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Wreath to remember Cllr Eddie Fullerton 26.05.16
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 representative.
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 19.05.16
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 24-hours' notice.
“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
THE two-day Irish Donegal Irish Diaspora Conference featuring speakers from around the world on 1916 and its legacy has opened today.
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
A CHILDREN’S novel about the 1916 Easter Rising was among the most borrowed books from Irish libraries last year, new figures show.
'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.

Alzheimer Society AGM 18.05.16
THE Annual General Meeting of the Donegal branch of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will be held in Letterkenny this evening. All branch members and anyone interested in the work of the branch are invited to attend. The meeting will take place in the Inishbeg Room, Training Centre, St Conal's Hospital, Letterkenny tonight, Wednesday, May 18 at 7.30pm.

Celebrating International Nurses Day 12.05.16
THE Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has sent its best wishes to members and nurses all over the world on International Nurses Day today - the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.
The theme chosen by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) for this year is ‘Nurses: A Force for Change – Improving health systems’ resilience’ which acknowledges that "nurses are closest to those requiring health services and therefore have a significant influence on reducing health costs and increasing quality of care". The ICN, of which the INMO has been a member since 1925, represents some 16 million nurses worldwide.

Man rescued at Buncrana Pier 09.05.16
A man is recovering at Letterkenny University Hospital today after being rescued from the water off Buncrana Pier last night. The alarm was raised after the casualty was spotted in the sea at about 10pm. A passer-by threw the victim a life-ring from the pier before he was pulled to safety. The victim, understood to be a non-national living in the Buncrana area, was treated by fire service personnel before being taken to hospital. He is said to be in a stable condition there this morning. The incident comes just seven weeks after the tragic drowning of five members of the McGrotty/Daniels family. The Derry family had been on a day trip to the seaside when their 4x4 slid off Buncrana Pier and quickly became submerged at high tide on Sunday, March 20.

15,000 new cars bought in April
ALMOST 15,000 new cars were licensed for the first time last month, an increase of 12.8% compared with April 2015. A further 5,626 imported, used private cars were licensed - a rise of 40.8% on the same month last year. Figures out today from the Central Statistics Office show that a total of 83,222 new private cars were licensed so far this year, a rise of 26.7% on last year. The statistics also show that Volkswagen was the most popular brand followed by Ford; Nissan; Hyundai and Toyota. Together, these five makes represented 46.8% of all new private cars licensed. Meanwhile, seven out of every ten new private cars licensed here were diesel fuelled while 96.3% of them were in the A/B CO2 emissions bands.

Woman (52) located safe and well
A 52 year old woman from the North who was reported missing over the weekend has been found safe and well.
The PSNI had issued an appeal via the Gardaí expressing concern for the welfare of Geraldine Colgan, who was reported missing from the Enniskillen area. She was believed to be in the camping along the border in the company of a 40 year old man.

Donegal celebrates year of marriage equality 05.05.16
DONEGAL'S official and only celebration of the first year anniversary of Marriage Equality Act will take place on Friday, May 13, 2016 in Letterkenny. Organisers say the function, at Voodoo Vintage, will be a "celebration for everyone to reunite and rejoice in a historical moment that has changed Ireland for the better". Performances from blues band Blackbird and Crow, a cabaret drag show and a video showing the highlights from Ireland's 'YES' campaign will be followed by DJ Pixie Smith. The event kicks off at 10pm sharp.

MEP welcomes internet disabled access
NDEPENDENT MEP Marian Harkin has welcomed a European directive to make public sector websites and mobile applictions accessible to people with disabilities.
“I have worked closely with the Disability Federation of Ireland on this directive and I warmly welcome the outcome which will mean so much for the 80 million persons with disabilities in the European Union,” she said. She called on Ireland to quickly implement the directive into Irish law. She said government departments and regional and local authorities would then have to be proactive in providing the new access to information for people with disabilities.

Injured crewman evacuated from Naval ship
A NAVAL crewman is recovering in hospital after suffering a head injury on board the L.E. Samuel Beckett in the early hours of Wednesday.
The accident happened as the naval ship was on patrol some 160 nautical miles off the south west coast of Waterford.
A dramatic medical evacuation involving two Coast Guard helicopters swung into action shortly before 3am.
A winchman from the Shannon 115 helicopter was lowered to the deck of the L.E. Samuel Beckett to recover the casualty while colleagues on the 117 Coast Guard helicopter provided top cover.
The patient was flown to Cork University Hospital where he is recovering well.

Army medic saves woman bitten by snake
A YOUNG Irish Army medic has been hailed a heroine after saving the life of a civilian woman bitten by a deadly snake in the Golan Heights.
The woman was a victim of the notoriously venomous Palestinian viper on April 24. Cpl Burcheal, from Clane, Co Kildare is a member of the 52 Infantry Group and works as a medical officer as part of the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force in the war-torn region.

Buncrana recycling banks temporarily removed 03.05.16
DONEGAL County Council has advised people in Buncrana that the glass, can and clothes recycling banks at SuperValu will be temporarily removed due to resurfacing works at the supermarket car park.
The roadworks are scheduled to begin this Friday, May 6 and run until May 12. Members of the public are asked to use the alternative recycling facilities located at the Tourist Office, Railway Road, or Clarkes Service Station in Slavery. The recycling bring banks will be put back at SuperValu when the works are completed, the council said, thanking people for their co-operation.

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