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Information evening for Donegal carers 07.05.15
AN information evening for Donegal carers looking after older people and those with dementia will be held later this month.
Donegal Mental Health Services for Older People is hosting the event entitled 'Promoting Positive Mental Health and Living Well with Dementia'.
Guest speakers on the night will include GP Dr Sheeran, clinical nurse specialist Grace Kelly and solicitor Caroline O’Boyle. A local carer will also give an account of her own personal journey.
Consultant psychiatrist for older people, Dr Tom McBride, will also be available as part of a questions and answer session.
The event will take place on May 20, 2015 in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, from 6.30pm-9.30pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

300 Donegal patients being ignored - TD 30.04.15
INISHOWEN TD., Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and the Saolta Hospital Group to immediately set a date for the reinstatement of rheumatology services at Letterkenny General Hospital.
“The Saolta Hospital Group has been giving assurances since early 2011 that rheumatology services would be reinstated at Letterkenny General Hospital. However, four years later arthritis sufferers are still being forced to travel to Co Leitrim for treatment," he said.
He claimed that Saolta "seems unwilling to allocate or re-direct doctors to staff an out-reach clinic at Letterkenny".
"This is a completely unacceptable position and serves to highlight the fact that the needs of the patients in Donegal are not being considered. There are almost 300 rheumatology patients in Donegal, more than justifying an outreach clinic at Letterkenny," he added.

180 events lined up for Donegal festival 27.04.15
MORE than 180 events planned at venues across Donegal make up the extensive programme for the 18th annual Bealtaine Festival taking place throughout May. Bealtaine celebrates creativity as we age ranging from dance to cinema, painting to theatre and plenty more. The festival is organised by Donegal County Council’s Cultural Services in association with a wide range of partner organisations. Manager Eileen Burgess said: “Bealtaine has something to suit everyone. All the events in the exhibitions and day by day sections are open to the public and the vast majority are free of charge. There are special Bealtaine concessions available for other events and the public is encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity and attend as many Bealtaine events as they can." For full programme, click here .

Ministers visit North West radiotherapy site 15.04.15
HEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar and his Northern counterpart Minister Jim Wells have taken time out from a North-South Ministerial Council meeting to visit the site of the new North West Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.
Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW) warmly welcomed the visit today in Derry.
“North-South cooperation for this radiotherapy unit is an excellent example of both jurisdictions working together in partnership to provide a much needed health care service for people living on either side of the border," said Noelle Duddy of CCC(NW).
"It is a win, win situation for everyone: for cancer patients; for healthcare professionals; for research and development: for politicians and for the tax payer.
“CCC(NW) welcome the advances made in the construction of the unit to date and when it opens next year to treat cancer patients from Donegal (and) North West, the stress and distress of travelling to Galway, Dublin and/or Belfast will be removed from the vast majority of patients and their families. CCC(NW) continue to wish the project and the project team well.”

Woman seriously hurt in Fahan crash 03.04.15
A young woman has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a single-vehicle crash this morning in Fahan.
The accident happened when the woman’s car collided with a ditch shortly before 10am in Fahan village.
The victim, a woman in her 20s from the Inishowen peninsula, was driving alone in the direction of Buncrana when the incident occurred. She was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry for treatment.
Garda forensic collision investigators are currently at the scene and diversions are expected to remain in place until this evening. Witnesses are asked to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 93 20540.

Local firms vie for Business of the Year awards 24.03.15
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; 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.

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