REPORT FROM SHANNONSIDE FM

A local TD will meet at least four firemen from Castlerea today to try to enable the town’s fire station to reopen

At a public meeting in the west Roscommon town last night, Fianna Fáil’s Eugene Murphy offered to mediate to resolve staffing issues that have led to it being closed for almost eight weeks

Four firemen from Castlerea attended the public meeting in the O’Rourke GAA Centre about the closure of the fire station.

Visibly frustrated, they say they want it to reopen as soon as possible.

It’s been shut for the past two months because of staffing issues, with a number of firemen on sick leave.

This has caused significant anxiety in the community.

About 65 people attended the meeting, but neither Roscommon County Council management nor Roscommon Fire Service officials attended.

Irene Greene, who chaired the meeting, condemned this.

Ballintubber’s Joe Malone believes the Castlerea community should stop paying some taxes as a sign of protest.

Towards the end of last night meeting, Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy offered to meet all nine firemen stationed in Castlerea, along with council officials, to try to break the deadlock.

The four firemen in attendance agreed and Deputy Murphy is hopeful of a positive outcome.

 

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