Roscommon Co Co

  • The new Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council is Fianna Fail Councillor Ivan Connaughton.

    Councillor Connaughton was elected unopposed to the position on Monday, following in the footsteps of his father Martin who served as Mayor in 2013 / 2014 -  and becoming the first father and son to wear the chain of office in Roscommon.

    He takes over from fellow Fianna Fail Councillor Orla Leyden.


  • Candidates hoping to contest next month's Presidential election will be on the campaign trail again today, as both Roscommon and Wexford County Councils hold special meetings to hear presentations from candidates.

     Hopeful candidates need the backing of four local authorities or 20 Oireachtas members to get their name on the ballot paper.

     Roscommon County Council will meet at 2.30 this afternoon and councillors expect to hear presentations from up to 9 candidates, while Wexford County Council meets at 9.30am this morning. 

    To date, two candidates have each received the backing of one local authority - Gavin Duffy was supported by Meath Co Co on Monday, while later that evening, Cork City Council gave its support to Senator Joan Freeman.

     It appears that Séan Gallagher is likely to receive the backing of Leitrim Co Co in his bid to run for the Presidency.

    After hearing from candidates at a meeting on Monday, three councillors have proposed motions supporting Mr Gallagher's candidacy for approval next Monday.

    It's understood that, as there's no counter motion in favour of any other candidate, councillors will approve his nomination.



  • Roscommon County Council has been included on the latest list of tax defaulters.

    Revenue have this evening published a list of tax defaulters for the period 1st July to 30th Sept 2018,with details of 65 settlements made that totalled almost €13 million.

    25 of the cases were for amounts exceeding €100,000.

    Roscommon County Council made a settlement of over €456,000 in respect of an under-declaration of VAT.

    Councillors were told at a recent meeting that, due to an administrative error, the local authority would feature on the tax defaulters list.

  • Roscommon County Council will hold a special plenary meeting next Monday to vote on candidates nominated for the Presidential election.

    A number of hopeful candidates addressed Roscommon Councillors yesterday.

    Three Councillors have subsequently nominated businessman Séan Gallagher, with two nominating Senator Joan Freeman, and one councillor nominated journalist Gemma O'Doherty.

    The nominees will be voted on at next Monday's meeting, which gets underway at 9am.

    Mayo County Council will also hold a special plenary meeting next Monday to hear from candidates seeking nominations to contest next month's Presidential election.



    A branch of SIPTU representing Local Authority Professional Officers has served notice of industrial action on Roscommon County Council, in support of their colleagues in the Fórsa trade union who are involved in a dispute over flexitime.

    Over 150 staff at Roscommon County Council are holding a fourth day of strike action today, and have vowed to continue striking every Tuesday and Thursday until the dispute is resolved.

    Their union is calling for the restoration of a flexitime scheme, which has not been available to staff since early last year.

    Yesterday, the National Public Service Oversight Body criticised Roscommon County Council management's failure to facilitate access to family-friendly work policies.

    The Local Authority Professional Officers of SIPTU have now served notice of industrial action, which will see almost 50 engineers and planned employed by Roscommon County Council joining the work stoppages unless a resolution is found to this dispute.