Mayo County Council
|Mayo County Council
Comhairle Contae Mhaigh Eo
|Cathaoirleach||John O'Malley, FG|
|Political groups||Fine Gael (17)
Fianna Fáil (7)
Sinn Féin (2)
|Last election||5 June 2009|
|Áras an Contae, Castlebar|
Mayo County council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Mhaigh Eo) is the authority responsible for local government in County Mayo, Ireland. As a county council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. The council has 31 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Cathaoirleach (Chairperson). The county administration is headed by a County Manager, Peter Hynes. The county town is Castlebar.
In the early 1930s, the County Council was dissolved for a while and replaced with a Commissioner because of the Mayo librarian controversy. For the purpose of elections the county is divided into six local electoral areas: Ballina (6), Belmullet (4), Castlebar (7), Claremorris (6), Swinford (4) and Westport (4).
2009 Seats summary
Councillors by electoral area
This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 5 June 2009.
|Council members from 2009 election|
|Local electoral area||Name||Party|
|Ballina||Michelle Mulherin†||Fine Gael|
|Eddie Staunton||Fine Gael|
|Jarlath Munnelly||Fine Gael|
|Annie May Reape||Fianna Fáil|
|Seamus Weir||Fine Gael|
|Belmullet||Micheal McNamara||Fianna Fáil|
|Gerry Coyle||Fine Gael|
|Rose Conway-Walsh||Sinn Féin|
|Henry Kenny||Fine Gael|
|Al McDonnell||Fianna Fáil|
|Cyril Burke||Fine Gael|
|Eugene McCormack||Fine Gael|
|Blackie Gavin||Fianna Fáil|
|Claremorris||Patsy O'Brien||Fine Gael|
|John Cribbin||Fine Gael|
|Tom Connolly||Fine Gael|
|Michael Burke||Fine Gael|
|Damien Ryan||Fianna Fáil|
|Swinford||Gerry Murray||Sinn Féin|
|Jimmy Maloney||Fianna Fáil|
|Eugene Lavin||Fine Gael|
|Joseph Mellett||Fine Gael|
|Westport||Peter Flynn||Fine Gael|
|John O'Malley||Fine Gael|
|Margaret Adams||Fianna Fáil|
|Austin O'Malley||Fine Gael|
†Replaced during term, see table below for details.
|Michelle Mulherin||Fine Gael||Ballina||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election||February 2011||John O'Hara||Fine Gael|
Mayo County Council was identified in 2011 by An Taisce, the national trust, as among the worst county councils in Ireland's planning system during the period 2000–11.
County councils in Ireland were assessed by the organisation in relation to overzoning; decisions reversed by An Bord Pleanála after being passed by a local authority; percentage of vacant housing stock; and percentage of one-off houses permitted. An Taisce's report of its findings described the results as "stark and troubling".
In Mayo, many council planning decisions were overturned because the council violated their own County Development Plan. Overdevelopment in Mayo was another problem identified, with too many vacant houses in the county (not inclusive of holiday homes). A spokesman for An Taisce commented, "Mayo didn’t do well on on-off houses either. What a lot of local authorities don’t seem to appreciate is that it is more expensive to provide infrastructure to one-off houses in the countryside than it is to do so to estates."