Roscommon

  • Funding of over €1.2 million has been allocated to build seven new social houses at Clooneybeirne in Roscommon Town.

    The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has given Roscommon County Council the funding go-ahead for this housing construction scheme at Cluain Fraoigh.

    Roscommon-based FG Senator Frank Feighan says this provision is part of the Government’s housing action plan, ‘Rebuilding Ireland.’

    He's hoping to see the 7 new social houses coming on stream as soon as possible to help tackle the housing shortage in the area.

     

  • €100,000 euro worth of drugs has been seized in Co Roscommon.

    The cannabis was recovered after a Garda operation in Ballyleague yesterday.

    The discovery was made as part of an investigation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Roscommon area.

    There have been no arrests and investigations are ongoing.

  • There's a significant funding boost today for counties across the West, under the Government's Rural Regeneration and Development Programme.

    Almost €5 million has been allocated for rural regeneration projects across Co Roscommon.

    This includes an allocation of over €1.5 million for the next phase of the Food Hub at An Cistin at the Castlerea Enterprise Centre.

    €1.7 million has been provided for a town regeneration project in Boyle, which will involve developing the old Royal Hotel in the town into an enterprise centre.

    Over €1.6 million has been provided for An Bealach in Ballaghadereen to create a social innovation and inclusion centre with integrated Family Resource Centre, while another €20,000 is being provided to Roscommon Integrated Development Company to develop three premises in Ballaghadereen town centre into creative studios.

    And Co Galway is to benefit from funding of over €6 million for rural regeneration & development projects.

    Athenry is to receive a grant of over three and a half million euro to establish the town as a food and tourism centre.

    Coole Park will receive funding under the allocation for National Parks, and a grant of half a million euro has been allocated for the proposed design for the Connemara Visitor Centre, while areas such as Tuam, Gort, Dunmore and Kinvara will all benefit from the funding announcement.

    Funding of €525,000 has been allocated to Galway County Council for street-widening works at Bridge Street in Dunmore, while another €175,000 is allocated to develop a master plan for Tuam town centre.

  • Hundreds of prisoners are being forced to sleep on the floor of jails because of accomodation shortages.

    New figures from the Irish Times show 572 people - 404 men and 168 women - had to sleep on mattresses on the floor at Limerick prison in July.

    The number was 674 at Midlands Prison in Portlaoise and 119 in Cork.

    The Irish Penal Reform Trust says the scale of the problem is "unacceptable" and a clear breach of human rights.

    The monthly total of prisoners sleeping on floors in Castlerea Prison in July was 115 - an average of four per night.

     

    Deirdre Malone, executive director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, said the scale of the problem is “entirely unacceptable, and in clear contravention of basic human rights norms, including the European Prison Rules”.

    She said this should not be happening in 21st century Ireland.

    Ms Malone said overcrowding decreases the chance of meaningful rehabilitation, increases tensions and makes prisons less safe for prisoners and staff.

     

  • The number of serious complaints made by prisoners in Castlerea Prison increased by 60% last year.

    According to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act, prisoners in Castlerea made 15 serious complaints in 2018 - up from 9 in 2017.

    The data shows no category A complaint has been made by inmates in Castlerea so far this year.

    Nationally, the number of serious complaints from prisoners increased from 70 in 2017 to 80 last year, while 42 complaints were lodged in the first seven months of this year, including allegations of assaults and sexual and racial abuse.

    But since the beginning of 2017, only 16 complaints have been upheld or partly upheld.

    Gabriel Keaveny, assistant general-secretary of the Prison Officers Association, says there's a serious problem with false allegations, and vexatious complaints should be punished....

  • There have been 174 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in the last 24 hours according to latest figures from the national public health emergency team.

    One additional person has died.

    124 of today's cases were men and 48 were women, while 69% were under the age of 45.

    110 of the cases were located in Kildare, 27 in Dublin, 7 in Cork, 7 in Offaly, 6 in Meath and 17 are spread across thirteen other counties which include Mayo, Galway and Roscommon.

  • 2018 was a mixed year for house prices across the country.

    That's according to the Irish Independent, which has published its annual list of property prices.

    According to the study, prices in Kilkenny increased the most over the 12 months, up 22 percent.

    Property prices in Mayo were down 1% in the year. The average price of a house in the county is 175,000. There are big differences between different areas in the county.

    Increasing builders costs and the number of new homes being built were just some of the factors that impacted on prices in each area.

    Mark Keenan, Residential Property Editor, Irish Independent has details of the survey in Co Mayo.

    In Galway, prices in the city went up by 10% and by 3% in the county.

    Property prices in Roscommon were up 7% in the last year – where the average price is 160,000

    Prices in Sligo are up 3% in the year, where the aveage price of a home is also 160,000 euro.

     

  • Irish shoppers are paying high food prices yet farmers are not getting the benefit, according to a survey released today by Roscommon deputy Denis Naughten.

    The survey carried out this week, excluding special offers, shows that the farmer gets €3.76 for a kilo of beef while shoppers are paying on average €12 for a kilo of round roast in their supermarket. The independent deputy says that’s a mark up of 218%.

    He says that while the processing and supermarket sector may contest these figures, what they cannot ignore is that when this is compared to the same survey 15 years ago the share going to the farmer has dropped by a quarter, over that period.

    In 2005, the same survey showed that the farmer was receiving €2.80 for a kilo of beef while shoppers were paying on average €6.60 for a kilo of round roast in their supermarket. That was a mark up of 135%.

    The survey indicates that the share going to the farmer has gone from 40% in 2005 to just 30% today, a drop of a quarter. This he claims clearly highlights the reason why the suckler beef sector is struggling.

    Speaking about the survey results on Midwest News today, Deputy Naughten has called for new European law, which will ban 16 unfair trading practices covering agricultural and food products traded in the food supply chain, to be introduced as a matter of urgency here.

  • A further 25 people have died from Covid19 in the Republic, while 365 new cases have been confirmed.

    It brings the death toll here to 235. 

    The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus now stands at 6,074. 

    The total number of confirmed cases in Mayo is now 130.

    There are now 134 cases in Galway, 28 in Sligo and 22 in Roscommon.

  • 28 more people with Covid-19 have died in the Republic.

    The death toll related to the disease now stands at 794.

    936 new cases have been detected in the past 24 hours, with the total number of positive tests standing at 17,607.

    There are 26 more cases of Covid-19 in Mayo, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 365.

    There are now 315 cases in Galway, 98 in Sligo, and 92 in Roscommon.

  • Counting will resume today in the Seanad elections, after three Fianna Fail candidates were elected to the Seanad last night through the agricultural panel.

    Paul Daly, Niall Blaney and Denis O'Donovan all exceeded the quota as well as Independent Victor Boyhan.

    Eleven candidates will be elected to this panel, with the quota at over 94,000.

    Former Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy would appear to be well-placed to take a seat - he's at 91,165 votes, while outgoing Mayo Senator Paddy Burke is on 90,000 and Mayo SF Councillor Gerry Murray is on 73,000.

  • Up to four masked raiders got way with several thousand euro worth of phones in a robbery in Roscommon town.

    The raid happened around half past four this morning,

     

    In the early hours of this morning a Silver 5 series BMW pulled up outside the Vodafone shop on Main street in Roscommon town.

    Masked raiders armed with sledgehammers forced open the shutters and smashed their way into the shop and offices.

    They took a large quantity of phones worth several thousand euro.

    Gardaí responded to the alarm within minutes but the raiders had already made their escape.

    The number plates on the Silver BMW had been stolen from two cars in the Lanesborough area around half past nine last night.

    Anyone who may have been in Lanesborough or Roscommon between 4 and 5 o'clock this morning and noticed anything suspicious or have dash cam footage is asked to contact Gardai.

     

     

  • 44 more people have died after contracting Covid-19 in the Republic.

    The death toll across the country now stands at 530.

    In the past 24 hours 702 new cases have been detected, including 112 from swabs sent to German labs.

    The total number of positive tests now stands at 13,980.

    In Mayo there are now 259 confirmed Cases of Covid-19.

    There are 266 cases in Galway, 69 in Sligo and 61 confirmed cases in Roscommon.

  • 49 more deaths related to Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic.

    The death toll from the disease now stands at 769.

    631 new cases have been detected today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 16,671.

    The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Mayo has risen once again, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 339.

    The number of cases in Galway is now 309, with 91 cases in Roscommon, and 97 in Sligo.

  • 28 more people have died after contracting Covid-19 with the death toll now standing at 263.

    500 new cases have also been detected in the past 24 hours - the largest number in a single day since the outbreak began.

    The total number of positive tests in the Republic is now 6,574.

    There is now 134 confirmed cases in both Mayo & Galway.

    There are 28 confirmed cases in Sligo and 22 in Roscommon.

  • Sinn Féin TD for Roscommon/Galway Claire Kerrane has again called on the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to publish plans for the return of driving tests. 

    Deputy Kerrane TOLD Midwest News today that she received figures from the Road Safety Authority with the breakdown by County of the numbers waiting for a driving test across the State, following my request to Minister Ross. 

    The figures show that there are 55,027 people waiting for a driving test across the 49 testing centres in the State.

    In Roscommon town there are 590 people on the waiting list, in Ballina 464, in Castlebar 782, in Galway city 1552, Clifden 178, Tuam 472 and Sligo 651.

    The deputy says these numbers have skyrocketed from the 20,000 reported. 

    She says there is now “an urgent need for clear plans as to how driving lessons and driving tests can be re-introduced in a safe manner. Perspex dividing screens, PPE for instructors and testers, shorter driving routes all need to be examined. We also need to look at how other countries are managing this issue post-Covid.. We now need a plan on how we get over 55,000 people through their driving test.”

  • 66 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the Republic today, with no new deaths.

    27,257 cases of the virus have now been recorded in Ireland.

    Of today's cases, 21 are in Kildare, 16 in Dublin, 6 in Limerick and 23 across 11 counties which include Roscommon, Sligo, Clare, Donegal, Laois, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary & Wicklow.

  • A 68 year old woman has died following a crash in Roscommon last night.

    The three car collision happened on the N63 Lanesboro to Roscommon road at around 9:45pm.

    The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was removed to the mortuary at Roscommon Hospital.

    The two drivers of the other vehicles were brought to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

  • Nearly 400 litres of home-made alcohol was seized in Irish prisons last year.

    Mountjoy prison in Dublin was the worst offender.

    According to freedom of information figures, 395.5 litres of homemade alcohol - or hooch - were seized in Ireland's 12 prisons in 2019.

    It includes seizures made across the jails' estates and other sources, such as security nets and visitors.

    More than a third of the alcohol was recovered from Mountjoy Prison - at 149 litres.

    Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon is the next worst, at 72 litres.

    Almost 100 litres of alcohol was seized from two prisons in Co Laois - Portlaoise and Midlands Prisons.

    The Dochas women's prison in Dublin was the only jail in the country that had no alcohol seizures last year.

  • More than 1,500 weapons and mobile phones were seized in Irish prisons last year - including 80 weapons at Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon.

    The Irish Prison Service says 540 weapons were seized in 12 jails across the state in 2019.

    The highest amount was in Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, at 132, five more than in Wheatfield Prison in Dublin.

    Castlerea Prison in Roscommon was next highest, at 80.

    However, the total number of weapons seized in the 12 jails was down 19 per cent on the year before, when 664 were recovered.

    But the number of mobile phones seized in 2019 rose marginally compared to the year before.

    There were 964 phones taken from inmates  - 309 of these at Wheatfield Prison.