Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Castlerea Fire StationThe fate of Castlerea Fire Station remains undecided following a meeting with council officials and firefighters on Monday morning.

A risk management review on the operation of the station, including an update on the area risk categorisation of the fireground covering Castlerea, is due to be completed shortly.

At the brief meeting, firefighters were told that no decision had been made on the station’s future.

A trade union official who attended the meeting said an independent technical report on the station was to be prepared by a chief fire officer from outside the county. The station has been closed since January 2017.

Siptu official Anthony McCormack said council officials stressed that no decision had been made on the station’s future. “I would be optimistic that there is room for engagement on that decision,” said Mr McCormack. He said that the issue of the costs was discussed, with the council saying that a serious look would have to be taken on how much it was costing the local authority to run the station.

He added that further meetings between the council and the firefighters would take place in the next three weeks to a month.

“We made it clear to the council that we want to see the fire station reopened.”

Claire Kerrane, Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for Co Roscommon, called on the council to immediately shed light on what the meeting discussed. “Confusion definitely remains. We knew about this meeting for the last two weeks and we still have no outcome. From what I understand the meeting only lasted ten minutes,” she said.

“And if that is the case, that’s very concerning in itself. This is going on now for nearly three years, the council owe it to the people of Castlerea to make a very frank and honest statement in relation to what’s going on,” she said.

Meanwhile, at a meeting of Roscommon County Council on Monday afternoon, the issue was raised by Sinn Féin councillor Michael Mulligan. He was informed by the CEO, Eugene Cummins, that he had nothing further to add at this stage.

“The matter is for me and me alone regarding the re-opening of the fire station,” he said. He added that he was awaiting the outcome of a report into the station.

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