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Moville Port Scouts seek volunteers
THE 18th Donegal Port Sea Scouts based in Moville are seeking
volunteers to become Beaver leaders.
The Moville scouts are the first of only two sea scout groups in the
Northern Province and have only been operating for the past six
In that time, they have successfully worked to help young boys and
girls enjoy the scouting experience while having fun in the outdoors
and meeting new friends. The youngsters have also been learning new
skills, achieving goals and developing their potential. Volunteers
will be asked to give up just an hour and a half per week to work
with the Beaver Scouts. Anyone interested is invited to a meeting at
St Eugene’s Hall, Moville, on Monday, February 2 at 6.50pm.
For more information please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or see Facebook
MovillePort Seascouts. You can also call Mairead White on 086
TD calls for review of WDC appointments
INISHOWEN T.D., Padraig MacLochlainn has called on Taoiseach
Enda Kenny to review his government’s appointments to the board of
the Western Development Commission.
Deputy MacLochlainn revealed that four of the nine board members are
former Fine Gael and Labour councillors as well as a candidate.
He said the appointments should be reviewed immediately "to restore
confidence" in State-sponsored boards and charities in receipt of
The Western Development Commission is tasked with promoting
strategic social and economic development in the counties of
Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare.
€35,000 grant for Donegal Youth Service
DONEGAL Youth Service is celebrating an award of €35,000 to
bring four international volunteers to the county to teach skills
including multi-media, drama and video edition.
The funding has been granted by Leargas through the Erasmus+
The volunteers will hail from Spain, Italy, Jordan and Russia. Two
will be based in Letterkenny Youth Information Centre; one with
Donegal Youth Council and one in the cross border Activ8 project.
Letterkenny Youth Information Centre co-ordinator Gareth Gibson
said: “We are excited at the prospect of offering young people the
opportunity to sign up and benefit from the expertise that these
volunteers will bring in terms of drama, DVD production and editing.
It really is a win-win for all concerned.”
An opportunity now also exists for young people aged between 18 and
30 to link with DYS and spend up to 12 months volunteering in Europe
at no cost to themselves. For more details call 07491 29640.
Thirteen patients on trolleys at LGH
THERE are 13 patients waiting on trolleys for a bed at
Letterkenny General Hospital today. The figures from the Irish
Nurses and Midwives' Organisation (INMO) also show that there are
total of 383 patients waiting on a hospital bed nationally including
290 on trolleys and 93 in wards. Overcrowding is worst today at the
University Hospital Limerick where 37 people are without a bed.
Meanwhile, the INMO, SIPTU and the Psychiatric Nurses' Association
welcomed a call by Health Minister, Leo Varadkar, for the Nursing
and Midwifery Board of Ireland to enter into talks with the unions
in a bid to resolve a dispute arising from the board’s attempt to
increase its fee by 50 per cent.
Donegal patients face "deplorable" overcrowding
DEPUTY Charlie McConalogue described the overcrowding at
Letterkenny A&E as "deplorable" as Fianna Fáil prepares to debate a
Dáil motion later this week on the issue.
"The Government failed to adequately prepare for a situation they
fully expected to happen and were warned would be the result of
their cuts to key services. Now patients in Donegal and around the
country are suffering.
"Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show that
31 patients were on trolleys at the hospital’s Emergency Department
yesterday, while more patients are having their planned operations
cancelled as a result of the crisis," said the Inishowen-based TD.
Fianna Fáil's motion demands that the Government immediately provide
beds and increase frontline staff so that the overcrowding can be
eased. The party also wants the number of Nursing Homes Support
Scheme beds to be restored to at least 2013 levels.
LGH overcrowding "utterly unacceptable" - TD
INISHOWEN T.D., Charlie McConalogue has described as "utterly
unacceptable" the overcrowding levels at Letterkenny General
At the peak of the crisis this week, 31 people were waiting on
trolleys and chairs in the hospital’s A&E.
“There are two major problems affecting Letterkenny General. There
is a shortage of staff and a shortage of beds," said the Fianna Fáil
"The capacity issue within the hospital must be addressed but the
cuts the Government made to the Fair Deal scheme has impacted
significantly on the number of people who remain in hospital but no
longer require intensive medical care and could be move to another
care setting if it was available." He praised the "extraordinary
work under intolerable conditions" of hospital staff. And he called
for a shift in strategy combined with realistic budgets before the
Free course for people with long-term illnesses
PEOPLE in Inishowen with long term health conditions and their
carers are being invited to sign up for a HSE self care course.
The HSE said previous participants on their self management skills
course have reported "a significant positive impact on their lives"
from implementing what they learned. The course is free of charge
and is run over six weekly sessions, each lasting 2½ hours. The next
course will commence on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 10am to 12.30pm
in the Inishowen Development Partnership offices at St Mary's Road,
Buncrana. If you would like more details or want to book a place,
please contact the HSE Consumer Services Department on 91 91770 or
email email@example.com .
All enquiries welcome.
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