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North goes to polls in 'Brexit' referendum 23.06.16
DONEGAL TD Charlie McConalogue is encouraging voters in the North to get out and vote in today's historic Brexit referendum.
The FF deputy said the outcome has the potential to have "significant implications for people living on both sides of the Border".
“If Britain decides to leave the EU, it will have a major impact on people living right across the island of Ireland. It will have trade implications. The travel, tourism and energy sectors will be affected. Farmers and those in the agriculture industry will have to adapt to deal with new tariff, animal health and labelling regulations," he said.

Work begins on Donegal sewerage schemes
23.06.16
IRISH Water has commenced work on the €18.4 million Donegal Group B project including the development of new sewerage schemes in Killybegs, Bundoran, Glencolumbkille and Convoy. Irish Water's capital delivery regional lead North West Eunan Canavan said: “Killybegs and Bundoran are two of 44 towns in Ireland where untreated sewage is being discharged directly into the sea. Irish Water will ensure that wastewater treatment in the four towns is compliant with required EU Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive standards while also allowing for future economic growth in the towns.”

Children need specific mental health facilities - Ombudsman
23.06.16
THE Ombudsman for Children has criticised the "continued admission of vulnerable children to adult mental health facilities". The admissions were highlighted in the Mental Health Commission’s Annual Report. Children's Ombudsman, Dr Niall Muldoon said: "We must provide the safest possible setting for our most vulnerable children, where they can receive the best possible care to help them to heal and grow again. By denying them a bed in a setting with their peers, we are exposing this cohort of young people to unnecessary trauma, at a time when we know they cannot cope."

Big upgrade for key hospital wards after floods 21.06.16
A contract to redevelop the Oncology/Haematology Ward and Coronary Care Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital has been signed today with work scheduled to be completed by March next year, a local campaign group confirmed.
Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW) said the redevelopment was more than just flood repairs adding that services would be significantly improved for patients.
Noelle Duddy of CCC(NW) said: "The fact that the redevelopment goes further than simply repairing (or) replacing damage done in the flood by enhancing and providing both wards with isolation and single room facilities, will go a long way to improving patient comfort and clinical outcomes.
"CCC(NW) wish to acknowledge the sterling work of Seán Murphy, general manager and all the staff in LUH who collectively, on a daily basis, work hard to provide quality care for the patients they serve."

Gleneely man found safe and well 15.06.16
GLENEELY teenager Lee McLaughlin has been found safe and well after going missing in Paris for over 24 hours.It is understood Mr McLaughlin made contact with his family this morning and was reunited a short time ago with his sister and father at Saint Lazare Metro station.
It is not yet clear where the Donegal man had spent the past 24 hours.
He had been missing since leaving his Paris hotel in the Monmarte area yesterday at noon. He subsequently missed his return flight home to Ireland. A large-scale appeal was launched while the family received assistance from the Irish Embassy, Gardai and the FAI. Arrangements are now being made for the relieved family to return home to Donegal.

€30,000 return on €3 scratch card 15.06.16
A Donegal Lotto syndicate is smiling today after picking up a cheque for €30,000 won on a €3 scratch card.
The syndicate scooped the cash on an All Cash Tripler after they won the card by matching two numbers and the bonus in Saturday’s main Lotto draw.
The group, who wish to keep their win private, picked up their lucky buy at Mac's Mini Market in St Johnston.
"€30,000 is such a wonderful amount of money for us to win. It is such an amazing feeling to experience this big win as part of a group. We don’t have any immediate plans for our winnings but we will probably throw a small party for family and friends to celebrate," a spokesperson said.

Book of condolence for Orlando victims 13.06.16
THE Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, has opened a book of condolence in memory of the victims of the latest terror attack to rock America. Cllr McClintock said she was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the events. “I was horrified to hear the news as it broke this morning that over 50 people have been tragically killed in this atrocity in Orlando,” she said. “It’s simply unimaginable that people out to enjoy a night out could be targeted in this way and I want to express my sadness and sympathy for the many families affected." The book will remain open at the Guildhall in Derry during regular opening hours for the coming weeks.

Freedom of Donegal for GAA legend 02.06.16
GAA legend Anthony Molloy will be bestowed with Donegal's highest honour - the freedom of the county - at a civic reception next week.
Molloy will be given the honour at a civic reception in the County House, Lifford, next Tuesday evening, hosted by the Cathaoirleach and members of Donegal County Council. The freedom of the county will be awarded in recognition of his contribution to Gaelic football in Donegal and Ireland and his "excellent work" as an ambassador among the Donegal Diaspora, said a council spokesperson.

SF president raises defective block issue
02.06.16
SINN Féin President Gerry Adams this week raised in the Dáil the issue of defective concrete blocks – particularly those affected by muscovite mica – in homes across Donegal and Mayo. Mr Adams pressed Taoiseach Enda Kenny about the progress of the expert panel established in February to examine the issue - and which is due to report in about six months' time.
The SF leader was speaking following a Prime Time expose on Tuesday which outlined the shocking scale of the problem for hundreds of families whose homes - both private and public - are now effectively worthless. “The Government is currently insisting that Donegal County Council meets the cost of what could be a massive bill. This would seriously impact on the provision of other local services," said Mr Adams. He said the programme also outlined "a profound failure in State regulation of the construction industry".

Wreath to remember Cllr Eddie Fullerton 26.05.16
A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Eddie Fullerton Memorial in Buncrana last evening to mark the 25th anniversary of the councillor's death. Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Ciaran Brogan laid a wreath at the Stone Jug near the Castle Bridge at 7pm surrounded by members of the Fullerton family, friends and party colleagues of the late Sinn Féin public representative.
Cllr Fullerton, a native of Sledrin, Buncrana, was murdered by loyalist gunmen at his home in Cockhill on May 25, 1991.

Concern at closure of Knocknamona unit 19.05.16
DONEGAL T.D., Pearse Doherty has described the closure of the young persons' residential unit at Knocknamona in Letterkenny as ‘extremely concerning’ and has called on the relevant authorities to explain what led to the decision to shut the facility. The Sinn Féin deputy said a number of children residing in the care of the State at the facility had been moved more than 200 miles away at just 24-hours' notice.
“I cannot understand the rationale of the authorities responsible in their making this decision which, in effect, has turned the lives of these children upside down without so much as an explanation having yet been given as to why residential services have been suspended," said Deputy Doherty. He is awaiting answers from the child and family agency, TUSLA.

Donegal diaspora seminar opens
19.05.16
THE two-day Irish Donegal Irish Diaspora Conference featuring speakers from around the world on 1916 and its legacy has opened today.
Now in it’s fifth year, the seminar which is hosted by Donegal County Council in association with the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Centre for Irish Partnerships will take place today, Thursday and Friday at LYIT. Speakers will include Sir Tom Devine, Kevin Cullen and Michael Patrick McDonald. It will be moderated by Victoria Denoon of the University of Massachusetts.

Children's 1916 book a hit at libraries
19.05.16
A CHILDREN’S novel about the 1916 Easter Rising was among the most borrowed books from Irish libraries last year, new figures show.
'The Guns of Easter' by Wexford author Gerard Whelan shot into the Top 20 of the most borrowed list in 2015 as the country prepared for this year's centenary celebrations.
The work of fiction, was first released in 1996 – on the 80th anniversary of the Easter Rising. It won a number of literary prizes the following year.
It tells the story of twelve-year-old Jimmy Conway who lives in poverty in the Dublin slums and becomes torn between the rebels of the Easter Rising and the British Army, as Europe is entrenched war. The Top 10 last year was once again dominated by the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series, with various titles in the popular franchise taking the number one spot and six other places.

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