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Crackin' gifts from big-hearted Donegal
A FLOCK of chickens was the most popular gift purchased by
Donegal people for people in the developing world last year, the
charity Gorta has revealed.
Gorta recently launched its seasonal 'Give: with Lifetime Gifts’
Christmas catalogue and has revealed that a €20 flock of chickens
was chosen most by people in the county including Inishowen in 2012.
Chairman Sean Gaule said: “Christmas is traditionally a time of
giving and what better gift can you give than the gift of life.
These gifts are truly life-changing for many families and
communities in our countries of work, which are predominately in
“For example, a flock of chickens...can lift a family out of poverty
by giving them a nutritious supply of eggs and poultry. Chickens are
easy to keep and their produce can generate income when sold at
market. This gift also provides a family with essential training on
how to rear and keep the chicks." Visit
Higher prescription charge takes effect
MEDICAL card patients will pay almost 67% more to have
their drugs dispensed after the higher prescription charge levied in
the Budget came into effect yesterday (Dec 1). Patients will now pay
€2.50 euro per item - up from €1.50.
The prescription charge is now five times higher than it was when a
50c charge was first introduced in 2010.
The levy is capped at €25 per month per person or family - or €300
per year. But it means that public patients getting six items
dispensed monthly will now pay €180 a year compared to €108.
There are a number of people exempt from the levy including non
medical card holders; people on the Long Term Illness Scheme; Drugs
Payment Scheme participants; Health Amendment Act Card holders and
children in HSE care who hold their own medical card. Methadone
users participating in the Methadone Treatment Scheme are also
The Irish Pharmacy Union has called on Minister for Health, Dr James
Reilly to exempt other vulnerable groups from the levy including the
terminally ill; nursing home patients; people with intellectual
disabilities and the homeless.
Donegal unemployment rises 28.11.13
UNEMPLOYMENT has risen in the border region including Donegal
despite the drop in joblessness nationally, the Dáil has heard.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue revealed the increase while questioning
the Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton about the lack of new
investment in the county in recent years and the "extremely low
level" of IDA visits to the North West. “I welcome the fact that the
unemployment rate nationally has now fallen to 13 per cent. However,
unemployment in the border region, which includes Donegal, Sligo,
Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim and Louth, has actually increased to 15.2
per cent. That’s up from 14.6 per cent this time two years ago,” he
said. He said Fianna Fáil received figures showing there were just
three IDA site visits to this county between 2011 and 2012. "That’s
compared to 38 site visits in Co Louth. There is no room for
complacency about the extent of the jobs crisis in Donegal," he
Buncrana business on Nationwide 28.11.13
BUNCRANA-based quilting business The Fennel Shed is to feature
on this Friday's Nationwide programme on RTE 1 at 7pm. “We just
heard that the programme is going out right after the main evening
news on Friday, Nov 29 - the same evening as the Toy Show on the
Late Late,” says owner Gaye Grant. “We are delighted to be in such
Tom Gilmartin laid to rest in Urris
TRIBUTES and applause flowed yesterday at the funeral of Tom
Gilmartin in Inishowen. The 78-year old Co Sligo native was a key
witness at the Mahon Tribunal into planning corruption in Dublin.
The father of four was laid to rest following requiem mass at St
Michael's Church in his wife Vera's native Urris, Clonmany. His son
Thomas Jr told the congregation of some 200 people, that it was a
source of sadness to the family that his father received neither an
acknowledgement for what he had been through, nor an apology from
the State. He "deserved better", he said. The Irish Times today
carries a moving piece from the funeral service.
Read it here .
Harkin urges CAP vigilance 21.11.13
MEP Marian Harkin has urged farmers’ organisations and rural sectors
to be "absolutely vigilant" in monitoring the implementation of
measures under the reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The
policy was finally voted through in the European Parliament
yesterday. “Parliament has voted on the new CAP but those affected
by it need to be aware that the way in which the policy will be
implemented will be strongly influenced by the ‘delegated acts’
being developed by the European Commission.
“These acts will determine how both pillars of the policy will be
implemented. For instance young farmers are to be assisted to
establish enterprises but care is needed in determining who is a
young active farmer in order to ensure that the Parliament’s
objectives to redress the age profile problem in farming is
Only four days to register to vote 21.11.13
PEOPLE in Donegal are being urged to make sure they are
registered to vote in next year's local and European elections.
There are just four days to go until the cut-off deadline. Sinn Féin
EU candidate for the Midlands North West constituency, Matt Carthy,
said: “Your vote is your voice. Use your voice and use your vote.
Ensure that you are registered by November 25.” If you are not
already registered you can do so by downloading an application form
from www.checktheregister.ie or call into your local council, post
office or public library.
Man killed in Donegal crash 20.11.13
GARDAÍ are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road crash
in Ballybofey last night. A 53-year-old man, named locally as John
O’Donnell of Curraghmone, Ballybofey, was seriously injured when his
van was involved in a collision with a 4x4 on a minor road at
Creggan, Ballybofey, shortly before 8pm. Mr O'Donnell was pronounced
dead at the scene a short time later. The were no other reported
injuries, Gardaí said. Forensic crash investigators are at the scene
this morning and the road remains closed. Diversions are in place.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballybofey Garda Station
074-9858530 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
Jimmy Harte still critical 20.11.13
THE family of Senator Jimmy Harte has released a statement
thanking the people of Co Donegal for their good wishes since the 55
year old sustained serious head injuries in Dublin last weekend. The
statement says: "Jimmy remains in critical condition in Beaumont
Hospital. The Harte family are extremely grateful and thankful to
the people of Donegal and throughout the country who have sent their
messages of goodwill and support.”
Thousands expected for Christmas switch on
THOUSANDS are expected to give Santa a warm winter welcome when
he arrives at Derry's Ebrington Square on Friday, November 22, for
the Big Christmas Lights Switch On. Entertainment on the night kicks
off at 6.30pm with live music by the Mindbenders until 8pm. Santa
will be taking a break from toy-making to fly in at 7pm to start the
official countdown to Christmas. Visitors to the event are being
urged to avail of the free Park and Ride Service operating in the
Waterside to help limit traffic congestion. Buses will pick up
festival goers at the Park and Ride site on the Limavady Road
between 5.30pm – 7pm, bringing them back to their vehicles post
event between 7.30pm - 9pm.
Donegal renewables tradeshow on Friday
DONEGAL homeowners struggling to meet rising energy costs can
find out about saving money at a renewable energy tradeshow in
Letterkenny this Friday.
The Ren Net event will have a number of experts under one roof to
help inform businesses, families and farmers about how renewables
can work for them. Information on a wide range of areas including
grants, insulation, new building and retrofitting will be available.
The event takes place in the Aura Leisure Centre on November 22 from
12 midday until 9pm. Admission is free. For more information on visit
Thanks from new Inishowen Civic Forum 19.11.13
THE steering committee of the Inishowen Civic Forum would like
to thank all who recently attended its inaugural meetings. The group
thanked everyone who "helped in so many ways, provided a friendly
welcome and warm hospitality to express Inishowen in a very positive
way and encourage everyone working for its future to persevere.
Thanks also to the media who have helped fuel the ray of hope and
progress which the ICF supporters work so hard to ignite," said a
spokesperson. The next meeting will be in McGrory’s, Culdaff, at 8pm
on Thursday, December 5. The aim is to formulate a structure which
will enable the Inishowen Civic Forum to fulfil its promise "to
provide all of Inishowen with a effective ‘think tank’ and a
coherent unified voice". "Feedback from meetings confirms the value
of interaction between Inishowen’s centres and spheres of activity
and its strong potential for joint projects," added the
Donegal Housing Aid grants slashed 18.11.13
The Government has "drastically reduced" the number of grants
paid out under the Housing Aid for Older Persons Scheme in Co
Donegal since it came to power, a Fianna Fáil TD has said. In reply
to parliamentary questions from the party, the Government revealed
that grants to the elderly in Donegal fell from 369 in 2010 to just
52 so far in 2013. Deputy Charlie McConalogue said the grant was a
"vital support to help older people adapt their homes to their
"The Government has cut this support to the bone, with the funding
for these grants in Co Donegal cut from over €1.4 million in 2010 to
€130,278 in 2013.
"This is despite the fact that we have an aging population so the
demand will have increased. Instead, what we have seen is a rapid
decline over the past three years, meaning many older people across
Donegal are not getting the support they need to live in the homes
they have worked all their lives for," said the local TD.
Donegal Co Council named top local authority
DONEGAL County Council has been announced as top local authority
in this year's All Ireland Pride of Place Competition. The
competition, run by Co-operation Ireland, recognises the
contributions that community partnerships make to society. Donegal
county manager Seamus Neely accepted the award on behalf of the
elected members, staff and management of the council. He said: "The
council has been working closely with communities in Donegal for
many years and we believe that the Pride of Place competition is a
great way to recognise and showcase the tremendous work that takes
place throughout the county. It is a great opportunity for us to
show our appreciation to the many community volunteers and workers
who undertake this work. To receive this prestigious award is a
great honour for all of us.”
Have you seen Scamp? 17.11.13
Buncrana family has appealed for help in finding their dog 'Scamp'.
The six year old Irish terrier has been missing since Friday,
November 8. He was last seen in the Buncrana area. The worried
family said they are "devastated" at not being able to locate their
"very friendly" little canine pal. If you have any information
please contact Clare on 086 0629411.
Donegal GAA hit by €18,000 scam - report
Donegal GAA has been hit with an elaborate internet scam with
some €18,000 stolen from the organisation, the 'Donegal Democrat' is
The scam involved the hacking of a Donegal GAA email
address and the issuing of an instruction for Stg£15,000 to be
transferred to a bank account in the
The theft happened in August and was reported to the Gardai within
hours. It continues to be investigated.
According to the 'Democrat' report, the money was transferred to a
bank in Reading, Berkshire. Thames Valley Police are assisting
Gardai with the probe. The paper said it understood that the GAA
insurance does not cover such acts.
"This means that unless the money is recovered in full, the Donegal
county coffers will be out of pocket to the tune of close on
€18,000," the report stated.
Engineers host meeting for concerned homeowners
A PUBLIC information meeting will be held tomorrow evening in
Letterkenny for Donegal homeowners concerned about possible
structural defects in their homes. Engineers hosting the meeting
would like to hear from anyone in the county who is concerned about
web-like cracks in external and internal walls and/or horizontal
cracks on gables. The session will take place in the Mount Errigal
Hotel on Thursday, November 14 at 7.30pm.
Glengad community launches traditional boat
GLENGAD Community Association will launch its traditional
Inishowen drontheim boat 'Harbour Star' this Saturday at the local
pier. The fishing boat follows on from the curraghs and punts
previously built in the community venture guided by the expertise of
the late Willie Bonner. The project has been funded by the
International Fund for Ireland.
The association is also looking for people, over 18, who would like
to re-skill by taking part in the building of another drontheim boat
in the coming months.
"Come on down and join a progressive relaxed environment and enjoy
daytime or evening sessions and create a thing of strength and
beauty that will celebrate our maritime history," said a spokesman.
You can witness this weekend's launch at Glengad pier on Saturday,
November 16 from 2pm. You can also see the progress of the project
in the galleries section at
www.glengadcrc.ie . For more information contact 07493 79969/
mob: 085 166 1780 or e-mail
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