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NUI Galway information event in Letterkenny
DONEGAL secondary school students thinking of studying at NUI
Galway are invited to an information evening in Letterkenny next
The evening will begin with short talks about the university and
some of the 60 courses it offers.
Afterwards, current students and NUI Galway staff will be on hand at
information stands to answer any individual questions in relation to
courses offered and about practical issues like accommodation, fees
The event will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, on
Thursday, December 3, 2015. Parents and guardians are also
particularly welcome to attend. More information from
Derry Mayor to present Berkeley book of condolence
A BOOK of condolence signed by people in the North West
including Inishowen following June's balcony collapse in Berkeley
will be presented this week to the Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre
in San Francisco.
The Mayor of Derry, Cllr Elisha McCallion will lead a delegation to
the Bay Area for a four-day series of economic and educational
Talks have been ongoing for some time about developing a sister city
relationship between Derry and Berkeley.
Cllr McCallion said she would pass on the condolences from people in
the North West to Kevin Byrne of the Irish Consulate and
Donegal-born Fr Brendan McBride of the IIPC.
"It is important that the victims’ families know they have the
sympathy and support of the people of this region, following their
tragic loss," she said.
10,000 descend for Ulster Irish Dancing Championships
MORE than 10,000 visitors will descend on Letterkenny this
weekend for the Ulster Irish Dancing Championships 2015.
The four-day event will showcase the traditional dancing skills of
young people from four to 21 years. Donegal County Council has
provided financial support to the event through the Tourism and
Strategic Development Fund initiatives.
It said success of the Ulster Dancing Championships event in County
Donegal will see it held in Ballybofey in 2016.
"A Céad Míle Fáilte is extended to everyone who wishes to view and
experience Irish dancing at its ultimate best and to explore what
the Ulster Dancing Championships event holds in store for the avid
Irish dancing enthusiasts and local communities," said a council
spokesperson. The event is being held at the Mount Errigal Hotel.
4,000 hauliers could get lower motor tax 20.11.15
SOME 4,000 hauliers could avail of motor tax from as low as €333
for the next year after a recent court ruling. Sinn Féin TD Pearse
Doherty said the Court of Appeal ruling means that articulated
trucks "should be weighed without their carriages meaning in effect
that they are to be taxed at the same rate as tractors at €333 per
year". “My understanding is that the Government will rush through
legislation next week to correct this error but in the meantime
truck drivers whose motor tax is up for renewal in November and
December are entitled to pay the tax for a full year at the actual
legal rate which is the same as a tractor of €333," he said.
Average Donegal rent now €525 17.11.15
THE average monthly rent in Donegal now stands at €525 - a rise
of 8% from the lowest point two years ago, the latest Daft.ie survey
In the three Ulster counties, rents rose by an average of 7.2% in
the year to September 2015, compared to largely stable rents a year
previously. In Donegal, rents were on average 6% higher in the third
quarter of 2015 than a year previously.
The survey also shows that rents rose nationwide by an average of
3.2% in the third quarter of 2015, the largest three-month increase
since early 2007. The increase in rents comes ahead of Government
measures to limit increases in rents. The national average rent
between July and September was €964, compared to €882 a year
Kelly faces longer jail term 17.11.15
BUNCRANA man Shaun Kelly is facing an increase in his jail term
after appeal judges ruled that his sentence for dangerous driving
causing the deaths of eight people was "unduly lenient". The
Ballymagan man is currently serving a four-year sentence with the
last two suspended. He is due to be re-sentenced on December 7.
Mr Justice George Birmingham at the Court of Criminal Appeal said
there were factors present which "justified, indeed required" a
sentence of lower than seven years.
However, he said there was an error in the application of a "double
discount" of mitigating the sentence from seven to four and then
suspending the final two years. He said this represented a
"substantial departure" from what would be appropriate.
Gardaí appeal for crash witnesses 17.11.15
GARDAÍ are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road
traffic collision at Newtowncunningham. The collision occurred when
two cars collided on the N13 at Moyle about 2.30pm last Friday.
A Derry man and Cavan-born woman in their 30s were pronounced dead
at the scene. A third man was taken by ambulance to Altnagelvin
Hospital with serious injuries. Anyone with information is asked to
contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 91 67100 or the Garda
Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
Cancer group hopes for big turn-out tonight
CO-OPERATING for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW), is encouraging
people to attend tonight's public information session in Letterkenny
delivered by the project team behind the new cross-border
CCC(NW), which campaigned for the unit for over ten years, said the
meeting would afford people the opportunity to get first-hand
information and ask questions on how the unique cross-border project
It is envisaged the session will provide information on progress
regarding the building works, staff recruitment and service
development for the new unit which is due to be completed at
Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry, in 2016.
The event will take place in Letterkenny General Hospital's large
conference room tonight, November 16, at 6pm. All welcome.
Book of condolence for Paris victims 16.11.15
DERRY mayor Cllr Elisha McCallion has opened a book of
condolence in the Guildhall following Friday's attacks in Paris.
Cllr McCallion said she was deeply saddened by the attacks and felt
it was important to provide an opportunity for people to express
solidarity with the dead and injured.
“I think everyone is totally shocked and horrified at the scenes in
Paris and our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by
this devastating incident," she said, encouraging people to come
along and "show that we care".
Moville's "substandard" broadband slated
MOVILLE'S 'substandard' broadband service has been slated as
The service was unavailable for over six hours yesterday during peak
business hours for local traders and companies.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue said: “The broadband service in Moville
has been substandard for years. Every few months the signal fails
and homes and businesses in the town and surrounding areas are left
without a broadband connection. Despite an intermittent service,
customers are still being charged in full, and are understandably
frustrated by the situation." He said the latest National Broadband
Plan commits the Government to providing broadband provision within
"However, this is kicking the can down the road to 2021 for the many
communities and businesses that need high speed internet now," said
the Fianna Fáil deputy.
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