Senator Maura Hopkins

  • The National Ambulance Service will operate from the Loughglynn Ambulance Base from today.

    Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins says the HSE has confirmed that the ambulance service will be operating an additional emergency ambulance in Loughglynn five days per week and two nights per week.

    This service will see crews operating and reporting from the base in Loughglynn, with additional support provided from Roscommon.

    However, there is no clarity yet as to which days the base will operating on or how many staff will be there.

    Senator Hopkins says these are some of the questions she will be putting to Martin Dunne, Director of the National Ambulance Service, when she meets him on Tuesday August 21st.

  • Fine Gael has selected Ballaghaderreen based Senator Maura Hopkins to contest the next General Election for the party in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.

    The convention took place at Gleeson’s in Roscommon town last night.

    Two names went forward for consideration at the convention – Senator Hopkins and Councillor Michael Finnerty.

    It is understood that while Senator Hopkins was selected, Councillor Finnerty will be added to the ticket at a later date.

    Cllr Finnerty last stood in a General Election 30 years ago and will contest the local elections next month in the Ballinasloe Municipal District.

  • Clinical assessments on the 12 residents of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea were completed in May and were not paused as had been the understanding.

    That’s the update given to Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins by Chief Executive Officer of the HSE Tony Canavan this week.

    Concerns were raised with Senator Hopkins by family advocate Liam Walsh yesterday, that the clinical assessments were continuing, despite the fact that Minister Jim Daly had requested they be paused.

    Mr Canavan told Senator Hopkins that he had replied to Minister Daly’s letter requesting the pause and told him that he was not possible for him to agree to a pause on the assessments of the residents.

    He also said the clinical assessments were in fact completed in May of this year and now an independent review of those assessments is now taking place.

  • A Fine Gael Senator says the investment of 26m euro in the expansion of the Aurivo Dairy Ingredients plant in Ballaghaderreen is very positive news for the town.

    The investment in the Ballaghaderreen plant is part of a wider 5-year Capital Investment Programme.

    These developments will allow Aurivo to increase their milk production by 25% and their dairy ingredients capacity by 50%.

    The planned developments are being supported by Enterprise Ireland.

    Senator Maura Hopkins says the planned expansion is very positive for Ballaghaderreen and the surrounding area. She says Aurivo is already a very important employer in the town and wider region and it now has the potential to create further employment both during the construction phase and once the extended facility is up and running.

  • A Roscommon Senator says she is very frustrated after HSE management failed to attend a meeting between a local delegation and Ministers Harris and Daly over the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins says she is very frustrated following the events of yesterday evening.

    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 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.

  • Irish Water has confirmed that the Boyle Water Supply scheme in Co Roscommon is to be extended to Grangemore.

    Irish Water is to invest €2.4 million in extending the scheme to the Grangemore area, where consumers have been on a boil water notice for some time, and have faced regular disruptions to their water supply.

    Roscommon FG Senator Maura Hopkins has welcomed confirmation from Irish Water that contracts have now been signed for works to improve the water supply in the area by extending the Boyle water supply to Grangemore and disconnecting the existing water treatment plant.

    The project is due to be completed by the end of the year.

  • 750 older people are to be offered a nursing home place under the Fair Deal scheme.

    The boost in numbers follows months of restrictions by the HSE, which had been putting a limit on the number of places allocated weekly.

    It is expected that top-up funding will now be needed, in addition to the €1bn Fair Deal budget for the year, in an effort to make inroads into a waiting list of people approved for a nursing home place.

    Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins told Midwest News recently that she is aware of a number of families paying out thousands of euro weekly for nursing home care for a loved one, who has qualified for the Fair Deal Scheme, but had not secured it.

    In some cases, older people are waiting two months or longer for a place.

    The Irish Independent reported earlier this week that a record 769 patients nationally, who are medically fit could not be discharged because of a lack of step-down care, and were occupying hospital beds.

  • A new Primary Care Centre is to be developed in Ballaghadereen.

    Minister Jim Daly says planning permission will be lodged shortly for the construction of a Primary Care Centre on the site currently occupied by the Willowbrook Medical Centre on Convent Road in the town.

    This will provide modern facilities for GP and other medical services.

    The issue was raised in the Seanad yesterday by Roscommon FG Senator Maura Hopkins, who asked for an update on plans for the new facility.

    Minister Jim Daly said the HSE is currently in the final stages of agreeing the floor plan for the new centre, and will then agree a lease for the premises before lodging a planning application.

  • The North East Roscommon Water Treatment Plant was officially opened this morning.

    The investment from Irish Water and Roscommon County Council in this project totals €9.5m. It follows a long-term boil water notice on the supply, which affected over 7,600 people and businesses.

    The new water treatment plant will service Elphin, Strokestown, Rooskey, Kilmore, Scramogue, Tarmonbarry and Ballyleague.

    The project also included a temporary water treatment plant, while the new structure was being constructed.

    The completed project provides comprehensive treatment facilities including a cryptosporidium barrier and has led to the removal of the scheme from the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL), a list which highlights at risk schemes.

    The opening was performed this morning by Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins and Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr Ivan Connaughton.

    Senator Hopkins told Midwest News that it is a good day for all the areas served by this plant.

  • Over €3 million is to be provided for the construction of 18 new social houses in the Co Roscommon village of Ballyleague.

    That's according to Roscommon FG Senator Maura Hopkins, who says the Housing Minster Eoghan Murphy has approved over €3.1 million under the Rebuilding Ireland programme, for the construction of the 18 new houses in Ballyleague, on the borders of Roscommon and Longford.

    Senator Hopkins says there's strong demand for social and affordable housing in the area.


  • A Roscommon Senator is calling on her colleagues in Government to improve pay and conditions for members of the Defence Forces.

    Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has raised the issue this week with Taoiseach Leo Varadker and the Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe.

    She says members of the defence forces are among the lowest-paid in the Civil Service at present, and better pay and conditions are needed to improve retention rates with the force and to attract new recruits.

    The Independent Pay Commission is currently looking at the matter, and is expected to publish a report in the coming weeks.

    Senator Maura Hopkins says, following that report, she wants to see swift action on this issue, as members of the defence forces and their families are currently relying on the Family Income Supplement to receive a decent income.


  • A Roscommon Senator is calling for increased train services on the Dublin-Westport line - in particular a later evening service.

    Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins says the last train leaving Dublin for Westport each evening is at 6.15pm, which can pose a problem for people commuting to Dublin for work.

    She's comparing this service with the Cork route, where the last train leaving Heuston Station for Cork is 9pm at night.

    The Roscommon Senator claims it's up to the travelling public to contact Irish Rail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to highlight their requirement for improved services.

  • Roscommon Senator Maura Hopkins has confirmed her intention to contest the Fine Gael Selection Convention for the next general election.

    Senator Hopkins says she has been working hard on behalf of the people in the Roscommon/Galway constituency and there are many issues in which she has invested a huge amount of time, energy and commitment in.

    Senator Hopkins says she wants to continue this work for the benefit of people in this region. 

    The Ballaghaderreen based Senator says for health reasons following recent surgery after an injury, it was not possible to indicate her ability to commit until now.

    She says after a period of rehabilitation, she is fully recovered and fully focussed on my work. 

    Senator Hopkins says over the coming weeks, she will be meeting with Fine Gael members in order to ask for their support to represent them and all of the people in the Roscommon Galway Constituency.  


  • Roscommon Senator Maura Hopkins has withdrawn as a FG general election candidate for the Roscommon-Galway constituency.

    Senator Hopkins, who recently gave birth to her first baby, released a statement last night, saying she had taken time over Christmas to consider her position.

    As a new mother and a female public representatives based in a rural constituency, she said it would not be possible to balance the responsibilities and demands of her personal and professional life, and is therefore withdrawing her name as an election candidate.

    Maura Hopkins served as a councillor on Roscommon County Council from 2014-2016 and as a Senator since 2016, and concluded that she hopes to remain involved in Fine Gael politics.

    She wished her party colleague Councillor Aisling Dolan the best as she seeks to secure a Dail seat in the constituency.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadker has thanked Senator Hopkins for her service to Fine Gael and to the people of Roscommon and Galway.

    As the mother of a 4-week old baby daughter, he said he understands and respects her decision to put her young family ahead of public life.

  • Roscommon Fine Gael senator Maura Hopkins says that St. Joseph’s Mental Health Day Centre in Ballaghaderreen is likely to close next Friday 27th April. 

    She told Midwest News this morning that she  has received no clarification or evidence in relation to replacement services, no practical evidence of how services will be improved locally, and no evidence of how and where staff will be allocated to support people with mental health difficulties in Ballaghaderreen and surrounding areas.

     The Senator spoke with Tony Canavan, Chief Health Officer with the HSE on Friday last about the concerns and will again be speaking with him later today on the matter.

    Tony Canavan has confirmed that the facility is under review but says no decision has been made as yet.

    About 15 people a day attend the service at present in St Joseph's

    Mr Canavan, the Senator says, stated in writing at a meeting held on 28th October 2016 that there would be engagement with public representatives if there were to be any changes to day centres.

    Speaking to Midwest News today she says they have not been officially informed of the proposed closure, but she fears it is imminent.