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Calls for NI Executive to deliver on Strule Shared Education Campus in Omagh

A West Tyrone MLA says the Executive must deliver on the Strule Shared Education Campus in Omagh, as costs have increased due to collapse of the Northern Irish Assembly. The project now stands at £374 million in costs. SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan had welcomed the possibility that the contract for works could be awarded in …

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Suicide named among leading causes of deaths in 15-19 year olds in the EU

A Midlands-North West MEP is campaigning for an EU Mental Health Strategy after a study by UNICEF revealed suicide is among the leading causes of death in those aged 15-19 in the EU. It accounts for approximately 1 in 6 deaths within the demographic. MEP Maria Walsh says Irish young people aged 18-24 are eight …

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Seachtain na Gaeilge will run from March 1st to 17th

Seachtain na Gaeilge is to run from March 1st to 17th. It’s been officially launched at a special event in Blanchardstown Centre in Dublin today. The Irish-language festival takes place across the country and worldwide. Organisers are inviting the public to take part by attending Irish-language events and using their Irish in any way they …

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Almost half of all Gardaí could retire in the next five years

Almost half of all Gardaí could retire in the next five years. Figures obtained by the Irish Mail on Sunday show that around 45% of members could leave on age grounds by 2028. The numbers don’t include resignations before retirement, which have been on the rise in recent years. The most recent Garda recruitment campaign …

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Algae bloom signage removed from Moorlough

Signs warning of algae bloom can now be removed from Moorlough following an update from Loughs Agency and Derry City and Strabane District Council officers. Cllr. Paul Boggs welcomed the news that the algae has dissipated. He says Moorlough has untapped potential, something that the newly assembled Moorlough Development Working Group hopes to accelerate:

McMonagle says more funds are needed to fix roads in Letterkenny town

A Letterkenny councillor says an urgent injection of money is needed to make roads in the town centre safe. Cllr Gerry McMonagle says in the most recent allocations, just over €550,000 was provided for roads in the urban area, but that’s nowhere near enough. However, he says traffic volumes are taking a heavy toll, and …

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Abbey VS manager delighted to see side through to All-Ireland Final

Abbey VS, Donegal Town, are through to the All-Ireland Schools Senior B Gaelic Football Final and will now meet Ashbourne Community School of Meath in the decider next month. The Donegal Town school defeated Dunmore Community School of Galway by 2-17 to 1-13 in their semi-final in Sligo. On Saturday Sport, Abbey VS manager Stuart …

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Simon says failure to supply more housing is at the root of the homelessness crisis

There’s been a 15 per cent increase in the number of people living in emergency accommodation. The Simon Communities of Ireland group is expressing dismay there was a record of over 13 and a half thousand homeless people in January. This includes over 4,000 children – a rise of 17 per cent in the year. …

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Man arrested in Armagh faces extradition to Spain in connection with murder enquiry

A 22 year old man has been arrested in Armagh, in connection with a murder in Spain. The PSNI say officers from Lurgan local police, working with the North’s International Policing Unit and Spanish Authorities, tracked the man down to an address in the Craigavon area overnight. He’ll be brought before an extradition court in …

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HSE says physiotherapy will still be available in St Joseph’s Hospital for in-patients

The HSE says physiotherapy is still being provided for patients at St Joseph’s Hospital, and the facility can still accept discharges from Letterkenny University Hospital. Earlier this week, it emerged that to facilitate essential fire upgrade works, primary care physiotherapy appointments were being moved out of St Joseph’s from this coming Monday. Yesterday, local GP Dr Dennis McCauley …

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Series of meetings being hosted by DCSDC to develop plan to tackle poverty

A series of meetings is being held in Derry and Strabane to reduce poverty levels. The meetings will form part of a proactive role being undertaken by Derry City and Strabane District Council to review the impact of poverty on communities. Derry City and Strabane District Council is facilitating a series of meetings designed to …

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Glenshane Road to close as investigators return to scene of fatal crash

The Glenshane Road will close tomorrow as officers from the Police’s Collision Investigation Unit return to the scene of a fatal crash. Testing of the scene of the two vehicle collision on Thursday July 7th 2022 at Drumahoe will be carried out. The route will be close from its junctions with the Drumahoe Road and …

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