Eugene Murphy

  • A Roscommon TD says he wants answers from TII about what is happening in regards to the gritting of major routes in the county.

    There were very poor driving conditions on many roads in Roscommon this morning following snow overnight, including accidents on the N5 and N4 roads.

    Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy told Midwest News that he has received numerous complaints over the condition of some roads in Roscommon over the past number of days, but particularly overnight last night.

    He says Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is responsible for telling Roscommon County Council and other local authorities which roads to grit and he wants answers as to why major routes in Roscommon appear not to have been gritted last night.

    Roscommon County Council confirmed that it did not grit roads in the county overnight on the basis of forecasts received from Met Eireann.

  • Deputy Eugene Murphy  has expressed his shock at the addition of Cllr Orla Leyden to the Fianna Fáil ticket in Roscommon/Galway, claiming he was told by Cllr Leyden and Senator Terry Leyden that she was not going to run to help retain the Fianna Fail seat in the constuituency.

    However the sitting Fianna Fail TD wished Cllr Leyden well in the election campaign.

    Deputy Murphy says that as Fianna Fail's Spokesperson on the OPW and Flood Relief he has worked hard tackling issues which affect the everyday life of people and that his campaign will be focused on Healthcare, Climate Change and rural revitalisation.

  • The Syrian refugees being accommodated in Ballaghaderreen is putting extra pressure on the local GP surgeries.

    That's according to Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy, who says a GP practice in Ballaghaderreen, which is operating at full capacity, cannot take on any more patients under the HSE's Primary Care Reimbursement Scheme.

    Deputy Murphy claims the EROC Centre - Emergency Reception & Orientation Centre in Ballaghaderreen has added to the GP's workload, and he raised the matter in the Dáil this week with Minister of State for Health Jim Daly.

    The Fianna Fail TD said that, when Ballaghaderreen welcomed Syrian refugees, they were told that if extra support was needed in the health or education sectors, it would be forthcoming, but he says this extra support has not been delivered.

    Deputy Murphy says GPs in the town cannot cope with the numbers of patients, and there's now a three-day waiting list to see a doctor.

  • An Independent review in to the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea will take place this week.

    This news has been confirmed to Roscommon Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy by CHO West.

    Dr. Jim Anderson who is a Consultant Specialist in Psychiatry of Later Life and has significant expertise in this area will carry out the review.

    The service users and their families are being invited to meet with Dr. Anderson to input into the process.

    Deputy Murphy says he hopes this review is progress in the right direction.

  • Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy’s Oireachtas meeting into the Cuisle Centre reveals Government shock over the facilities closure by the Irish Wheelchair Association.

    Minister Finian McGrath revealed at a special meeting of the Oireachtas this afternoon that the Irish Wheelchair Association received almost €40 million in funding nationally from his Department in 2019.

    Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy believes the funding the Irish Wheelchair Association received in 2019 combined with their own fundraising efforts should have been adequate to carry out the upgrading and repair works of the Cuisle Centre, estimated at €1.2m.

    Deputy Murphy said that 48 jobs were at stake and he called on the IWA to meet with elected representatives and Oireachtas members to prevent the closure of the Donamon centre.

    The Roscommon Galway TD organised the meeting in Leinster House today, with the Minister of State for Disability Issues and with his fellow Oireachtas members in relation to the proposed closure of the Cuisle respite centre in Roscommon.

  • Orthopaedic waiting lists at Galway University Hospital have spiralled to over 6,000 with many people left in pain on waiting lists for hip replacement surgery for up to four years.

    That’s according to Roscommon based Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy who says the figures reveal that up to last month there were a total of 1,092 people on inpatient day case orthopaedic waiting lists with 193 of those waiting for eight months to a year with 88 waiting from one year to 15 months.

    On the outpatient waiting list for orthopaedics, a staggering total of 5,134 people have been left languishing on waiting lists.

    Deputy Murphy says in some cases people have been waiting for up to four years which has labelled as outrageous.

  • The battle of Castlerea will go on in relation to the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    That's the message that Roscommon Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy relayed to Minister Jim Daly recently in the Dáil Chamber.

    Deputy Murphy says people are still very concerned over the future of the centre and believes the HSE sill plan to proceed with the review process which is contrary to the wishes of the families of residents.

    He says all the indications he is getting is that the unit is being wound down.

  • The Transport Minister Shane Ross needs to travel to Co Roscommon to see the dangerous crossroads that still exist on the N5 at Tarmonbarry, Scramogue, Tulsk and Frenchpark.

    That's according to Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy who has welcomed the work that has been carried out at various locations along the N5, but says more needs to be done.

    Deputy Murphy says motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are taking their lives in their hands every day at these crossroads, while traffic calming barriers are needed in villages along the N5, as well as an increased level of hedge and verge trimming.

    He's expressed concern about the number of accidents taking place along the N5, and says a Health & Safety Assessment needs to be carried out...

  • Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Roscommon County Council must resolve barriers to upgrade works on the N4 when they meet.

    That’s the view of Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy who raised his frustration with the Minister for Transport Shane Ross, alongside Eamonn Scanlon TD and Marc McSharry TD.

    Two junctions on the N4 at Cootehall and Croghan are awaiting approval to move on to upgrading works.

    Minister Shane Ross says that TII has given the go ahead to the projects and that the delay is on the part of Roscommon County Council.

    Deputy Murphy told Midwest Radio News that he wants TII and the Council to resolve any issues stopping the upgrade works when they meet with the Minister.

  • A Roscommon TD is concerned that the number of people waiting for a nursing home place under the Fair Deal scheme will rise sharply with the onset of Winter.

    Last month, the number of people waiting for Fair Deal rose from 525 on 17th September to 686 on 30th September.

    Fianna Fail for Roscommon-Galway Eugene Murphy says such an increase in a 2-week period is alarming, and points to serious issues within the system.

    While additional funding is being provided for the Nursing Home Support Scheme, Deputy Murphy told Midwest News he's concerned that the waiting lists are increasing across the region.

  • A Roscommon based Fianna Fail TD has slammed the HSE decision to not automatically award medical cards to all cancer patients.

    Eugene Murphy says this is a devastating blow to cancer patients who are already under extreme pressure.

    Deputy Murphy says there was a genuine expectation among cancer patients that they would be awarded medical cards and has branded the HSE decision as totally unacceptable.

  • A class of graduate nurses in Galway face unemployment or emigration because of a recruitment freeze, according to a local Fianna Fáil TD.

    Eugene Murphy says 64 students are about to complete an internship in University Hospital Galway.

    But he says they've been told there's no work for them at present because of budgetary constraints in the HSE.

    Deputy Murphy says it's a scandal.

  • A Roscommon TD says the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea does not look good.

    Fianna Fail Deputy Eugene Murphy was speaking following a briefing of Oireachtas members on Friday by General Manager of the HSE Tony Canavan about the implementation of the recommendations from the recent review of Roscommon mental-health services.

    During the briefing public representatives raised again their concerns over the future of the Rosalie Unit. It follows a public meeting on the unit in February which was attended by around 300 people and families being told by Mr Canavan that there is no future for the unit.

    Deputy Murphy says while Mr Cavavan did not specially say the unit will close at the briefing, he said patients are currently being clinically assessed.

    Minister for Health Simon Harris is due to meet with public representatives shortly about the matter.

  • Sitting Roscommon/Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy was last night selected by the party to stand for the party in the next General Election.

    Deputy Murphy was unanimously selected and ratified to be the single candidate for the party in the constituency.

    In advance of the convention, Fianna Fail headquarters had issued a directive that only one candidate was to be selected, and after the three other candidates who initially accepted nominations withdrew, the sitting TD was unopposed.

    Over 200 people turned out to the convention in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon town, which was chaired by Mayo TD Dara Calleary.

  • Tenders are now ready to be issued in relation to a new 50 bed unit at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    This news was announced by Minister Simon Harris at a special Oireachtas briefing organised by Galway County Council in Leinster House yesterday.

    Minister Harris also indicated that he is due to visit the hospital in Ballinasloe in October.

    Fianna Fai TD for Roscommon/Galway Deputy Eugene Murphy says it is imperative that there are no hic-ups along the way and that the date of 2022 for completion is realised.

  • The walk-in x-ray service has now resumed at Roscommon County Hospital.

    The service has not been available for some time due to a malfunction of equipment, which meant many people were unable to have x-rays of the hip, spine, pelvis and abdomen carried out at the walk-in facility at Roscommon Hospital.

    The new equipment is now up and running and the walk in x-ray service has now resumed, according to Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy....

  • Work will start next Monday week 12th February to replace lead pipes from the public water network on the Athlone Road in Roscommon.

    Irish Water says old and damaged water mains will also be replaced as part of the works.

    The work is expected to take about 8 weeks, and there will be temporary traffic disruptions.

    Roscommon TD Eugene Murphy has welcomed assurances from Roscommon County Council that, once the works are completed, full road resurfacing works will take place.