• The four Councillors elected last month for the Westport electoral area, and the three councillors elected in Belmullet must work together - regardless of their political persuasion - to further develop the towns and communities from Louisburg to Belmullet.

    That's according to Independent Councillor Christy Hyland, who was yesterday elected Cathaoirleach of the West Mayo Municipal District, which includes both the Belmullet and Westport electoral areas.

    Councillor Hyland was nominated for the position by Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy and seconded by newly-elected Councillor Sean Carey.

    Speaking with Midwest News, Councillor Hyland said there are exciting times ahead, and he wants all 7 councillors to work together to help encourage job creation across the Municipal District.