Independent candidate for the upcoming Roscommon South Leitrim by-election Tom Crosby has backed calls for a campaign to bring renewed life back to the Shannonside rural village of Rooskey which has suffered a serious decline in recent years.
“Rooskey was once a thriving village and it is sad to see it now,” Tom said this week. “In recent times it has lost a factory which provided massive employment to over 600 families over many generations, a busy hotel, a garage, and a regular bus service. We must work together to restore some vitality to this picturesque Shannonside village.”
Medical devices company Vistamed now remains the only main source of employment in the region whilst the Shannon Key West Hotel which employed up to 40 people full and part-time has been purchased again, but has not yet reopened.
Crosby believes a renewed effort must be made for the sake of the people of the village and region and all must work together to keep it alive. “Rooskey has so much potential, particularly as it is on the Shannon and it has always been an attractive venue for fishermen in the summer time. We should work together to make it an attractive tourist destination once again,” he concluded.