• The Minister for Communications has resigned his position.

    In a statement to the Dail this afternoon, Denis Naughten said the Taoiseach asked him to reflect on his position, and he felt Leo Varadker no longer had confidence in him.

    The Roscommon TD has been under pressure to explain his contacts with businessman David Mc Court, who is part of a consortium bidding for the tender for the national broadband plan.

    In a defiant speech, Mr Naughten told the Dáil that there was no interference in the procurement process for the NBP, and he criticised the media and the opposition for what he called loose language and irresponsible politics.

    Minister Naughten said, however, that he hopes the broadband plan can be allowed to continue.



  • The closure of a number of Garda stations in Co Roscommon in recent years is leaving areas prone to crime – that’s according to Strokestown-based Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy.

    He points to the closure of Garda stations in Tarmonbarry, Ballintubber, Ballyforan and Knockroghery, and says additional Garda resources are needed to help fight rural crime.

    Deputy Murphy says only 15 new Garda recruits have been assigned to the Roscommon / Longford Garda Division over the past three years, and he believes a strong Garda presence is important in fighting rural crime……

  • Health officials are meeting to discuss whether further Covid-19 restrictions are needed around the country.

    The 14-day incidence rate for both Roscommon and Monaghan have jumped to over 100, while Cork and Galway have also been earmarked as areas of concern.

    It follows warnings that the virus is spreading like a 'forest fire' across the entire country, with Dr Ronan Glynn warning that all counties are going in the wrong direction.

    The latest figures show Roscommon's 14-day incidence of the virus is now 102 per 100,000 people,with a rate of 73 in Galway, 29 in Sligo, 26.8 in Mayo and the rate in Leitrim has fallen to 12.5 per 100,000 population.

    Currently just two counties - Dublin and Donegal - are on level 3 restrictions, while NPHET will today decide if other areas should also be moved to level 3.


  • A small primary school in Co Roscommon is one of four schools changing to a non-denominational model in time for the new school year.

    The schools were facing closure due to declining enrollments.

    St John's National School in Lecarrow in south Roscommon -  along with two primary schools in Co Kerry and one in Wexford - have changed patronage, following local campaigns to ensure they remain open.

    The Co Roscommon school will reopen as Lecarrow Community National School, after patronage was transferred from the Diocese of Elphin to the Galway & Roscommon Education and Training Board.

    This is the first Community National School in Co Roscommon, and is a multidenominational school which welcomes all children from the local community

  • 20 year old Roscommon man Niall Murray will have his first start for Connacht at the RDS against Leinster tomorrow in the Pro 14 at 5.30

    Gavin Thornbury has returned from injury to partner Murray in the second row, one of ten changes to the team beaten by Ulster.

    Caolin Blade continues as captain, again partnering Conor Fitzgerald in the half backs, with Tom Daly the only other name retained in the backline.

    Connacht Matchday Squad

     (1-8): Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Niall Murray, Gavin Thornbury, Eoghan Masterson, Paul Boyle, Robin Copeland.

    (15-9): Stephen Fitzgerald, Niyi Adeolokun, Kyle Godwin, Tom Daly, John Porch, Conor Fitzgerald, Caolin Blade (Capt)

    Replacements: Tom McCartney, Paddy McAllister, Conor Kenny, Joe Maksymiw, Sean Masterson, Stephen Kerins, David Horwitz, Tiernan O'Halloran

  • A man in his 50s arrested by Gardaí in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th is due to appear in court this evening.

    The man was arrested yesterday in Co Donegal, following a search and detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

    The searches are being carried out following an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown last month, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The man arrested yesterday is expected to appear before a special sitting of Roscommon District Court at 6pm this evening.

    A man arrested in Co Mayo on Thursday appeared before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court yesterday morning, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on January 18th.

  • A security company that attended a house repossession in Roscommon has been ordered to pay fines of 3,000 euro.

    A court found the Armagh company guilty of six breaches of the Private Security Services Act.

    In December 2018, a farmer's house in Falsk, Strokestown, Co Roscommon, was repossessed.

    Security firm GS Agencies of Portadown, Craigavon, Co Armagh, was present.

    They were prosecuted by the Private Security Authority for providing an unlicensed security guard service at the house.

    Yesterday in Castlerea District Court, Co Roscommon, the company was found guilty of six breaches of the Private Security Services Act.

    Judge Deirdre Gearty fined the company 500 euro for each offence, coming to a total of 3,000 euro.

  • A Senator is calling for an investigation into an apparent delay in appointing a design team for the €7.85m Medical Rehabilitation project at Roscommon Hospital.

    Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan says the tender process to select a project design team commenced in August 2017 and prospective contractors sent their tenders back on December 27th last.

    He says unfortunately HSE Estates in Galway appear to have done nothing since with these tender documents.

    Senator Feighan says these tenders should have been evaluated well before now, given the commitment by the HSE last year that a design team would be in place by the first quarter of this year.

    The Roscommon Senator raised the matter in the Seanad yesterday and Junior Health Minister Jim Daly read a reply he received from the HSE which stated that the appointment of a design team was imminent.

    Senator Feighan told Minister Daly that this brief reply from the HSE was unacceptable.

  • Senator Maura Hopkins again today met with Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly, in relation to the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    Senator Hopkins says Minister Daly has informed her that he very much has an open mind in relation to the unity and advised her that he will be speaking directly this week with Dr Ann Gallagher, Consultant Psychiatrist of Later Life Roscommon, in relation to the clinical assessments.

    Senator Hopkins says she understands that a number of clinical assessments took place last week with the involvement of family members.

  • The EPA has published its latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement.

    Seven industrial sites are currently on the list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards.

    Aurivo Dairy Ingredients Limited in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon are among the seven sites listed.

    Five sites have come off the previous National Priority Site list following improvements in compliance.

    These include the Shell E&P Ireland Limited site in Bellanaboy and the East Galway Residual Landfill Site near Ballinasloe.

  • A 7th person has been arrested as investigations continue into assault and criminal damage at a farmhouse near Strokestown last December.

    Gardai have confirmed that a man in his 50's was arrested this morning, and is being detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

    He's the 7th person to be arrested to date in connection with the investigation, following an incident on the morning of 16th December last, in which a number of security personnel were injured and vehicles were set on fire.

    This followed the eviction of a family from the property earlier that week.




  • Sheep farmers are staging a protest at the Kepak factory in Athleague, Co Roscommon over the falling prices for lamb.

    The Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association says their members are protesting at the entrance to the Kepak factory since yesterday afternoon, and will remain there until the prices are increased by €8 per lamb.

    They claim the prices paid by Kepak are among the lowest in the country, and that the price per kilo for lamb has fallen by €1 in the past year - wiping out any profit for farmers.

    Séan McNamara, ICSA Sheep Chairman, told Midwest News that Kepak are currently paying €4.80 per kilo, and they're demanding €5.20 - a difference of €8 per lamb.




  • SIPTU representatives will meet this afternoon with the Irish Wheelchair Association to seek details reasons for the proposed closure of the Cuisle accessible holiday resort in Dunamon.

    The IWA announced to staff at the Co Roscommon facility last Friday that it will close at the end of this month, with the loss of over 40 jobs.

    The Cuisle centre has been in operation for over 20 years, providing respite holidays for people with physical disabilities.

    SIPTU Sector Organiser Eddie Mullins says that, at today's meeting, they will seek detailed reasons for the closure and will be calling for the decision to be reversed.

  • Sitting Castlerea based Fianna Fail Cllr Paschal Fitzmaurice was not selected on the ticket for the party for the local elections at last night’s convention held in the Abbey Hotel.

    Four people were nominated for the convention, sitting Councillors Paschal Fitzmaurice and Orla Leyden, along with Larry Brennan from Roscommon town and Marty McDermott from Oran.

    Cllr Orla Leyden and Marty McDermott were selected at the convention last night.

    So it looks as if Cllr Fitzmaurice will have to be added to the ticket. It was understood prior to convention that while two candidates would be selected, there would be the option of adding to the ticket after that.

  • Sitting Roscommon/Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy was last night selected by the party to stand for the party in the next General Election.

    Deputy Murphy was unanimously selected and ratified to be the single candidate for the party in the constituency.

    In advance of the convention, Fianna Fail headquarters had issued a directive that only one candidate was to be selected, and after the three other candidates who initially accepted nominations withdrew, the sitting TD was unopposed.

    Over 200 people turned out to the convention in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon town, which was chaired by Mayo TD Dara Calleary.


    There's been slight confrontation at a 'No To Racism' rally in Rooskey Co. Roscommon.

    Videos online show demonstrators and the public having heated engagements.

    This afternoons rally comes in response to the recent fires which have delayed the development of a hotel in the village earmarked for asylum seekers.





  • Two Sligo hurlers and one from Roscommon are included on the Irish squad for the annual Hurling Shinty International against Scotland, which takes place in Abbottstown, Dublin this Saturday.

    The senior team is largely dominated by players who competed in the Joe McDonagh Cup this year, and also includes Roscommon's Cillian Egan, along with Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch and Keith Rackard from Sligo.

    The team will be captained by Donegal's Danny Cullen and the senior game gets underway in the National Games Development Centre at 2pm.

    Ireland are without a win in the contest since 2014, with the Scots chasing a fifth successive victory.  



  • St Joseph’s Day Care Centre in Ballaghaderreen will close at the end of July.

    That was confirmed to local public representatives at a meeting with HSE officials in Galway today.

    There had been uncertainly over the future of the centre earlier this year and an assessment was carried out.

    Public representatives were told that the assessment indicated the unit was not suitable for use by the patients serviced by it.

    The 18 patients who use it will now be bussed to Boyle to the Day Care Centre there.

    Ballaghaderreen Sinn Fein Councillor Michael Mulligan told Midwest News it is an unacceptable development.

  • St Joseph’s mental health daycare centre in Ballaghaderreen has not closed today but it is understood the HSE is carrying out needs assessments on each service user attending the day centre currently.

    The assessments are being carried out to establish how best their individual needs will be met and once they are completed, a detailed plan will be developed.

    The HSE is understood to have informed local public representatives that no closure of the facility, if that is the decision arrived at, will not happen until alternative services are provided in the area.

    Local Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins told Midwest News earlier this week that she has concerns over the future of the facility.


  • The incident that occurred at St Nathy's College in Ballaghaderreen this morning that caused the evacuation of the school has been successfully resolved.

    Students and staff were evacuated from the school and a spokesperson for the college told Midwest News earlier, that  due to unforeseen circumstances the building was evacuated.

    Gardai attended the scene. No one was injured in the incident.

    The school will remain closed today to students.