Roscommon

  • Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has announced his intention to seek a party nomination to contest the next General Election in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.

    The Boyle based Senator says he is seeking a party nomination at the Fine Gael selection convention for Roscommon/Galway, which will be held at the end of January 2019.

    Senator Feighan was a TD for Roscommon and the surrounding region between 2007 and 2016, and has been a senator since then.

    He opted not to contest the last election because of the Roscommon Hospital issue, candidate Maura Hopkins missed out on the seat.

  • The Honorary Freedom of Co Roscommon will be accorded to Ballaghadereen native Brian O’Doherty next Thursday.

    The New-York based internationally-acclaimed writer, artist and art critic will celebrate his 90th birthday next month.

    The decision to award him the Freedom of Roscommon was made at a meeting of Roscommon County Council in January.

    Mr O’Doherty is more widely known in this country as Patrick Ireland – but he buried that name in 2008 following the peace process, and resumed his birth name.

    He will be accorded with the Freedom of Roscommon at a ceremony at the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin next Thursday and his new exhibition entitled “Language and Space” will be officially opened at the museum that afternoon.

  • There are hopes a Roscommon respite centre for people with disabilities may not close permanently.

    The Irish Wheelchair Association shut the Cuisle centre yesterday, with the loss of up to 48 jobs.

    However, local TDs are involved in talks with a state agency, which may provide funding to reopen it under a new provider.

    Local Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy says there's a good chance the negotiations will succeed.

  • Galway star Damien Comer says they are preparing for the unknown ahead of the opening weekend of the Super 8s.

    The All Ireland Football Championship's new format gets underway at Croke Park tomorrow, with the meeting Dublin and Donegal and Tyrone and Roscommon.

    Kildare meet Monaghan at headquarters on Sunday, before the Tribesmen take on Kerry.

  • The Taoiseach has appointed Richard Bruton as Communications Minister to replace Denis Naughten who resigned on Thursday.

    A number of other ministerial appointments have been made as a result of the change.

    The new changes to cabinet announced by Leo Varadkar today will see Richard Bruton take over as Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

    That move will see former Chief Whip Joe McHugh take over as Minister for Education & Skills, the post vacated by Minister Bruton.

    Sean Kyne will take on the role of Minister for the Gaeltacht & the islands, he'll also assume the role of Chief Whip.

    Meanwhile Sean Canney has been promoted to the position of Minister of State at the Departments of Rural & Community Development and Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

    The Independent TDs appointment shores up his support for the government.

    All changes are subject to approval of the Dail and Cabinet - a vote on the appointments is due to take place on Tuesday.

     

     

     

  • Galway welcomes more overseas visitors than Cork or Kerry, and Longford is Ireland's least-visited county, according to new data from Fáilte Ireland.

    Dublin is the county that attracts most overseas visitors and tourist spend, according to the figures published in the Irish Independent, which chart visitor numbers and revenue by region and county in 2017, which was a record-breaking year for Irish tourism.

    Ireland welcomed 9 million overseas visitors in 2017, with a combined spend of €4.9 billion.

    Dublin is attracting the most overseas visitors, followed by Galway, Cork and Kerry.

    In second place, Galway attracted 1 million, 673 thousand overseas visitors last year, with a spend of €589 million.

    Mayo was in 7th place on the list, attracting 324,000 overseas visitors which generated revenue of €78 million.

    Further down the list are Sligo at 15th place, with 173,000 overseas visitors, and Roscommon is at number 22 on the list, attracting 54,000 overseas visitors.

    The figures also show Irish residents took 9.6m trips, spending €1.9 billion last year.

    Dublin, Cork and Galway were the most popular spots for domestic trips, with over 1 million Irish people taking a break in Galway, while Mayo was the 6th most popular location, welcoming over half a million domestic visitors last year with a spend of €108 million euro.

     

     

  • A Garda has been hospitalised after allegedly being assaulted in Co Roscommon.

    The Garda was allegedly attacked at about 1am this morning at Roselawn, Castlerea by two men aged in their late 30's and 60's.

    The male Garda and the suspected offenders were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and Gardai say their investigations are continuing.

     

     

     

  • Gardaí and the Department of Agriculture searched farms in five counties this morning as part of an investigation into the tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter.

    The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, assisted by officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, conducted planned searches at locations in Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Westmeath and Kilkenny.

    Seven sites were searched, including farms, houses and a commercial premises.

    The searches are part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation into offences of deception pursuant to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act, 2001 surrounding fraudulent practices regarding tampering of identification passports and microchips of horses presented for slaughter in this jurisdiction.

    The operation is supported by officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau, Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.

    Earlier this year the discovery of horses with multiple microchips at an abattoir in the Co Kilkenny area led to the Department of Agriculture’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) being called in.

  • Gardai are appealing for assistance in tracing a 29-year old man, missing from his home in Strokestown since last Wednesday.

    Tomas Martinkus was last seen at about 5am on Wed morning last, 19th December.

    Tomas is described as 5' 10" with brown hair and blue eyes.

    It's not known what he was wearing when last seen.

    His family and friends are concerned for his safety, and anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai in Strokestown at 071 - 9633002 or any Garda station.

     

     

  • Gardai have renewed their appeal for information on the whereabouts of a Co Roscommon woman who's been missing from her home in Cork for over a week.

    47-year old Majnoon Yehudie, previously known as Catríona Chapman who's a native of Boyle, has been missing from Douglas in Cork since Tuesday 22nd OCtober.

    She's described as about 5' 8" in height of thin build, pale complexion with blue eyes and when last seen was wearing a purple jacket and black leggings.

    Her family are concerned for her welfare, and Gardai are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact Gardai in Togher in Cork at 021- 494 7121 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

     

     

     

  • Gardaí at Castlerea are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to a bank robbery which occurred at a bank on Church St, Strokestown Co Roscommon onFrida afternoon at approximately 2.15pm.

    Four men wearing balaclavas and gloves entered the bank, one man was believed to be armed with a handgun.

    They threatened staff and demanded cash.

    They left the premises after a short time with an undisclosed amount of cash and made their getaway in a black Audi A4 with UK registered number plates driven by a fifth man.

    It is believed they drove up Elphin St, took a right turn and drove in the direction of Kilmore.

    Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and information from any person who may have seen anything suspicious in the hour prior to the robbery and after the incident or to any drivers who may have dash cams fitted to their vehicles to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094-9621637, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

    No injuries were reported.

  • Gardai are attending the scene of a 2-vehicle collision near Frenchpark in Co Roscommon.

    It's understood the crash occurred on the Ballaghadereen road.

    Gardai have described the incident as a minor traffic collision, and say no one received serious injuries.

    Motorists in the area should expect delays until the road is cleared.

     

     

     

     

  • The Garda Commissioner is being called on to clarify the role of Gardaí attending court-ordered evictions.

    Mid-ranking Gardaí in Roscommon are to ask Drew Harris to set out a clear policy on the matter when he attends the annual conference of the AGSI in Cavan later.

    It follows a widely reported eviction of a family from their home in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon in December.

    General Secretary John Jacob says the process needs to clarified.

  • Gardai are investigating the sudden death of a man in his 50's on a farm in Co Roscommon.

    The farmer's body was discovered yesterday and reported to Gardai, but it's not clear when he died.

    Gardai attended the scene at a farm in the Killeglan area of Taughmaconnell yesterday evening, and the man's body was removed to University Hospital Galway for a post-mortem examination.

    It's not yet clear whether he died from natural causes or as a result of a farm accident, and Gardai say the results of the post-mortem will determine the course of their investigation.

     

     

  • Gardaí are investigating a robbery at a bank on Main St, Strokestown Co Roscommon.

    The incident occurred at the Bank of Ireland branch shortly before 3pm today.

    Four masked men entered the building with what's believed to be a handgun and iron bars.

    They stole an amount of cash and fled in a black Audi in the direction of Elphin Road.

    No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

  • Gardaí investigating a fire that occurred at the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey, Co. Roscommon last night are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

    The fire was reported to emergency services at about 8pm. The scene is preserved pending a Garda Technical Examination.

    Diversions are in place in the area and will remain in place until after the technical examination has been completed. No injuries were sustained in this incident.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Carrick on Shannon Garda Station on 071 9650510.

     

  • Gardai in Castlerea are investigating the sudden death of a man at an apartment in the town on Thursday evening.

    The man in his 30's was discovered at his home in Castlerea at about 8.30 on Thursday evening.

    The State Pathologist's office was called to the scene, and following a post-mortem examination yesterday, Gardai have confirmed they're not treating the matter as suspicious.

    A file will now be prepared for the Coroner.

     

     

  • Gardai across Co Mayo say all main roads are passable, but caution is needed on secondary and rural roads.

    However, road conditions are a lot worse in Roscommon.

    The Castlerea to Roscommon road and roads around Ballintubber are reported to be in a dangerous condition, and Gardai in Roscommon town are advising people not to travel this morning unless absolutely necessary as many roads are impassable.

  • Well known Auctioneer Gerry Coffey was selected last night at the Roscommon Municipal District Convention to represent Fine Gael in the upcoming local elections.

    The Granlahan based auctioneer & beef farmer is a lifelong community activist and is currently the chairman Michael Glaveys GAA Club which.

    Gerry Coffey has been selected to contest the Roscommon County Council elections as a Fine Gael candidate in the Roscommon municipal area in a bid to replace retiring Cllr Michael Creaton.

    Mr. Coffey says he is delighted to have got the endorsement of the party.

  • A Roscommon TD is accusing the Government of reneging on its commitment to a multi-million euro development at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon Town.

    Prior to the 2016 general election,  the €10 million project for a replacement 50-bed unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital was announced, but three years on, work has not yet started on the development.

    Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy says he was told earlier this year that the design process would commence in 2019, and construction would get underway next year - however, he has now been informed that a design team has not yet been appointed.

    Deputy Murphy says the Government needs to clarify when it intends to deliver on the commitment made in relation to the facility....