An Irish citizen, with connections to county Roscommon, has been questioned by gardai as part of an international investigation into a major Covid 19 fraud operation.

    An inquiry was launched after a fake order was placed for millions of masks destined for Germany.

    German officials contracted a German based company to purchase 10 million face masks worth around 15 million euro to help in the fight against Covid 19.

    This German based company was put in contact with a Dutch one through an Irish intermediary to place an order for 11 million masks worth up to 7.7 million euro.

    However this order was made through a fraudulent entity who had cloned the website and email address of the legitimate Dutch company.

    A one and a half million euro down payment was made for the delivery of the first million masks to an Irish bank account based in Roscommon.

    In late March, reps from the German and Irish companies met in Amsterdam to inspect and oversee the handover of the shipment - but it never materialised.

    An investigation was launched and 1.5 million euro has since been frozen in an Irish Bank Account.

    With assistance from Gardai in Roscommon, on Friday last, the Irish man was interviewed relating to the suspected laundering of €1.5 million.

    Documents and electronic devices were obtained and are currently being forensically examined and
    investigations are ongoing.



  • Westdoc has confirmed that Glenamaddy, Castlerea and Roscommon have merged since the start of this year, in terms of providing out-of-hours GP services.

    Yesterday, Galway County Councillor Michael Connolly told Midwest New that a Westdoc base had been in operation in Glenamaddy for a number of years, but since Christmas, people in the East Galway region who phone Westdoc for a GP at night or weekends are being advised to travel to Tuam or Roscommon.

    Westdoc has confirmed to Midwest News today that, due to the onerous rota expected of GPs due to the non-filling of vacant posts in rural areas, and the low numbers attending the service, the Glenamaddy, Castlerea and Roscommon cells have now merged.

    In a statement, Westdoc says the GPs are based in the new Primary Care Centre in Roscommon, while patients will also be seen in Glenamaddy or Castlerea as deemed appropriate by the doctor.

    New practice nurses have been employed to operate from the Primary Care Centre in Roscommon at weekends to further enhance the service.

    Westdoc says that, despite the merger, there will be no change in the hours of service provided to patients.


  • A woman has been airlifted to University Hospital Galway after a single vehicle collision near Roscommon town.

    The car she was travelling in hit a wall shortly after 3pm at Rockfield, Oran, on the Roscommon-Ballymoe Road.

    Her condition is currently unknown.

    The road was closed for a period of time, but has since reopened.

  • A woman who stopped her car to assist two men on the side of the road last night near Ballaghadereen was robbed of over €100 euro.

    The incident occurred at about 8.15 yesterday evening, when a woman driving in the Aughalustia area of Ballaghadereen saw a van parked on the side of the road with the hazard lights on, and she stopped to give assistance.

    The van is described as dark-coloured, possibly a Toyota or Nissan with a 171 or 181 registration.

    There were two men in the car, and the first asked the woman for directions and also for a wheelbrace.

    One of the men was described as tall, of medium build with no front teeth, while the second was stockier with a reddish beard and hair.

    Both spoke with Irish accents.

    When the woman went to assist, one of the men reached into her jacket pocket and stole over €100 in cash.

    The woman ran back to her car and locked the doors, but she had dropped her keys on the ground.

    At that point, the lights of an oncoming car became visible, and the men drove away in the direction of Moyne Cross.

    The woman alerted Gardai, and they're anxious to speak to anyone who has information on the incident-  particularly the driver of the car that came on the scene.

    Gardai in Castlerea can be contacted at 094 - 96 21630.





  • A woman who sustained serious injuries from a road traffic accident at Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon last Friday has died in hospital.

    Anne Grogan who was in her early thirties and from Ballinlough sustained serious injuries in the accident near Ballinlough filling station last Friday morning when her car was involved in a collision with a lorry and a van.

    She was brought to hospital for treatment but passed away earlier today.

    Anne’s remains will repose at McDonagh’s funeral home in Castlerea on Thursday evening from 4 o’clock until 7pm.

    Mass will take place on Friday afternoon at 1.30pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballinlough with burial afterwards in Ballinlough cemetery.

  • Work will begin in Roscommon Town next week to remove old lead pipes from the public water network, in order to provide a safer and more reliable water supply to the town.

    The work will get underway next Tuesday 3rd April, and will involve removing lead service connections along Castle Street and the Square in Roscommon Town.

    The old lead pipes, which are prone to leakage, will be replaced by modern plastic pipes.

    The work will be carried out by Roscommon County Council on behalf of Irish water and will take about eight weeks to complete.

    This may involve some short-term water shut offs, and Irish Water says the project team will ensure customers are given 48 hours prior notice to any planned water shut-offs.

    Temporary traffic management arrangements will also be put in place during the works.

  • Work will start next Monday week 12th February to replace lead pipes from the public water network on the Athlone Road in Roscommon.

    Irish Water says old and damaged water mains will also be replaced as part of the works.

    The work is expected to take about 8 weeks, and there will be temporary traffic disruptions.

    Roscommon TD Eugene Murphy has welcomed assurances from Roscommon County Council that, once the works are completed, full road resurfacing works will take place.

  • The Red level snow-ice warning has been updated and extended until tomorrow morning - with more snow forecast tonight in Dublin, Kildare, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath.

    Munster, the rest of Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Galway have a status orange warning - which is valid until 9 am tomorrow.

    While a yellow warning is in place for the northwest- that includes Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.