Roscommon

  • The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council is appealing to Gardai to be lenient on drivers whose motor tax has not been renewed in time.

    Castlerea Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says the motor tax office in Roscommon Town has now been closed to the public.

    The office will process postal applications, which will be sent out by post accordingly, while motorists are urged, the first instance, to renew their tax online at www.motortax.ie

    However, Councillor Fitzmaurice says there may be some drivers who don't have internet access, and he's appealing to the Gardai to be lenient for the next month or two.

  • Roscommon native Dr John Killeen has been re-appointed as Chairperson of the Marine Institute for another 5-year term.

    An engineer by profession, Dr Killeen was President of Engineers Ireland from 1995 to 1996 and a retired managing director of Cold Chon Galway Ltd.

    In 2009 he was chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway and three years later was President of the Volvo Ocean Race finale and festival which broke all attendance records for a sporting event in Irelnad.

    He became an Honorary Freeman of Galway City in 2012, and in 2014 he was appointed Chaiperson of the Marine Institute.

    Minister Michael Creed has today reappointed John Killeen for another five year term with immediate effect, and says he has the experience and knowledge to continue to lead the Board of the Marine Institute and ensure it has the skills to deliver on its key role as the national agency for marine research, technology, development and innovation.

  • Roscommon-native James McDermott, is set to become the first Rossie since 2011 to win a Cork SFC title.

    The 31-year-old will be at midfield for reigning Cork and Munster champions Nemo Rangers in their match against Duhallow on Sunday at Páirc Uí Rinn which throws-in at 4pm.

    Niall Daly is the last Rossie to win a Cork SFC title, winning on that occasion with UCC.

  • The Chief Medical Officer says he's "increasingly concerned" at the trends surrounding Covid-19.

    Dr Tony Holohan has said the five-day average of daily cases has increased from 350 last week - to 424 yesterday, and has urged people to follow the health advice.

    366 new cases of the virus were reported last night - as well as 11 deaths, all of which happened in November.

    The new cases include 24 in Roscommon, 15 in Galway, 8 in Mayo and less than 5 in Sligo.

    Roscommon now has the third highest 14-day incidence rate in the country, after Donegal and Limerick.

    The national average 14-day rate is now at 121 per 100,000 people - Co Roscommon is at 167.

    The county has seen 108 new cases confirmed during the past fortnight.

    148 new cases have been confirmed in Mayo over the past 2 weeks, with 218 in Galway.

    Dr Holohan says he's increasingly concerned about the situation,  and is urging people to continue their efforts to drive down the disease over the next two weeks.

    The Government is likely to make a decision on how to exit level 5 restrictions towards the end of next week.

  • The elderly woman who died in a road collision in Athlone yesterday was a native of Arigna in Co Roscommon.

    Sr Bernard Lynch, who was in her 90's, died when the car she was driving was involved in a single-vehicle collision near the Golden Island shopping centre in Athlone shortly after 2pm yesterday afternoon.

    Sr Bernard had spent over 50 years in Athlone.

    She worked in education for most of her life, and served as principal of a local primary school for over 20 years until her retirement in 1993.

    She remained actively involved in St Peter and Paul's parish, and in a posting on Facebook, the parish said Sr Bernard touched the lives of many families in her 50-plus years in Athlone and will be fondly missed by all.

     

  • Roscommon 3-10 Armagh 0-15

    Roscommon are on the cusp of a third promotion to Division 1 in five years after making their goals count against Armagh at the Athletic Grounds this evening.

    Two Enda Smith penalties and a Conor Daly goal made the difference for Anthony Cunningham’s men, having trailed by two points at the break after Smith’s first conversion.

  • A Roscommon Senator is calling on her colleagues in Government to improve pay and conditions for members of the Defence Forces.

    Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has raised the issue this week with Taoiseach Leo Varadker and the Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe.

    She says members of the defence forces are among the lowest-paid in the Civil Service at present, and better pay and conditions are needed to improve retention rates with the force and to attract new recruits.

    The Independent Pay Commission is currently looking at the matter, and is expected to publish a report in the coming weeks.

    Senator Maura Hopkins says, following that report, she wants to see swift action on this issue, as members of the defence forces and their families are currently relying on the Family Income Supplement to receive a decent income.

     

  • A Roscommon Senator is calling for increased train services on the Dublin-Westport line - in particular a later evening service.

    Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins says the last train leaving Dublin for Westport each evening is at 6.15pm, which can pose a problem for people commuting to Dublin for work.

    She's comparing this service with the Cork route, where the last train leaving Heuston Station for Cork is 9pm at night.

    The Roscommon Senator claims it's up to the travelling public to contact Irish Rail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to highlight their requirement for improved services.

  • Roscommon Senator Maura Hopkins has confirmed her intention to contest the Fine Gael Selection Convention for the next general election.

    Senator Hopkins says she has been working hard on behalf of the people in the Roscommon/Galway constituency and there are many issues in which she has invested a huge amount of time, energy and commitment in.

    Senator Hopkins says she wants to continue this work for the benefit of people in this region. 

    The Ballaghaderreen based Senator says for health reasons following recent surgery after an injury, it was not possible to indicate her ability to commit until now.

    She says after a period of rehabilitation, she is fully recovered and fully focussed on my work. 

    Senator Hopkins says over the coming weeks, she will be meeting with Fine Gael members in order to ask for their support to represent them and all of the people in the Roscommon Galway Constituency.  

     

  • Rural TDs and Senators have demanded that late-night bus services due to begin operations next month run later than 11pm to meet demand. That’s according to today’s Irish Independent.

    The Dáil Transport Committee heard that 50 new late-night services across rural Ireland will begin operating between 6pm and 11pm from the end of next month on a six-month trial basis.

    The pilot scheme, which will cost €450,000 to operate, will be assessed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) over the following six months before a final decision is taken on whether it should remain. But politicians said service times needed to be reviewed.

    Fine Gael senator in Roscommon Frank Feighan told the committee, "I think you really need to review the 6pm to 11pm. I don't think it will work. Maybe 8pm to 1am. People will not go home at 11pm. As someone who owned a pub, I found it harder to get people out than get people in."

    Some 30 of the 50 new services will allow drivers to travel off main roads to people's homes in isolated areas. In all, 188 new trips per week will be added to the rural transport network.

    Transport Minister Shane Ross said he would ask the NTA to consider whether it should be extended beyond 11pm to account for pub closing hours.

  • A Roscommon senator believes it was a grave mistake allowing GAA inter-county games to go ahead over the weekend, and is calling on the GAA - even at this stage- to postpone matches for a number of weeks.

    While not taking from Roscommon's win at the weekend in the National Football League,  Senator Eugene Murphy says Covid-19 is out of control, with numbers increasing every day, and he's appealing to the GAA to postponed inter-county matches for a number of weeks - irrespective of what further restrictions are announced by the Government later today.

    The Fianna Fail Senator fears we will see the knock-on effects of allowing these games to go ahead in a few weeks time, and does not believe the weekend matches should have gone ahead....

  • A Roscommon Fine Gael Senator says that, as the centenary of the Armistice draws near, wearing the Shamrock Poppy honours the 200,000 Irish men and women who served and especially the 50,000 Irish who died in World War I.

    Senator Frank Feighan says that November 11th marks a very significant centenary – the end of the First World War.

    Figures show that up to 50,000 Irish people died in World War I, with 1137 said to have hailed from Mayo, 557 from Roscommon, 598 from Sligo and 1180 from Galway.

    Senator Feighan says he has already sent a Shamrock Poppy to every Irish MEP, members of the Oireachtas and councillors along with members of the UK Parliament.

  • Roscommon Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed a 5 year pilot programme allowing access to cannabis-based products for medical use.

    The Medicinal Cannabis Access programme was launched yesterday by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris after signing legislation for its operation.

    The Fine Gael senator says it’s a significant milestone and he is pleased that the Minister has launched the programme, which will help the lives of many families across the country.

    The scheme will allow access to medical cannabis for patients with the following conditions: Spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis; Intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and severe, refractory (treatment-resistant) epilepsy.

    On announcing the pilot scheme, Minister Harris said it will ultimately be the decision of the medical consultant, in consultation with their patient, to prescribe a particular treatment, including a cannabis-based treatment, for a patient under their care.

  • DCU footballers claimed their fifth Sigerson Crown last night.

    They defeated IT Carlow by 0-14 points to 0-7.

    Roscommon and St Brigids footballer Brian Stack was part of the DCU team.

  • Roscommon TD Denis Naughten has again called for additional paid leave for frontline workers who have been running our hospital and community services through two waves of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Independent TD first raised the issue in July, when the Taoiseach promised he would look at the possibility.

    The Scottish Government has now pledged to pay every NHS and social care worker a 500 pounds Covid bonus, and Deputy Naughten says all frontline workers here should also receive some acknowledgement from their employers of the work they put in throughout the year.

    In particular, he says the time is right for the Government to recognise the work of frontline health workers - many of whom have made huge personal sacrifices during the pandemic, including moving out of their homes and away from their families in some cases to keep them safe.

    He says these workers should be acknowledged with - at a minimum - additional paid leave and is again asking the Government to consider his proposal.

     

  • As the farmers protest continues in the capital, a Roscommon TD is calling for the Beef Market Taskforce to be reconvened, as a matter of urgency.

    Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice is calling on the chair of the taskforce Michael Dowling and the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to resolve the issues which are preventing the taskforce from meeting.

    Given the extent to which Irish beef is being promoted globally to attract new markets, Deputy Fitzmaurice says it's imperative that all stakeholders are brought back to the table, and for that to happen, all injunctions against farmers need to be lifted.

     

  • A Roscommon TD is calling for Covid-19 restrictions to be relaxed in counties that have a low number of cases of the virus.

    Independent TD Denis Naughten says it makes no sense that parts of the country with low rates should remain in lockdown to the same extent as areas with a significant problem, and he claims restrictions on returning to work could be relaxed in areas with low rates of infection.

    As of midnight on Monday, there were over 9,000 cases of Covid-19 in Dublin - while Leitrim had only reported 67.

    Deputy Naughten says rural areas can be used as a test for cities to relax restrictions:

  • The HSE's decision to suspend the allocation of new Home Help hours will hit the counties of Mayo, Galway and Roscommon hardest, as demand in the West is far greater than anywhere else in the country - that's according to Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten.

    Deputy Naughten has called for the Dail to be suspended this week to discuss the HSE's decision to close the home help scheme to new entrants, which he says will trap carers in their homes and leave them unable to get a break from the 24 / 7 care they provide.

    He says it will also lead to families being left with no choice but to admit older people to long-term nursing home care.

    The Roscommon TD told Midwest News that the HSE's decision must be reversed immediately....

  • A Roscommon TD is calling on the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to allow farmers participating in the GLAS scheme to cut traditional hay meadow from next week.

    Under the current regulations, cutting cannot take place before 1st July, but with very good weather forecast over the next week, Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says it makes sense to bring forward that date - given the fodder shortages experienced by many farmers in recent months....

  • The Transport Minister Shane Ross needs to travel to Co Roscommon to see the dangerous crossroads that still exist on the N5 at Tarmonbarry, Scramogue, Tulsk and Frenchpark.

    That's according to Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy who has welcomed the work that has been carried out at various locations along the N5, but says more needs to be done.

    Deputy Murphy says motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are taking their lives in their hands every day at these crossroads, while traffic calming barriers are needed in villages along the N5, as well as an increased level of hedge and verge trimming.

    He's expressed concern about the number of accidents taking place along the N5, and says a Health & Safety Assessment needs to be carried out...