Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Roscommon County Council is launching a new helpline this afternoon, to advise people on where they can access supports and assistance in their local community during the Covid-19 crisis.

    The helpline number is 1800 200 727.

    An interactive map listing the supports available in each town and village is also available on the council's website.

    The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says people from any part of Co Roscommon can ring the helpline number and they will be directed to a community group or agency that can assist with their particular issue.

     

     

  • The N60 road between Castlerea and Ballymoe reopens this morning, following major roadworks.

    The road, which forms part of the N60 from Mayo to Roscommon and onto Athlone, has been closed between Castlerea railway station and Ballymoe village for the past few weeks, to allow overlay works to be carried out between the train station and Harristown.

    However, emergency funding is now being sought for roadworks on a stretch of this road from Harristown onto Ballymoe, which has disimproved since the Summer drought.

    Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice raised the issue at yesterday's monthly meeting of Roscommon County Council, and has now confirmed that the road will reopen to traffic from today..

  • 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

  • The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council is appealing to Gardai to be lenient on drivers whose motor tax has not been renewed in time.

    Castlerea Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says the motor tax office in Roscommon Town has now been closed to the public.

    The office will process postal applications, which will be sent out by post accordingly, while motorists are urged, the first instance, to renew their tax online at www.motortax.ie

    However, Councillor Fitzmaurice says there may be some drivers who don't have internet access, and he's appealing to the Gardai to be lenient for the next month or two.