There have been just three applications to fill vacancies atCastlerea Fire Station, it has been revealed.
Despite the low level of applications, the chief executive of Roscommon County Council has insisted that he is “more hopeful than I have been for quite some time that the station will be reopened in the not too distant future”.
With confirmation from the council chief, Eugene Cummins, that the station, which was closed last January due to staffing issues, currently has no station officer or substation officer, councillors were told that “both of those positions will be subject to interview and suitability requirements”.
Councillors also heard that the positions vacant at the station may be re-advertised.
Mr Cummins added that once successful applicants were trained, the council would commence “the appointment and training of a new station officer and substation officer who are both required to be in place before the station can reopen and return to operational duties”.
Councillors have again called on the local authority to reopen the fire station as soon as possible.
A recent council meeting heard that local politicians had been criticised on social media over the issue.
Cllr Paschal Fitzmaurice insisted that councillors had been working quite hard to resolve the issue. “Just because we are not commenting on social media does not mean we are not trying our best to portray the feeling that we need a station in Castlerea,” he said.
“We have been doing that, we’ve been doing that since the station closed in January. I for one, and I am sure the others feel the same, do not think that it is appropriate to make comments on social media in relation to staff.
“We have refrained from doing that, and to be honest, I and others have received quite a lot of abuse on social media because of this.”
He had not nor would he be making any comment on social media in relation to staffing issues, he insisted.