• The speed limit on the main road between Kiltimagh and Bohola should immediately be raised to 100kmh. That's the view of Fianna Fail councillor John Caulfield. He claims the state is frequently using speed cameras  on the 80kmh good stretch of road and using it as a cash cow, imposing penalties on ordinary people driving to work, and he has described it as "shooting fish in a barrel".

    Cllr Caulfield raised the matter at this week's Claremorris Municipal District Meeting and he argued that tax payers money had been used to upgrade this road and now the same taxpayers end up getting speed fines for using it at a reasonable speed, considering the standard of the road.

  • If Mayo County Council has the resources to remove roadside memorials, than it should have the staff to inspect private housing developments while they are under construction.

    That’s the view of Ballina Independent councillor Gerry Ginty.

    Councillor Ginty says the local authority will say it hasn’t the staff required to inspect each stage of construction of a private housing development, yet it had the staff needed to remove a roadside memorial in Bohola, along the N5 last week.

    At this month’s meeting of Ballina Municipal District the number of unfinished private housing estates in the Ballina Municipal District area, not taken in charge of by Mayo County Council dominated discussion.

    Councillor Ginty again proposed that at national level, to avoid unfinished estates in the future, that a percentage of the price of any house in an estate should be retained by the buyer’s solicitor, and would not be released to the developer of the estate until the estate was completed and taken in charge of by the local authority.

    This lunchtime he has been telling Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley why this measure is necessary, to avoid the similar mistakes in the future.


    A parallel road to the N5 road between Bohola and Charlestown may have to be constructed to accommodate the safe exit of traffic off the N5, to deal with an increasing number of fatal and serious collisions on this stretch of busy road.

    That’s the view of local Fianna Fail councillor  Michael Smith.

    The councillor told Midwest News today that the TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) and the gardai working are investigating the problems for traffic exiting and entering along the road (N5), that appears to have too many exits off it at present.

  • This Sunday, August 12th, a number of events will be organised in memory of the late Joe Deacy and everyone is invited to attend.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    On Sunday, a Mass will be celebrated, a wreath laying ceremony will take place  and a memorial Gaelic football match will also be held. 

    The events are being organized by St Colmcille’s GAA club, in St Alban’s where Joe was a valued member.

    St Colmcille’s PRO Shane Gill told Midwest News today that Sunday is a chance to rejuvenate the search for answers and an opportunity to celebrate Joe’s passions, which were football, in particular Mayo and West Ham United. 

    The mass will take place in Bohola Church at 11.30am on Sunday, followed by the laying of a wreath at the house where Joe was found at 1pm.

    This will be followed by a memorial Gaelic football match at 2pm in Swinford Amenity Park, where his club St Colmcilles GAC, will take on ‘The Hammers’, a team comprised of Joe’s friends and family and named after his favourite soccer team, West Ham. 

  • The R321 road between Ballylahan and Bohola has reopened to traffic after an overturned lorry was cleared form the road.

    The lorry turned over close to Bohola Graveyard, just off the N5, shortly after 7am this morning.

    Heavy fog was reported at the time.

    The lorry has since been cleared by Mayo County Council and the road has reopened.