Roscommon

  • Funding of over €1.2 million has been allocated to build seven new social houses at Clooneybeirne in Roscommon Town.

    The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has given Roscommon County Council the funding go-ahead for this housing construction scheme at Cluain Fraoigh.

    Roscommon-based FG Senator Frank Feighan says this provision is part of the Government’s housing action plan, ‘Rebuilding Ireland.’

    He's hoping to see the 7 new social houses coming on stream as soon as possible to help tackle the housing shortage in the area.

     

  • A number of listeners to Midwest Radio in the west Roscommon area have today received suspicious phone calls from someone claiming to represent AIB bank.

    It’s likely to be  a vishing scam. Vishing occurs when an individual calls you claiming to be from the Bank, or a company providing a service and request financial and/or personal and security information.

     The term is a combination of ‘voice’ and phishing. It is typically used to steal credit card numbers or other information used in identity theft schemes from individuals.

    A spokesperson for AIB told Midwest News this afternoon that the phone number displayed on the victim’s handset may appear to be a genuine bank phone number but these can be mimicked by criminals.

    The spokesperson is advising customers who suspect  fraudulent activity from any call received, to ask the caller to confirm their authenticity and if still in doubt of the caller’s authenticity, end the call .

    If you feel your bank details have been compromised, you should  call the number on the back of your credit or debit card or alternatively call the official number for the branch on the AIB website.

     Customers can find the AIB security centre at the following link: https://aib.ie/security-centre

     

  • Connacht GAA is pleased to announce the appointment of Cathal Cregg as the new Connacht GAA Provincial Games Development Manager in succession to John Tobin.

    Cathal has worked as Head Strength & Conditioning Officer with Connacht GAA for the past 5 years having previously qualified with a Sport Science Degree and a Research Masters in Exercise Physiology  from Dublin City University and is currently finishing his PhD. 

    He is a member of the Western Gaels GAA club in Roscommon and has been part of the Roscommon Senior Inter-County football team since 2006. He has represented Connacht on many occasions since 2007 winning an Interprovincal title in 2014, played for Ireland in the 2014 International Rules Series in Australia, won two Sigerson cups with DCU and a freshers All-Ireland with NUIG.

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    Today has provided a break from the heatwave, as temperatures across the country are considerably lower than previous days.

    Yesterday, Mount Dillon in Co Roscommon recorded the country's top temperature of 28 degrees celsius, with temperatures in Co Mayo ranging from 26 degrees in Claremorris and 25 degrees at Knock Airport to 17 degrees in Belmullet.

    Today temperatures will not exceed 16-19 degrees in Connacht, but warmer, sunnier weather is on the way again over the weekend.

    Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe says temperatures will rise again from tomorrow onwards, with 28 or 29 degrees expected on Sunday and Monday.

     

  • A new playground and carpark can go ahead at the Demesne in Castlerea, after Roscommon County Councilors passed the part 8 planning permission.

    The project will mean a refurbished playground for the town, and a new carpark that can be used by people attending both the playground and the public swimming pool.

    Locally-based business Harmac Medical has given a large donation towards new playground equipment.

    Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice is hopeful the project can get up and running before the swimming pool opens for the Summer season.

    He says the development will greatly enhance amenities in the town.

  • Connacht U17 Championship 
    Mayo 4-20 
    Leitrim 1-08 

    Connacht Junior Championship Quarter Final 
    Mayo 2-15 
    Roscommon 1-17 

  • The latest report from the Environmental Protection Agency shows the quality of drinking water in public supplies across the country remains high.

    The EPA Drinking Water Report for 2017 shows a high level of compliance with microbiological and chemical standards, indicating that most of our water supplies are safe to drink.

    However, there are currently 72 "at risk" supplies on the EPA Remedial Action List.

    It's expected drinking water in Ireland will be in line with EU standards by 2010 - 16 years after the deadline for compliance.

    The number of public water supplies on the Remedial Action List has fallen from 339 ten years ago to 72 at present.

    Irish Water says upgrading works on 38 of these supplies will be finished by the end of the year.

    There are no public water supplies in Co Mayo currently on the Remedial Action List, however, there are two in both counties Roscommon and Galway - both of which are due for completion by the end of this year.

    9 water supplies across the country are currently on a boil water notice - including the Lough Talt scheme will supplies water to over 12,000 people mainly in Co Sligo.

    A planning application has been submitted for a new plant to tackle water quality on the Lough Talt scheme, but the EPA says that due to planning difficulties, there is no timeframe available yet for the completion of these works.

  • A family advocate, who travelled to Dublin yesterday for a meeting on the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea, has described the events as a shambles.

    HSE management failed to attend the meeting between a local delegation and Ministers Harris and Daly over the future of the unit.

    A local delegation made up of Oireachtas members, family advocates and local councillors were due to meet with Ministers Harris and Daly and Executive Clinical Director for HSE West Amanda Burke and Chief Health Officer Tony Canavan. However Ms Burke and Mr Canavan were not in attendance.

    This was despite a formal request from Senator Maura Hopkins’ office requesting they attend so a clearer picture could be gained about what is happening with the Rosalie Unit.

    It was agreed that the meeting would be reconvened and Senator Hopkins wants a new date confirmed by the end of today.

    Liam Walsh’s mother is a resident of the Rosalie Unit and he was party of the family delegation that travelled to Dublin yesterday. He told Midwest News they are beyond frustrated

  • A Fianna Fail Cllr. is calling on the Government to put in place a permanent ambulance team in Loughlynn in West Roscommon.

    At present the base has no permanent ambulance or staff.

    The base was opened in January 2016 and Paschal Fitzmaurice says it’s totally inadequate.

    Cllr. Fitzmaurice says the Base loans an Ambulance from Roscommon Town when one is free.

    He says it’s not an ambulance base it’s just a glorified place where the light is turned on.

  • Fire brigades from Ballaghaderreen and Ballyhaunis battled gorse fires at Cloonfower last night.

    The fires, which stretched for about two kilometres, occurred between Castlerea and Loughglynn.

    Units from both areas tackled the fires into the early hours and brought them under control overnight.

    Ballaghaderreen Fire Brigade has thanked the public for their help and co-operation last night. 

  • The Fire Service attended the scene of a fire in Ballaghaderreen last night.

    The fire, which is believed to have broken out in the attic of a house on Barrack Street, occurred after 9pm.

    No injuries were reported and traffic restrictions were in place for a time last night.

     

     

  • The Ballaghadereen Fire Service is tackling a large gorse fire in the Cregane . Float Road area of Ballaghadereen.

    Motorists are advised to avoid the area as visibility may be dangerously reduced.

     

     

  • The Honorary Freedom of Co Roscommon will be accorded to Ballaghadereen native Brian O’Doherty next Thursday.

    The New-York based internationally-acclaimed writer, artist and art critic will celebrate his 90th birthday next month.

    The decision to award him the Freedom of Roscommon was made at a meeting of Roscommon County Council in January.

    Mr O’Doherty is more widely known in this country as Patrick Ireland – but he buried that name in 2008 following the peace process, and resumed his birth name.

    He will be accorded with the Freedom of Roscommon at a ceremony at the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin next Thursday and his new exhibition entitled “Language and Space” will be officially opened at the museum that afternoon.

  • Galway star Damien Comer says they are preparing for the unknown ahead of the opening weekend of the Super 8s.

    The All Ireland Football Championship's new format gets underway at Croke Park tomorrow, with the meeting Dublin and Donegal and Tyrone and Roscommon.

    Kildare meet Monaghan at headquarters on Sunday, before the Tribesmen take on Kerry.

  • Gardaí at Castlerea are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to a bank robbery which occurred at a bank on Church St, Strokestown Co Roscommon onFrida afternoon at approximately 2.15pm.

    Four men wearing balaclavas and gloves entered the bank, one man was believed to be armed with a handgun.

    They threatened staff and demanded cash.

    They left the premises after a short time with an undisclosed amount of cash and made their getaway in a black Audi A4 with UK registered number plates driven by a fifth man.

    It is believed they drove up Elphin St, took a right turn and drove in the direction of Kilmore.

    Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and information from any person who may have seen anything suspicious in the hour prior to the robbery and after the incident or to any drivers who may have dash cams fitted to their vehicles to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094-9621637, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

    No injuries were reported.

  • Gardaí are investigating a robbery at a bank on Main St, Strokestown Co Roscommon.

    The incident occurred at the Bank of Ireland branch shortly before 3pm today.

    Four masked men entered the building with what's believed to be a handgun and iron bars.

    They stole an amount of cash and fled in a black Audi in the direction of Elphin Road.

    No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

  • Gardai across Co Mayo say all main roads are passable, but caution is needed on secondary and rural roads.

    However, road conditions are a lot worse in Roscommon.

    The Castlerea to Roscommon road and roads around Ballintubber are reported to be in a dangerous condition, and Gardai in Roscommon town are advising people not to travel this morning unless absolutely necessary as many roads are impassable.

  • The Health Minister says it’s important the HSE apologise for any failings in audiology services provided to children in the West of Ireland.

    The HSE has been carrying out a review of 900 cases in the Roscommon and Mayo area between 2011 and 2015.

    It's understood up to 50 children were impacted.

    Simon Harris said today that its important the HSE tries to do better.

  • House prices nationally rose by 2.5% during the first three months of 2018, according to the latest House Price Report released today by property website, Daft.ie. The average price nationwide was €247,000, 7.3% higher than a year ago. Compared to their lowest point in 2013, prices nationwide have risen by an average of 50% or just over €82,500.

    In Mayo, prices in the first three months of 2018 were 3% higher than a year previously, compared to a rise of 11% seen a year ago. The average house price is now €145,000, 31% above its lowest point. In Roscommon prices are up by 4% compared to a year ago, in Sligo 5%, and in Galway County 11%.

    In Dublin, prices rose by 2.3% in the first quarter of the year. This means that the average price in the capital is now €145,000 higher than five years previously. In Cork and Galway cities, prices rose only marginally in the first three months of 2018 (by 0.3% and 0.1% respectively) but are now 59% and 70% higher than their 2013 lows.

    The number of properties available to buy on the market nationwide continues to fall. There were just over 20,000 properties on the market in March. A significant increase in Dublin listings – up from 2,700 a year ago to 3,500 now, largely offset a fall in availability elsewhere. The number of properties on the market outside Dublin is now at 16,800, down 1,000 on a year ago and the lowest on record, for a series starting in January 2007.

  • The HSE has apologised for failures identified in a review of paediatric audiology services in Mayo and Roscommon and has committed to sharing the review report with the families affected today.

    General Manager of the HSE West, Tony Canavan said “on behalf of the HSE, I would like to offer a sincere apology for the failures identified”.

    Parents of the children affected have been invited to meet with a senior manager and a senior audiologist to discuss the findings of the report and they will be updated on their child’s care,” he said.

    The HSE carried out a review of audiology services in counties Mayo and Roscommon between April 2011 and February 2015 following concerns raised by the assistant national clinical lead in audiology. It said the concerns related to one audiologist who no longer works in the audiology services.

    Of the 995 cases examined, 49 children have been found to be affected. Thirteen children were re-referred into the service following concerns and were retested and identified as having a hearing loss.

    Sixteen children with hearing aids received hearing aid management that deviated significantly from recommendations set out in the National Audiology Review group Report (2011). Twenty children who were recalled and retested were identified with a new hearing loss.

    The HSE say the 49 children affected are all currently receiving or have already received the appropriate care.

    Tony Canavan says the priority now is to bring the outcome of the audit to the attention of the parents involved and to provide them an opportunity to have any questions they might have answered. To this end, the review report will be shared with the families affected today.”