Roscommon

  • A Roscommon/Galway TD has hit out at the continued delays in signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan which he says is having a serious impact on hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in rural Ireland, waiting to be connected to the network.

    Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy raised the matter in the Dail last week.

    There is only one company Enet, left in the running after Eir pulled out the process earlier this year.

    Deputy Murphy says Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has failed to give any indications as to when the contract for the National Broadband Plan will be signed.

    Deputy Murphy says there is appalling broadband connectivity in Co Roscommon, with figure showing that there are over 38,500 premises in Roscommon of which almost half are relying on the State led intervention under the NBP. Some 12% of Roscommon premises are still due to receive high speed broadband under Eir’s ongoing planned rural deployment.

  • A County Roscommon TD is calling for calm after 8 people were injured in a raid on a house in Strokestown at the weekend.

    A dog was killed, three people taken to hospital and 4 vehicles burned out, when a gang of men approached security staff guarding the house and adjoining farm which had recently been repossessed.

    Local Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy says he's contacting the bank involved to see if anything can be done to ease tensions in the area.

  • There are concerns that the Government's 2020 deadline for the rollout of high speed broadband across rural Ireland will not be met.

    It comes as SSE yesterday became the latest company to withdraw from the bidding process for delivering the National Broadband Plan.

    The e-net consortium says the bid is very much on track and it's just weeks away from submitting its final tender.

    However, Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice asks who will make up the €100 million euro deficit left by SSE's withdrawal from the e-net consortium.

    If a new investor is required, that will take time, and could further delay the rollout of broadband, which is essential for rural areas, according to Deputy Fitzmaurice.

    Minister of State Séan Kyne insists the Government is still committed to the National Broadband Plan, and it's full steam ahead.

    He said tenders from the remaining consortium are expected in the coming weeks, and the Government hopes to award the contract soon after that.

    But speaking with Midwest Radio, Deputy Fitzmaurice says this latest development raises a number of questions about the planned rollout of broadband.....

  • Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten says he's 'hopeful' that the Ceann Comhairle will suspend the Dáil later today to allow a debate on cuts to home help hours take place.

    He says the move by the HSE to slash the allocation makes no sense as its cost is a fraction of that to keep someone in a nursing home.

    Deputy Naughten says quality of life is also an issue as it's important to keep people in their own community as long as possible.

  • Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten has secured a Dáil debate tonight to seek a reversal of the HSE's decision to cut the allocation of home help hours to older people.

    Deputy Naughten says he secured the debate with the support of the Ceann Comhairle due to the number of TDs seeking to have the matter discussed.

    The Independent TD says the HSE's decision to suspend the allocation of home help to new entrants will leave carers unable to take a break from the care they provide 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

    He claims the HSE move is at complete variance with Government policy, and he's asking the HSE to reverse the cuts immediately.

     

  • Independent TD Denis Naughten has said many people working in the meat processing sector are afraid to speak out about concerns over Covid-19 safety and hygiene measures in meat production plants.

    The Roscommon TD says that many workers from non-national communities had expressed concerns directly, and he brought it to the attention of authorities.

    It's after a number of clusters of the virus in plants across the country.

    More than 600 workers at meat processing plants have now contracted the virus, according to authorities. 

    Deputy Naughten has secured a Dail debate next Thursday with the Minister for Agriculture on the matter.

    He says these figures seriously bring into question the Covid protection measures implemented in the plants.

  • A Roscommon TD has slammed what he calls "continued efforts by the HSE and Government" to close the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    Despite a number of promises made by the Government in recent years, the HSE is continuing with its campaign to close the unit and move the remaining residents to other facilities, according to Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

    He's aware of one resident who was taken to hospital, and was told he would not be returning to the Rosalie unit.

    Deputy Fitzmaurice says it's unfortunate that the HSE is relying only on clinical reports, and that the residents and their families are not being listened to.

  • The government's being urged to provide immediate funding to prevent major job losses at Bord na Móna in the midlands.

    Unions claim all 2,000 jobs in the company are under threat because of a financial crisis.

    It's due to peat-harvesting being phased out, and Bord na Móna struggling to find other employment for staff.

    Former environment minister and Roscommon TD Denis Naughten says there are solutions that can prevent job losses.

  • A Roscommon TD says the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea does not look good.

    Fianna Fail Deputy Eugene Murphy was speaking following a briefing of Oireachtas members on Friday by General Manager of the HSE Tony Canavan about the implementation of the recommendations from the recent review of Roscommon mental-health services.

    During the briefing public representatives raised again their concerns over the future of the Rosalie Unit. It follows a public meeting on the unit in February which was attended by around 300 people and families being told by Mr Canavan that there is no future for the unit.

    Deputy Murphy says while Mr Cavavan did not specially say the unit will close at the briefing, he said patients are currently being clinically assessed.

    Minister for Health Simon Harris is due to meet with public representatives shortly about the matter.

  • The Government has backed down on a new law that critics say would have caused bingo halls to close around the country.

    Last night all parties in the Dáil passed a Sinn Fein amendment to the Gaming and Lotteries Bill.

    It increases the cap on prize money given out by bingo operators from 50 to 75 percent.

    It means the majority of community-run bingo games won't be affected, and follows a protest against the original legislation.

    Roscommon based Independent TD Denis Naughten says it's good news.

  • The Government has given the green light to a Bill that would reduce the fees paid by Independent Radio stations on an annual basis.

    At yesterday's Cabinet meeting, Ministers backed the Broadcasting Amendment Bill which allows for the levy to be reduced by up to 50 per cent.

    The Bill will be discussed when the Dáil returns after the summer recess.

    Independent Broadcasters of Ireland have welcomed the government's decision.

    Roscommon Independent TD and former Communications Minister Denis Naughten says when the measure is passed, it will be a huge boost for local radio stations:

  • Frontline health workers could get extra paid leave.

    Taoiseach Micheal Martin said he would consider proposals put forward by Roscommon based Independent TD Denis Naughten.

    Mr Naughten told the Dail many healthcare workers made huge personal sacrifices during this time.

    Deputy Naughten says If it is not possible to reward them with pay increases or some form of bonus system then he believes at a very minimum they should offer them additional paid leave –time to spend with their families that they may have sacrificed special family time with.

  • Roscommon name their team to take on Jim Gavin’s men in a Croke Park double-bill as Cork and Tyrone do battle at 5pm, with the two provincial champions clashing at 7pm on Saturday.

    Anthony Cunningham makes one change to the team that started the Tyrone Game.

    Brian Stack, scorer of the crucial goal in the 2017 Connaught final, starts at number ten in place of Hubert Darcy. The starting team captained by Enda Smith is

    Darren O'Malley

    David Murray

    Sean Mullooly

    Conor Daly

    Niall Daly

    Conor Hussey

    Ronan Daly

    Tadgh O'Rourke

    Shane Killoran

    Brian Stack

    Cathal Cregg

    Niall Kilroy

    Diarmuid Murtagh

    Conor Cox

    Enda Smith

  • A Roscommon teenager is one of the finalists in a competition to create a new chocolate bar.

    17-year old Callum Clogher from Dysart is one of three finalists in the Cadbury Inventor competition, which called on chocolate lovers in Ireland and the UK to create a new bar.

    Based on his love for chocolate and coffee, Callum has created the Cadbury Dairy Milk Choca-Latte, which is now on sale in shops.

    He and his fellow finalists, who are both from the UK, visited Cadbury's factory in Birmingham earlier this year, where they saw their inventive creations being made.

    Members of the public can vote for their favourite bar, and the winner will be announced in September.

     

  • A Co Roscommon teenager has defeated tens of thousands of hopefuls to create Cadbury's newest chocolate bar.

    17-year old Callum Clogher from Dysart spoke to Midwest News during the Summer when he was selected as one of three finalists in the Cadbury Inventor competition, which called on chocolate lovers in the UK and Ireland to create a new bar.

    Callum was the only Irish finalist, and he has now won the overall competition, with his "Choca-latte" - a chocolate, vanilla and biscuit bar which racked up the most sales and online votes, after being on the shelves for several months.

    His creation will now be on sale for the next year.

    Callum, who's starting his final year in secondary school, has thanked everyone in Ireland who voted for him, and helped him win the overall competition, which initially attracted over 220,000 entries.

    He told Midwest News that he's delighted to have won the overall competition.....

  • Independent TD Denis Naughten has confirmed that a new back-up air ambulance service is to be based beside Roscommon University Hospital from next week to replace the down time of the Air Corps based helicopter in Athlone.

    The move follows a decision by the Department of Defence to withdraw the Athlone-based air ambulance service for 16 days between now and February next year due to training and staff shortage issues.

    The Irish Community Rapid Response will base their air ambulance helicopter beside Roscommon University Hospital for 4 days per month for an initial 4 month period.

    Run on €2m of funds raised annually by the community, the Cork-based Irish Rapid Response air ambulance has completed hundreds of missions dealing with road accidents and medical emergencies since its inception in August.

    It is understood the Cork service will be in a position to operate at night unlike the service it is replacing in Athlone but there are concerns over the accessibility to sites in rural areas where the coast guard service may experience difficulties in landing safely.

  • Castlerea woman Mary Coyne, Ireland’s oldest person, died yesterday (Monday) at the age of 108.

    She was a resident of the Aras Mathair Phoil Community Nursing Unit in Castlerea.

    Eight years ago she received the centenarian medal  from President Michael D. Higgins.

    Interviewed by a reporter on reaching her 100th birthday, the mother-of-two,  grandmother and great grandmother, attributed her longevity to “taking life one day at a time”.

    Mary, whose maiden name was Griffin, hailed from the townland of Rathbarna near Castlerea town.

    She was predeceased by her husband, Roger, some years ago.

    Her remains will repose at McDonagh Funeral Home, Castlerea, this (Tuesday) evening prior to removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Castlerea.

     She will be laid to rest  in Castlerea cemetery  tomorrow (Wednesday) following funeral Mass at 11 a.m.

     

  • Roscommon woman Michelle Morgan scooped the first jackpot on Winning Streak since 2011 last night.

     

    The 27-year-old from Fairymount was playing for her mother Mairead Cox, who bought her Winning Streak ticket in Supervalu Ballaghaderreen.

     

    Ms Morgan qualified for the ‘Spin the Wheel’ having already won €22,000.

     

    After three turns of the big wheel she was stunned when the ball landed in the white €500,000 slot.

  • A Roscommon woman who’s living with Huntington’s Disease is waiting for the past 15 years to see a neurologist.

    An audit of neurology services shows Ireland has less than half the recommended number of neurologists, less than half the number of recommended MS nurses and less than a third of the recommended number of specialist nurses for Parkinson’s disease.

    To mark National Brain Awareness Week, the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and its member organisations have launched the “Invest in Neurology” campaign, calling on Government to tackle these unacceptable staffing shortages and invest in neurology centres nationwide, as well as improving access to critical tests such as MRI.

    Caroline Glynn from Curraghboy in Co Roscommon is a mother of three children.

    Huntington’s Disease has been in her family for generations, and she took a test in 2001 and found out that she also carries the HD gene and is at high risk of developing the disease.

    On our lunchtime news today, Caroline will explain what HD is, and the kind of delays she’s facing in accessing neurology services….

  • The Communications Minister Denis Naughten remains under pressure today over the controversy surrounding  a proposed merger of Independent News & Media and the Celtic Media group.

    It's alleged that the Roscommon-based Minister told a representative of INM about a Broadcasting Authority review of the merger deal - two months before he made it public.

    This has led to claims of insider information being given to Independent News and Media, and its largest shareholder Denis O’Brien.

    In the Dail yesterday evening, Minister Denis Naughten says he discussed the issue in a personal capacity, and denied any wrongdoing.

     

    However,  Fianna Fáil's Communications Spokesperson Timmy Dooley took issue with the Minister discussing the issue with a PR executive working for INM in a personal capacity.

     

    Last night, the Taoiseach Leo Varadker said Minister Naughten had given a clear explanation.