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NUI Galway information event in Letterkenny 24.11.15
DONEGAL secondary school students thinking of studying at NUI Galway are invited to an information evening in Letterkenny next month.
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 and scholarships.
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 23.11.15
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 development meetings.
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 20.11.15
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
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 survey shows.
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 previously.

Kelly faces longer jail term
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
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 16.11.15
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 Radiotherapy Centre.
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 is proceeding.
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
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 22.10.15
MOVILLE'S 'substandard' broadband service has been slated as "completely unacceptable".
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 five years.
"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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