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Top law firm hires Derry graduates 01.10.14
The Mayor of Derry Cllr Brenda Stevenson has welcomed news that
prestigious US law firm, SmithDehn LLP has employed its first wave
of Magee University media law students. She also welcomed the
partnership between SmithDehn LLP and the University of Ulster,
saying it was "a fantastic opportunity for the students to get the
opportunity to work with a company with such an extensive client
“I am delighted that SmithDehn LLP has acknowledged the talent and
skills of our students at Magee and rewarded their commitment and
dedication by providing them with unique opportunities to work in
such an exciting industry.
The new recruits will now get to work with some of the biggest names
in the movie and TV industry such as HBO, Paramount Pictures and
Channel 4. Cllr Stevenson said she was confident the company would
announce additional recruitment opportunities in the near future.
Extra 70,000 join credit union 01.10.14
IRISH credit unions have increased their membership by 70,000 to
3.3 million, a new report shows. The report from the Irish League of
Credit Unions also revealed that loan arrears had been significantly
Independent MEP Marian Harkin welcomed the figures, adding: “While
there is evidence that the Central Bank is prepared to be less
restrictive in its attitude to sound credit unions, it is obvious
that it is unnecessarily slow to ease lending limits and to permit
the introduction of services such as debit cards.
"The credit union movement deserves to be more actively supported by
the Central Bank and the obvious lack of relevant staff in the bank
needs to be addressed. This is necessary in order to ensure that the
current momentum of the movement is maintained and encouraged to
maintain their vital role in providing citizens with essential
competition to other financial services," added Ms Harkin.
Doherty slams ministers' water tax perk
SINN Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has described as
"outrageous" that ministers can claim tax back on water charges on
their second homes in the capital. The perk is as a result of the
Dual Abode Allowance. “All ministers and junior ministers with a
second home in Dublin can now claim back their full water charges at
that house from their taxes.
“This is despite the fact that Enda Kenny in opposition promised to
abolish this allowance. This outrageous revelation is another smack
in the face to hundreds of thousands of families out there who will
face water charges from tomorrow," said Deputy Doherty.
“To my knowledge Enda Kenny and his ministers are the only people
who will be able to claim back their water charges from their tax
bill. The fact that each of them earn above €130,000 a year won’t be
lost on anyone.”
'VAT drop creates 756 Donegal jobs'
SOME 756 new jobs in the food, tourism and hospitality sectors
have been created in Co Donegal since the reduced VAT rate of 9 per
cent was introduced in July 2011, according to a report by the
Restaurants Association of Ireland.
The report also shows that more than 20,000 new jobs were created
nationally as a result of the VAT reduction.
The association's ceo, Adrian Cummins said: “As this report proves,
in terms of creating new jobs in the food and accommodation sector,
the introduction of the new VAT rate in July 2011 has been a major
driver of local employment growth. 756 new direct jobs have been
created in Donegal alone, with 21,633 new direct jobs created across
the whole country.” The report also says the newly-created jobs also
resulted in savings and gains for the Irish exchequer by getting
people off welfare and upping the PAYE, USC and PRSI take.
New canon at St Eunan's Cathedral 29.09.14
THE new Dean of Raphoe, Arthur Barrett, has welcomed and
installed a new Canon in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Raphoe. Rev John
Deane, is rector of the grouped parishes of Ardara, Glencolumbkille,
Glenties, Inniskeel and Lettermacaward in west Donegal. Ordained in
2002, Canon Deane was previously a non-sipendiary minister and
served in Stranorlar until 2008. That same year he was appointed as
Bishop's Curate in his current parishes. In 2012 he was instituted
as rector. Bishop Ken Good commended the new canon on his "faithful
and resourceful ministry in his parishes and in the wider community
Deer driver, please be careful 29.09.14
DONEGAL motorists are being urged to be vigilant during the deer
rutting season. The season runs from late September to early
November and can pose hazards to drivers as deer can get agitated
and disoriented and wander onto roads particularly in the evening.
The Wild Deer Association of Ireland believes up to 500 traffic
accidents may be caused each year during the deer mating season.
Big jobs fair for Donegal 23.09.14
THE Department of Social Protection will co-host a Recruitment
Fair in Co Donegal early next month to match prospective employees
The event, held in association with European Employment Services
group EURES, is one of a number of jobs fairs being held in various
parts of the country.
A spokesperson said employers had found the fairs "a valuable source
for recruiting clients, providing information and networking with
other employers and service providers".
The Department of Social Protection will pay for exhibition stands
and interview facilities (if required) for participating companies
and will also include firms' vacancies on the promotional and
advertising for the event.
The fair will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, on
Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 10am - 4pm.
Employers who want to register for the event are asked to contact
Bernadetta Gaspari in the department's co-ordination unit at
email@example.com or phone 087 1322407.
On receipt of a completed registration form, participants will
receive all relevant information on the event.
North West Science Park opens in Derry
THE official opening takes place today of the £12 million North
West Science Park headquarters on the Fort George site in Derry. So
far 23 tenants have been secured for the cross-border park with
local software company 8over8 secured as the anchor tenant. The park
which has received EU peace funding, is being operated in
partnership with Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT). The
50,000 sq ft Fort George building will house software, telecoms and
digital media companies and is "a significant milestone in the
development of the knowledge-based economy in the North West
cross-border region", said Mayor of the city, Cllr Brenda Stevenson.
“I am confident that this much-needed investment in the new science
park at Fort George will act as a catalyst to stem the so-called
brain-drain of our young people leaving the North West to seek
career opportunities further afield, and encourage further inward
investment in this region," said Cllr Stevenson. Meanwhile, said the
council would maintain its focus on expansion of the University of
Ulster’s Magee campus "to fully maximize the investment
opportunities presented by the opening of the state-of-the-art
science facility in the city".
Major EU conference for Donegal 17.09.14
DONEGAL County Council is to host a major European conference
which will see up to 100 delegates from various countries visiting
Letterkenny over the course of three days next month. The conference
is being organised by the Assembly of the European Regions (AER) in
partnership with SmartCare and the ENGAGED network. It will attract
regional policy and decision-makers from countries including France,
Denmark, Italy, Turkey and the UK and will focus on e-health,
independence and inclusion in the 21st Century. The event, from
October 20 - 23, will involve three-days of political debate,
seminars and workshops. For registration details visit
Arson attack destroys Newtown Orange Hall
DEPUTY Pádraig MacLochlainn has expressed "solidarity" with
Inishowen's Protestant community after a weekend arson attack
destroyed Newtowncunningham Orange Hall. The fire was reported about
8am yesterday morning. It took several units of the fire brigade to
bring it under control. Most of the roof, interiors and many items
of Orange Lodge memorabilia were ruined in the blaze.
Deputy MacLochlainn inspected the damage with members of the local
Orange and Protestant community.
“Those responsible for this attack represent nobody but themselves.
Anybody with any information relating to this incident should bring
it immediately to An Garda Síochana," he said. “I sincerely hope
that those responsible will be brought to justice. I also want to
convey the solidarity of the entire community in Donegal with the
minority Protestant community at this time. I have no doubt that
that community will unite together and rebuild the hall," he said.
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