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The elected members of Mayo County Council refused a call to raise the Local Property Tax (LPT) by 15 per cent at the September meeting of Mayo County Council.
BY DECLAN VARLEY
What a hidden secret is Bristol. I had skirted through it on the Severn Bridge heading to Cornwall over a decade ago, but it was only last month when I discovered what a true delight it is. Blessed with beautiful weather, this time I got to see a vibrant cosmopolitan city that is being referred to in the UK as Little London, because it mirrors the energy and demographic of the capital city.
Number 17 Newcastle Road is a deceptively spacious and instantly appealing three bedroom residence in a very desirable location within minutes’ walk of NUI Galway, University Hospital Galway, local shops, pubs, coffee shops, and a short stroll from the vibrant city centre, Galway’s West End, and Salthill.
At the second time of asking, Mayo got their 2018 season under way on Wednesday night against Leitrim in the FBD League - having to wait an extra three days after their game against Galway was called off shortly after it was due to throw-in on Sunday due to a frozen pitch.
The first council meeting of 2018 proved to be a marathon nine-hour affair and again we only managed to get halfway through a large, divisive and time consuming agenda.
The potential of Mayo going on a warm-weather training camp in April did the rounds in early December and brought a lot of attention on the county from all over the country - as under the new GAA calendar the month of April is supposed to be dedicated to the club game.
In an already tight looking schedule where Mayo were facing into 11 games in 12 weeks the postponement of Sunday’s FBD opener against Galway is a headache that Stephen Rochford could have done without. But the Mayo manager understands and respects the reason for the game being called off at short notice, due to a frozen pitch. The game has been refixed for this coming Friday night, January 12 at 7.30pm in MacHale Park.
Independent councillor James Charity has described the terms of reference to the local electoral boundary review by Minister John Phelan as wholly unsatisfactory from Galway county and city’s viewpoint.