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Revealed! Spoof British Legion letter on Feighan poppy 

Paul Healy 

Roscommon TD Frank Feighan’s  much-publicised decision to wear a Poppy in the Dail last week – the first TD to wear a Poppy in ‘The House’ in twenty years – had an interesting sequel.   

  In the middle of last week there were reports that EVERY member of the Oireachtas had received correspondence on the Feighan issue from no less distinguished a body than….The Royal British Legion. 

  Intrigued, this column spoke to a number of Oireachtas members, all of whom confirmed receipt of the correspondence. 

  Of course we

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HAC will run own candidate next time

Speculation in political circles that the HAC might support Independent Deputy Denis Naughten in the next General Election would appear to be off the mark. 

  HAC Chairperson John McDermott told the Roscommon People on Wednesday that if there is no change on the Roscommon Hospital situation the HAC will run its own candidates in the local and national elections. 

  Meanwhile the HAC will stage a protest at the Hodson Bay Hotel next Tuesday when the Minister for Small Business, John Perry, attends a seminar there. Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been scheduled to attend, but won’t be doing so

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Grant scheme for upgrading septic tanks welcomed

Local Government TD Frank Feighan has welcomed Environment Minister Phil Hogan’s announcement of a significant grant scheme for domestic septic tanks requiring upgrades.

  “Grants of up to €4,000 will be made available to people whose septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems are found be in need of remedial work following inspection. This will help lower income households to carry out any upgrade that may be required to ensure that the ground water in that area is protected.

  “Grants which cover 80% of the cost of the works, up to a maximum of €4,000, will be

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Savage attack by dogs: Up to fifty sheep dead

A devastated Castlerea farmer says his livelihood has been put at risk after a a brutal attack by dogs left about fifty sheep dead and dozens more badly injured. 

  The grim discovery was made last Saturday morning by farmer Tommy Winston on lands he has rented at Cloonunra, which is located about three miles from Ballinlough village. The attack has been a dreadful setback at the start of a New Year for Tommy, his wife Marian and the couple’s two children.  

  The attack, believed to have been carried out by about six dogs, was a particularly devastating

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Army personnel from Roscommon spend Christmas in Lebanon

A number of Roscommon men in the Irish Army spent Christmas serving in Lebanon –including Cpl. Shane Mulryan, CS Tony Macklin, Private Cooley, Sgt. James Kelly and Capt. Gerry Casey. The men have sent greetings to loved ones back in Roscommon through the Roscommon People. 

  Celebrations commenced with Christmas Eve Mass by Chaplain Fr. David Tyndall. This was followed by Christmas Day Mass which was celebrated in the outposts located close to the Israeli border for the Irish soldiers serving with the United Nations in the name of peace. 

  Afterwards Christmas Dinner continued in the tradition of the

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Council in appeal to public over household charge and unpaid rates

There was some good festive news for people in Roscommon as a result of the 2013 budget which was agreed by councillors at the annual estimates meeting just before Christmas. 

  A 2% drop in commercial rates was agreed and there is also a freeze on water rates for businesses for 2013. It was also announced at the meeting that street cleaning would resume in Roscommon, Boyle and other towns over the Christmas period and on Sundays in the New Year. To add to the good news it was also announced that the civic amenity centres will open again on

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Over 100 farmers on stand-by to help patients in winter

Cllr. Domnick Connolly has warmly welcomed the establishment of Local Response Groups to transfer patients to Roscommon County Hospital in the more adverse weather conditions during the potentially frosty winter months.

  This initiative, established recently by the Roscommon Fora Organisation and Roscommon IFA and in conjunction with An Gardai Siochana, will tackle the problem of bad weather conditions which leave some roads inaccessible to emergency vehicles, with the result that people run the risk of not been able to receive basic healthcare in the event of an accident or emergency in a timely manner.

  To combat this problem,

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Register septic tank now to qualify for grant Feighan

Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim, Frank Feighan is reminding householders to register their septic tanks and domestic waste water systems before the February 1st deadline, to be eligible to apply for remediation grant.

  “Septic tank owners now just have a couple of weeks to register their systems ahead of the deadline on February 1 st ,” he said.

  “I would like to remind householders that eligibility to apply for a remediation grant will not be possible for those who have not registered their systems.

 “Risk-based inspections of septic tanks are due to commence shortly and owners of

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The late Willie Ryan will be greatly missed

The death took place in early December of Willie Ryan, late of Beechwood, Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon. A quiet, self-effacing man, he lived all but two of his 85 years in Kilteevan.

  The huge community turn-out and involvement in his funeral reflected the high esteem and respect in which he was held and acknowledged his long involvement in community life. This had ranged from working on the fund-raising carnival committee for the new Church in the 1950s to running a local water scheme in the 1970s to his long-term work in the restoration and maintenance of the old graveyard for

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Solve Strokestown floods once and for all

Fianna Fail Cllr. Eugene Murphy has called on Roscommon County Council to solve a serious flooding problem on the Roscommon to Strokestown road “once and for all”.

  The flooding is a regular occurrence on a section of the road a mile from Strokestown on the Roscommon side of the town. The road was flooded badly again this week and cars were only able to pass with great difficulty.

  Cllr. Murphy says “Flooding on this road has been a problem for the past thirty years. There has been hundreds of thousands of euro spent on the road to try

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