Roscommon

  • A former cabinet minister is calling for more talks to be held immediately to try to resolve the beef-farming dispute.

    Two rounds of negotiations were held recently between Beef Plan and Meat Industry Ireland, which represents factories.

    But farmers failed to secure the price increases they wanted  and unofficial protests have resumed outside some meat factories.

    Independent Roscommon TD and former environment minister Denis Naughten is calling for mediation talks to be convened immediately in an effort to find a solution.

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  • Now that the start and finish points for the proposed new 110 kv power line that will run from Ballina to Ballaghadereen have been confirmed, Eirgrid must decide on the technology that will be used - such as underground or overground lines - and the path the 110 kv line will take, to provide an enhanced electricity supply across north Connacht.

    The new power line will be also capable of taking newly-generated renewable energy from the region into the national grid.

    Details of the plan, which replaces the controversial GridWest plan, were outlined by Eirgrid to councillors at the monthly meeting of Mayo Co Co earlier this week.

    The company's office in Castlebar is also open to the public this week to provide further information on their plans.

  • The N60 road from Castlerea train station to Ballymoe remains closed for another week, as work is continuing on a new overlay on that section of road.

    The works are due to be completed next weekend.

    However, Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice is calling for emergency funding to be provided to improve sections of the N60 between Harristown and Ballymoe village.

    Councillor Fitzmaurice says the Summer drought has caused parts of the road to sink, and will require emergency works.

  • An emergency meeting of Roscommon county Council is getting underway about now (10am) to discuss what’s termed the “imminent” and “brutal”closure of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    There has been widespread local anger over the confirmation from the HSE, earlier this month, that the Rosalie Unit would cease to function as a community psychiatric unit.

    Alternative care arrangements, according to the HSE, are being put in place for each of the present residents of the facility.

    Up to 70 protesters gathered at the gates of the Rosalie Unit on Thursday last to condemn the HSE decision.

    Councillors are calling on Roscommon County Council to take a stance on the issue.

  • The latest report from the Environmental Protection Agency shows the quality of drinking water in public supplies across the country remains high.

    The EPA Drinking Water Report for 2017 shows a high level of compliance with microbiological and chemical standards, indicating that most of our water supplies are safe to drink.

    However, there are currently 72 "at risk" supplies on the EPA Remedial Action List.

    It's expected drinking water in Ireland will be in line with EU standards by 2010 - 16 years after the deadline for compliance.

    The number of public water supplies on the Remedial Action List has fallen from 339 ten years ago to 72 at present.

    Irish Water says upgrading works on 38 of these supplies will be finished by the end of the year.

    There are no public water supplies in Co Mayo currently on the Remedial Action List, however, there are two in both counties Roscommon and Galway - both of which are due for completion by the end of this year.

    9 water supplies across the country are currently on a boil water notice - including the Lough Talt scheme will supplies water to over 12,000 people mainly in Co Sligo.

    A planning application has been submitted for a new plant to tackle water quality on the Lough Talt scheme, but the EPA says that due to planning difficulties, there is no timeframe available yet for the completion of these works.

  • A new exhibition of the paintings of Co Roscommon-born artist Roderic O'Conor has gone on display today at the National Gallery in Dublin.

    Roderic O'Conor was born in Castleplunkett in 1860 and his family relocated to Dublin when he was a child.

    The artist spent much of his later life in Paris.

    This new exhibition includes over 60 of his major works, featuring colourful French scenes and striking etchings created during his years in France.

    The exhibition runs at the National Gallery until October.

     

     

  • A family advocate, who travelled to Dublin yesterday for a meeting on the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea, has described the events as a shambles.

    HSE management failed to attend the meeting between a local delegation and Ministers Harris and Daly over the future of the unit.

    A local delegation made up of Oireachtas members, family advocates and local councillors were due to meet with Ministers Harris and Daly and Executive Clinical Director for HSE West Amanda Burke and Chief Health Officer Tony Canavan. However Ms Burke and Mr Canavan were not in attendance.

    This was despite a formal request from Senator Maura Hopkins’ office requesting they attend so a clearer picture could be gained about what is happening with the Rosalie Unit.

    It was agreed that the meeting would be reconvened and Senator Hopkins wants a new date confirmed by the end of today.

    Liam Walsh’s mother is a resident of the Rosalie Unit and he was party of the family delegation that travelled to Dublin yesterday. He told Midwest News they are beyond frustrated

  • The family at the centre of an eviction controversy in Co.Roscommon earlier this week have called for a peaceful protest tomorrow.

    Local farming and public representatives are expected to speak at the protest which is due to begin at noon on Church St in Strokestown.

    The protest follows violent clashes earlier in the week on the farm the family was evicted from.

    8 security personnel were injured and a number of vehicles burnt out during the incident.

    Two members of the family have since moved back into their home.

    Tomorrow, protestors will gather to call for an end to forced evictions.  Local Sinn Fein MEP, Matt Carthy, says the family want it all to take place in a peaceful manner. 

  • The Roscommon family which was involved in a high-profile eviction last year has been told it has a month to leave it's home.

     

    The High Court has ordered the McGanns to vacate their Strokestown property by November 12th, after an action taken by KBC Bank.

     

    They were evicted last December, but days later a security team was forced to leave the property after violent incidents.

     

    The McGanns have lived there since then, and intend to appeal today's decision in the Court of Appeal.

  • The family at the centre of an eviction in Co Roscommon say they're disappointed with the Taoiseach's comments in the Dail over the matter.

    The McGanns believe Leo Varadkar's remarks aimed to deflect attention away from the eviction.

    Last week, the home of the McGann family near Strokestown was repossessed.

    In a statement last night issued through Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy, the McGanns say they are shocked by the unforeseen events but overwhelmed by the levels of support they have received.

    In the Dail yesterday, there was a heated debate between the Taoiseach and Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty over a violent attack on security guards who had removed the family from the property.

    Deputy Doherty had said reforms were needed to laws to ensure security officials involved in evictions are identifiable.

    Leo Varadkar fired back and said "when it comes to Sinn Féin - the rule of law and public order - and condemning violence it does not take very long for your balaclava to slip".

    In their statement, the McGanns said the Taioseachs comments are a deliberate attempt to deflect attention from some of the very serious issues relating to their eviction.

    They appealed for privacy - adding they'll be making no further statements as the eviction is a legal matter.

     

     

     

     

     

  • The son of a Roscommon-born Garda, who was shot by paramilitaries during a bank raid in Dublin in 1970, says new evidence means the inquest should be reopened.

    Richard Fallon  - a native of Kilrooskey in Co Roscommon -was shot twice and died at the scene of a bank robbery on Arran Quay in Dublin on 3rd April 1970, and was posthumously awarded the Scott Medal for bravery in the line of duty.

    His son Finian Fallon says a retired detective sergeant has alleged there may have been State collusion with the paramilitary gang before the robbery.

    Finian has written to the coroner's office, GSOC and the Garda Commissioner to have the inquest reopened.....

  • The family of a 42-year old woman, who died of a heart attack just hours after visiting her GP complaining of cardiac-like symptoms, have settled their High Court action for €750,000.

    The three young daughters of Sheila Tymon found her collapsed on her bed at home and they had to ring their father to rush to the family home in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim.

    An off-duty detective followed Michael Tymon, and later tried to  help him resuscitate his wife as their three daughters aged between five and 10 years old looked on.

    Michael Tymon of Kilboderry, Summerhill,, Carrick on Shannon, along with his daughters  sued GP Martina Cogan who was practising at a surgery at Keadue Health Centre in Co Roscommon.

    Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told the settlement was without an admission of liability.

    Senior Counsel for the Tymons, Pearse Sreenan said it was their case that Mrs Tymon should have been sent on for further investigation and treatment, which in all probability would have saved her.

    The court heard that Mrs Tymon attended the GP on several occasions in June 2013 and complained of abnormal sensations in her chest and down both arms, which were causing her discomfort and pain.

    She was prescribed an anti-hypertensive medication.

    Mrs Tymon attended a review appointment on 27th June, with recurring pains, and was prescribed anti-inflammatories.

    Later that evening, her children found her lying motionless on her bed.

    A post mortem found Mrs Tymon had extensive cardiovascular disease and her heart was enlarged. The cause of death given as acute cardiac failure.

    Approving the €750,000 settlement yesterday, Mr Justice Cross offered his sympathy to Mr Tymon and his family.

  • The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed was in Ballaghadereen this afternoon, for the official opening of a new spray dryer facility at the Aurivo Dairy Ingredients plant.

    The new dryer is a significant element in Aurivo's €48 million capital investment programme, to boost its Dairy Ingredients capacity by 55%, producing over 60,000 tonnes of milk powder for international markets and 15,000 tonnes of butter annually.

    Aurivo Co-Op now employs about 680 people, including over 150 in Ballaghadereen.

    The new spray dryer facility involved 150 construction workers working 7 days per week since last October to complete the project on time and within budget.

    Members of the Beef Plan movement staged a protest outside the Aurivo plant ahead of the Minister's arrival, to outline concerns mainly in relation to the prices farmers are getting for beef, and the challenges facing suckler farmers.

     

     

  • Fees to attend minor injury units, a facility available at Roscommon University Hospital, are expected to be cut by 25 euro as part of new measures to control the trolley crisis.

    The Health Minister Simon Harris is to introduce the plans as a way to convince people to avoid A&E for less serious injuries, according to the Irish Independent.

    The units treat the likes of broken bones, dislocations, sprains and strains which are unlikely to need admission to hospital.

    The Minor Injury Unit was established at Roscommon University Hospital after the controversial closure of the hospital’s Emergency Dept some years ago.

  • A Fianna Fail Cllr. is calling on the Government to put in place a permanent ambulance team in Loughlynn in West Roscommon.

    At present the base has no permanent ambulance or staff.

    The base was opened in January 2016 and Paschal Fitzmaurice says it’s totally inadequate.

    Cllr. Fitzmaurice says the Base loans an Ambulance from Roscommon Town when one is free.

    He says it’s not an ambulance base it’s just a glorified place where the light is turned on.

  • Fire brigades from Ballaghaderreen and Ballyhaunis battled gorse fires at Cloonfower last night.

    The fires, which stretched for about two kilometres, occurred between Castlerea and Loughglynn.

    Units from both areas tackled the fires into the early hours and brought them under control overnight.

    Ballaghaderreen Fire Brigade has thanked the public for their help and co-operation last night. 

  • The Fire Service attended the scene of a fire in Ballaghaderreen last night.

    The fire, which is believed to have broken out in the attic of a house on Barrack Street, occurred after 9pm.

    No injuries were reported and traffic restrictions were in place for a time last night.

     

     

  • The Ballaghadereen Fire Service is tackling a large gorse fire in the Cregane . Float Road area of Ballaghadereen.

    Motorists are advised to avoid the area as visibility may be dangerously reduced.

     

     

  • The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council has asked the Minister for Finance to consider offering incentives for foreign direct investors to provide employment in the area around Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice has pointed to the success of the Shannon Airport Tax-Free Zone. and asked Minister Pascal Donohue to consider doubling employment grants for foreign investors within a 30 km radius of the Mayo airport.

    The Finance Minister was in Roscommon yesterday to launch the Rossie Strategy - a new strategy to try and attract emigrants back to the county.

    As part of the strategy, the first-ever Roscommon Day will take place on 21st June next year, where Rossies at home and abroad can celebrate their native county.