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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
Homes sought for billy goat kids 07.03.17
AN Irish rescue centre is seeking homes for over 100 male baby
goats being offered up for adoption by a commercial goat milk farm.
LittleHill Animal Rescue said they had been contacted by a
kind-hearted farmer who, despite the billy goats not being
milk-producers, doesn't want to send them to slaughter.
Susan Anderson, who runs the sanctuary, told Inishowen News she will
only be able to save as many goats as she can find homes for. The
herd animals will ideally be rehomed in pairs and will be neutered
"We're not sure exactly how many there will be, but we think we're
going to need homes for between a hundred and two hundred baby goats
that are due to be born in the next couple of weeks.
"We will need fosterers prepared to bottle feed for about seven
weeks and then knowledgeable and suitable forever homes for these
little fellas," added Ms Anderson. Please register your interest as
a foster carer or permanent home on the LittleHill Animal Rescue
Poison agency's Spring-loaded joke 07.03.17
THE National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC) has shared some
seasonal humour with a serious safety message behind it.
As daffodil season gets underway, Irish people are being warned not
to confuse the perennial flower's poisonous bulbs with spring onions
when out shopping for vegetables.
A bunch of unopened daffodil bulbs bears a striking resemblance to a
bunch of scallions but are "very poisonous" if eaten.
Now the NPIC has taken to social media, describing a ‘case’ of a
woman who was hospitalised after eating a daffodil bulb in place of
"Doctors said I should be out sometime in Spring!" goes the
punch-line, as shared by the NPIC with its 20,000 Facebook
Figures in the UK show that some 63 people suffered daffodil
poisoning between 2009 and 2015. It prompted Public Health England
to write to supermarkets asking them to keep daffodil bulbs well
away from vegetable stands to avoid customer confusion.
Pigeon falls down chimney onto fire 06.03.17
A Dublin woman got a huge shock when a hapless woodpigeon fell
down her chimney on to a lit fire.
The quick-thinking homeowner managed to scoop the unfortunate bird
out of the grate before it was burned to death.
The creature, which suffered burns to its tail feathers and
suspected smoke inhalation, is now being treated with pain
medication and antibiotics.
Kildare Animal Foundation Wildlife Unit said the woman's rapid
actions saved the pigeon from fatal harm.
"We received a call this morning from a lady in Dublin about a
woodpigeon that had fallen down her chimney on to a lit fire.
"She acted quickly and managed to rescue him before too much damage
was done. However, he has badly burnt tail feathers and some signs
of possible smoke inhalation," the charity told Facebook followers
Crackdown on deer poachers 06.03.17
RESTAURANTS and individuals are being urged not to buy venison
from illegal sources as a crackdown on deer poachers gets underway
along the border.
The PSNI is running Operation Wild Deer to tackle an upsurge in deer
poaching in woodland areas such as the Clogher Valley in Co Tyrone.
The operation includes police firearms officers working in
conjunction with wildlife liaison officers to combat the crime.
And the North's Food Standards Agency has warned that
illegally-caught deer could pose a threat to the human food chain
because proper meat-handling procedures are not being followed by
Witness appeal after man dies in Malin crash
GARDAÍ are appealing for witnesses after a man in his 30s was
killed in a road crash at Malin last night. The two-vehicle
collision happened at Strand Head, Malin, about 6pm. Diversions are
still in place this morning.
Investigating officers say the victim was was pronounced dead at the
scene following the accident. His body was taken to Letterkenny
University Hospital for post mortem. The driver of the other
vehicle, also in his 30s, was uninjured. Both men were the sole
occupants of their vehicles. A forensic crash investigation is
underway at the scene today. Gardaí are asking for information from
anyone who travelled the road between 5.45pm and 6.15pm last evening
to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540; the Garda
Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
Rural plan "too little, too late" - McConalogue
DONEGAL TD., Charlie McConalogue says he’s "seriously concerned"
about the Government’s latest initiative to revitalise rural areas.
“The plan is too little, too late and is simply a rehash of previous
announcements made by the Government. It is completely underwhelming
and fails to set out a forward looking, imaginative strategy. We
need a plan to reinvigorate rural and border counties like Donegal,
but unfortunately this proposal falls short," said Deputy
McConalogue. "Fine Gael has not learned that spin doesn’t bring jobs
to rural towns, spin doesn’t keep post offices, schools and GP
surgeries open, and spin certainly doesn’t entice young people to
stay in rural regions to work, raise a family, and energise their
communities," added the Fianna Fáil deputy.
Doherty hits out at tracker "crime" in Dáil
DONEGAL TD., Pearse Doherty has called on all politicians to
support his motion supporting "the victims of the tracker rate
mortgage scandal". Deputy Doherty said: “It is my honour to move
this motion here tonight – to say clearly and loudly that the Dáil
stands with the victims of the tracker scandal and that we want to
see the banks sort out the mess they created.
“The Central Bank need to make sure that customers are returned to
the tracker rate they are entitled to, not the tracker rate the bank
would like to give." Meanwhile, The Sinn Féin deputy said he would
support anyone who "feels they have been robbed" if they report the
matter to their local garda station. "It is their right the same as
it is when you are mugged walking down the street. Theft is theft,"
the Sinn Féin deputy added.
Revenue urges workers to check tax
REVENUE is encouraging taxpayers to use online PAYE Services in
to check all their tax details; tax credits and refunds - as
employers issue P60s in the coming weeks. More than 52,000 taxpayers
have already used the new facility to register a new job quickly and
easily online, to avoid emergency tax, Revenue said. You can use the
new RevApp to access
MyEnquiries , Calculators and Tools, and a Receipts Tracker.
Upload your receipts information and images to Revenue storage and
you don’t have to keep the original receipt.
Women advised to go for cervical screening
THIS is European Cervical Cancer Week and the Irish Cancer Society
is urging women to go for cervical cancer screening. The society
said Irish women "need to understand that they can reduce their risk
of developing cervical cancer if they attend their free screening
appointment". Cancer Nurseline manager Naomi Fitzgibbon said: “In
Ireland, an average of 300 women every year are diagnosed with
cervical cancer and it is the second most common female cancer in
Europe. While these numbers are reducing, it is still absolutely
vital that women take part in their screening and keep up to date
with their free smear tests." All women aged 25 to 60 are entitled
to free tests through the State’s CervicalCheck screening programme
and can arrange the test with their own local GP or family planning
Donegal to read 'The Breadwinner' 23.01.17
READ DL 2017 got off to a great start when it was launched on
Thursday in the Central Library by local volunteer Aidan O’Doherty.
The book chosen this year is ‘The Breadwinner’ by Canadian author
and activist Deborah Ellis and tells the story of one family’s
survival under Taliban rule in Afghanistan. It is told by the
daughter, Parvana. READ DL is a reading movement that aims to bring
Donegal communities together by giving them "a shared experience of
reading the one book for a period of time in the year". The event
runs until early March and copies of the book are available in local
libraries. Children and their families in Donegal are encouraged to
read and discuss the chosen book, along with taking part in various
activities held in schools, libraries and in the community. For more
information on READ DL 17 contact Paddy Hannigan on 086 8103973
Golfer raises millions for sick Irish children
GOLFER Graeme McDowell is celebrating his greatest prize yet after
raising a whopping 3.3 million euro for sick children in Ireland.
The 37-year old sportsman, through his G-Mac Foundation, has hosted
the annual Best of Ireland gala for the past six years to raise
money for Our Lady's Children's Hospital and National Children's
Research Centre in Crumlin, Dublin. The latest event was held in New
York on Thursday and pulled in a whopping $700,000 (650,000 euro) in
The golfer also revealed that the annual event had raised €3.3
million in the past six years for Crumlin.
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