Still no date for reopening of Castlerea Fire Station

Report from the weeks Roscommon Herald:

There remains no indication of when Castlerea Fire Station will reopen, following a meeting between councillors and the council management.

Speaking to this paper, Cllr Paschal Fitzmaurice said he and his colleagues met council management over the issue yesterday.

“We brought the concerns raised at last week’s public meeting to the executive of the county council. The executive heard our concerns and they explained that, under national agreements, staffing issues were a matter for it. We as public representatives have no function in that,” he said.

“They acknowledged that there are a number of people out sick and that they are working away to try and find a solution.”

He added that there was no suggestion that the number of stations would be reduced in the county.

“There was a full budget of approximately €2.5 million for the fire service approved last November and that budget remains in place. There is an indication from the executive that any station in Roscommon is to close,” he said. “We all want to see the fire station reopened and I would be hopeful that that should happen in the near future. But we have given no indication as to when that will happen.”

Cllr Nigel Dineen said the meeting was constructive, but there are staffing issues to be dealt with.

“I would like to see it resolved with immediate effect, that’s what we want and that’s what the people of Castlerea want. Whether that will happen we don’t know, but we will be kept in the loop. The county manager is aware of the issues and is dealing with them.”

The council declined to comment.

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