expecting it will be funded in some way next year.

  • Funding of almost €780,000 has been announced today to improve private rural roads in Mayo through the Local Improvement Scheme.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has confirmed that he has allocated €778,496 to Mayo County Council for improvement to rural non-public roads in Mayo under the 2019 LIS.

    Minister Ring says that over 155 roads in Mayo have been improved and upgraded since the scheme was re-introduced in 2017.

    He has also confirmed that he has amended the scheme, so that participants will pay a maximum contribution of €1,200.


    Galway East TD and Minister of State for Rural Affairs Seán Canney has announced Government funding for the county's local roads under the Local Improvement Scheme.

    Galway County has received €856,959 for minor roads that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the county council.

    In Roscommon funding of €355,104 has been allocated for private and non-public roads, funding which has been welcomed by local Independent TD Denis Naughten.