No decision has been made yet on the future of Castlerea Fire Station. A meeting between Roscommon County Council officials and firefighters took place on Monday morning.
A risk management review on the operation of the station, which includes an update on the area risk categorisation of the fireground covering Castlerea, is expected to be completed shortly.
Meanwhile, 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 as “outrageous”.
Ms. Kerrane was speaking following a meeting of Roscommon County Council on Monday, during which Sinn Féin councillor Michael Mulligan requested an update on the future of Castlerea Fire Station.
“People will be aware that a meeting was held with the full crew of the fire station along with the Chief Fire Officer earlier this week. There was widespread belief that this meeting was to outline the findings of a report, which we now understand, according to (Roscommon County Council CEO) Eugene Cummins, is not even complete.
“In response to Cllr. Mulligan, Eugene Cummins stated that the outcome of the meeting regarding the future of Castlerea Fire Station was not a matter of concern to anyone else, especially non-elected members. I would bet that the people of Castlerea would beg to differ. This was an outrageous statement from the head of Roscommon County Council,” she said. Ms. Kerrane added that she believed the delay in releasing the results of the report would allow time for Roscommon County Council to accept a meeting request from the Prison Officers Association and SIPTU which to date, they have refused.
“This also allows the council time to actually consult with the people and businesses in Castlerea which to date, they have also ignored”.