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A notice of motion by independent Ballina Municipal District councillor Gerry Ginty, calling for the restoration of town councils or to give the municipal districts the authority to strike their own rate and ensure that the money collected remain in the local area received support and some criticism at this week’s districts meeting.
Mayo County Council will host a special meeting on Thursday April 29 at 10am to clear the backlog of items on its agenda. Cathaoirleach of the council, Cllr Damien Ryan, proposed the holding of a special meeting after it was resolved to adjourn the April meeting of the local authority at 5pm last Monday, as a mark of respect to Cllr Frank Durcan after the recent death of his brother John, and to prepare for a civic reception that was being held by the council for the US Ambassador Mr Kevin O’Malley that evening in the council chamber.
Meetings of Galway City Council could shortly be streamed live on the Council website.
Instead of sitting on a reviewing stand in Eyre Square, resplendent in red robes, city councillors should watch the St Patrick’s Day Parade while “standing shoulder to shoulder” with the people.
The substantial cost of renovating Galway County Council’s public chamber was raised again at this week’s local authority meeting. It is estimated the work which is currently under way at County Buildings will cost in the region of €450,000. It had initially been estimated that the extension and upgrade works would cost substantially less at around €200,000.
Two of the newly elected members of Mayo County Council cried foul this week over the fact that they have had no Notice of Motion allocation to spend for their first six months as councillors.
A report on the proposed new windfarm which covers a massive 4,000 acres in Connemara was circulated to councillors at the meeting of the Galway County Council this week and revealed that a substantial community fund, potentially worth millions of euro will be generated by the development.
A price tag of more than €450,000 for renovating the council chamber in County Buildings is “outrageous” and never should have needed to cost that much.
The four person delegation selected by the members of Mayo County Council to meet officials from the Department of Environment over the logjam between both parties on the proposed county development plan, will sit down with the officials on Monday November 24.