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HSE shows ‘appalling disregard’ of Rosalie staff - Murphy




Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has condemned the HSE’s treatment of staff at the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea as an “appalling disregard of loyalty” and noted that staff are “understandably enraged by unrealistic offers of redeployment”.

  “The HSE’s treatment of staff members in the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea has been nothing short of appalling. Some staff have given 30 or 40 years’ service to the HSE and it is outrageous that despite their loyalty and professionalism over the years they are being treated in this unfair manner by the HSE.

  “There has been a complete lack of forward thinking by HSE management on this issue and of course this move to redeploy staff comes after the regrettable decision to close the unit and move patients to alterative care facilities despite the best efforts of so many,” said Deputy Murphy.

  “The staff and unions are understandably enraged by these unrealistic offers of redeployment as some staff are being offered redeployment in places such as Portumna or Ballinasloe - many staff have lived and worked in the Castlerea area for decades and such offers of redeployment are totally unrealistic.

  “The Rosalie Unit is not an old dilapidated building, it is not a condemned building - it has been a home for vulnerable people for many years and despite the best efforts of families and politicians, the HSE did not consider the vulnerable state of these service users. We need to find a better way of doing things - it’s our job to stand up for vulnerable people,” said Deputy Murphy.

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Rents in Roscommon up over 12% on last year - Kerrane




Sinn Féin spokesperson for Roscommon, Claire Kerrane, has said that further rent increases in Roscommon and in every county across the state is further evidence that Government policy is failing renters.

  Speaking on the latest Daft.ie rent report, which was published on Tuesday, Kerrane said: “The Daft.ie Q2 2019 rent report shows that rents are continuing to rise to increasingly unaffordable levels for most people. The average rent for new tenancies across the State now stands at an all-time high of €1,391. The number of available rental properties is the lowest since Daft.ie reports started in 2006 with just 2,700 homes available.

  “In County Roscommon, rents have increased by 12.4% on this time last year - a huge increase for already struggling renters. Average rents in the county now stand at €722.

  “The government’s strategy for the rental sector is clearly not working and Rent Pressure Zones offer no protections for new renters. 

  “We need to see a rent freeze for existing and new tenancies introduced, alongside a renters tax credit worth a month’s rent.

  “The government must also demonstrate its commitment to affordable cost rental accommodation by local authorities and approved housing bodies,” she said.

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News…at a glance August 23rd


Launch of Strokestown Show tonight

The launch of the annual Strokestown Agricultural Show will take place tonight (Thursday, 22nd) at The Percy French Hotel in Strokestown at 8 pm. All are welcome.


Glenamaddy Musical Society meeting

A general meeting of Glenamaddy Musical Society will be held in the Town Hall Theatre on this Sunday (25th) at 4 pm. All members and cast are requested to make themselves available for this short meeting.  

  Following on from this the first rehearsal for our forthcoming musical ‘The Sound Of Music’ will commence and will conclude at 6 pm. 


5K Walk/Run in aid of DARA Tarmonbarry/Scramogue Defibrillator

A 5K Walk/Fun Run in aid of DARA Tarmonbarry/Scramogue Defibrillator Group will take place on Sunday, September 15th at 4 pm on Sliabh Bawn Mountain (Curraghroe entrance). Refreshments will be provided and a raffle will take place afterwards in Leavy’s Pub, Scramogue. Registration will take place on the day from 2 pm, and entry is €10 per adult and €5 for students/children.

  This event is a fundraiser for the purchase of new boxes, insurance and general maintenance of equipment. The committee are kindly asking the local community to come out and support this worthy cause.

  For further information, please contact Linda on 087-2612834.


Castlecoote House talk on ‘Landed Estates’

As part of National Heritage Week, Castlecoote House will host a talk by local author, Paul Connolly, entitled ‘The Landed Estates in Roscommon that shaped 17th Century history in Ireland and Europe’ this Saturday (24th).

  Tickets for this event cost €5 and are available by contacting Castlecoote House on 090-6663794, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at www.castlecootehouse.com.


Roscommon Wellness Workshop on October 7th

Suicide or Survive (SOS) in partnership with the HSE, will present a Wellness Workshop from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm in Roscommon town on Monday, October 7th.

  Book your place online at https://bookwhen.com/srotraininggmr. To find out more, visit www.wellnessworkshop.ie.


New term at Castlerea Stage School!

Castlerea Stage School will commence a new term of classes during the month of September. Parents and students who wish to learn more about the school are welcome to attend an enrolment evening for new and returning students on Wednesday, September 4th in Trinity Arts Centre, Castlerea from 6 to 7 pm. All welcome.



House-Fire Benefit Social in Frank’s

A ‘House-Fire Benefit Social’ will be held in Frank’s of Ballybeg, Strokestown on Friday, September 20th.

  There will be a draw for three €100 vouchers on the night as well as raffle prizes. Music will be provided by the Frank Nelson Band. Tickets cost €10 and ticket sellers will be calling on houses in the next few weeks. Please support this worthy cause.


Launch of workhouse booklet at Cootehall

This Sunday, August 25th at 12.30 pm, there will be a launch of a special booklet by historian Steve Dolan focusing on Boyle Workhouse and the workhouses of the region after a free lecture at Cootehall Community House.

  The proceeds will go towards the restoration the former home of novelist John McGahern. This Heritage Week, Steve will be raising €10,000 for charities in the region.

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Find out if Paddy Joe is a true Rossie!




Paddy Joe Burke is without question Roscommon Gaelic Football’s best supporter. He is known throughout the country and further afield for his enthusiasm and energetic commentary on Roscommon games. He is in every sense a true Rossie! Now Paddy Joe’s ‘Big Reveal’ on Saturday night (24th) in Hannon’s Hotel  will discover if he is indeed a true Roscommon man.

  At 8 pm Paddy Joe’s DNA analysis will be revealed and DNA does not lie! Most of us have watched programmes such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ and ‘Long Lost Families’ and thought we would like to find out more about our own a by Roscommon Town Team Historical sub-committee and is part funded by Creative Ireland. The Conference takes place from 9.30 am to 4 pm and deals with sources in local and family history and Paddy Joe’s Big Reveal commences at 8 pm. Don’t miss it!