Mayo County Council

  • The ongoing controversy between Mayo GAA county Board and Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation looks set to be raised at today’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

    Ballina Independent councillor Mark Duffy , intends to raise the matter in the chamber this afternoon, where he will call for the appointment of a full time CEO of Mayo County Board.

    Mayo County Board Executive have been called to a meeting with senior officials in Croke Park to discuss the ongoing dispute. The Connacht Council intervened in the row over the weekend , with secretary John Prenty arranging the meeting in an effort to find a resolution to the conflict surrounding Mayo GAA in recent weeks.

    The dispute centres around a quarter of a million euro that has been fund raised by the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation but which has not yet been handed over to Mayo County Board. The Foundation is citing governance issues, for its withholding of the monies.

  • Mayo GAA, Mayo County Council and Intersports Elverys have come together for a very special campaign in celebration of one of the best-loved days of the year. This year’s #MayoDay on Saturday 4th May will be celebrated in Mayo, New York and around the globe. To mark the day in a special way, a strictly limited-edition Mayo Day GAA jersey will be worn by the county’s footballers for their first-round championship game against New York in Gaelic Park on Sunday 5th May.

    The inspiration behind the #MayoDayJersey campaign comes from Mayo people, both at home and abroad, their pride and passion for the green and red has been running through the veins of Mayo, and the streets of New York for centuries. The Mayo Day jersey is an emblem for all the men and women who wear and have worn the colours with great pride, as we do here in Mayo.ie.

    The retro design of the jersey reflects the quintessential GAA look and is modelled on the traditional style of a football jersey as a nod to the many pride-filled days in MacHale Park, Croke Park and Gaelic Park, where the green and red of Mayo has shone brightly from the stands.

    Speaking of today’s exciting announcement, Peter Hynes, CE of Mayo County Council says “Mayo Day is an award-winning campaign that connects with our Mayo people around the globe. It is a unique initiative, in that we are the first and only County that celebrates the achievements of our people, our rich heritage, culture and community spirit on one dedicated day. if you are from Mayo, have visited Mayo or, like many people, have a Grá for Mayo, Mayo Day connects us all on this one special day. This joint campaign for Mayo Day 2019 reinforces the pride and passion of the green and red that runs through the veins of Mayo people irrespective of where they are located in the world”

    Mike Connolly Chairperson of the County Board outlined “Mayo GAA touches the lives of so many people at home and abroad through our clubs and our county teams. The combination of both Mayo Day and Mayo GAA into one campaign of green and red, is momentous and we hope people will get behind it whether they are at the match or enjoying Mayo Day at home or further afield!”

    Manager of the Mayo Football team James Horan said “It is great to be part of the launch of the Commemorative jersey which will be worn for the New York game as part of this year’s Mayo Day celebrations. Putting on a Mayo jersey is a huge source of pride for every Mayo player and is something that they are very aware of. We want to thank Mayo.ie for all their support for the Mayo team and for running the #MayoDay campaign over the past 5 years.”

    Managing Director at Elverys, Pat Rowland outlined “We are delighted to work with MAYO.IE and Mayo County Board on this campaign. The Mayo Day campaign has garnered worldwide attention over the last five years and the MayoDay jersey is a perfect fit for 2019.  Our designers here at Elverys worked closely with mayo.ie on the design of this limited-edition Retro style jersey which has already been received positively by players and supporters alike”.

  • Mayo's Road Safety Officer is concerned  that a new TikTok trend will end in "carnage".

    It involves drivers videoing themselves racing home while on their phone to a family member or loved one.

    They tell them to pretend to be injured so the driver isn't punished by Gardai for speeding.

    Some of the videos of relatives lying on kitchen floors have racked up thousands of likes on TikTok.

    Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Officer with Mayo County Council, says the trend is dangerous:

     

  • The road safety officer at Mayo County Council says he would like to see new hi-tech cameras that detect drivers using their mobile phones being introduced in this country.

    Police in Australia are set to use automated camera technology to identify drivers who use their at phones at the wheel.

    Noel Gibbons says that if you look at your phone for just four seconds while you are driving it’s like driving the equivalent of more than 100 yards blindfolded.

    Mr. Gibbons says motorists need to believe that using a handheld phone brings real consequences

  • Mayo County Council's Road Safety Roadshow, which is held each year at the Breaffy House resort in Castlebar, is returning next month but will be delivered virtually this year, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    Transition Year students from 29 secondary schools and Youthreach centres across Co Mayo will view the road safety show virtually, and members of the public are also invited to view the event, which will be streamed live on Mayo County Council Facebook and through Zoom into schools.

    Members of the Mayo Gardai, National Ambulance Service, and Fire Service will make presentations, along with an A& E consultant from Mayo University Hospital, a family member of a deceased road accident victim and a car crash survivor.

    Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says the aim of the event is to encourage young road users, and those about the start driving, to adopt a more responsible attitude in terms of their own driving behaviour.

    He says it depicts graphically how a night out can end in tragedy and permanent disability.

    The Road Safety Roadshow will be streamed at 11am on Thursday 22nd April.

     

  • A Mayo Senator is urging Mayo County Council to apply for grant-aid to proceed with the proposed Salmon Life Centre in Ballina.

    Fáilte Ireland recently announced a new grant scheme for large-scale visitor attractions, with funding of up to €2.5 million available, and expressions of interest must be submitted by 17th July.

    Ballina-based FG Senator Michelle Mulherin is urging Mayo County Council to submit an expression of interest before that date in relation to the Salmon Life Centre, which was first mooted in Ballina about ten years ago.

    She says the plan has been on the back burner for some time, but such a facility would help to expand the area's tourist attractions, and encourage visitors to spend more bed nights in north Mayo.

  • Mayo County Council has announced that the internationally renowned Other Voices music festival will return to Ballina at the end of February 2020.

    A Partnership between South Wind Blows, Moy Valley resources and Mayo County Council  has enabled Other Voices to again showcase excellent music, provide great workshops, a music trail in local pubs, high-profile concerts in St. Michael’s Church and the ground-breaking Ireland’s Edge Conference. 

    There was a tremendously positive response to the Other Voices Festival in Ballina in 2018 and it is estimated that the economic benefit to the region was in excess of two million euro in addition to an extensive media reach.

    Other Voices Mayo will also feature in the next broadcast series on RTE later this year and further information of an exciting line up of artists will be announced next week by Other Voices.

    Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary has welcomed the announcement of the music festival to the north Mayo town.

  • Mayo County Council is advising all motorist who will be in attendance at the European  - Local  - Referendum Count at the T.F Royal Hotel and Theatre from tomorrow (Saturday 25th of May ) to park legally.

    Motorists are asked to be aware of Wheelchair users , Emergency Service Vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists accessing Mayo University Hospital and the Count Centre.  

    The local authority is advising motorists not to park on footpaths, double yellow lines or block access to private dwellings or businesses in the area as it is an offence.

    Traffic Wardens will be operating in the area for the duration of the Count.

  • A number of  listeners to Midwest News today questioned why the recycling facilities / dumps at Derrinumera, outside Castlebar and Rathroeen in Ballina were closed to the public on Saturday last.

    Saturday last was more than a week since Christmas Day, and many households had more than their usual level of refuse and were keen to dispose of it properly.

    Many householders arrived at the entrance to the facilities on Saturday last with trailer loads of refuse and were forced to bring it all back home.

    In a written response this afternoon, Mayo County Council says that its two Civic Amenity Centres were closed over the Christmas 2020 period, as in previous years. Waste collection services operate on a two-week basis and our service closed for less than this two-week period. The closure was highlighted in advance to customers to ensure that they would have time to dispose of waste built up before the Christmas and all opening hours were advertised on the council website and on social media platforms. 

     A link was provided on our website homepage to McGrath Waste in Castlebar who were open for some of the holiday period, an option for customers who needed to dispose of waste over the Christmas. 

     Mayo County Council also ran a waste prevention campaign in advance of Christmas and throughout the year to encourage a change in consumer behaviour which causes excess waste. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Department of Agriculture was " slow in responding to the present fodder crisis". This was admitted yesterday by the Minister of State at the Dept of Housing Planning and Local Government, John Paul Phelan when he attended yesterday’s monthly meeting of Mayo county council.

    Minister Phelan was in Aras an Chontae to address the councillors on developments within his own department, issues related to housing , planning and local government, but was in his own words somewhat “ambushed” by councillors who took the opportunity to discuss the national fodder crisis with him.

    At the start of yesterday’s meeting Fianna Fail councillor Damien Ryan called for standing orders to be suspended to allow debate on the fodder crisis and his proposal was supported by the councillors present.

    Close to 30 councillors then gave their view of the crisis and possible solutions to it, to and asked Minister Phelan to have their views conveyed to Minister Creed.

    In response to the councillors’ contributions, Minister Phelan, a Kilkenny native, agreed that the impact of the fodder shortage was nationwide and severe and said the weather is dictating the problem and how long it will now remain a problem. He did admit however, that in his opinion, the dept of Agriculture was slow in responding to the crisis.

  • The Minister of State at the department of Housing ,Planning and Local Government, John Paul Phelan said he was taken aback yesterday to hear councillors from Mayo county council say they discuss individual planning applications at their meetings.

    At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Mayo county council a number of councillors expressed their anger to Minister Phelan over a recent circular received from Minister Eoin Murphy prohibiting any discussion at local authority level by councillors of any individual planning application.

    The practice in Mayo to date is to discuss individual planning application that are set for refusal at municipal authority meetings.

    The councillors argue that Minister’s Murphy circular is a further erosion of councillor’s powers.

    However, Minister Phelan said the circular contains nothing new, rather he said individual planning applications should never have been discussed at a council meeting.

    He told Midwest News that he was somewhat taken aback on hearing that it is common practice to discuss such matter at municipal district meetings of Mayo county council.

  • Mayo County Council will hold the May monthly meeting of the authority at a larger venue to meet Covid 19 social distancing requirements.

    It will take place at Mayo GMIT Campus, Castlebar, on Monday next at 2pm.

    The larger space will allow more elected members, officials and members of the media to attend while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

    There was a restricted attendance at the April meeting of the authority  held at Aras an Chontae.

  • Gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour are expected across the country today, with a status yellow wind warning in place nationwide.

    That's set to be upgraded to orange from 11am for Donegal, Mayo and Galway, where coastal flooding is possible.

    Motorists are being reminded to give pedestrians and cyclists more space on the roads during the adverse conditions.

    Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Officer with Mayo County Council, says the first step to driving safely during strong winds is to slow down:

  • Mayo County Council has issued a comprehensive price list for use of the new 11 million euro Leisure Complex at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar, which is open to the public today.

    The complex comprises an eight-lane competitive swimming pool, toddler learning pool, gym and aerobics studios, steam room, sauna and general purpose rooms.

    The local authority is offering a first month membership for 40 euro, where swimmers can purchase a book of 10 multi-swim and spa use tickets for €70, which works out at €7 per public session.

    Other 'pay as you go options' are: Single (swimming pool, heath spa and gym) €10, Child (under-16, swimming pool use only) €5; Over-55s, jobseekers and students (swimming pool, health spa and gym) €7.50; and Family (2 adults and two children, swimming pool use only for Under-16s and swimming pool, health spa and gym for adults) €20. Toddlers under three are free.

    There is a range of memberships for three months, six months and 12 months.

    A single membership, which includes pool, spa and gym as well as yoga and pilates, is €490 for 12 months.

    The opening hours are 6.30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday). The telephone number is (094) 9250149. 

  • New 80km per hour signage will be erected by next month on the N58 Foxford to Ballyvary road and along the N26 at Cloonguillane bridge, despite the ongoing controversy about the reduction in the speed limit proposed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) along these busy routes.

    That was confirmed this week by the CEO of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

    Councillors again raised their opposition to a request by Ballina Chamber of Commerce and some businesses in Ballina to go back to the TII and ask it not to go ahead with the reduced speed limits, arguing that the reduction will hit commercial activity in Ballina.

    Foxford based Fine Gael Councillor Neil Cruise had expressed his astonishment recently when it was revealed by council management that the contract for the new signage was not yet signed by TII, yet it imposed the new speed limits on the 3rd of last month (September).

    Speaking to Midwest News Councillor Cruise said he is delighted that progress on the signing of the contract is now being made and he said the reduced speed limits will enhance road safety for residents along the busy route that connects Ballina to Castlebar.

  • The new swimming pool and leisure complex at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar was officially opened yesterday by the Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring and the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Blackie Gavin.

    Over 30 people are now employed at the new leisure complex at Lough Lannagh, following an investment of almost €14 million.

    Minister Michael Ring says Castlebar is one of a number of Mayo towns that benefitted from the Swimming Pool Capital Scheme, which he reopened when he was Minister for Tourism & Sport several years ago.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News he was involved with this project from the start.

     

    The CEO of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes told Midwest News that the development is not only a milestone for Castlebar, but also for the local authority and the county. He says it is the culmination of two decades of planning and preparation.

    He told Midwest News that we are lucky to have such a facility on our doorstep.

  • Roscommon County Council will hold a special plenary meeting tomorrow afternoon to hear presentations by candidates seeking a nomination for the Presidential election.

    Up to 9 candidates could address the local authority, and as of yesterday evening, seven of the nine have indicated that they will be attending the meeting.

    These include Dragon Den stars Peter Casey and Sean Gallagher , together with Senator Joan Freeman , journalist Gemma O’Doherty, along with Patrick Feeney, Sarah Loiose Mulligan, and Kiltoom native Marie Goretti Moylan.

    A spokesperson for Roscommon County Council told Midwest News yesterday evening that they are still awaiting confirmation from two other candidates – Tulsk farmer John Groarke and artist Kevin Sharkey.

    A formal resolution will not be made at tomorrow’s meeting , but nominations will be accepted and a date agreed to vote on the nominee or nominees.

    Pieta House founder , Senator Joan Freeman was endorsed last night by Cork City Council for a nomination to run as a candidate in the Presidential Election.

    Earlier yesterday , businessman Gavin Duffy received the backing of Meath County Council to contest the  election.

    On Monday next at 11am in Aras An Chontae in Castlebar, Mayo county council has convened a special meeting to hear Presidential hopefuls.

     

  • Leigue cemetery in Ballina is in danger of becoming a jungle, overrun by weeds, briars and grass, if Mayo county council continues to withhold the payment of GMA funding to local voluntary groups.

    That was the view expressed by Ballina Independent councillor Gerry Ginty at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District held in the community centre in Bonniconlon.

    He called for, at least an interim payment, to allow the voluntary group to get on with its work.

    The withholding of the of GMA funds, is causing controversy across the county.

    The CE of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, says the monies cannot be paid out until a shortfall in the parking charges revenue agreed in the budget are resolved.

    However, councillors disagree saying they approved the GMA funds for voluntary groups and many of these groups need the payments now.

    20,000 euro has been allocated by councillors to Friends of Leigue Cemetery in 2018, under GMA funding.

    Leigue Cemetery is just one of a variety of voluntary groups that receive various amounts in grant funding annually under GMA funding – tidy town groups, residents associations, festival committees also benefit from this fund.

    They would usually have the much needed cash injection by this time of the year, but due to the shortfall in carparking charges revenue that was agreed to be generated by cllrs in the 2018 budget, Peter Hynes says the paying out of GMA must be withheld until an alternative source of funding is agreed to make up the shortfall.

    The situation is causing tension, to say the least, between municipal district areas. There are 4 municipal districts in Mayo – Castlebar, Ballina , Claremorris and West Mayo.

    Councillors in Ballina have strongly expressed their view that voluntary groups in the Ballina area are now being impacted on negatively because Westport is refusing to introduce car parking charges on the streets of the town.

    At Mondays monthly meeting of Mayo county council, Peter  Hynes explained that there are complications in the paying out of the GMA fund but he said he is engaging in discussions with the Municipal Districts Managers and he is confident that the issues will be resolved before the next monthly meeting of the council.

    Claremorris councillor Tom Connolly said, on Monday ,however, that he is not prepared to see any increase in car parking charges in the Claremorris Municipal District to compensate for the failure of West Mayo councillors to introduce street car parking charges in Westport.“We won’t subsidise Westport”, he insisted.

    Independent councillor Gerry Ginty at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District agreed with that sentiment.

    He called at the start of the meeting for an urgent interim payment to be released to Friends of Leigue Cemetery, the voluntary group that maintains the grounds around the Ballina cemetery.

    He argued that without a cash injection now – maintenance of the graveyard will become too much, and he says the grounds will revert to the jungle that they were, before Friends of Leigue took over the work, using the annual GMA allocation of 20,000 euro a year.

    However, there was no joy in response to that request.Director of Services Tom Gilligan stated that there are lots of exceptional cases, but said until the present problem at county council level is resolved no monies will be paid out under GMA.

  • There will be no pay-and-display on-street parking charges in Westport.

    That’s after councillors voted yesterday against the recommendation of Mayo County Council officers to introduce the controversial charges

    The decision ends weeks of debate about whether to introduce on-street car parking charges to the town in order to bring it in line with other large towns in the county.

    However, the general municipal allocation (GMA) to local community groups has been cut from €450,000 to €230,000 pending further negotiations.

    Fianna Fail Cllr. Brendan Mulroy says there is more talking to be done but Westport parking charges have been voted off the table.

  • A Status Yellow wind warning for 6 Counties, including Mayo, was issued earlier this morning and is valid until 11am.

     Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes, confirmed to Midwest News this morning that  the effects of storm Lorenzo overnight have "thankfully not caused any significant damage across the County". 

    However, Mayo County Council crews have been out since early morning dealing with incidents of trees down, strewn branches and debris which have been reported in various locations around the County. With the benefit of daylight, a full assessment of all areas will be carried out by  Mayo county Council personnel.

     “As a result of the wind overnight and as the yellow warning remains in place this morning, we would urge the public to continue to exercise caution as you go about your daily routines.”

     Any updates in relation to trees down, roads compromised will be posted on the Mayo County Council website