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Mayo County Council took not one, but two votes on what appeared on the surface to be the same motion last Monday and ended up with two different results.
Elected representatives in Ballina Municipal District made it clear that the development of tourism in the north Mayo region will be high on their agenda over the next five years.
He may have parted ways with his party but former Fine Gael representative turned Independent Seamus Weir is far from out in the cold.
Nominations for the Local Elections on May 23 closed on Saturday.
There were clear dividing lines drawn in the Mayo County Council on Monday afternoon when a controversial draft policy on ‘Community Benefit Contributions for Certain Major Developments’ was passed, by a vote of 26-6. Excepting Fine Gael where all councillors support the motion, the two other political parties in the council split on the vote, with Sinn Féin’s Rose Conway-Walsh, Fianna Fáil trio of Al McDonnell, Blackie Gavin, and Damien Ryan, and Independent councillors Michael Kilcoyne, Richard Finn, and Michael Holmes all voting for it. Voting against the motion were Fianna Fáil’s Margaret Adams, Jimmy Maloney, and Annie May Reape alongside Sinn Féin’s Gerry Murray and independents Gerry Ginty and Seamus Weir. Cllr Frank Durcan was absent from the meeting. Both Cllr Murray and Cllr Weir led the charge against the proposals at the meeting and both councillors ended up in heated side-debates with other councillors while the topic was being discussed.
Those were the words of Deputy Michelle Mulherin when she addressed the members of the Ballina branch of Young Fine Gael at its recent AGM. The members, whose age range is from 15 to 30 years, were given an address on a number of local and national issues by Deputy Mulherin. In particular, she noted that the economic outlook was promising and that the future prospects for school-leavers and graduates were good. Local Fine Gael councillors John O’Hara, Eddie Staunton and Seamus Weir updated the branch members on a number of local issues.
Two members of the HSE West regional forum were unsuccessful in their calls for an independent public inquiry into the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway in October at a meeting of the forum this week. The motion was tabled by Clare county councillor Brian Meaney and seconded by Galway city councillor Catherine Connolly.
An Environmental Policy and Agricultural Strategic Policy Committee meeting which was scheduled for Monday afternoon failed to go ahead as not enough councillors attended the meeting.
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Like marathons, election campaigns are long journeys more often suited to the long distance runner then to the sprinter. As on all long journeys events can happen and change predictions that seemed definite at the outset, this is especially true when it’s a political journey. Bear that in mind as we begin the coverage of the local election campaign scheduled for next June. If Madame Editor allows, this scribe will return to my predictions when the ballots are cast and counted to see how wrong (or right!) I was!