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A meeting took place in Ballina today (Thursday, September 17) with representatives from Irish Water, Mayo County Council, elected representatives and Ballina Chamber of Commerce to discuss the emergency watermains rehabilitation works which are being fast tracked by Irish Water.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny, along with Minister Michael Ring, today approved €7,695,000 for the construction of the new Swimming Pool and National Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Castlebar. Speaking at the signing the Taoiseach said, "Castlebar has waited over 30 years for a new swimming pool and I am delighted that we are now very close to the construction phase. This state of the art 4,000 sq/m complex will contain an eight lane 25m pool along with a learner pool, gymnasium, aerobics studio and associated facilities. I want to thank Minister Ring for working closely with myself and his department on this project. This is a state of the art facility and will be among the best in the country."
Planning is now underway for the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020. It is expected that by January 2016, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government will decide on who will deliver the new LEADER programme in Mayo.
Mayo County Council did not receive a single submission from any member of the public in relation to raising or lowering the Local Property Tax in the county. Under the legislation regarding the tax, local authorities have the choice to raise or lower the tax by 15 per cent either side of the set rate. The council advertised in July of this year for submissions from the public on the issue, but they did not receive a single submission from the public on the issue during this consultation period.
A reshuffle of the senior management in Mayo County Council will kick in at the start of next month, the chief executive of the council, Peter Hynes, told the elected members of the council at their September meeting this week. The reshuffle will see two new full time directors of services who were appointed recently, Joanne Grehan and Thomas Gilligan, taking over their new roles.
Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin has received confirmation from Irish Water this week that it has approved the replacement of the problematic water mains in the town centre of Ballina, which is an estimated €700,000 investment.
This week saw planning permission granted by Mayo County Council for a new €5 million IDA building in Castlebar. The new building will be located on the Moneen Road in the town on a site that is already fully serviced and owned by the IDA.
A number of elected members of the Claremorris Municipal District expressed their disappointment this week at how €440,000 in top-up funding for road works projects in the area was decided to be spent. Fianna Fáil Cllr Damien Ryan told the Mayo Advertiser yesterday: "Bar a very small corner near Claremorris, none of the money came to projects in the part of the district that is now part of the new Galway-West constituency for the General Election."
Culture Night 2015 takes place on September 18 and comprises hundreds of free events across Ireland, including almost 100 free cultural events in Mayo. From the nation’s capital to towns and villages across the island, everyone’s getting involved! On the night, arts and cultural organisations across the country open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy!
Following on from the huge success of the Humbert’s Festival, Ballina Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina Arts Centre, Mayo County Council and MayoNorth.ie, presents French Ballina festival 2015, which highlights Franco-Irish cultural and historical connections, including the 1798 rebellion, through film, theatre, music and the physical transformation of some of Ballina’s streets and venues.