Mayo County Council

  • Today's monthly meeting of Mayo County Council was a much smaller event than usual, due to social distancing measures during the Coronavirus outbreak.

    Only 9 of the 30 elected councillors were in attendance at Aras an Condae, along with the council Chief Executive and two reporters.

    At the start of the meeting, all of those attending took part in a one-minute clap for the frontline staff working during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The applause was followed by a one-minute silence to remember the Mayo people who have died from the Covid-19 virus.

    In a report issued to Councillors this afternoon, Mayo Co Co said the Covid-19 outbreak in Mayo continues to escalate, particularly in residential care facilities, with new hot spots in the north of the county.

    The council says this is a major concern - as is the age profile of our community, and the large number of residential care and retirement homes - both public and private - throughout the county.

    The report says adherence to health authority guidelines, including travel and social distancing, will play a major part in determining how quickly the outbreak here can be brought under control.

    The latest county breakdown shows there are 312 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Mayo - higher than the neighbouring Co Galway with 283 cases, and 76 in both Roscommon and Sligo.

    The Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne says questions need to be answered as to why Mayo has a higher rate of coronavirus, compared to Galway with much larger population.

    The Independent Councillor is also asking why the number of staff at Mayo University Hospital with confirmed or suspected cases of Cobid-19 is higher than at any other hospital in the Saolta Group.

  • The monthly meeting of Mayo County Council was adjourned early yesterday evening as a mark of respect to a number of elected councillors and council staff, who have been recently bereaved.

    The death has occurred of Sinn Fein councillor Joe McHale’s mother, the brother of Mulranny based Independent councillor Michael Holmes, the mother of the local authority’s financial controller Peter Duggan, and the son of the late Mayo county councillor and TD PJ Morley.

    Councillors and council management expressed their condolences on the deaths.

  • A Boil water notice has been issued for businesses and customers supplied by the Knock Airport Public Water Supply.

    Following advice from the HSE, Irish Water and Mayo County Council the notice has been put in place.

    This also affects Cloonlyon Group Water Scheme along with Knock Airport, Cloonlyon National School and approximately 15 households.  

    The Boil Water Notice has been put in place following the detection of cryptosporidium in the Knock Airport Public Water Supply.

    Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Mayo County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible. Irish Water and Mayo County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting the Boil Water Notice as soon as practicable.

    In the meantime, all customers of this supply are advised to boil water before use until further notice.

  • A do not drink notice has been issued for the Cloonmore/Cloonlavish Group Water Scheme.

    Mayo County Council issued the warning today for the scheme, located west of Knock, as it emerged that the group’s water scheme is contaminated by oil.

    Following advice from the Health Services Executive, Mayo County Council issued the do not drink notice, which means water cannot be used for drinking, preparing or cooking food, brushing teeth or making ice.

    The county council has warned people to discard ice cubes and water in fridges and freezers and that domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink.

  • Mayo County Council says it's unacceptable that some drivers are putting the lives of road workers in danger, by breaking traffic lights and speeding through roadworks.

    Representatives of An Garda Siochana, Mayo County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland launched a campaign in Balla this morning, to remind road users that roadworks are like any other workplace, and road workers have a right to work in a safe environment.

    CCTV cameras have been installed where the N60 is being upgraded on the outskirts of Balla, in a bid to crack down on motorists breaking traffic lights and speeding through the roadworks site, and Gardai say prosecutions will follow.

    Initially, there were over 200 motorists breaking the red lights at the roadworks - this has improved since the CCTV cameras were installed, according to Mayo's Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons.

    However, he says a small minority of drivers are still putting roadworkers lives in danger by not taking care when they go through roadworks.

    Speaking to Midwest News in Balla today, Noel Gibbons said this campaign will also be extended to other roadwork sites across the county....

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council is working to restore the water supply to Corclough West, Belmullet following a watermain burst.

    Approximately 65 homes in Corclough West, Gladree, Tarmoncarra and surrounding areas including houses on the Aghadoon Group Water Scheme which are supplied by the Erris Regional 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 4pm 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.

  • The Offices of Mayo County Council remain closed today in line with the Red Alert issued yesterday and the ongoing orange alert in place currently. Offices will reopen on Monday morning at 9am.Essential services from our Winter Maintenance crews continue to remain in place in addition to any Staff supporting our response to this severe weather event.  

    The emergency contact numbers for the areas of the Local Authority are outlined below.  Ongoing communications in relation to gritting will continue to be posted across all Mayo County Council Social Media.

     

    Mayo County Council encourage the public to continue to adhere to advice been given for this severe weather event.  We encourage drivers to always exercise caution when driving in poor weather conditions. Be Winter-ready, be prepared, stay safe.

     

     

    Ballina:                                                     096 76159

    Ballinrobe:                                               087 9940183

    Belmullet:                                                087 6579348

    Castlebar:                                                094 9034706

    Claremorris:                                            086 0450200

    Westport (South):                                  087 6474150

    Westport (Newport & North):            087 6540206

    Swinford links to Ballina out of hours

     

     

  • There was extensive rain overnight which has led to flooding in many parts of the region.

    Residents in Crossmolina are closely monitoring the situation with the water level of the River Deel reaching bridge height this morning.

    However, sources say they are hopeful that there is no great risk to the situation getting any worse in the town or any damage to businesses.

    The message local business people are getting out today is that the town is very much open for business.

    Meanwhile, Clare Lake/McMahon Park in Claremorris has been closed today due to extensive flooding.

    Mayo County Council says there is localised flooding in parts of Swinford, Ballina and Killala this morning as well as several parts of the Erris region.

    The Mayo Road Safety Officer, Noel Gibbons, has issued an appeal to motorists to exercise caution on the roads due to flooding at a number of locations.

  • The failure of Mayo County Council to clean out many of the gullies in Castlebar town is leading to flooding concerns.

    According to the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne, you could get a cock of hay off the vegetation growing out of some of the town’s gullies at present.

     The Independent councillor had asked the authority six months ago to clean them out, but he says the situation remains the same and he raised his concerns again at the September meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.

  • A farm family in the West Mayo Municipal District area have received a letter from the Enforcement  section of Mayo County Council telling them that the National Parks and Wildlife say they are breaking the law having installed a cattle crush on their farm.

    That’s according to Erris based Fine Gael Councillor Gerry Coyle. The Councillor says its wrong that any farm family should be threatened with action from the local authority for doing what the Department of Agriculture says is necessary for a vet’s inspection.

    At the monthly meeting of Mayo county council earlier this week Councillor Coyle raised the plight of the young family, where the father works in the UK and returns home every second weekend to his family and called on the CEO Peter Hynes to clarify if the Enforcement Section of Mayo County Council is acting as arm of the National Parks and Wildlife and asked why is it doing so.

    Cllr Coyle told Midwest News that it’s not acceptable that any family should be put under this stress for erecting a cattle crush on their farm.

  • A five member delegation from Mayo county council is in the US since last Saturday for the St Patrick Day Festivities.

    The group led by the Cathaoirleach Richard Finn, is joined by councillors Annie Mae Reape, Michael Holmes and Gerry Coyle together with Director of Services for Mayo County Council,Peter Duggan.

    They arrived in New York for the presentation of the Mayo Association Person of the year gala event in Queens.

    Yesterday morning (Sunday) they headed to Philadelphia to take part in the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade.

    They are travelling to Rhode Island today and will stay until Wednesday as they meet with business interests working with local employment offices  under the Ireland West International Trade Centre initiative.

    On Thursday they travel to Boston to meet the Mayo Association there and other business interests.

    On Friday they return to New York to march in the be in the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in the city.

  • Gardai in Belmullet are advising motorists that due to extensive flooding along the R312 Belmullet to Castlebar road at Keenagh the road is now impassable.
    Mayo County Council has been informed of the problem.

     

  • The former Estoria Cinema building located in Ballina town, should be made a protected structure . That was the joint motion put forward by Independent councillors Gerry Ginty and Seamus Weir at this week’s Ballina Municipal District meeting, held in the Community Centre in Bonniconlon.

    The building owned by Mayo County Council, is leased at present to Ballina Men's Shed group.

    The councillors say the structure is of significance as a piece of art deco architecture, it also is part of the town’s social history and in addition, the Men’s Shed Group are keen to restore the structure.

    In response the Manager of Ballina Municipal District Marie Crowley explained to the councillors that there are financial implications to listing a building in this way. She said any work on a protected structure building is restricted and tends to be costly.

  • A major water leak has developed in Foxford on the Swinford Road.

    Mayo County Council personnel are in attendance at the scene of the leak.

    Due to the size of the pipe & its depth, water service will be disrupted for a number of hours in the Foxford area.

    People in the area are advised to conserve water for the remainder of the day.

  • Councillors in the West Mayo Municipal District were informed today that the GMA funding for 2020 - which provides grants for community and voluntary organisations - has been "paused".

    Council officials said the funding approved by councillors will not be paid out for now, as Mayo County Council does not have the income to pay the grants.

    The issue was discussed this afternoon at the monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, which took place in Castlebar.

    We'll have a full report from Teresa O'Malley on Evening Edition.....

     

  • Irish Water, in partnership with Mayo County Council, is starting construction works  for new wastewater treatment facilities at Foxford, Killala and Charlestown.

    A total investment of €19 million is being invested to achieve environmental compliance and provide for the existing population and future needs of the towns.

    The Killala Sewerage Scheme will stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Killala Bay.

    The Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will provide new and upgraded treatment plants for both towns to meet the current populations and will provide for future growth in the areas.

    Any businesses from Killala Foxford or Charlestown interested  in receiving further information about these three projects are invited to attend an  information hour  in the theatre at the Foxford Woollen Mills.

    The Information Hour takes place in the Foxford Woollen Mills between 12:30 and 13:30 tomorrow afternoon at the Foxford Woollen Mills Theatre

     

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Ballina to improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

    The works involve the replacement of approximately 1700 metres of old problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipe material.

    This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited. Works are due to commence in mid-September and will take approximately 16 weeks to complete. Once complete, customers will benefit from a more consistent water supply due to the reduction in instances of bursts and leaks.

    The section of works will take place between Circular Road, Pound Street, Killala Road and Libadore. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

    Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

    Traffic management will be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. Irish Water understands that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.

    Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278if they have any questions about the project.

     

  • Joe McHale from Castlebar has been co-opted onto Mayo County Council, to take the seat recently vacated by Terése Ruane.

    At a selection convention held in Castlebar over the weekend, Joe McHale defeated Donna Hyland to take the Sinn Fein seat on the local authority in the Castlebar Municipal District.

    Térese Ruane recently retired from the council after 8 years as a public representative, due to work commitments.

    Joe McHale is a long-serving member of Sinn Fein who was unsuccessful in contesting previous elections.

  • Mayo County Council have announced Irish band Keywest as headliners of the music stage at this year’s Mayo Day Festivities at the Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Co. Mayo, on Mayo Day, Saturday, May 4th.

    Keywest is a multi-award winning, multi-platinum selling band from the UK and Ireland. They are a 4 piece band based in Dublin that have created an infusion of folk, rock and pop.

    Mags Connell, #MayoDay 2019 Project Manager, welcomed the announcement; “It is a great coup for us to announce an act like Keywest as headliner of our #MayoDay celebrations in Turlough House. They are one of the fastest rising Irish acts and with some strong Mayo support acts on the day it promises to deliver some brilliant entertainment.” 

    Mayo Harpist Lisa Canny, The Midfield Pipe Band, Cronin, Hit Machine Drummers, Tommy Stenson- Sean Nós Dancer and Castlebar singer-songwriter Aiden Bolger will also be performing on Mayo Day, May 4, 2019, in Turlough House.

  • Mayo County Council is reminding people that hedges and trees on the edge of private property are the responsibility of the occupier or owner. Greenery mustn't block road signs or street lights, or block views at junctions.

    In an effort to raise awareness on tree and hedge cutting, the authority is reminding landowners that they should avail of the few weeks left in the open season for hedge cutting until February 29.

    Under the Roads Act of 1993 landowners are obliged to take all reasonable care to ensure that trees, ditches, hedges and other vegetation growing on their land are not a danger to people using or working on a public road or public footpath and that liability for damage or injury resulting from such hazards will rest with the landowner/occupier.

    Between March 1 and August 31, 2020, hedge cutting is not permissible, especially since this is the main bird breeding season. However, there are exceptions, such as when the hedge overhangs a highway, road or footpath over which there is a public or private right of way and the overhanging hedge obstructs the passage of, or is a danger to, vehicles, pedestrians or horse riders.

    Director of Services, Tom Gilligan told Midwest News today that hedge cutting and vegetation burning is prohibited from March 1 through to August 31, “to protect wild birds during the nesting and breeding season so we are reminding land occupiers or owners to avail of the remaining weeks to cut back hedges which border roadways in the interest of Safety.”

    The Council is also reminding landowners and occupiers that notices may be served on those who do not comply with their statutory obligations.