Mayo County Council

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Mayo County Council
Comhairle Contae Mhaigh Eo
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Damien Ryan, FF
Structure
Seats 30
Political groups
     Fianna Fáil (10)
     Fine Gael (10)
     Sinn Féin (3)
     Independents (7)
Elections
Last election
23 May 2014
Meeting place
Áras an Contae, Castlebar
Website
www.mayococo.ie
The area governed by the council

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 30 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.[1] The county town is Castlebar.

Councillors[edit]

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 four local electoral areas: Ballina (8), Castlebar (8), Claremorris (7), and West Mayo (7).[2]

2014 seats summary[edit]

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 10
Fine Gael 10
Sinn Féin 3
Independents 7

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014.[3]

Council members from 2014 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Ballina John O'Hara Fine Gael
Seamus Weir Independent
Annie May Reape Fianna Fáil
Michael Smyth Fianna Fáil
Michael Loftus Fianna Fáil
Jarlath Munnelly Fine Gael
Gerry Ginty Independent
Neil Cruise Fine Gael
Castlebar Michael Kilcoyne Independent
Lisa Chambers Fianna Fáil
Al McDonnell Fianna Fáil
Thérèse Ruane Sinn Féin
Cyril Burke Fine Gael
Blackie K. Gavin Fianna Fáil
Frank Durcan Independent
Henry Kenny Fine Gael
Claremorris Patsy O'Brien Fine Gael
Richard Finn Independent
Gerry Murray Sinn Féin
John Cribbin Fine Gael
John Caulfield Fianna Fáil
Damien Ryan Fianna Fáil
Tom Connolly Fine Gael
West Mayo Rose Conway-Walsh Sinn Féin
Michael Holmes Independent
Paul McNamara Fianna Fáil
Gerry Coyle Fine Gael
Tereasa McGuire Fine Gael
Christy Hyland Independent
Brendan Mulroy Fianna Fáil

Assessment[edit]

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 one-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."[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Hynes to be appointed new County Manager". The Mayo News. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Local election results for Mayo County Council". The Irish Times. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "2014 Local elections: Mayo County Council". RTÉ News. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mayo planning among worst in country". The Mayo News. 17 April 2011. 

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