Roscommon

  • Following on from suspected arson attacks at a hotel in Rooskey, Co Roscommon, a local Councillor is calling for a joint meeting of the Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon municipal districts, in a bid to address what he calls "the escalating events" at the Shannon Key West Hotel.

    Two small fires broke out at the premises on Monday night, 5 weeks after a previous fire at the hotel, which is due to accomodate 80 asylum seekers in the coming weeks.

    Condemning the incidents, Roscommon Fianna Fail Councillor Joe Murphy is now seeking a meeting between the two municipal districts, saying we need to get county councillors from Roscommon and Leitrim working together on the issue, as Rooskey villages straddles the two counties.

    Councillor Murphy is also hoping an official from the Department of Justice would attend such a joint meeting.

    Meanwhile, another anti-racism rally will take place in Rooskey on Sunday.

    The Leitrim / Roscommon United Against Racism group is organising a rally outside the hotel from 12.30 on Sunday afternoon.

  • Approval has been granted today for the N5 road project from Ballaghadereen to Scramogue to go to construction.

    The 34 km road, costing in the region of €200 million, will run from the end of the Ballaghadereen bypass to the townland of Scramogue in Co Roscommon, bypassing Frenchpark, Ballinagare, Tulsk and Strokestown.

    Roscommon-based Independent TD Denis Naughten has welcomed confirmation that the project can now proceed to the construction stage, and says the new road will improve journey times along the N5, and will reduce the cost of travel for businesses in Mayo and Roscommon.

     

     

  • Aurivo Co-op has today laid the foundations for its €26 million upgraded production facility in Ballaghadereen.

    Employing some 650 people, Aurivo is one of Ireland's leading co-operatives with businesses in consumer foods, dairy ingredients, retail stores, animal feeds and livestock trading.   

    The co-op is investing €26 million in installing a new dryer at the Ballaghadereen site, which will create a modern, state of the art production facility that will boost capacity at the site by 50%.

    Once complete, over 50,000 tonnes of milk powders and 15,000 tonnes of butter will be produced there each year.

    The move is part of a wider €48 million, 5-year capital investment programme by Aurivo to enable innovative new product development.

     

  • Residents in Ballaghadereen are considering taking a judicial review of the decision by Roscommon County Council to grant planning permission for a battery storage facility in the town.

    Permission was granted last December for a battery storage facility at Tonroe, Ballaghadereen - despite a similar facility being refused planning permission by Longford County Council on safety grounds.

    A special meeting of Roscommon County Council was convened yesterday to discuss the matter, however, the council executive did not attend the meeting.

    A deputation from Ballaghadereen outlined their concerns to Councillors, and will now consider a judicial review of the planning decision.

    That's according to local Sinn Fein Councillor Michael Mulligan, who says a further public meeting will take place to discuss their options.

     

     

  • A number of listeners to Midwest Radio in the west Roscommon area have today received suspicious phone calls from someone claiming to represent AIB bank.

    It’s likely to be  a vishing scam. Vishing occurs when an individual calls you claiming to be from the Bank, or a company providing a service and request financial and/or personal and security information.

     The term is a combination of ‘voice’ and phishing. It is typically used to steal credit card numbers or other information used in identity theft schemes from individuals.

    A spokesperson for AIB told Midwest News this afternoon that the phone number displayed on the victim’s handset may appear to be a genuine bank phone number but these can be mimicked by criminals.

    The spokesperson is advising customers who suspect  fraudulent activity from any call received, to ask the caller to confirm their authenticity and if still in doubt of the caller’s authenticity, end the call .

    If you feel your bank details have been compromised, you should  call the number on the back of your credit or debit card or alternatively call the official number for the branch on the AIB website.

     Customers can find the AIB security centre at the following link: https://aib.ie/security-centre

     

  • Bishop Kevin Doran has announced a number of diocesan appointments for the Elphin Diocese.

    Canon Thomas Hever, who's returning from sabbatical leave, has been appointed Parish Priest of Drumcliff-Maugherow with immediate effect, replacing Fr Michael Donnelly who has retired.

    Fr Kevin Fallon, who's currently Parish Priest of Kilglass and Rooskey, is going on sabbatical leave until next Summer, effective from from 10th August, and he will be replaced in Kilglass & Rooskey by Fr Martin Mulvaney, Parish Priest of Saints Peter and Paul in Athlone.

    In turn, Fr John Deignan, curate at St Peter & Paul's in Athlone, has been promoted to Parish Priest of the area.

     

  • A boil water notice on the Grangemore Public Water Supply scheme in Co Roscommon has been lifted, with immediate effect.

    The boil water notice was imposed on 27th July, due to coliform bacteria detections and low chlorine residuals at locations throughout the network.

    The notice applied to all customers on the Grangemore Public Water supply and Ballinameen Camlin group water schemes, and it affected customers in the Croghan, Ballinameen, Ballymore and Killaraght areas.

    Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have now confirmed that the boil water notice has been lifted, and customers can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.

     

     

  • A very famous face made an appearance in the west yesterday.

    U2 frontman Bono was spotted in Roscommon and Achill over the course of the day.

    Pictures on social media show the singer at Keenan’s in Tarmonbarry and then later in the day, at Lourdie’s Pub in Dooagh in Achill.

    It is believed he was visiting the island for a birthday party.

     

  • Co Roscommon-born actor Chris O'Dowd is being congratulated on his latest Emmy award achievement.

    The Boyle native won the Emmy award in the short-form comedy or drama category for his role as Tom in the comedy TV series "State of the Union".

    This is not the first time Chris has had success at the Emmy awards, as his comedy series "Moone Boy" won an international Emmy award several years ago.

    Roscommon FG Senator Frank Feighan has congratulated Chris O'Dowd on his latest award, and says that, despite his huge success, he has never forgotten his roots, and is always keen to promote Boyle and Co Roscommon at every opportunity.

     

     

  • There's a Roscommon connection to the Oscar nominations announced earlier today.

    Paul Young, a native of Boyle, is CEO of animation studio Cartoon Saloon, and the company's short film "Late Afternoon" has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short category.

    This is the fourth nomination for Cartoon Saloon, based in Kilkenny - having being already nominated three times previously for Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy awards.

    Roscommon FG Senator Frank Feighan has congratulated Boyle native Paul Young and his company for once again putting Ireland on the world stage, thanks to this latest nomination.

    Senator Feighan is sending best wishes to the Cartoon Saloon team in the upcoming Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles next month.

  • A Roscommon TD is calling on the Courts Service to ensure that court sittings are retained in Roscommon Town, despite plans to renovate the courthouse.

    Major refurbishment of the courthouse is planned under the Government's capital building programme, which could take several years.

    In the interim, renovation works are to take place that could take 2 months, according to Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

    Speaking to Midwest News today the deputy said it's imperative that the Courts Service rent an alternative building in Roscommon Town, rather than moving court sittings to neighbouring towns

    Meanwhile, Roscommon FG Senator Maura Hopkins has met with the Minister for Justice this week in relation to the Courthouse.

    She says the Minister informed her that he's been in contact the with Courts Service to point out that an alternative venue should be secured in Roscommon Town immediately, in order to allow for the continuation of court sittings in the county town.

  • According to the final litter survey of 2018 by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), Castlebar is now ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ and is 12th from the top in the ranking of 40 town and cities nationally. Sligo town also achieved Cleaner than European Norms designation and was ranked 6th best town nationally

    FOR Castlebar, 12th positionis a jump of 8 places over the previous survey.

    An Taisce, who carry out the surveys on behalf of IBAL, commented on Castlebar in its report: “With 70% of sites surveyed getting the top litter grade, Castlebar has again scored very well and has come a long way from a few years ago in the IBAL litter league.  There were no seriously littered sites.  Some examples of top ranking sites included Market Square, Market Street, County Council Car Park and the residential area of Maryland – these sites were not just good with regard to litter but also overall presentation and maintenance. “

    Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, will present the awards at a ceremony today, crowning Fermoy as the cleanest town among those ranked according to litter levels in 2018, with Waterford City again Ireland’s cleanest city.

    Just under 90% of towns surveyed were deemed clean, a slight improvement on the previous year. 

    Roscommon town ranked 14th and was designated as Clean to European Norms, Ballinasloe was deem Moderately Littered and ranked 33rd.

    While Galway city centre improved in its ranking, the Ballybane area of  the city ranked 39th and is designated as Seriously Littered.

     

  • The Castlerea Festival will get underway later this evening and runs for 10 days. This is the 30th year of the festival.

    The opening parade starts at 8.30pm and over the next 10 days there is a variety of events taking place in the town. There will be some traffic restrictions while the parade is making its way through the town tonight.

    They include the opening of the new park and playground at the Demense on Sunday afternoon, a food exhibition in the Hub on Monday evening, a walk to Clonalis House on Tuesday, a photo exhibition in the Trinity Arts Centre on Wednesday evening, Michael English live on Thursday night, Pig Racing on Friday, the RSA Safety Shuttle and a Guns N Roses tribute band on Saturday August 4th, the Swimming Gala and Rose of Castlerea on Sunday week and the agricultural show on Bank Holiday Monday.

  • Gardai in Castlerea are investigating two burglaries in the town overnight.

    A business premises at The Square was broken into at about 1am this morning, and a sum of money was taken which was later recovered.

    A house on St Patrick Street was also broken into.

    Gardai arrested a suspect a short time later, and he's being detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    Gardai are asking any witnesses, or anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the town centre between 1am and 3.30 this morning, to contact them at 094 - 96 21630.

     

  • Gardai in Castlerea are investigating two separate incidents that took place over the past week.

    On Saturday morning last, an aggravated burglary occurred at a house in the Knockroe Park area of Castlerea, shortly before 5.30am.

    A man in his 20's was seriously assaulted after confronting two men in his home.

    The man was taken to Sligo University Hospital, and Gardai in Castlerea are investigating.

     

    Gardai are also investigating an armed robbery that took place at a service station in Frenchpark last week.

    Two men, allegedly armed with a slash hook, entered the business premises at about 9.10 pm last Thursday night and stole a small sum of cash.

    No-one was injured in the incident, and investigations are ongoing.

     

    Gardai in Castlerea are asking anyone with information on either incident to contact them at 094 - 96 21630.

     

     

  • The Ireland boxing squad for the European qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 in London has been confirmed.

    There will be 13 Irish boxers at the Copperbox Arena for the event, which gets underway on the 13th of March.

    Current European Middleweight champion Aoife O'Rourke from Castlerea is included.

    A total of 77 Olympic places will be up for grabs in the eight weight classes for males and five for females.

    There will also be one final World qualifier for the Tokyo Games in Paris in May.

     

     

     

  • The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Ivan Connaughton has confirmed that he will not be running in next year's local elections.

    The Athleague-based councillor says he's making his intentions known now, ahead of the party's closing date for nominations next Monday.

    In a statement posted on Facebook, Ivan Connaughton confirmed he would not be contesting next May's local elections for reasons previously stated.

    He was first elected to Roscommon County Council in 2014, and stood for Fianna Fail in two by-elections in 2011 and 2014 - narrowly missing winning a seat in 2014.

    Shortly after that by-election, he said he wouldn't stand for Fianna Fail again while Micheal Martin was party leader, and Councillor Connaughton has confirmed again today that he's not happy with the party leadership or the direction of the party.

     

     

     

     

  • The centenary of women's suffrage is being marked in County Sligo today.

    A seminar in honour of the achievements made by women in the trade union movement and politics is being held in Lissadell House.

    SIPTU's hosting the summer school to recognise the contribution Constance Markievicz made to women in politics and to the people of the North West.

    SIPTU Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon District Council Secretary, John McCarrick says she helped women get the vote.

  • A visit by a Chinese delegation to a meat plant in Co Roscommon, which was cancelled on Monday, will go ahead following negotiations between the meat plant and protesting farmers.

    The visit could see Kepak Athleague being approved for Chinese exports.

    It's reported that Monday's visit to the Athleague plant was cancelled after protesters refused to allow animals into the factory to be slaughtered in preparation for the Chinese inspection.

    Negotiations between senior management at Kepak and protesters took place yesterday, assisted by local Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice, who told Midwest news that the Chinese delegation have arrived at the plant this morning....

  • A delegation of Chinese inspectors has failed to gain access to the Kepak meat plant in Athleague, Co Roscommon, due to a protest outside the factory.

    Inspectors have been visiting meat plants across the country to approve them as exporters to China, and are expected to visit Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis tomorrow.

    Farmers protesting outside the Ballyhaunis factory said they will not hinder the Chinese delegation.

    Efforts are continuing to find a resolution to the dispute over beef prices, as  protests at meat factories are now in their second week.

    Farmers taking part in the protests are unhappy with the price they are being paid for cattle they present for slaughter at factories.