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All change as voters have their say

The curtain finally came down on the local and European election count in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar in the early hours of Thursday after a mammoth almost five days of counting of votes, when Marian Harkin held off the challenge of Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher to win the last seat in the Midlands North West European constituency.

All-night humdinger of a battle in Ballina proves every vote really does count

It was widely expected that the eight seats in the Ballina area would be some of the most hotly contested in the county and that was certainly the case in the count centre in the TF Royal Theatre Hotel, Castlebar, over the weekend.

Undergrounding power lines proposal not backed

A proposal to have all 400kv power lines undergrounded included in the new Mayo County Council development plan fell at a vote (12-10, with nine councillors absent for the vote ) at this week’s special meeting of the council to approve the new county development plan.

Council remembers Nelson Mandela

Mayo County Council paid tribute to the late South African president Nelson Mandela by holding a minute’s silence at the start of its December meeting and a number of members paid tribute to the former South African president.

Council to hear from dementia group

Mayo County Council will hear a presentation from Community Action on Dementia in Mayo, following a request from the organisation which was approved at the May meeting of the council. Cllr Joe Mellet proposed the presentation, saying that anything that adds to the discussion and debate on this issue is to be welcomed.

Council pay tribute to late employee

The May meeting of Mayo County Council was adjourned after an hour to mark the passing of council employee Gerry Callaghan of Tullinacurra, Swinford who passed away last weekend.

Criticism for misleading adverts on turf cutting

There was widespread criticism of advertisements placed in a number of local and national papers at the end of last month which said that hundreds of bogs would be affected by new regulations on turf cutting – when in reality there were only three.

Swinford councillors want more community involvement in winter services plan

Members of the Swinford Electoral Area Committee have issued a number of proposals to improve the winter services maintenance plan delivery in their area over the coming months.

Environmental and habitats assessments holding up Knock Airport plan

A draft of a local area plan for Ireland West Airport Knock, which Mayo County Council hoped to have ready for the members of the Swinford Electoral Area committee for the November meeting, has been held up. Members of the committee were informed this week by council officials that they were still working on the environmental assessment and the Habitats Directive assessment for the area of the plan. The members were told that the council was doing the work on these assessments in-house, whereas previously it would have been contracted to outside consultants, but they still hoped to have a draft plan ready for the councillors before Christmas.

Murray calls for traffic corps to be disbanded

Sinn Féin councillor Gerry Murray this week called for the Garda traffic corps to be disbanded, asking that ordinary members of the Gardaí deal with traffic duties so that more gardaí could be deployed in the towns around the county. Cllr Murray told the July meeting of Mayo County Council: “The ordinary Gardaí in the county are trained to carry out all the functions of the traffic corps and they can carry out these duties as part of their ordinary work. If this happened it would free up members who are solely on traffic duty to come back into the community and give extra bodies to police in the locality around the county”.

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