County council to hold special meeting to deal with backlog

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.

The council had a number of issues left over from the agenda at the end of Monday’s meeting, including considering a number of variations to the County Development Plan and questions from the councillors to the management from OpenSparkz. The company planning on opening a Global Sustainability Initiative centre in the old Volex plant in Castlebar creating 250 jobs. CEO of OpenSparkz, Mr Paul Lindsay gave a presentation to the elected members on the project last Monday. There are also 11 notices of motion from councillors down from discussion including two from Sinn Féin councillor Rose Conway Walsh, one of which is calling for the elimination of fluoride from the public water supplies and the other is calling for expansion of voting rights to citizens of Northern Ireland and to the Irish Diaspora in future presidential elections.

Another motion from Cllr Michael Kilcoyne is calling on the council to bring forward a report to the members listing the number of houses in the council stock that have no central heating, inadequate insulation, and their BER ratings, so than an application can be made to the Department of Environment for funding to upgrade those houses.

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