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All eyes on Seamus…



Will he or won’t he? Local political observers – not least intending candidates – are waiting with great interest to see whether or not well-known Roscommon GAA personality Seamus Hayden decides to tog out on the ‘political pitch’.  

  Hayden, who captained Roscommon to glory in the 1978 All-Ireland U-21 Final, and who later formed a feted midfield partnership with Dermot Earley at senior level, was recently approached by Fine Gael and asked if he would consider running for the party in this summer’s local elections (in the Roscommon Municipal Area).

  True to form, Mr. Hayden – steeped in the GAA – was on his way back from the funeral of Roscommon football legend Liam Gilmartin when the Roscommon People rang him on Wednesday.

  Seamus confirmed that he is actively considering Fine Gael’s recent overtures to him.

  “I am thinking it through and will continue to give it consideration over the next few days. I have made no decision yet. I will be discussing it with family and friends” Seamus told us.   

  The Roscommon town based publican runs ‘Down The Hatch’ along with co-proprietor Larry Brennan.

  Mr. Hayden is expected to announce his decision early next week.


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Gerry confirms he will seek FG nomination




Well-known auctioneer and community figure Gerry Coffey confirmed to the Roscommon People on Wednesday evening that he will be seeking a nomination to run for Fine Gael in Roscommon Municipal District.

  Mr. Coffey received the backing of the Ballinlough/Granlahan/Cloonfad FG branch at a meeting on Tuesday night. He said he was delighted and honoured to receive that nomination.

  No date has yet been set for the convention but there is some speculation that it may be held on Thursday next, 14th of March.

  Mr. Coffey is active in auctioneering, farming, sporting, political and community circles.









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Andrew Reynolds added to Fine Gael ticket



Rooskey businessman and Fine Gael local area representative Andrew Reynolds has been added to the party’s ticket ahead for the Boyle area for the local elections in May.

  Mr. Reynolds had failed to secure a nomination at Fine Gael’s January selection convention after the party opted to choose just two candidates.

  However, it was confirmed yesterday (Wednesday) that Mr. Reynolds’ name would be added and he’ll join sitting councillor Liam Callaghan and former Boyle Town councillor Keith Suffin in the running for the upcoming elections.

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‘Allow Roscommon side of Athlone to reach full potential’ – Fallon




Cllr. Laurence Fallon has called for immediate action to be taken to ensure the Roscommon side of Athlone is allowed to grow to reach its maximum potential under the National Planning Framework.

  Cllr. Fallon, who has confirmed he will be a candidate in this May’s local election, explained that despite Athlone being designated as a centre of growth under the NPF, County Roscommon “is not being given an adequate proportion of the projected population to allow Athlone to reach its maximum potential”.

  Speaking on the issue recently Cllr. Fallon stated that the designation of Athlone as a growth centre was “hard won” and added: “without the population to go with it this will be of no significance”.

  He praised the cooperation received from the Westmeath side of Athlone, stating: “The problem isn’t with the other side of Athlone, it is with the Western Regional Authority. The plan isn’t being taken to the next level to allow the growth to take place.

  “We need to make every effort we can to ensure we get a fair balance. It is unforgivable that they are inclined to grow places like Sligo and Galway that already have serious traffic problems and serious pollution problems caused by congestion and yet we have adequate space and adequate opportunity with good infrastructure and we aren’t being given adequate opportunity to grow.

  “Whatever effort is needed in the next two months to remedy this situation needs to be put in place because this will lay the foundations for how we develop in the next 30 years and we wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity. We wouldn’t want to settle with the idea that we have saved Roscommon and Athlone simply by making it a growth centre. It is critical that we take all steps necessary to ensure we have adequate ability to grow”.


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