Mayo County 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 Chief Executive, Peter Hynes. The county town is Castlebar.
Mayo County Council
Comhairle Contae Mhaigh Eo
Blackie Gavin, FF
|24 May 2019|
|Áras an Chontae, Castlebar|
Originally meetings of Mayo County Council took place in Castlebar Courthouse. The county council moved to modern facilities at County Hall (Irish: Áras an Chontae) further west on The Mall in Castlebar in 1989.
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).
Councillors by electoral area
|Council members from 2019 election|
|Local electoral area||Name||Party|
|Ballina||John O'Hara||Fine Gael|
|Annie May Reape||Fianna Fáil|
|Michael Loftus||Fianna Fáil|
|Jarlath Munnelly||Fine Gael|
|Belmullet||Gerry Coyle||Fine Gael|
|Paul McNamara||Fianna Fáil|
|Seán Carey||Fianna Fáil|
|Blackie Gavin||Fianna Fáil|
|Al McDonnell||Fianna Fáil|
|Ger Deere||Fine Gael|
|Cyril Burke||Fine Gael|
|Martin McLoughlin||Fianna Fáil|
|Donna Sheridan||Fine Gael|
|Claremorris||Patsy O'Brien||Fine Gael|
|Damien Ryan||Fianna Fáil|
|John Cribbin||Fine Gael|
|Michael Burke||Fine Gael|
|Tom Connolly||Fine Gael|
|Swinford||Gerry Murray||Sinn Féin|
|Michael Smyth||Fianna Fáil|
|Neil Cruise||Fine Gael|
|John Caulfield||Fianna Fáil|
|Peter Flynn||Fine Gael|
|Brendan Mulroy||Fianna Fáil|
|John (Johno) O’Malley||Independent|
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."
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