Councillor GerryGinty

  • The number of homeless people in Co Mayo is continuing to rise, and 2018 could see an increase of 40% on last year.

    In the first ten months of this year, 224 people presented as homeless to Mayo County Council - including 173 adults and 51 children.

    The figures were revealed at a recent meeting of Mayo County Council's Strategic Policy Committee on Housing.

    Cathaoirleach of the Housing SPC Councillor Gerry Ginty says this is a direct result of a lack of social housing being built in Mayo and across the country in recent years.

    He's appealing to the public not to oppose plans for social housing developments - citing an example in Ballina where Mayo Co Co is planning to build a 54-unit social housing development at a site on the Foxford Road, but Councillor Ginty says there's considerable opposition to the plan from existing residents in the area and a number of councillors.

    Councillor Ginty says there are currently over 2,000 people on the housing list in Co Mayo, and every effort should be made to give people a roof over their heads.

  • A Ballina Councillor has compared new social houses at Marian Crescent in the town to Disneyland, due to the colour scheme adopted by Mayo County Council.

    The newly-built houses and apartments are a welcome development in Ballina, according to Independent Councillor Gerry Ginty, but he says they stand out like a sore thumb, due to their distinctive blue colour, while each front door is painted in a different bright colour.

    He says the final straw was the multi-coloured panels added to the front gates of the properties last week.

    Councillor Ginty told Midwest News that the new housing development looks out of place compared to neighbouring properties, and he’s calling on the council to re-think the colour scheme.

     

  • Plans to establish a Salmon Life Centre in Ballina need to be reactivated.

    That’s according to local Independent Councillor Gerry Ginty, who says such a facility would cement Ballina’s reputation as the Salmon Capital of Ireland.

    It’s almost ten years since a feasibility report on the proposed Salmon Life Centre in Ballina was unveiled, with plans for a salmon museum, angling information, education centre and café along the River Moy.

    However, a decade later, the proposed centre has not become a reality.

    The issue was discussed at a recent meeting of Ballina Municipal District, in terms of the overall new Ballina Public Realm.

    Councillor Gerry Ginty says the Salmon Life Centre would be an important development in Ballina, but would need Government funding to become a reality, and he’s calling on TDs and Senators to get involved in the campaign at a national level.

    Councillor Ginty claims this is just one of a number of proposals for Ballina that were shelved when the Town Councils were abolished…

  • While most of us are enjoying a break from work over the festive season, the volunteers at the North Mayo Horse Rescue Sanctuary are continuing to care for abandoned horses this Christmas.

    The sanctuary, located at Knockegan outside Ballina, provides a safe home for horses and donkeys that have for the most part been abandoned or neglected.

    The organisation runs a charity shop in Ballina to assist in covering the costs involved in looking after the animals, and always welcome more volunteers to help out with the work involved in caring for horses and donkeys.

    Midwest News visited the sanctuary recently and spoke to its founder Gerry Ginty about the 20 animals currently being looked after at the facility.