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O'Neills Foyle Cup 2019 13.11.18
Entries are now being taken for the O'Neills Foyle Cup which will be held from 22-27 of July 2019 at multiple venues throughout Derry and the North West including Donegal. Organisers are expecting in excess of 400 entries and would appreciate if teams intending to entry could download and forward their entry form well in advance of closing date of December 31 2018.
Over the past few years top quality pro teams from America, Canada, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Ireland have competed in the tournament
Forms can be downloaded from the O'Neills Foyle Cup website. For further details contact Michael Hutton on 048 71 359734 or email michael-hutton@lineone.net .

Emergency training exercise at City of Derry Airport 06.11.18
On Wednesday 7th November 2018, City of Derry Airport is holding an emergency training exercise in partnership with the PSNI, NIFRS, Western Trust, NIR, Red Cross, NIAS, UU and NWRC. The exercise will commence at 17:00hrs and will end at 22:00hrs.
The purpose of the exercise is to test the airports emergency & safety capability. The public can be assured that emergency services will not be affected during this time.
We thank the public in advance of this exercise for their co-operation, with disruption to the public being kept to a minimum.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018 27.10.18
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Shane Ross TD, has announced the commencement of the drink-driving provisions of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018, with effect from 26th October 2018.
These provisions will ensure that all drink drivers, without exception, will receive a driving disqualification. They remove the concession in previous legislation by which some drink drivers have been able to receive penalty points instead of a disqualification.

Water pipes in Newtown to be replaced 18.10.18
Irish Water working in partnership with Donegal County Council is set to commence works on the replacement of 1.5 kilometres of problematic water mains in Ballybegley, Newtowncunningham. The old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. Works are due to commence next week (October 22, 2018) and are scheduled to be completed in December.
A traffic management plan will be in place where necessary. The work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs but residents will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice.
Irish Water customers in Newtowncunningham can phone 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project.

Water pipe burst in Buncrana 13.10.18
Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council is working to restore the water supply in Buncrana following a burst to a major trunk watermain. The areas affected include all of south Inishowen.
Crews have been on the ground since early Saturday morning and work on the repair is progressing well.
It is expected that the repair will be completed by this evening when water will begin to be restored. Full water service may take some time to return as water refills the network.

Carn Students 'Sleep in' on Friday 10.10.18
CARNDONAGH Community School TY students are taking action for those less fortunate in society by organising their annual ‘Sleep in’ this coming Friday, 12th October.
The aim of the event is not to replicate homelessness but it will give the students an insight into the challenges faced by those sleeping rough.
North West Simon Community prevented 177 families and individuals from becoming homeless during 2017. The Simon Community continue to provide vital services to minimise the duration and impact on those unfortunate enough to have been made homeless.
If you would like to show your support and make a donation to help sustain the work and services provided please log on to: www.northwestsimon.ie .

Planned ESB outage in Buncrana postponed 09.10.18
ESB Networks advises that a planned outage to take place in the Trillick and Tullydish areas of Buncrana tomorrow Wednesday 10 October (from 9am to 5pm) has been postponed until a later date. It was due to impact on 120 customers and they will be informed in advance of the rescheduled date. ESB Networks apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Revenue seizes cigarettes and cash in Donegal 09.10.18
Last Friday (05/10/2018) in Letterkenny, as a result of intelligence led operations, Revenue officers seized 13,400 cigarettes, branded ‘Mayfair’, ‘L&M’ and ‘Pacific’ following a search, under warrant, of a residential property. Revenue officers also seized €7,200 in cash suspecting it to be the proceeds of, or intended for use in, criminal activity. A Polish man in his thirties was questioned. Yesterday (08/10/2018), at Letterkenny District Court, Revenue officers were granted a three month cash detention order to allow Revenue investigate further.
These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products. If you know someone is evading tax or involved in smuggling, report it. Contact Revenue’s Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295.

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