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Derry in food waste crackdown 06.06.17
HOUSEHOLDERS in Derry face new restrictions regarding food waste
disposal from this week. An extra 20,000 food caddies have been
distributed across the city and district to encourage families to
participate in the environmentally-friendly scheme. Homes provided
with the caddies are asked to no longer dispose of any food waste in
their black/grey bins. Cleansing crews will regularly check the bins
and will issue warning stickers asking householders to remove food
waste from grey-black bins or they will be rejected for collection.
Majella sends good wishes to Olivia Newton-John
CANCER survivor Majella O'Donnell has sent a message of support to
friend Olivia Newtown-John who has revealed she's again fighting
The 'Grease' star (68) said recent back pain was the result of
cancer returning and spreading to her lower spine, 25 years after
her first diagnosis. The English-Australian singer has been friends
with Majella and Daniel O'Donnell for a number of years. Majella
(57), who is three years cancer-free, said she was saddened by the
news and sent the singer "lots of love".
Parrot's multicultural adventure 05.06.17
A PARROT that accidentally escaped his home and was attacked by
magpies has been reunited with his 'overjoyed' family after a
multicultural adventure in the West.
Paulie, a conure parrot and South America native, left his Slovakian
family distraught after accidentally escaping Galway home last week.
The exotic blue-green bird was later discovered flying loose at Mill
Street near the city centre, where he was 'tormented' by corvids
including crows and magpies.
Luckily, a young locally-based American couple managed to catch the
hapless creature and bring him to safety. Paulie's delighted owner
said he was "very happy" to be home.
Tragic creature could not be saved 05.06.17
A SWAN that crash-landed on railway tracks as a train approached was
too badly injured to be saved. The young female got into difficulty
after hitting Lough Atalia railway bridge in Galway and landing on
A volunteer from Galway & Claddagh Swan Rescue rushed to her aid but
her wounds were too extensive and she sadly had to be euthanised.
Take-off for new Derry to London flight
THE bmi regional’s new service between City of Derry Airport
and London Stansted commenced operations yesterday. Passengers
departing and arriving on the inaugural flight were treated to light
refreshments, entertainment and a keepsake certificate to mark the
occasion. Bmi regional welcomed the Mayor of Derry Mayor Hilary
McClintock was on the inaugural flight at 6.45am on Tuesday. “The
route runs twice daily on a 49-seater jet aircraft with an early
morning departure each day that is particularly suited to business
travellers and commuters from the region to arrive in Central London
early in the morning and complete a full day’s business before
returning back on an early evening flight," she said. I would like
to extend my best wishes to bmi regional and wish them every success
for this route,” she added.
Council celebrates ‘smoke-free’ decade 03.05.17
DERRY City and Strabane District Council are this week
celebrating the ten year anniversary of Northern Ireland officially
On April 30, 2007, legislation came into effect to ensure that all
enclosed work spaces, including vehicles, would become smoke-free to
reduce the impact of smoking, particularly passive smoking, on
people's health. Mayor Hilary McClintock said: “I think we can all
agree that this change in law has been to the benefit of everyone in
improving the work environments and travel conditions for people of
all ages." More than 2,300 people die in the North each year from
smoking-related illnesses. Meanwhile, the Western Health and Social
Care Trust became the North's first smoke-free trust, in 2014,
making smoking prohibited by anyone, anywhere on trust premises.
Leader programme "not working" - TD 03.05.17
Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says the current
Leader programme is not working for rural companies. More than three
years after the latest round of applications opened, he said not a
single cent has been spent on projects to date. New information
released to Fianna Fáil has also revealed that only 15 projects have
been approved for funding since 2014. “It beggars belief that we are
now halfway through the Leader programme and companies are still to
receive their funding allocations. What’s worse is the fact that in
the three years since the applications process opened an only 15
projects have been approved for funding," he said, adding that
nearly 300 expressions of interest from Donegal have been lodged for
Artisan food at Walled City Market 03.05.17
DERRY'S Walled City Market scheduled to take place this Saturday
is set to be "another big success with its unique variety of quality
artisan food and craft produce", the local authority said. The
operation of food markets is a key priority for Derry City and
Strabane District Council which says it's committed to promoting
local food produce and giving local food producers a forum to
showcase their produce. The market will be held on Saturday, May 6,
2017 in Waterloo Place, Derry.
Jobs for new Irish diplomats 03.05.17
DO you have a cool head, "emotional strength" and a strong
interest in other cultures? You could be the next globe-trotting
Irish diplomat with a salary scale between about 31,000 euro -
The Department of Foreign Affairs has just opened the recruitment
process for a band of new third secretaries - an entry grade
position previously held by diplomatic and political veteran Martin
Mansergh as a 28 year old in 1974.
But the selection brief is demanding and would suggest that slouches
need not apply. Closing date for applications is May 11, 2017 with
more information at
Bat avoids dishwasher cycle 03.05.17
A WOMAN was left drained after finding a live bat on a plate as
she washed the dishes. The little creature, nicknamed 'Suds', had a
lucky escape when he nearly ended up in a dishwasher cycle.
The Limerick woman was rinsing plates to load the machine when she
mistook the small mammal for a wet leaf and almost scraped it away.
"To her amazement it moved and gave her a bit of a fright," said
Rosie Campbell of Animal Magic Wildlife Rescue, where the bat is
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.
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