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Local firms vie for Business of the Year awards
TWO Inishowen firms are among ten businesses short-listed for
the finals of this year’s Donegal Business of the Year awards to be
announced on Friday.
3Dom Filaments Ltd from Moville and DaiGon Ltd from Clonmany will
vie for honours at the awards hosted by Donegal Local Enterprise
Office during Enterprising Donegal Business Week.
3Dom Filaments was founded by Danny McMenamin and Ciaran McMenamin
in 2013 and are involved in the design, production and online sales
of high quality thermoplastic filaments for the growing 3D printed
product market worldwide.
DaiGon are specialists in the design and installation of energy
efficient heating systems. The other finalists are St Johnston-based
accountancy firm accountantonline.ie; Donegal English Language
School from Bundoran; Carnaween Clothing Company from Glencolmcille;
Fairytales Day Care, Milford; Kinnegar Brewing, Rathmullan;
Gillespie Precision Engineering/Gillespie Polytunnels, Killygordon;
Portsalon Luxury Camping, Portsalon; Safetech Consulting and
Training Ltd, Letterkenny.
Grants for Donegal seafood companies
TWO Donegal seafood companies have received grants to help them
expand and grow their businesses.
Killybegs Seafoods Frozen Ltd has been awarded €500,000, while
Island Seafood Ltd receives €17,550. The grants are co-funded by the
Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and the European
Fisheries Fund under the Seafood Development Programme.
Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources Joe McHugh TD
welcomed the boost to Donegal’s seafood processing sector.
“The money will assist the companies to put the required technology,
infrastructure and standards in place to allow these businesses
develop added value seafood products that are in great demand on the
global market," he said. A total of €2.7 million in grant aid was
awarded to 18 seafood processing companies around the country under
Buncrana's Jane needs your vote 27.02.15
Buncrana woman is in the running for a prestigious award in the Big
Apple and needs your vote before lines close at 5pm today.
Thirty year old, Jane McCarter, daughter of John and Breda McCarter,
is Arts and Cultural Director at the New York Irish Center.
She has been nominated for the ‘40
Under 40’ People’s Choice Award, organised by the Irish Echo
newspaper. The award celebrates Irish and Irish Americans who have
distinguished themselves in their field before reaching the age of
Delighted dad John appealed for votes today as the clocked ticked
down in a bid to "push her over the winning line".
Votes can be cast
Georgia's funeral takes place tomorrow
THE funeral of 13-year old Georgia Louise Doherty who tragically
died in a weekend road accident will take place tomorrow.
The popular Redcastle teenager, who attended Moville Community
College, died in a collision on the Glenshane Road, about 10km from
Derry, on Sunday evening. Her older sister was injured in the
two-vehicle crash which happened as the sisters returned from
There has been an outpouring of sympathy to Georgia's heartbroken
family and friends. Staff at Moville Community College described the
young teen as "a bright, bubbly girl" who was "full of energy". They
said the messages of sympathy that have poured in since the tragedy
were a "source of strength" to everyone at the school. To read
funeral arrangements, click here .
Inishowen child dies in Derry crash
POLICE in Co Derry are appealing for witnesses to a crash in
which a child from Inishowen died.
The 13-year-old girl was killed in a two-car collision on the
Glenshane Road last evening about 5pm. It is understood the
teenager's older sister was seriously injured in the crash. The
sisters are understood to be from the Redcastle area.
Their names have not yet been released. The accident happened near
the Tamnaherin and Tirbracken road junction. The road has since
reopened to traffic.
€283m fund could help border groups - MEP
A NEW €283 million EU inter regional programme could be of
considerable benefit to border counties, Independent MEP Marian
Harkin has said.
Welcoming the new Interreg programme Ms Harkin urged SMEs,
organisations and cultural bodies to acquaint themselves with
Interreg to see how they can access funding by engaging in joint
projects with counterparts in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
“Funding will be available to public, private, non profit
organisations and research institutions to collaborate and exchange
knowledge," she said. Funding would also be available to improve
water quality and sewerage systems which for instance, might afford
opportunity to ensure realistic funding for remedial works on septic
“There will also be opportunity to encourage tourism, health and
transport projects with two separate programmes involving Ireland
and Wales, on the one hand , and Ireland North and South and
Scotland on the other."
Some young farmers will miss top-up pay
AGRICULTURE Minister Simon Coveney has been asked to reassure
young farmers that they won't be excluded in the roll-out of new
Sinn Féin Midlands North West MEP, Matt Carthy, expressed concern
regarding the exclusion of some young farmers from a 25% top-up
under the new Single Farm Payment Young Farmer Scheme.
The rules require that a farmer be under 40 years old and recently
or within the past five years, has set up a holding and successfully
completed a FETAC Level 6 or equivalent in agricultural education.
The problem has arisen for farmers under 40 years who have had a
holding for more than five years. "While I appreciate the stated
purpose of the scheme is to encourage the setting up of new holdings
it is unfair that individuals who have made every effort to complete
requirements and are eager for opportunities to improve their farms
are being punished," said Mr Carthy.
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