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Kilmaine is to see an improvement in water quality in the area with the announcement this week that the Lough Mask regional water supply scheme is to be extended to the village. This will be funded as part of the Water Services Investment Programme 2010 to 2013 and it will allow for the construction of a water main from Ballinrobe to Kilmaine at a cost of €2.025 million. The funding will be awarded by the Minister for the Environment, Community, and Local Government Phil Hogan to allow Mayo County Council to advance the scheme to construction as soon as possible.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed news from the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan announcing revised allocations under the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 which release the programme’s remaining €70 million for local development companies around the country. Of this €70 million, a total of €19,896,889 will be awarded to Mayo.
One hundred and sixty jobs have been maintained in the west as Ashford Castle, Cong, was sold this week following a global marketing process by joint receivers Ernst & Young and selling agent Savills. The new owner, Red Carnation Hotels, has exchanged contracts on the historic five star property and plans to operate the hotel as a leading branded hotel.
Fine Gael TD for Mayo, John O’Mahony, has received confirmation from Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, that part-time fire-fighters will now be entitled to jobseeker's payments. Up to now, many retained fire-fighters were deemed ineligible for jobseekers on the grounds that they were not 'available for and seeking work'.
According to the report Regional Quality of Life in Ireland, 2013 published by the CSO on Wednesday, Mayo had the fewest drivers with penalty points (13.1 per cent) in Ireland.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has today welcomed the announcement by The Arts Council of funding totalling €25,000 for several festivals and events in Mayo in 2013.
Achill based sculptor Ronan Halpin’s piece The Sentinel has been selected as the winning sculpture to mark and celebrate The Irish Times Best place to live in Ireland award won by Westport in 2012.
There was full throated praise for all those involved in getting the new Garda monitored CCTV system in Ballina finally up and running at the May meeting of the local authority this week. At Tuesday night’s meeting Sgt Mandy Gaynor gave the elected members a full presentation on the system that currently has 18 linked up monitored cameras throughout the town, with four more to come on stream shortly and the possibility to add more later.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring has announced funding of more than €591,000 for road works in County Mayo from his department, and €531,000 of matching funding will bring this figure to more than €1 million. There is a total of 33 projects in the list of regional and local roads.
Castlebar grandmother Catherine Wiley, who is the founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, met Pope Francis at the Vatican last Sunday. Speaking after the meeting, Ms Wiley said, “I felt very blessed, honoured and emotional. I hope this will create awareness of the calling of grandparents and their vital role in society.”
At the May meeting of Ballina Town Council the elected members agreed to give €20,000 funding to Ballina Chamber of Commerce for the projects. The funding will be split equally over four different projects, the tourist office, the Halloween festival, the Christmas festival, and for promotions of Ballina. There was full backing from all the members of the council for the work being carried out by the chamber on these projects, in particular the tourist office, which all nine elected members said had been a huge success since the chamber took over the running of it.
After putting draft signage bye-laws out for public consultation and no member of the public making any submission on the new bye-laws, the elected members of Ballina Town Council gave the local authority the go-ahead this week. The new bye-laws will restrict the size and type of material used in signage around the town and also force those who are looking to put up temporary signs to get a permit from the town council or face a fine for not doing so. All of the members agreed that it was a start to try to curb illegal and unsightly signs in the town and welcomed the progress the bye-laws had made.
Westport Town Councillors have postponed making a decision on whether the middle Mall should be reduced to one lane as part of smarter travel works for the town.
Organisers of the community rally to save the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar from closure have called for a huge turnout for the evening of Monday next, May 27. The rally has been called to highlight the danger of the hospital closing on June 30, 2015, unless remedial works, which will take two years to complete, are not started immediately.
Councillor Christy Hyland said that a manmade beach at The Quay would really set Westport apart from other towns and should be considered while enhancement works are taking place at The Quay under Smarter travel project funding.
Fifteen Centra stores in Mayo have helped raise more than €500,000 for the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer in 2012. This is Centra’s third year providing nationwide support to the charity with all funds raised going to provide information, advice and support services for women with breast cancer in Ireland.
Fine Gael TD for Mayo and member of the Constitutional Convention, Michelle Mulherin, has proposed that the Constitutional Convention should examine Article 16 of the Constitution which states that the number of TDs in each constituency should be directly related to the number of people living in the constituency. Deputy Mulherin has argued that other considerations such as geography and access to services should be considered when deciding on how many TDs each constituency should have.
A video promoting inward investment in Claremorris has been produced by Frame Productions, a Claremorris based video productions company, on behalf of the Claremorris Chamber of Commerce.
In Mayo in 2012, local businesses donated a total of €1,093,638 in cash and in kind donations to local charities and community groups. Some 990 hours were volunteered by local employees and some 185 community partnerships were supported by 19 companies.
Eight leading Connacht businesses will compete for awards at the national final of the 2012 / 2013 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which take place in The Mansion House in Dublin on May 30. The eight companies are Ireland West Airport Knock, P&G Cards, Mixgreens, Channel Mechanics, SF Engineering, The Foods of Athenry, Lifes2Good, and GH Agri.