councillor Michael Kilcoyne

  • Iarnrod Eireann is not fit to provide rail services to the public. That’s the view of Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    The councillor has been speaking to Midwest News today in light of assault incidents that have occurred on the Westport to Dublin train on two separate occasions over the past number of days.

    On Saturday evening last an incident developed on the 5.45 Westport to Dublin service, after it stopped at Tullamore.  At least one person was injured.

    Four men in their twenties were arrested after Gardai later boarded the train at Sallins. Two of the four were released on bail and the other two were remabnded in custody to appear before Naas District court today.

    While on Thursday evening last, the Dublin to Westport train was held up for almost two hours at Claremorris after a train driver and a young female passenger were attacked by a male passenger.The male passenger was arrested and later taken to the Mayo Adult Health Unit.

    The train driver was the only staff member of Iarnrod Eireann on the train on Thursday evening.

    Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that the company is not fit to provide a rail service to the public.

  • The Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District has called for an enquiry, after confidential medical records from a number of patients who attended Mayo University Hospital were found dumped in a local housing estate.

    Hospital management have apologised in writing to a number of former patients, recently discharged from the hospital, whose personal details were found in a refuse sack at the housing estate in Castlebar.

    Refuse staff attached to Mayo County Council made the disturbing find earlier this month, and the council alerted hospital management.

    Management at Mayo University Hospital has now written to the patients informing them of the breach of data protection,and apologising for the breach of confidentiality.

     The letter of apology contained an assurance that Mayo University Hospital treats such matters with 'the utmost seriousness' and said corrective measures have been put in place to prevent such an incident from happening again.

    Hospital management says the matter has been reported to the HSE Consumer Affairs Department and  the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.

    Castlebar-based Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne says he's shocked to hear that sensitive medical data could end up in a refuse bag in a housing estate about a mile from the hospital, and has called for an enquiry into what happened, and who was responsible.





    He says that, over the years, there have been a number of data breaches relating to the HSE West region, and is calling for an enquiry into what happened and who was responsible.

  • A woman waited five hours in the waiting room at the Emergency Dept of Mayo University hospital on a Saturday afternoon last month, in severe pain before seeing any doctor.

    She has detailed her experience in an email to Castlebar independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    The woman attended the ED of the hospital on Saturday July 21st, where it appeared that there was not adequate staff on duty to cope with the demands.

    She describes an 18 month old sick toddler with her mother waiting five hours to be seen by a doctor, and a man who had waited seven hours to see a doctor and eventually was gone home when his name was called.

    Councillor Kilcoyne says the situation is completely unacceptable and together with information released earlier this week that almost a million people are waiting for outpatient appointments nationally, he calims, the health system is failing many patients.

  • The first meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District was held this afternoon.

    Seven Councillors were elected in Castlebar in last month's local elections - with three seats for Fianna Fail, 3 Fine Gael and one Independent - Michael Kilcoyne.

    Councillor Kilcoyne, the outgoing Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District, was returned to the position at today's meeting.

    He was nominated by Fianna Fail's Blackie Gavin and seconded by Martin McLoughlin.

    Councillor Blackie Gavin was elected leas-Cathaoirleach.


  • If a pedestrian crossing is not installed on the Station Road in Castlebar at the junction between McHale road and Hanley’s shop, then the local residents will bring a protest to the street and stop traffic. That’s according to local Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    He raised the concerns of pedestrians at this very busy location, at a recent meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.

    The councillor claims the junction is an accident waiting to happen for pedestrians that attempt to cross from McHale road over to the local shop, doctors and pharmacy on the opposite side of the street.

    His demand for action from council management on the matter was supported by all councillors present.

    Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News today that they are no longer prepared to accept what he termed “excuses” from the authority as to why this development is not already in place.

  • The general public should be asking Fine Gael election candidates on the doorsteps what the Government is doing about delivering a larger Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital.

    That's according to Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who says the large numbers of patient recorded on trolleys each month at the Castlebar hospital highlight the lack of an adequate Emergency Department to cater for the numbers presenting.

    At this month's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, Councillor Kilcoyne sought figures from HSE management as to the number of patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital in the first three months of this year, and claims the numbers recorded are not acceptable.

  • 27 patients had surgical procedures postponed earlier this month at Mayo University Hospital, due to a faulty water pump in the hospital's sterile services department.

    This also meant that surgical implements had to be sent to other hospitals in Galway and Sligo over the course of a week, as there was no water supply to the sterile service department at the Castlebar hospital -again due to the faulty water pump.

    The issue was raised at this week's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, where Castlebar-based Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne questioned management on the impact of the incident, and how many patients had procedures cancelled or postponed as a result.

    Councillor Kilcoyne says there should be a back-up plan in place, for when such problems occur at a major hospital...

  • Despite government promises to enhance mental health services, the reality is that there are less staff employed by the HSE in mental health services in Mayo at present than there was ten years ago.

    That was confirmed by HSE management in response to a question from Independent Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne at this month’s HSE West Forum meeting.

    The councillor told Midwest News today that mental health remains “the poor relation” of the health services and he says changes are urgently required considering the increasing demand on the service.