Gerry Coyle

  • €50,000 in funding has been allocated for the digitization of a unique archive based in the Gaeltacht area of north Mayo. The private, extensive collection of Pap Murphy and his wife Catherine, of Cartron, Clogher , Belmullet  has received the funding from Minister Michael Ring’s dept of Community and Rural Affairs.

    Pap and Catherine have a museum called “Turas Siar” in Clogher and he has spent his life collecting folklore, placenames, and taling and recording the people of the region.

    Local Fine Gael Councillor Gerry Coyle says Pap’s contribution to the region and to the country is enormous and he believes the digitization of his collection is comparable yet different from the Jackie Clarke collection in Ballina.

  • Belmullet is to be officially given the status of a Tourism Destination Town.

    This news has been confirmed by Fine Gael Cllr. Gerry Coyle who has praised Mayo County Council and Failte Ireland for promoting Belmullet on this platform.

    Cllr. Coyle told Midwest News today that he nominated Belmullet because he feels Erris will benefit the whole county with their tourism destination status.

  • Bank of Ireland has confirmed that cash counters at their branches in Belmullet and Westport will remain open all day, from September.

    Last Summer, the Bank of Ireland closed cash counters at both branches from 12.30 each afternoon, which was a huge inconvenience for local people wishing to do their business and for tourists to the area - according to Erris-based FG Councillor Gerry Coyle.

    He and Minister Michael Ring led a campaign to have this decision reversed, and Councillor Coyle says the Bank of Ireland has now confirmed that, from September next, the cash counter will remain open all day at both the Westport and Belmullet branches.

  • An Erris Councillor has asked why it is taking An Bord Pleanala so long to make a decision about works on a bridge on the R312 road from Castlebar to Erris.

    Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle raised the matter of the bridge at Glenisland under the manager’s report at a recent meeting of Mayo County Council.

    Funding of €500,000 has been allocated for works to take place on the narrow bridge, but An Bord Pleanala has requested further information on the natura impact statement.

    Cllr Coyle says the additional information was submitted to An Bord Pleanala at the end of July but no decision has been issued.

    He says this road is badly in need of repair works and flooding has already caused issues this winter.

    Cllr Coyle says this particular job is a simple one, once the go ahead is given for it but it is being held up by red tape.

  • An Erris Councillor is pleading with the community to stay at home and stay safe.

    Gerry Coyle says the infection rate is at its peak in the Erris area at present and now more than ever people need to adhere to the public health guidelines.

    His plea comes as new figures show there are 52 patients being treated for Covid-19 at Mayo University Hospital.

    A record number of Covid-19 patients are being treated in Irish hospitals for the second day in a row.There are 1,022 people on wards across the country, while 88 patients are in ICU receiving treatment.

    Cllr. Coyle says Erris is renowned for its Meitheal spirit but now people need to spread apart and stresses that his number is always available if people need help.

  • There should be no planning obstacles put before applicants seeking grants to rebuild homes destroyed by pyrite. That’s the view of Erris based Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle. The councillor has been highlighting problems with the new grant scheme, the Defective Concrete block grant scheme now available to address the problem.

    He says it’s wrong that a home owner with their house crumbling down around them for years, because of pyrite in the building blocks, is now forced to seek planning permission to rebuild their home.

    He believes a Part 8 Planning should be available to these applicants, as it would be much simpler and more cost efficient.

    The cost of securing planning permission to rebuild the same house is excessive, he argues, for already hard pressed mortgage holders. There are many houses in the Erris area impacted by pyrite.

    While a 90 percent grant for works undertaken will be covered by the Defective Concrete Block grant to successful applicants, nonetheless, the home owners, the councillor says are still faced with upfront costs and in addition a 10 percent balance that could be 20,000 euro or more.