Castlerea’s Fire Station will be reopened “sometime this year”, according to the Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council.
Responding to questions by councillors at a meeting on Monday afternoon Mr Eugene Cummins said he was fully committed to the opening of the station, which was closed in January 2017 due to staffing issues.
Acting director of services Pat Murtagh told councillors that the interview stage for vacancies at the station had concluded, but that it was too early to say when the positions would be filled. He said that the council was proud of thefire services and that the “unprecedented” closure was necessary.
While the council is committed to the reopening of CastlereaFire Station, in order for this to happen, it must be fully satisfied that staff there can work safely together, Monday’s meeting heard.
Councillors Paschal Fitzmaurice, Nigel Dineen, and Michael Creaton stressed that the people of Castlerea were very anxious to have the situation resolved as soon as possible. They welcomed the local authority’s comments on the matter.
The council also expressed their condolences to retired Castlerea fireman, Dan Doherty, who passed away on Monday morning .