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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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 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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  • 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.

     

     

     

  • Aurivo Co-op has today laid the foundations for its €26 million upgraded production facility in Ballaghadereen.

    Employing some 650 people, Aurivo is one of Ireland's leading co-operatives with businesses in consumer foods, dairy ingredients, retail stores, animal feeds and livestock trading.   

    The co-op is investing €26 million in installing a new dryer at the Ballaghadereen site, which will create a modern, state of the art production facility that will boost capacity at the site by 50%.

    Once complete, over 50,000 tonnes of milk powders and 15,000 tonnes of butter will be produced there each year.

    The move is part of a wider €48 million, 5-year capital investment programme by Aurivo to enable innovative new product development.

     

  • A number of listeners to Midwest Radio in the west Roscommon area have today received suspicious phone calls from someone claiming to represent AIB bank.

    It’s likely to be  a vishing scam. Vishing occurs when an individual calls you claiming to be from the Bank, or a company providing a service and request financial and/or personal and security information.

     The term is a combination of ‘voice’ and phishing. It is typically used to steal credit card numbers or other information used in identity theft schemes from individuals.

    A spokesperson for AIB told Midwest News this afternoon that the phone number displayed on the victim’s handset may appear to be a genuine bank phone number but these can be mimicked by criminals.

    The spokesperson is advising customers who suspect  fraudulent activity from any call received, to ask the caller to confirm their authenticity and if still in doubt of the caller’s authenticity, end the call .

    If you feel your bank details have been compromised, you should  call the number on the back of your credit or debit card or alternatively call the official number for the branch on the AIB website.

     Customers can find the AIB security centre at the following link: https://aib.ie/security-centre

     

  • Bishop Kevin Doran has announced a number of diocesan appointments for the Elphin Diocese.

    Canon Thomas Hever, who's returning from sabbatical leave, has been appointed Parish Priest of Drumcliff-Maugherow with immediate effect, replacing Fr Michael Donnelly who has retired.

    Fr Kevin Fallon, who's currently Parish Priest of Kilglass and Rooskey, is going on sabbatical leave until next Summer, effective from from 10th August, and he will be replaced in Kilglass & Rooskey by Fr Martin Mulvaney, Parish Priest of Saints Peter and Paul in Athlone.

    In turn, Fr John Deignan, curate at St Peter & Paul's in Athlone, has been promoted to Parish Priest of the area.

     

  • A boil water notice on the Grangemore Public Water Supply scheme in Co Roscommon has been lifted, with immediate effect.

    The boil water notice was imposed on 27th July, due to coliform bacteria detections and low chlorine residuals at locations throughout the network.

    The notice applied to all customers on the Grangemore Public Water supply and Ballinameen Camlin group water schemes, and it affected customers in the Croghan, Ballinameen, Ballymore and Killaraght areas.

    Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have now confirmed that the boil water notice has been lifted, and customers can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.

     

     

  • There's a Roscommon connection to the Oscar nominations announced earlier today.

    Paul Young, a native of Boyle, is CEO of animation studio Cartoon Saloon, and the company's short film "Late Afternoon" has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short category.

    This is the fourth nomination for Cartoon Saloon, based in Kilkenny - having being already nominated three times previously for Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy awards.

    Roscommon FG Senator Frank Feighan has congratulated Boyle native Paul Young and his company for once again putting Ireland on the world stage, thanks to this latest nomination.

    Senator Feighan is sending best wishes to the Cartoon Saloon team in the upcoming Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles next month.

  • According to the final litter survey of 2018 by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), Castlebar is now ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ and is 12th from the top in the ranking of 40 town and cities nationally. Sligo town also achieved Cleaner than European Norms designation and was ranked 6th best town nationally

    FOR Castlebar, 12th positionis a jump of 8 places over the previous survey.

    An Taisce, who carry out the surveys on behalf of IBAL, commented on Castlebar in its report: “With 70% of sites surveyed getting the top litter grade, Castlebar has again scored very well and has come a long way from a few years ago in the IBAL litter league.  There were no seriously littered sites.  Some examples of top ranking sites included Market Square, Market Street, County Council Car Park and the residential area of Maryland – these sites were not just good with regard to litter but also overall presentation and maintenance. “

    Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, will present the awards at a ceremony today, crowning Fermoy as the cleanest town among those ranked according to litter levels in 2018, with Waterford City again Ireland’s cleanest city.

    Just under 90% of towns surveyed were deemed clean, a slight improvement on the previous year. 

    Roscommon town ranked 14th and was designated as Clean to European Norms, Ballinasloe was deem Moderately Littered and ranked 33rd.

    While Galway city centre improved in its ranking, the Ballybane area of  the city ranked 39th and is designated as Seriously Littered.

     

  • The Castlerea Festival will get underway later this evening and runs for 10 days. This is the 30th year of the festival.

    The opening parade starts at 8.30pm and over the next 10 days there is a variety of events taking place in the town. There will be some traffic restrictions while the parade is making its way through the town tonight.

    They include the opening of the new park and playground at the Demense on Sunday afternoon, a food exhibition in the Hub on Monday evening, a walk to Clonalis House on Tuesday, a photo exhibition in the Trinity Arts Centre on Wednesday evening, Michael English live on Thursday night, Pig Racing on Friday, the RSA Safety Shuttle and a Guns N Roses tribute band on Saturday August 4th, the Swimming Gala and Rose of Castlerea on Sunday week and the agricultural show on Bank Holiday Monday.