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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 accountantonline.ie; 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.

Grants for Donegal seafood companies 06.03.15
TWO Donegal seafood companies have received grants to help them expand and grow their businesses.
Killybegs Seafoods Frozen Ltd has been awarded €500,000, while Island Seafood Ltd receives €17,550. The grants are co-funded by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and the European Fisheries Fund under the Seafood Development Programme.
Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources Joe McHugh TD welcomed the boost to Donegal’s seafood processing sector.
“The money will assist the companies to put the required technology, infrastructure and standards in place to allow these businesses develop added value seafood products that are in great demand on the global market," he said. A total of €2.7 million in grant aid was awarded to 18 seafood processing companies around the country under the scheme.

Buncrana's Jane needs your vote 27.02.15
A Buncrana woman is in the running for a prestigious award in the Big Apple and needs your vote before lines close at 5pm today.
Thirty year old, Jane McCarter, daughter of John and Breda McCarter, is Arts and Cultural Director at the New York Irish Center.
She has been nominated for the ‘40 Under 40’ People’s Choice Award, organised by the Irish Echo newspaper. The award celebrates Irish and Irish Americans who have distinguished themselves in their field before reaching the age of 40.
Delighted dad John appealed for votes today as the clocked ticked down in a bid to "push her over the winning line".
Votes can be cast online via www.irishecho.com .

Georgia's funeral takes place tomorrow 25.02.15
THE funeral of 13-year old Georgia Louise Doherty who tragically died in a weekend road accident will take place tomorrow.
The popular Redcastle teenager, who attended Moville Community College, died in a collision on the Glenshane Road, about 10km from Derry, on Sunday evening. Her older sister was injured in the two-vehicle crash which happened as the sisters returned from Belfast.
There has been an outpouring of sympathy to Georgia's heartbroken family and friends. Staff at Moville Community College described the young teen as "a bright, bubbly girl" who was "full of energy". They said the messages of sympathy that have poured in since the tragedy were a "source of strength" to everyone at the school. To read funeral arrangements, click here .

Inishowen child dies in Derry crash 23.02.15
POLICE in Co Derry are appealing for witnesses to a crash in which a child from Inishowen died.
The 13-year-old girl was killed in a two-car collision on the Glenshane Road last evening about 5pm. It is understood the teenager's older sister was seriously injured in the crash. The sisters are understood to be from the Redcastle area.
Their names have not yet been released. The accident happened near the Tamnaherin and Tirbracken road junction. The road has since reopened to traffic.

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