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Appeal for return of lost wallet 21.07.14
INISHOWEN News has received a heartfelt plea for the return of a
lost wallet. The person who owns the wallet has described to us how
vitally important the lost property is and how much it would mean
for it to be returned. It contained bank cards, important medical
information, photographs of sentimental value and receipts. The
wallet was mislaid either on the 5pm North West Busways service from
Derry to Moville on Thursday, July 17 or on the Moville Shore Path
the following morning. It is described as a standard-sized brown
leather one-fold wallet. Items in the wallet carry the surname
Gillen. Anyone who may have found the wallet is asked to please hand
it in to Moville garda station, Ulster Bank, Moville; any driver on
the North West Busways or Moville parochial house. Anyone with
information may also contact us here at
and we will happily pass it on.
Two bodies discovered in Co Sligo 21.07.14
Gardaí are investigating the discovery of the bodies of a nine
year old boy and a 21-year old man at Tourlestrane, Tubbercurry, Co
The nine year old child was found with stab wounds in a house at
Banada. He was removed from the scene by air ambulance and taken to
Sligo Regional Hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
A 21 year old man was found deceased in an outside shed at the same
location. The office of the state pathologist has been notified.
The scene is currently preserved pending a Garda technical
examination and investigations are continuing.
"NAMA should aim to make profit" - Donegal T.D.
SINN Féin has said that NAMA should be aiming to make a profit
for the Irish people and not just break even and repay its debt.
The party's finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty T.D., was responding
to this week's review of the body.
“Earlier this year, NAMA completed the sale of its entire Northern
loan book for €400 million less than it paid for it. Considering the
loan book was generating an annual income and directly supported
2,000 jobs in the North, it defies logic that this loan book would
be sold off so quickly and at a reduction," said Deputy Doherty.
“I have been monitoring the approach of this Government to NAMA with
concern. The Government’s main goal with NAMA is to wind it up as
soon as possible, which is irrational when some property prices have
further to go in recovery, particularly outside Dublin."
He said NAMA did not have to officially wind up until 2020, but the
Government wanted the majority of its business completed by 2016.
Laser attacks on aircraft to be criminalised
LAWS to criminalise the directing of lasers at aircraft is
expected to be passed in the Seanad this week.
Inishowen News reported on Friday that an air ambulance helicopter
was attacked by lasers as it transported a critically ill newborn
baby from Letterkenny General Hospital to the Rotunda in Dublin.
The new State Airports Bill, which will turn Shannon Airport and
Shannon Development into semi-state bodies, also includes a section
criminalising attacks on commercial and military flights. The Irish
Aviation Authority confirmed that there were 158 laser attacks on
aircraft using Irish airspace last year. The Irish Air Corps told
Inishowen News that 50 of these attacks were made on its aircraft.
Read previous story .
Enda McLaughlin laid to rest 15.07.14
A CARNDONAGH man who was killed on a Germany motorway last month
has been laid to rest in his hometown.
Enda McLaughlin, 27, from Glentogher, was buried yesterday following
requiem mass officiated by local parish priest Fr Con McLaughlin at
the Sacred Heard Church in the town. The troubled Carn man was
knocked down as he reportedly fled police who were pursuing him for
allegedly stabbing three people. He had been in and out of the
Donegal court system from his teenage years. Fr McLaughlin asked the
congregation to pray for the McLaughlin family and those affected by
the incidents in Germany and the Netherlands.
Elderly driver dies in crash 11.07.14
DONEGAL gardaí are investigating a single vehicle fatal
collision in Ballyshannon in which a female pensioner died last
The accident occurred at Cloghore, a minor road of the Ballyshannon
to Belleek Road at about 10.20pm. The victim, named locally as
Charlotte Naylor, 72, was the driver and sole occupant of the car.
She was fatally injured when her car hit a ditch. She was pronounced dead at the scene
and her body was removed to Sligo General Hospital. The road is
currently closed for an examination forensic crash investigators and
local diversions are in place. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to
contact them at Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071 9858530, the Garda
confidential line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
Want to see Europe for free? 10.07.14
DONEGAL Youth Service will hold a European Volunteer Service
information session this evening to highlight opportunities for
travel and community work in other EU states.
"If you are interested in living abroad for free as a volunteer in a
range of projects promoted by the European Commission you cannot
miss this opportunity to find out more and to talk with staff from
the Donegal Youth Service who can support you in applying," said a
spokesperson. The EU project is open to 17-30 year olds.
The event will take place at the Donegal Youth Service headquarters,
16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny, this evening at 6pm. More info at 91
29630 or email
Free magazines for library members 09.07.14
DONEGAL libraries are now offering members free digital copies
of top magazines ranging from 'OK' to 'The Economist'.
Donegal County Council has installed the Zinio for Libraries service
at its branches, giving members access to 30 full-colour magazine
titles on their smart phones, tablets or laptops.
There is no limit to the number of editions members can download.
"Publications can be read seamlessly across any mobile and desktop
device meaning users can browse on the go or at home," said a
If you are an existing library member, all you have to do is visit
Online Resources at
www.donegallibrary.ie and follow the Zinio Guidelines. Otherwise
contact or visit your local library for more information.
Hopes fade for pilot whales 08.07.14
PILOT whales believed to have been rescued yesterday evening
beached again, with most now expected to die.
Marine mammal experts and environmentalists have now advised that
nature should be allowed take its course in relation to the tragic
creatures which became stranded at Balliness strand, Falcarragh.
Up to 100 people went to the mammals' aid yesterday, hydrating them
with buckets of water. Their efforts had been boosted by a rising
tide but sadly the creatures became beached again last night.
Nine pilot whales rescued 07.07.14
THE majority of a pod of pilot whales have now been refloated
after 13 washed up earlier today near Falcarragh.
The local community has been praised for their efforts in getting
nine of the marine mammals that became beached at Balliness strand,
back into the sea.
It is understood a group of up to 100 people have gone to their aid
today, hydrating the whales with buckets of water. Their efforts
have been boosted by a rising tide. Representatives of the Irish
Whale and Dolphin Group are reportedly on their way to the scene.
Yachtsman's body recovered from water
The body of a man missing for two weeks has been recovered from
the sea off Downings. The body of Michael Green from Rathmullan was
taken from the water at 5.40pm yesterday. A search for the missing
Donegal man had been ongoing after the discovery of an empty yacht
and dinghy moored for some time at Ards. Funeral arrangements
click here .
Irish MEP elected parliament vice president
MIDLANDS North West MEP Mairead McGuinness has been elected vice
president of the European Parliament. The Fine Gael MEP was elected
yesterday by members of the Parliament on the first ballot with 441
votes (absolute majority 359 votes).
“It’s a great honour for me personally as well as for my party and
indeed for Ireland, particularly the constituency of Midlands North
West, that members of the Parliament should express such confidence
in my abilities.
“I take the responsibilities of the role very seriously and I will
be working extremely hard to ensure that the work of the Parliament
is fair, efficient and above all, cognisant of, and responsive to,
the needs of European citizens.”
Average Donegal house price now €114K
THE average house price in Co Donegal now stands at €114,000 -
58 per cent below peak levels, latest figures show.
The statistics also show that Donegal property prices in early 2014
were 9 per cent lower than in the same period last year.
Commenting on the Dafe.ie report, the company's economist Ronan
Lyons said: “There has been much talk of the housing market being
illiquid, with a lack of homes available to buy. The evidence from
the period between April and June is that the tide may be turning.
"More than 6,000 Dublin homes were listed during the second quarter,
the largest number since early 2008. As a result, the total stock
sitting on the market rose in Dublin from less than 2,300 in March
to more than 2,800 in June. Further increases in supply will be
needed, though, to work through the backlog in pent-up demand from
the years of the crash.”
Fisherman to be laid to rest 30.06.14
THE Glengad fisherman who tragically drowned off Inishowen Head
at the weekend will be laid to rest on Wednesday.
The body of Danny McDaid, Glentoskert, was discovered on Saturday
after search and rescue teams responded to a call shortly after
The alert was raised when wreckage was spotted in the water. The
Greencastle Coast Guard, the Lough Swilly and Portrush Lifeboats,
the Irish Coast Guard helicopter from Sligo and other local vessels
responded to the call. The Glengad community has been shocked by the
death of the 56-year old who was a very experienced fisherman.
Meanwhile, the search continues for an Inishowen yachtsman who has
gone missing in the Sheephaven Bay area. The search began after the
discovery of an empty sail boat moored in the waters at Ards. It is
understood the boat has been anchored in the area for some days. A
dinghy attached to the yacht by a rope has also been discovered.
Daniel dedicates fan magazine to mum 30.06.14
SINGER Daniel O'Donnell has dedicated the latest edition of his
quarterly fan magazine to his late mother Julia.
The June-August 2014 edition of 'Daniel' is currently being mailed
out to members of the performer’s official fan club. Julia O’Donnell
(94) passed away after a short illness on May 18. Her month's mind
mass took place in the O’Donnells’ home village of Kincasslagh on
Many fans who have already received the magazine, have complimented
Daniel on the "wonderful tribute" to his late mother.
Inishowen T.D., launches LGBT document
INISHOWEN Sinn Féin T.D., Pádraig MacLochlainn TD, has launched
the party’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights
The document 'Equality, Diversity, Solidarity – Fighting with Pride
for LGBT Rights in Ireland' outlines the party's commitment to LGBT
equality in Ireland and includes ten proposals. Deputy MacLochlainn
said: “Sinn Féin is an Irish republican party and equality is at the
core of all that we represent. Nothing less than full equality of
rights and opportunities under law for the LGBT community should be
tolerated in a modern, progressive and inclusive society." Included
in the document's ten proposals is a commitment to tackle work place
discrimination; to combat homophobic bullying and to legislate north
and south for equal treatment of prospective LGBT parents in
reproductive and adoptive services.
Getting out of your depth at Swim Week
IRISH Water Safety (IWS) is urging sea lovers to go along to its
popular Swim Week at Shroove, Greencastle, next month. The five-day
event, facilitated by IWS qualified instructors, will help children
and adults to improve their confidence and safety in the water.
Young swimmers will be allowed to tackle tasks wearing wetsuits.
Advanced swimmers and swimming groups will be required to swim in
clothes, depending on ability. Participants are asked to bring warm
clothes, food, hot drinks and suncream. When children are out of the
water they must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Swim Week
runs from July 14-18 and registration is on the first day at 9am.
More info available at
Donegal food businesses urged to enter awards
INISHOWEN food businesses have been urged to enter the Blas na
hEireann awards in a bid to boost the growing Donegal food sector.
The awards accreditation is the largest competition of its kind in
Ireland attracting over 2,000 entries annually. This year's deadline
for entries has been extended to June 24. Last year Gallaghers and
Mulrines between them took gold, silver and bronze medals for
products made with locally sourced ingredients. The winning
producers will be presented at an awards ceremony in Dingle, Co
Kerry on October 4. For more information and to enter visit
Cash back for long term ill 17.06.14
DONEGAL TD., Thomas Pringle has welcomed the decision to
reimburse the prescription charge to those who are on the Long Term
Illness Scheme and had a medical card, but had to pay this charge to
receive their medication.
“I had been contacted by constituents who were a part of this scheme
but because they also had a medical card, this meant they had to pay
the prescription charge which can add up to a lot for those that
have medical conditions. This was a very unfair situation as these
people were effectively being punished for having a medical card."
Deputy Pringle said the HSE is currently "in the process of
identifying those who are entitled to this refund of their
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