Senator Michelle Mulherin

  • Almost 14,000 euro in LEADER funding has been secured for Ballina Fringe Festival.

    Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says the funding is for the purchase of audio and sound equipment, and for marketing and printing, for the Ballina Fringe Festival, which is the only arts festival in North Mayo. The total cost of the project is €18,000.

     She says the fringe festival attracts regional, national and international visitors to Ballina and its hinterland, supporting the extension of the local season and fostering collaboration between the arts and tourism sectors locally.

    The funding has been secured through Minister Michael Ring’s department for Rural and Community Development. 

  • The Tenant Purchase Scheme needs to be overhauled, to allow more people to purchase their homes.

    That's the view of Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who says the scheme offers tenants a reduction of up to 60% on the cost of their home.

    However, only one tenant in the Ballina Municipal District bought out their home last year, and Senator Mulherin believes the low take-up is due to the rule that applicants must have a minimum income of €15,000 per annum, and half of that must be from employment.

    She says this excludes pensioners who may have savings to buy their house, or applicants on social welfare.

    Speaking with Midwest News Senator Mulherin says the current rules mean the Tenant Purchase Scheme is not fit for purpose.