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Local firms vie for Business of the Year awards 24.03.15
TWO Inishowen firms are among ten businesses short-listed for the finals of this year’s Donegal Business of the Year awards to be announced on Friday.
3Dom Filaments Ltd from Moville and DaiGon Ltd from Clonmany will vie for honours at the awards hosted by Donegal Local Enterprise Office during Enterprising Donegal Business Week.
3Dom Filaments was founded by Danny McMenamin and Ciaran McMenamin in 2013 and are involved in the design, production and online sales of high quality thermoplastic filaments for the growing 3D printed product market worldwide.
DaiGon are specialists in the design and installation of energy efficient heating systems. The other finalists are St Johnston-based accountancy firm; Donegal English Language School from Bundoran; Carnaween Clothing Company from Glencolmcille; Fairytales Day Care, Milford; Kinnegar Brewing, Rathmullan; Gillespie Precision Engineering/Gillespie Polytunnels, Killygordon; Portsalon Luxury Camping, Portsalon; Safetech Consulting and Training Ltd, Letterkenny.

Grants for Donegal seafood companies 06.03.15
TWO Donegal seafood companies have received grants to help them expand and grow their businesses.
Killybegs Seafoods Frozen Ltd has been awarded €500,000, while Island Seafood Ltd receives €17,550. The grants are co-funded by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and the European Fisheries Fund under the Seafood Development Programme.
Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources Joe McHugh TD welcomed the boost to Donegal’s seafood processing sector.
“The money will assist the companies to put the required technology, infrastructure and standards in place to allow these businesses develop added value seafood products that are in great demand on the global market," he said. A total of €2.7 million in grant aid was awarded to 18 seafood processing companies around the country under the scheme.

Buncrana's Jane needs your vote 27.02.15
A Buncrana woman is in the running for a prestigious award in the Big Apple and needs your vote before lines close at 5pm today.
Thirty year old, Jane McCarter, daughter of John and Breda McCarter, is Arts and Cultural Director at the New York Irish Center.
She has been nominated for the ‘40 Under 40’ People’s Choice Award, organised by the Irish Echo newspaper. The award celebrates Irish and Irish Americans who have distinguished themselves in their field before reaching the age of 40.
Delighted dad John appealed for votes today as the clocked ticked down in a bid to "push her over the winning line".
Votes can be cast online via .

Georgia's funeral takes place tomorrow 25.02.15
THE funeral of 13-year old Georgia Louise Doherty who tragically died in a weekend road accident will take place tomorrow.
The popular Redcastle teenager, who attended Moville Community College, died in a collision on the Glenshane Road, about 10km from Derry, on Sunday evening. Her older sister was injured in the two-vehicle crash which happened as the sisters returned from Belfast.
There has been an outpouring of sympathy to Georgia's heartbroken family and friends. Staff at Moville Community College described the young teen as "a bright, bubbly girl" who was "full of energy". They said the messages of sympathy that have poured in since the tragedy were a "source of strength" to everyone at the school. To read funeral arrangements, click here .

Inishowen child dies in Derry crash 23.02.15
POLICE in Co Derry are appealing for witnesses to a crash in which a child from Inishowen died.
The 13-year-old girl was killed in a two-car collision on the Glenshane Road last evening about 5pm. It is understood the teenager's older sister was seriously injured in the crash. The sisters are understood to be from the Redcastle area.
Their names have not yet been released. The accident happened near the Tamnaherin and Tirbracken road junction. The road has since reopened to traffic.

€283m fund could help border groups - MEP 17.02.15
A NEW €283 million EU inter regional programme could be of considerable benefit to border counties, Independent MEP Marian Harkin has said.
Welcoming the new Interreg programme Ms Harkin urged SMEs, organisations and cultural bodies to acquaint themselves with Interreg to see how they can access funding by engaging in joint projects with counterparts in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
“Funding will be available to public, private, non profit organisations and research institutions to collaborate and exchange knowledge," she said. Funding would also be available to improve water quality and sewerage systems which for instance, might afford opportunity to ensure realistic funding for remedial works on septic tanks.
“There will also be opportunity to encourage tourism, health and transport projects with two separate programmes involving Ireland and Wales, on the one hand , and Ireland North and South and Scotland on the other."

Some young farmers will miss top-up pay 12.02.15
AGRICULTURE Minister Simon Coveney has been asked to reassure young farmers that they won't be excluded in the roll-out of new farm payments.
Sinn Féin Midlands North West MEP, Matt Carthy, expressed concern regarding the exclusion of some young farmers from a 25% top-up under the new Single Farm Payment Young Farmer Scheme.
The rules require that a farmer be under 40 years old and recently or within the past five years, has set up a holding and successfully completed a FETAC Level 6 or equivalent in agricultural education. The problem has arisen for farmers under 40 years who have had a holding for more than five years. "While I appreciate the stated purpose of the scheme is to encourage the setting up of new holdings it is unfair that individuals who have made every effort to complete requirements and are eager for opportunities to improve their farms are being punished," said Mr Carthy.

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