Roscommon

  • Funding of over €1.2 million has been allocated to build seven new social houses at Clooneybeirne in Roscommon Town.

    The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has given Roscommon County Council the funding go-ahead for this housing construction scheme at Cluain Fraoigh.

    Roscommon-based FG Senator Frank Feighan says this provision is part of the Government’s housing action plan, ‘Rebuilding Ireland.’

    He's hoping to see the 7 new social houses coming on stream as soon as possible to help tackle the housing shortage in the area.

     

  • €100,000 euro worth of drugs has been seized in Co Roscommon.

    The cannabis was recovered after a Garda operation in Ballyleague yesterday.

    The discovery was made as part of an investigation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Roscommon area.

    There have been no arrests and investigations are ongoing.

  • There's a significant funding boost today for counties across the West, under the Government's Rural Regeneration and Development Programme.

    Almost €5 million has been allocated for rural regeneration projects across Co Roscommon.

    This includes an allocation of over €1.5 million for the next phase of the Food Hub at An Cistin at the Castlerea Enterprise Centre.

    €1.7 million has been provided for a town regeneration project in Boyle, which will involve developing the old Royal Hotel in the town into an enterprise centre.

    Over €1.6 million has been provided for An Bealach in Ballaghadereen to create a social innovation and inclusion centre with integrated Family Resource Centre, while another €20,000 is being provided to Roscommon Integrated Development Company to develop three premises in Ballaghadereen town centre into creative studios.

    And Co Galway is to benefit from funding of over €6 million for rural regeneration & development projects.

    Athenry is to receive a grant of over three and a half million euro to establish the town as a food and tourism centre.

    Coole Park will receive funding under the allocation for National Parks, and a grant of half a million euro has been allocated for the proposed design for the Connemara Visitor Centre, while areas such as Tuam, Gort, Dunmore and Kinvara will all benefit from the funding announcement.

    Funding of €525,000 has been allocated to Galway County Council for street-widening works at Bridge Street in Dunmore, while another €175,000 is allocated to develop a master plan for Tuam town centre.

  • Hundreds of prisoners are being forced to sleep on the floor of jails because of accomodation shortages.

    New figures from the Irish Times show 572 people - 404 men and 168 women - had to sleep on mattresses on the floor at Limerick prison in July.

    The number was 674 at Midlands Prison in Portlaoise and 119 in Cork.

    The Irish Penal Reform Trust says the scale of the problem is "unacceptable" and a clear breach of human rights.

    The monthly total of prisoners sleeping on floors in Castlerea Prison in July was 115 - an average of four per night.

     

    Deirdre Malone, executive director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, said the scale of the problem is “entirely unacceptable, and in clear contravention of basic human rights norms, including the European Prison Rules”.

    She said this should not be happening in 21st century Ireland.

    Ms Malone said overcrowding decreases the chance of meaningful rehabilitation, increases tensions and makes prisons less safe for prisoners and staff.

     

  • The number of serious complaints made by prisoners in Castlerea Prison increased by 60% last year.

    According to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act, prisoners in Castlerea made 15 serious complaints in 2018 - up from 9 in 2017.

    The data shows no category A complaint has been made by inmates in Castlerea so far this year.

    Nationally, the number of serious complaints from prisoners increased from 70 in 2017 to 80 last year, while 42 complaints were lodged in the first seven months of this year, including allegations of assaults and sexual and racial abuse.

    But since the beginning of 2017, only 16 complaints have been upheld or partly upheld.

    Gabriel Keaveny, assistant general-secretary of the Prison Officers Association, says there's a serious problem with false allegations, and vexatious complaints should be punished....

  • 2018 was a mixed year for house prices across the country.

    That's according to the Irish Independent, which has published its annual list of property prices.

    According to the study, prices in Kilkenny increased the most over the 12 months, up 22 percent.

    Property prices in Mayo were down 1% in the year. The average price of a house in the county is 175,000. There are big differences between different areas in the county.

    Increasing builders costs and the number of new homes being built were just some of the factors that impacted on prices in each area.

    Mark Keenan, Residential Property Editor, Irish Independent has details of the survey in Co Mayo.

    In Galway, prices in the city went up by 10% and by 3% in the county.

    Property prices in Roscommon were up 7% in the last year – where the average price is 160,000

    Prices in Sligo are up 3% in the year, where the aveage price of a home is also 160,000 euro.

     

  • Irish shoppers are paying high food prices yet farmers are not getting the benefit, according to a survey released today by Roscommon deputy Denis Naughten.

    The survey carried out this week, excluding special offers, shows that the farmer gets €3.76 for a kilo of beef while shoppers are paying on average €12 for a kilo of round roast in their supermarket. The independent deputy says that’s a mark up of 218%.

    He says that while the processing and supermarket sector may contest these figures, what they cannot ignore is that when this is compared to the same survey 15 years ago the share going to the farmer has dropped by a quarter, over that period.

    In 2005, the same survey showed that the farmer was receiving €2.80 for a kilo of beef while shoppers were paying on average €6.60 for a kilo of round roast in their supermarket. That was a mark up of 135%.

    The survey indicates that the share going to the farmer has gone from 40% in 2005 to just 30% today, a drop of a quarter. This he claims clearly highlights the reason why the suckler beef sector is struggling.

    Speaking about the survey results on Midwest News today, Deputy Naughten has called for new European law, which will ban 16 unfair trading practices covering agricultural and food products traded in the food supply chain, to be introduced as a matter of urgency here.

  • Up to four masked raiders got way with several thousand euro worth of phones in a robbery in Roscommon town.

    The raid happened around half past four this morning,

     

    In the early hours of this morning a Silver 5 series BMW pulled up outside the Vodafone shop on Main street in Roscommon town.

    Masked raiders armed with sledgehammers forced open the shutters and smashed their way into the shop and offices.

    They took a large quantity of phones worth several thousand euro.

    Gardaí responded to the alarm within minutes but the raiders had already made their escape.

    The number plates on the Silver BMW had been stolen from two cars in the Lanesborough area around half past nine last night.

    Anyone who may have been in Lanesborough or Roscommon between 4 and 5 o'clock this morning and noticed anything suspicious or have dash cam footage is asked to contact Gardai.

     

     

  • A 68 year old woman has died following a crash in Roscommon last night.

    The three car collision happened on the N63 Lanesboro to Roscommon road at around 9:45pm.

    The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was removed to the mortuary at Roscommon Hospital.

    The two drivers of the other vehicles were brought to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

  • A 34 year old Roscommon man drowned in Athlone on Sunday night last.

    He has been named as Trevor Brennan from Knockskehan, Lecarrow. He had been socializing with friends when he slipped and fell into the Shannon at Quay Wall at about 11.20pm on Sunday night.

    His remains will be reposing at his home this evening from 4pm until 8pm.

    Removal takes place tomorrow morning to St John's Church, Lecarrow  for funeral Mass at 11am.

    He will be laid to rest in the local cemetery.

  • A man is due before a sitting of Galway district court this morning charged in connection with burglaries in Castlerea over the weekend.

    Two burglaries occurred in Castlerea in the early hours of yesterday ( Sunday) morning.

    A business premises in the Square was broken into and a private house on St Patrick’s Street in the town.

    Gardai arrested a suspect a short time later and he was detained at Castlerea garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    The man  was later charged in connection with theincidents and is due to appear before Galway District later this morning.

  • Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that they are investigating an incident of criminal damage and assault at a house at Falsk, Roscommon in the early hours of this morning.

    Gardai say that the incident occurred at around 5.30am. Reports suggest a large number of men entered the property early this morning.

    Gardai say a number of people were injured during the incident, and three required hospital treatment.

    A number of vehicles were set on fire and a dog was also seriously injured and had to be put down as a result.

    This follows on from a statement by Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice to the Dail earlier this week, in which he said a group of up to 30 men, believed to be working on behalf of a third party, removed three people living at the property and secured it earlier this week.

    Investigations into last night’s incident are ongoing.

  • The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed will visit Ballaghadereen today, for the official launch of a major investment at the Aurivo Dairy Ingredients plant in the town.

    Aurivo has invested €26 million in installing a new spray dryer at the Ballaghadereen site, to boost capacity at the facility by 50%.

    It's part of a wider €48 million five-year capital investment programme by Aurivo to enable new product development and meet global demand.

    The Agriculture Minister is due in Ballaghadereen at about lunchtime to launch the new developments.

    Meanwhile, the Beef Plan Movement is holding a peaceful protest in Ballaghadereen this morning.

    They say that, two weeks after a list of demands was handed into the Department of Agriculture following a major rally in Dublin, there's been no correspondence from the Minister or his Department.

     

     

     

  • The Garda Ombudsman Commission is investigating an incident in Castlerea in the early hours of Sunday morning in which a Garda was allegedly assaulted.

    The incident occurred at about 1am on Sunday morning, when a Garda was allegedly assaulted by two men at Roselawn, Castlerea.

    The male Garda and the suspected offenders were taken to hospital.

    The matter has now been referred to GSOC, under Section 102 of the Garda Act 2005.

    A spokesperson for the Garda Ombudsman has confirmed to Midwest News that the incident has been referred to them, and is being examined to determine if an investigation is warranted into the circumstances involved.

     

     

  • 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.

  • An Bord Pleanala has given the green light to the road development of the N5 between N5 Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue.

    Senator Frank Feighan has warmly welcomed the decision to grant the planning permission, who says the project involves constructing almost 35 kilometres of new carriageway along with the realignment of nearly 15 kilometres of existing roads.

    Senator Feighan says that this is a dangerous stretch of road, which is extremely busy, so this work will be welcomed to the many people who use it.

    Meanwhile Mayo County Council has welcomed today’s decision by An Bord Pleanala to approve the road development of the N5 between Ballaghaderreen and Scramoge, Co. Roscommon.

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, said it is important for Co. Mayo and the West of Ireland and said “It is vitally important to improve the road network connecting the east of the country with the west and the improvements planned for the N5 is a critical piece of infrastructure.“It is critical for the ongoing economic, social and tourism development of Mayo that a high quality road network links us to the wider western region and to the rest of the national route network which serves the entire country.I would like to thank all citizens who made a submission to An Bord Pleanala in support of the upgrade works.”

    The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin, also welcomed the news as vital for the county saying It is important to keep Mayo connected with the rest of the country and the proposed N5 upgrades will do just that. It will also make the travel to and from the eastern part of the country smoother and easier.”

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  • It's expected an announcement will be made today on the future of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    The unit accommodates mostly elderly patients with Alzheimers and dementia, and there have been fears for some time that the HSE may close the facility, as there have been no new admissions since September 2016.

    A senior HSE official said last year that the Rosalie unit would close and alternative care would be provided for the patients, but a strong campaign has been underway in Castlerea to keep the unit open, for the current residents and to provide care into the future.

    Independent assessments have been carried out recently on the residents, and Midwest News understands that senior management are visiting the unit this morning to announce its future.

  • An anti-racist gathering will be held today at 12.30 pm in Rooskey at the Shannon Key West Hotel. According to a social media post the gathering is intended to give people from the Leitrim/Roscommon area an opportunity to condemn the alleged arson attack on the hotel and to reject the kind of casual racism that is increasingly directed at asylum seekers and refugees.

    Those organising the event want an end to the Direct Provision system. They are also opposed to the manner in which Direct Provision centres are imposed without consultation on small communities but say the existence of the system cannot be used as an excuse for racism and for arson.

     

     

     

  • Following on from suspected arson attacks at a hotel in Rooskey, Co Roscommon, a local Councillor is calling for a joint meeting of the Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon municipal districts, in a bid to address what he calls "the escalating events" at the Shannon Key West Hotel.

    Two small fires broke out at the premises on Monday night, 5 weeks after a previous fire at the hotel, which is due to accomodate 80 asylum seekers in the coming weeks.

    Condemning the incidents, Roscommon Fianna Fail Councillor Joe Murphy is now seeking a meeting between the two municipal districts, saying we need to get county councillors from Roscommon and Leitrim working together on the issue, as Rooskey villages straddles the two counties.

    Councillor Murphy is also hoping an official from the Department of Justice would attend such a joint meeting.

    Meanwhile, another anti-racism rally will take place in Rooskey on Sunday.

    The Leitrim / Roscommon United Against Racism group is organising a rally outside the hotel from 12.30 on Sunday afternoon.