Mayo County Council

  • Mayo Public Participation Network is holding a Plenary & Information evening for all Community Groups in Mayo this evening in Castlebar.

    Mayo PPN is to be the main link through which Mayo County Council connects with the community, voluntary and environmental sectors in the county.  The main aim of Mayo Public Participation Network (PPN) is to enable the public to take an active role in policy making of the local authority and to have an input into future development in their community, county and country. The network works at municipal district level and at county level. 

    The Information evening will take place in Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, Castlebar on this evening (Wed 5th Dec) at 7.30pm.

    The evening will include:

    Information on Mayo PPN and the benefits to Community Groups in joining Mayo Public Participation Network

    Community Liaison Officer Sargent Michael Toland will also be in attendance.

    It’s a free event but you must register

    Email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Or call Mary at 094 906 4358

  • There was an onslaught of criticism addressed to the Operations Manager of Eir who joined today’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, held online.

    Councillor after councillor spoke of what they termed the “appalling service” that the telecommunications company provides to customers.

    Director of Regulatory and Public Affairs at Eir, Kjeld Hartog opened his presentation outlining all the services and infrastructure that the company has provided in the county, but in response councillors insisted his presentation was irrelevant and did not in any way address the reason that they had invited him to attend the meeting.

    Councillors outlined numerous cases, all across the county, that had been highlighted to them by Eir customers, where customers were days and weeks without a phone service / broadband . In addition, customers attempts to contact Eir about their grievances took excessive time waiting on a phone line, and more often than not the complaints remains unresolved.

    The poor mobile coverage service available in places across the county was also raised by councillors.

    The fees Eir is charging to local authorities and others for moving telephone poles were also described as “astronomical” and “completely unacceptable”.

    In light of the service being provided by Eir in Mayo, councillors considered voting no confidence in the CEO and board of the company at today’s meeting, but opted to ask Mr Hartog to come back with a plan of action and come back with the relevant information before they take that measure.

    Councillors asked that Eir would appoint a direct contact link for councillors making representations to it on behalf of customers.

    Mr Hartog in response said that Eir's customer services have improved significantly since the company's CEO  addressed the Joint Oireachtas Committee last November.

    He insisted that the average waiting time for customers waiting to contact customers services is 5 minutes. He admitted however, that waiting time is sometimes longer on a Monday.

    We'll have more on this story on Midwest News tomorrow.

     

  • This bank holiday weekend, Mayo County Council is calling on everyone to be responsible when enjoying the outdoors and to leave no trace.

    People visiting beaches, amenity areas and beauty spots over the weekend, enjoying the outdoors, are urged to  take home their litter and to always park responsibly in designated spaces so as not to block emergency or farmer access. 

     Public toilet facilities at the county’s blue flag beaches and amenity areas are open with additional bins and portaloos in place in a number of visitor locations. 

    Lifeguards will be on duty over the weekend at Carrowniskey, Carrowmore, Old Head, Bertra, Ross, Keem, Keel, Silver Strand (Dugort) and Mulranny beaches.  

    The  public are asked to exercise caution when near water, and to swim, whenever possible, at lifeguarded beaches.

    The Municipal District Offices in the county are working with dining facilities in public realm spaces in towns and villages. 

    Additional litter control measures will also be in place in many locations across the county over this Bank Holiday weekend. 

    The local authority calls on everyone to be mindful of the Covid restrictions that remain in place and to Stay Safe.  In working together, they say, we can look forward to brighter days ahead

  • Gardai in Ballina are investigating after €10,000 worth of machinery was stolen from a Mayo County Council yard in the town overnight.

    Machinery – including a rock breaker and a generator – with an estimated combined value of €10,000 was stolen from the yard at Bearnaderg.

    Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to come forward and help them with their investigation.

  • An extra €18 million euro is being allocated to local authorities to assist in repairing regional and local roads damaged by severe weather events.

    Transport Minister Shane Ross has announced an additional €18 million Special Maintenance Grant to assist local authorities in repairing roads following storms and flooding over the past year.

    Under the measure, €1.1 million is being allocated to Galway County Council, €600,000 for Sligo County Council, half a million euro for Roscommon County Council and €375,000 for Mayo County Council.

    West Mayo FG Councillor Tereasa McGuire has welcomed the funding, and says Mayo County Council will prioritise which roads need repairs urgently....

  • The €400,000 target for the community of Ballinrobe to raise, to build a new Town Hall – is well on track to be achieved, with 340,000 euro now secured under the voluntary fund raising Campaign to Rebuild Ballinrobe Town Hall.

    Michael Sweeney, chairperson of the Ballinrobe Town Hall committee says they are now just €60,000 short of the ambitious target set two years ago. Support for the project continues to come through from Ballinrobe people at home, around Ireland and abroad, he says, but support is still required with a price tag of 1.5 million euro on the project.

    Mayo County Council has committed to supporting the project and an application to LEADER has been submitted and the committee are hopeful that there will be a successful outcome in early autumn.

    The old Hall in Ballinrobe closed in 1996.

    The proposal is now to build a hall with a gross floor area of 1000m2. It will consist of an auditorium and main hall area with seating for over 400 people.

  • €60,000 in European funding has been allocated to Mayo County Council, to provide free public WiFi hotspots in locations across the county.

    Mayo Co Co secured the funding under the WiFi4 EU (wiFi for you) initiative, and Minister Michael Ring says his department has offered to match that funding.

    The initiative will bring free WiFi hotspots to a number of public spaces in Mayo, such as town squares, parks, hospitals and libraries, where there is no other free WiFi service available, and the locations will be decided by Mayo County Council.

  • There were 109 reported incidents of dog-fouling from the Ice House to the Quay area of Ballina on one particular day last week.

    The issue was raised at yesterday’s Ballina Municipal District meeting by Crossmolina based Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Loftus.

    Cllr Loftus said there were 109 incidents reported to him on one day last week.

    He says it is not a problem unique to Ballina but it is a serious issue.

    There is a fine of up to €3,000 for incidents of dog-fouling and Mayo County Council has committed to enforcing this law very strictly.

  • Mayo County Councillors have agreed the 2020 Budget, at a third Budget meeting this afternoon.

    There was considerable discussion last week as the council executive sought a 3% increase in rates, while proposing to cut the GMA funding - the General Municipal Allocation - by half in each of the Municipal Districts.

    At today's meeting, councillors agreed to raise rates by 4% next year, but with no increase the following year, while the GMA funding will remain at the same level as this year at €2.1 million, and will be ringfenced for both 2020 and 2021.

    Ballinrobe-based Councillor Damien Ryan, the Fianna Fail whip on Mayo County Council, says the 4% increase in rates may be an unpopular move, but - due to changes in the Small Business Support Scheme - 67% of rate payers in the county will not see an increase in their rates bill next year.

     

  • More than a million euro in funding has been announced for 22 projects in Mayo under the Community Involvement Scheme.

     €23 million euro was announced nationally under the Programme for regional and local road projects.

    Applications were sought from local authorities for suitable schemes for inclusion and the response from local authorities was very positive, according to the Minister Shane Ross, with a large number of proposals received.

    The average community contribution proposed is about 19%. The community input can be either by way of a financial contribution or works.

    Paul Dolan is Senior Engineer with Mayo county council, speaking to Midwest News today he said  it is welcome funding for the county.

    The local authority had submitted 22 applications under this scheme and all 22 have been approved.

  • Environmental Enforcement Officers in Mayo have called to 500 homes this year in the county so far, to check if householders have receipts for the disposal of their household waste.

    That was confirmed by Liam Rabbitte a Mayo Enforcement Officer who addressed yesterday’s monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.

    Mr Rabbitte told the councillors that the local authority  will be rolling out mobile CCTV cameras in 2019 to identify people indiscriminately dumping across the county.

    He explained that fly tippers, have become smarter over the years, and it is now increasingly difficult to find evidence of identification in the dumped rubbish.

    Councillors told of incidents across the county where people’s entrances to their homes were blocked with rubbish that was indiscriminately dumped in the middle of some rural roads.

    Liam explained that it is a constant battle against fly tipping, and he told Midwest News today that they are making some progress on catching the offenders.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council is working to restore the water supply to the Park Road area of Swinford following a watermain burst.

    Approximately 80 homes in the Park Road area which are supplied by the Swinford Water Supply Scheme may be impacted by water outages while the repairs are carried underway.

    Mayo County Council staff are working to repair the burst as quickly and as safely as possible. The repair is expected to be completed by this evening.

    Once the watermain has been repaired it may take a number of hours for the water supply to return in full to all impacted properties.

     A traffic management system will be in place for the duration of these urgent repair works.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council understand the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanks customers for their patience while we work to repair the burst and restore supply to impacted customers.

  • National Bike week is in full swing (June 22nd to June 30th )and Mayo County Council is setting a challenge to motorists to park the car for just one day this week or one trip and take the bike . With the country fully focused on Climate Change the local authority has outlined 12 reasons why everyone should take on this challenge.

    Leading the challenge in Mayo will be the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council cllr Brendan  Mulroy who will park his car to make the journey on bike from Westport to Newport to his place of work.

     

    1. It's easier to finance a new bicycle than a new car. For the price of a single car payment, you can buy a bicycle that should outlast most cars. Add a couple hundred euro more for rain gear, lights and accessories, and you have all-weather, anytime transportation.And why not avail of the bike to work scheme to make your initial outlay easier (https://www.biketowork.ie/ )

     

    1. A bicycle has a very small manufacturing footprint when compared to a car.
    2. Bicycles produce no meaningful pollution when in operation. They have no exhausts  belching poisonous fumes into the atmosphere.
    3. Bikes save taxpayers money by reducing road wear. A 7 kg  bicycle is a lot less rough on the road surface than a two-ton vehicle .
    4. Bicycles are an effective alternative to a second car. You can save thousands of euro a year using a bicycle for workday commuting and weekend errands in households which might otherwise be forced to maintain two cars. You don't have cycle all the way to work, you can put the bike in the boot and drive some of journey and cycle the remainder. 
    5. Using a bike for transportation can help you lose weight and improve your overall health. Depending on your riding style and local road conditions, you could easily burn 600 calories an hour through brisk cycling. Most bike commuters report losing 8 kgs to 14 kgs pounds during their first year in the saddle without changing their eating habits.
    6. You can store a dozen bicycles in a single car -sized parking place.
    7. A healthy bike culture will help ease pressure on supply when demand for fuel increases.
    8. Bikes are often faster than cars in urban areas. There's nothing more satisfying as a bicycle commuter than breezing past a long line of gridlocked traffic.
    9. Bikes cost much less to maintain and operate than cars.
    10. Bicycles provide mobility for those who may not qualify or can afford to drive.Almost everyone can afford some sort of bike. Other than walking, bicycles are the most cost-effective transportation on the planet.
    11. Studies show that bicycle commuters are healthier, more productive, and require less time off at work. Bikes are smart business.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Strokestown, shortly before 8pm last night.

    The collision on the N5 at Bridge Street in the town involved a car and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, a man in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver of the car was not injured.

    The man’s name has not yet been released.

    The N5 remains closed at Bridge street as a forensic examination is carried OUT.

     Diversions are in place via Four Mile House and Tulsk.

    Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094 9621630.

  • A project by Mayo county council has been shortlisted in the national competition Chamber Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.

    In a new category announced this year called Age Friendly Initiative, Mayo county council has been nominated for its Age Friendly Airport Guidelines.

    It’s the 16th year of the awards that highlight outstanding and meaningful work by local authorities that is crucial to the development of local communities.

    The 2019 Excellence in Local Government Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on 28th November at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin. 

  • After ten years as the chief executive of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes announced his retirement yesterday evening at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

    An interim CEO is being appointed until the position is advertised. Peter Duggan, who is director of Finance with the local authority takes up the position of interim CEO with effect from midnight tomorrow (Wed).

    Many tributes were paid to Mr. Hynes at his last council meeting yesterday held in GMIT Castlebar and he received a standing ovation.

    It was a historic meeting of the council, with proceedings moved from Aras an Chontae to the larger St. Mary's Hall at the GMIT Castlebar campus to allow for social distancing under the Covid-19 regulations.

    Peter Hynes joined Mayo County Council in 1984 as a temporary assistant architect. On being appointed CEO, his promise, he explained yesterday was to work to make "a Mayo that was sustainable, inclusive, prosperous and proud".

    He said it had been an enormous privilege to serve as Chief Executive.

    A number of councillors lamented the timing of the retirement, highlighting the loss of Mr. Hynes' experience at a time of crisis for the county and the country.

    Earlier in the meeting the incoming interim CEO Peter Duggan told taken aback councillors that that every month of the Covid 19 restrictions is costing Mayo County Council 1.75 million euro in lost income.

    The monies are made up of 1.3 million euro in lost commercial rates and 150,000 euro in income from closed swimming pools and leisure centres, and a further 150,000euro from the loss of carparking  charges as the authority’s pay and display machines are not in operation.

     

  • An Bord Pleanala has sought further information from Mayo County Council in relation to the proposed construction of a new bridge at Glenisland, on the main Castlebar to Belmullet road.

    Funding of 500,000 euro was granted in 2015 for the construction of a new bridge at Mucknagh/Kilgarriff in Glenisland and realignment works. However An Bord Pleanala has sought additional information on a number of occasions, with the latest request arriving on January 18th.

    Erris based Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle says if the situation wasn’t so serious it would be amusing.

    He says he cannot understand why the planning authority cannot see the urgency in completing this project, given the safety concerns on that road.

  • There is a need for Mayo county council to set aside up to 200,000 euro a year specifically to be used on the restoration of footpaths across the county.

    That’s the view of Ballina Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara.

    He says that would mean that at least, 50,000 euro would be available annually for the restoration of footpaths in each Municipal District area.

    Councillor O’Hara believes the allocation could actually save money for Mayo county council, as it is likely that insurance compensation payments against the authority over people falling and injuring themselves on broken pavement would be reduced.

  • Ballina Councillors have called on Mayo County Council to ring-fence 4 million euro for the repair of footpaths across the county, from a dividends payment due to the authority.

    Irish Public Bodies is paying dividends to local authorities nationally and the windfall should be used for footpath repairs according to Killala based Fine Gael Councillor Jarlath Munnelly.

    He made the call at this week’s monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District and his motion received unanimous support from Councillors.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, would like to remind customers supplied by the Ballycastle Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice that was issued on the supply on last Friday 12th October remains in place until further notice.

    The Boil Water Notice was issued on the advice of the Health Service Executive following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant after a routine test. 

    Following advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Mayo County Council have issued a Boil Water Notice for the area supplied by the Ballycastle Public Water Supply and the Corrower/Sea Road Group Water Scheme and Lisbrin Group Water Scheme to protect consumers following a recent drinking water quality test.

     The EPA has carried out a site audit and an action plan is being implemented by the Incident Management Team. Sampling and testing of the scheme is continuing. The results of the suite of tests will be reviewed collectively by all agencies involved before further action is determined at the next consultation with the HSE in a months’ time.

    There have been no reported cases of illness in the community. However customers are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption.