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Carn tragedy: Man (42) charged 24.10.14
GARDAÍ have this evening charged a 42 year old man in connection
with the discovery of the bodies of two Inishowen pensioners in
Retired teacher Jimmy Cuddihy (77) and his wife Kathleen (73), a
retired nurse, were found dead at their home at Churchtown about
9am. The man is due to appear before a special sitting of
Ballyshannon District Court this evening at 9.30pm.
He was arrested yesterday and detained overnight at Buncrana Garda
Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice
Post mortems took place today on the tragic couple's remains.
Gardaí in Buncrana also appealed for information in relation to the
movements of the Cuddihys' silver Skoda Octavia car in the hours
leading up to their deaths.
The car, 10 DL 274, was found at Meendoran Lake on the Mountain Road
shortly after the grim discovery. It is understood the suspect was
detained at the same location.
Man arrested after two people found dead in Carndonagh
Gardaí in Buncrana are investigating the circumstances
surrounding the discovery shortly after 9am this morning of two bodies, a man and woman in their
70s, at their home in Carndonagh.
A man in his 40s has been arrested and he is currently being detained at Buncrana Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the
Criminal Justice Act 1984. The scene is currently preserved pending
a Garda forensic examination. The Office of the State Pathologist
has been informed and investigations are continuing.
Mary Boyle suspect back in prison 23.10.14
A man has been returned to the Midlands Prison having been released
without charge in relation to the disappearance of Donegal child
Investigations are continuing and a file will be prepared for the
Director of Public Prosecutions.
The 64-year old sex offender, understood to be from Co Donegal, was
arrested on Tuesday at the Midlands Prison where he is serving a
sentence for abusing two children.
He was questioned at Mullingar Garda Station on suspicion of
kidnapping six year old Mary more than 37 years ago.
His detention was extended until Wednesday evening when he was
subsequently released from garda custody and returned to the prison
Mary, a twin from Belcruit, Kincasslagh, vanished during a visit to
her grandparents' home at Cashelard, Ballyshannon, on March 18,
Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information in relation to the
young girl's disappearance. Gardaí continue to update Mary’s mother,
Ann, in relation to their ongoing investigation.
Deputy welcomes 500 Donegal jobs 21.10.14
DONEGAL T.D., Thomas Pringle has welcomed the announcement of
over 500 new jobs at Randox Teoranta in Dungloe.
The company is a diagnostic manufacturing and research and
development. The 'highly skilled' new jobs will be created by 2020
with over 60 of these to be allocated within a year.
“This morning I attended the launch of Randox Dungloe 2020 where
this very positive news was officially announced and it was great to
be there and witness the positive energy it has injected into the
area," said Deputy Pringle.
“This announcement shows that sustainable jobs can be created in
rural Ireland and I hope they will all be delivered within the
specified time period and give the area the boost that it needs."
An Obituary: Hughie 'Dick' Doherty 20.10.14
BUNCRANA was saddened at the recent death of local gentleman and
soccer legend Hughie (Dick) Doherty. Hughie, who had a smile and a
chat for everyone he met, passed away on September 29 at the age of
Said to be oldest surviving former Glasgow Celtic player, he also
played for Stanley Matthews' Blackpool in the old English First
Division. But the Buncrana man's burgeoning football career was
stymied by injury and the outbreak of the Second World War. His
passion for football would continue at home with his long
association with the Inishowen Football League. Hughie was
predeceased by his lovely wife Eithne, daughter Ann Marie and son
Anthony. He is survived by daughter Deirdre and sons Denis and
Eamonn. His death was marked in the obituary pages of the 'Irish
Times' newspaper at the weekend. To read the obituary in full,
click here .
Jim McGuinness on Saturday Night Show
DONEGAL GAA legend Jim McGuinness is to appear on RTE's The
Saturday Night Show tomorrow night for his first interview since
announcing his decision to resign as manager of the senior squad.
McGuinness will be talking to host Brendan O'Connor about how he
broke the news to his players and backroom team that he was leaving
and will touch on his role as performance consultant at Celtic FC.
He will also share views about how his team went from underdogs to
championship favourites. The Glenties man will also touch on the
team's shock defeat of Dublin and what then happened in the final
against Kerry. An RTE spokesperson said the former manager will
reflect on his achievements as manager as well as the highs and lows
of his sporting journey with his county. He’ll also reveal "the real
reason he was at the Ryder Cup with close friend Paul McGinley".
Catch The Saturday Night Show on Saturday, October 18, at 9.55pm on
100 Europe delegates to visit Donegal 17.10.14
UP to 100 delegates from all over Europe will visit Letterkenny
over a three day period next week as part of the Assembly of the
European Regions (AER) conference. The conference hosted by Donegal
County Council will attract policy and decisions makers from
countries including Sweden, Denmark, Romania, Serbia, Spain,
Portugal, the Netherlands, Turkey, Belgium and the UK.
It will focus on e-health, independence and inclusion in the 21st
Century. The delegates will also take part in a number of study
visits including to the Donegal Centre for Independent Living, Cara
House and Letterkenny Youth and Family Service. The purpose of these
visits is to showcase the work that is being done by these
organisations "in creating age-friendly and inclusive environments
for people in Donegal", the local authority said.
Woman (19) dies in Donegal crash 14.10.14
GARDAÍ in Donegal are investigating a single vehicle crash in
the early hours of this morning in which a young woman died. The
accident happened at Dreenan, Ballybofey at about 4.25am. A 19 year
old female front seat passenger was fatally injured when the car she
was travelling in hit a ditch. The 19 year old male driver suffered
minor injuries in the incident. The road has been closed to
facilitate a Garda forensic investigation and diversions are in
place. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was
travelling in the area who may have information about the incident
to contact them at Ballybofey Garda Station on 9137740, The Garda
Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.
Traders invited to free showcase 13.10.14
BUSINESSES from across Donegal are being invited to promote
their enterprises free of charge at a special showcase in
Letterkenny next month.
After a morning opportunity for local businesses to network with
each other between 10am and 12 noon - the event will then be open to
the public to allow people to trade on the day. The event is being
organised by Donegal's Local Enterprise Office. “Last year’s event
was the first of its kind we had organised and was the beginning of
a sequence of events to highlight how people are doing business in
Donegal,” said head of the enterprise office, Michael Tunney.
The event will take place on Friday, November 28, 2014 in the Mount
Errigal Hotel. You can register your interest by contacting Danny
or by calling 074 9160735.
Beware when buying part-worn tyres 10.10.14
DERRY City Council has highlighted the potential dangers of
purchasing part-worn tyres. The campaign is part of Tyre Safety
Month designed to make motorists more aware of the hazards and
potentially false economy involved. Figures show that one in ten
motorists are choosing to purchase part-worn tyres, rather than new
Derry principal environmental health officer Paul McSwiggan said:
“We are actively encouraging all sellers of part-worn tyres to
ensure that all part-worn tyres they stock for supply meet the
requirements of the regulations and ensure that all relevant staff
are made aware of these requirements." Last year, 18 district
councils in the North purchased 37 part-worn tyres for testing. They
found that 34 out of the 37 failed to fully meet the requirements of
the regulations. Derry City Council sampled three part worn tyres as
part of the 2012 survey and each one was found not to comply with
the legal requirements for part-worn tyres. The individual retailers
were subsequently prosecuted and fined £100.
White water fun at Crana Fest 10.10.14
BUNCRANA is getting ready to host Ireland’s largest kayaking
event Crana Fest 2014 later this month.
MalinWaters has announced its support for the event on the Crana
River from October 18-19.
The adrenalin-packed event will incorporate two days of white water
action along the beautiful waterway at Swan Park, Buncrana.
All paddle abilities are invited to take part in the competitions
and coaching sessions over the weekend.
Crana Fest will have the best coaches in Ireland attending including
three-time Olympian Eoin Rheinisch and Robert Hendrick, who recently
won silver at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing. Event registration
closes on October 12, 2014. See more at cranafest.ie.
He made Donegal "a power in Gaelic football"
BUNCRANA GAA club has expressed its shock at the resignation of
the All-Ireland winning Donegal senior manager Jim McGuinness
"We can’t say it was unexpected but it still comes as bit of a
shock. The announcement by Jim McGuinness that he is resigning as
county manager will leave a huge void to be filled by whoever
succeeds him," said a club spokesperson.
"Everyone at the club wishes Jim well with his future plans and
thanks him sincerely for all he has done for the game in the county
over the past few years. We will always remember the good times he
gave us and for making Donegal a power in Gaelic football in the
Flow of ideas wanted for Inishowen Rivers Trust
ANYONE with an interest in Inishowen's rivers is invited to
attend a public meeting about forming an Inishowen Rivers Trust. The
meeting will take place on Saturday, October 11 from 11am to 2pm at
Carndonagh Community School. This initiative began with the
voluntary group Celebrate Water and is now being offered to the
wider community. If you have a club and group that frequent a river
then bring along some pictures or items to show at the meeting.
There will be chat, discussion and a facilitation by Ballinderry
Rivers Trust manager Mark Horton, followed by a chance to socialise
over lunch. You can find out more about the meeting and share your
pictures, videos or stories on
www.facebook.com/InishowenRiversTrust . You can also visit
Three for court in connection with Manor raid
THREE men will appear at Letterkenny District Court today
charged in connection with an armed robbery at Manorcunningham Post
Office on Saturday.
The robbery occurred at approximately 10.15am when three males aged
in their 20s and 30s, went into the post office and allegedly
threatened staff. They left with a sum of money and travelled by van
in the direction of Newtowncunningham. The van was stopped by Gardai
close to the border at Killea and the three were arrested.
Gardai had earlier been alerted by the PSNI in Derry that a Royal
Mail postal van had been hijacked at approximately 9.50am, fleeing
in the Donegal direction. Gardai are appealing for witnesses or
anyone who may have any information to contact them in Letterkenny
on 074 9167100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any
Missing Chinese tourists may be in Republic
TWO Chinese tourists who mysteriously vanished at the Giant's
Causeway eight weeks ago may have visited the Republic, police in
the North said.
The PSNI have reissued their appeal for information about the
disappearance of Ni, Xiaofang (30) and Ni, Zhiling (26).
The women were among a group of tourists visiting the world famous
attraction at Bushmills, Co Antrim, on Tuesday, July 29, when they
failed to return to their tour bus.
Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Magee said there had been
"credible sightings" of the missing women in Co Leitrim.
"There have been credible sightings of both women in the Carrick-on-Shannon
area. We need to establish that these women are safe and well and
ensure that they have not come to harm or are in a dangerous
situation," she said.
Ni, Xiaofang is described as approximately 5'2" tall, of slim build
and with short black hair.
She was wearing a yellow jumper, blue jeans and flip flops when last
Ni, Zhiling is roughly the same height as her friend, is of slim
build and was wearing a pink jumper, blue jeans and flip flops at
the time of her disappearance.
The PSNI have asked anyone who knows of their whereabouts to contact
them at Coleraine on 048 90650222.
Donegal arthritis patients forced to travel
MORE than 200 Donegal arthritis patients were forced to travel
to Co Leitrim to see a consultant in the first half of this year, a
local TD., has revealed.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue also called on the Health Minister and
the North West Hospital Group to immediately set a date for the
reinstatement of rheumatology services in Letterkenny. He said
Donegal patients had to travel the long round trip to Our Lady's
Hospital in Manorhamilton for treatment.
“The North West Hospital Group has been dragging its heels on this
important issue and seems unwilling to allocate or re-direct doctors
to staff an outreach clinic at Letterkenny,"
"There are almost 300 rheumatology patients in Donegal, more than
justifying an outreach clinic at Letterkenny," he added.
Top law firm hires Derry graduates 01.10.14
The Mayor of Derry Cllr Brenda Stevenson has welcomed news that
prestigious US law firm, SmithDehn LLP has employed its first wave
of Magee University media law students. She also welcomed the
partnership between SmithDehn LLP and the University of Ulster,
saying it was "a fantastic opportunity for the students to get the
opportunity to work with a company with such an extensive client
“I am delighted that SmithDehn LLP has acknowledged the talent and
skills of our students at Magee and rewarded their commitment and
dedication by providing them with unique opportunities to work in
such an exciting industry.
The new recruits will now get to work with some of the biggest names
in the movie and TV industry such as HBO, Paramount Pictures and
Channel 4. Cllr Stevenson said she was confident the company would
announce additional recruitment opportunities in the near future.
Extra 70,000 join credit union 01.10.14
IRISH credit unions have increased their membership by 70,000 to
3.3 million, a new report shows. The report from the Irish League of
Credit Unions also revealed that loan arrears had been significantly
Independent MEP Marian Harkin welcomed the figures, adding: “While
there is evidence that the Central Bank is prepared to be less
restrictive in its attitude to sound credit unions, it is obvious
that it is unnecessarily slow to ease lending limits and to permit
the introduction of services such as debit cards.
"The credit union movement deserves to be more actively supported by
the Central Bank and the obvious lack of relevant staff in the bank
needs to be addressed. This is necessary in order to ensure that the
current momentum of the movement is maintained and encouraged to
maintain their vital role in providing citizens with essential
competition to other financial services," added Ms Harkin.
Doherty slams ministers' water tax perk
SINN Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has described as
"outrageous" that ministers can claim tax back on water charges on
their second homes in the capital. The perk is as a result of the
Dual Abode Allowance. “All ministers and junior ministers with a
second home in Dublin can now claim back their full water charges at
that house from their taxes.
“This is despite the fact that Enda Kenny in opposition promised to
abolish this allowance. This outrageous revelation is another smack
in the face to hundreds of thousands of families out there who will
face water charges from tomorrow," said Deputy Doherty.
“To my knowledge Enda Kenny and his ministers are the only people
who will be able to claim back their water charges from their tax
bill. The fact that each of them earn above €130,000 a year won’t be
lost on anyone.”
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