Roscommon

  • Fees to attend minor injury units, a facility available at Roscommon University Hospital, are expected to be cut by 25 euro as part of new measures to control the trolley crisis.

    The Health Minister Simon Harris is to introduce the plans as a way to convince people to avoid A&E for less serious injuries, according to the Irish Independent.

    The units treat the likes of broken bones, dislocations, sprains and strains which are unlikely to need admission to hospital.

    The Minor Injury Unit was established at Roscommon University Hospital after the controversial closure of the hospital’s Emergency Dept some years ago.

  • A Fianna Fail Cllr. is calling on the Government to put in place a permanent ambulance team in Loughlynn in West Roscommon.

    At present the base has no permanent ambulance or staff.

    The base was opened in January 2016 and Paschal Fitzmaurice says it’s totally inadequate.

    Cllr. Fitzmaurice says the Base loans an Ambulance from Roscommon Town when one is free.

    He says it’s not an ambulance base it’s just a glorified place where the light is turned on.

  • A court has been told today that the file into the murder of Det. Garda Colm Horkan is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions next week.

    Sgt. Mark Mahon told Judge James Faughnan at Harristown District Court in Castlerea that the file will be ready to be sent to the DPP’s office next week.

    He requested that Stephen Silver of Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo, who is charged with the murder of Det. Garda Horkan in Castlerea on June 17, be remanded in custody to September 18 for DPP directions.

    Mr Silver, who will be 44 next Thursday, was due to appear before the court by video link this (Friday) morning.

    It is the sixth time he has been deemed unfit to appear by video link at Harristown District Court.

    Defence solicitor Martina Moran said that Stephen Silver is still receiving treatment  in the Central Mental Hospital, and arrangements will need to be made for the service of the book of evidence.

    A previous court sitting heard that the investigation into the murder of Det. Garda Horkan involves 200 statements and 250 exhibits. The file also includes 70 CCTV exhibits and the content of ten electronic devices, while Gardai were also speaking to a person in Australia as part of their investigation.

    Judge Faughnan remanded Mr Silver in custody to appear before Harristown District Court on September 18.

  • Fire brigades from Ballaghaderreen and Ballyhaunis battled gorse fires at Cloonfower last night.

    The fires, which stretched for about two kilometres, occurred between Castlerea and Loughglynn.

    Units from both areas tackled the fires into the early hours and brought them under control overnight.

    Ballaghaderreen Fire Brigade has thanked the public for their help and co-operation last night. 

  • The Fire Service attended the scene of a fire in Ballaghaderreen last night.

    The fire, which is believed to have broken out in the attic of a house on Barrack Street, occurred after 9pm.

    No injuries were reported and traffic restrictions were in place for a time last night.

     

     

  • Members of the Roscommon Fire Service are attending a fire at a property in Castlerea this morning.

    The fire broke out at a 2-storey derelict building on Church Road - very close to the Castlerea Fire Station which has been closed for the past three and a half years.

    Roscommon County Council CEO Eugene Cummins recently confirmed that the fire station will remain closed permanently.

    Gardai say the cause of this morning's fire is not yet known, and is under investigation.

     

  • The Ballaghadereen Fire Service is tackling a large gorse fire in the Cregane . Float Road area of Ballaghadereen.

    Motorists are advised to avoid the area as visibility may be dangerously reduced.

     

     

  • The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council has asked the Minister for Finance to consider offering incentives for foreign direct investors to provide employment in the area around Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice has pointed to the success of the Shannon Airport Tax-Free Zone. and asked Minister Pascal Donohue to consider doubling employment grants for foreign investors within a 30 km radius of the Mayo airport.

    The Finance Minister was in Roscommon yesterday to launch the Rossie Strategy - a new strategy to try and attract emigrants back to the county.

    As part of the strategy, the first-ever Roscommon Day will take place on 21st June next year, where Rossies at home and abroad can celebrate their native county.

  • Five men have been arrested today for participation in a criminal organisation.

    The five men, aged between 35 and 55, are being detained at Roscommon, Longford and Carrick-on-Shannon Garda stations, under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation in a number of people engaged in offences or organised deception and fraudulent practices, involving tampering with identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter.

    The arrests are the latest development in an ongoing operation led by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigations, with support from the Department of Agriculture and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

     

  • Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has announced his intention to seek a party nomination to contest the next General Election in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.

    The Boyle based Senator says he is seeking a party nomination at the Fine Gael selection convention for Roscommon/Galway, which will be held at the end of January 2019.

    Senator Feighan was a TD for Roscommon and the surrounding region between 2007 and 2016, and has been a senator since then.

    He opted not to contest the last election because of the Roscommon Hospital issue, candidate Maura Hopkins missed out on the seat.

  • The Honorary Freedom of Co Roscommon will be accorded to Ballaghadereen native Brian O’Doherty next Thursday.

    The New-York based internationally-acclaimed writer, artist and art critic will celebrate his 90th birthday next month.

    The decision to award him the Freedom of Roscommon was made at a meeting of Roscommon County Council in January.

    Mr O’Doherty is more widely known in this country as Patrick Ireland – but he buried that name in 2008 following the peace process, and resumed his birth name.

    He will be accorded with the Freedom of Roscommon at a ceremony at the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin next Thursday and his new exhibition entitled “Language and Space” will be officially opened at the museum that afternoon.

  • There are hopes a Roscommon respite centre for people with disabilities may not close permanently.

    The Irish Wheelchair Association shut the Cuisle centre yesterday, with the loss of up to 48 jobs.

    However, local TDs are involved in talks with a state agency, which may provide funding to reopen it under a new provider.

    Local Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy says there's a good chance the negotiations will succeed.

  • A major fundraising campaign is underway to help the son of  a Co Roscommon man get the treatment he urgently needs in the United States.

    8-year old Jamie Mannion has a severe intellectual disability and global development delay, as well as being diagnosed with epilepsy.

    In order to help Jamie walk, he requires intensive therapy treatments which are only available through a centre in Boston.

    His father Declan Mannion is a native of Tulsk, while Declan’s parents – Jamie’s grandparents - Johnny and Lily Mannion live in Castlerea.

    Jamie’s mother Siobhan is from Dublin, and the family live in Co Laois.

    Their target is to raise €50,000 to bring Jamie to Orlando and Boston for treatment.

    To help raise funds, a Cycle-Climb-Cycle wlll take place on Sunday week 2nd August.

    Breda Cahill Durr from Ballinagare together with Seamus Cox and Brian Farrell will cycle from Tulsk to Murrisk, climb Croagh Patrick and then cycle back to Tulsk.

    Donations can be made on the GoFundMe page- Cycle-Clim-Cycle4Jamie.

  • Galway star Damien Comer says they are preparing for the unknown ahead of the opening weekend of the Super 8s.

    The All Ireland Football Championship's new format gets underway at Croke Park tomorrow, with the meeting Dublin and Donegal and Tyrone and Roscommon.

    Kildare meet Monaghan at headquarters on Sunday, before the Tribesmen take on Kerry.

  • The Taoiseach has appointed Richard Bruton as Communications Minister to replace Denis Naughten who resigned on Thursday.

    A number of other ministerial appointments have been made as a result of the change.

    The new changes to cabinet announced by Leo Varadkar today will see Richard Bruton take over as Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

    That move will see former Chief Whip Joe McHugh take over as Minister for Education & Skills, the post vacated by Minister Bruton.

    Sean Kyne will take on the role of Minister for the Gaeltacht & the islands, he'll also assume the role of Chief Whip.

    Meanwhile Sean Canney has been promoted to the position of Minister of State at the Departments of Rural & Community Development and Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

    The Independent TDs appointment shores up his support for the government.

    All changes are subject to approval of the Dail and Cabinet - a vote on the appointments is due to take place on Tuesday.

     

     

     

  • Galway have booked a date with Roscommon at Tuam Stadium in the U20 Connacht Championship Final.

    They overcame the challenge of Leitrim in the semi-finals this afternoon.

    FT score:

    Galway 1-12 Leitrim 0-2

  • Galway welcomes more overseas visitors than Cork or Kerry, and Longford is Ireland's least-visited county, according to new data from Fáilte Ireland.

    Dublin is the county that attracts most overseas visitors and tourist spend, according to the figures published in the Irish Independent, which chart visitor numbers and revenue by region and county in 2017, which was a record-breaking year for Irish tourism.

    Ireland welcomed 9 million overseas visitors in 2017, with a combined spend of €4.9 billion.

    Dublin is attracting the most overseas visitors, followed by Galway, Cork and Kerry.

    In second place, Galway attracted 1 million, 673 thousand overseas visitors last year, with a spend of €589 million.

    Mayo was in 7th place on the list, attracting 324,000 overseas visitors which generated revenue of €78 million.

    Further down the list are Sligo at 15th place, with 173,000 overseas visitors, and Roscommon is at number 22 on the list, attracting 54,000 overseas visitors.

    The figures also show Irish residents took 9.6m trips, spending €1.9 billion last year.

    Dublin, Cork and Galway were the most popular spots for domestic trips, with over 1 million Irish people taking a break in Galway, while Mayo was the 6th most popular location, welcoming over half a million domestic visitors last year with a spend of €108 million euro.

     

     

  • A Garda has been hospitalised after allegedly being assaulted in Co Roscommon.

    The Garda was allegedly attacked at about 1am this morning at Roselawn, Castlerea by two men aged in their late 30's and 60's.

    The male Garda and the suspected offenders were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and Gardai say their investigations are continuing.

     

     

     

  • Gardaí and the Department of Agriculture searched farms in five counties this morning as part of an investigation into the tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter.

    The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, assisted by officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, conducted planned searches at locations in Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Westmeath and Kilkenny.

    Seven sites were searched, including farms, houses and a commercial premises.

    The searches are part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation into offences of deception pursuant to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act, 2001 surrounding fraudulent practices regarding tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter in this jurisdiction.

    The operation is supported by officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau, Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.

    Earlier this year the discovery of horses with multiple microchips at an abattoir in the Co Kilkenny area led to the Department of Agriculture’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) being called in.

  • Gardai are appealing for assistance in tracing a 29-year old man, missing from his home in Strokestown since last Wednesday.

    Tomas Martinkus was last seen at about 5am on Wed morning last, 19th December.

    Tomas is described as 5' 10" with brown hair and blue eyes.

    It's not known what he was wearing when last seen.

    His family and friends are concerned for his safety, and anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai in Strokestown at 071 - 9633002 or any Garda station.