Residents in Turlough have raised the issue of a playground for local children at a community meeting this week, according to Cllr Harry Barrett. The Labour party local election candidate said this week that he was contacted after the meeting to request that the council provide a playground for local children. The meeting was told that there are some 120 children under the age of 12 within a two mile radius of the village, and currently they have no public play facility.
Barrett said: "Residents have raised this issue with me and I intend to raise it with council officials. The Turlough community pays its property tax, like every other area, yet it has no public play facility for the children. I will request a meeting with the area engineer to discuss the way in which this playground can be put on the agenda with Mayo County Council.”
Fine Gael councillor Jarlath Munnelly this week welcomed the announcement that €640,000 is to be allocated to Downpatrick Head, Ballycastle. Downpatrick Head is listed as a discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way tourist driving route. The allocation of money will improve visitor facilities here.
Cllr Munnelly said: “This is fantastic news for Ballycastle. Downpatrick Head is iconic, and something that everyone in Ballycastle is very proud of. That fact that it is a discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way is a huge opportunity for Ballycastle."
Lisa Chambers, Fianna Fáil Local Election candidate, says current revelations that phone calls going through Garda stations may have been taped only serves to further undermine people's trust in our justice system, and she says, the inquiry into the tapes is going to cost the tax payer dearly.
"There has been so much controversy of late with the penalty points scandal, the possible bugging of GSOC, and now revelations that phone calls were being recorded at Garda stations across the country. These revelations are having a negative impact on the level of trust people have in our justice system. It is very unfair to our gardai working on the ground as their jobs are being undermined by the actions of a few in the hierarchy," says Chambers