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Agri-innovators and businesses in Mayo invited to enter Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena Awards

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Agri-innovators and entrepreneurs in Mayo are invited to enter Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena Awards 2022, which will return to this year’s National Ploughing Championship event.

Dillon urges Minister to secure an affordable housing scheme for Mayo

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Affordability of housing in Mayo is now at a crisis point, Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon highlighted during ministerial questioning in the Dáil. Deputy Dillon expressed disappointment that Mayo County Council has been excluded from the national affordable housing five-year delivery targets despite the problems that exist. At present no scheme has been approved to provide affordable housing in the county and this is having a negative impact on future economic development in the county. "There is a shortage of affordable homes to rent or purchase in parts of the county, especially in towns such as Westport, Castlebar and Ballina." Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien explained an identified level of affordable housing need arises where, of the projected housing need in the county, more than five per cent of new households would not qualify. "The level of affordability constrained need in Mayo is assessed at below five per cent. I understand there are localised affordability issues, particularly in Westport and also potentially in Ballina. We are happy to consider those issues. Where local authorities have localised affordability measures, as is the case in the two towns in question, they can still apply to the Department for funding to develop affordable housing schemes if they can demonstrate that an affordable scheme is needed to address those localised affordability challenges and they can meet the criteria for the fund. I am confident that can be done. As regards Mayo in particular, in June 2021 a scheme was submitted for 25 homes in Westport under the previous fund, namely, the Serviced Sites Fund. We have told Mayo County Council that it can resubmit that to the new fund and I understand work is ongoing between my Department and the council on that." Minister O’Brien informed Deputy Dillon of KPMG’s ongoing work for Mayo County Council on the future analytics side, to prove the affordability constraint in pressure areas within Mayo, and following the conclusion of KPMG work this month his Department has agreed to meet with Mayo County Council in June. Deputy Dillon said Mayo has the fourth-lowest market house price in the country but that is certainly not reflective of the open market price of new-build homes in areas such as Westport, Castlebar and Ballina. Some of these A-rated new premises are on the market for between €270,000 and €350,000. He said: "I am delighted to see Mayo County Council has been proactive. It reached out to the public in Mayo, seeking information to understand better the demand for affordable housing, including locations of choice and the affordability constraints of potential applicants. The threshold for social housing in Mayo is €25,000. Many people are above that threshold but caught within the squeezed-middle bracket. It is important that we respond to these pressure areas. Mayo has significant issues in respect of vacancy and dereliction. Increasing housing supply in the area would be an important step forward."

Mayo and Galway renew rivalries in provincial decider

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Galway and Mayo renew their old rivalry on Sunday afternoon in Tuam Stadium (4pm) in the Connacht LGFA Senior Football Championship final.

Minors make their way past Sligo

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Mayo strode past Sligo in impressive style on Friday evening in Ballina to make it three wins from three in the Connacht Minor Football Championship.

Minors look to keep up winning run

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The Mayo minors will look to keep up their 100 per cent record in the Connacht Minor Football Championship this evening when they take on Sligo in round three of the competition in James Stephens Park in Ballina.

Hard to see past a Galway victory in Pearse Stadium

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Galway footballers face Leitrim in the Connacht Championship semi-final in Pearse Stadium on Sunday (3.30pm) - the winners will be rewarded with a meeting with provincial favourites Roscommon.

Mayo lacked 'relentless consistency' against Galway

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Last Sunday's way below par performance and subsequent defeat by our biggest Connacht rivals - Galway - made it a very bitter pill to swallow for the Mayo faithful who travelled to Hastings Insurance MacHale Park in huge numbers.

Mayo head to the byroads while Galway take the direct route

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On paper and in the hours before the build-up, this game seemed to have it all. Two sides with a storied rivalry going back before the foundation of the state; both with much to prove after their last outings up in the big city, now meeting on a sun-splashed day that looked like July even if it still had the nip of Spring in the air when a cloud circled overhead and 25,000 partisan fanatics packed in to watch battle on the freshly laid turf in the old colosseum on MacHale Road.

Home to Mayo invites you to join in their green journey

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Mayo people are a proud people – proud of their origins, loyal to home and never lose their sense of place, according to Home to Mayo, which aims to celebrate such pride and connections with the diaspora all over the world.

Galway prevail over fancied Mayo by a point

Padraic Joyce managed Galway to a championship victory over Mayo for the first time on Sunday with a superb 1-14 to 0-16 victory in over their arch rivals in Castlebar.


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