Cllr Paul McNamara

  • 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.

  • Architects are to be appointed next month to design the Keem Bay Discovery Point in Achill.

    The project was announced in 2014 as one of the major discovery points along the Wild Atlantic Way, but concerns have been expressed about the lack of progress since.

    At last month's meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, Achill-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paul McNamara expressed frustration at the slow progress on the Keem Bay project, which he says will attract huge numbers of visitors to the island's blue flag beach.

    He asked for a full report on the project, and at this week's meeting of the authority, a presentation was given on the timescale and work involved.

    Environmental consultants will be appointed later this month, as the site is in a designated area, and architects will then be appointed next month.

     

  • It’s for the protection of the communities of Achill and Mulranny that Mayo County Council and the Gardai, working together, this morning closed access to all the car park at the local beaches.

    That’s according to local councillor Paul McNamara.

    He says, however, that the beaches in the area are open to anyone living within 2km of them, and local people can walk the beaches this holiday weekend, but should remember to stay 6 foot apart while doing so.

    Cllr McNamara told Midwest News today that it’s an extraordinary time, but well worth adhering to the present government Covid-19 restrictions if it saves lives.

  • Minister Creed needs to immediately review the situation where commonage farmers in Achill are having their payments delayed because of a fire that occurred on the mountain on the island last summer.

    Achill based Fianna Fail councillor Paul McNamara made the appeal at the monthly meeting of Mayo county council  this week attended by Minister of State John Paul Phelan.

    He described the impact on farmers having their payments held up or withdrawn, when a fire occurs on commonage that is open and accessible to the general public.

    In one case on Achill there is a 17,000 acres of unfenced commonage held by more than 500 shareholders and with about 200 active farmers and these farmers are told that if there is 20 percent burning of the commonage then all their payments will be withheld.

    But he argued, those farmers cannot be responsible for what they simply can’t control.

  • Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has confirmed today that farmers in Achill who had their payments held up or withdrawn, due to a fire on their commonage, will receive their payments.

    That was confirmed by Fianna Fail Councillor Paul McNamara.

    On Monday Cllr McNamara made an appeal at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council attended by Minister of State John Paul Phelan.

    In one case on Achill there is a 17,000 acres of unfenced commonage held by more than 500 shareholders and with about 200 active farmers and these farmers are told that if there is 20 percent burning of the commonage then all their payments will be withheld.

    But Cllr McNamara argued, those farmers cannot be responsible for what they simply can’t control.

    This morning Minister Creed has confirmed the farmers will receive their payments.

  • Over 200 people attended a packed public meeting in Achill last night over proposed plans that there is to be an emergency accommodation centre opened in the Achill Head Hotel.

    Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Paul McNamara told Midwest News this morning that no final decision will be made on the matter until the Department of Justice liaise with the community.

    He says the main concerns of locals is that there was a lack of consultation and clarification along with the unsuitability of the proposed premises.

    Cllr. McNamara has invited the Department of Justice down to speak to the community.

    Midwest News contacted the Department and they came back with the following response.

    In early September 2018, demand for accommodation exceeded the number of bed spaces available in our accommodation centres. As demand continued to rise, the Department sought expressions of interest for emergency temporary accommodation which was advertised in the national media in January of this year. 

     It should be noted that there are currently 36 emergency accommodation locations all over the country.  These emergency centres are temporary and short term in nature pending the opening of new centres. Emergency accommodation is provided through hotels and guest houses. To protect the identification and privacy of applicants and other guests, we do not publicly identify these premises. 

     All State service providers are notified once an applicant is given accommodation - as applicants are provided with a suite of State services while their claim is being legally examined.

     Midwest News has asked for the direct question to be answered and asked the dept for further clarification this morning.