county Roscommon

  • Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Strokestown, shortly before 8pm last night.

    The collision on the N5 at Bridge Street in the town involved a car and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, a man in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver of the car was not injured.

    The man’s name has not yet been released.

    The N5 remains closed at Bridge street as a forensic examination is carried OUT.

     Diversions are in place via Four Mile House and Tulsk.

    Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094 9621630.

  • Unions representing staff at the Rosalie Unit are meeting this afternoon (Monday), as the HSE is planning to redeploy the staff at the unit to other facilities in Co Roscommon and neighbouring counties.

    The HSE has controversially closed the facility that had been caring for elderly residents with dementia.

    A number of residents in the Rosalie Unit have already been moved to other care home facilities, and staff are now being asked to apply for transfers to other mental health facilities in counties Roscommon, Galway and Mayo where vacancies currently exist.

    The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council has criticised the move, as he says the HSE had promised to consider the Castlerea facility for other purposes, but now it looks like there is no such plan going forward.

    SIPTU, Forsa and the PNA - who represent the staff involved- will be meeting today to consider their options.

    Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice told Midwest News today that some staff members who have worked at the Rosalie Unit for years are now faced with applying for jobs in Roscommon Town, Boyle and Ballinasloe.

    He's also concerned about what this will mean for the future of the Rosalie Care Home.

  • Roscommon gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic collision at Kilmaryal, Elphin, Co. Roscommon. 
    The collision occurred at approximately 8pm yesterday evening.
    A pedestrian, a female in her 60’s, was fatally injured when she was struck by a vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 50s, was not injured.
    The road is currently closed to facilitate an examination of the area by Garda Forensic Collision investigator and local diversions are in place.