Deputy Eugene Murphy

  • 20 Garda stations in the Western region cannot access the PULSE computer system, due to a lack of internet connectivity.

    The Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has released new figures which show that, nationally, there are still 76 Garda stations operating without internet of PULSE, while work is ongoing in another 15 stations.

    Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy asks how can Gardai be expected to carry out their work without basic access to an ICT system or PULSE system, and says the West is particularly hit, as 20 stations are left in a black hole with no internet access.

  • The delay in progressing the multi-million euro development of the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon Town is a matter of concern, according to local Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy.

    Before the 2016 general election, plans were announced for a €10 million development of the Sacred Heart Hospital, including a replacement 50-bed unit, and the project was due for completion in 2021.

    However, Deputy Murphy claims little progress has been made since, and the most recent reply he received from the Health Minister indicates that the design process will begin next year, with construction getting underway in late 2020, and a completion date of 2022.

    Deputy Murphy says the plans for the facility are moving at a very slow pace....

  • The major overspend on the new National Children's Hospital has cast doubt over the future viability of a number of capital health projects in the Roscommon-Galway region.

    That's according to local Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy, who's concerned that commitments made in relation to the building of a 50-bed unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon and a new unit at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe might be put on the back burner.

    The €17 million euro development at Portiuncla Hospital would see the construction of a new 50-bed unit, while the Sacred Heart Hospital project in Roscommon - which was announced before the 2016 general election - is not now scheduled for completion until 2022.

    Deputy Eugene Murphy has questioned Tanaiste Simon Coveney in relation to the overspend on the new Children's Hospital, and what that will mean for these capital projects in the West.

    Minister Coveney said it's the Government's intention that any project that has a financial commitment will be delivered, but it's about the scheduling of that delivery.

    Deputy Murphy says this response concerns him, as the commitments made to these major capital projects need to be honoured....

  • 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.

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    Deputy Eugene Murphy says he was shocked at the level of abuse and aggression directed at staff in the Emergency Department of a Dublin hospital which he witnessed recently.

    The Roscommon / Galway Fianna Fail TD was treated overnight recently in St James’s Hospital in Dublin for a minor health issue and was taken aback by the level of abuse towards doctors, nurses, porters and security staff.

    He says he witnessed similar incidents some years ago when his late father was a patient at University Hospital Galway, and he is calling on his Dail colleagues to introduce legislation to address the problem.

    Speaking to Midwest News today he said the situation is appalling and is simply not acceptable and must be addressed.

  • There are hopes a Roscommon respite centre for people with disabilities may not close permanently.

    The Irish Wheelchair Association shut the Cuisle centre yesterday, with the loss of up to 48 jobs.

    However, local TDs are involved in talks with a state agency, which may provide funding to reopen it under a new provider.

    Local Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy says there's a good chance the negotiations will succeed.

  • A Roscommon TD is accusing the Government of reneging on its commitment to a multi-million euro development at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon Town.

    Prior to the 2016 general election,  the €10 million project for a replacement 50-bed unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital was announced, but three years on, work has not yet started on the development.

    Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy says he was told earlier this year that the design process would commence in 2019, and construction would get underway next year - however, he has now been informed that a design team has not yet been appointed.

    Deputy Murphy says the Government needs to clarify when it intends to deliver on the commitment made in relation to the facility....

  • 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.

  • The Taoiseach and Agriculture Minister cannot ignore that protests that took place outside Dail Eireann yesterday by farmers over the Mercosur deal.

    That's according to Roscommon Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy, who asks - if the Government is serious about climate action- how can they justify this deal which he claims is band for the environment and for the suckler beef sector in Ireland.

    Deputy Murphy says Fianna Fail will be voting with Sinn Fein later today on their motion calling for the Mercosur deal to be rejected.

    Speaking to Midwest News, the Roscommon-Galway TD says the Government needs to take action to lessen the impact of this trade deal on rural Ireland...

  • The Minister for Health is being asked to intervene in the case of a Co Roscommon boy with autism, who may have to wait four years to avail of services.

    Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy says the 7-year old boy from north Roscommon is currently in 193rd place on a waiting list for the autism service at the Primary Care Centre in Athenry, and it could be up to four years before he receives treatment.

    Deputy Murphy is calling on Minister Simon Harris to intervene on this boy's behalf, describing the waiting time as "cruel and shameful"

  • There were heated exchanges in the Dail today between Roscommon Fianna Fail Deputy Eugene Murphy and Minister with responsibility for Older People Jim Daly over the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    Deputy Murphy says every attempt is being made at present to move a resident at the unit to a private nursing home, despite assurances that no patient would be moved before a review of the services there is complete. The review is due to get underway in January.

    Minister Daly told Deputy Murphy that neither he, nor the Roscommon TD are clinicians and therefore can’t decide what is in the best interests of residents.

  • The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation says abusive and aggressive behaviour towards nursing staff in hospitals has become an expected part of the job.

    The union was responding to Roscommon FF TD Eugene Murphy who told Midwest News earlier that he was shocked at the level of abuse and aggression directed at staff in the Emergency Dept of St James Hospital in Dublin during a recent overnight stay in the facility.

    He said he witnessed similar incidents in recent years at Galway University Hospital, and is calling on his Dail colleagues to introduce legislation to address the problem.

    The INMO says frustration at hospital overcrowding is part of the reason for the abuse directed at staff.

    Meanwhile, there are 557 patients on hospital trolleys across the country on this last day of 2019.

    In this region, 30 patients are waiting for a bed at UHG, 24 at Sligo University Hospital and 13 at Mayo University Hospital.

     

     

  • 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....

  • It’s stalemate on Day 13 of the farmers protest outside meat factories over the collapse in beef prices.

    Hundreds of jobs remain on the line in factories and there’s the threat of a court battle against protesting farmers by the meat plants.

    Westport based Independent councillor Johno O’Malley insists that the only solution to the crisis is for the factories to pay more per kilo, per animal.

    At the moment there appears to be no end in sight to the dispute that has shut down 14 factories around the country, and has seen up to 200 workers temporarily laid off at Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis “into the forseeable future”. These are all workers involved in beef processing, sheep processing is continuing at the Ballyhaunis plant.

    Last night a number of major meat processors are understood to have written to the Beef Plan movement warning it has just hours to stand down or face immediate legal action.

    Agriculture Minister Michael Creed now faces intense pressure to find a way to help resolve the dispute.

    Roscommon Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy has pleaded with Minister Creed not to get hung up about any precondition before going into talks, but rather to go ahead with round table discussions even if farmers continue their protests at the gates of meat factories. Speaking to Midwest News he said that stalemate in the crisis for another number of days is likely, as farmers are adamant they will continue

    Councillor Johno O’Malley insists the meat factories must pay more per kilo for animals, if farmers are to survive in the beef industry. Farmers need a price of 4 euro or more per kilo to make a living, he says.

    He joined the protest line outside Dawn Meats with the farmers yesterday.

     

  • 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.

  • A Midlands-Northwest MEP insists it is possible for the Irish Government to scrap the Mercosur deal.

    Today, the Dáil will vote on Sinn Féin's motion calling for the trade agreement to be rejected.

    Farmers strongly oppose the deal because of the amount of beef that would be allowed into the EU from South America, with thousands of farmers protesting outside the Dail yesterday to highlight their concerns.

    Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy says it will be possible for Ireland to 'kill' the agreement.

     

    Meanwhile, Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy says his party will support Sinn Féin's motion today.

     

  • 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 TD says he's not too hopeful for the future of the Cuisle Centre in Donamon, after raising the issue on two occasions yesterday with the Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath.

    Minister McGrath met yesterday afternoon with Oireachtas members from Roscommon to discuss the decision by the Irish Wheelchair Association to close the Cuisle holiday respite centre at the end of this month - with the loss of over 40 jobs.

    Local TDs had asked that the Minister recommend that the Irish Wheelchair Association would reverse the decision, or at least suspend the closure of the centre for a year to allow staff seek other employment.

    Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy said the Minister appeared to be shocked and concerned at the issues raised, but when he spoke on the matter in the Dáil last night, Minister McGrath appeared to offer little hope for the future of the Cuisle centre.....