(1) Why are you running for election?
Because I have a lot of work to do to make Mayo an even better place. After years spent trying to figure the system out, I feel ready now to give back. Even if I don' t get elected I will always be glad I put myself forward.
Labour Party Castlebar town councillor Harry Barrett has this week responded to an article in last week’s edition of the Mayo Advertiser, where Fine Gael councillor Brendan Heneghan accused Cllr Barrett of using negative tactics in the debate about unemployment and job creation in the town.
Cllr Barrett said this week: "I am very surprised by the councillor's outburst. However, I will continue with my campaign, or tactics, as the article suggests, until Castlebar receives its fair share of investment by IDA sponsored industries and until 1,000 new production jobs are located in this town.”
Following similar proposals in Ballina and then Westport, Castlebar is to look to obtain Purple Flag status. Sinn Fein councillor Therese Ruane was to propose a motion calling for the town to apply for Purple Flag status at last night’s meeting of Castlebar Town Council (Thursday, February 20).
The Purple Flag recognises towns as a safe, clean, and friendly place to socialise in. Cllr Ruane said: “This would be of great benefit to Castlebar, putting ourselves out there as a clean welcoming town with a variety of entertainment and activities to offer visitors to the our town. To date, Dublin and Ennis have achieved this Purple Flag status. Many other towns and cities are in the process of achieving this including Ballina, Westport, Galway here in the west. There are many benefits to being awarded the Purple Flag. It raises the profile of the town, increases tourist activity, lowers anti-social behaviour and generates revenue at local level.”