Voters in the Ballinrobe area have been asked to keep the rebuilding of the local town hall an election agenda item over the coming fortnight.

As General Election D-day draws closer, Ballinrobe Town Hall committee want to ensure the reconstruction of the facility remains a top priority in the coming years.

“We are hoping to get about €800,000 of public funding to make the project a reality – but it will be crucial that elected representatives support the project to make this possible”, said chairperson Michael Sweeney.

Mayo County Council granted planning permission for the rebuilding of the hall last month.  The old hall was knocked in 1999 for safety reasons.

At this juncture it looks as if €400,000 will need to be raised from private and community sources to complement public funding. A fundraising plan will shortly be announced.

“When the election is over, and Ballinrobe’s representation in Dail Eireann is finalised, we will be looking for strong political support. We would ask voters to mention the town hall to every candidate who calls on their door. We need politicians to be under no illusions but that this will be a key infrastructural development for Ballinrobe over the next few years”.

The proposal is to build a hall with a gross floor area of 1000m2. It will consist of an auditorium and main hall area with seating for over 400 people.

Anyone interested in actively participating in this major project should contact chairperson Michael Sweeney (087 2588 615) or secretary Siobhan O’Malley (087 207 2307).

Committee: Chairperson Michael Sweeney, Secretary Siobhan O’Malley, Treasurer Sean O’Connell, PRO Liam Horan, Rory O’Neill, Tony Walkin, Margot O’Shea, Michael Burke, Mary Jackson, Marie O’Haire, Gwen Costello, Des May, Sheena Duddy, Mike Finnerty, Emmet Humphreys, Cllr Damien Ryan, Cllr Patsy O’Brien.

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