Roscommon

  • Gardai have renewed their appeal for information on the whereabouts of a Co Roscommon woman who's been missing from her home in Cork for over a week.

    47-year old Majnoon Yehudie, previously known as Catríona Chapman who's a native of Boyle, has been missing from Douglas in Cork since Tuesday 22nd OCtober.

    She's described as about 5' 8" in height of thin build, pale complexion with blue eyes and when last seen was wearing a purple jacket and black leggings.

    Her family are concerned for her welfare, and Gardai are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact Gardai in Togher in Cork at 021- 494 7121 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

     

     

     

  • Gardaí at Castlerea are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to a bank robbery which occurred at a bank on Church St, Strokestown Co Roscommon onFrida afternoon at approximately 2.15pm.

    Four men wearing balaclavas and gloves entered the bank, one man was believed to be armed with a handgun.

    They threatened staff and demanded cash.

    They left the premises after a short time with an undisclosed amount of cash and made their getaway in a black Audi A4 with UK registered number plates driven by a fifth man.

    It is believed they drove up Elphin St, took a right turn and drove in the direction of Kilmore.

    Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and information from any person who may have seen anything suspicious in the hour prior to the robbery and after the incident or to any drivers who may have dash cams fitted to their vehicles to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094-9621637, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

    No injuries were reported.

  • Gardai are attending the scene of a 2-vehicle collision near Frenchpark in Co Roscommon.

    It's understood the crash occurred on the Ballaghadereen road.

    Gardai have described the incident as a minor traffic collision, and say no one received serious injuries.

    Motorists in the area should expect delays until the road is cleared.

     

     

     

     

  • The Garda Commissioner is being called on to clarify the role of Gardaí attending court-ordered evictions.

    Mid-ranking Gardaí in Roscommon are to ask Drew Harris to set out a clear policy on the matter when he attends the annual conference of the AGSI in Cavan later.

    It follows a widely reported eviction of a family from their home in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon in December.

    General Secretary John Jacob says the process needs to clarified.

  • Gardai are investigating the sudden death of a man in his 50's on a farm in Co Roscommon.

    The farmer's body was discovered yesterday and reported to Gardai, but it's not clear when he died.

    Gardai attended the scene at a farm in the Killeglan area of Taughmaconnell yesterday evening, and the man's body was removed to University Hospital Galway for a post-mortem examination.

    It's not yet clear whether he died from natural causes or as a result of a farm accident, and Gardai say the results of the post-mortem will determine the course of their investigation.

     

     

  • Gardaí are investigating a robbery at a bank on Main St, Strokestown Co Roscommon.

    The incident occurred at the Bank of Ireland branch shortly before 3pm today.

    Four masked men entered the building with what's believed to be a handgun and iron bars.

    They stole an amount of cash and fled in a black Audi in the direction of Elphin Road.

    No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

  • Gardaí investigating a fire that occurred at the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey, Co. Roscommon last night are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

    The fire was reported to emergency services at about 8pm. The scene is preserved pending a Garda Technical Examination.

    Diversions are in place in the area and will remain in place until after the technical examination has been completed. No injuries were sustained in this incident.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Carrick on Shannon Garda Station on 071 9650510.

     

  • Gardai in Castlerea are investigating the sudden death of a man at an apartment in the town on Thursday evening.

    The man in his 30's was discovered at his home in Castlerea at about 8.30 on Thursday evening.

    The State Pathologist's office was called to the scene, and following a post-mortem examination yesterday, Gardai have confirmed they're not treating the matter as suspicious.

    A file will now be prepared for the Coroner.

     

     

  • Gardai across Co Mayo say all main roads are passable, but caution is needed on secondary and rural roads.

    However, road conditions are a lot worse in Roscommon.

    The Castlerea to Roscommon road and roads around Ballintubber are reported to be in a dangerous condition, and Gardai in Roscommon town are advising people not to travel this morning unless absolutely necessary as many roads are impassable.

  • Gardai investigating fake insurance claims through staged road crashes have searched a number of homes and businesses in Co. Roscommon.

     

    Two people were arrested last week for a breach of work permits and immigration related offences.

     

    One of them has since been deported - and the other is due before the courts.

     

    Some of the businesses searched were also found to have broken employment laws and social protection rules.

  • Well known Auctioneer Gerry Coffey was selected last night at the Roscommon Municipal District Convention to represent Fine Gael in the upcoming local elections.

    The Granlahan based auctioneer & beef farmer is a lifelong community activist and is currently the chairman Michael Glaveys GAA Club which.

    Gerry Coffey has been selected to contest the Roscommon County Council elections as a Fine Gael candidate in the Roscommon municipal area in a bid to replace retiring Cllr Michael Creaton.

    Mr. Coffey says he is delighted to have got the endorsement of the party.

  • A Roscommon TD is accusing the Government of reneging on its commitment to a multi-million euro development at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon Town.

    Prior to the 2016 general election,  the €10 million project for a replacement 50-bed unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital was announced, but three years on, work has not yet started on the development.

    Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy says he was told earlier this year that the design process would commence in 2019, and construction would get underway next year - however, he has now been informed that a design team has not yet been appointed.

    Deputy Murphy says the Government needs to clarify when it intends to deliver on the commitment made in relation to the facility....

  • New government figures show that there were 361 homeless adults across the Western region as of November last.

    Galway makes up the majority of the figure with 326 adults homeless, followed by Mayo with 29 adults homeless and Roscommon with 6.

    In the Northwest region Sligo had 36 adults homeless while Leitrim had 3, according to figures from the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government.

    Among the homeless adults in the Western region the majority were housed in private emergency accommodation, with 223 staying in hotels, B&B’s or other residential facilities.

    136 were staying in supported temporary accommodation including hostels with onsite professional support.

    There were 86 families homeless across the region, containing a total of 215 dependent children.

    Meanwhile, Fianna Fail claims children and older people are being hit hardest in the homeless crisis.

    In total, there was a drop of 66 in the number of people in emergency accommodation last November.

    But there were still 10,448 people without a home, including a slight increase in the number over 65 years old.

    And 3,700 were kids, which Fianna Fail's housing spokesman, Darragh O'Brien, notes is a 47 per cent rise on three years before.

  • The Government has abandoned plans to accommodate asylum seekers at a hotel in Rooskey, Co. Leitrim.

    The Shannon Key West Hotel had been earmarked as an accommodation centre for 80 people.

    However, the Department of Justice has confirmed that following legal advice, the plans have now been dropped.

    It's because of difficulties over the lease agreement between the company renting the hotel - who wanted to turn it into a tourist spot - and the owners.

    Local Councillor Liam Callaghan told Midwest News that he received confirmation from the Department earlier that the plans had been dropped.

  • The Taoiseach and Agriculture Minister cannot ignore that protests that took place outside Dail Eireann yesterday by farmers over the Mercosur deal.

    That's according to Roscommon Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy, who asks - if the Government is serious about climate action- how can they justify this deal which he claims is band for the environment and for the suckler beef sector in Ireland.

    Deputy Murphy says Fianna Fail will be voting with Sinn Fein later today on their motion calling for the Mercosur deal to be rejected.

    Speaking to Midwest News, the Roscommon-Galway TD says the Government needs to take action to lessen the impact of this trade deal on rural Ireland...

  • The CEO of Harmac Medical Products John Somers will be conferred with a Distinguished Fellowship in Roscommon this afternoon.

     The conferring will take place at the Council Chamber at Áras an Condae in Roscommon, with the President of Athlone IT Professor Ciarán Ó'Catháin and the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Ivan Connaughton conferring the honour on Mr Somers at 4pm.

     Harmac Medical, which has its headquarters in Buffalo, New York, opened its plant in Castlerea 20 years ago, and is a significant employer in the  town in the manufacture of medical products.

    CEO John Somers is a regular visitor from the US to the company's plant at the Demesne in Castlerea.

     

     

  • The Minister for Health is being asked to intervene in the case of a Co Roscommon boy with autism, who may have to wait four years to avail of services.

    Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy says the 7-year old boy from north Roscommon is currently in 193rd place on a waiting list for the autism service at the Primary Care Centre in Athenry, and it could be up to four years before he receives treatment.

    Deputy Murphy is calling on Minister Simon Harris to intervene on this boy's behalf, describing the waiting time as "cruel and shameful"

  • The Minister for Health Simon Harris was in Boyle this morning to officially open the new Primary Care Centre.

    It's almost two years since the Minister turned the sod on the project in Boyle, and the primary care centre has been open for the past 6 months providing health services for a population of some 9,000 people in the town and surrounding areas.

    Local FG Senator Frank Feighan welcomed the Minister to Boyle and also said he's looking forward to an announcement shortly on the design team for the Medical Rehabilitation Unit planned for Roscommon County Hospital.

     

     

     

  • The Health Minister says it’s important the HSE apologise for any failings in audiology services provided to children in the West of Ireland.

    The HSE has been carrying out a review of 900 cases in the Roscommon and Mayo area between 2011 and 2015.

    It's understood up to 50 children were impacted.

    Simon Harris said today that its important the HSE tries to do better.

  • There were heated exchanges in the Dail today between Roscommon Fianna Fail Deputy Eugene Murphy and Minister with responsibility for Older People Jim Daly over the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    Deputy Murphy says every attempt is being made at present to move a resident at the unit to a private nursing home, despite assurances that no patient would be moved before a review of the services there is complete. The review is due to get underway in January.

    Minister Daly told Deputy Murphy that neither he, nor the Roscommon TD are clinicians and therefore can’t decide what is in the best interests of residents.