Mayo County Council

  • The monthly meeting of Mayo County Council will take place this afternoon in Aras an Chontae in Castlebar.

    This is the first meeting of the authority since the government’s Covid 19 restrictions have been introduced.

    To ensure that social distancing is maintained the meeting will be attended by just 9 of the 30 councillors on the authority, enough to ensure a quorum.

    The number of council executive present will also reflect the 2 meter distancing requirement.

    Just 2 members of the media will be in attendance, one press and one broadcast journalist.

    Speaking to Midwest Radio this morning the CEO of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes says there are a small number of statutory matters to be addressed, and he says there is no legislation in place as yet, that would allow the meeting to take place online or by zoom.

    He added that the council will be guided by the dept in terms of the legality of holding future monthly meetings online.


  • Mayo County Council was last night named Council of the Year at the 2018 LAMA Awards in Croke Park.

    The accolade recognises the efforts of Mayo County Council working with community to deliver projects and initiatives across the county.

    Two projects also went on to win the outright national awards in their categories – Westport 250 and the ‘It’s for Girls’ initiative by Mayo Sports Partnership.

    The national awards recognise and celebrate community and Councils working together. They provide a great opportunity to highlight the work done within our communities between Local Authorities and Communities in bringing novel and progressive projects to fruition.

    Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes confirmed this morning that Mayo County Council were delighted to be shortlisted as finalists for 7 projects in a number of categories this year.

    Finalist Nominations for Mayo Included 

    Wild Mayo - Promotional Campaign Best Tourism Initiative

    Westport 250 - The Arts & Culture (including Festivals) Category

    Crossmolina St Patrick’s night festival - The Arts & Culture (including Festivals) Category

    It’s for Girls Campaign Health & Wellbeing Category

    Crossmolina St Patricks Night Festival - Community Volunteer of the Year

    Mayo Community Futures - Best Community based initiative

    School Wardens ‘Lollicops’ (Kildare & Mayo) Best Community based initiative

    Mayo County Council -  Council of the Year

  • Abandoned vehicles parked on council property in local authority estates, windows in homes and cars being broken, and general anti social behavior is not acceptable and need to be immediately dealt with my Mayo county council. That’s the view of the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne.

    The matter was discussed at the monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District earlier this week.

    Michael Kilcoyne said the anti social behavior is not confined to local authority estates, but he argued that where Mayo County Council is the landlord / owner of a housing estate it must act to stamp out such behavior.

    He says the conditions and standards of estates are deteriorating in some cases, and the local authority is not taking tenants to task he says for unacceptable behavior.

    Fianna Fail Councillor Al McDonnell said he took exception to the Cathaoirleach , Michael Kilcoyne, in any way blaming Mayo County Council for any anti social behavior by its tenants. He said it is up to every individual to take responsibility for their own actions and he said if criminal damage is caused or anti social behaviour is spilling on to the streets of estates than the Gardai should be called.

  • Mayo County Council has been nominated in four categories of the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2018.

    The Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards are held annually, in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government.


    21 local authorities have been shortlisted for the Excellence in Local Govt awards, which will be presented in 16 different categories.

    In the Health & Wellbring category, Mayo Co Co has been shortlisted for its initiative "Its for Girls" - which is the Mayo Sports Partnership's secondary schools mini-marathon challenge.

    In the Supporting Tourism section, Mayo Co Co has been nominated for the Wild Mayo Tourism Brand Development & Marketing campaign.

    The Mayo Arts section of the council has been nominated in the Sustaining the Arts category for its project Hearth - Art for Older People at Home,

    and in the Festival of the Year category, Mayo Co Council's Communications Department has been shortlisted for Mayo Day which took place on 5th May.

    The Made of Mayo event at Ballinrobe Racecourse attracted some 6,000 people

    Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland says the range and ambition of the projects shortlisted this year exemplifies the vital work carried out by local authorities across the country in making their communities a better place to live, work and play.

    The Excellence in Local Government Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony in Dublin on 22nd November, and on the night, one local authority will be presented with the overall award and named Local Authority of the Year 2018.


  • Over €43 million was paid out in insurance claims on behalf of 28 local authorities in the first nine months of this year - with Mayo Co Co paying out over €2.2 million in settlements.

    Local authorities are insured by Irish Public Bodies, which deals with claims for issues such as slips and trips on footpaths and damage to cars caused by potholes.

    According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, 43.3-million-euro worth of claims were settled on behalf of 28 of the 31 local authorities in Ireland in the first nine months of this year.

    3,315 claims were finalised, and the average pay-out was 13,061 euro.

    The highest number relate to Dublin City Council, with 7.5-million-euro worth of settlements.

    Mayo County Council paid out €2.27 million in respect of 85 claims so far this year - compared to less than €1 million last year.

    That amounts to an average pay-out of €26,700 per claim.

    Galway County Council has paid out €3.37 million for 107 claims to date this year.


  • Mayo County Council's Flood Preparedness Plan has come into operation ahead of tonight's expected heavy rainfall.

    The council says arrangements are being put in place in areas of the county that may be at higher risk of flooding, particularly in Crossmolina town.

    Met Eirean is warning of 40-60 mm of rain, with surface flooding in places.


  • Mayo County Council was delighted to present the Grand Marshal of the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade, Brian O’Dwyer, with an iconic Foxford Woollen Mills Michael Collins Rug at a function in New York on Friday March 15th.

    Brian O’Dwyer became the third member of his family to lead the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York, following in the footsteps of his father, City Council President Paul O’Dwyer, who led the parade in 1974, and his uncle William O’Dwyer, the 100th Mayor of New York City, who was Grand Marshal in 1938.

    Mr O’Dwyer’s father and uncle were natives of Bohola, Co. Mayo and the Attorney & Immigration Activist has retained his strong Mayo ties over the years.

    In early 1922, Foxford Woollen Mills presented a specially commissioned Travel Blanket to General Michael Collins to mark his appointment to Commander-in-Chief of the newly established Irish Army. The rug was in his armoured car at the ambush at Béal Na Bláth in August 1922 and was used to wrap the body for transportation to Cork. It was recovered at Shanakiel Hospital by Nurse Nora O'Donaghue and later donated to the National Museum.

    Foxford Woollen Mills have reproduced the blanket in conjunction with the Michael Collins House, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, and to mark the occasion of leading the New York parade, Mayo County Council presented Brian O’Dwyer with the commemorative rug.

  • Mayo County Council has published a draft policy on roadside memorials erected in close proximity to locations where fatal collisions have occurred.

    The proposed policy will be put before the elected members of Mayo County Council for their consideration and adoption.

    Tom Gilligan, Director of Services, told a meeting of the Roads and Transportation Special Policy Committee (SPC) yesterday that the proposed policy, in general, will not affect existing memorials erected by members of the public.

    However, Mr. Gilligan added, should an existing memorial become damaged or in need of replacement, the replacement memorial must comply with the policy. Members of the family of 21-year-old Joe Deacy, who died in August 2017 after being found unconscious at Gortnasillagh, Swinford, were present as observers at yesterday’s SPC meeting.

    The family group included Joe Deacy’s father, Adrian. The Deacys have previously expressed disappointment over the council’s actions in removing two roadside memorials erected to their loved one and say they were given no notice they were to be dismantled.

    Mr. Gilligan expressed his deepest sympathy on behalf of management of the council with the Deacy family on their tragic loss.

    He emphasised that Mayo County Council recognises and respects the wish of the bereaved to mark roadside deaths by way of erecting a roadside memorial but added that the council is also charged with the duty of keeping the public highway safe for all road users.

    In relation to the Joe Deacy memorials, Mr. Gilligan said, said there had been a number of complaints from members of the public that the memorials were “a visual distraction” and a hazard to road users.

    Mr. Gilligan said it must be recognised that all roadside memorials have the potential to become a road user hazard and, accordingly, a site-specific risk assessment will be required to be carried out at all proposed locations.

    The draft policy debars the erection of large permanent physical structures (such as monuments and shrines) along a carriageway and shall be removed on safety grounds.

    Following yesterday’s SPC session a private meeting, which was facilitated by Councillor Brendan Mulroy, Cathaoirleach of the Roads and Transportation SPC, took place between the Deacy family representatives and members of the county council executive.


  • Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State with responsibility for Planning and Local Government Peter Burke have written to the Chief Executive of Mayo County Council to reiterate the Government’s support for local government.

    The Ministers sent the joint letter as the second tranche of commercial rates rebates were issued to local authorities across the country. Mayo County Council has so far received €8,627,253 with further payments to issue.

    As part of the July Stimulus programme a €600m commercial rates waiver was announced for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

    This covered 100% of commercial rates from the end of March to the end of September.

    As part of Budget 2021 a further €300m commercial rates waiver was announced to cover rates to the end of the year.

    Commenting Minister O’Brien said, “The €900m commercial rates waiver will mean that the local government sector won’t be at a loss or having to make ‘either’ ‘or’ decisions when it comes to providing vital services for people.

  • proudly presents Virtual St. Patrick’s Day 2021. The presentation of Mayo’s festivities can be enjoyed through the website with an array of activity on our social media channels culminating in a Live show ‘The Story of St Patrick’ which will broadcast on facebook live at 7.30pm, on St Patricks day  and will be accessible globally. 

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions no physical parades will be taking place throughout the County.  The Virtual St Patrick’s Day offering is an opportunity for people at home and away to enjoy a trip down memory lane with a wide selection of images, videography and memorabilia from parades around the County and overseas in times gone by.  It also includes some music to celebrate our National Day with a wonderful performance from the world-famous Achill Pipe Band and The Lone Piper.

    To start the day, Mass will be streamed live at 10.30am from The Church of the Sacred Heart, Belmullet.

    The National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, Turlough Park will demonstrate a fun lesson on how to make your own traditional St Patricks Day Badge. For the Culture Vultures among us why not take a virtual trip through the Historical Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina.  The celebration will mark Mayo’s pride of our national day in a joyous and uplifting celebration of our heritage. 

    Mayo County Council’s Municipal District teams have liaised with our international twinned towns where we look forward to receiving messages from Mayors and officials, in addition to extending greetings from our Cathaoirligh here in Mayo. St Patrick’s Day traditionally would have been a time where our Elected members welcomed delegations to Mayo and a time where they visited our Diaspora in different parts of the world.  Although it will be virtual this year it is an important tradition to continue and to stay connected.

    The celebration of our music and dance is an integral part of any St Patrick’s Day celebrations.  We are delighted to have partnered with The Town Hall in Westport where the story of St Patrick will be aired on at 7.30pm on St Patrick’s Day evening at

    The show promises to entertain and enlighten audiences using music, dance song and cinematic imagery to tell the story of Ireland’s patron saint.

    Over St. Patrick's week, Friday 12th – Friday 19th March, Mayo Public Participation Network in collaboration with and The Climate Action Office will drop the red and go all green. A series of short videos will be released on social media and daily to showcase the brilliant efforts Mayo community groups go to, to help keep our planet Green. These Community groups are working together to address coastal erosion, biodiversity loss, food waste, energy reduction, transport emissions and other climate and biodiversity issues. Links to the videos will be on, and all connected social media. 


    All details of Mayo’s Virtual St. Patrick’s Day 2021 will be showcased on from Tuesday 16th March .  All updates will be posted on their social media channels on @mayodotie and @MayoCoCo on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook. 

  • Mayo County Council has confirmed that agreement has been reached on the purchase of Victoria House, Ballina.

    Contracts and paperwork will be completed over the coming weeks and subject to all relevant requirements, construction of the Mary Robinson Centre will commence in November 2019.

    Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Brendan Mulroy welcomed today’s news as “A great step forward for what is a major project for County Mayo. The significant community support will be key to the success of this project”

    The Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes outlined “This marks a significant development in the progress of the Centre, a project which is of significant importance for Ireland in general and for County Mayo in particular. We hope it will provide a national model for honoring and building on the contribution of significant civic figures in the Country”

    Mayo County Council thanked Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for the significant contribution of €2m towards the costs and for her Departments continued support on the project.

  • Mayo County Council is preparing to use drones, to combat dumping and pollution across the county.

    Council staff are being trained this week on how to use the devices, which will be used on the front line in the coming weeks.

    The drone technology will be used to target criminal activity - including breaches of environmental law such as illegal dumping, burning and car dismantling.

  • Mayo County Council has won the Age Friendly Initiative Award at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.

    The 16th annual Awards ceremony was held in association with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and showcases and celebrates the best of Local Government in Ireland.

    Mayo County Council picked up the accolade for their Age Friendly Airport Guidelines.

  • As Father's Day approaches this Sunday, Mayo County Council's Road Safety Office is asking people to consider buying the father a practical gift reminding him to stay safe on the roads.

    Instead of the usual gifts of socks or CDs, they're urging people to consider buying their Dad a gift such as advanced driving lessons, a bicycle helmet, high-visibility clothing, a car safety kit or a voucher towards the purchase of a car service.

    The Mayo Road Safety Office is also urging fathers to exercise care and caution towards other road users at all times, and - as a parent - to think about the example you're setting your children when you sit behind the wheel.

  • Mayo County Council’s Climate Action Department this week launched their Public Consultation Process for its draft Climate Adaptation Strategy – Climate Ready Mayo.

    The draft policy was launched in Bridge Street, Castlebar last Wednesday by Director of Services John Condon and Climate Action Officer Laura Dixon.

    Speaking at the event John Condon spoke of the importance of Mayo County Council taking action on Climate Change.

    The Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy sets out how Mayo County Council will lead the journey to a Climate Ready Mayo and work to reduce our exposure to climate risks and capture new opportunities.

    The Mayo County Council Draft Climate Adaption Strategy, the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Report and Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening Report are available for inspection during normal office opening hours at the Municipal offices in Swinford, Ballina, Westport, Ballinrobe and Belmullet, at Aras an Chontae in Castlebar and all Mayo County Council Libraries until Wednesday, July 3, between the hours of 9:30am to 4.30 pm.

    It can also be read online at where members of the public can also submit their ideas before the closing date on July 3.

    A number of information evenings will also be taking place across the county where members of the public can ask questions and give their observations.

    These information sessions take place in Cúram, Dalton St, Claremorris and the Ballina Family Resource Centre on Thursday, June 6. On Tuesday, June 11, in Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet. The Regional Training Centre, The Mall, Castlebar on Wednesday, June 12 and Westport Town Hall on Thursday, June 13. All information sessions take place between 7 – 8pm.




  • The funeral service for George Floyd - who's death sparked global 'Black Lives Matter' protests - will take place in Houston, USA, later today.

    Mr Floyd died two weeks ago during his arrest by police in Minneapolis. Following his death large protests highlighting racial inequalities have been happening worldwide.

    He's been laid in a gold-coloured casket at a church in the Texas city, where he grew up. Thousands of mourners have been paying their respects.

    At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council councillors condemned the death of George Floyd and also condemned racism.

    Killala based councillor Jarlath Munnelly proposed the condemnation, saying there was worldwide outrage at what happened to Mr Floyd and he said it had brought to the fore again the need to condemn racism of any kind, in county Mayo, nationally and internationally.

    Cllr Munnelly’s view was supported by all councillors present.

    He’s been speaking to Midwest News today about why it was appropriate to add the county council’s voice to the international call to eliminate racism.


  • Mayo county councillors yesterday voted “not to take a position” on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, the subject of the Referendum that takes place on Friday week.

    Independent councillor Gerry Ginty proposed that councillors support the retention of the Eighth Amendment and called on voters of Mayo to vote No on the 25th of May.

    However, his motion was defeated as a counter proposal was put forward by Fine Gael’s Jarleth Munnelly calling on the councillors  not to take a position on the matter, and that proposal was carried

    The decision by councillors  not to take a position on the Eighth amendment was only arrived at after extensive debate.

    Cllr Ginty made his proposal calling on voters across the county to support the retention of the Eighth amendment , by voting No on the 25th, and that was supported by Independent cllr Frank Durcan. Both cllrs outlined in detail why they believe the eighth amendment as it stands is necessary.

    Cllr Ginty said that every public representative should be prepared to state publicly how they will be voting.

    Cllr Durcan outlined his opposition to abortion saying that there are preservation orders on everything from bats to elephants but not on human life, if the Eighth amendment is abolished.

    Cllr Jarleth Munnelly said while he respected the views of both cllrs  - it was not up to cllrs to come down on either side in this debate and added it was the right of any cllr not to give his/her view on this matter.

    He then put forward the counter proposal calling on councillors not to take a position on the issue.

    Independent cllr Seamus Weir argued that while the Eighth Amendment had not protected women like it should, he would rather see it amended rather than abolished.

    Sinn Fein’s Joe McHale spoke in favour of abolishing the Eighth amendment saying women needed to take the power back into their own hands.

    FG’s Tereasa McGuire said she would not preach to anyone, and said it was a personal choice and called for sensitivity in the debate.

    FF’S Michael Smyth outlined his opposition to abolishing the Eighth amendment and spoke of threatening emails that he and other cllrs had received from members of the public – simply because the motion was on the council agenda. He said the state had let down women in the past and questioned giving the state back power if the Eighth amendment is abolished.

    Finally a vote was taken, and all cllrs present, opted not to take a position on the matter, with the exception of cllrs Ginty and Durcan who voted against, and cllr Weir abstained.

  • Mayo Day, a celebration of our county’s vibrant culture and community spirit, returns for its 6th consecutive year on May 2nd 2020.  

    Over the last number of years, the Mayo Day campaign has been an enormous success, garnering worldwide attention with events taking place locally, nationally and internationally that pay tribute to the ingenuity, pride and accomplishments of Mayo people the world over.

    In 2019 the theme of the campaign was ‘The Mayo Word’ which focused on extolling the literary accomplishments of renowned novelists, poets and songwriters from this bastion of arts in the West of Ireland.  

    Building on the incredible interest and participation in last year’s festivities, it has been decided that next year’s expansive theme will be ‘Creative Mayo.’

    The campaign will give the people of Mayo an opportunity to explore and celebrate their creativity, ingenuity and talent, and will culminate in a flagship public event at the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough on May 2nd.

    Plans are also underway to host a Mayo Day ‘Creative Conference’ – a chance to bring together some of Mayo’s most innovative minds from various backgrounds, occupations and locations.  

    More details are set to be announced early in the new year.

    Mayo County Council are encouraging people to participate and to attend the climactic event in Turlough’s National Museum on May 2nd – a date for the diary!

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  • The development of a new sports / tourism hub in Castlebar is very exciting, according to the Chairman of Mayo GAA Mike Connolly.

    Yesterday Mayo County Council in a collaborative development with Mayo GAA announced they have acquired land at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar and intends to develop it for the purposes of sport, tourism and recreation.

    The property secured comprises of approximately 27 acres of land adjacent to Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, the new Castlebar Swimming Pool and GMIT.

    The land will be developed into two sections, a Mayo GAA Training Centre, which will comprise of 3 pitches to facilitate the training and development of youth teams and the support of the Ladies Football team, as well as providing facilities for high performance teams visiting the Centre and staying in the Lough Lannagh Holiday Village.