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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.
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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