Deputy Eugene Murphy

  • In the Dail yesterday the Minister for the elderly Jim Daly, indicated that the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea will not be closed down as a HSE facility, but may no longer serve as a residential facility for elderly people with alzheimers or dementia.

     He was responding to another question on the facility’s future submitted by local Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy.

    Last Friday, Tony Canavan of the HSE told oireachtas members that a report on the unit, that is home to twelve residents, is strongly indicating that the residents needs would be better met in an alternative location.

     Residents and their families strongly disagree, but Mr Canavan said that while the unit as it stands looks set for closure, he has passed on the report to a medical expert to review before a final decision is made.

     Councillor Murphy told Midwest News this afternoon, that yesterday’s statement by the Minister appears to concur with Mr Canavan's.

  • The HSE has confirmed that no Trauma patients are now being accepted at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    From the start of April, a major trauma bypass protocol has been in place in relation to Portiuncla, which means that trauma patients are being brought directly to University Hospital Galway or Tullamore Hospital.

    Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy claims this is a downgrading of Portiuncla Hospital, and says that when the A & E unit in Roscommon was closed, a commitment was given that Portiuncla would be the local emergency hospital for trauma cases.

    Deputy Murphy says this recent decision also puts further pressure on ambulance services in Roscommon in relation to turnaround times....

  • One of the Orthopaedic operating theatres at Merlin Park hospital in Galway is tdue to reopen from today.

    Two theatres were closed last September for structural repairs, leading to the cancellation of a number of surgical procedures since then.

    Emergency surgeries and a small number of elective procedures have been carried out at University Hospital Galway in the interim, but there are concerns about waiting lists getting longer while the operating theatres are closed.

    The HSE has confirmed to Midwest News that repair work was completed at the Merlin Park orthopaedic theatres in November, followed by some internal reconfiguration of one theatre, which is expected to be operational this week, while two new modular units with orthopaedic theatres are expected to be opened at Merlin Park later this year.

    Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy says today’s reopening of one of the hospital’s operating theatres is a step in the right direction….

  • The closure of a number of Garda stations in Co Roscommon in recent years is leaving areas prone to crime – that’s according to Strokestown-based Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy.

    He points to the closure of Garda stations in Tarmonbarry, Ballintubber, Ballyforan and Knockroghery, and says additional Garda resources are needed to help fight rural crime.

    Deputy Murphy says only 15 new Garda recruits have been assigned to the Roscommon / Longford Garda Division over the past three years, and he believes a strong Garda presence is important in fighting rural crime……

  • It has emerged that, during the recent bank robbery in Strokestown, two young people were held hostage during the raid – one of whom has special needs.

    Roscommon-Longford TD Eugene Murphy raised the issue this week with the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, and called on the Minister to provide more Gardai to rural areas.

    The Fianna Fail TD told the Dail that a daring robbery took place at the Bank of Ireland in Strokestown last month, and despite the efforts of local Gardai, the culprits got away.

    Deputy Murphy asked the Minister to look into exactly what happened, and to provide more Gardai on the beat in towns such as Roscommon and Strokestown.

    Since 2014, 42 Gardai have retired in the Roscommon / Longford division, while a number of rural Garda stations have closed including Ballintubber, Ballygoran, Knockroghery and Tarmonbarry.

    Eugene Murphy told Midwest News that he now understands two young people involved in a flag day outside the bank in Strokestown were pulled inside and held hostage during the raid.

  • People are waiting up to four months to sit their driving tests at centres across the West.

    Latest figures from the Road Safety Authority show drivers in Castlebar, Tuam and Sligo are waiting 12 weeks for a test date, with a wait of almost 15 weeks in Clifden.

    In addition, it’s been revealed that over 42,000 people are waiting to take their driving test nationally.

    The figures were provided after Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy tabled a parliamentary question to the Transport Minister Shane Ross on the issue.

     Deputy Murphy says the current wait of up to 4 months is unacceptable, and more driver testers need to be employed to clear the backlog.