councillor Seamus Weir

  • Independent Ballina councillor Seamus Weir says he is aware of a distraught 93 years old woman in a wheelchair, who is being refused payment of the grant, after having the work completed.

    At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District Cllr Weir outlined a sad situation for the applicant involved in this case. An elderly disabled woman who had two doors changed in her home. He said she had been approved for the work by the local authority, however, when the job was completed it was not suitable for her needs and the contractor changed how the doors were hung.

     She paid him for his work, but when she sought re-imbursement, as approved, by Mayo county council for the works, and she was refused as the authority said she had altered the works that she had been approved for.

    Councillor Weir questioned the system being used by MCC in paying out housing adaptation grants. He said it seems unfair that the applicant has to pay out first before they are reimbursed and he called on the local authority to intervene in this case to resolve the situation.

  • Independent Cllr Seamus Weir has received confirmation that James Connolly Street is set to reopen before Christmas.

    The Ballina Town Street has been closed due to a fire at a premise on their last March.

    The closure of the street has led to traffic congestion in the town as well as difficulties for businesses on the street.

    Cllr Weir received confirmation at today’s Municipal Meeting that the owner of the property will address the derelict building in the coming weeks.

    It means the street should be set to reopen before the Christmas season.

    Cllr Weir welcomed the news at today’s meeting of the Ballina Municipal District.

  • Where is the long promised public sewerage treatment plant for Knockmore?, is the question being asked by a number of local residents in the north Mayo village who are listeners to Midwest News.

    Listeners say they are concerned that a new local authority estate, with 12 housing units now at roof stage, are being built almost on the shore of Lough Conn and there is no sign of the building of a public sewerage treatment plant.

    In 2008 the village of Knockmore was promised this vital piece of infrastructure, yet a decade later, they claim there is no sign of its delivery.

    Listeners point out, that prior to the building of the new local authority estate, there was already severe pressure on sewerage disposal in the village coping with a major new community centre and developments in the GAA pitch, together with local pubs and a shop, together with other houses.

    Local Fine Gael councillor Seamus Weir has continuously raised the need for a public sewerage treatment plant for Knockmore at meetings of Ballina Municipal District, but he told Midwest News that so far all his attempts have fallen on deaf ears.

    He says a percolation system will be installed for the 12 house new development, but believes a public sewerage treatment plant is the only way forward. He says advanced plans for a treatment plant are in place since 2010 and a potential site has been identified, but to date no application has been submitted by Mayo county council to Irish Water for the development.