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.

  • A five year old boy was fatally injured when he fell from a trailer on a farm in Tulsk, county Roscommon yesterday evening.
    Gardai were called to the scene of the incident at around 5.40pm yesterday (Sunday) evening.
    The child was pronounced dead at the scene, and a post-mortem examination will take place at Roscommon University Hospital later today.
    His name has not yet been released but it's understood that the child is from County Leitrim.
    The Health Safety Authority (HSA) has been informed of the incident and they will conduct an investigation.
    Jim O'Connor, the chairman of Roscommon IFA, says it's a terrible tragedy.
    Local councillor Liam Callaghan says there is a cloud of sadness around the community of Tulsk in the aftermath of the tragedy and on Midwest News extended his sympathy to the child's family.
  • 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.
  • Two men, both in their twenties, are due to appear at Loughrea District Court today on charges related to robberies in Ballaghaderreen earlier this month.

    A youth was arrested yesterday in connection with the same incidents, that occurred on the 11th of September. He was released after questioning and a file is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    The arrests follow four crimes in the Ballaghaderreen area within a 24 hour period involving two burglaries and two robberies.

  • Two people were arrested and a car seized in connection with a number of robberies and attempted burglaries in Ballaghaderreen earlier this week.

    Both are due to appear in Ballaghaderreen District court today.

    Gardai have appealed for information after a number of incidents occurred within hours of each other between 11pm on Tuesday night last and 3am on Wednesday morning in the town.

    Two burglaries were reported initially and then later that night two separate robberies occurred.

    A woman sustained minor injuries and had her phone, money and tablet taken after she was robbed outside the Bank of Ireland building.

    Gardai carried out six searches yesterday across counties Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon , working with the armed support unit, and a number of items were recovered.

    Gardai seized a car believed to be connected to some of the incidents, and two people were arrested.

    Garda investigations are ongoing and Castlerea gardai have set up an incident room and are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact them at 094-9620019.

    They have also thanked the public for their assistance.