Christy Hyland

  • There's some good news for residents in the Murrisk and Lecanvey areas, who have had to endure a poor water quality supply for a number of years.

    The issue was discussed at this week's meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, where a Mayo County Council official said consultants will be appointed shortly to progress the project.

    Last September, former Minister Michael Ring announced that the Murrisk Water Supply would be included in the multi-annual Rural Water Programme, and would see a quality water supply being brought to about 350 houses in the area.

    Currently, signs at the base of Croagh Patrick alert visitors to the fact that the water is not fit for human consumption, while local residents have had to endure poor water quality for years.

    Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland told Midwest News that the scheme is progressing, but it could still be two years before it's completed.

  • A Westport Independent Cllr. has again called for work to be carried out on footpaths along the Ballinrobe road in Westport.

    Christy Hyland says it is a densely populated area and anyone walking along that stretch at present is taking a huge risk.

    Cllr. Hyland says he has been calling for a footpath to be put in place for a number of years and has called on the senior engineer with Mayo County Council to put this on their plan.

  • Farmers with lands along the banks of the Moyour River, near Kilmeena, will be left with no choice but to drain the river themselves in water levels continue to rise.

    That was the strong view of Independent Westport Councillor Christie Hyland, who raised the matter at Monday’s meeting of the Westport Municipal District.

    Councillor Hyland says the river is in urgent need of drainage, as there are islands forming in parts of it and there are trees and other debris blocking the water from draining.

    The Westport councillor says the OPW and local authorities need to prioritise draining the Moyour once the weather clears up in the summer.

  • The failure of Facebook and the Gardai to act on facebook posters that have been online for years against the executive of the Quinn Holding Group, was raised by Westport Independent councillor Christy Hyland with the Garda Commisioner Drew Harris when the Commissioner was in Castlebar last week.

    Commissioner Harris attended the Mayo Joint Policing Committee and he encouraged any councillors that were harassed or bullied online to immediately report such incident to the gardai.

    However, councillor Hyland asked the Commissioner why posters left on a facebook site for years against members of the executive of the Quinn Holding Group were never prosecuted under incitement to hatred legislation.

    The cllr said the local gardai were aware of the posters on facebook, and he asked why was facebook executive not contacted and made to remove the post.

    He outlined his frustration with the response he got to Midwest News.

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    Mayo County Council should go ahead with plans to develop the old Convent site in Westport, or sell it off.

    That’s according to Westport Independent Councillor Christy Hyland.

    The Convent of Mercy site in Westport town was bought by the council ten years ago, but the building has fallen into disrepair and is now a venue for anti-social behavior.

    Councillor Hyland claims young people are entering the building at night, and he fears a serious accident could occur.

    The Independent Councillor is also concerned that one million euro in funding, which was provided by Minister Ring to develop a new library at the old Convent site, will be lost unless the project moves ahead quickly.

  • Councillors in the Westport / Belmullet Municipal District have approved a Part 8 planning application for works to be carried out on the pilgrimage path on Croagh Patrick, to make it sustainable for generations to come.

    The application came before councillors at their monthly meeting in Belmullet this week, and Martin Keating - Chairperson of the Croagh Patrick Stakeholders Group - addressed the meeting in relation to the their plan to protect the holy mountain.

    Westport Independent Councillor Christy Hyland has complimented the stakeholders' group for their work, and he proposed that the Part 8 be adopted at Monday's meeting.

    He says it's welcome news in terms of improving the pilgrimage path which has become dangerous due to numbers of people climbing the Reek.

  • A Westport councillor is questioning why the day care service is not being provided at present at the McBride Community Nursing Home in Westport.

    Independent Councillor Christy Hyland says the day care service is a very important service, particularly for elderly people living alone.

    While the day care service was being provided a few days per week, he says it's not available at all over the past number of weeks, and is calling on the four TDs in Mayo to play their part in having the service restored as soon as possible.

    Midwest News has contacted the HSE to enquire about the day care service at the McBride nursing home, and we' re awaiting a reply.

  • If anyone has any suspicion of illegal drug dealing in Westport, they are welcome to pass it on to local Independent councillor Christy Hyland and he will gladly pass it on to the Gardai.

    The councillor says often families panic when they discover that a loved one is taking illegal substances, but he says it’s better to contact agencies like the Western Drug and Alcohol Task Force, contact the Gardai, or a local councillor and they will pass the information on to the gardai

    At a recent County Joint Policing Committee in Westport, the Chief Superintendent Pat Diskin urged anyone with any information on drug dealing or grow houses to contact the gardai and said after that, the gardai will investigate and do their own research.

    Cllr Hyland raised concerns that on two separate occasions last year, a judge at a sitting of Westport Court, commented on the volume of drug cases in the area being brought before the courts.