Mayo County Council

  • A minute's silence was observed at the start of today's monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, as a mark of respect to former Ireland soccer manager Jack Charlton.

    The former England World Cup winner died at his home in Northumberland on Friday at the age of 85.

    Jack Charlton has close links with Ballina where he and his wife Pat owned a holiday home for a number of years.

    He was also an avid fisherman, and spent much of his free time fishing on the River Moy.

    At today's council meeting, which is being held at the TF Royal Theatre in Castlebar to observe guidelines on social distancing, the Cathaoirleach of the Ballina Municipal District Seamus Weir said Mayo County Council has contacted the FAI to link with their open Book of Condolence for the late Jack Charlton.

    People can leave their message by logging onto www.fai.ie

    The virtual book of condolence will be open for two weeks, and will then be shared with the Charlton family.

     

     

     

     

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    Mayo County Councillors are due to hold a private meeting tonight to discuss the controversial directive that planning issues should not be discussed at county council or municipal district meetings, prior to a decision being made on a planning application.

    Councillors have criticised the directive, which was issued by the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy in March, claiming they should be entitled to raise genuine concerns about planning matters at their meetings.

     

  • Due to the status orange win warning in place from 9pm tonight, Mayo County Council has activated local preparedness plans across all Municipal Districts.

    Due to the combination of storm surge, spring tides and onshore winds, there's a potential risk of coastal flooding.

    The council says a number of road closures are possible, due to Storm Ellen.

    Mayo County Council is advising visitors to the county to be prepared for high winds and severe weather conditions, particularly those on camping and caravan holidays in coastal areas - they're advised to take extra precautions to secure caravans, camping equipment and any other loose items, and follow the advice of campsite management.

    Road users should also be aware of road conditions, and minimise their journeys.

    Motorists should watch out for flooding and for debris on roads - including fallen trees and electricity wires.

     

     

     

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    Mayo County Council, in partnership with Social Innovation Fund Ireland, are hosting an information seminar for local social enterprises to learn more about how they can apply for funding from the new €1.6 million Social Enterprise Development Fund.

    The deadline for applications is March 28th.                 

    The event will take place in the Regional Training Centre in Mayo County Council at the Mall in Castlebar on Monday 19th at 11am.

  • Mayo County Council can confirm that crews were out across the county last night as a result of damage caused by wind. A number of trees were reported down which have now been cleared. Crews are out this morning to continue any clear up required.

     

  • Mayo County Council is dealing with a burst water main in Foxford this evening.

    The burst is to a large main which is located on the Swinford road.

    It is at a significant depth on that road.

    Council crews are working to resolve the issue at present but there is no estimated time for restoration of supply just yet.

  • A dedicated community support helpline will be established in Mayo County Council to assist at-risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health emergency.

    The confidential phoneline service is being established by the new COVID-19 Mayo County Council Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations. The helpline is focused primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels. The role of the Forum is to ensure that there is a co-ordinated community response and to enable all voluntary statutory agencies to collaborate in support of our communities and particularly of our most vulnerable members.

    Included in the COVID-19 Mayo County Council Community Response Forum are:

    • Mayo County Council
    • Health Service Executive
    • An Garda Síochána
    • Other community, voluntary and sports representatives

     

    The new phoneline is just one aspect of the Forum’s work. Its core aim is contributing to the community-wide effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

    Mayo County Council through this group, will ensure that the wide variety of groups working across Mayo to assist those in need, will do so in an organised, collaborative and targeted way. 

    The Council’s COVID-19 Community Response Forum is there to ensure the very best use of the many resources assisting vulnerable persons with their daily needs at this unprecedented time, whether that is collecting medication, food shopping, social support and contact.

    The new helpline will come into effect from tomorrow and the dedicated contact number is 094 -90 64660 with the lines open from 8am to 8PM.

  • The delegation from Mayo County Council due to travel to New York and Philadelphia for St Patricks Day events have decided not to travel.

    The decision was taken this morning.

    The Cathaoirleach Brendan Mulroy and Chief Executive Peter Hynes conveyed their apologies to the Mayo Associations in both Cities. 

    They say it is disappointing that the long tradition cannot be fulfilled in this instance but circumstances dictate a prudent and precautionary approach.  

    Mayo County Council looks forward to future opportunities to reinforce the connection with our Diaspora in the United States when the current Corona Virus crisis has been brought under control

  • Mayo County Council says it is fully supportive of a project which will involve the laying of a fibre optic cable in Clew Bay.

    The local authority’s Head of Marine Michael O’Boyle was speaking after concerns were voiced by the Clare Island Fishermen’s Group at a public meeting this month and also on Midwest News earlier this week.

    Their spokesperson George O’Malley said it is proposed to lay the cable in a free floating unanchored way, on a 25-30km, stretch of seabed north of Clare Island and west of Achill and it is proposed to hold responsible any vessel which snags this cable, which the group says effectively creates a serious hazard at sea.

    The group is also concerned about where the cable is due to make landfall – close to the harbour at Old Head. They say it would cause serious issues and danger for the passenger ferries at that location and are also concerned about the impact on the future development of Old Head as a possible deep sea port.

    In a statement to Midwest News in response yesterday, Aqua Comms, the company seeking the foreshore licence for the project said: there are over one million miles of subsea cable laid across the world and they are a simple and safe technology that facilitate our phone, TV and internet communications.

    There are currently 20 cables landing in Ireland and they do not represent either an obstruction or a hazard.  

    They said the concerns raised are all perfectly understandable, but they are confident that theycan address each and every one.

     

    • The narrow 4-centimetre wide cable will be buried two meters below the seabed. 

     

    • It has a reinforced protective steel coating, weighs 4 kg per metre and cannot float.

     

    • For a small portion of rocky outcrop the cable will be fixed firmly to the seabed, by virtue of its weight and the tension applied.

     

    • The cable is too heavy and strong to be lifted by a fishing boat but if damaged, it automatically switches off.

     

    They also say that they have had a positive engagement with the local ferry operator and from our engagement with the Council we are confident that the cable will not hamper any future development of Old Head.

    Michael O’Boyle has echoed those sentiments and said the council is very excited about the arrival of this second cable on our coastline. He says the technology is safe and is environmentally benign.

    He told Midwest News today that the local authority is extremely confident about the safety of this cable.

     

  • The go-ahead has been given by the Department of Finance for Mayo County Council to purchase the Castlebar Military Barracks, in a move being described as "a hugely significant acquisition by the local authority".

    Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers says the county council plans to develop the barracks, alongside the old convent, car park and surrounding lands for various uses, as part of a master plan for this area of the town centre.

    €11 million was recently allocated to Castlebar under the Urban Regeneration Fund to deliver the project.

    Senator Chambers told Midwest News this morning that it's an exciting development for the county town, now that the title can finally be transferred to Mayo Co Co....

  • A spokesperson for Mayo County Council has told Midwest News that their gritting crews will be on stand-by this weekend to deal with the hot weather’s impact on the tar.

    Martina Hughes, Head of Communications said so far this week, crews have been busy gritting the worst affected areas and they will continue to do so over the course of the weekend.

    Motorists are asked to exercise caution when travelling in the hot weather.

    Ms Hughes also reminded people to be mindful of the Met Eireann Weather warnings in place, householder, farmers and businesses are asked to avoid un-necessary use of water to prevent any weather-related shortages and encourage people to take extra care in the water and exercise caution at all times.

    Motorists are also advised to keep their windshields clean, adjust your speed when driving in the sun and understand that other drivers may also slow down significantly, or even stop suddenly due to sun glare.

    Continue to use your headlights, even on very bright days and look after animals and never leave dogs unattended in vehicles during the hot weather.

    Another heatwave related issue is forest and gorse fires. Mayo County Council’s Fire Department is warning people not to light fires, that also includes camp fires and bonfires, either intentionally or accidently during the extremely dry weather.

  • Mayo County Council has signed up to a partnership with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.

    At a ceremony during the Mayo Day event at Turlough House in Castlebar, then Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Blackie Gavin and Chief Executive Peter Hynes signed a framework agreement with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan to formalise Mayo County Council’s long-term commitment to support pollinators in the county.

    The plan is a cross-sector initiative, led by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, with local authorities, farmers, businesses, schools and local communities to support pollinators such as bees. Ireland depends on pollinating insects to pollinate our crops, fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately many of our pollinators are now threatened with extinction.

    Parks Superintendent with Mayo County Council Peter Gill told Midwest News that the plan is a progressive and necessary one. 

  • Despite not attending today's meeting, Mayo County Council have nominated Sean Gallagher to run as a candidate in the Presidential Election.

    Councillors voted by 12 to 10 in favour of a proposal to back the independent candidate.

    Mr Gallagher's candidacy was supported by Fianna Fáil and Independent members of the Council. 

    Only one of those seeking a nomination attended a special meeting of the local authority in Castlebar this morning and that was Sarah Louise Mulligan.

    Mr Gallagher was not present for the vote. 

    A number of prospective candidates seeking endorsements from local authorities to contest the Presidential Election next month will appear before council meetings today. 

  • Mayo County Council is encouraging householders across the county to avail of its free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day this Saturday.

    From 9am to 1pm on Saturday, certain hazardous wastes found around the home can be disposed of free of charge at the Rathroeen Civic Amenity Centre on the Killala Road in Ballina.

    Many everyday household items, fluids and containers are considered hazardous to both the environment and human health if not stored and disposed of correctly.

    Even common household items such as cooking oil and detergents can be considered hazardous if not treated with proper care and consideration.

    A full list of items accepted is available on www.mayococo.ie and also on www.facebook.com/greeningmayo.

  • As the festive season draws to a close this weekend, householders are urged to avail of recycling centres being made available across Co Mayo for Christmas trees. 

    Mayo County Council has identified 12 drop-off points across the county, and is asking householders to ensure all decorations are removed from trees before recycling them. 

    In Achill the location is besdie the Bottle Banks at Keel; in Ballina it's at the reception area at Rathroeen Landfill Site on the Killala Road, Ballina; in Ballinrobe at the Mayo County Council Area Office Depot, Kilmaine Road; in Balllyhaunis at the Bottle Banks in the Car Park; in Belmullet at the Civic Office Car Park, Church Road; in Castlebar  at the Municipal District Depot at Moneen and at Horkan's Garden Centre; in Claremorris at the Car Park at the Area Office on Kilcolman Road; in Louisburgh at the Car Park on Chapel Street; in Newport at the Recycling Centre at Derrinumera Landfill Site; in Swinford at the Mayo County Council Pound, Kilkelly, Swinford; in Westport at the Council Depot, on the Ballinrobe Road, Westport between 8am-4.30pm. 

     

  • Leprechauns are taking to social media to help promote road safety this St Patrick's weekend.

    Cut-out selfie boards are being set up all around County Mayo to remind people not to risk drinking and driving.

    The council's Road Safety Officer, Noel Gibbons told Midwest News today that he hopes the selfie boards will resonate with drivers.

  • Mayo county council is to proceed to contract on both the Bunadober, the Neale and Ballyhankeen, Hollymount minor flood mitigation works.

    That has been confirmed this morning by local Fine Gael councillor Patsy O’Brien.

    It is expected that both schemes will be completed before the end of the year 

    Councillor O’Brien says he welcomes this development as important works are required in both locations.

  • Mayo County Council’s Senior Management Team and Severe Weather Group met this morning and have decided that Mayo County Council will close its offices, including the Libraries and Civic Amenities from 2pm this afternoon until Monday next at 9am.

    Essential services from our Winter Maintenance crews will remain in place in addition to any staff supporting the local authority’s response to this severe weather event.

    There are emergency contact numbers for all areas of the Local Authority.

    In Ballina, it’s 096-76159; in Ballinrobe it’s 087-9940183; in Belmullet 087-6579348; in Castlebar 094-9034706; in Claremorris 086-0450200; in Westport South 087-6474150; Westport (Newport and North) 087-6540206 and Swinford links Ballina out of hours.

  • Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes has issued an update following a local crisis management team meeting earlier today. 

    Following snow overnight in much of the county, Mayo County Council gritting teams have been out since early morning dealing with main roads and priority routes across the County. 

    While main routes are treated they are encouraging the public to exercise caution on secondary routes that are not gritted. 

    Mayo County Council is monitoring weather conditions in the North Mayo area where significant snow fall overnight has left many sideroads in a challenging condition.  

    Again the message for the public in that particular area is to exercise caution. 

    The emergency contact numbers for specific area offices are listed on the Mayo County Council website.   Further updates from Mayo County Council will be posted across our social media channels.

  • Storm Deirdre will bring an orange wind warning for the country from 3 o'clock this afternoon.

    A Status Yellow wind warning is already in place for Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Donegal, Cork and Waterford while a Status Yellow rainfall warning is also in effect until midnight tonight.

    Severe gusts could reach 130 kilometres per hour by late afternoon, while heavy rain of up to 50 millimetres is expected to fall.

    Mayo County Council has issued a Level 2 alert for wind and rain from 3.00 this afternoon until midnight.

    In a statement to Midwest News this morning a spokesperson for Mayo County Council says they are continuously monitoring weather conditions and road crews and Fire Service personnel will be deployed to respond to emergency situations around the county should they arise.

    Mayo County Council urge the public to be vigilant during the duration of the warning  It is important that people within the affected area of a weather warnings are prepared appropriately for anticipated conditions.

    There is a possibility that weather warnings can be extended or deteriorated conditions last longer than anticipated. Once the weather warning has passed, please remain vigilant and exercise caution as debris and fallen trees may be on any routes.

    Mayo County Council will provide updated information on their social media channels where appropriate.