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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.

European Day Without a Road Death update 21.09.18
Wednesday 19th September 2018 was European Day Without a Road Death (Project EDWARD). Thankfully there were no reports of any road deaths in the Republic of Ireland and An Garda Síochána would like to thank all road users who assisted the success of Project Edward in Ireland.
Assistant Commissioner Dave Sheahan speaking at Garda Headquaters said: "Last year, 2017, gave us the lowest number of road deaths in Ireland but we can never be complacent about road safety. Project EDWARD is an important initiative keeping road safety in the minds of all road users.
We all need to use full concentration when behind the wheel. Never drink or take drugs and drive, put the mobile away, and wear your seat belt on every journey. We want people to be safe on the road everyday not just on Project EDWARD day.”

Donegal roads closed due to Storm Ali 19.09.18
Donegal County Council is receiving numerous calls this morning regarding fallen trees and debris as a result of Storm Ali. Please see below a list of current road closures:

Stranorlar Municipal District
- Road closed at Tullyrap due to fallen tree on N14 between Letterkenny and Lifford. Diversions in place via Raphoe.

Donegal Municipal District
- N3 Ballyshannon to Beleek Road. Road Closed due to multiple trees down.
- R231 Rossnowlagh Road. Road closed due to multiple trees down.
- R263 At the outskirts of Pettigoe.
- N15 At Laghey School.
- R267 Outside Donegal Town between the Abbey Vocational School and Temples Corner.
- R262 Frosses to Glenties Road at Gargrim.

County council crews are currently out on the ground dealing with these but it will take time to clear all the locations.

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