• As roadworks continue on the N60 on the outskirts of Balla, Mayo County Council has installed two high-definition CCTV cameras in a bid to crack down on motorists breaking traffic lights and speeding through the road works site.

    Two CCTV cameras have now been installed where upgrade works are ongoing on the N60 at Lagnamuck, Balla in a bid to stop motorists breaking the traffic lights, and speeding through the road works.

    Gardai will also have a presence at this location to monitor driver behaviour, and enforce the lower speed limit where road works are underway.

    Footage from the CCTV cameras will be fed back to Gardai, who will issue fixed charge penalty notices to any drivers found speeding or breaking the traffic lights.

    Mayo's Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says this campaign is aimed at reminding drivers to slow down and heed the instructions from traffic control personnel and temporary road signs, to keep roadside workers safe while these upgrade works are underway.


  • The CCTV system in Ballinrobe is not being monitored at present because a Data Controller has not been appointed in the area.

    This was confirmed to local Fine Gael Cllr Patsy O’Brien by the Superintendent in Claremorrris recently.

    Because of stipulations under GDPR, the CCTV footage must be overseen by a Data Controller.

    Cllr O’Brien has called for a Data Controller to be put in place immediately, so that the CCTV is being utilised to its full potential.

  • A community CCTV system is needed in Claremorris town, so residents feel safer.

    That's according to local Sinn Fein election candidate Natasha Wards, who feels the installation of CCTV cameras would deter people involved in illegal dumping and in anti-social behavior.

    The Sinn Fein candidate in the Claremorris Municipal Area points to the success of the CCTV system in Ballinrobe, and believes Claremorris town should also have such a system.

  • Plans are well-advanced for the provision of a CCTV system in the town of Ballaghadereen, and cameras could be in place by next Easter.

    That's according to local businessman Pat Towey, a member of the Town Team in Ballaghadereen.

    It's believed the CCTV cameras will be of assistance to local Gardai in investigating crime in the town - such as the vandalism caused over the weekend to the Christmas tree in Ballaghadereen.

    Wiring from the tree was pulled out and the fencing around it was damaged in the early hours of Sunday morning - shortly after the lights were officially switched on, on Saturday evening.

    The installation of a CCTV system in Ballaghadereen will cost in the region of €60,000, and will see cameras being erected at 13 locations around the town according to Pat Towey.

  • A serious assault occurred on a teenager in a county Mayo town over the Christmas period, and despite the incident having occurred directly under a public CCTV camera in the town, the camera was out of order. The camera had been reported as out of order weeks previously, but the Departments of Justice and the Environment were arguing between themselves as to who should pay for the call out, according to Westport based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland.

    He raised the matter at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council earlier this week, as he says that this matter needs to be urgently sorted – as to who is responsible for the maintenance / repair of cameras.

    Cllr Hyland says the local authority has a responsibility her as in any community application for a CCTV system the applicant must have the support of Mayo County Council.