Co Mayo

  • A public meeting will take place this evening (Friday) in Breaffy to look at the options that TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) is offering the community in terms of its long campaign to have the speed limit through the village which is located along the N60, reduced from 100 to 60 km per hour.

    This evening’s meeting, being organised by the Breaffy Road Safety Group, takes place at 8pm in the hall of St John’s School.


    Earlier this week, Castlebar District councillors said they had exhausted all avenues open to them to impress on the TII the need to reduce the speed limit at Breaffy- the scene of many collisions and a number of fatalities, and so they said they were supporting a public protest on the road after 11.30 Mass this Sunday.

    But now it appears that the local campaign group- Breaffy  Road Safety Group, has not organised any such protest and are looking at a new offer on the table from the TII.

    Tonight’s meeting will outline what’s on offer to the community and from there they will decide what , if any action they may now take.

    John Fahy is a member of the Breaffy Road Safety Group and he told Midwest News this morning that their group had not been in contact with local councillors for some months and that the Breaffy Road Safety Group  is not planning a protest this Sunday.

  • People are being urged to make sure all the alcohol is out of their system before they drive today.

    Almost one thousand people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving over the Christmas period last year.

    Gardai say 11 per cent of fatal road crashes involving drink happen the morning after a night out.

    Liz O'Donnell from the Road Safety Authority is advising motorists to be careful if they were out last night.

  • The 27th Annual Mayo People of the Year Awards will be officially launched this evening in the Breaffy House Resort Hotel in Castlebar.

    Again this year the awards are sponsored by The Connaught Telegraph, Mayo Rehab and Mayo County Council.

    Any person or group that voluntarily makes a difference to the lives of others in county Mayo, or county Mayo people making a significant contribution to the quality of lives in any national or international community can be nominated for an award.

    The application forms for nominations are available at the offices of the Connaught Telegraph, Mayo County Council or Rehab Care.

    Entries for this year’s awards close on Friday October 11th.

    Bernard Hughes is the Commercial Managaer of the Connaught Telegraph and he’s been giving Midwest News more details about tonight’s launch of the 2019 awards.

  • The burst Watermain in Castlebar has been repaired this afternoon with supply restored to over 300 properties.

    A Mayo County Council crew, in partnership with Irish Water, had been working for several hours on the fault.

    The watermain, which burst yesterday, affected 300 properties, including homes at Fortlands Estate, Cherrington Place, Fairways Estate and Windsor rural in Castlebar.

    Local Fianna Fail Councillor Blackie Gavin told Midwest News today that a section of the ring main has been replaced.


  • Sometime in October, Westport based global enterprise Portwest is hoping to secure the green light from West Mayo Municipal District councillors to allow the development of its 10 million euro world headquarters at a site at the harbour in Westport town.

    The decision is in the hands of the local councillors who must vote on a change of planning designation at the harbour side site, as a material convention of Mayo County Development Plan is needed to allow the building to go ahead.

    Portwest had originally planned to locate its global HQ at a site adjacent to Allergan, however, Allergan has sought additional space to expand its enterprise, and so the Hughes family have opted to locate at a site they own at the harbour.

    One of the Directors of Portwest Owen Hughes told Midwest News today that they hope to get the project underway by October.

  • A woman whose two sons were murdered by their father in Mayo says the government isn't doing enough to protect women's lives.

    Kathleen Chada's 5 and 10 year old sons were found in murdered in their father's car at Rosbeg in Westport on 29 July 2013.

    Her former husband Sanjeev Chada, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 after driving his sons across the country before murdering them at a secluded location in Mayo.

    It comes as new figures from a Woman's Aid report show 230 women have been killed in Ireland since 1996 - including 5 so far this year - while 16 children died alongside their mothers. mostly by someone they know.

    Ms Chada is now leading calls for more government support to help women at risk of "femicide".