• The amount of time devoted to talking about issues concerning Westport town at monthly meetings of the West Mayo Municipal District is completely out of proportion in view of the large area that the district represents from the Ceide fields in north Mayo to the Mayo / Galway border.

    That was the view expressed by Achill based Fianna fail councillor Paul McNamara at the monthly meeting this week of the West Mayo Municipal District.

     In particular he highlighted what he termed the excessive debate on the introduction of on street car parking charges in Westport town.

  • Gardai are investigating a burglary to a car which was parked in Dooagh, Achill on Saturday night.

    It’s understood a French Couple were camping when the back windscreen of their car was smashed and one of their tyres were slashed.

    A significant amount of valuable items were taken including, two ipads, a laptop, mobile phone, sat-nav, and a suitcase containing clothes.

    Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the Achill area on Saturday night is asked to contact Achill Gardai on 098-20830.

    Gardai are reminding the general public to ensure they have no valuable items left unattended in their cars.

  • Gardai are again appealing to people not to make unnecessary journeys this Easter weekend, and to abide by the restrictions in place to curb the spread of Covid-19.

    Senior Gardai yesterday expressed fears about rising public complacency about the virus, and said they will be stepping up patrols this weekend at popular locations such as beaches and forest walks, to ensure compliance with the restrictions.

    People detected undertaking non-essential journeys will be sent back home, while Gardai now have the power to impose fines on those in breach of the guidelines.

    Locally, Mayo County Council in conjunction with Gardai have decided to close the public car parks at all beaches in the Mulranny and Achill area this weekend.

    The move comes as community and tourism representatives along the Western seaboard are appealing to visitors to stay away, until this crisis passes.