Mayo County Council

  • 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.




  • 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.

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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.

  • 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

    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 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 on the design of this limited-edition Retro style jersey which has already been received positively by players and supporters alike”.

  • 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

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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




    The state of the market square plaza in Castlebar town centre is "completely unacceptable", according to local Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    A million euro was spent by the now abolished Castlebar Urban council, backed by Mayo County Council, to install what was to be the centrepiece of the town centre development, about 18 years ago.

    The paving stones that cover the square are now literally separating and lifting and are considered a public safety hazard, with a section in the centre of the square cordoned off, for almost three months now.

    Councillor Kilcoyne raised his concerns again over the present situation at the monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District. He claims members of the public will inevitably trip, fall and hurt themselves on the paving stones not cordoned off.

    He told Midwest News today that he and other councillors are completely frustrated at the lack of action by council management in addressing the problem.

    "A million euro in 2000 was a lot of money, and it simply makes no sense," he says, "that the paving stones are now separating and lifting and are left in such a state for a prolonged period."

    Midwest News contacted Mayo County Council today for a response and an update on the timescale proposed to repair the plaza .

    There was no one available for interview, however, John McHale Head of Castlebar Municipal District, stated that weather conditions have not been suitable for the repair work but it will be repaired very shortly.


  • RTE's Operation Transformation is once again joining forces locally with Mayo Sports Partnership to encourage people to become more physically active in 2019.  A number of walks will take place across the country on Saturday 12th January with Mayo walks taking place in Achill, Aughamore, Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Ballinrobe, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris, Kiltimagh, Kilmovee Newport and Westport.

    The walks, either 3 or 5km in length will be led by suitable leaders who will be on hand guide participants through the walk and also to give advice about follow on programmes etc.

    Details of the events are as follows (See also attached poster, please note that all walks commence at 11am with meeting time at 10.30am):

    Walk Locations

    Centre                       Meeting Point & Time                               Time of Walk

    Achill                          Saula National School                                            11am

    Aughamore                Aughamore GAA Club                                           11am

    Ballina                        Belleek Woods                                                       11am

    Ballyhaunis               Friary Field                                                               11am

    Ballinrobe                  The Green                                                                11am

    Belmullet                    Aras Inis Gluaire (Civic Centre)                               11am

    Claremorris                Clare Lake                                                                11am

    Castlebar                   Castlebar Tennis Club                                              11am

    Kiltimagh                   Market Square                                                         11am

    Kilmovee                   Community Centre                                                  11am

    Newport                     The Statue, Medlicott St.                                          11am

    Westport                    Westport GAA Grounds                                           11am

    County co-ordinators Mayo Sports Partnership and local organisers such as Achill Athletic Club, Aughamore GAA Club, Ballina Athletic Club, Ballinrobe GAA Club, Ballyhaunis Sports Network, Castlebar, Claremorris and Claremorris parkruns, Erris Community Health Forum, Kilmovee Community Centre, Newport Business association, Kiltimagh Tourism and Westport GAA and are encouraging people of all age groups to turn out on the day.

    In all the events there is no cost involved, participants are asked to wear loose clothing and to bring some water. However no dogs are allowed. Further information on Operation Transformation can be viewed at :

    Details of Mayo Sports Partnerships follow on 5 week initiative “Operation Get Active Mayo” involving approximately numerous communities / groups throughout Mayo will be promoted at and also in local media. Other Mayo Sports Partnership programmes such as Men on the Move, Couch to 5K, Meet and Train, Swim for a Mile, parkrun, Active 55 etc will also form part of this county wide call.

    If you are interested in getting your community involved in the Get Active Mayo Campaign please contact Community Sports Development Officer Deirdre Donnelly at 094 9064386 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.