• Roscommon Independent deputy Denis Naughten has sought reassurance from Minister Charlie Flanagan that Roscommon Town will retain its status as a Garda Divisional Headquarters in any re-organisation of Garda Divisions.

    He says recent reports on a draft proposal for the Garda re-organisation of the force is suggesting that the Roscommon/Longford Division would be merged with Mayo under the changes which are due to be introduced at the end of the year.

    This would mean that there would be a single Garda Divisional Headquarters for this new super-division and deputy Naughten says the current Garda HQ in Roscommon Town is geographically well suited to service this expanded area.

    He says no final decision has been made on the re-configuration of the divisions but that people are concerned that Roscommon could lose out in the process.


  • Enforcing a one metre social distancing rule, rather than the present two metres,  and if the wearing of face masks had been made compulsory sooner, then our economy would have a better chance of bouncing back, while at the same time controlling the coronavirus. That’s the view of Roscommon/Galway Independent deputy Denis Naughten.

    The deputy says he believes that the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet), is basing all its decision on science, but he says a more balanced view is needed, to ensure that our economy is not destroyed.

    Speaking to Midwest News today he accused Nphet of secrecy and not providing all of the facts around the virus and its control.

  • The Road Safety Authority must not put drivers to the expense of having to make two visits to NCT centres with two sets of preparations for the test, according to Roscommon/ Galway Independent deputy Denis Naughten.

    He says the current proposal that drivers would have two make two trips to get an NCT cert is contrary to the contract that the company has with the State and if people are forced to attend twice, at the very least they should receive a full refund for the cost of the test.

    He argues that the problem exists with the contractor in fulfilling its obligations due to faulty equipment. However, it now seems that the Road Safety Authority is trying to pass this cost on to motorists, which is unacceptable.

    Deputy Naughten told Midwest News today that the Road Safety Authority cannot place this burden on motorists who are in no way responsible for the problem and under no circumstances should they be out of pocket as a result.

  • 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.

  • Independent TD for Roscommon/ Galway, Denis Naughten says he is prepared to work with the Green Party in Government, despite significant disagreement on climate change targets.

    The Greens want any new administration to commit to cutting emissions by 7 per cent a year.

    Green party members are considering a response to their request from Fianna Fail and Fine Gael for clarification on how a coalition could work.

    Denis Naughten a member of the Regional Independent Group says he'd be prepared to engage with the Green party.


    A Garda who was shot and seriously injured in Castlerea last night has died from his injuries.

    The shooting incident took place in the town shortly before midnight.

    It's understood an ambulance crew that were in the area treated the detective, but he has since passed away from his injuries.

    One man was arrested and is being detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

    The scene has been preserved for a forensic examination and the State Pathologist's Office has been informed.


  • Connacht U17 Championship 
    Mayo 4-20 
    Leitrim 1-08 

    Connacht Junior Championship Quarter Final 
    Mayo 2-15 
    Roscommon 1-17 

  • 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.



  • Surgical gowns, which were part of a consignment of faulty PPE sent from China to the HSE, are being modified at three HSE Mental Health Service Training Centres across Co Roscommon to make them useable.

    On arrival from China, the sleeves of the surgical gowns were too short to provide the required protection to healthcare workers, potentially putting them at risk of infection.

    However, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer with the HSE West Gabriel Glynn realised a template could be built and used to extend the length of the sleeve, to provide the necessary protection for front line workers.

    The Mental Health Training Centres in Boyle, Castlerea and Roscommon then stepped up to the plate, as they had access to sewing machines, as well as the expertise and capacity required for the job.

    A small batch of the surgical gowns were modified, and once checked and verified as safe and secure, the teams in the four training centres got to work.

    Since the initial delivery 4 weeks ago, close to 1,000 surgical gowns have been modified, and distributed to frontline healthcare workers.