Castlerea Fire Station will reopen later this year, the head of Roscommon County Council has said. The station has been closed since January 2017 due to staffing issues.
Speaking at a meeting of the council on Monday afternoon, Mr Eugene Cummins stressed that he was committed to the station’s reopening but appealed to the councillors, particularly those from the Roscommon Municipal District, for their patience.
“I am fully committed to the reopening of Castlerea Fire Station,” he told the councillors. “The fire station will open sometime this year.”
He explained that the councillors of the Roscommon Municipal District had approached him on “a regular and persistent basis” to discuss the issue and seek updates. He hoped the councillors accepted that when he gave a commitment to something, he kept that commitment.
“If I wasn’t in a position to do something, I would say that,” he said as he asked for their patience on the issue “and to bear with me for another period of time”.
The councillors of the district welcomed the statement. Cllr Paschal Fitzmaurice said the station was something the community needed very badly.
“That’s good news for us going forward,” he said.
Cllr Nigel Dineen said that councillors had been fighting for the station to be reopened for more than two years. “We have continually got representations from the people of Castlerea and its hinterland on this issue. It is a service that is needed open as soon as possible, and sooner rather than later,” he said. Cllr Michael Creaton noted that the closure was a “bone of contention” in the Castlereaarea. Cllr Domnick Connolly said he accepted the commitment fully.