• It looks like the resignation of Denis Naughton as Communications Minister hasn't hit Fine Gael badly.

    The party's still riding high in the latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll and is unchanged on 33 per cent.

    Fianna Fail has seen a boost in support in the wake of the budget  - it's up three to 25 per cent, while Sinn Fein's up 1 to 15 per cent

    1,000 adults over 18 were interviewed between Thursday, October the 11th and Wednesday the 17th.

  • Respond Housing has purchased 12 houses in Ballaghaderreen.

    These are 12 three bed houses which will be home to 12 families from the social housing list in Roscommon.

    These 12 houses represent just over one fifth of the 55 households who have expressed a preference to live in Ballaghaderreen.

    While offers have been made to some families, Respond will host a viewing day for people who have offers to live in the new houses and those who have been nominated for the local authority. This viewing day will take place on March 26th.

    Respond expects that people will begin to move into the houses in early April.

  • Sligo Senior Football Final 
    Tourlestrane 1-12 Tubbercurry 0-08 

    Roscommon Senior Football Final 
    Clann na nGael 4-15 St Brigid's 1-12 

  • In Mayo there were 32,287 Yes votes and 24,286 No votes. That's 57.07% Yes and 42.93% No. 

    In Galway East it was 60.2% Yes and 39.8% No.

    In Roscommon-Galway 57.21% voted Yes with 42.79% voting No.

    In Galway West 66% voted Yes and 34% No. 


  • Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has welcomed the fact that resurfacing works are due to commence on a dangerous stretch of the N5 at the old GAA pitch in Strokestown in the coming weeks.

    Deputy Murphy says there have been ongoing problems in Strokestown at a major bend in the road at the old GAA pitch and while a number of improvements which he initiated have been carried out, the area continued to be dangerous for motorists so he welcomes the fact that a new surface will be laid on this stretch of road in the coming weeks.

    He says he would still urge motorists to be cautious as the area is still very prone to accidents but hopes that these new resurfacing works will help to alleviate the ongoing problems at this location which have been of grave concern to many members of the public.

    Deputy Murphy had continually highlighted the lack of health and safety plans at various junctions on the main N5 at Tarmonbarry, Scramogue, Simpson’s Cross, Tulsk and Frenchpark. The Fianna Fáil TD has called for traffic calming barriers to be put in place before there are more major accidents at these locations.  Deputy Murphy has continually raised this issue in the Dáil with the Minister for Transport Shane Ross.

  • Retired Garda Sergeant John Hynes who led the 'House of Horrors' child abuse case in Roscommon has paid an emotional tribute to his "right hand man" Detective Garda Colm Horkan.

    Mr Hynes says that Detective Horkan "would leave no stone unturned to get justice for victims" and said his attention to detail in every aspect of the job was "absolutely exemplary".

    He has been telling Midwest News this morning that everybody has a got a real sense of the man that Colm Horkan was over the last 24 hours.

    John Hynes says not only was Colm a former colleague he was also a very close friend over such a long period.

    He has been telling Midwest Radio this morning that Colm was a rock of integrity and used his discretion in abundance.

  • The independent review into the procurement process for the National Broadband Plan has found that former Minister Denis Naughten and businessman David McCourt did not influence the tender process for the plan.

    The report, by auditor Peter Smyth, was delivered to the Government last week and discussed at today's Cabinet meeting.

    The review was requested by the Taoiseach after it emerged that Roscommon Denis Naughten met Mr McCourt a number of times.

    However, the report concludes that neither the former minister not Mr McCourt had the opportunity to influence the conduct of the tender process in favour of Granahan McCourt.




  • The River Shannon is in danger of bursting its banks in the coming weeks, according to a flooding expert.

    It's after two storms and torrential rain have increased water levels, and led to land being saturated.

    A yellow rainfall warning ended overnight, but more downpours are expected tomorrow and on Saturday and Sunday.

    Professor Paul Johnston, from Trinity College's civil and environmental engineering department, says river levels are already high.

  • The rollout of new bus services across 19 counties to bring people from rural areas to their local pub or village will do little to tackle rural isolation.

    That’s according to Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

    The Minister for Transport Shane Ross yesterday confirmed a new 6-month pilot programme, which will see 50 bus services rolled out across 19 counties in a move aimed at tackling rural isolation.

    None of the new services will operate in the western counties of Mayo, Galway, Roscommon or Sligo, but the Minister said the application process would be reopened if areas that have not applied for a route would like to apply.

    However, Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice has accused Minister Ross of offering a sop to rural Ireland in promising these new bus services.

    He also says the Minister is attempting to introduce new drink-driving legislation that will do little to improve road safety in rural Ireland – rather than improving defective roads, and increasing the number of Gardai in the Traffic division to enforce existing legislation….

  • The battle to save the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea is over, as the last two residents are being moved out tomorrow.

    A campaign has been ongoing over the past five years to retain the unit, which accommodates people with dementia and other mental health conditions.

    However, following a HSE decision to close the unit, the number of residents had dwindled to two, and they will both be transferred tomorrow to Áras Mathair Pól in Castlerea, a HSE-run community nursing home.

    24 staff currently employed at the Rosalie Unit are being offered redeployment and other options, and talks are ongoing with the unions involved, but there's some concern that a number of the staff will have to travel long distances to take up alternative positions.

    Liam Walsh in Castlerea has spearheaded the campaign over the past 5 years to save the Rosalie Unit which has been home to his elderly mother Breda for over a decade.

    Today, he told Midwest News that it's sad to see the doors closing tomorrow for the final time....

  • Roscommon/Longford has the highest number of targets under investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau in the highest figure in the west.

    That’s according to new figures from the Sunday Independent, which show the Galway has 21, Mayo has 7 targets under investigation, Sligo/Leitrim has 17, and Roscommon/Leitrim has 24.

    Today’s report shows that over 1,300 people or organisations are under investigation nationwide.

    Mayo and Cork North had the least amount of investigations.

    The figures come after the Criminal Assets Bureau told the High Court last Tuesday that ‘security’ or ‘protection money’ was being paid to gangland figures to allow social housing be built in Cherry Orchard in West Dublin

    CAB is continuing its investigations of protection rackets while the Government announced an independent investigation into the extortion at Cherry Orchard.

  • Roscommon and Galway have named their teams ahead of Sunday's Connacht Senior Football Final at Salthill.

    Rossies boss Anthony Cunningham has made three changes with Diarmuid Murtagh, Conor Devaney and captain Enda Smith coming into the team.

    Hubert D'Arcy, Andrew Glennon and Ultan Harney drop out of the side.

    Gary O'Donnell is in for Kieran Molloy in the Galway half-back line in the only change from their semi-final victory over Sligo.


    The Roscommon team is Darren O’Malley, David Murray, San Mullooly, Conor Daly, Niall Daly, Conor Hussey, Ronan Daly, Tadgh O’Rourke, Shane Killoran, Conor Devaney, Cathal Cregg, Niall Kilroy, Diarmuid Murtagh, Conor Cox, Enda Smith.

    The Galway team - Bernard Power, Eoghan Kerin, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Liam Silke, Gary O’Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, John Daly, Thomas Flynn, Fiontán Ó’Curraoin, Shane Walsh, Michael Daly, Johnny Heaney, Antaine Ó’Laoi, Ian Burke, Danny Cummins


  • The Minister for Communications has demanded 'significant measures' in moderation practices at Facebook.

    Denis Naughten made the comments in a meeting with the social media giant in New York - days after an undercover report was aired by Channel 4 on the company's bad practices in monitoring harmful content.

    An account from the meeting - reported by the Irish Independent - showed the Minister saying that he was 'appalled' by their procedures.

    He said that changes needed to be made to ensure there was never a repeat of inappropriate content being allowed to remain on the site.

  • The government's urging us to stop and think, before putting our rubbish in the bin.

    It's national RE-USE month with householders and businesses urged to actively 're-use' more.

    Roscommon based Environment Minister Denis Naughten says people are already doing it.

  • There were goals galore at Pairc Ui Rinn as Roscommon beat Cork.

    It ended 4-09 to 3-09 in their final Super 8's game.

    Goals from Enda Smith, Shane Killoran and two from Brian Stack helped the Rossies to their first win in the Super 8s.

    Both teams went into the games already being eliminated.

  • A Fine Gael Cllr has described the current fodder transport subsidy scheme as a cocktail of bureaucracy.

    Roscommon Fine Gael Cllr Liam Callaghan says while the scheme is very welcome, many farmers are disappointed with the amount of paperwork and third party involvement.

    He says at present the farmer has to have a farm advisor visit his farm to carry out an assessment, an application is then made to the Department of Agriculture, who in turn notify the local co-op, the co-op then source the fodder on behalf of the farmer. The farmer pays the co-op for the fodder and transport and the Department then reimburses the farmer for the cost of the transport.

    Cllr Callaghan says this system could be simplified and farmers should be allowed to source their own fodder, which would speed the entire process up.

  • Christy Ring Cup 
    Group 1
    Round 3
    Roscommon 1-17 
    Mayo 0-11

  • The value of wearing of cloth faced coverings in public and work areas should be immediately examined by the Government and the National Public Health Emergency Team. That's the view of Independent Roscommon Galway TD Denis Naughten.

    The deputy is calling for the issue to be looked at , supported by his colleagues in the Regional group of independent TDs.

    Deputy Naughten believes make-shift face cloths should be considered for members of the public so that industrial masks can be kept aside for frontline healthcare workers.

    Deputy Naughten told Midwest News today that the Community Call initiative could provide mask templates to homes and businesses.

  • There are calls for serial testing in meat plants to be reintroduced immediately.

    It has been suspended to an increase in demand for Covid-19 testing elsewhere.

    The mass testing started two weeks ago and 40 people have tested positive since.

    In a statement, the HSE said that Covid-19 testing of staff at meat and food processing facilities is being "re-scheduled into next week".

    This was a "precautionary measure" to allow the health service focus its resources on meeting the "significant rise in demand for testing among people with coronavirus symptoms in the community".

    Testing demand "nearly trebled on Monday" with a requirement for over 13,000 community tests and over 3,000 hospital tests.

    Speaking to Midwest News this Lunchtime, Roscommon Independent Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice has described the move as surprising and disappointing.

  • Covid-19 testing of 3,500 staff in meat processing factories in the midlands will begin today.

    It's after numerous clusters of the virus were detected in these plants.

    Further south, in Co Tipperary, ABP confirmed yesterday another eight staff at its factory in Cahir tested positive for the virus.

    Independent TD Denis Naughten says the latest clusters in meat plants are unacceptable.