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The number of workers signing on in Mayo is set to increase yet again with the decision by ACC Bank to close 16 of its branches nationwide including its branches in Castlebar and Ballina. The 24 expected job losses will soon be adding to the unemployment figures in the county.
Speaking in Castlebar this week, Independent candidate in Mayo County Council and Castlebar Town Council elections Michael Kilcoyne urged the people of Mayo to exercise their democratic right and go out and vote. He said: “It is our right if not our obligation to have our say in the election of those people we want to represent us and we should use our vote.” But he warned: “Think carefully before casting your vote. The person you select will represent you for the next five years.”
At the February meeting of Mayo County Council, a proposal was made by the Fine Gael whip Councillor Paddy McGuinness and agreed by all parties that a meeting would be sought with the Minister for Finance to discuss the €8 million reduction in the 2009 road allocations for the county. Further to this, at the April meeting, the Cathaoirleach informed the members that the delegation would comprise representatives from each of the five counties in Connacht.
Fine Gael now has an overwhelming majority on Mayo County Council following last Friday’s Local Elections. With 17 seats on the local authority, Enda Kenny’s crew will occupy the chairmanship of the council for the next five years with Ballyhaunis native John Cribbin tipped to be installed as the first Cathaoirleach.
Images of Mayo will be broadcast into one million homes across Australia later this year, after one of the country’s most popular travel programmes, Gurus Explore, filmed on location here over the weekend.
There are many rumblings in the aftermath of the Local Elections as to the internal health of Fine Gael in east and north Mayo and recent mayoral and cathaoirleach elections are adding to the ether.
Subway store owners in Mayo have teamed up with Special Olympics Ireland to support the organisation as it works to change the lives of people with an intellectual disability throughout the county.
Fine Gael leader Deputy Enda Kenny has condemned those responsible for dumping rubbish at the graveyard beside Lough Lannagh. The dumping is taking place at the weekends and has occurred twice over the past fortnight. The Mayo TD visited the area last Saturday morning to see the damage for himself and assisted in the clean-up with Councillor Ger Deere and Mr Ernie Sweeney.
The annual awards of Good Food Ireland will take place in The K-Club next Tuesday and Mayo will have five fine culinary representatives, who use local produce, at the ceremony.