• An Bord Pleanala has sought further information from Mayo County Council in relation to the proposed construction of a new bridge at Glenisland, on the main Castlebar to Belmullet road.

    Funding of 500,000 euro was granted in 2015 for the construction of a new bridge at Mucknagh/Kilgarriff in Glenisland and realignment works. However An Bord Pleanala has sought additional information on a number of occasions, with the latest request arriving on January 18th.

    Erris based Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle says if the situation wasn’t so serious it would be amusing.

    He says he cannot understand why the planning authority cannot see the urgency in completing this project, given the safety concerns on that road.

  • An Bord Pleanala has granted permission for realignment works at Glenisland on the R312 road linking Castlebar and Belmullet.

    Following a lengthy planning process, the go-ahead has now been given for a realignment of a section of the road to replace the existing route, and a new bridge at Glenisland.

    Welcoming the decision today, Mayo County Council said the realignment project will be a priority in the coming months.

    CEO of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes says enhancing road safety and connectivity is a priority for the council, and these improvement works on the R312 will enhance the quality of our road network.

    Belmullet-based FG Councillor Gerry Coyle has also welcomed the decision, but questioned why it has taken over four years to get planning,  since funding was announced for this project in 2015.....

  • An Erris Councillor has asked why it is taking An Bord Pleanala so long to make a decision about works on a bridge on the R312 road from Castlebar to Erris.

    Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle raised the matter of the bridge at Glenisland under the manager’s report at a recent meeting of Mayo County Council.

    Funding of €500,000 has been allocated for works to take place on the narrow bridge, but An Bord Pleanala has requested further information on the natura impact statement.

    Cllr Coyle says the additional information was submitted to An Bord Pleanala at the end of July but no decision has been issued.

    He says this road is badly in need of repair works and flooding has already caused issues this winter.

    Cllr Coyle says this particular job is a simple one, once the go ahead is given for it but it is being held up by red tape.

  • There are some delays reported on the R312 Castlebar to Belmullet road this evening as services try to recover a bus which went off road earlier.

    The bus left the road North of Beltra school on the R312 Road from Castlebar to Belmullet.

    The road is not fully closed to traffic.

    However, motorists are advised to L1400 Glenhest road at Beltra crossroads and then onto R317  Newport to Belmullet road, and vice versa.

  • 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 action group campaigning for improvements to the R312 road between Castlebar and Erris have expressed disappointment at the funding being provided under Mayo County Council's capital programme over the next 3 years.

    Under the capital programme for regional roads, €450,000 has been allocated for the R312 this year and €950,000 for 2021, with no allocation for 2022.

    However, campaigners say the bulk of this funding will be needed just to replace the bridge and realign a section of road at Glenisland.

    This road was listed as a number one priority by Mayo County Council several years ago, but local campaigners are disappointed with the funding allocated in the capital programme, and are meeting with Minister Michael Ring this weekend to discuss the matter.


    Mayo Co Co has confirmed that the R312 Belmullet to Castlebar road is open this morning but motorists are advised to drive with extreme care, as loose stone and debris have been washed onto the road following yesterday's flooding.

    Drivers are advised  to use an alternative route if possible, as debris may cause damage to vehicles and cause the road to be slippery.