Leyden calls for more EV fast charging units



Cathaoirleach of Roscommon Cllr. Orla Leyden has welcomed the completion of green E-car spaces to improve the visibility of standard EV charging units in Roscommon Town by Roscommon County Council. Cllr. Leyden, who had highlighted the need for such spaces with her colleague Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher, thanked the Roscommon Municipal District Co-ordinator John Mockler for his assistance, and the support of all councillors in the MD.

  “The new green markings with E-Car clearly visible are a welcome initiative. However these standard charge point units are slow to charge and can take up to eight  hours for a full recharge depending on the vehicle,” she said, before calling on Minister Denis Naughten to ensure that more fast charging units are installed in Co. Roscommon.

  “I am calling on Minister Denis Naughten to intervene and ensure that fast charging points which can charge an electric vehicle up to 80% in just 25 minutes are installed in all towns throughout County Roscommon and that the network of fast charge points in the country is greatly improved.

  “I have identified Roscommon Civic Office Carpark as a suitable location in Roscommon Town and the CEO, Eugene Cummins is supportive. It is critical that the necessary infrastructure is put in place to promote and enable the use of more electric vehicles in the county and in the country.

  “Roscommon County Council have played their part in improving the visibility of EV charging areas thus making it easier for people with electric cars to charge their vehicles The ball is now in the Minister’s court,” she said.

  Cllr. Leyden also thanked John Mockler for agreeing to provide six one-hour green parking spaces on Main Street in Roscommon Town in the hopes that this initiative will make it easier for people to shop local in the run-up to Christmas.