Mayo County Council approved its budget for the coming year today, balancing a €159 million fund.

The budget was proposed by the Fianna Fáil whip Cllr Damien Ryan, seconded by Cllr Michael Kilcoyne and agreed by councillors.

A number of amendments were backed councillors in the Chamber today including €150,000 to support Ireland West Airport Knock and €50,000 for a Mental Health and Well-Being project in the county.

€30,000 will be allocated to the Castlebar campus of GMIT as well as €50,000 for tourism projects in the county.

Cllr Damien Ryan says that the Council’s budget will follow the national model of spending our way out of recession.

The Ballinrobe-based cllr told Midwest News that he believes this budget is representative of what Mayo needs at the moment.

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