• The Law Society will apply on Friday for court orders freezing the personal accounts of suspended Ballaghadereen solicitor Declan O’Callaghan as well as the accounts of a Co Roscommon practice he previously operated.

    The society is concerned that the client account deficit linked to the Kilraine O’Callaghan practice at Pound Street, Ballaghadereen may now exceed €730,000.

    It believes there is a “clear and present danger” to clients and the public if the practice continues to operate with such a deficit, according to the president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly.

    He said the situation had become “even more serious” and he would permit the society to serve short notice of its application, returnable to Friday, for the account freezing and other orders, including to deliver up the books, files and accounts of the practice.

    He said the Law Society considered the orders necessary to protect clients of the firm, the public and the integrity of the solicitors’ profession.

    The firm had been trading with this growing deficit for the past five months and the society considered it could not allow this situation continue.

     Nessa Bird, representing the Law Society, said the case had been due before the court on December 19th but this application arose from concerns  that a deficit on the client account may be some €730,000 and not the €500,000 previously anticipated.

    Mr O’Callaghan previously paid some €400,000 to address concerns in relation to two estates, including of a child whose father died in an accident, the court was told.

    Ms Bird said some €609,000 would need to be lodged now to clear the deficit, plus a sum of €144,000 which Mr O’Callaghan had previously agreed to lodge but was yet to.







  • Drinking water in three supplies in Ireland - including Castlerea -  was found to have at least 10 times the maximum allowable limit of lead last year.

    Water in 23 supplies across the country were found to have above the permitted level, according to Irish Water's most recent inspections.

     11 times the limit was detected in Dublin City Council's Leixlip supply - which serves much of the north and west of the capital.

    Lead nearly ten times the limit was found in the Castlerea Public Water Supply in Co Roscommon, and there were similar results on the Roundwood Reservoir supply in Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown.

    Irish Water says the exceedances arose from the presence of lead pipework within properties, and is therefore the owners' responsibility.

    Environmental consultant Jack O'Sullivan says the results are a major concern:

  • Liam Kearns has been confirmed as the new manager of the Clann na nGael senior team in  Roscommon.

    The Tralee native stepped down after five years in charge of the Tipperary senior footballers during the Summer, and has now been ratified as the new Clann manager.

  • The Local Electoral Area Boundary Commission Report has been released.

    The committe is recommending a division of County Mayo into 6 local electoral areas.

    Currently there are local electoral areas in Ballina, Castlebar, Claremorris and West Mayo. The committee is recommending a division into six areas, to be formed around the towns of Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris, Swinford and Westport.

    They have recommended Ballina have six members, Belmullet three members, Castlebar seven members, Claremorris six members, Swinford and Westport four each.

    That will bring the countywide total to 30 – the figure at which it currently stands.

    The committee has recommended that Municipal Districts in Mayo are constituted as follows: Ballina Municipal District, Claremorris-Swinford Municipal District, Castlebar Municipal District and Westport-Belmullet Municipal District.


    In Sligo the number of councillors will also remain the same at 18. However Sligo, which currently has ten councillors, will be split into the new areas of Sligo-Drumcliff and Sligo-Strandhill and they will have five and six councillors respectively.

    Ballymote-Tubbercurry will remain unchanged as an area but will lose one seat – going from eight to seven.


    In Roscommon the committee is recommending no change to the current configuration of the three local electoral areas – formed around the towns of Athlone, Boyle and Roscommon.

    In Galway, the boundary committee is recommending dividing the county into 7 local electoral areas.

    At present, Galway County Council has 39 members elected from five local electoral areas.

    Connemara and Tuam both elect 9 councillors, with 8 in Loughrea, 7 in Athenry-Oranmore and 6 in the Ballinasloe electoral area.

    The Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee is recommending dividing Galway into 7 local electoral areas, still with a total of 39 councillors.

    Under this plan, Connemara would be dividing into two electoral areas - Connemara North and Connemara South, with 4 and 5 elected members respectively.

    Athenry-Oranmore would retain 7 councillors and Ballinasloe 6.

    Loughrea would be reduced from 8 to 5 elected members, Tuam would be reduced from 9 to 7 councillors, and a new electoral area would be created in Gort / Kinvara with 5 councillors.

    The boundary commitee is also recommending 5 Municipal Districts in Co Galway - the Ballinasloe, Connemara, Loughrea, Athenry and Tuam Municipal Districts.

  • Local Enterprise Offices across the country are now supporting over 36,000 jobs and over 7,100 small businesses.

    That's according to the latest figures for 2018, announced by Minister Heather Humphreys.

    This is the 5th year of employment growth for the Local Enterprise Offices, with 3,656 net jobs created last year.

    The Local Enterprise Office in Mayo saw a net increase of 130 jobs in 2018, and now supports 1,224 jobs in 234 client companies.

    An additional 80 jobs were created by companies supported by the Roscommon Local Enterprise Office.

    There are 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, operated by Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities, and they provide training, mentoring and financial assistance for entrepreneurs and small businesses who want to start, develop or grow their company.

  • Connacht GAA officials remain hopeful that the senior championship game between Galway and New York, which has been postponed, will be played at a later date this Summer.

    The game, scheduled for Gaelic Park in New York on 3rd May, has been postponed due to Covid-19.

    However, the opening game of this year's championship - the Connacht senior football quarter final between London and Roscommon in Ruislip on May 2nd - still stands and will be monitored by GAA officials.

    A spokesman for the Connacht Council says no decision has been made at this stage in relation to the London / Roscommon game, but said "it doesn't have the same urgency or logistical difficulties of the match in New York".




    A lorry driver has been charged with a number of offences after a Garda breath test indicated he was eleven times over the drink-driving limit.

    The man was stopped when his articulated truck was seen driving on the wrong side of the road in County Roscommon yesterday.

    Gardaí found an open bottle of wine next to the driver, when they pulled him over in Cloontuskert, near the Longford border.

    The man was charged at Roscommon Garda station with two counts of dangerous driving and one of drink driving.

    He's due to appear in court at a later date.





  • A Lotto prize won two months ago in Roscommon Town has yet to be claimed.

    The ticket was sold at McNeill's Foodstore in Roscommon on Saturday 14th March, and is worth over €96,000.

    Shop owner Liam McNeill has taken to social media to appeal to customers to check their old tickets, in case they're the lucky winner.

    Mr McNeill says that, with all the upheaval since then due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ticket may have been misplaced, and he's urging people to check their pockets, wallets, handbags and car glove compartments.





  • The 43-year old man accused of the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan in Roscommon is unlikely to be fit to appear before court in the coming weeks, a remand hearing has been told.

    Stephen Silver of Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo, who is charged with the murder of Det. Garda Horkan in Castlerea on June 17, was due to appear before Harristown District Court this morning but was deemed unfit to appear by video link.

    His solicitor, Gearoid Geraghty, told Judge Alan Mitchell that his client is currently being treated in the acute admissions ward at the Central Mental Hospital.

    It is the third time since his arrest last month that Stephen Silver has been unable to appear by video link before Harristown District Court.

    The court was also told by Mr Geraghty that Sliver is receiving antipsychotic medication.

    Mr Geraghty said that according to doctors at the Central Mental Hospital, his client will be kept under review, and that his mental state is expected to gradually improve during the next two months.

    Sgt. Mark Mahon said that the State’s application was that Mr. Silver be remanded in custody for two weeks to appear before Harristown District Court via video link on August 7.

    Mr Geraghty said that he didn’t expect Mr. Silver will be able to appear via video link on that date due to continuing treatment.

    Judge Mitchell asked Mr Geraghty if he had any objection to his client appearing via video link, and he confirmed he did not.

    Judge Mitchell remanded Stephen Sliver in custody to appear via video link before Harristown District Court on August 7.

  • A man’s body was taken from the lake in Loughglynn yesterday afternoon.

    It is believed the discovery of the man’s body was linked to a search for a man in his fifties who had been reported missing earlier this week.

    Meanwhile in a separate incident, a woman’s body was discovered in a house close to Carrowbehy yesterday.

    It is believed the woman may have been dead for some time.

    Gardai are not treating the deaths as suspicious.


  • Gardai seized cannabis with an estimated value of €2,200 during a search operation at a premises in Castlerea yesterday.

    Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that, during the course of the search, suspected cannabis along with a sum of cash and drug paraphernalia were seized.

    A man in his 60's was arrested and charged in relation to the matter, and is due before Castlerea District Court next month.


  • A man in his 50s has been released without charge after being arrested in connection with an incident in Strokestown, County Roscommon.

    A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    He was the seventh person to be arrested by gardai investigating an attack at a repossessed home at Falsk in mid-December.

    Eight security men were injured, a dog was killed and six vehicles were burnt out in the incident.

  • A 50 year old man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into criminal damage and an assault at a repossessed house in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

    Eight security men were injured, a dog was killed and six vehicles were burnt out in the brawl at the property on the 16th December.

    The attack came after the security guards were filmed evicting a family from the house a number of days before.

    The man was arrested in Roscommon this morning and is being held at Castlerea Garda station.

    He's the 6th person to be arrested in connection with the investigation.


  • A man has been arrested in Co Longford today as part of the ongoing investigation into incidents that took place near Strokestown in December.

    On Sunday morning 16th December, a group of up to 20 masked men attacked security guards at a farmhouse at Falsk, near Strokestown.

    Three security guards required hospital treatment after the pre-dawn attack, while a number of vehicles were burnt out.

    It followed the eviction of a local family from the farmhouse earlier that week.

    As investigations continue into the criminal damage and assault, Gardai have confirmed that a man in his 50's was arrested following a search of a house in the Killoe area of Longford today.

    He's being detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

    This is the 5th person to be arrested as part of the investigation, with two people currently before the courts, and Gardai say their investigations are ongoing.




  • A man has been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into criminal damage and assaults carried out by a gang of men at a house near Strokestown, Co Roscommon last month.

    Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that a 54 year old man was arrested in Co Mayo this morning and is being detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

    It follows an incident at a farmhouse at Falsk, Strokestown, when a gang of people stormed the property in the early hours of Sunday 16th December and assaulted a number of security guards who were guarding the property following the eviction of a family the previous week.

    Some of the security personnel were injured in the incident, while a guard dog had to be put down and two vehicles were burnt out.

    Gardai say the man arrested in Mayo this morning in connection with their investigation is being held at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.



  • A 54 year old man arrested yesterday as part of an investigation in an incident at Strokestown, Co. Roscommon has this morning appeared in court.

    The man was detained  in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The man was brought before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court this morning, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on January 18th.

    A second arrest was made this morning following a search conducted in Co. Donegal. The man in his 50s was arrested under the provisions of Section 30 of the offences against the state Act, 1939. He is currently detained at Castlerea Garda Station.







  • A man in his 50s who was arrested yesterday in Longford, as part of ongoing investigations into incidents that took place at Falsk, Strokestown in December has been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Following a search of a house in the Killoe area of Co. Longford yesterday, a man was arrested and was detained at Castlerea Garda station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.

    He has now been released without charge and a file is to be prepared for the DPP.

  • A man is due to appear in court in Co Roscommon today charged with assault during a house repossession in Strokestown.

    The alleged incident took place on December 11th last year.

    A man in his sixties has been summoned to appear at Strokestown District Court this morning.

    He has been charged with assault.

    Five days after the repossession of the family home last December, security guards were assaulted and their cars were burnt out at the property.


  • A man has died following a farm accident in Co Roscommon.

    The man, who passed away in hospital this morning, was injured following an incident last Saturday involving a tractor.

    The Health and Safety Authority has confirmed it is investigating the circumstances.

    It is the second farm fatality in week after the death of a Wexford farmer on Tuesday.

  • A man in his 70s has died in a single-vehicle road collision in Co Roscommon.

    Shortly before five o'clock this morning, the man's car hit a wall at Ballyforan.

    Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene and the man - who is in his 70s - was brought to Roscommon University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

    A female passenger was uninjured in the collision.

    A post mortem on the man's body is due to take place later today.

    The road remains closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators, and local  diversions are in place.