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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.

European Day Without A Road Death 13.09.18
On average, 70 people still die every day on Europe’s roads. An Garda Síochána joins the RSA (Road Safety Authority) in supporting Project EDWARD - European Day Without A Road Death, which is taking place across Europe on Wednesday, 19 September, 2018.
Devised in 2016 by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), this initiative once again aims to raise awareness of road safety and reduce the number of people killed every day on the roads of Europe.
Drivers, riders, pedestrians and all other road users are encouraged to sign the pledge at and spread the word on social media using #ProjectEDWARD.

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to fatal crash 08.09.18
GARDAÍ in Letterkenny are appealing for witnesses following a two vehicle fatal road traffic collision that occurred at Dooballagh, Letterkenny on Thursday the 6th September 2018 at approximately 7.45pm.
The male driver (55 years) of a Red Toyota Hilux pickup type 4 x 4 was removed to Letterkenny University Hospital with serious injuries following a collision with a second vehicle, a black Mazda. He subsequently died yesterday, the 7th September 2018. The female passenger (33 years) in the black Mazda, suffered less serious injuries and is receiving treatment in Letterkenny University Hospital.
The driver of the black Mazda, a 22-year-old male, ran from the scene and was subsequently arrested. He is currently detained at Letterkenny Garda Station and is scheduled to appear before a special sitting of Carrick on Shannon District Court at 4.30pm today (8/09/18) charged in relation to the incident.
Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or any drivers/taxi drivers who may have witnessed the accident or either of the cars prior to the collision. In addition, those with ‘dash cam’ footage who were in the area of Dooballagh, Letterkenny and the surrounding areas between 7pm and 8pm on Thursday evening (8/09/18) are asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station at 074 91 67100, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Motorbike priest to attend blessing of bikes 05.09.18
A motorcyclist priest will be among those attending the annual blessing of motorbikes and bikers in Burt this Sunday, September 9, 2018.
Fr Gerry Sweeney will take part in the interfaith service at St Aengus Church at 1.30pm. The short prayer service will remember all deceased bikers especially those lost in the past year.
There will be a collection taken up for the RNLI followed by a 'ride out' by the bikers to the RNLI station at Ned’s Point, Buncrana. Fr Sweeney, who formerly served in Burt, will leave the Sacred Heart Church, Strabane, after Mass at 12.30pm to travel to Burt chapel and anyone is invited to join him.

Water conservation order lifted for Donegal 31.08.18
The Irish Water Board met on Tuesday 28th August to assess the need to extend the water conservation orders that will expire on Friday, 31 August in a bid to safeguard water supply for homes and businesses across the country.
The water conservation order has been lifted for the north west region which includes Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Donegal, Longford, Cavan and Monaghan.
The Board determined that the water conservation order will remain in place for the Greater Dublin Area which includes Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare and in counties Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Laois, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny until Sunday, 30 September 2018.

Changes to Lotto Draw this Saturday 31.08.18
The National Lottery have said that changes to its popular Lotto Plus game that will see in excess of 50% more winners and the creation of more millionaires.
The changes kick in for the Lotto Draw this Saturday, September 1st and the price of a two line ticket with Lotto Plus will increase from €5 to €6. Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 draws will go up from 50c to €1.
The top prize in Lotto Plus 1 will double from €500,000 to €1 million and the chance of winning a prize across Lotto with Lotto Plus will jump from 1 in 17 to 1 in 10.

Car crash kills two in Bundoran 19.08.18
GARDAÍ in Ballyshannon are investigating a single vehicle fatal road traffic collision that occurred at Eastend in Bundoran at 03.25am this morning, Sunday 19th August, 2018.
One man and one woman (both in their 20s) were fatally injured when the car they were passengers in collided with a wall. Another woman (mid 20s) is in critical condition and another two men (mid 20s) have serious injures and were removed to Sligo General Hospital.
Garda forensic collision investigators are at the scene and the road is currently closed to traffic. Local diversions are in place.
Anyone with information in relation to the collision are asked to contact Gardaí in Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071 98 58530, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

CAB conduct search in County Donegal 03.08.18
The Criminal Assets Bureau, assisted by local Gardai conducted a search operation in County Donegal this morning, Friday the 03rd of August 2018. Searches were conducted at three residential properties and two professional premises in the county.
The CAB investigation relates to a criminal living in County Donegal and to the ownership of property suspected to be funded through criminal conduct. No arrests were made.

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