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Farmers in stand-off at Strokestown Show




Gardaí were called to the scene of a tense stand-off between farmers and members of the Strokestown Agricultural Show committee at Strokestown Park last Saturday afternoon.

  It is believed a number of farmers attempted to address members of the public using the public address system at the event but were prevented from doing so by committee members. It is understood that the farmers intended to address the ongoing beef prices’ controversy.

  This resulted in a stand-off between committee members and the group of farmers before Gardaí, who had been on site initially but had been called to a road traffic collision, were recalled to the show grounds.

  It’s understood the incident lasted approximately ten minutes before the group left the show grounds. A spokesperson for the Strokestown Agricultural Show declined to comment on the incident but said that the matter would be discussed at the committee’s next meeting, following which the committee may decide to issue a statement.


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Roscommon water gets EPA approval – Naughten



Deputy Denis Naughten has welcomed the publication of a report on the quality of drinking water supplies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which for the first time in a decade does not list any boil water notices in County Roscommon.

  “This clean bill of health for public water supplies throughout County Roscommon is a very welcome development following significant investment in water supplies and treatment systems throughout the county over the last number of years,” said Denis Naughten.

  “The saga of boil water notices in County Roscommon, which had been going on for years, has at long last been resolved and this EPA Report is the first since the 2007-08 report which does not mention County Roscommon in the list of boil water notices.

  “This is an issue that I have been pursuing, particularly over the last six years, and I now hope that as a result of the investment we never have a repeat of the scale of boil water notices that we have experienced in County Roscommon.

  “Due to the scale of the investment throughout County Roscommon we now have some of the most modern water treatment facilities in the country and we can now use this to attract new employment into our area,” concluded Denis Naughten.



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Cathaoirleach: ‘N60 closure is unnecessary’




Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice, has described the closure of an 800-metre stretch of the N60 Roscommon to Castlerea road from next Monday (16th) as “unnecessary”.

  The road will be closed to traffic travelling in both directions for a six-week period, something Cllr. Fitzmaurice believes will cause huge disruption for motorists.

  “The approved route while these works are taking place is the R367 from Ballintubber to Castleplunkett and Tulsk, which is a very long way around. Unfortunately, there are no decent roads near to this closure.

  “I’m not happy with this because no other national route would be closed for six weeks. It’s a huge inconvenience for people and there will be those who use what are called ‘unapproved routes’. This will put terrible pressure on local roads,” he said.

  The Castlerea-based councillor said he believes the disruption could have been avoided.

  “The opening of this new road and the realignment works will be very welcome by me and everyone else but I’m disappointed that the road couldn’t have been kept open during this six-week period. A stop-go system could have been put in place or half the road could have been built, leaving the other half for traffic.

  “The work could also have been carried out at night or at quieter periods like weekends. I think we’ve been given a poor option here,” he said.

  Kevin Geoghegan, executive engineer with the Roscommon National Roads Regional Office in Roscommon town, has advised motorists using the road prior to the closure point to take the official diversionary route onto the R367.

  This route gives access to Ballintubber, Castleplunkett, Tulsk and the N61 to Roscommon.

  He confirmed that works on the entire new route are expected to be completed by June 22nd 2020.






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Cathaoirleach extends sympathy to Council CE on bereavement



The death has occurred of Peggy Cummins, who was the mother of Eugene Cummins, Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council.

  The late Peggy Cummins (nee Kelly) of Pound Road, Ballygar, Co. Galway, passed away at her residence on Tuesday last, September 10th.

  Wife of the late Michael, she was also predeceased by her son Ken, daughter Mary and son-in-law Paddy.

  She is mourned by her daughter Anne, sons Mickey, Eugene and Joe, further relatives and friends.

  Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice, the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, has extended sympathy to Mr. Eugene Cummins and the extended family.

  Cllr. Fitzmaurice said: “On behalf of all members of Roscommon County Council I wish to extend our sympathies to Chief Executive Officer Eugene, his sister Anne and all the Cummins family on the passing of Peggy Cummins. We know that this is a sad time for themselves and the extended family, all of whom are in our thoughts and prayers”.

  The late Peggy Cummins will be reposing at Moran’s Funeral Home, Ballygar, on Thursday evening (12th of September) from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm. Removal afterwards to St. Mary’s Church, Ballygar. Funeral Mass on Friday at 12 noon will be followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.


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