Mayo News

  • The Department of Education is now actively involved in trying to sort out an issue with a lease, which is preventing work from progressing on new accomodation approved for Newtownwhite Educate Together National School.

    That's according to Mayo-based FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who raised the issue in the Seanad this week.

    Approval was recently given to additional classrooms at the Educate Together school near Ballina, but the works cannot go ahead until issues with the lease are resolved.

    The Education Minister told the Seanad this week that his Department is engaging with the various stakeholders involved, to try and regularise the position with the lease.

  • The details of an exhibition honouring the victims of the Magdalene laundries will be revealed later.

    It will form part of the flagship temporary exhibitions at the National Museum of Ireland for 2019.

    The exhibitions will span the museum's four sites in Dublin and one in Mayo.

    New Director, Lynn Scarff, says some exhibitions over the next few months will provide exclusive content:

  • The disparity in what the GAA gives back per player in each county from its ticket sales in the National Leagues and All Ireland Championship matches, is unfair according to a Mayo Senator.

    Erris based Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has questioned the GAA president on how and why the decision to increase ticket prices for this year’s Leagues and All-Ireland matches was reached.

    The Senator is concerned that new GAA pricing model could prevent loyal supporters from attending matches, particularly families where a number of tickets need to be purchased.

    She was speaking at a special address to the Seanad by Mr. John Horan, where she raised what she sees as the inequity in prices paid back to clubs per player from ticket sales.

  • Drainage works will get underway in the Childers Heights area of Ballina in the next 2-3 weeks.

    That’s according to local Fine Gael Cllr John O’Hara.

    Cllr O’Hara says this is good news for those who live in the area, as there had been a problem with flooding on one side of the estate.

    He says this work will alleviate the problem and a total of €10,000 is being made available to spend on the project.

  • An Erris Councillor says the way in which customer issues are dealt with by Eir is crazy.  

    Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle was speaking after highlighting the case of a 93-year-old woman is his area, who has been without a phone for two weeks. The phone is also connected the lady’s panic pendulum.

    There is no mobile coverage in the woman’s house, so Cllr Coyle took it upon himself to call Eir on the woman’s behalf, with her permission, to report the fault.

    Cllr Coyle was told he could not report the fault on the woman’s behalf, and she would have to call herself.

    He says it would have meant taking the woman out of her home, to bring her to an area where there is mobile coverage, to call them herself.

  • An Erris Senator has responded to assurances given by Minister for Older People Jim Daly and Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring in relation to Belmullet District Hospital.

    Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly told the Dail yesterday evening that Belmullet District Hospital will not be downgraded under his watch.

    It came as concerns over the facility and Aras Deirbhle were raised by Fianna Fail Deputy Leader, Mayo TD Dara Calleary yesterday on a Topical Issue.

    Minister Daly said that there will be no downgrading of facilities for older people while he is in office and that includes Belmullet.

    However he said he cannot stand over staff being allocated to empty beds if that is proven to be the case.

    Minister Daly has also confirmed that he will visit the hospital at the end of this month, or in the very early days of July.

    The assurances from Minister Daly were welcomed this morning by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring. He says that it is a case of some people trying to make political gain out of a situation that is simply not happening.  

    However Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh told Midwest News that the responses from Minister Daly and Minister Ring were not adequate and questions remain unanswered.

    She says she wants to know if there will be 20 beds in place at Belmullet District Hospital at the end of this process and also why GPs cannot make referrals to the hospital and further to that, why referrals cannot be made from the Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital to Belmullet.

    Senator Conway-Walsh outlined her remaining concerns to Midwest News this lunchtime.

  • The National Museum of Ireland has revealed highlights of its programme of activities for 2019.

    Among the events confirmed are 5 temporary exhibitions this year and one of those is due to be based in the National Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar.

    Kitchen Power: Women’s experiences of rural electrification will run from July 2019 to May 2020.

    The exhibition will look at the impact of rural electrification and in particular the effect of it on women in Irish homes in the 1950s and 1960s, in terms of changing the physical environment of the home, as domestic electrical products were introduced and used in rural areas.

    The Principal Investigator for the project is Dr Sorcha O’Brien of Kingston School of Art, who will curate the exhibition in partnership with Noel Campbell of the National Museum of Country Life.

  • Fáilte Ireland will invest €150million into developing major new visitor attractions of scale across the country.

    The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross today launched Fáilte Ireland’s new Platforms for Growth initiative which will “transform the tourism landscape across the country” according to CEO Paul Kelly.

    The programme of investment is Fáilte Ireland’s largest yet, and forms part of its Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects which runs up to 2022.

    Major new visitor attractions of scale will be developed and existing attractions greatly enhanced through Platforms for Growth, with Fáilte Ireland making individual grants available for large-scale visitor attractions of €2.5million upwards.

    A series of workshops will be held around the country including in Mayo to guide organisations and businesses on the application process.

    Breaffy House Hotel will host a workshop on Tuesday June 18th from 10am until 1pm.

  • A farmer with cattle can commercially tax a new jeep while a farmer without cattle, owning just sheep cannot, and according to Independent West Mayo Councillor Michael Holmes the situation is simply crazy.

    He argued at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, this kind of an anomaly is just one of many that is causing young people not to opt to farm or live in rural Ireland.

    The councillor says the deterioration of services generally in rural Ireland is causing decimation of farms and people.

    A recent survey undertaken in a part of West Mayo showed that in 15 years time the 70 herd or flock owners now in the area, will be reduced to less than 20 and he says something has to be done to address rural decline.

    He says he is personally aware of up to ten small businesses in the west Mayo area that have decided or are seriously considering closing down at present.

  • Farmers with any number of sheep or involved in any sector of farming can tax their vehicle commercially in Mayo.

    That was confirmed by Mulranny based Independent Councillor Michael Holmes, following a meeting this week with Peter Duggan Head of Finance with Mayo County Council.

    Cllr Holmes says sheep farmers with any size flock or farmers involved in any enterprise can now tax their vehicle commercially.

    Mayo IFA had met with the Mayo Motor Tax Office last week and following that meeting it was confirmed that sheep farmers with a flock of 20 or more, or farmers in certain enterprises would quality for commercial tax only.

    However Cllr Holmes says Mr Duggan contacted the motor tax office during their meeting and those exclusions will not apply.

  • A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has expressed her concern that serious regulatory breaches and poor hygienic conditions were found at the adult mental health unit in Mayo University Hospital following an inspection by the Mental Health Commission.

    Deputy Lisa Chambers says she was alarmed to read the report which identified risks to patients at the hospital. She said it is of concern that there were not enough therapeutic programmes in place and staff shortages were limiting occupational therapy, psychology and social work services.

    A report published yesterday shows the acute adult mental health centre was compliant with 61% of regulations, rules and codes of practice - down from 74% compliance in 2017.

    Of the 14 areas of non-compliance, 4 were deemed critical - including staffing and individual care plans for residents.

    The report says the premises was not clean, and rooms were not well-ventilated, while the walls had chipped paint with cigarette burns in the carpets.

    Numerous ligature risks were identified, and not all staff were trained in fire safety, basic life support, and management of aggression or violence.

    The standard of individual care plans for residents was very poor, according to inspectors.

    22 areas of inspection were compliant, according to the report, with ten of these areas rated excellent.

    Deputy Chambers told Midwest News that she is concerned about the findings and will be raising the matter with the Minister for Health.

  • The Fine Gael Executive Council has added Donna Sheridan as a candidate for the Castlebar local election area in Mayo.

    Ms Sheridan will contest the Local Elections on Friday, May 24 along with her party colleagues; Cllr Cyril Burke, Ger Deere and Eugene McCormack, who were all selected at the Castlebar convention on February 10 last.

    Fine Gael’s Executive Council met on Wednesday night in Dublin and decided to add Ms Sheridan to the ticket in the Mayo constituency.

    Ms Sheridan, a qualified teacher, is originally from Brownhall, Balla and now lives in Castlebar. She works for the Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board as Further Education and Training Co-ordinator and is also a member of the TUI National Executive.

    Previously Donna’s colleagues elected her as a member of the Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board and also onto the National Executive of the Teachers Union of Ireland.

     Fine Gael has held 133 of 166 selection conventions to date with 304 candidates selected of which 81 (27%) are women.


  • Five social houses are due to be completed in Bonniconlon by March 2020.

    Furthermore, the local authority also acquired two houses in an estate in Bonniconlon, which will be completed in the next month.

    The news was confirmed this week and has been welcomed by local Fine Gael Cllr John O’Hara.

  • Former Mayo County Councillor Michael Burke has been added to the Fine Gael ticket in the Claremorris electoral area to contest the local elections next month.

    Michael will be contesting in the Ballinrobe town and South Mayo area to try and win back a seat for the party in the area.

    Michael says he is well aware of the needs and challenges the area faces and is willing to do his very best to serve this community as he has done so in the past. He says Ballinrobe is the largest town in Mayo without a resident councillor and he feels the area is suffering without one.

  • Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to take up his first business-related role since stepping down as leader of the country.

    The Mayo TD will be chairman of an advisory council for a private equity group that will invest in Ireland according to the Irish Times.

    The announced was made in recent days by Kieran McLoughlin, who resigned as chief executive of The Ireland Funds, a philanthropic organisation, in October of last year.

    In an email Mr McLoughlin is reported to have told friends that he has now been appointed as CEO of Venture-Wave Capital, an Irish fund manager. He said the organisation, based in Merrion Street, Dublin – near Government buildings, would be focused on so-called impact investing, which aims to deliver commercial returns to investors through backing socially responsible companies and enterprises.

    He said in the email that our potential to support Ireland is reflected in the fact that former Taoiseach Enda Kenny has agreed to chair their global advisory council, the first appointment he has accepted since leaving office.

  • The final three seats in the Midlands Northwest European constituency were filled last night in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar.

    Sitting Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan was elected following the 13th count, after surpassing the quota with 121,824 votes.

    Returning Officer Fintan Murphy declared Fine Gael’s Maria Walsh from Shrule and sitting MEP Matt Carthy of Sinn Fein elected also, without reaching the quota on that 13th count – with 107,198 votes and 98,732 votes respectively.

    Those three join Fine Gael's Mairead McGuinness who was returned following the first count on Monday afternoon. 

    Independent Peter Casey, who told Midwest News yesterday that he intends to stand in the next General Election, finished in fifth place overall with 78.632 votes.


  • Foxford will host its inaugural Easter parade today.

    The parade itself gets underway at 3.30pm and will be preceded by live entertainment, an Easter Egg hunt and lots of other novelty events from 2pm on Main Street.

    The decision was taken to hold an Easter parade in Foxford this year, after logistics prevented the St Patrick’s Day parade happening in March.

    Local Councillor Neil Cruise told Midwest News that there will be something for everyone in Foxford today.

  • Friday night's full moon means higher tides and stronger currents along the coastline this weekend.

    That's according to Irish Water Safety which is appealing to all to take care when taking part in any activities in or near the sea this weekend.

    Despite high temperatures on land, coastal and inland water temperatures will only reach between 8 and 10 degrees.

  • Funding of almost €780,000 has been announced today to improve private rural roads in Mayo through the Local Improvement Scheme.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has confirmed that he has allocated €778,496 to Mayo County Council for improvement to rural non-public roads in Mayo under the 2019 LIS.

    Minister Ring says that over 155 roads in Mayo have been improved and upgraded since the scheme was re-introduced in 2017.

    He has also confirmed that he has amended the scheme, so that participants will pay a maximum contribution of €1,200.


    Galway East TD and Minister of State for Rural Affairs Seán Canney has announced Government funding for the county's local roads under the Local Improvement Scheme.

    Galway County has received €856,959 for minor roads that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the county council.

    In Roscommon funding of €355,104 has been allocated for private and non-public roads, funding which has been welcomed by local Independent TD Denis Naughten.


  • Funding of over €3.3 million has been allocated for 34 community organisations across Co Mayo.

    The funding has been announced by the Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring under his Department's Community Services Programme for 2019, and will assist these organisations in meeting staff costs.



    An Sportlann, Ballinrobe


    Ballina Community Sports Centre Company 


    Ballina Heritage & Costume Company 


    Ballintubber Abbey Trust Designated Activity Company


    Ballycastle Community Hall Company 


    Ballyheane Community Sports Club Company 


    Brickens Logboy Tulrahan Housing Association Company 


    Castlebar Social Services Company 


    Claremorris Irish Centre for Housing Company 


    Clár Regional Centre Company, Claremorris 


    Claremorris Community Radio Company 


    Claremorris Social & Family Centre Company 


    Comharchumann Forbartha Chill tSeadna Teoranta, Bangor Erris


    Comhlacht Forbartha Áitiuíl Acla, Achill


    Community Radio Castlebar


    Cong Community Centre


    Crossmolina Community Council


    Custom House Studios, Westport


    Dolmen Clubhouse, Ballina 


    Dolmen Rainbows, Ballina


    Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre


    Ionad Ealaiona Iorras Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta, Belmullet


    Killala Community Council (Newstart) 


    Kilmovee Community Housing


    Knockmore/Rathduff Economic and Social Development Company


    Lacken Sports And Recreation Association


    Mayo Celtic Holidays Limited, Kiltimagh


    Mayo North Family Heritage Centre Company, Eniscoe 


    Moy Innovations Company, Ballina


    Moy Valley Community Services Company, Ballina 


    Sean Duffy Community Cenre, Ballina


    Seirbihisi Curam Chill Chomain Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta, Kilcummin


    The Father Patrick Peyton C.S.C. Memorial Company, Ballina


    Turasóireacht Acla Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta, Achill