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North goes to polls in 'Brexit' referendum
DONEGAL TD Charlie McConalogue is encouraging voters in the
North to get out and vote in today's historic Brexit referendum.
The FF deputy said the outcome has the potential to have
"significant implications for people living on both sides of the
“If Britain decides to leave the EU, it will have a major impact on
people living right across the island of Ireland. It will have trade
implications. The travel, tourism and energy sectors will be
affected. Farmers and those in the agriculture industry will have to
adapt to deal with new tariff, animal health and labelling
regulations," he said.
Work begins on Donegal sewerage schemes 23.06.16
IRISH Water has commenced work on the €18.4 million Donegal
Group B project including the development of new sewerage schemes in
Killybegs, Bundoran, Glencolumbkille and Convoy. Irish Water's
capital delivery regional lead North West Eunan Canavan said:
“Killybegs and Bundoran are two of 44 towns in Ireland where
untreated sewage is being discharged directly into the sea. Irish
Water will ensure that wastewater treatment in the four towns is
compliant with required EU Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive
standards while also allowing for future economic growth in the
Children need specific mental health facilities - Ombudsman
THE Ombudsman for Children has criticised the "continued
admission of vulnerable children to adult mental health facilities".
The admissions were highlighted in the Mental Health Commission’s
Annual Report. Children's Ombudsman, Dr Niall Muldoon said: "We must
provide the safest possible setting for our most vulnerable
children, where they can receive the best possible care to help them
to heal and grow again. By denying them a bed in a setting with
their peers, we are exposing this cohort of young people to
unnecessary trauma, at a time when we know they cannot cope."
Big upgrade for key hospital wards after floods
A contract to redevelop the Oncology/Haematology Ward and
Coronary Care Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital has been
signed today with work scheduled to be completed by March next year,
a local campaign group confirmed.
Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW) said the
redevelopment was more than just flood repairs adding that services
would be significantly improved for patients.
Noelle Duddy of CCC(NW) said: "The fact that the redevelopment goes
further than simply repairing (or) replacing damage done in the
flood by enhancing and providing both wards with isolation and
single room facilities, will go a long way to improving patient
comfort and clinical outcomes.
"CCC(NW) wish to acknowledge the sterling work of Seán Murphy,
general manager and all the staff in LUH who collectively, on a
daily basis, work hard to provide quality care for the patients they
Gleneely man found safe and well 15.06.16
GLENEELY teenager Lee McLaughlin has been found safe and well
after going missing in Paris for over 24 hours.It is understood Mr
McLaughlin made contact with his family this morning and was
reunited a short time ago with his sister and father at Saint Lazare
It is not yet clear where the Donegal man had spent the past 24
He had been missing since leaving his Paris hotel in the Monmarte
area yesterday at noon. He subsequently missed his return flight
home to Ireland. A large-scale appeal was launched while the family
received assistance from the Irish Embassy, Gardai and the FAI.
Arrangements are now being made for the relieved family to return
home to Donegal.
€30,000 return on €3 scratch card 15.06.16
A Donegal Lotto syndicate is smiling today after picking up a
cheque for €30,000 won on a €3 scratch card.
The syndicate scooped the cash on an All Cash Tripler after they won
the card by matching two numbers and the bonus in Saturday’s main Lotto draw.
The group, who wish to keep their win private, picked up their lucky
buy at Mac's Mini Market in St Johnston.
"€30,000 is such a wonderful amount of money for us to win. It is
such an amazing feeling to experience this big win as part of a
group. We don’t have any immediate plans for our winnings but we
will probably throw a small party for family and friends to
celebrate," a spokesperson said.
Book of condolence for Orlando victims
THE Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman
Hilary McClintock, has opened a book of condolence in memory of the
victims of the latest terror attack to rock America. Cllr McClintock
said she was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the events. “I was
horrified to hear the news as it broke this morning that over 50
people have been tragically killed in this atrocity in Orlando,” she
said. “It’s simply unimaginable that people out to enjoy a night out
could be targeted in this way and I want to express my sadness and
sympathy for the many families affected." The book will remain open
at the Guildhall in Derry during regular opening hours for the
Freedom of Donegal for GAA legend 02.06.16
GAA legend Anthony Molloy will be bestowed with Donegal's
highest honour - the freedom of the county - at a civic reception
Molloy will be given the honour at a civic reception in the County
House, Lifford, next Tuesday evening, hosted by the Cathaoirleach
and members of Donegal County Council. The freedom of the county
will be awarded in recognition of his contribution to Gaelic
football in Donegal and Ireland and his "excellent work" as an
ambassador among the Donegal Diaspora, said a council spokesperson.
SF president raises defective block issue
SINN Féin President Gerry Adams this week raised in the Dáil the
issue of defective concrete blocks – particularly those affected by
muscovite mica – in homes across Donegal and Mayo. Mr Adams pressed
Taoiseach Enda Kenny about the progress of the expert panel
established in February to examine the issue - and which is due to
report in about six months' time.
The SF leader was speaking following a Prime Time expose on Tuesday
which outlined the shocking scale of the problem for hundreds of
families whose homes - both private and public - are now effectively
worthless. “The Government is currently insisting that Donegal
County Council meets the cost of what could be a massive bill. This
would seriously impact on the provision of other local services,"
said Mr Adams. He said the programme also outlined "a profound
failure in State regulation of the construction industry".
Wreath to remember Cllr Eddie Fullerton
A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Eddie Fullerton
Memorial in Buncrana last evening to mark the 25th anniversary of
the councillor's death. Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr
Ciaran Brogan laid a wreath at the Stone Jug near the
Castle Bridge at 7pm surrounded by members of the Fullerton family,
friends and party colleagues of the late Sinn Féin public
Cllr Fullerton, a native of Sledrin, Buncrana, was murdered by
loyalist gunmen at his home in Cockhill on May 25, 1991.
Concern at closure of Knocknamona unit
DONEGAL T.D., Pearse Doherty has described the closure of the
young persons' residential unit at Knocknamona in Letterkenny as
‘extremely concerning’ and has called on the relevant authorities to
explain what led to the decision to shut the facility. The Sinn Féin
deputy said a number of children residing in the care of the State
at the facility had been moved more than 200 miles away at just
“I cannot understand the rationale of the authorities responsible in
their making this decision which, in effect, has turned the lives of
these children upside down without so much as an explanation having
yet been given as to why residential services have been suspended,"
said Deputy Doherty. He is awaiting answers from the child and
family agency, TUSLA.
Donegal diaspora seminar opens 19.05.16
THE two-day Irish Donegal Irish Diaspora Conference featuring
speakers from around the world on 1916 and its legacy has opened
Now in it’s fifth year, the seminar which is hosted by Donegal
County Council in association with the University of Massachusetts
Lowell’s Centre for Irish Partnerships will take place today,
Thursday and Friday at LYIT. Speakers will include Sir Tom Devine,
Kevin Cullen and Michael Patrick McDonald. It will be moderated by
Victoria Denoon of the University of Massachusetts.
Children's 1916 book a hit at libraries 19.05.16
A CHILDREN’S novel about the 1916 Easter Rising was among the
most borrowed books from Irish libraries last year, new figures
'The Guns of Easter' by Wexford author Gerard Whelan shot into the
Top 20 of the most borrowed list in 2015 as the country prepared for
this year's centenary celebrations.
The work of fiction, was first released in 1996 – on the 80th
anniversary of the Easter Rising. It won a number of literary prizes
the following year.
It tells the story of twelve-year-old Jimmy Conway who lives in
poverty in the Dublin slums and becomes torn between the rebels of
the Easter Rising and the British Army, as Europe is entrenched war.
The Top 10 last year was once again dominated by the 'Diary of a
Wimpy Kid' series, with various titles in the popular franchise
taking the number one spot and six other places.
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