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Just over a year from the biggest reorganisation of local government in the State in a lifetime, with the abolishment of town councils by the current Government and the setting up of new municipal authorities, the Taoiseach said this week that he stands by the decision.
Independent councillor Christy Hyland was elected as the Cathoirleach of the West Mayo Municipal District at the district's annual general meeting on Monday afternoon in Westport. Cllr Hyland took over the chair of the district from fellow Independent councillor Michael Holmes, who was elected last year as the first Cathoirleach of the district.
There's a new top man in local politics in Ballina.
The elected members of the West Mayo Municipal District have asked Mayo County Council to obtain legal advice after a Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) work on a private road in Kilmeena had been held up, because one of the residents on the road refused to give their approval for the work to take place.
A notice of motion by independent Ballina Municipal District councillor Gerry Ginty, calling for the restoration of town councils or to give the municipal districts the authority to strike their own rate and ensure that the money collected remain in the local area received support and some criticism at this week’s districts meeting.
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.
Meetings of Galway City Council could shortly be streamed live on the Council website.
Instead of sitting on a reviewing stand in Eyre Square, resplendent in red robes, city councillors should watch the St Patrick’s Day Parade while “standing shoulder to shoulder” with the people.
The substantial cost of renovating Galway County Council’s public chamber was raised again at this week’s local authority meeting. It is estimated the work which is currently under way at County Buildings will cost in the region of €450,000. It had initially been estimated that the extension and upgrade works would cost substantially less at around €200,000.
Two of the newly elected members of Mayo County Council cried foul this week over the fact that they have had no Notice of Motion allocation to spend for their first six months as councillors.