Roscommon Fine Gael Cllr. Michael McGreal has strongly criticised the Minister for Health & Children Mary Harney following the withdrawal of funding for playschool facilities in Co. Roscommon. Cllr. McGreal says that he is particularly concerned about existing successful facilities in Cloonfad, Ballinlough and Castlerea. He says plans to provide a purpose-built childcare facility in Castlerea is now under threat as a result of this government decision. ‘As all of West Roscommon is a disadvantaged area and included in Clar, there is clearly a responsibility to maintain all existing services in this area’ says Cllr. McGreal. Cllr. McGreal claims that the move on childcare is similar to others made by this government which has seen essential services being removed from rural areas. Cllr. McGreal has written to Minister Harney and the Minister with responsibility for Rural Affairs Eamonn O’Cuiv asking that funding in this area be kept in place.