• The delay in progressing the multi-million euro development of the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon Town is a matter of concern, according to local Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy.

    Before the 2016 general election, plans were announced for a €10 million development of the Sacred Heart Hospital, including a replacement 50-bed unit, and the project was due for completion in 2021.

    However, Deputy Murphy claims little progress has been made since, and the most recent reply he received from the Health Minister indicates that the design process will begin next year, with construction getting underway in late 2020, and a completion date of 2022.

    Deputy Murphy says the plans for the facility are moving at a very slow pace....

  • The major overspend on the new National Children's Hospital has cast doubt over the future viability of a number of capital health projects in the Roscommon-Galway region.

    That's according to local Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy, who's concerned that commitments made in relation to the building of a 50-bed unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon and a new unit at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe might be put on the back burner.

    The €17 million euro development at Portiuncla Hospital would see the construction of a new 50-bed unit, while the Sacred Heart Hospital project in Roscommon - which was announced before the 2016 general election - is not now scheduled for completion until 2022.

    Deputy Eugene Murphy has questioned Tanaiste Simon Coveney in relation to the overspend on the new Children's Hospital, and what that will mean for these capital projects in the West.

    Minister Coveney said it's the Government's intention that any project that has a financial commitment will be delivered, but it's about the scheduling of that delivery.

    Deputy Murphy says this response concerns him, as the commitments made to these major capital projects need to be honoured....

  • Concerns have been raised about people using the Demesne in Castlerea for drinking, and leaving bottles and cans behind in the park.

    While there are bylaws in place prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in the Demesne, a small minority of people are ignoring the laws, according to Castlerea-based Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice, who also believes the bylaws need to be enforced.

    The Demesne is a very popular location in the town for people of all ages, and Councillor Fitzmaurice is appealing to people not to use the park for drinking parties.


  • Connacht GAA is pleased to announce the appointment of Cathal Cregg as the new Connacht GAA Provincial Games Development Manager in succession to John Tobin.

    Cathal has worked as Head Strength & Conditioning Officer with Connacht GAA for the past 5 years having previously qualified with a Sport Science Degree and a Research Masters in Exercise Physiology  from Dublin City University and is currently finishing his PhD. 

    He is a member of the Western Gaels GAA club in Roscommon and has been part of the Roscommon Senior Inter-County football team since 2006. He has represented Connacht on many occasions since 2007 winning an Interprovincal title in 2014, played for Ireland in the 2014 International Rules Series in Australia, won two Sigerson cups with DCU and a freshers All-Ireland with NUIG.

  • Connacht Post Primary Schools Senior B League Quarter Final
    St Nathy's 2-06
    Roscommon CBS 1-08 

    Connacht Post Primary Schools Senior D League
    Roscommon CC 7-07 
    Lough Allen 2-05

  • Lidl Ladies NFL 
    Division 3
    Roscommon 1-07 Down 0-08
    Sligo 1-16 Wicklow 0-12 

    Division 4
    Fermanagh 3-09 Leitrim 2-09 

  • Allianz Football League 
    Division 1
    Dublin 2-14 Roscommon 1-12 

    Division 3
    Westmeath 2-12 Sligo 1-10 

    Division 4 
    Leitrim 1-09 London 0-07 

    Allianz Hurling League 
    Division 1B 
    Waterford P-P Galway 

    Division 2A
    Westmeath 2-12 Mayo 0-06 

    Division 3A
    Lancashire 2-13 Roscommon 1-06 

    Division 3B
    Sligo 3-15 Longford 0-03 

  • Roscommon County Council is advising landowners that controlled burning is no longer permitted.

    In a statement to Midwest News today the local authority states that in light of the on-going Covid-19 Emergency, as a measure to reduce non-emergency calls to Fire Service calls centres, controlled burning by the agricultural community (i.e. fires on grasslands, forests and peatlands etc.) is not permitted in County Roscommon until further notice.

    All notices informing Roscommon County Council of controlled burning will not be accepted for the duration of this emergency and persons must refrain from all forms of controlled burning at this time.

    If a 999/112 call is received relating to any controlled burning event on property, the Fire Brigade will be mobilised to attend and extinguish the fire.  All the costs associated with the attendance of the Fire & Rescue Service will be invoiced to the property owner.

    For further advice on this matter please contact  090 6637100 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



    Today has provided a break from the heatwave, as temperatures across the country are considerably lower than previous days.

    Yesterday, Mount Dillon in Co Roscommon recorded the country's top temperature of 28 degrees celsius, with temperatures in Co Mayo ranging from 26 degrees in Claremorris and 25 degrees at Knock Airport to 17 degrees in Belmullet.

    Today temperatures will not exceed 16-19 degrees in Connacht, but warmer, sunnier weather is on the way again over the weekend.

    Met Eireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe says temperatures will rise again from tomorrow onwards, with 28 or 29 degrees expected on Sunday and Monday.


  • Castlerea Fire Station looks set to reopen later this year.

    The Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council Eugene Cummins told councillors at yesterday's monthly meeting of the authority that he was fully committed to reopening the fire station in Castlerea during 2019.

    The fire station has been closed for over two years, with cover being provided by fire crews in Ballaghadereen, Roscommon and Ballyhaunis.

    Training is underway for firemen attached to the Castlerea station, according to local Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice, who has welcomed the commitment to reopen the station this year.

  • Councillor Aisling Dolan will contest the next General Election in the Roscommon-Galway constituency as a Fine Gael candidate.

    At a meeting of Fine Gael’s Executive Council last night, Cllr Dolan was added to the constituency ticket to run alongside Senator Maura Hopkins.

    Cllr Dolan, based in East Galway, said it will be an honour and a privilege to have an opportunity to contest the Roscommon-Galway constituency in the upcoming election.

    Cllr Dolan comes from a farming background based in Poolboy, East Galway and Ballydangan, Moore, south Roscommon.

    She is currently a project manager at NUI Galway working in Health Innovation with start-ups in medtech and people from the HSE. 

    Aisling Dolan was elected to Galway County Council last May.

  • A new playground and carpark can go ahead at the Demesne in Castlerea, after Roscommon County Councilors passed the part 8 planning permission.

    The project will mean a refurbished playground for the town, and a new carpark that can be used by people attending both the playground and the public swimming pool.

    Locally-based business Harmac Medical has given a large donation towards new playground equipment.

    Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice is hopeful the project can get up and running before the swimming pool opens for the Summer season.

    He says the development will greatly enhance amenities in the town.

  • In Roscommon, counting concluded in all three electoral areas yesterday- Athlone, Boyle and Roscommon.

    In the Roscommon electoral area, Fianna Fail's Paschal Fitzmaurice was first elected, followed by Independents Kathleen Shanagher, Tony Waldron and Nigel Dineen, and Fianna Fail's Orla Leyden and Marty McDermott - no seat for Fine Gael in the Roscommon electoral area.

    In Boyle, long-serving Fianna Fail Councillor John Cummins was first elected, followed by Independent Valerie Byrne, SF's Michael Mulligan, Liam Callaghan of FG, Independent Tom Crosby and Joe Murphy of Fianna Fail - brother of Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy.

  • Counting of votes is now underway across the region and across the country.

    It will be an interesting count, following the exit poll last night which shows a three-way tie between the main parties.

    The Ipsos MRBI poll for RTÉ, TG4 and the Irish Times shows the most fractured political landscape in recent memory.

    The exit poll of more than 5,000 people shows Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil all on 22 per cent support.

    The RTÉ/Irish Time survey has the Greens on 7.9, Labour on 4.6, the Social Democrats on 3.4, Solidarity People Before Profit on 2.8 and Independents and others with 14.5 per cent of the vote.

    In Mayo, 15 candidates are seeking the 4 Dail seats  -boxes are now being opened at the TF Royal Theatre in Castlebar, where Teresa O'Malley and her team of analysts are bringing us tally results as they're available.

    Also over the course of today, tonight and into tomorrow, we will bring you all the latest from the count centres in Roscommon-Galway, Galway East, Galway West and Sligo Leitrim.

  • The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health is to call in the Directors and CEO of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA)  in an effort to have the decision of the Association to close the Cuisle Holiday Centre in Donamon, county Roscommon reversed.

    The closure was announced at the start of the month and the facility, that provides holidays and other facilities for people with disabilities, is now due to close at the end of November.

    A campaign to Save Cuisle is before the gates of the Dail this afternoon  - since 12 noon campaigners are urging Minister Finian McGrath , the Minister of State for Disability issues, to the decision reversed.

     Aontu deputy Peadar Toibin spoke to Midwest News this afternoon from the protest where he said a huge crowd had gathered to voice their opposition to the closure.

    On Monday last, a special meeting of Roscommon County Council was convened in an effort to save the facility. It was unanimously agreed by all cllrs that the IWA should be asked to explain its decision to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health.

    Local Independent councillor Tony Waldron contacted the Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee Dr Michael Harty, who has now agreed to call in the directors and CEO of the IWA before it, in an effort to rescind its decision to close, with the loss of 44 jobs.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Cllr Waldron insisted Roscommon county council is not prepared to give up on the future of Cuisle.

  • The Minister for Justice has praised the work of prison staff and prisoners in combating the threat of coronavirus.

    While launching the 2019 annual report of the Irish Prison Service, Minister Charlie Flanagan praised the efforts of prison staff, management, prisoners and volunteers  - as no prisoner in this country has been infected with Covid-19 to date, and the Irish Prison Service has been internationally recognised for its work in controlling the spread of the virus.

    Minister Flanagan said physical visits to prisons will be reintroduced as soon as it's safe to do so.

    The annual report shows the number of people committed to prison under sentence last year increased by over 10%, with a 5% increase in the number of prisoners held on remand.

    The capacity of Castlerea Prison at the end of last year was 340, and the report shows the daily average number in custody in 2019 was 306, with an average of 62 prisoners on remand or awaiting trial.


  • The village of Elphin in Co. Roscommon was buzzing with excitement today with news a local shop which has been in the same family for three generations sold last night’s Daily Million Plus winning ticket worth a cool €500,000.

    The Quick Pick ticket was sold yesterday (8thMarch) at Glancy’s Supermarket in the centre of Elphin which has a population of just over 500. The shop has been owned by the same family for over 100 years.

    Shop owner Dessie Glancy - whose grandfather and father ran the business before him - said news of the win on last night’s Daily Millions Draw spread like wildfire in the village.

    Dessie said “We got the all important call from the National Lottery after 9pm and there has been talk about nothing else here since! This amount of money is life-changing to somebody in our community.  We’ve already had lots of locals in the store since we opened this morning checking their tickets in the hope that they are the lucky winners!’

    He said “This is our first big National Lottery win so we’re going to enjoy the celebrations. The store has been open for over 100 years with my grandfather and then father involved before me so it really is an important part of the community. The majority of our customers are local. We are absolutely thrilled for whoever the winner is and we wish them all the luck in the world with their win”.

    The winning numbers for the Daily Million Plus top prize were:
    06, 18, 22, 26, 28, 31 and the Bonus was 20.

    The National Lottery asks all players to check their tickets. If you’re the lucky ticketholder, sign the back of the ticket and contact the National Lottery Prize Claims Team on 01 836 4444.


  • Thousands of people across the region will be up before dawn tomorrow morning for the annual Darkness Into Light walks.

    Over 5,000 people in Mayo took part in the event last year, to raise funds for suicide prevention.

    The pre-dawn walks get underway at 4.15am at 9 locations across Co Mayo - in Achill, Ballina, Castlebar, Clare Island, Claremorris, Belmullet, Inisturk, Swinford and Westport.

    Four walks are planned in Co Roscommon - in Ballaghadereen, Boyle, Castlerea and Roscommon Town, with four also in Sligo - in Ballymote, Banada, Dromore West and Sligo Town, and walks will take place at 18 locations across Co Galway.


    Darkness Into Light is the annual fundraising and awareness event for Pieta House, which now has 15 centres across Ireland, offering free counselling to those with suicidal tendencies and people engaging in self-harm.

    Pieta also operates a Suicide Bereavement Counselling Service for people and families bereaved by suicide, and also operates a free 24-hour suicide helpline on 1800 247 247.





  • A decision now needs to be made as to how exactly the HSE run Rosalie Unit in Castlerea is to develop, according to Minister for Communications, local deputy Denis Naughten. 

    At a meeting yesterday in the unit with the Minister for the Elderly Jim Daly and attended by local public representatives and HSE representatives, seven different options were presented as to how the unit might progress. 

    At present the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea is a residential home for about 12 residents with dementia.

    A local campaign group has worked hard to keep the facility open, after the HSE had stated its intention to close it some months ago. 

    However that decision was reversed and Minister Naughten received a firm commitment from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the unit as a residential facility for patients with mental health issues, would remain open. Leo Varadkar had given the same commitment in 2015 when he was Minister for Health and the future of the unit was under threat. 


  • Independent Roscommon deputy Denis Naughten has failed in his attempt to be elected as the as Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil.
    Fianna Fáil's Seán Ó Fearghaíl has been re-elected.
    The clerk of the house, Peter Finnegan, said Mr Ó Fearghaíl reached the quota with 130 votes.
    Denis Naughten received 28 votes.
    TDs are gathered for the first meeting of the 33rd Dáil this afternoon amid ongoing efforts to form a government in the aftermath of Election 2020.