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Bishops issue shared Christmas message
THE Church of Ireland and Catholic bishops of Derry urged their
congregations to help the poor, the homeless and the lonely this
Christmas and beyond.
Bishop Ken Good and Bishop Donal McKeown made their call today in a
shared festive message.
"The harsh realities of life for many in today’s world raise big
questions about the meaning and purpose of it all. A world in which
too many have to contend with poverty, with homelessness and
loneliness; where many live with dangerous political uncertainty and
where, for large numbers, refugee status far from home is their
lot," they said in their message," they stated.
"God’s initiative in Bethlehem - and the human response of those
involved - can inspire in us today an understanding of life which is
purposeful and loving, and can lead us to play our part in working
courageously and compassionately to deal effectively with poverty,
hunger, homelessness, loneliness and need of any kind."
Jamie Cullum to headline Derry jazz fest
JAZZ star Jamie Cullum has been announced as the headline act
for next year's City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival.
The English performer will take to the stage at the Millennium Forum
on May 4 for a performance of jazz classics performed in his
distinctive contemporary style.
Pupils at St Mary’s School got a sneak preview of Jamie’s talents
just last year when he dropped in for a special jamming session with
the pupils. The warm welcome he received left such a lasting
impression the star "jumped at the chance to stage his first major
show in the city during the festival", said a Derry City Council
spokesperson. Meanwhile, Jamie Cullum added: “Music is something
that clearly lies at the heart of the city and I’m really looking
forward to bringing my music to a wider audience there this time
round." Tickets will be available from the Forum Box Office this
Thursday priced between £35 and £45.
Distress at carehome abuse scenes 11.12.14
THE Carers' Association said it has been receiving "distressed"
calls from family carers all over the country who are "extremely
upset and shocked" at this week's Prime Time expose at a Co Mayo
The organisation said a huge worry for family carers is what will
happen to their loved ones when they can no longer provide care at
home for them.
“The fear countrywide among our members is that Áras Attracta is not
an isolated case. The inhumane treatment received by residents is
absolutely appalling and the footage shocking and very upsetting.
"A constant worry for family carers is the care provision for their
loved ones when they are no longer around and this footage was
terrifying,” said head of communications Catherine Cox.
"We call on Government to conduct an immediate thorough, fair and
transparent investigation to ensure this type of abuse never happens
again," she added.
The Carers Association is a national voluntary organisation that
provides a range of vital supports and services to Ireland’s 187,000
T.D., welcomes funding for Donegal Airport
DINNY McGinley T.D., has today welcomed the announcement that
more than €2 million in exchequer funding will be invested in
regional airports including Donegal.
“This allocation of €2 million of exchequer funding to regional
airports is welcome news for Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn, which
should receive a significant percentage. The funding is to be made
available under the current Regional Airports Programme," said the
Fine Gael deputy.
“This money is crucial for Donegal Airport to develop its business,
marketing and promotion potential and enhance the contribution it
makes to the regional and local economy." He said today's
announcement would bring the total financial supports paid under the
Regional Airports Programme to nearly €13 million in 2014.
New penalty point offences from today
FOURTEEN new penalty point offences come into effect today. And
tougher sanctions on nine existing penalty point offences are also
Learners who drive unaccompanied and/or fail to show an 'L' plate
are to be slapped with penalty points for the first time. Other
measures include tougher penalties for dangerous overtaking and
failing to obey traffic lights.
Motorists who use a vehicle without an NCT and those who park in
hazardous positions will now be dealt with via on the spot fines and
penalty points rather than through the courts.
Among the other offences attracting penalty points include failure
by new licence holders to display a novice 'N' plate; doing a u-turn
where prohibited; using a vehicle with unauthorised number plates;
flouting the rules that apply to minor roundabouts and ignoring 'no
entry' signage. Points will also be slapped on anyone caught
Transport MinisterPaschal Donohoe said penalty points had a major
role to play in road safety.
Donegal ambulance response time criticised
CARNDONAGH road accident victim Maura Porter (70) was left
waiting on a roadside for almost an hour for an ambulance to arrive
due to a five-hour backlog of ambulances at Letterkenny General
Hospital last December.
A private HSE investigation, seen by the Irish Times, concluded that
there was just one emergency ambulance available in Co Donegal at
5.45pm on December 30 when the emergency call was received. That
ambulance was almost two hours away from Mrs Porter's location. To
read full Irish Times report
click here .
Moville girls reach Ulster semi-final
MOVILLE will proudly cheer on its talented girls minor GAA team
as they prepare for their Ulster semi-final showdown on Sunday.
It is the first time the girls have reached this stage in the club's
history and everyone is justifiably proud and looking forward to the
The locals will take on the Eastern Gaels of Cavan in Carrick Field
"It is a great occasion that a Moville GAA team reached an Ulster
semi-final and an even bigger occasion to be hosting the game in the
parish," said a club spokesman.
"The throw-in is at 2pm and it would be fantastic to get a large
number of supporters for such an important game. Remember – nothing
beats being there."
Donegal engineers hold AGM 25.11.14
THE AGM of the Donegal branch of Engineers Ireland was held
recently in LYIT and a new committee was appointed.
Engineers Ireland represents 400 members in Donegal out of 24,000
nationally in the public and private sector. Stephen Flynn succeeded
Rodney McDermott as chairman of the local branch. The organisation
represents engineers in various disciplines including civil,
chemical, electrical, mechanical, technology and bio-engineers. "The
new committee plan to hold a number of events around the county over
the coming months on topics of interest to engineers working and
living in the county. We also intend to work with schools, with
members visiting them to talk to students about the wide variety of
career opportunities that exist in engineering,” said Mr Flynn. The
new committee will start their term with an open evening on
Thursday, December 4, in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny at 7pm.
This is a free event and is open to all engineers or anyone
interested in joining or finding out more about the organisation.
'Pay water grants early' - Age Action
THE Age Action charity has urged the Government to bring forward
the €100 water charges grant to help reduce the impact the new levy
will have on older people. “We are concerned that the revised water
charge scheme will create increased financial hardship on some older
people on low incomes because they will be required to make the
first two quarterly payments in April and July 2015 before they
receive their €100 payment in September,” said Age Action spokesman
Eamon Timmins. “This would amount to upfront payments of €80 for a
single person or €130 for a household with more than one adult. The
cumulative impact of austerity means that many older people simply
cannot afford this.”
Free wi-fi in Derry public buildings 24.11.14
DERRY is to benefit from a new government scheme supporting the
creation of free wi-fi zones in public buildings throughout the city
The Public Wi-Fi Scheme is being introduced by Derry City Council’s
Business Opportunities team working in partnership with local
landlords and is being delivered as part of the national Super
Connected Cities programme.
The free service was launched this week in buildings such as the
Guildhall and Derry City Council offices. It will be extended to all
public buildings and amenity sites including the Brandywell Stadium,
City of Derry Airport, Templemore Sports Complex, the new Foyle
Arena, Brooke Park, and the Millennium Forum early in the New Year.
Christmas not the same for Daniel 24.11.14
DONEGAL singer Daniel O'Donnell said Christmas will be "very
different" this year as it's the first without his late mother
"She will be greatly missed by all of us, as she loved having all
the family home for Christmas," he told fans. He said he was also
looking forward to his two upcoming charity gigs in his native
county. The first is the The 'Mammy I Want to Walk' fundraiser for
little Paul Doherty on December 28 in Ballybofey. Daniel will also
play the rescheduled open air concert in aid of Dungloe Community
Hospital on May 17, 2015. It will his last concert until August 2016
as he will be on his much-publicised 18-month sabbatical from
performing. Tickets will go on sale before Christmas.
UK award for Donegal project 24.11.14
DONEGAL County Council's SPACEial North West project has been
highly commended at the UK Association of Geographic Information (AGI)
Awards for Geospatial Excellence 2014.
The three-year cross border research project delivers a
one-stop-shop for ‘Maps, Stats and Apps’ to guide businesses,
investment and location decisions "at the touch of a button". The
judging panel said the project was "a very well planned and executed
programme with first rate programme management and technical
MacLochlainn addresses Ramallah event 24.11.14
DEPUTY Pádraig MacLochlainn has outlined how Palestine "can
learn lessons from the Irish peace process in terms of international
assistance with conflict resolution". The Inishowen T.D., was
addressing a major international conference in Palestine on
Saturday. Hundreds of delegates from all over the world, including
government ministers, city mayors and local authority leaders joined
hundreds of Palestinian political leaders and activists for the
event in Ramallah.
Derry gets its festive sparkle 17.11.14
DERRY will get its festive sparkle with the annual Christmas
Lights Switch On this Thursday, November 20. Guildhall Square will
be packed with expectant children as Santa flies in from the North
Pole to flick the switch just after 7pm.
The council advised that there may be some traffic restrictions in
Derry Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson said: “I am really looking forward
to the switch on which for me really marks the beginning of the
Christmas period. All the local children are writing their Santa
lists at the minute so I know they will be turning out in force on
the night to give him a wave and a warm LegenDerry welcome." Among
the season's highlights this year are a Christmas Village and ice
rink in Ebrington Square and the annual market in Guildhall Square.
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