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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.
NUI Galway open night in Letterkenny 17.11.14
NUI Galway are inviting secondary school students and their
parents to an information evening in Letterkenny on Thursday,
The evening will begin with short talks about NUI Galway and some of
the 60 courses it offers. Afterwards, current students and NUI
Galway staff will be on hand at information stands to answer any
individual questions in relation to courses offered by the
university and about practical issues like accommodation, fees and
scholarships, and the wide range of support services available to
our students. The event will run from 7pm to 9pm at the Radisson Blu
Hotel, Letterkenny. For more information contact NUI Galway's
Schools Liaison Officer, Gráinne Dunne on 087 2440858 or
Talks needed to avoid teachers' strike 17.11.14
DONEGAL T.D., Charlie McConalogue has called for direct talks
between the Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan and the teachers'
unions to avert two one-day strikes at thousands of schools across
the country. He’s also urging the unions to withdraw the threat of
strike action if the talks are facilitated.
The protest will take place on December 2, 2014 with a possible
second day of action planned for January. Among the main sticking
points is a proposed requirement for teachers to assess 40% of their
own students' work for the exam that will replace the Junior
Derryman's death not suspicious - Gardaí
GARDAÍ in Inishowen have ruled out foul play in the tragic death
of Derryman Stephen McCloskey.
The body of Mr McCloskey (33), who had been missing since October
27, was recovered from a river at Carrowreagh, Bridgend, on Sunday.
His 4x4 vehicle had been found in the same vicinity earlier in the
A post mortem examination was carried out at Letterkenny General
Hospital yesterday following which Gardaí said they are not treating
the death as suspicious.
UPC blocks child sex abuse websites
A LEADING Irish internet service provider is to immediately
restrict access to domain names containing child sex abuse material.
UPC made the announcement today as it signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with An Garda Síochána. Under the agreement, UPC
will restrict access to domains or URLs (internet addresses)
containing child sexual abuse material based on a list provided by
Gardaí. If a user accesses child sexual abuse material, whether
deliberately or mistakenly, access will be restricted and an
advisory message will be displayed outlining the reasons why.
Similar blocks are in place in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland,
New Zealand, Australia, UK, France and Malta. This approach is
endorsed by both Interpol and Europol. Justice Minister Frances
Fitzgerald today said: "The close cooperation with law enforcement
which was launched today will reduce the amount of child abuse
material which will be available on the internet in Ireland. It will
also reinforce the message that the viewing or possession of or
indeed the trading in child abuse material is simply not
Donegal health policy holders want better deal
HALF of Donegal private health insurance holders who signed up
for a better deal are considering giving up their cover, a new
The One Big Switch organisation said of the Donegal people who
signed up with it, five-in-seven already hold private health
Its 'Big Health Insurance Switch' is a people power campaign aimed
at unlocking more affordable health insurance offers and increasing
competition in the Irish market.
Its survey showed that of the people who registered for a better
deal nationally, one-in-three would give up their cover if premiums
rose by as little as 1% to 10%.
“The best way to keep these people and bring others in, is to make
the cost of cover more affordable," said the organistion's director
of campaigns, Sarah Ryan.
Maj and Dan’s special Twelfth Night
DANIEL and Majella O'Donnell have celebrated their 12th wedding
anniversary in the US.
The popular couple toasted their happy occasion with a special
dinner in Branson, Missouri, where Daniel has a three-week residency
at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.
Daniel (52) first met mother-of-two Majella (54) fifteen years ago
The couple married on November 4, 2002 with the popular crooner
describing it as the “happiest day of my life”.
A delighted Majella tweeted her almost 2,300 followers: "Celebrating
my 12th wedding anniversary today with my wonderful husband Daniel.
Very special dinner planned for this evening in Branson (Missouri)."
Craic is 90 in McGrory's 04.11.14
MCGRORY'S of Culdaff are celebrating their 90th year in business
with two special concerts this week. The gigs will take place in
McGrory's Backroom music venue which is also celebrating its 21st
this year. Music fans can look forward to the Jack Clemons Band -
Clemons is a member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band -
tonight Tuesday, November 4. Doors open 8pm. Singer songwriter Tom
Baxter takes to the stage this Thursday, November 6. Support on
Thursday is from Donegal band Little Hours and Vahti from London.
For more details call McGrory's on 07493 79104.
Gardaí investigate fatal Redcastle crash
GARDAÍ are investigating Donegal's third fatal road crash in
less than a week after a man in his 30s died in Redcastle overnight.
The accident involved one vehicle and occurred about midnight. It is
understood the victim is from the local area.
A Garda forensic team will conduct an investigation today but there
are no diversions on the main Redcastle to Derry road .
Two motorcyclists have also died in road accidents within the last
week - at Burt and Raphoe.
'Sober for October' heroes raise over 3.5m
PEOPLE who went 'Sober for October' including several Donegal
participants in have raised the Sterling equivalent of more than 3.5
million euro for cancer patients.
The unique Macmillan Cancer Support fundraiser in the North and UK
has been hailed a huge success in its first year with 100,760 people
signing up as 'sober heroes'.
Bill Porter from Co Derry was the highest individual fundraiser
having raised the Sterling equivalent of more than 15,500 euro for
the cause in the past month.
Mr Porter said he felt "great" after his booze-free month "not only
because of no alcohol, but so indebted to my many great friends who
have supported me and also donated to Macmillan".
The Macmillan Cancer Support charity funds nurses, specialist health
care professionals and builds cancer care centres to help patients,
carers and their families.
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