Deputy Eugene Murphy

  • Deputy Eugene Murphy has made a fresh appeal to the CEO of Roscommon County Council to reopen Castlerea fire station as soon as possible following a narrow escape for a Castlerea couple when a fire broke out in a shed at the rear of their home recently.

    The Fianna Fail TD for Roscommon/Galway told Midwest News today that he has received numerous calls and queries from frustrated members of the public in the Castlerea area who are growing increasingly concerned about the lack of a fire service.

    The deputy says he has been informed by the County Manager, Eugene Cummins that a number of people are about to commence training for the service and will be designated to the Castlerea area and having discussed the matter recently with the county manager, he says he is  hopeful that the fire service could re-open in Castlerea by the end of the year or early 2019.

  • The Government needs to think carefully before returning the VAT rate for hotels back up to 13.5 percent. That’s the view of Roscommon Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy.

    Deputy Murphy says while hotels in Dublin and the other cities across the country may well be experiencing a boom, that is not the case for many rural establishments.

     He argues that a 9 percent vat rate is adequate, if the Government is serious about recognizing tourism as a major employer in the economy.

  • 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….

  • Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has welcomed the fact that resurfacing works are due to commence on a dangerous stretch of the N5 at the old GAA pitch in Strokestown in the coming weeks.

    Deputy Murphy says there have been ongoing problems in Strokestown at a major bend in the road at the old GAA pitch and while a number of improvements which he initiated have been carried out, the area continued to be dangerous for motorists so he welcomes the fact that a new surface will be laid on this stretch of road in the coming weeks.

    He says he would still urge motorists to be cautious as the area is still very prone to accidents but hopes that these new resurfacing works will help to alleviate the ongoing problems at this location which have been of grave concern to many members of the public.

    Deputy Murphy had continually highlighted the lack of health and safety plans at various junctions on the main N5 at Tarmonbarry, Scramogue, Simpson’s Cross, Tulsk and Frenchpark. The Fianna Fáil TD has called for traffic calming barriers to be put in place before there are more major accidents at these locations.  Deputy Murphy has continually raised this issue in the Dáil with the Minister for Transport Shane Ross.

  • Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has welcomed the fact that Roscommon patients will no longer be forced to travel to Galway for basic eye field tests as the specialised lenses have been replaced in the Ophthalmology Department in Roscommon and should be operational by the end of September 2018.

    Deputy Murphy tabled a parliamentary question with the Minister for Health as a number of constituents had raised the matter with him in recent weeks.

    The Ophthalmology Department in Roscommon has now received the specialised lenses and it is hoped to have the equipment operational by the end of September 2018.

     

  • A Roscommon/Galway TD has hit out at the continued delays in signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan which he says is having a serious impact on hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in rural Ireland, waiting to be connected to the network.

    Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy raised the matter in the Dail last week.

    There is only one company Enet, left in the running after Eir pulled out the process earlier this year.

    Deputy Murphy says Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has failed to give any indications as to when the contract for the National Broadband Plan will be signed.

    Deputy Murphy says there is appalling broadband connectivity in Co Roscommon, with figure showing that there are over 38,500 premises in Roscommon of which almost half are relying on the State led intervention under the NBP. Some 12% of Roscommon premises are still due to receive high speed broadband under Eir’s ongoing planned rural deployment.

  • 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.