• The Beef Plan movement is holding an information meeting in Roscommon Town tonight in relation to the new Irish Beef Producers group.

    Following on from the recent protests outside meat factories, the producers organisation has been set up recently to negotiate cattle prices on members' behalf with local management at the meat processing plants.

    Tonight's meeting gets underway at 8.30 in the Hyde Centre in Roscommon Town, and will provide information on the new producers group and how to sign up as a member.

  • The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation says abusive and aggressive behaviour towards nursing staff in hospitals has become an expected part of the job.

    The union was responding to Roscommon FF TD Eugene Murphy who told Midwest News earlier that he was shocked at the level of abuse and aggression directed at staff in the Emergency Dept of St James Hospital in Dublin during a recent overnight stay in the facility.

    He said he witnessed similar incidents in recent years at Galway University Hospital, and is calling on his Dail colleagues to introduce legislation to address the problem.

    The INMO says frustration at hospital overcrowding is part of the reason for the abuse directed at staff.

    Meanwhile, there are 557 patients on hospital trolleys across the country on this last day of 2019.

    In this region, 30 patients are waiting for a bed at UHG, 24 at Sligo University Hospital and 13 at Mayo University Hospital.



  • Gardai are investigating a drugs seizure in Roscommon Town last Friday afternoon.

     Following a search of a house on Racecourse Road in Roscommon at about 4pm, Gardai recovered a quantity of cannabis and MDMA.

     A youth in his late teens was arrested and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

    Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that their investigation is ongoing.







  • The Irish Prison Service has confirmed to Midwest News that a prisoner from Castlerea Prison, who was attending the emergency department of Mayo University Hospital yesterday, escaped from custody while at the hospital.

    A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service told Midwest News this afternoon that they could confirm a male prisoner had escaped and that the Gardai have been notified and they are still actively seeking his return to custody.

  • Gardai in Athlone are investigating after a car smashed through a level crossing barrier in Roscommon yesterday morning.

    It occurred at Knockcroghery at around 10am, when a car drove through the level crossing before proceeding to do a three-point turn and drive off in the direction it came from.

    The incident resulted in a 40 minute delay on the 9:40am Athlone to Westport service and Irish Rail has confirmed that the barrier was down for over a minute, with a train imminent, when the car broke through it.

    Spokesperson for Irish Rail Jane Cregan told Midwest News that it was an extremely dangerous and reckless act.

  • Irish Water has confirmed that the Boyle Water Supply scheme in Co Roscommon is to be extended to Grangemore.

    Irish Water is to invest €2.4 million in extending the scheme to the Grangemore area, where consumers have been on a boil water notice for some time, and have faced regular disruptions to their water supply.

    Roscommon FG Senator Maura Hopkins has welcomed confirmation from Irish Water that contracts have now been signed for works to improve the water supply in the area by extending the Boyle water supply to Grangemore and disconnecting the existing water treatment plant.

    The project is due to be completed by the end of the year.

  • As the warm weather continues, the demand on water supplies is outstripping the supply in several areas around the country with increased demand at 10 per cent above normal or more. Demand for water right across Co Mayo continues to increase and as a result Irish Water is urging the public to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council are monitoring all supplies across the county on a daily basis and the three most at-risk areas that have been identified are the Lough Mask and Westport public water supplies and the Ballina area covering Lacken to Knockmore and Bonniconlon to Crossmolina. Customers on these supplies are urged to conserve water wherever possible.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council are monitoring all supplies across the county on a daily basis and there are currently no water restrictions in place. However, the public is urged to conserve water in every way possible to ensure a continuous supply for all.

    Meanwhile in Roscommon the three most at-risk schemes that have been identified are the Castlerea, Grangemore and Mount Talbot/Four Roads public water supplies. Customers on these supplies are urged to conserve water wherever possible.

    Demand for water right across Galway continues to increase and Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, is monitoring supplies closely on a daily basis.

    The Ballinasloe Water Treatment Plant is operating at full capacity and reservoir levels are giving major cause for concern. Supplementary pumps have been deployed due to low water levels in the River Suck. Customers in Ballinasloe, Laurencetown, Eyrecourt and Kiltormer are urged to reduce water usage in every way possible to ensure a continuous supply for all.

    Night time restrictions will be implemented on Inis Mór from 10pm to 7am commencing Monday, July 2. This is to conserve water in the raw water reservoirs. Water usage on the island has increased by 40 per cent in the past week and reservoir levels are giving cause for very serious concern.

    Water consumption on Inis Oirr and Inis Meain has increased by 30 per cent in the past 10 days and Irish Water is urging customers to increase their efforts to conserve water on all of the Aran Islands. Water restrictions on Inis Oirr will continue nightly from 11pm to 7am.

    Restrictions remain in place on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant serving the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas from 11pm to 7am for the foreseeable future. This is because demand on this scheme is now exceeding supply.

    Demand in Tír na Fhía/Leitir Mór has increased significantly and some areas are experiencing outages. 

    Clarenbridge Water Tower did not refill overnight and storage is not sufficient to meet demand. Customers in Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Roveagh, Ballinderreen and Tyrone Group Water Scheme are urged to conserve water. Night-time restrictions will be imposed if the situation does not improve.



  • Irish Water has confirmed that a section of pipe in the Co Roscommon village of Ballinlough that’s prone to repeated bursts, will be replaced – but not until August, which is totally unacceptable according to a local Councillor.

    The section of pipe running from Ballinlough village out the Carrick National School has had a number of bursts in recent weeks, causing water outages or low water pressure for householders and businesses in the area, as well as Carrick school.

    Irish Water has now agreed to replace the 2km section of pipe, and has scheduled the work for August.

    While welcoming the pipe replacement, Castlerea-based Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says it’s unfair on customers affected by the outages that the work is still three months away…

  • In the coming weeks, Irish Water will be writing to 140 thousand homes and businesses in 16 counties, where water supply is 'not as good as it could be'.

    Homes and businesses on the public water network whose supplies are on the EPA's Remedial Action list will receive letters outlining problems with their supply.

    Irish Water says the water is still safe to drink in 53 of the 55 water schemes in the list.

    However, boil water notices are in place on the Lough Talt supply in Sligo and at Grangemore in Roscommon where the water is not safe to drink.

     Irish Water will outline what they're doing in these 55 areas to improve supply, and how soon the works will be carried out.

  • Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy’s Oireachtas meeting into the Cuisle Centre reveals Government shock over the facilities closure by the Irish Wheelchair Association.

    Minister Finian McGrath revealed at a special meeting of the Oireachtas this afternoon that the Irish Wheelchair Association received almost €40 million in funding nationally from his Department in 2019.

    Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy believes the funding the Irish Wheelchair Association received in 2019 combined with their own fundraising efforts should have been adequate to carry out the upgrading and repair works of the Cuisle Centre, estimated at €1.2m.

    Deputy Murphy said that 48 jobs were at stake and he called on the IWA to meet with elected representatives and Oireachtas members to prevent the closure of the Donamon centre.

    The Roscommon Galway TD organised the meeting in Leinster House today, with the Minister of State for Disability Issues and with his fellow Oireachtas members in relation to the proposed closure of the Cuisle respite centre in Roscommon.

  • Representatives of the Irish Wheelchair Association are due to come before TDs and Senators at the Oireachtas Health Committee tomorrow to explain their decision to close the Cuisle centre at Donamon in Co Roscommon.

    The centre has been a holiday facility for over two decades for people with physical disabilities, employing over 40 people, but is set to close at the end of this month.

    Previously, the Irish Wheelchair Association said it was unable to access the funds needed to bring the facility up to standard, and also explained that their holiday model is changing, and they will instead use wheelchair-accessible hotels  - rather than the Cuisle centre in Donamon.

    The decision led to a protest outside Leinster House last week, and a rally is planned for Roscommon Town this Saturday.


  • Roscommon/ Galway union representative is the new President of Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO).

    Joe Killeen is now president of INTO in its 150th year.

    He is the principal t in Lough Cutra NS Gort.

    He began his teaching career at Kiltrusten NS, in Strokestown.  Since 1987 he has been principal of Lough Cutra.

    As an INTO Executive member Joe represented District 6 on the Small Schools Task Force set up in 2012 by the union to advise the executive on opposing proposals by the Department of Education and Skills to close small schools. He has held the post of vice president for the last 12 months.

    Speaking after taking office today Joe said he was looking forward to leading the teachers of the 32 county teachers union through its 150th year. Adding that he will be working hard to eradicate the present situation where there are two different pay scales for teachers doing the same job.

  • Judging in the 2019 Pride of Place competition is taking place in three areas of Co Roscommon over today and tomorrow.

    The all-island competition recognises community contribution to the local society, and the three areas nominated in Co Roscommon this year are Lisacul, Boyle and Athleague.

    Judges are visiting all three areas over today and tomorrow where a formal presentation will be given before they tour the local area to view locations of interest and meet with various community groups and committees.


  • It's widely expected the country's top public health doctors will today recommend moving to Phase Two of lifting Covid-19 restrictions next Monday.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team meets this morning to discuss the roadmap for reopening the country, along with whether playgrounds can reopen and summer camps can go ahead, earlier than planned.

    NPHET will make their recommendations to the Cabinet, which will be discussed by Ministers tomorrow.

    Nationally, a further three people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the death toll to 1,659, while 47 new cases have been detected.

    This includes just one new case in Connacht - that was in Co Roscommon where there are now 336 confirmed cases.

    Mayo remains on 570 cases, with 482 in Galway, 129 in Sligo and 83 in Leitrim.

    Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan is confident Phase 2 will come into effect next week:

  • The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and the Minister of State for Immigration & Integration David Stanton have expressed grave concern at the reports of a fire last night in the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey.

    Last night at around 9:15, two small fires were found on the first floor of the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey, where 80 asylum seekers are due to move in.

    The fires were soon brought under control by on-site security guards - and it's believed no serious damage was caused.

    Minister Flanagan said last night's fire at the hotel comes just five weeks after a previous fire at the premises, and said this pattern of behaviour represents an unacceptable and worrying development, and should be condemned by all.

    The Justice Minister says the person or people responsible for this attack have shown a reckless disregard for the safety of human life and no respect for private property.

    He said the hotel owners had just completed the necessary repairs from the last fire, and the damage will now have to be assessed again, for the second time this year.



  • The Minister for Justice has ordered a review into the regulating and licencing of people enforcing court orders by the Private Security Authority.

    It follows an incident yesterday morning when up to eight security guards were attacked at a repossessed home near Strokestown in Co Roscommon.

    One man is still in hospital after the incident at the house and farm about 4 kilometres outside Strokestown.

    Yesterday morning's events began at around 4am - it's believed up to 20 people may have been involved, and three vehicles were set on fire.

    A garda investigation into the incident is continuing.

    KBC Bank says it's aware of the situation, but  doesn't comment on individual cases.

    Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has condemned the violence that occurred early on Sunday morning and he has requested his officials to examine the regulations and licensing of personnel enforcing court orders by the Private Security Authority.

    That review is due next month.

    The Social Democrats have expressed concern about the way in which this eviction of two brothers and a sister from their family home was carried out, and say banks should do everything they can to reach resolutions with their customers, so that families don't end up being homeless for Christmas.

  • The Justice Minister says the suspected involvement of dissident republicans following the eviction of a Co Roscommon family from their home last week is a "very sinister development".

    Anthony McGann, along with his brother and sister, were evicted from their property near Strokestown just over a week ago, following a court order.

    The eviction sparked an angry response following the involvement of a private security firm, understood to be from Northern Ireland.

    A group of over 20 men then stormed the house on Sunday morning, injuring 8 security men with at least 6 vehicles burnt out.

    Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says criminals can't be allowed to take the law into their own hands.

  • The Co Roscommon village of Keadue has been chosen as one of two locations in Ireland to participate in the 2020 Entente Florale competition.

    A total of 8 towns and villages are representing Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary in this year's competition, with Keadue and Carlow Town representing Ireland.

    Judging will take place in Keaue on 13th July.

    Keadue previously won a silver medal in this competition in 2003, and has also been a national Tidy Towns award winner.


  • Kevin McStay is to accept a 12-week ban arising from his actions in Saturday's Super-8 meeting of Roscommon and Donegal.

    The Rossies manager was seen to lay hands on referee Ciaran Branagan, and also launched a ball at linesman Niall Cullen in protest at failing to win a free.

    The ban will see McStay miss Roscommon's final Super-8 meeting with Dublin at Croke Park.

    A spokesman for Roscommon GAA says Kevin McStay is accepting the punishment, regrets what happened and has apologised to the referee and linesman.




  • A large number of protestors have gathered today outside the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea, as the first of the residents was due to be transferred to another facility this morning.

    Last week, the HSE confirmed that the Rosalie unit will cease to function as a community psychiatric unit.

    Following assessments of the 12 residents, the HSE said two required inpatient psychiatric care in a different setting, while transition plans are being put in place for all of the residents.

    It was expected that the first of the 12 residents in the unit would be transferred elsewhere this morning, but it's now believed that has been deferred.

    Large numbers of local people have gathered since early morning to protest at the closure of the unit.