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Gavin takes up the position of first citizen

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Fianna Fail’s Cllr Blackie Gavin was elected as the new Cathaoirelach of Mayo County Council at the local authorities annual general meeting on Monday in Castlebar.

Councillors were paid €876k last year

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Mayo County Council made payments of €875,561.82 to current and former councillors last year.

Leave the comedy to Brendan Grace - councillor advised

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A Fianna Fáil councillor was told he should leave the comedy to Brendan Grace by another councillor this week after he was accused of making a sexist comment in the chamber. Castlebar Municipal District Councillor Martin McLoughlin, who was co-opted on to the council to replaced Dep Lisa Chambers after she was elected to the Dáil, while paying tribute to outgoing Cathaoirleach Cllr Al McDonnell said that "your speeches reminded me of the mini-skirt of the '70's. Your speaches were short enough to be interesting and long enough to cover the essentials."

Finn follows in father's footsteps in becoming Cathaoirleach

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It was a historic day last Monday when Independent Cllr Richard Finn followed in the footsteps of his father Martin, in becoming the first citizen of the county, when he was elected to the position of Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council.

Councillors lay out the case to protect GMIT Castlebar campus

It was the one topic that everyone wanted to have their say on and throw their support behind at the March meeting of Mayo County Council. The future of the GMIT campus in Castlebar has been a major topic of discussion around the county in recent weeks and it was no different inside the council chamber. Some 25 councillors spoke on the topic in a debate that lasted well over an hour, and the one strong message coming from all of those who spoke was that everything that could be done to ensure the survival and the future growth of the third level facility in the county would be done.

Be road safety smart this St Patrick's Day

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The road safety office and Oifig na Gaeilge of Mayo County Council and An Garda Síochána are partnering throughout the county this weekend to encourage everyone celebrating St Patrick's Day to act responsibly and designate a sober driver. St Patrick’s Day falls in Seachtain na Gaeilge so the message is "Go dté tú slán", or in English, "Arrive alive" which will be displayed around the county on VMS roadside signs. Also leprechauns are coming out of the woodwork to assist road safety professionals and the gardai in Mayo to spread the road safety message in novel road safety campaign.

Councillors lay out the case to protect GMIT Castlebar campus

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It was the one topic that everyone wanted to have their say on and throw their support behind this week at the March meeting of Mayo County Council. The future of the GMIT campus in Castlebar has been a major topic of discussion around the county in recent weeks and it was no different inside the council chamber. Some 25 councillors spoke on the topic in a debate that lasted well over an hour, and the one strong message coming from all of those who spoke was that everything that could be done to ensure the survival and the future growth of the third level facility in the county would be done.

Mayo healthy reading scheme launched at Castlebar library

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The Mayo Healthy Reading Scheme was recently launched at Castlebar Library. This joint initiative by the HSE and Mayo County Council Library Services aims to promote the availability of a wide variety of self help books on a range of common psychological, emotional, and parenting issues. A total of 88 books are available free to all library members at the various library branches throughout the county. Topics covered include bereavement, depression, relationship problems, parenting issues, and self esteem. Some of the books available include Children and Bullying, Overcoming Depression, Overcoming Childhood Trauma, The Mindful Way Through Depression, and Parent Power. All of the books have been recommended by health professionals.

More than €12k paid in expenses for councillors to attend two events

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A total of €12,228.26 was paid in expenses by Mayo County Council to elected members to attend just two events last year. When it came to expenses for conferences, training and meetings in Ireland, a total of €72,438.85 was paid out to the members for 2016 who, according to the figures released, attended 201 conferences and training events between them, working out at an average of €360 per claim.

National Planning Framework could turn region into "glorified wildlife park"

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The soon to be launched National Planning Framework will leave the region north of a line from Galway to Dublin a "glorified wildlife park" it was said this week. 

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