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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 Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, this week said the IDA had confirmed to him that it will to undertake a feasibility study to assess the possible construction of an advance factory in Castlebar in an effort to attract a new major industry to the town. Earlier this year the IDA had announced plans to build similar factories in Letterkenny, Athlone and Waterford. The absence of Castlebar from this list raised the ire of a Labour Castlebar Town Councillor, Harry Barrett who raised the issue at the March meeting of Castlebar Town Council.
"The strong political clout that we have in this county should be focused on providing the funding to acquire NAMA property in Castlebar for industrial production,” said Labour Party Castlebar town councillor and Mayo County Council candidate Harry Barrett.
Fears about the future of the maternity unit at Mayo General Hospital continued to grow as new details emerged this week about the confidential draft review of services that is under way at hospitals in the west and northwest.
Nominations for the Local Elections on May 23 closed on Saturday.
Labour Party Castlebar town councillor Harry Barrett has written to area engineers to assess the safety of the bridge leading to Parke village. Barrett maintains that the issue was a cause of concern raised by the community, on a recent canvass of the village.
A report published last week by Teagasc, ‘Indexing the Economic Strength of Rural Towns in Ireland’, has been described as a serious “wake up call” by councillor Harry Barrett. The report, which measured the economic strength of 302 small and medium sized towns in Ireland, ranked them in order, and found Castlebar ranked 248 out of 302 of the towns measured; the higher number indicating the weaker the town. Ballina came in at 287 out of 302 towns measures, while Westport featured at a much stronger 45 out of 302.
Mayo has received an allocation of €320,000 for works on social housing that will see 31 social housing units in the county be renovated and brought up to standard.
Residents in Turlough have raised the issue of a playground for local children at a community meeting this week, according to Cllr Harry Barrett. The Labour party local election candidate said this week that he was contacted after the meeting to request that the council provide a playground for local children. The meeting was told that there are some 120 children under the age of 12 within a two mile radius of the village, and currently they have no public play facility.
Cllr Harry Barrett has welcomed the release of Live Register figures for March 2014, released by the CSO yesterday, showing a decrease of 7.06 per cent in the figures for Mayo. However Cllr Barrett has expressed concern over the Castlebar figure, which is the lowest decrease of all the towns in county Mayo, coming in at just over four per cent.