Deputy Eugene Murphy

  • 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.