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Diversions lifted after Burnfoot crash 23.08.15
GARDAÍ in Buncrana are investigating a fatal road crash at Tooban, Burnfoot, in the early hours of this morning.
A 19-year old passenger was killed and a female passenger, also 19, was seriously injured in the single-vehicle collision. She was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for treatment.
The male driver (19) was also taken to hospital.
The scene was preserved and forensic crash investigators carried out an investigation into the accident, which happened about 4.30am.
Road diversions have now been lifted. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was travelling on the main Buncrana to Derry Road or in the vicinity of Tooban around the time of the crash to contact them at Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540. They can also contact the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda station.

Oar-some! Donegal to host All-Ireland rowing 21.08.15
DONEGAL is to host the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships next year, it's been revealed.
The event is one of the biggest in the country with an estimated 2,700 competitors and similar number of spectators taking to the water over three days. It will be held at Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon, in August 2016.
Four Donegal teams attended this year's event in Waterville, Kerry, including Donegal Bay Rowing Club, Loughros Point Rowing Club, The Village Rowing Club and Inver Rowing Club with participants from Killybegs Rowing Club making up the teams. Joy Harron of Donegal Tourism Ltd said: “This event is a wonderful opportunity to showcase County Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way to those who attend and to give everyone a taste of the fantastic maritime activities, wonderful restaurants and pubs, quality accommodation, scenic beauty and much more here in Donegal."

What happened to Buncrana Fishing Port? 21.08.15
BUNCRANA Library will host a "fascinating" talk that explores why the seaside town lost its status as the biggest fishing port in North West Europe.
The event will be delivered by Maurice Clarke from the Marine Institute, Galway, as part of Heritage Week.
The talk will be of interest to history enthusiasts or anyone curious about what is happening in the seas off Donegal.
Mr Clarke will show a number of slides that reveal how active Buncrana was as a fishing port along with statistics taken from the era. He will also touch on how everyday activity is affecting stocks and fish patterns off our coastline.
The talk entitled 'Buncrana, the biggest fishing port in North West Europe - what happened?' will take place at Buncrana Library on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

Donegal fishing industry mourns Martin Howley 19.08.15
THE Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has paid tribute following the death of its former chairman, Martin Howley.
Mr Howley was a KFO board member since it was formed in 1979 and served as chairperson at various times over 18 years.
His colleagues described him as "a hugely prominent and progressive part of the fishing community" since moving to Killybegs in the 1970s.
The well-known fisherman, who was born in Co Sligo, was also a founder member of Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland.
KFO ceo Seán O’Donoghue said that as a leader and a loyal advocate of the industry, Martin was "irreplaceable".
“Whether negotiating on behalf of the industry in the most challenging of times or working at the coalface, Martin was extremely popular and earned the trust of fishermen, their families, colleagues as well as the political establishment."
Meanwhile, Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland ceo Jason Whooley said Mr Howley was a "natural leader" who possessed a warmth and sincerity that drew people to him.
"The team at Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland wishes to extend its sincere sympathies to our valued colleague, Mary, who is Martin’s sister, his wife Teresa, sons Noel, Pauric and Shaun, daughter Marguerite and his extended family."
Mr Howley's funeral will take place this Friday, August 21, 2015 with midday requiem mass in the Church of St Joseph and St Conal, Bruckless.

Donegal is second for Farm Assist 05.08.15
DONEGAL has the second highest number of Farm Assist recipients in the country, a TD has revealed.
Deputy Thomas Pringle said 1,458 Farm Assist recipients live in Donegal making it second only to Mayo, with 1,614.
The figures were released to the Independent deputy as he sought commitments from Social Protection Minister Joan Burton that she would restore Farm Assist payments to pre-Budget 2012 levels.
"Ultimately this is about income security for people who engage in part time farming and other seasonal work throughout the year," he said.

Scrap water charges and Irish Water now - Donegal TD 28.07.15
EUROSTAT'S rejection today of plans to keep Irish Water off balance sheet is a major blow to the Government, according to Donegal TD., Pearse Doherty.
The Sinn Féin deputy called for the scrapping of the utility company and water charges.
“Sinn Féin’s view has always been that the Government’s entire rationale for the Irish Water was flawed. It was simply a vehicle to charge people for their water.
“The current non-payment level means that the cost of the Water Conservation Grant and its administration costs will exceed the money returned in domestic water charges," he said.
"As a result of this Eurostat ruling, all borrowing by Irish Water is now deemed as Government borrowing yet Irish Water has borrowings of €850 million which can rise to €2 billion, mostly from commercial sources at rates higher than what the government is paying for its borrowings. This is simply money down the drain."

Watch MacGill Summer School on webcast 20.07.15
THE 35th annual MacGill Summer School is currently underway and Donegal County Council is webcasting proceedings live from the week long event.
This is the sixth year that the local authority has webcast this event live from Glenties and it’s proving to be very popular especially with the Donegal and Irish diaspora abroad.
The council's head of information systems Brian Boyle said: "By webcasting the event live we are providing a worldwide audience for the MacGill Summer School which sees contributions from a variety of well known and renowned speakers in Ireland today." Proceedings kicked off yesterday and will end with an address by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Friday, July 24. To access the live webcast visit www.donegalcoco.ie .

Ballyliffin Golf Club to test top sports writers 17.07.15
AMERICAN sports journalists will sample the stunning but challenging Glashedy Golf Links in Ballyliffin next week on a trip around the top courses of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Fáilte Ireland said eleven influential golf writers, broadcasters and online media from the US, with a combined audience-reach of almost 90 million, will arrive on Monday for a week-long visit.
Fáilte Ireland spokesperson Ciara Sugrue revealed that some 200,000 international visitors played golf while in Ireland last year. "In 2014 we welcomed over one million US visitors which generated revenue of over €866 million and most encouraging for this year, latest figures indicate that we are already experiencing double-digit growth on last year," she said.

Pringle tells McConalogue "get off the fence" 16.07.15
DONEGAL TD Thomas Pringle has said it is not enough for Fianna Fáil TD., Charlie McConalogue to call for Irish Water to be scrapped.
The Independent deputy said Fianna Fáil should "get off the fence" and join the call for a boycott of the water charges.
"We can’t rely on Fianna Fáil to abolish Irish Water if they get back into government. History is proof of this. The best way to ensure that Irish Water charges are abolished is for people to join the boycott campaign and for Fianna Fáil to follow suit," said Deputy Pringle.
"It’s simply not good enough for Fianna Fáil to call on the Government to scrap Irish Water and expect people to do the hard work on the ground on their behalf.
"If Fianna Fáil were serious, they would stand in solidarity with the people of Donegal and boycott the water tax."

21 year old man dies in Burnfoot crash 13.07.15
GARDAI in Buncrana have appealed for witnesses after a young man was killed in a car crash at Burnfoot last night.
The accident happened about 11.30pm at Carnashannagh, on the main Buncrana to Derry road, when the vehicle collided with a bollard.
There were three young men in the car at the time of the collision. One of the passengers, a 21 year old, was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene. His body was removed to the morgue at Letterkenny General Hospital. The 18 year old driver and another 21 year old passenger were injured and taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for treatment. Gardai have described their injuries as non life-threatening. It is understood the man who died is from the Buncrana area.
The road is closed just outside Burnfoot village, with diversions via Inch island.
It is expected to remain closed until this afternoon to facilitate a Garda forensic investigation. Any witnesses are asked to contact Buncrana garda station on 93 20540, the Garda confidential line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

€12K tax relief to rent a room to students 08.07.15
PROPERTY owners in college towns such as Letterkenny could earn €12,000 tax free by signing up to a scheme that matches students with spare rooms.
Homeowners can sign up for 'rent-a-room relief' if they take on a lodger via the Union of Students in Ireland www.homes.usi.ie website.
USI President Kevin Donoghue said: "This site is designed to provide quality, affordable accommodation to students while easing the stress on the rental market as a whole. It will also help families who are struggling to make ends meet.
"Long term the solution is more purpose-built student accommodation. While this will help alleviate the problem in the short term it can’t be seen as a permanent fix.”

Sailability group reach halfway mark 02.07.15
The yachts sailing around Ireland under the Foyle Sailability flag are currently berthed at the halfway mark, Kinsale, Co Cork.
A crew change will take place shortly before the group head west continuing on to Galway and Killybegs before returning to Greencastle on Friday, July 10.
A spokesperson said their journey to date had been a "mixed bag of fair winds, gales, thunder and lightning".
"However, the sun came out in each of the stopovers where they were able to enjoy the hospitality and welcome at the Sailability centres in Carrickfergus, Carlingford and Dun Laoghaire." Earlier in the trip, Belfast Lough Sailability donated a Squip dinghy to Foyle Sailability.
Garry Crothers, who is skippering the yacht 'Kind of Blue', said the group was "overwhelmed" at the very generous gesture as well as the warm welcome the round-Ireland sailors received in Carrickfergus.

Check for safe medicine logo 01.07.15
FROM today online pharmacies or retailers of medicines legally operating in the EU should display a new logo introduced by the Falsified Medicines Directive to protect patients against fake or dangerous drugs.
Europeans considering buying medicines online should look out for the logo on the webpages of an online pharmacy or other online retailers.
The logo has a two-step verification process to ensure maximum protection from falsified medicines.
When clicking on the logo, online shoppers should be taken to the national regulatory authority website which lists all legally operating pharmacies and retailers of medicines in a given member state.

Lone parent allowance cuts criticised
01.07.15
CUTS to the one parent family allowance have been described as a "sheer lack of compassion" on the part of the Government.
The changes being introduced from tomorrow, will mean parents of children aged seven years and older will no longer be entitled to receive the payment.
Inishowen TD., Pádraig MacLochlainn said: “These cutbacks affect all walks of lives, all generations and all communities across our society. The real life consequences are life-changing, heart-breaking and often that one-cut too far that turns basic living for families into a daily struggle to survive." Sinn Féin tabled a Dáil motion last night in a bid to have the cuts reversed.

Cathaoirleach wishes yachts safe passage 25.06.15
DONEGAL County Council cathaoirleach, Cllr Ciaran Brogan has wished Greencastle skippers and crews all the best in their Round Ireland trip to raise awareness of Sailability Ireland. The three yachts to be waved off on Friday are 'Kind of Blue' skippered by Gary Crothers; 'Dream Machine' skippered by George McCormick and 'Aaraura' skippered by Michael Cavanagh. A fourth yacht 'Ferdia' skippered by Michael O’Farrell will later join the three.
A total of 45 crew will take part in different legs of the journey, with ten sailing the complete course. Of the 45 taking part, eleven people have a disability.
A ‘Greencastle Fun Day on Shore and Water’ will take place at the new pontoon funded by Donegal County Council and The Loughs Agency on Friday between 11am and 3pm. The action will then switch to Greencastle village where the boats and their crew will be cheered off on their journey.

Condolences on Berkeley tragedy 19.06.15
A Book of Condolence has opened at the Guildhall in Derry following the tragic deaths earlier this week of six students in Berkeley, California. Five of the six were Dublin students on J1 summer visas and had been celebrating a 21st birthday party when a balcony collapsed. Another of the victims was a young Irish American woman. Mayor Cllr Elisha McCallion said: “Derry and the city of Berkeley have very close connections and we have a lot in common. Berkeley, like Derry and the wider North West region, is known throughout the world for its promotion of civil rights and the work it has done to promote equality. We have close links to its university and the two cities have much in common in terms of our history."

Woman dies in Donegal crash 19.06.15
Gardai in Ballybofey are continuing their investigations into a crash that claimed the life of a young woman this morning.
The accident happened in the townland of Trentabouy, Convoy, on the main Letterkenny to Sligo Road at about 7am.
A female driver in her late 20s was fatally injured when the car she was driving collided with a truck.
Her body has been removed to Letterkenny General Hospital for a post mortem. The driver of the truck was uninjured. The road is currently closed for a Garda forensic examination and local diversions are in place. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Ballybofey Garda Station on 074 9137740, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda station.

Three Inishowen fisherman rescued
19.06.15
THREE Inishowen fishermen were rescued last night after their boat suffered engine failure and they drifted out to sea without communications. The operation to bring the men to safety, involved the first emergency tasking of Lough Swilly RNLI's new Shannon-class lifeboat. The alarm was raised about midnight when the men, from the Glengad area, failed to return to shore. It is understood the fishermen were wearing the appropriate life-safety equipment. Portrush RNLI and Greencastle Coast Guard also joined the mission along with a number of local fishing vessels who located the men at about 2.30am.

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