A proposal to have all 400kv power lines under grounded included in the new Mayo County Council development plan fell at a vote (12-10, with nine councillors absent for the vote ) at a special meeting of the council today.
Sinn Fein Cllr Gerry Murray proposed to have the item inserted as an amendment to the manger's report.
Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin has this week said that works on the Ballina Mains Rehabilitation Scheme will be funded and prioritised this year.
“It was brought to my attention arising out of the Ballina Electoral Area meeting that the council were having problems getting a commitment from Irish Water to proceed with the scheme,” she said. “This was of great concern to me considering the Minister had prioritised and allocated funding for the works last year. The matter is all the more pressing with all the water outages which have been experienced particularly on the Foxford road, Ballina, in the past few weeks. This is not only a waste of water and council resources with council workmen a regular feature on the road out fixing the burst waterpipes, but is also putting homes and businesses under considerable inconvenience and pressure.”
Mayo has received an allocation of €320,000 for works on social housing that will see 31 social housing units in the county be renovated and brought up to standard.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, welcoming the news said: “There is a housing shortage across the country. Families in Mayo are in need of homes. This significant investment will make a huge difference to people in the area.”