• 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.

  • The winning ticket in last night's Euromillions Plus draw was sold in Co Roscommon.

    The ticket-  worth half a million euro - was sold at Healy's Xpress Stop in Ballyfarnon, Boyle.

    Staff in the shop say they're in shock, but delighted for the lucky winner, and are urging their customers to check their tickets.

    The winning numbers in the Euromillions Plus draw were 5, 29, 35, 40 and 50.

  • Players, coaches and officers associated with Roscommon LGFA are taking part in a fundraising initiative between now and St Patrick's Day.

    The 100k for Roscommon LGFA, which started on Valentine's Day, aims to raise vital funds to ensure county and club teams reach their potential when the action resumes later this year.

    Those taking part are planning to walk, run or cycle 100km between Feb 14th and March 17th.

    With a target of raising €10,000, over €4,000 has already been raised.

    A GoFundMe link has been set up, and can be accessed via Roscommon LGFA social media pages.


  • 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.


  • There was a 12 per cent increase in assaults on prison officers last year.

    There were 123 assaults on staff in jails across the country - up from 110 in 2018.

    The highest amount was in the Dochas women's prison in Dublin, at 23.

    At Castlerea prison, there were 12 assaults on prison officers last year - the same number as the previous year.

    Meanwhile, there were 85 prisoner -on-prisoner assaults in Castlerea Prison in 2019 - up from 76 the previous year.



  • The Chief Medical Officer says high vaccination levels and low case numbers are vital as the country tries to exit the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Dr Tony Holohan says if we can keep cases low and continue to vaccinate as many people as possible, we will find ourselves in  a different risk environment, where we can see further easing of measures, but our task now is to keep the disease under control by following the basic measures, and taking up the vaccine when it's offered to us.

    379 new cases of the virus and nine additional deaths were reported yesterday evening.

    17 of the new cases were in Galway, with 12 in Roscommon.

    Elsewhere in Connacht, there were less than 5 new cases in Mayo, and none reported in Sligo or Leitrim.

    The five-day moving average of new cases has dropped by 10 per cent over the past week, to 422.


  • 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.

  • Roscommon/Galway deputy Denis Naughten, has welcomed the allocation of €179,000 for the small-scale enhancement of local walking trails across Roscommon & East Galway.

    “Funding has been allocated for the improvement of trails in Ballygar, Glenamaddy, Lawrencetown in East Galway and Boyle, Strokestown to Tarmonbarry and Granlahan in County Roscommon”.





    Name of Project

    Description of Project


    Funding Approved




    Aughrane Forest Trail Project - Phase 1

    Development and enhancement of trail.

    Aughrane Forest, Ballygar, Co. Galway





    Glenamaddy Frass Looped Walks Phase 1

    The minor upgrading of the existing bog road and upgrade of existing carpark.

    Frass Clooncon Bog, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway







    Lismany Kylemore Boardwalk

    Replace/Upgrade of boardwalk and viewing platform

    Lismany Kylemore Bog, Lawrencetown, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway






    Lismany Kylemore Trail

    Replace/Upgrade wooden boardwalk and viewing platform.

    Lismany Kylemore Bog, Lawrencetown, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway







    Boyle to Lough Key Cycleway

    Enhancement of cycle trail

    Boyle to Lough Key





    National Famine Way

    Upgrade of walk

    Strokestown to Tarmonbarry





    Video Marketing Campaign

    Marketing and Promotion

    Throughout Co Roscommon





    Visitor Monitoring Equipment

    Purchase & installation of effective visitor equipment at various locations along Roscommon’s trails/activities to collect date and in turn, drive decisions on development of outdoor trails/activities

    Throughout Co Roscommon











    Roscommon Leader

    Promotion/Marketing project for The Miners Way & Historical Trail Region

    Upgrade marketing material

    Una Bhan Tourism Co-operative Society, Grounds of King House, Main St. Boyle, Co. Roscommon







    Roscommon Leader

    Granlahan Loops

    Enhancement works and enhancements

    Granlahan, Co Roscommon



  • There has been a further 2,121 new Covid-19 cases and 8 additional deaths reported this evening.

    This includes 55 new cases in Mayo, 84 in Galway, 15 in Roscommon, 14 in Sligo and less than 5 in Leitrim.

    There are now 1,975 people in hospital with the virus and 200 of these patients are in  ICU.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says there are now more sick people in hospital than at any time in the course of this pandemic.

    He's appealing to people to continue to stay at home and drive down the infection in the community.


  • 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.