Fine Gael elects constituency officers
The Fine Gael Roscommon/Galway Constituency AGM took place on November 4th in Gleeson’s in Roscommon town.
Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee was the guest speaker and there was a good attendance with Senator Maura Hopkins, county councillors and Regional Organiser, Laura Comiskey, addressing the meeting.
Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee chaired the election of officers. The following officers were elected: Chairperson: Sean Finan; Vice-Chairperson: Sean Óg Hurley; Secretary: Linda Doorley; Treasurers: Pat Tully and Joe Crosbie; Youth Officer: Alan Harney; Policy Officers: Laura Mannion and Jack Fallon; Agricultural Officer: Gerry Coffey; Membership Officer: Ailbhe McNamara.
The new chairperson, Sean Finan, thanked the outgoing chairperson Sean Óg Hurley for the hard work and dedication he gave to the position. There was a lively discussion on the topics of the day, including Brexit, job creation, tourism, health, farming and the next election!
Comments on Fire Station ‘bonkers’
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Roscommon Claire Kerrane has described comments made by the Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council, Eugene Cummins, in relation to Castlerea Fire Station at Monday’s monthly council meeting as “bonkers”.
Responding to concerns raised by Cllrs. Nigel Dineen and Paschal Fitzmaurice regarding the future of the fire station, Mr. Cummins said he was forced to close the service three years ago and would not be rushed into making a decision to reopen it.
Ms. Kerrane said: “At this week’s Council meeting, Mr. Cummins stated that ‘an excellent, efficient and effective fire service was being provided.
“To me, that comment is bonkers. In Castlerea, no service will be as excellent, ask efficient and as effective than a fully operational fire station in the town, serving the town. That is the bottom line,” Ms. Kerrane concluded.
Will Naughten join new Independent alliance?
There is speculation this week that former Independent MEP Marian Harkin may be planning to form an alliance among Independent candidates in rural parts of the west of Ireland ahead of an expected General Election in the spring.
Ms. Harkin, who turned down overtures from Fine Gael in recent weeks, is thought to be considering contesting the election in Sligo/Leitrim as an Independent candidate.
It is believed that Ms. Harkin met with local TD Denis Naughten in Roscommon town on Monday night, while Junior Ministers Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran and Seán Canney, and Dáil Health Committee chair, Michael Harty TD, are also on her radar.
When approached for comment, Deputy Naughten refused to be drawn on speculation around a possible alliance, saying: “I meet with Independent colleagues from across the region on a regular basis to discuss cooperation on issues of concern to the people of Roscommon-Galway and across the midlands and the west of Ireland”.