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Whistle-stop tour of Mayo by Housing Minister


Staff of Mayo County Council, local elected representativies Senator Michelle Mulherin and Dara Calleary, TD, representatives of Ballina Chamber of Commerce and Mayo Local Enterprise Office with Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, TD, at the Old Ballina Military Barracks during his visit to Mayo on Friday last. Last November, the Goverment announced €3.2 million in funding to develop a Digital and Innovation Hub at the 18th century military barracks in Ballina.The funding was provided under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund, and the hub will provide spaces for technology, digital media and internet companies to develop alongside local enterprises. Pic: Conor McKeown

Mayo County Council last week welcomed Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, TD, for a whistle-stop tour of a number of projects in the county.
The Minister visited Ballina Civic Offices on Friday morning, meeting with the staff and elected members of the Municipal District, before being brought on a walk through and presentation of the Military Barracks project in the town.
From there the Minister travelled to An Cnoc Mor development, in Knockmore, the first of four housing projects he visited. This was followed by visits to Sliabh Rua housing project Foxford, Cois Coille housing project in Swinford and Sli na Roba, Friarsquarter in Ballinrobe. At each location the Minister met contractors, Mayo County Council architects and Housing Office staff.
Minister Murphy was presented with a Michael Collins Throw by Foxford Woolen Mills on his travels through Foxford and also visited the Housing Office of Mayo County Council in Swinford to meet and chat with the Staff.
Minister for Community and Rural Development, Michael Ring, TD, joined Minister Murphy for the Site visit at Slí na Roba, Friarsquarter, in Ballinrobe.
Minister Murphy ended his day in Mayo with a visit to Macalla Hall at Lough Lannagh village, Castlebar where a presentation was made by Anne McCarthy of Mayo County Council on the vision for the Military Barracks project. Cathaoirleach of the local authority, Cllr Blackie Gavin presented a jacket to Minister Murphy before the Minister held a private meeting with local councillors.  
Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, said: “It is a pleasure for Mayo County Council to welcome the Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to the Mayo.  We appreciate him making a full day available in his schedule to see the progress that is being made in the county on our housing programme, together with a number of other projects.  Local authorities take the lead in addressing the very difficult issues faced on housing. Here in Mayo we are very committed to delivering on our housing programme.”
Tom Gilligan, Director of Services at Mayo County Council, welcomed the opportunity to host the Minister in the county.
“We are absolutely committed to meeting the housing challenge in Mayo, and the 2018 figures leave no doubt that we are delivering on our targets and making crucial progress for the individuals and families we support. It is important to have Minister Murphy see the work on the ground and the progress that is being made in Mayo.  Last year, a total of 118 new homes were added to Mayo’s social housing stock through build, acquisition or long-term leasing,” added Mr Gilligan.