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Two die in Letterkenny crash 27.07.16
GARDAÍ in Letterkenny are appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash which claimed the lives of two young men in the early hours of this morning.
The accident happened when a car collided head-on with a van on the inbound carriageway of the N13 dual-carriageway at Trimragh, Letterkenny.
The occupants of the car, two males understood to be be aged in their late teens and 20s, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the van, a 40 year old man, was taken by ambulance to Letterkenny University Hospital where his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
"The inbound stretch of the dual carriageway is currently closed to traffic and diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators have been requested to examine the scene and the local coroner has been notified," Gardaí said in a statement.
Investigations are ongoing and Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Irish Water announces €13.8m Donegal project 18.07.16
IRISH Water has announced an investment package of €13.8 million as part of the Donegal Countywide Water Main Rehabilitation Project.
The company said the project would see the "rehabilitation and replacement" of about 46 kilometres of aging water mains across the county. Fifteen "priority" sections of water main spread over seven water supply schemes "will benefit from this extensive project", Irish Water said. They include Three Trees, Quigley's Point; Cabry, Redcastle; Ballyshannon town; Ballybofey; Ballybofey South Backline; Argery Outlet and Argery to Rossgier; Carlin, Kerrykeel; Donaghmore, Fanad; Sheskinbeg; Derrybeg to Ranafast; Corker; Abbeylands; Bundoran West End; and Finner Dunmuckrum. Residents of each affected area will be notified before works begin.

"Malin Head needs more tourism promotion" - MEP
18.07.16
MEP Matt Carthy has held a “constructive and positive meeting” with Fáilte Ireland about the future progress of Co Donegal and specifically the need to develop the tourism potential of Malin Head.
The Sinn Féin representative said: “Malin Head Community Development Association is doing great work in seeking to promote the area, to develop tourism and to increase local employment opportunities.
“But the area, which has suffered from high unemployment and emigration, needs increased infrastructure and accessibility to exploit its obvious tourist potential as Ireland’s most northern point.
“I have confirmed that I will work at a European level to support local efforts to develop this area sensitively and for the benefit of the community and the local environment," he said.

MacGill school on webcast
18.07.16
DONEGAL County Council is to bring the MacGill Summer School to a wider audience by webcasting proceedings live from Glenties. Events will be webcasted via www.donegalcoco.ie all this week until the close of the school on Friday, July 22.

Book of condolence for Nice victims
18.07.16
A book of condolence has been opened at the Guildhall in Derry for the victims of the Nice attack. Mayor Hilary McClintock expressed her sympathy to the people of France following the terror attack which claimed the lives of 84 people and injured hundreds more.
“I am also aware that there are many people from our own city and district who are holidaying in the area at this time and I sincerely hope that all the local families will soon have reassurance from their loved ones as to their safety,” she said.

Michael Flately launches dance school
18.07.16
IRISH dancing is to go toe-to-toe with the world's greatest art forms with the unveiling of the new Michael Flatley DANCE Academy in London.
Flatley (58) announced details of his new performing arts school via a slick new website, saying the first intake of young students would begin in September.
The superstar performer and choreographer said children and teenage students will be taught Irish dance in a supportive "mentoring environment" that builds self-confidence as well as dancing skills.
Classes will take place at 12 London venues - costing £130-a-term (155 euro) - including the YMCA John Innes Centre in Wimbledon and St Luke's Hall, Chelsea. Four top dancers and performers from 'Lord of the Dance' have been assigned as tutors at Michael Flatley DANCE. More details at michaelflatleydance.com.

Council aims to cut its energy bill 08.07.16
DONEGAL County Council will launch its Staff Energy Awareness Campaign next week and workers will be invited to do the 'Bike Watt Challenge'. The campaign is targeting staff but members of the public are welcome to drop in to the County House, Lifford, and check out some of the energy saving in the home demonstrations. Workers will also be invited to take part in the Best Staff Energy Saving Idea competition. The council said an energy audit had highlighted a number of "significant users" of power including public lighting, public offices, cultural buildings, fire stations, landfill sites and the transport fleet.

Anchors aweigh at Foyle Maritime Festival
08.07.16
THE Foyle Maritime Festival kicks off in Derry this weekend with local retailers and businesses looking forward to thousands of visitors from July9 - July 17. Chamber of Commerce ceo Sinead McLaughlin said: “The business community is looking forward to the Foyle Maritime Festival and giving a big warm welcome to all the competitors in the Clipper Race.
“We are crossing our fingers for good weather but there is so much planned and so much to enjoy that the weather is just a side show. This is a showcase event for our city and region and I know once again that the people of the region will be the shining stars."

Check medicine strength abroad
08.07.16
PEOPLE going on holidays this summer have been urged to check the strength of medicines they buy abroad to prevent accidental overdoses.
The National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC) warned holidaymakers that common drugs such as paracetamol may come in stronger doses overseas but that the dangers may get lost in translation.
Parents were particularly urged to be vigilant when giving medicines to children and to know their youngsters' weight in kilos before heading to locations such as France. The NPIC issued the message on social media to coincide with the school summer holidays. Their number is 01 809 2166.

TD criticises 'billion dollar' charity arrangements
08.07.16
SINN Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has written to the Charities Regulator John Farrelly outlining concerns that "trusts designated as charities are being used by billion dollar special purpose vehicles to obscure their tax arrangements". Deputy Doherty said there seemed to be a "clear conflict of interest in the management of these trusts".
“In a Freedom of Information request I received recently, Revenue Commissioners officials raised concerns that charities set up by law firms were being used to obscure tax arrangements of Special Purpose Vehicles and that the Charities Regulator had a role in cracking down on this practice," said the Donegal TD.

Irish farmers need Brexit support - Senator
08.07.16
SINN Féin Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn has called on Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, to outline the Government's strategy for assisting Irish farmers following the Brexit vote. “The recent Brexit vote will damage many sectors of the Irish and EU economies and there is no sector more vulnerable than the farming sector across the island of Ireland. "With 51% of exports from agriculture going to the UK and similarly 51% of imports returning via the same route, it is absolutely vital that a free trade agreement is sustained between both markets regardless of the UK’s future position within the single market of the EU," said Senator MacLochlainn.
“The last thing farmers need is the return of tariffs which will seriously erode the already lowered incomes being earned by farmers across the agri-sector," he added.

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