• Councillors in the Ballina area have again expressed their concerns that there are no improvements being currently planned for the N26 Ballina to Foxford road.

    At the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District this week Fine Gael Councillor John O’Hara proposed that TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) come down to Ballina to meet with the business community and local representatives to see the state of the road themselves at first hand.

    However, Councillor O’Hara’s proposal didn’t get unanimous support.

    Independent Councillor Mark Duffy says before he was born there was plans for a proper road in to Ballina and this still hasn’t moved forward.

    A delegation from Mayo County Council along with the two SPC members will be meeting with TII in Dublin on November 18th.

    Cllr. Duffy says that while the new ring road from Castlebar to Westport is welcomed news it is now time for North Mayo to get proper infrastructure in place.

  • The  signage on the new M17/18 motorway indicating the exit for Claregalway at Junction 19, is completely inadequate, according to local Fine Gael councillor Frank Kearney.

    Claregalway is in a gaeltacht area, and so the place name must be indicated “as gaeilge” on road signage.

    The councillor told Midwest News today that many people fail to recognize that Baile Chláir means Claregalway and as a result are missing the exit for the area. He argues that Claregalway had always been known as Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe,and that is compounding the confusion.

    Local TDs have now been called on to lobby Transport Infrastructure Ireland(TII)  to allow the English version of Claregalway to appear on the motorway signage also.

    At a meeting of the Athenry/Oranmore Municipal District yesterday, Councillor Kearney called on the authority to ask the  Minister for the Gaeltact, Joe McHugh again, to allow English language signage be erected at the junction.

    In addition he believes a number of Galway towns that should be indicated from the new motorway,along the old N63, are completely forgotten in terms of signage.

  • Councillors in Ballina are concerned with the lack of plans to improve the N26 road.


    Fine Gael Councillor John O Hara has extended an invitation to the Transport authority to see the state of the road first hand.


    A delegation from Mayo County Council and two SPC members will meet with Transport Infrastructure Ireland in Dublin on the 18th of November.


    One of the SPC members Cllr. Seamus Weir says TII will not come down to Ballina to see ‘a Mickey Mouse project’.


    Cllr. Weir says unless the N26 gets substantial capital funding the road will remain in its current state.