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Have your say on trout farms 08.08.16
INLAND Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has announced the extension of
its public consultation on freshwater trout farms to facilitate the
"fullest possible" consideration of the views of stakeholders.
The IFI board said it recognises the "depth of stakeholders’
viewpoints" and wanted to allow for their comprehensive
participation in the process.
The consultation period has now been extended from August 19 to
September 19 at 5pm. Submissions should be made in writing to Fish
Farm Consultation, Inland Fisheries Ireland, 3044 Lake Drive,
Citywest Business Campus, Dublin D24 Y265 or to
email@example.com More information
Fisheriesireland.ie or from any IFI office.
Students warned on "dangerous" drug 08.08.16
STUDENTS going back to college have been urged to stay away from
"extremely dangerous" opiate drugs known as ‘Fentanyls’.
Fentanyl is a narcotic analgesic used in anaesthetics but a number
of non-pharmaceutical versions have been implicated in deaths where
it was believed to be heroin.
The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) said the drug can be up to
600 times stronger than morphine and may be sold as and mistaken for
‘designer’ fentanyl or ‘synthetic’ heroin. “The HSE have told us
that Fentanyls are sold in powder form, probably mixed with heroin,
or mixed with caffeine or paracetamol. Therefore, the drug can be
snorted, injected or swallowed," said USI president Annie Hoey. "We
are urging students and young people to stay away from this drug
because it has been implicated in five deaths so far in Ireland.”
Seminar invitation for Donegal businesswoman
DONEGAL businesswomen of Donegal are being invited to the second
annual Enterprise Ireland International Business Women’s Conference
later this month. The conference will be held in conjunction with
the Rose of Tralee International Festival on Monday, August 22 at
the Brandon Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry. Expert speakers will include
Eleanor McEvoy and Norah Casey who will share their experiences and
insights on themes such as leadership, growing a global business and
entrepreneurship. This year's event has the theme ‘The Changing Face
of Success’ and focuses on strong female role models, leading by
example and empowering women to fulfill their ambitions.
Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said: “Promoting the
achievements of women actively encourages others to aim high and in
turn creates a valuable contribution to both the economy and society
here in Ireland." See
Co-Ops are best for farmers - MEP 08.08.16
THE co-operative movement rather than the PLC structure would
best serve the interests of the majority of Ireland’s farmers in the
future, an MEP has said.
Independent MEP Marian Harkin said: “As a strong supporter of the
community self-help ethos, whether that is the credit union,
voluntary action or at the larger scale, the co-operative movement,
I fully support the slogan espoused by the founder of the
agricultural co-operative movement Sir Horace Plunkett that self
help is best achieved through mutual help." She was speaking at the
50th anniversary of the foundation of Kilconnell Co-Op in Co Galway.
Donegal roads claim sixth victim 05.08.16
A MAN in his 30s died in Letterkenny Hospital in the early hours
of this morning after being involved in a road crash yesterday.
Gardaí are investigating the two-vehicle collision between a lorry
and a car at Tullyrap, Raphoe, shortly before 1pm.
The two occupants of the car were taken to hospital where the driver
died in the early hours of this morning.
The passenger, a female in her late teens, is still being treated
for her injuries. The lorry driver was uninjured in the accident and
the road has since re-opened, gardaí said.
It is the sixth tragic fatality on Donegal's roads in a week after
five young people died in two separate road accidents near
Letterkenny last week.
Any witnesses to the latest accident is asked to contact Letterkenny
Garda Station on 074 9167100; the Garda Confidential Line on 1800
666 111 or any Garda Station.
Demand for Daniel soars 05.08.16
SINGER Daniel O'Donnell has received an early Christmas present
as his December shows sold out in just 20 minutes.
The €47.50 tickets for 'Daniel's White Christmas' at Dublin's
Convention Centre were snapped up by the country star's devoted fans
in record time.
The eagerly-awaited gigs take place on December 10 and December 11
A third date, on December 9, was added due to high demand but this
has also been sold out. Demand for Daniel (54) is at an all-time
high as the veteran performer returns to the stage next week after
an 18-month sabbatical from music. He will appear for a four-night
run on Tuesday, August 9 at the INEC in Killarney, Co Kerry. This
will be followed by an extensive tour of the UK in September and the
US and Canada in October.
€400K prize claimed within hour of deadline
A EuroMillions prize worth almost €400,000 was claimed with just
an hour to go to the deadline yesterday. The winner took “cutting it
fine” to a whole new level as contact wasn’t made with the National
Lottery until after 4pm.
There were frantic scenes as the ticket holder claimed their prize
of €381,863 with about sixty minutes to go to the 5.30pm cut-off.
It clearly looked as if the National Lottery’s 90-day deadline would
be missed for the second time in as many weeks. More than €191,000
in EuroMillions winnings went unclaimed last Thursday after a Galway
ticket-holder failed to come forward. A National Lottery spokesman
confirmed that the massive €400K prize has now been claimed. “As a
result of the National Lottery media awareness campaign, we’re
delighted that a ticket holder has come forward! We will provide
further details in due course,” he said. The lucky Quick Pick was
purchased on the day of the May 6 draw at Tesco, Market Green
Shopping Centre, Midleton, Co. Cork. The numbers drawn were: 32, 34,
40, 45, 48 and the Lucky Stars are 1&10.
Migrant mother names baby after Naval ship
A MIGRANT woman who gave birth after being rescued by the Irish
Navy off the coast of Libya has named her new baby after the ship
that saved her.
The young mother has called her infant daughter 'Joy' after the LÉ
James Joyce and in tribute to its crew that gave her medical
attention on board.
In so doing, she also names her baby after one of the world's most
notable and influential writers, Dubliner James Joyce, the author of
The maternity emergency happened during a "busy day of operations"
off the coast of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, last week during which
the Irish crew brought 594 refugees to safety.
€190K EuroMillions prize not claimed
IT'S probably best if they never find out - but someone has just
missed out on a EuroMillions prize worth over 190,000 euro.
That's roughly the average Irish house price; your mortgage fully
paid off; your dream car by four; several holidays a year for the
rest of your life...the miserable list of what you've just missed
goes on and on.
They 90 day deadline to claim the prize expired at 5.30pm on
Thursday and so a total of €191,461 now goes back into National
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,
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.
Read more: Five dead in two days on
Irish Water announces €13.8m Donegal project
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
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
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
“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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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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