Cllr Liam Callaghan

  • The decision by the Irish Wheelchair Association to close the Cuisle Centre in Donamon, county Roscommon by the end of this month, has come as a shock to the area, according to local councillor Liam Callaghan.

    The Fine Gael councillor is now calling on the Association to re-think and reverse its decision to close the facility that serves as a respite centre for wheelchair users.The facility employs over 40 people and they were notified on Friday last of the imminent closure of the facility.

    Cllr Callaghan says rather than close the facility every effort should be made to develop and expand it.

    Speaking to Midwest Radio’s John Morley,  Cllr Callaghan says there is widespread support from the local community to preserve the facility.

  • The Government has abandoned plans to accommodate asylum seekers at a hotel in Rooskey, Co. Leitrim.

    The Shannon Key West Hotel had been earmarked as an accommodation centre for 80 people.

    However, the Department of Justice has confirmed that following legal advice, the plans have now been dropped.

    It's because of difficulties over the lease agreement between the company renting the hotel - who wanted to turn it into a tourist spot - and the owners.

    Local Councillor Liam Callaghan told Midwest News that he received confirmation from the Department earlier that the plans had been dropped.

  • A Fine Gael Cllr has described the current fodder transport subsidy scheme as a cocktail of bureaucracy.

    Roscommon Fine Gael Cllr Liam Callaghan says while the scheme is very welcome, many farmers are disappointed with the amount of paperwork and third party involvement.

    He says at present the farmer has to have a farm advisor visit his farm to carry out an assessment, an application is then made to the Department of Agriculture, who in turn notify the local co-op, the co-op then source the fodder on behalf of the farmer. The farmer pays the co-op for the fodder and transport and the Department then reimburses the farmer for the cost of the transport.

    Cllr Callaghan says this system could be simplified and farmers should be allowed to source their own fodder, which would speed the entire process up.

  • The dispute between the Department of Agriculture and local Knackeries, which has seen knackeries across the country close their gates this week, will have major environmental and public health impacts, as well as causing extra stress for the local farming community.

    That's according to Roscommon  FG Councillor Liam Callaghan.

    Up to 40 knackeries across the country - including Tubbercurry-based Maloney & Matthews which covers Mayo and Sligo - closed their gates on Tuesday morning, after talks with the Department broke down the previous evening.

    The knackeries claim they're working at a loss, which is no longer sustainable.

    Councillor Liam Callaghan says the closures are causing great concern , as farmers have no place to dispose of dead animals, and he's calling on the Department of Agriculture to resume talks with the Animal Collectors Association as soon as possible.