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Gardaí warn against PPS scam 13.04.21
Gardaí are warning the public to be aware of fraudulent phone calls and texts from scammers, impersonating an official of the Department of Social Protection, advising them that their PPS number has been compromised.
The person receiving the call is asked to verify their name, PPS number and bank account details. This personal data will then be used by the scammers for fraudulent purposes.

Gardaí would like to advise members of the public:
• Not to engage with the caller or return the call
• Never share personal information data with such callers or with people who make contact by text

An Garda Siochana or Department of Social Protection would never request bank account details or personal data in a cold call or text. If a member of the public believes they have received such a phone call or text, they are advised to contact their bank and the Department of Social Protection’s helpline number on 1890 800 024.
They are also advised to take a note of the number and report the matter to their local Garda Station.

Muff - Derry greenway
Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee has approved plans to develop a cycling and walking route linking Muff to the Derry City. The proposed development will see an 8.5km route constructed, beginning on the quay trail at Penny Burn, connecting to Canning’s Lane, Muff via the Culmore, Culmore Point and Coney Road. Once developed, the greenway will connect to the proposed Muff greenway, which Donegal County Council issued the works tender for on 31 March. Read previous story...

Bus Éireann issues travel guidance
With changes to travel restrictions and the full resumption of education from Monday 12 April, Bus Éireann, has advised passengers to plan their essential journeys and to be aware of the continuing 25% capacity limit on all public transport.

• For city and county services, Bus Éireann is operating to a normal schedule. With the resumption of all second-level education on Monday, some city and town services may see an increase in demand on morning and afternoon services.
• For intercity travel on Expressway services, guaranteed seats can now be purchased online at . This guaranteed booking facility is available to people with free travel entitlements.
• With the full reopening of schools, the school transport system will be operating as usual with substantially all post-primary services now at 50% capacity.

Allen Parker, Chief Customer Officer, Bus Éireann said: “Public transport remains at 25% capacity and therefore should only be used for essential journeys. Generally, buses and coaches are currently limited to carrying between 10 and 20 passengers, dependent on vehicle size."
“We thank customers for their patience and understanding and encourage people to monitor the @buseireann and @ExpresswayIRE Twitter feeds for service updates,” Allen concluded.

Gardaí in Donegal seize €2.8m of cocaine 18.03.21
Gardaí in Donegal have seized a substance believed to be cocaine with an estimated value of €2.8 million. Milford District Drugs Unit said that a vehicle was searched as part of an intelligence led operation and 41kg of the drug was discovered. They are liaising with the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau and the Police Service of Northern Ireland in respect of this investigation.
Superintendent David Kelly, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘This significant seizure has reduced the supply of illegal drugs in our community thereby increasing community safety”.

Thatch Repair Grant Scheme opens 12.03.21
Donegal County Council’s Thatch Repair Grant Scheme has opened for applications. Now in its third year, the scheme assists the owners and occupiers of thatched dwellings and businesses with their maintenance and repair. The grant scheme provides advice to owners on the conservation of thatched roofs, allocates funding for small-scale thatch repairs and helps homeowners carry out necessary repairs under conservation supervision. The scheme is open for applications until 12 noon on Monday, April 12.
Application forms for the Thatch Repair Grants Scheme are available online at or by contacting Joseph Gallagher, Heritage Officer or Collette Beattie, Conservation Officer at 074 91 53900 or by email at .

Rope-thatched cottage in Ballykeeny, Inishowen was one of the properties that benefited under the Thatch Repair Grant Scheme in 2019. The scheme allows for small-scale thatch repairs as evidenced by the ‘patch’ repairs shown.

Donegal woman wins €30k
A lucky woman in Donegal has claimed €30,000 on a Diamond Bingo Doubler scratch card. The overjoyed woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her €3 winning ticket at McFaddens Service Station in Letterkenny. She ‘couldn’t believe her eyes’ as she scratched her way to the top prize. She said: “I was down to the second last number and I could see that I had four corners in the last box. I thought I had won the €25 but then noticed the line across and thought that looked unusual. I was sitting in my kitchen with my family so it wasn’t long before we were all checking the ticket.”

Healthy Ireland at your Library
As part of the Healthy Ireland at your Library programme, Donegal County Council has teamed up with the HSE and the Irish Hospice Foundation to host a series of “Wellness Wednesdays” talks on Parenting, Stress, Mindfulness, Grief and Overeating. The Council have also partnered up with Dr Mary O’Kane and her online talks will be available on Saturday 20th and 27th March at the Donegal Library Facebook page.

Community Heritage Grant Scheme
The Heritage Council is inviting applications to its popular Community Heritage Grant Scheme. The aims of the programme are to support capital projects that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites and that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections, objects and buildings. The scheme also supports the purchase of essential equipment. Grant applications must be submitted using the Heritage Council’s on-line application system at by Monday, March 29 at 5pm.

Covid vaccination scam awareness
An Garda Síochána, the HSE and The Department of Health would like to advise members of the public to be aware of potential scams relating to the Covid-19 vaccine.
An Garda Síochána is aware of members of the public having received fraudulent text messages and calls regarding Covid vaccinations.
A number of people have recently received phone calls or text messages in which they are offered vaccinations. However, the callers are then providing fraudulent vaccination dates and looking to extract sensitive personal details. The details requested include, the person’s name, PPS number, date of birth and address.
Text messages have also made requests for people to confirm private information such as PPS number, date of birth and address. The HSE will never text seeking such information.

Gardaí issue fines for Covid-19 breaches 06.03.21
As of close of business on Thursday, March 4th 2021, almost 12,000 fines had been issued by Gardaí across the country for Covid-19 breaches:
• 9,021 fines of €100 for non-essential travel
• 445 fines of €500 for non-essential journeys to airports/ports
• 375 fines of £100 for non-essential journeys to airports/ports
• 370 fines of €500 for organising a house party
• 1,416 fines of €150 for attending a house party
• 218 fines of €80 for not wearing a face covering
• 103 fines of €100 for non-essential travel by persons not ordinarily resident in the State

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