• There may be a need to impose compulsorary purchase orders, CPOs, along main roadways for cycle/ greenways if the long anticipated Clew Bay Looped Trail is to be delivered any time soon. That’s the view of Westport based Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn.
    The councillor raised the issue at a recent Tourism Special Policy Committee of Mayo County Council.
    He suggested that the “permissible access “ means of acquiring routes for greenways in the county to date, may no longer be the best way forward. He argued that the process appears to be taking too long, if you consider that the new Murrisk to Bertra greenway is underway now for five years, and not completed.
    He called on Mayo County Council to outline to the Tourism Committee by next month definitive times lines for the delivery of a greenway/ cycle route from Murrisk to Louisburg and on out to Roonagh Pier, where local ferry companies are  open and willing to add new routes to facilitate the Clew Bay looped trail from Roonagh pier across to Achill.
     Cllr Flynn has been outlining his concerns to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley
  • Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council has submitted a notice of Compulsory Purchase Order to An Bord Pleanála for the delivery of the Tuam Regional Water Supply Scheme which involves an extension to Loughrea.

    The CPO if confirmed is for lands relating to the construction of a new water storage reservoir and associated networks in the following areas: Craughwell, Roo, Lecarrow, Moyveela and Oran Beg. If confirmed, the CPO will authorise Irish Water to acquire the land, permanent wayleave and permanent right of way and temporary working areas required for this project.

    This benefit of this project is to improve drinking water quality and security of supply to approximately 6,000 people in Loughrea Town and the surrounding areas.

    Consultations have been on-going with all landowners identified on the proposed scheme. However, Irish Water was unable to acquire all of the required wayleaves and lands on a voluntary basis. Given the importance of the project to the water infrastructure, Irish Water is now attempting to acquire the wayleaves and lands by way of CPO pursuant to the provisions of the Water Services Act, 2007 (as amended).

    If the CPO is confirmed then it is expected that works will commence in early 2019.


    Mayo County Council have used Compulsory Purchase Orders just once over the past 7 years to buy up a derelict or vacant house.

    Local authorities have the power to take land or property by CPO if it's deemed to be "for the common good".

    Tens of thousands of houses are believed to be lying abandoned across the country, while at the same time, almost 10,000 people are living in emergency accomodation.

    New figures obtained by Fianna Fail under Freedom of Information requests show more than half of county councils have not made any attempt to use CPOs to build up their housing stocks.

    Just 240 attempts to take ownership of vacant properties using Compulsory Purchase Orders have been made in the last 7 years - including one request by Mayo County Council - compared to 141 by Laois County Council.

    Roscommon and Galway County Councils did not reply to requests for information.

    Meanwhile, a spokesman for Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy says county council are identifying potentially vacant homes that can be re-activated through a wide number of schemes and regulatory powers, including repair & lease, buy and renew, long-term leasing and choice-based letting.