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Two executives from Opensparkz, the company which is looking to purchase the old Volex plant in Castlebar from Mayo County Council for €700,000 to set up a technology hub in the town, faced a grilling from the elected members of Mayo County Council this week.
The members of Mayo County Council paid tribute to a number of people who had recently passed away at their April meeting on Monday. Included in those was the late John Durcan, who was a brother of Cllr Frank Durcan. Cllr Cyril Burke said: “He was a great business man and was highly respected in the town and involved in many areas of the community and will be missed.”
The elected members of Mayo County Council welcomed the progression of the proposed Breaffy sewerage scheme through the Part Eight stage of the planning process but have urged Mayo County Council to ensure that scheme continues further on through the village to take in more areas than is currently proposed.
Where did it all go wrong is what the Fine Gael party faithful will be trying to figure out over the next few weeks as they saw their seats in the county town drop from four to two over the weekend. One man who won’t be asking that question is Independent Cllr Michael Kilcoyne who topped the poll with an amazing 2,921 votes, a massive 1,210 first preference votes over the quota of 1,711. From not long after the boxes were opened and spilled across the counting tables in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar early on Saturday morning, there was never any doubt that Kilcoyne was going to top the poll, it was only a matter of by how much. When he was elected on the first count, he was the first councillor in Ireland elected in this year’s local elections, but he had to wait until the early hours of Tuesday morning for the official declaration of election after the recount of the Castlebar papers had been concluded. More on that below.
The news that the long awaited Belmullet sewerage scheme has been given €6 million funding was welcomed this week. Local Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle said that while there has been some concern expressed by local residents and fishermen in relation to the location of the proposed plant and outflow pipe, he believes the new modern plant should allay some of these concerns. He said this week: “Belmullet is a modern and vibrant town and it deserves all the investment it can get towards improving its infrastructure so that that it can progress into the future.” Councillor Coyle thanked Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister Michael Ring, and Minister Phil Hogan for their commitment to the project. He said that both himself and Minister Ring had worked tirelessly on behalf of the community to have the scheme delivered.
Nominations for the Local Elections on May 23 closed on Saturday.
Fine Gael councillor Cyril Burke this week said that he was expecting good news for the residents of Breaffy in the near future, with the announcement of a sewerage scheme to the village very shortly.
The Fine Gael ticket for next year’s Castlebar Municipal District in the Mayo County Council elections was shored up last weekend with current Castlebar Town Councillor Brendan Heneghan getting the nod from the delegates to join the current sitting Mayo county councillors on the ticket for next year.
Last week the Castlebar branch of the Fine Gael party met to pick candidates to go forward for the selection convention ahead of next year’s local elections. The Castlebar branch selected sitting county councillors Cyril Burke and Eugene McCormack along with current Castlebar Town Council councillors Brendan Heneghan and Ger Deere. The four selected nominees all spoke to the meeting and will now go forward to the party’s Mayo convention next month.