Alan Dillon

  • Approval has been given for a new social housing development in Castlebar.

    €1.9 million has been approved for the construction of nine 3-bedroom houses at Heathervale, on the Newport Road in Castlebar, according to Mayo FG general election candidate Alan Dillon.

    He told Midwest News that the Department of Housing has granted Stage 1 approval for the development....

  • Fine Gael General Election candidate for Mayo, Alan Dillon, has highlighted the closing date of the HSE’s National Lottery funding round.  This year, the closing date is 12 noon on Tuesday next, 30th April.These grants are aimed at community groups and voluntary organisations who provide health and personal social services.  Suitable projects for potential funding under these grants involve:

    Once-off projects that can be completed within the year of application (excluding respite);

    No major on-going revenue implications including the employment of staff, capital funding and running costs;

    Regrettably, no projects which are already covered by HSE funding; and

    No projects which have HSE service level agreements or grant aid agreements.

    Mr. Dillon said: “The availability of National Lottery grants can often go unnoticed by many worthwhile community groups and voluntary organisations providing services in local communities around Mayo. Typical recipients of previous funding rounds included a number of Meals on Wheels services and Men’s Sheds, as well as local development companies.”

    Funding of up to €10,000 can be secured by voluntary organisations under this funding scheme.
    More information can be found on the HSE website as follows:

  • Alan Dillon has announced today that he will not be running in the local elections in May but instead will focus entirely on seeking a Dail seat in the constituency of Mayo.

    He has decided not to seek a nomination at the Fine Gael selection convention for the Castlebar Municipal District which will take place next month on Sunday, 10th February.

    As a candidate for Dáil Éireann, Mr. Dillon says he is firmly focusing all of his attention on a successful campaign to retain a Fine Gael seat, currently held by former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD. 

    Alan was chosen as the Fine Gael party's Castlebar-based candidate to contest the next General Election alongside Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, and Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    In a statement to Midwest News Mr Dillon says “I am confident there is no shortage of excellent candidates to contest the upcoming Local and European Elections in May 2019 and for that reason, I have decided to announce that I will be focusing solely on the next General Election.  I will continue to place all my energy in my preparedness to have the strongest chance of retaining the seat held by Fine Gael in Castlebar for the past 65 years since the people of Mayo entrusted the late Henry Kenny’s election in 1954.”

  • Alan Dillon has been elected as the secretary of the Fine Gael parliamentary party.

    The Mayo TD was named secretary, following the AGM of the parliamentary party yesterday evening.

    Former Government Minister Richard Bruton was elected chairperson.


  • Almost 300 jobs were created in Mayo last year by Enterprise Ireland. The government agency responsible for supporting Irish businesses in the manufacturing and internationally traded services supported more than 18,000 new jobs nationally last year.

    According to Mayo Fine Gael Dail candidate Alan Dillon, Mayo has seen a 7% increase in Enterprise Ireland supported jobs last year over 2017, and across the western region there are now 14,500 people employed in Enterprise Ireland backed companies.

    Almost two thirds of total employment by Enterprise Ireland backed companies is now outside of Dublin.

    Enterprise Ireland is at present working on a one-to-one basis with its exporting clients on Brexit contingency plans. In 2018, the agency approved funding of €74m for 535 of its most Brexit-exposed clients.

    Alan told Midwest News today about the variety of companies in the county that are supported by Enterprise Ireland.

  • Sunday’s blockbuster of Mayo & Galway will be live on Midwest Radio with thanks to our championship sponsor Salamanca’s Tapas Bar Dublin.

    Angelina Nugent will bring you all the big match build up and post match analysis live from our satellite cruiser in an extended Sunday Sports Show from 2-7pm with former Mayo star Alan Dillon and Galway great Michael Meehan. 

    The game throws in at 4pm and Michael D. McAndrew will be joined by Martin Carney for commentary on the tie.

    Both teams are due to be announced tomorrow evening.

  • The planned extension of the pilot local link evening rural bus service in Mayo, has been welcomed this morning by Alan Dillon, the Fine Gael General Election candidate.

    He says the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party made a proposal to Transport Minister Shane Ross last year for the extension of evening rural bus services around the country to encourage increased connectivity in our communities. 

    Since last summer additional bus services have been running in Mayo and all counties, on average from 6pm to 11pm typically on Friday and Saturday.

     The Minister has now confirmed that it will continue until at least March 31st, until a full review is complete

     Originally, it was intended that the pilot would end on the 31st of December 2018 after which the National Transport Authority would review the results of it.

    Alan says it has been confirmed to him that the NTA will now conduct a further review of the performance of these services in March 2019 after which a decision will be taken regarding future funding for the services.

    He is encouraging the many people benefitting from the service in Mayo to continue using it now that it has been extended.

    Meanwhile, in another effort to curb rural isolation, people in rural areas could soon be allowed to act as taxi drivers to plug a public transport gap.

    According to the Irish Daily Mail, the idea for an Uber-style system is being put forward by junior minister Jim Daly.

    It would see people in small towns allowed to use their own car to pick up people within 15 kilometres of where they live.

    They'd be able to use a mobile phone app to find passengers and set cheaper fares.

    It's hoped the measure could help tackle rural isolation.

  • Fine Gael General Election Candidate for Mayo Alan Dillon has welcomed the latest fall in the Live Register figures.

    The latest CSO report shows that the number of people on the Live Register in Mayo has dropped again with the numbers of people now signing on down by 11% since the same time last year.

    Mr Dillon says the Live Register has decreased by 48% since Fine Gael launched its Action Plan for Jobs in 2012.

    He says that the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, has highlighted, the party’s focus now is not just on job creation alone but also on the sustainability and productivity of jobs into the future.

  • The Mayo Fine Gael Selection convention was held last night in Castlebar.

    Three candidates were selected to represent the party in the next general election.

    Current Minister Michael Ring, Senator Michelle Mulherin and former Mayo footballer Alan Dillon were selected.

    Councillor Patsy O’Brien from Hollymount lost out on a place on the party’s ticket at last night’s selection convention.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially called time on his Dáil career also last night.

    A total of 870 delegates cast their votes and the venue was packed to capacity as party supporters from throughout the county turned out in force in a clear show of the organisation's strength, having attracted 51% of the vote in the Mayo constituency in the 2016 general election.

    However, they had to wait until shortly after 12.30 a.m. before the names of the three selected candidates were announced by Minister of State Sean Kyne, who chaired the convention. 

    Tom Garvey, director of election, said the party's objective is to win three seats out of four in Mayo.

  • Nominations have now closed for the Fine Gael Constituency Selection Convention for Mayo and there are 4 contenders.

    Eanna Kilbane , secretary of the party’s constituency executive received the 4 names ahead of the closing date last night.

    The selection convention will take place on Sunday, March 25th.

    The 4 nominees are Minister Michael Ring, Senator Michelle Mulherin, Councillor Patsy O’Brien and Alan Dillon.

    It’s not yet known how many names will be selected to contest the next General Election in the 4-seater constituency of Mayo. That will be a decision for the party’s Headquarters.

    Fine Gael at present hold two of the 4 seats in Mayo.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, one of the two sitting TDs has stated that he will not be contesting the next election.

  • A major extension has been approved for St Joseph’s Secondary School in Castlebar.  The works will include seven new classrooms, a new purpose-built Home Economics classroom, new toilet facilities and a link corridor to the existing main building. 

    Works are expected to proceed to construction quickly.

    Local Fine Gael deputy Alan Dillon says the approval for a new extension to St Joseph’s is the culmination of years of effort and it is great to see that work is now progressing to the construction stage. 

    He told Midwest News today that the school’s Principal, Marie MacCabe, together with the Board of Management, have worked tirelessly over the years on advancing this project and added that an expansion of this scale will significantly improve the facilities for the 600 students in the all girls school.


    This is the fifth project approved in county Mayo by the Department of Education since the start of June.  Previous approvals include extensions to St Oliver Plunkett NS in Ballina, Ballintubber NS, Bonniconlon NS and a new playing court at Mulranny NS. 

  • A Mayo TD has welcomed news from the University of Limerick where students will be refunded rent from the date they vacated their student residence back in March to the end of their semester.

    Campus Life Services, the University of Limerick company that manages student residences, has decided at a meeting this morning to repay the student rents.

    This follows the UL Governing Authority's decision earlier this week.

    Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon says he first raised the matter with Minister Joe McHugh and UL in early April having been contacted by many Mayo students and their parents attending the University.

    Deputy Dillon says he will continue to pursue the return of rents by private accommodation providers for students attending other third-level institutes.

  • Residents in Balla and commuters using the N60 are concerned about vehicles increasing speed and breaking the lights at the ongoing roadworks on the outskirts of Balla village.

    That's according to Fine Gael General Election candidate in Mayo Alan Dillon, who along with Castlebar Councillor Ger Deere, met this week with residents in the Churchfield Estate in Ballina.

    Alan Dillon believes the CCTV cameras put in place to detect drivers breaking the red lights are not working, and says further action is needed by Mayo County Council, the contractors and Gardai and remind drivers to slow down and heed the instructions from traffic control personnel and temporary road signs at this location.

    Alan Dillon says he will be raising the matter with the Mayo Road Safety Office, while his colleague Councillor Deere will bring the issue up at the next meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District.

  • Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has endorsed his party’s programme for government with Fianna Fail and the Green’s.

    The Mayo man believes there is a lot in the document for rural Ireland like an emphasis on working from home, the REPS 2 scheme for farmers and various infrastructural projects.

    He echoed Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin’s sentiments that the coalition parties must put the country before parliamentary politics.

    Deputy Dillon told Midwest News that the party reps will get the chance to voice their concerns at a special delegate conference tomorrow evening.

  • The Government has confirmed today that parents, who are receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, will be entitled to claim the Back To School Clothing and Footwear allowance this year.

    The Department of Social Protection is making 153 million euro available to include parents who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 - that's up from 53 million last year.

    Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon says this will ensure that many more families in Mayo can benefit from the allowance this year, to help towards return to school costs.


    Applications can be made at and the closing date is the 30th September.









  • Round 2 of the Allianz Football league tomorrow sees Mayo & Kerry renew old rivalries as they face each other in Elverys MacHale Park. Last Sunday Mayo beat Monaghan in Clones while Kerry overcame Donegal on home soil. The Mayo team named is the same as the one which started last weekend's win. There is one positional switch with Stephen Coen moving to centre half back & Shane Nally playing in midfield. 

    Throw-in on Saturday in Elverys MacHale Park is 7pm and is live on Midwest Radio with thanks to Healthwest Community Pharmacy Ballindine. Michael D McAndrew and Alan Dillon are on duty this evening. 

    1. David Clarke - Ballina Stephenites
    2. Brendan Harrison - Aghamore
    3. Ger Cafferkey - Ballina Stephenites
    4. Eoin O’Donoghue - Belmullet
    5. Colm Boyle - Davitts
    6. Stephen Coen - Hollymount/Carramore
    7. Paddy Durcan - Castlebar Mitchels
    8. Jason Gibbons - Ballintubber
    9. Shane Nally - Garrymore
    10. Kevin McLoughlin - Knockmore
    11. Aidan O’Shea - Breaffy(Captain)
    12. Diarmuid O’Connor - Ballintubber
    13. Neil Douglas - Castlebar Mitchels
    14. Evan Regan - Ballina Stephenites
    15. Andy Moran - Ballaghaderreen

  • Mayo make the long trip south to face Kerry in Austin Stack Park, Tralee tomorrow night at 7pm.

    Two defeats in a row means Mayo need a win to stave off any relegation worries ahead of the final round of games next weekend. The team named shows three changes from the loss to Galway with Michael Plunkett, Conor Loftus & Kevin McLoughlin all coming into the team in place of Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle & Darren Coen. Saturday nightwill be a 50th senior appearance for Stephen Coen. The former Minor, U21 & Sigerson cup winning captain made his league debut against Kerry in February 2015.


    1. David Clarke - Ballina Stephenites
    2. Chris Barrett - Belmullet
    3. Brendan Harrison - Aghamore
    4. Keith Higgins - Ballyhaunis
    5. Stephen Coen - Hollymount/Carramore
    6. Michael Plunkett - Ballintubber
    7. Donal Vaughan - Castlebar Mitchels
    8. Matthew Ruane - Breaffy
    9. Aidan O’Shea - Breaffy
    10. Fionn McDonagh - Westport
    11. Conor Loftus - Crossmolina Deel Rovers
    12. Diarmuid O'Connor - Ballintubber(C)
    13. Kevin McLoughlin - Knockmore
    14. Jason Doherty - Burrishoole
    15. James Durcan - Castlebar Mitchels

  • Funding of over €222,000 has been allocated to Mayo County Council to improve housing conditions for older people and people with disabilities.

    This is part of an €18 million nationwide package of funding announced by Government today, to improve housing conditions to help people to live independently in their own homes for longer.

    The funding is provided for two schemes - The Disabled Person Grant Scheme and the Improvement Works in Lieu of Local Authority Housing Scheme - which are administered by Mayo County Council.

    Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon says the schemes provide funding for extensions and adaptions to people's homes.

  • A proposed extension for St Oliver Plunkett NS at Creggs Road in Ballina has gone to tender. 

    The new extension will consist of a single storey extension consisting of three classrooms, as well as alterations to the front entrance of the school and a link corridor.

    Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon says he welcomes that the proposed extension for St Oliver Plunkett NS has now taken a further step to completion. 

    Deputy Dillon says In the months ahead, he will be prioritising shovel-ready projects around Mayo which provide local investment and jobs in our communities. 

  • Three businesses in Mayo have been awarded funding to help strengthen their online business and reach more customers, Fine Gael general election candidate Alan Dillon has revealed.


    Vaughan Shoes Castlebar, Stauntons Pharmacy Castlebar and Cordar Pharmacy Ballina were successful in their application.


    The successful applicants will receive between €10,000 and €25,000 to help them to enhance their online sales capabilities, which will allow them to reach new customers at home and abroad.


    Recipients of funding under the second round of the pilot Online Retail Scheme have been announced by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD.


    As part of the Government’s Future Jobs Ireland framework, the pilot Online Retail Scheme initiative hopes to ensure that Irish retail businesses remain competitive.


    The funding of €659,550 brings the total to 40 retail businesses who are benefiting from the scheme.