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Arrest made in Andrew Allen murder case
A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Andrew
Allen at Lisfannon, Buncrana, five years ago.
The man who is in his 50s, was arrested on Saturday, April 8 in the
He is currently being detained at Letterkenny Garda Station under
Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939 as amended.
Mr Allen (24) from Derry, was shot dead at a house at Links View
Park, Lisfannon, on the outskirts of Buncrana, on February 9, 2012.
Gardai have made a number of appeals for witnesses who may have seen
anything suspicious in the days leading up to or on the night of the
shooting. Anyone with information can contact Buncrana Garda Station
on 074-93 20540.
Donegal hosts Hiking Europe Project 10.04.17
DONEGAL played host last week to European partners from Spain,
Italy, Germany, Croatia and Austria for the third Hiking Europe
Project Steering Committee meeting and training session. The first
day of the meeting was held in the beautiful setting of Glenveagh
Castle with day two taking place in the Silver Tassie Hotel in
Letterkenny. The Hiking Europe Project aims to promote rural hiking
routes across four European countries, namely Ireland (Donegal),
Spain (Catalonia), Italy (Emilia- Romagna) and Croatia (Dubrovnik-Neretva).
More information at
Derry to London flights begin May 2 10.04.17
THE new Derry to London Stansted route will commence on Tuesday,
May 2, 2017. Tickets are currently on sale for the new route. For
more info visit www.flybmi.com .
McConalogue slates Mica delay 10.04.17
DONEGAL TD., Charlie McConalogue has criticised continuing
delays in the publication of the report by the Mica expert panel
investigating defective building materials. He said: “The expert
panel was set up in February 2016 to examine problems caused by MICA
in concrete blocks, which were used to build homes in Donegal and
Mayo. The panel was due to report back in May (2016), and although
the document has been handed over to the Minister it has still not
been published," he said. The FF deputy described the hold-up as
"simply unacceptable", saying thousands of homeowners had been "left
in the lurch and are extremely frustrated".
Jesuits call time on Pioneers 10.04.17
THE Jesuit order has called time on its historic links with the
Pioneer Total Abstinence Association due to falling vocations and
The Jesuits founded the non-drinkers’ group 120 years ago but their
involvement will cease at the end of this year.
The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association (PTAA) is now seeking
donations as it makes its transition to a lay charity in early 2018.
The association's project co-ordinator Raymond O'Connor said the
need for its work is "greater than ever" in Ireland today. “Many
families and homes have benefited greatly from the individual
pioneer’s sacrifice from alcohol - benefits in terms of health,
finances, peace and harmony in the home, enhanced relationships and
community volunteering," he said. The PTAA has some 130,000 members
in Ireland compared to about 500,000 at its height in the 1960s.
Black swan flies into Claddagh 10.04.17
A BLACK swan has stunned wildlife experts after being accepted
into the famous white flock at the Claddagh, Galway.
The striking bird with its vibrant red beak has made herself at home
among the large local flock of mute swans and has been attracting
Mary Joyce-Glynn of Galway Claddagh Swan Rescue believes the adult
female may have escaped from a private collection of exotic birds in
Ireland or the UK.
"We were initially afraid the resident flock would turn on her but
thankfully she seems to have been accepted very well," she said.
"The Claddagh swans are a non-breeding flock so they are not
territorial or aggressive."
Bunny dug up by digger 10.04.17
A BABY bunny has been rescued in time for Easter after being dug
up by a digger. The JCB driver got a shock when he spotted the
rabbit kit in the excavator bucket as he moved earth in Co Cork.
It is the first baby rabbit of the season for Kildare Animal
Wildlife Unit who are currently caring for the cute creature.
The unit's Dan Donoher said the young animal had a lucky escape
during the excavation works. "We would ask people to have a scan
over the area and check it out especially this time of the year, to
make sure there are no nests. We would also ask people to heed the
hedgecutting regulations," he said.
Donegal books of condolence for Martin McGuinness
BOOKS of condolence in memory of the late Sinn Féin leader
Martin McGuinness will open today at council offices across Co
Books will open at public services centres in Carndonagh, Lifford,
Letterkenny, Donegal Town, Dungloe and Milford. A book will also be
available to the public at the former Town Council offices in
Buncrana, hometown of his late mother Peggy.
"Cathaoirleach Cllr Terence Slowey, on behalf of the elected
members, management and staff of Donegal County Council, extends his
deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of the late Martin
McGuinness, former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, who
passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning following a
short illness," the local authority said in a statement this
For funeral arrangements, click here
Book of Condolence opens for Martin McGuinness
A Book of Condolence has now opened at the Guildhall in Derry in
memory of the former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness who
An online book has also opened where people can express their
sympathies. The online messages will be attached to the original
Book of Condolence when it is handed over to Mr McGuinness' family.
Sign the book here:
Donegal TDs round on DEIS omissions
DONEGAL TDs have slated new procedures that have excluded some
"clearly disadvantaged" schools from receiving DEIS funding.
Deputy Thomas Pringle said schools across Donegal "are outraged they
were not included in the recent round of DEIS allocation, despite
clear evidence of concentrated disadvantage present in the pupil
cohort of those schools".
“No consultation was carried out with the schools directly, no
application process was in place and therefore no appeals process
was made available to schools questioning the Department's
decision," he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Charlie McConalogue said the Department of
Education and Skills has admitted that significant errors were made
in adopting the new system.
“Minister Bruton must explain how these errors arose and what action
is being taken to address them. He also needs to outline what
methodology is being used to select schools," he said.
Fears for "dying" Ibrahim Halawa 14.03.17
THE family of Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa (21) who has been
imprisoned without trial in Egypt for over three years say he is
dying. The young Irishman's aunt visited him yesterday and says he
is suffering from a skin disease "as a result of the inhuman
hospital prison he is held in, a hospital of which not even animals
can survive in". His family say the young man's blood sugar has
dropped to 34 and he was kept in a solitary confinement cell for
"Ibrahim is dying and we as a family will hold both governments
responsible for anything to happen to him. We're running out of
time. We urge the Taoiseach to at least secure his release before
it's too late," his family said in a statement.
Concern appeal on East Africa Crisis 14.03.17
CONCERN Worldwide has today launched an East Africa Crisis
Appeal to raise €25 million to help support 1.8 million people
urgently in need of food assistance due to drought and conflict
across the war-torn region. The Irish International aid agency has
deployed Emergency Response Teams to cope with the worsening
humanitarian situation in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia,
where more than 20 million people are in critical need of food,
water and shelter. For more information visit
Warm welcome for new rural bus route 14.03.17
A new bus service for South Donegal and North Leitrim has been
warmly welcomed. Local Link has launched the new six-day-per-week
service linking Kinlough to Ballyshannon via Bundoran with seven
return journeys per day. A demand-led rural service will also be
incorporated to the new route in the Glenade, Ballintrillick, Tawley
and Buckode areas. The new route will also connect to the Bus
Eireann Sligo/Galway and Enniskillen/Dublin expressway services. The
route, run by Fureys of Sligo, will be serviced by a new
171-registered Mercedes bus with low floor wheelchair access, the
first of its type to enter into service in the Republic of Ireland.
Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin welcomed the new
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