Deputy Eugene Murphy

  • A Roscommon TD is calling for interim safety measures to be put in place on stretches of the N5, following another serious collision in Tulsk last week.

    The issue was raised in the Dail by Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy, who says people along living in towns and villages along the N5 are facing ongoing dangers.

    While a by-pass from Ballaghadereen to Scramogue Cross is being progressed, Deputy Murphy says we cannot wait for the new by-pass, and interim safety measures must be put in place to avoid further collisions - such as electronic speed signs.

    Given that the by-pass will not be in place for several years, Deputy Murphy is asking Transport Infrastructure Ireland to carry out an assessment of the N5 to see what measures could be put in place to avoid further serious accidents.

  • A Roscommon/Galway TD has hit out at the continued delays in signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan which he says is having a serious impact on hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in rural Ireland, waiting to be connected to the network.

    Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy raised the matter in the Dail last week.

    There is only one company Enet, left in the running after Eir pulled out the process earlier this year.

    Deputy Murphy says Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has failed to give any indications as to when the contract for the National Broadband Plan will be signed.

    Deputy Murphy says there is appalling broadband connectivity in Co Roscommon, with figure showing that there are over 38,500 premises in Roscommon of which almost half are relying on the State led intervention under the NBP. Some 12% of Roscommon premises are still due to receive high speed broadband under Eir’s ongoing planned rural deployment.

  • A County Roscommon TD is calling for calm after 8 people were injured in a raid on a house in Strokestown at the weekend.

    A dog was killed, three people taken to hospital and 4 vehicles burned out, when a gang of men approached security staff guarding the house and adjoining farm which had recently been repossessed.

    Local Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy says he's contacting the bank involved to see if anything can be done to ease tensions in the area.

  • Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy says it's essential that the talks between the Beef Sector stakeholders produce results for Irish farmers.

    The Fianna Fail TD says it was the determined action farmers supporting the Beef Plan  movement protests over the last two weeks that forced the meat factories to the negotiating table, and he says it's essential now that progress is made for farmers.

    Deputy Murphy welcomed progress on some issues at Monday's meeting at the Department of Agriculture, but says more needs to be done.

  • The closure of a number of Garda stations in Co Roscommon in recent years is leaving areas prone to crime – that’s according to Strokestown-based Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy.

    He points to the closure of Garda stations in Tarmonbarry, Ballintubber, Ballyforan and Knockroghery, and says additional Garda resources are needed to help fight rural crime.

    Deputy Murphy says only 15 new Garda recruits have been assigned to the Roscommon / Longford Garda Division over the past three years, and he believes a strong Garda presence is important in fighting rural crime……

  • The number of children being admitted to adult psychiatric units is a scandal, according to Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy.

    111 children have been admitted to adult mental-health facilities over the past 18 months - 84 last year and 27 so far in 2019.

    The HSE says children are only admitted to these units if they can't be accommodated in child and adolescent facilities.

    But Deputy Murphy insists the current trend cannot be allowed to continue.

  • It has emerged that, during the recent bank robbery in Strokestown, two young people were held hostage during the raid – one of whom has special needs.

    Roscommon-Longford TD Eugene Murphy raised the issue this week with the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, and called on the Minister to provide more Gardai to rural areas.

    The Fianna Fail TD told the Dail that a daring robbery took place at the Bank of Ireland in Strokestown last month, and despite the efforts of local Gardai, the culprits got away.

    Deputy Murphy asked the Minister to look into exactly what happened, and to provide more Gardai on the beat in towns such as Roscommon and Strokestown.

    Since 2014, 42 Gardai have retired in the Roscommon / Longford division, while a number of rural Garda stations have closed including Ballintubber, Ballygoran, Knockroghery and Tarmonbarry.

    Eugene Murphy told Midwest News that he now understands two young people involved in a flag day outside the bank in Strokestown were pulled inside and held hostage during the raid.

  • People are waiting up to four months to sit their driving tests at centres across the West.

    Latest figures from the Road Safety Authority show drivers in Castlebar, Tuam and Sligo are waiting 12 weeks for a test date, with a wait of almost 15 weeks in Clifden.

    In addition, it’s been revealed that over 42,000 people are waiting to take their driving test nationally.

    The figures were provided after Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy tabled a parliamentary question to the Transport Minister Shane Ross on the issue.

     Deputy Murphy says the current wait of up to 4 months is unacceptable, and more driver testers need to be employed to clear the backlog.