Castlerea fire station

  • The decision to close Castlerea Fire Station permanently will have grave consequences.

    That’s according to Sinn Fein TD Claire Kerrane who has described the decision by Roscommon County Council as outrageous.

    Deputy Kerrane says this decision appears to have been made on the back of a report which has not been published.

    She says there is a need for a fire station in the town as Castlerea is a hugely residential town with a number of schools and factories along with one of the largest prisons in the country.

  • The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon Municipal District says the decision to close Castlerea Fire Station permanently is extremely disappointing.

    The decision was made yesterday at the Roscommon County Council meeting.

    Castlerea based Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says there is a need for a fire station in the town as Castlerea is a hugely residential town with a number of schools and factories along with one of the largest prisons in the country.

    Cllr. Fitzmaurice says that despite the fire station being closed for over three years it was always hoped that it would reopen.

  • 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.

  • Deputy Eugene Murphy has made a fresh appeal to the CEO of Roscommon County Council to reopen Castlerea fire station as soon as possible following a narrow escape for a Castlerea couple when a fire broke out in a shed at the rear of their home recently.

    The Fianna Fail TD for Roscommon/Galway told Midwest News today that he has received numerous calls and queries from frustrated members of the public in the Castlerea area who are growing increasingly concerned about the lack of a fire service.

    The deputy says he has been informed by the County Manager, Eugene Cummins that a number of people are about to commence training for the service and will be designated to the Castlerea area and having discussed the matter recently with the county manager, he says he is  hopeful that the fire service could re-open in Castlerea by the end of the year or early 2019.

  • The decision by the Roscommon County Council Chief Executive to permanently close Castlerea fire station will not be accepted by the community and will be vehemently opposed, according to local GP Dr Greg Kelly.

    A report into the fire service and a fire risk assessment, made public yesterday indicates that the current level of operations in the county provides effective and efficient service and meets the required targets and standards by the Fire Services Act.

    Roscommon CE Eugene Cummins says that the data gathered over the last three years, which was independently reviewed, has shown that Roscommon fire services are performing well in accordance with national guidelines and targets, and they are the facts on which he has based the decision to keep Castlerea fire station closed.

    Dr Kelly is now calling on the CE to reverse this decision and he’s been telling Midwest News why the decision to close the Fire Station in the county’s second largest urban centre cannot be accepted.

  • A new drive-through test facility for coronavirus has opened today in Castlerea.

    The HSE has confirmed to Midwest News that, in line with their plans to increase Covid-19 testing, a new facility has opened today at the Castlerea Fire Station, which has been closed as a fire station for the past three years.

    The HSE says this new drive-through test facility will replace the current test centre at The Lodge at Roscommon University Hospital.

    The test centre at Castlerea Fire Station is the third drive-through test centre in the region, along with McHale Park in Castlebar and Galway Airport.



  • A new walk in Covid testing centre will open at the Fire Station in Castlerea from Tuesday. 

    This is a walk in Covid testing facility without the need for an appointment for anyone who feels they need a Covid test. 

    These testing centres are being set up to try and ascertain the levels of people who have Covid-19 but are a symptomatic.

    Testing will begin next Tuesday April 27th and will operate from 10am until 5.30pm for seven days. 

    Roscommon based Sinn Fein Deputy Claire Kerrane says one in five people have no symptoms of Covid and can spread the virus without knowing.

    That is why she feels it is so important that a facility like this is made available to communities.

  • A report on the future of the Castlerea Fire Station is expected to be brought before Roscommon County Councillors at their meeting next month.

    Following queries from Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice on the future of the fire station, which is currently being used as a Covid-19 test centre, Council CEO Eugene Cummins said he hopes to bring the report before councillors at their July meeting.

    The fire station in the town has been closed for almost three and a half years.


  • The CEO of Roscommon County Council is awaiting the results of a report he commissioned into fire services in the Castlerea area, before making any decision on the reopening of the Castlerea Fire Station.

    That's according to the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Paschal Fitzmaurice who discussed the matter with the CEO Eugene Cummins yesterday, ahead of the monthly meeting of the council.

    Earlier in the day, council management had met with fire personnel from Castlerea, where they were informed that a new report has been commissioned into fire services in the area.

    Councillor Fitzmaurice says the Council CEO is waiting on the results of that report before making a final decision in relation to the fire station, which has been closed for almost three years.

    While the decision will ultimately be made by the CEO, Councillor Fitzmaurice says he wants to see the station reopened

  • A report on the future of Castlerea Fire Station should be made available for all elected representatives urgently, rather than waiting for the July meeting of the County Council.

    That's the view of Sinn Fein TD for Roscommon-Galway Claire Kerrane.

    Three and a half years after the fire station closed temporarily, the CEO of Roscommon County Council Eugene Cummins has said he hopes to bring a report on the matter before next month's meeting of the local authority.

    However, Deputy Claire Kerrane says public representatives, and the retained firefighters, should be briefed now on the findings of the report, given its importance