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Noted theologian laid to rest in Roscommon



Noted Irish theologian Gerard Mannion (48) was laid to rest in Fourmilehouse on Tuesday afternoon following his recent sudden death in Washington DC, where he had been a resident. 

  Mr. Mannion, whose father, the late Michael Mannion, hailed from Fourmilehouse, is believed to have collapsed while jogging in the Washington area on September 21st.

  Mr. Mannion had a global reputation as an eminent ecumenist and moral ethicist. At the time of his death he was the president of the international network of societies for Catholic Theology and was also a senior research fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Centre.

  Among those posting tributes on social media following his death were academics from the US, Ireland, Britain, The Philippines, and Nigeria.

  Richard Gaillardetz, a theologian at Boston College and former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, described Mr. Mannion as “an indefatigable theological entrepreneur, a fine scholar, and a wonderful colleague and conversation partner”.

  Mr. Mannion, who was laid to rest in Ballinderry Cemetery on Tuesday following Mass in St. Brigid’s Church, is survived by his sisters Maria and Julie, brother-in-law Derek, nieces and nephews and extended family in the UK, Ireland, US and Australia.

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Damaged Oran roads ‘will be repaired’




Cllr. Marty McDermott has received assurances that major roadworks on the main Roscommon/Castlerea road will be completed by the 25th of October, bringing an end to the inconvenience caused to local residents.

  Cllr. McDermott says he has also been assured that damage caused to local roads – arising from a detour being in place – will be addressed promptly by Roscommon County Council.

  Since the commencement of the roadworks on the Roscommon/Castlerea road, motorists have been advised of alternative routes. However, the sheer volume of traffic which has materialised on the Emlaghmore/Emlaghbeg road has caused major concern for local residents.

  Says Cllr. McDermott: “Residents are very upset about the volume and speed of the extra traffic, which is unprecedented. This has put extra pressure on the road and it is deteriorating rapidly”.

  Cllr. McDermott said that it would be better if greater use was made of the option to divert to Tulsk.

  However, the Fianna Fáil councillor was reassured by the response that he received when he raised these concerns at the Draft Budgetary Plan Meeting of the Roscommon Municipal District which was held on Monday morning.

   “I was advised that the roadworks/detour should be finished by the 25th of October. Also, I have been in regular consultation with the Council and they have assured me that the road (at Emlaghmore/Emlaghbeg) will be fully repaired”.

  Cllr. McDermott said that the Council had already filled in a drain on the Emlaghmore/Emlaghbeg road which he said had been worrying locals as it could have led to an accident.

  Meanwhile, in a related matter, Cllr. McDermott says that the Council will be addressing the issue of the ongoing build-up of surface water on the N60 near Oran GAA Club at Rockfield. Locals had expressed fears that there could be a fatal accident at that location. He said an engineer from the Council recently viewed the area.

  “The drainage that is required to release the surface water will be arranged, and these remedial works will be done before the road is opened”.

  Cllr. McDermott expressed his thanks to the relevant engineer and staff of Roscommon County Council for “responding so favourably and so quickly on these issues”.

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Strokestown family given month to leave property





The Strokestown family whose property was at the centre of a controversial eviction last December have been given until November 12th to vacate their home at Falsk following a High Court ruling last Friday.

  Justice Senan Allen ruled that KBC Bank was entitled to an injunction meaning siblings Michael Anthony, David and Geraldine McGann must leave their family home, pending the outcome of the ongoing dispute.

  In his ruling, Justice Allen said KBC had executed a valid possession order over the property at Falsk and that the McGanns where therefore trespassers on the property.

  Representing the McGann family, David Browne BI, said that his clients would appeal the decision to the Court of Appeal and asked for the vacate order to be stayed.

  There were no objections raised to this from the KBC legal team and Justice Allen placed a stay on the order until noon on Tuesday, November 12th.

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Julie to line out for Green Party in General Election







The Roscommon People can reveal that the Green Party will contest the upcoming General Election in Roscommon/Galway constituency. The party, which is currently riding high in the opinion polls, will run Roscommon town resident Julie O’Donoghue (35). The Green Party is expected to form a Roscommon branch in the coming weeks.

  Ms. O’Donoghue, a secondary school teacher by profession, is a native of Co. Cork who moved to Roscommon town five years ago. She is married to Brian Higgins, a native of Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. The couple have two children, Fionn (aged 5) and Ailbhe (1).

  While Ms. O’Donoghue’s selection has to be formally confirmed, she will be the Green Party candidate. There are no other nominations, and Ms. O’Donoghue, who has campaigned on a number of social issues in recent years, is the candidate which the party believes can make the biggest impact. 

  Announcing her candidacy in the Roscommon People today, she says: “Politics was never part of the ‘plan’ for me, but increasingly in recent years I found myself becoming involved in campaigns. I’ve realised that if you want to effect change you need to be where the legislation and policy is made”.

  Previously involved with ‘Friends of Breastfeeding’ at national level, Julie is now active with the Roscommon branch. She has campaigned on reproductive rights, and on the repeal of the 8th Amendment (with ‘Roscommon Together for Yes’). She is also a founding member of ‘Plastic-free Roscommon’.

  She joined the Green Party about a year ago (“It was obvious that my views were aligned with their views”) having been attracted by the Greens’ “environmental views and progressive values”. Running for election wasn’t something she was planning to do, but an approach from the Longford/Westmeath branch sowed the seeds.

  Now she’s in at the deep end. “It’s daunting to put yourself out there, but when you’re passionate about issues, it’s the right thing to do”.

  She sees climate change as “the defining issue of our time”, adding “As a mother, I’m terribly worried…not just for the future, but for now”.

  She rejects the perception that the ‘green agenda’ might not be rural Ireland friendly, and is frustrated with TDs who are “stoking fears” by talking up a ‘rural Ireland versus the environment’ narrative.

  As for the recent Budget, Julie was “very disappointed” that there wasn’t more finance committed for the ‘Just Transition’ process for the Midlands. She feels that Fine Gael (“propped up by Fianna Fáil”) are still not taking environmental issues seriously enough.

  While she will truly be wearing ‘the green jersey’ in the election campaign, the Green Party candidate stressed that she will be standing on “a broad spectrum of issues”.

  “I will be making the case for social equality, for a people-centred economy which ensures a good quality of life for everyone”. She says she will also prioritise a number of other pressing issues, including in relation to housing, health, childcare costs and insurance concerns.

  “As a new candidate, I know this will be daunting, but I am looking forward to raising these important issues and I am ready to make my case to the electorate”.





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