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Detailed investigation into Castlebar shooting continues

The investigation is continuing into the the shooting of Owen Maughan at a Castlebar filling station in December.

Detailed investigation into Castlebar shooting continues

The investigation is continuing into the the shooting of Owen Maughan at a Castlebar filling station in December.

Town council to install carbon monoxide alarms

Castlebar Town Council is to install carbon monoxide alarms in all of its properties.

Council lost up to €100,000 on Barna Waste examinership

Council would need €1.5 million to keep up with vacant housing repairs

Mayo County Council has budgeted this year €500,000 for the repair and upkeep of its vacant housing stock, but they would need three times that figure to keep on top of the number of houses that become vacant throughout the year. That is according to director of services for Mayo County Council, Paul Benson, responding to a query about how many vacant houses in Mayo belonged to the council. Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne raised the issue at the annual budget meeting of the council, and he was told that some 1,590 houses are in the ownership of the council at the moment, and between 50 and 60 of those are currently vacant.

Local authority finances to the fore next week

It is going to be a busy few days for the county councillors and town councillors across Mayo next week as Mayo County Council and the three town councils sit down to thrash out their budgets for the coming year. For businesses across the county the news that none of the four local authorities is looking for a increase in the commercial rate it levies will be welcome news as they head into the next year, with Castlebar Town Council actually proposing to cut its rate.

Council defers decision on community benefits contribution policy

The members of the Mayo County Council deferred a decision on adopting the draft policy on Community Benefit Contributions required for certain major developments at their December meeting on Monday. The policy will set down the requirements for a developer in relation to making a contribution to local areas affected by future major developments.

Number of motions to come before Mayo County Council on energy issues

Next Monday’s meeting of Mayo County Council will see a number of different motions come before the councillors in relation to different strands of energy issues in the county including the Eirgrid project. Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne has one motion calling “that Mayo County Council invite Dr David Connolly, who is a renewable energy expert and native of Ballyhaunis, to give a presentation to the members of Mayo County Council so we might learn from the experience of the windy western counties of Denmark, and their efforts to achieve a situation where 100% of their energy requirement is supplied by renewable energy and where renewable energy is the largest employer. Dr. David Connolly is now assistant professor in Aalborg University, Denmark.”

Mayo County Council to raise €10 million loan for water services

The members of Mayo County Council this week approved the raising of a loan of €10.4 million for water service projects at Monday’s meeting of the local authority. Some of the elected members expressed concerns that the council would be left with this loan, as Irish Water will take over operational control of the provision of water services in 2014.

Grid West concerns to the fore this week

The hot-button issue of the proposed Grid West 400kV power line development has continued to evolve this week. At Monday’s Mayo County Council meeting, the elected members took the unusual step of adjourning the standing orders of the meeting to let one of the affected members of the community address the meeting in the middle of a debate.

 

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