Key stakeholders including the Prison Officers Association, Harmac Medical and a local school say they have not been consulted ahead of a meeting between senior Roscommon County Council staff and firefighters to discuss the future of Castlerea Fire Station.
Sinn Féin spokesperson Claire Kerrane said that the Prison Officers Association (POA) had not even been aware that the fire station was closed and that Roscommon County Council had yet to respond to requests for a meeting with the association.
Retained firefighters recently received a letter from Roscommon County Council informing them of the meeting which is set to take place next Monday (21st) at 11 am in the fire station, which has been closed for almost three years.
At the meeting, Chief Fire Officer John Keane is expected to share the details of a review which was carried out at the request of the county council.
Responding to enquiries from Sinn Féin spokesperson Claire Kerrane, both the principal of Castlerea Community School, and the Managing Director of Harmac Medical, also confirmed that they had not been consulted ahead of the meeting.
Ms. Kerrane said that there are fears the report could be used to close Castlerea Fire Station permanently and called on the council to meet with the POA, SIPTU and local stakeholders ahead of Monday’s meeting.
“The silence from Roscommon County Council is incredible. A prison is not an ordinary building and can’t just be evacuated. At the moment it’s relying on Ballaghaderreen Fire Service almost 30 km away, which is unacceptable.
“I also contacted Harmac and Castlerea Community School and they have confirmed that they have not been consulted. You would think that for any report they would have been contacted,” she said.