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Have your say on trout farms 08.08.16
INLAND Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has announced the extension of its public consultation on freshwater trout farms to facilitate the "fullest possible" consideration of the views of stakeholders.
The IFI board said it recognises the "depth of stakeholders’ viewpoints" and wanted to allow for their comprehensive participation in the process.
The consultation period has now been extended from August 19 to September 19 at 5pm. Submissions should be made in writing to Fish Farm Consultation, Inland Fisheries Ireland, 3044 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin D24 Y265 or to  More information at or from any IFI office.

Students warned on "dangerous" drug
STUDENTS going back to college have been urged to stay away from "extremely dangerous" opiate drugs known as ‘Fentanyls’.
Fentanyl is a narcotic analgesic used in anaesthetics but a number of non-pharmaceutical versions have been implicated in deaths where it was believed to be heroin.
The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) said the drug can be up to 600 times stronger than morphine and may be sold as and mistaken for ‘designer’ fentanyl or ‘synthetic’ heroin. “The HSE have told us that Fentanyls are sold in powder form, probably mixed with heroin, or mixed with caffeine or paracetamol. Therefore, the drug can be snorted, injected or swallowed," said USI president Annie Hoey. "We are urging students and young people to stay away from this drug because it has been implicated in five deaths so far in Ireland.”

Seminar invitation for Donegal businesswoman
DONEGAL businesswomen of Donegal are being invited to the second annual Enterprise Ireland International Business Women’s Conference later this month. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Rose of Tralee International Festival on Monday, August 22 at the Brandon Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry. Expert speakers will include Eleanor McEvoy and Norah Casey who will share their experiences and insights on themes such as leadership, growing a global business and entrepreneurship. This year's event has the theme ‘The Changing Face of Success’ and focuses on strong female role models, leading by example and empowering women to fulfill their ambitions.
Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said: “Promoting the achievements of women actively encourages others to aim high and in turn creates a valuable contribution to both the economy and society here in Ireland." See Online-Registration.

Co-Ops are best for farmers - MEP
THE co-operative movement rather than the PLC structure would best serve the interests of the majority of Ireland’s farmers in the future, an MEP has said.
Independent MEP Marian Harkin said: “As a strong supporter of the community self-help ethos, whether that is the credit union, voluntary action or at the larger scale, the co-operative movement, I fully support the slogan espoused by the founder of the agricultural co-operative movement Sir Horace Plunkett that self help is best achieved through mutual help." She was speaking at the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Kilconnell Co-Op in Co Galway.

Donegal roads claim sixth victim 05.08.16
A MAN in his 30s died in Letterkenny Hospital in the early hours of this morning after being involved in a road crash yesterday.
Gardaí are investigating the two-vehicle collision between a lorry and a car at Tullyrap, Raphoe, shortly before 1pm.
The two occupants of the car were taken to hospital where the driver died in the early hours of this morning.
The passenger, a female in her late teens, is still being treated for her injuries. The lorry driver was uninjured in the accident and the road has since re-opened, gardaí said.
It is the sixth tragic fatality on Donegal's roads in a week after five young people died in two separate road accidents near Letterkenny last week.
Any witnesses to the latest accident is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 9167100; the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Demand for Daniel soars
SINGER Daniel O'Donnell has received an early Christmas present as his December shows sold out in just 20 minutes.
The €47.50 tickets for 'Daniel's White Christmas' at Dublin's Convention Centre were snapped up by the country star's devoted fans in record time.
The eagerly-awaited gigs take place on December 10 and December 11
A third date, on December 9, was added due to high demand but this has also been sold out. Demand for Daniel (54) is at an all-time high as the veteran performer returns to the stage next week after an 18-month sabbatical from music. He will appear for a four-night run on Tuesday, August 9 at the INEC in Killarney, Co Kerry. This will be followed by an extensive tour of the UK in September and the US and Canada in October.

€400K prize claimed within hour of deadline
A EuroMillions prize worth almost €400,000 was claimed with just an hour to go to the deadline yesterday. The winner took “cutting it fine” to a whole new level as contact wasn’t made with the National Lottery until after 4pm.
There were frantic scenes as the ticket holder claimed their prize of €381,863 with about sixty minutes to go to the 5.30pm cut-off.
It clearly looked as if the National Lottery’s 90-day deadline would be missed for the second time in as many weeks. More than €191,000 in EuroMillions winnings went unclaimed last Thursday after a Galway ticket-holder failed to come forward. A National Lottery spokesman confirmed that the massive €400K prize has now been claimed. “As a result of the National Lottery media awareness campaign, we’re delighted that a ticket holder has come forward! We will provide further details in due course,” he said. The lucky Quick Pick was purchased on the day of the May 6 draw at Tesco, Market Green Shopping Centre, Midleton, Co. Cork. The numbers drawn were: 32, 34, 40, 45, 48 and the Lucky Stars are 1&10.

Migrant mother names baby after Naval ship
A MIGRANT woman who gave birth after being rescued by the Irish Navy off the coast of Libya has named her new baby after the ship that saved her.
The young mother has called her infant daughter 'Joy' after the LÉ James Joyce and in tribute to its crew that gave her medical attention on board.
In so doing, she also names her baby after one of the world's most notable and influential writers, Dubliner James Joyce, the author of 'Ulysses'.
The maternity emergency happened during a "busy day of operations" off the coast of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, last week during which the Irish crew brought 594 refugees to safety.

€190K EuroMillions prize not claimed 29.07.16
IT'S probably best if they never find out - but someone has just missed out on a EuroMillions prize worth over 190,000 euro.
That's roughly the average Irish house price; your mortgage fully paid off; your dream car by four; several holidays a year for the rest of your life...the miserable list of what you've just missed goes on and on.
They 90 day deadline to claim the prize expired at 5.30pm on Thursday and so a total of €191,461 now goes back into National Lottery coffers.

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, Letterkenny.
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.
Read more: Five dead in two days on Donegal roads

Irish Water announces €13.8m Donegal project 18.07.16
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 Head.
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 point.
“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
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 all this week until the close of the school on Friday, July 22.

Book of condolence for Nice victims
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 more.
“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
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 London.
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

Council aims to cut its energy bill 08.07.16
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
PEOPLE going on holidays this summer have been urged to check the strength of medicines they buy abroad to prevent accidental overdoses.
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 MacLochlainn.
“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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