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There were differing opinions in the Mayo County Council chamber this week on the proposed changes to local government in Ireland that were announced by the Government in October.
The members of the Cultural, Education, Heritage and Corporate Affairs SPC of Mayo County Council put in motion the first steps to bringing in a new council backed county wide anti-smoking policy. Director of services for Mayo County Council, Joe Loftus, told the members he was looking for them to recommend to Mayo County Council that all buildings over which the council have control, including playgrounds and play areas for children, be declared smoke free zones, to be supported by appropriate signage and notices.
A delegation from the Turf Cutters Association, gave a passionate call for the retention of turbary rights in Mayo when they gave a presentation to the Environmental SPC of Mayo County Council. The association had been asked to meet the members of the committee after the National Parks and Wildlife Service had given a presentation to the committee previously on the upcoming ban on turf cutting on blanket bogs. After the presentation, Cllr Peter Flynn, chairperson of the committee told the meeting: “We need to get to the bottom of this because what we heard today tells a different story from what we were told by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.”
The idea of scrapping town councils and county development boards, and merging Mayo and Roscommon county councils into one administrative unit as proposed under the Local Government Efficiency Review Groups report was strongly rejected by the elected members of Mayo County Council this week.
Chair of the Westport Electoral Area committee, Fine Gael councillor John O’Malley, said that efficiency from outdoor staff fixing the roads needs to be shown and that management need to “crack the whip” on road staff who are wasting a lot of time when fixing roads which is “costing a mint”.
The announcement that John’s Row would become a one-way street on October 1 was criticised by Westport town councillors at their monthly meeting this week, saying that dialogue with residents needed to be sought before a final decision was made.
Five train services departing from Westport, with one of these arriving in Dublin before 9am, will come into effect according to Mr Myles McHugh, Service Planning Manager Southern and Western with Iarnród Éireann, who addressed members of Westport Town Council on Monday evening.
Phase one of the Tubberhill development is now drawing to completion, with new residents set to live in the 43 units by Easter.
The Westport area is under the spotlight this week with this area being one to watch out for in the forthcoming local elections. This week I’ll have a look at the candidates. Those on show for Fine Gael in the electoral area are Councillor Peter Flynn, Cllr John O’Malley and Cllr Austin Francis O’Malley, while Cllr Keith Martin will be running for Labour and Dave Keating (Sinn Féin) will contest for Mayo County Council elections.
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