– News in Brief

A quick catch up on what’s going on in the county

McLoughlin new Cathaoirleach at Castlebar

Fianna Fáil Cllr Martin McLoughlin was elected the new Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District of Castlebar at their AGM this week. Cllr McLoughlin takes over the chain of duties from party colleague Cllr Blackie Gavin, with Fianna Fáil Cllr Al McDonnell elected Leas Cathaoirleach for the next 12 months.

Seventy-five percent of septic tanks inspected in Mayo failed in 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week released its 2020 report on inspections of domestic wastewater treatment systems. The report found that last year, Mayo County Council carried out 93 inspections and that 75 percent of those inspections saw the tanks fail. The report also pointed out that 367 tanks inspected in Mayo over a seven-year period from 2013 to 2020 failed, but 67% of them had been repaired during that period.

Mulroy New Cathaoirleach from Westport-Belmullet MD

Fianna Fáil Westport Councilor Brendan Mulroy has been elected Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District of Westport-Belmullet for the coming year. Cllr Mulroy succeeds his party colleague Cllr Sean Carey, who has held the post for the past 12 months. The Leas Cathaoirleach for the year will be Achill-based Cllr Paul McNamara. Both were elected unopposed, despite efforts by Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle to nominate either Cllr McNamara or Cllr Carey for the position of Cathaoirleach, saying he wanted something to stay in the Belmullet area – however he didn’t. received no support from any other advisor for his appointment.

The cruise takes the chain in the Municipal District of Claremorris / Swinford

Fine Gael Cllr Neil Cruise was elected the new Cathaoirleach for the Municipal District of Claremorris / Swinford at the District AGM this week. Cllr Cruise succeeds Sinn Féin Cllr Gerry Murray who has held the position for the past 12 months. Fine Gael Cllr John Cribben was also elected Leas Cathaoirleach at the meeting.

Reduced opening hours for the Covid-19 test site this weekend

HSE Community Healthcare West would like to draw your attention that the MacHale Park Covid-19 Testing Center, Castlebar, will be open for testing from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday July 3 and Sunday July 4 due to GAA activity. . Tests will resume on Monday July 5 according to the regular schedule offering (1) without an appointment Covid-19 test for those who have no symptoms (2) Make an appointment via (3) Screening service for people who are symptomatic or close to a confirmed case of Covid-19 and who are referred for a Covid-19 test by their general practitioner.

PUP beneficiaries continue to decline in Mayo

The number of people receiving the Mayo pandemic unemployment payment continued to decline this week. There were 5,518 people who received the payment this week, a decrease of 543 from the 6,061 the week before. Almost 2,000 people in the county have closed their PUP requests in the county over the past three weeks with 1,925 requests closed during that time. As for the improved Covid sickness allowance, 4,067 people received this payment in the county this week.

Invited submissions on Mayo LPT

The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended) specifically provides that elected members of a local authority can pass a formal resolution to change the base rate of local property tax for their administrative area of a percentage known as local tax. adjustment factor. At the meeting set by Mayo County Council to consider this matter, members may set a local adjustment factor within the range of +/- 15% of the base rate, or may decide not to adjust the rate. basic. Mayo County Council will meet in July 2021 to consider setting a local adjustment factor. Mayo County Council welcomes written submissions from the public on this issue, specifically covering the potential effects of varying the base rate of the local property tax on businesses, individuals and local government departments. Submissions must be received by July 14 and can be sent to: Director of Finance Mayo County Council, Áras an Chontae, The Mall, Castlebar, Co Mayo or by email to: [email protected].

Man with no shoes saved from Croagh Patrick

Mayo Mountain Rescue recovered a climber without shoes who was attempting to climb Croagh Patrick on Thursday June 24th. At 4:10 p.m. they were assigned to assist the climber. According to the rescue group: “Even though the temperature was not very cold, it was a very humid day. The combination of wet clothes and a cool breeze caused the man to lose heat very easily. This eventually led to exhaustion and mild hypothermia. A first response team was quickly dispatched to provide shelter from the elements, a hot drink and a pair of shoes. This helped but was not enough to get the man out of the mountain unaided, so he was well wrapped up and on a stretcher. of the mountain. By the time he reached the road he had warmed up considerably and was brought home for a good rest. The team was withdrawn at 7.40 p.m. “

Need more priests to attend the Croagh Patrick pilgrimage

It was recently announced that the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage will take place throughout the month of July from Wednesday to Saturday of each week. A by-product of this extended pilgrimage is that more priests are needed to climb the mountain during the pilgrimage days to hear confessions and celebrate Mass at the top. The pilgrimage organizers hope to have two priests at the summit each day. Those who wish will be offered accommodation the day before their ascent, with Masses taking place at 12 noon on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at 10 am on Saturdays, during the pilgrimage period. Priests interested in helping with the pilgrimage can contact Father Charlie in Westport.

Clew Bay Garden Trail Opening

As part of the Clew Bay Garden Trail, June and Ken Bourke’s Garden in Knappagh, F28TD73, will be open to visitors July 9-11 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. This is a country farm garden established in 2015 on a difficult site. A natural stream crosses the garden. Colorful perennials, shrubs and roses are planted in borders and terraces. Paths lead to the various elements, mature larch, boxwood larch, orchard, greenhouse and polytunnel. It is partially wheelchair accessible. Only assistance dogs are allowed. Sale of plants and tea / coffee served. Donations accepted for the Gena Heraty Haiti Fund.

Western Care Clare Island Walk With A Difference This Year

The Western Care Association’s annual Kathleen Conneely Memorial Walk on the Isle of Clare will take place this year, but with one difference, due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is not possible to bring large crowds to the island. Island of Clare in a day so people can participate individually or in small groups any day in July with O’Grady’s Ferries, it is essential to notify the fundraising department in advance of the Western Care Association of your intention to participate in this event. All information and online registration are available on our Facebook page or on the events page on or email [email protected]. The adult fare is € 30, U-18s € 10 and a family fare is € 75 (2 adults and 3 U-18s) which includes the round trip ferry from Roonagh pier with the ferry company O’Grady’s. Buy your tickets online at:

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