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Opposition to proposed renaming of Cockhill Bridge after Tipp O’Neill

The proposal to rename the Cockhill Bridge in Inishowen after Tipp O’Neill is facing opposition. It was announced at this week’s meeting of the Inishowen Municipal District that a public consultation will take place on the renaming of the bridge on a proposal put forward by Councillor Nicholas Crossan. He believes it would be a …

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‘Urgent investment and action vital to deliver adequate respite services for people with disabilities in Inishowen’ – McMyler

Urgent investment and action is vital to ensure adequate respite services for people with disabilities in Inishowen. That’s according to Adrian McMyler, a local election candidate in the Buncrana local electoral area. He says many families in the peninsula are facing a daunting challenge with the closure of River Walk House in Carndonagh and the …

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Order called for in Dáil as sparks fly between Deputy Doherty and the Tánaiste

Things came to blow once again in the Dáil between Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty and Tánaiste Michael Martin. In a debate on the provision of housing, an argument broke out between the pair leading to raised voices and the Ceann Comhairle calling for order. Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl threatened to suspend the house, warning …

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Highland Radio remains the most listened to radio station in the North West!

Highland Radio remains the most listened to radio station in the North West. New JNLR listenership figures released today show 79.8% of people choose Highland Radio as their number one station each week, while 53.7% or 62,000 people tune in everyday. Meanwhile, the station’s market reach remains the highest in the country at 59.5% meaning …

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Irish agri-food sector must work to strengths – Lorcan Roche Kelly

While the agri-food sector here is struggling, working to our strengths is the way out of the crisis. That’s according to the Irish Famers Journal Agribusiness Report which looks at the challenges to the food processing sector here. Labour shortages, market volatility and policy uncertainty mean many in the industry are unable to keep their …

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LUH breaks record for number of patients without beds in April

The Dáil has heard how Letterkenny University Hospital seen the highest number of patients waiting for beds for the month of April on record. Almost 600 were admitted without beds last month. Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle said the health system on its knees and needs a complete overhaul in order to deliver universal healthcare. Deputy …

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Derry man to appear in court in relation to drug charges

A man in Derry has been charged to court for drug-related offences. The 25 year old will appear before Londonderry Magistrates Court today. The charges are possessing criminal property, possession of a class C controlled drug and importing a controlled drug. As is usual procedure, the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

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Decision must be made today on County Development Plan

Donegal County Council is meeting in a special session today to adopt the County Development Plan, which will guide planning decisions until at least 2030, and possibly beyond. Today is the deadline for a decision, with members considering the recommendations of the Chief Executive following the latest round of public consultation. That includes the recommendations …

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Tánaiste to demand progress in murder trial of Private Sean Rooney

Tánaiste Michael Martin is to demand progress in the murder trial of a Donegal solider. UN peacekeeper Private Sean Rooney was killed on December 14th, 2022 when the convoy he was travelling in came under attack in Lebanon. The Irish Mirror reports that the Tánaiste is visiting to the middle-eastern country at the weekend to …

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UK Covid Inquiry sittings in Northern Ireland ending today

The UK Covid Inquiry sittings in Northern Ireland will come to an end later today after three weeks of hearings. Families who lost loved ones during the pandemic are expected to attend as closing statements are delivered. Former Permanent Secretary for Finance in Northern Ireland, Sue Gray will be the last witness called after she …

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Lady’s Bay one of five nationally to receive poor water quality grade

The Environmental Protection Agency have recommended to avoid swimming in Lady’s Bay in Buncrana. It comes with the release of their annual bathing water quality report for 2023. Out of the 22 bathing waters in Donegal 77% have excellent quality and 14% are of good quality. One beach was said to be sufficient, and Lady’s …

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LUH hospital consultants seeking another urgent meeting with Health Minister

A group of hospital consultants in Donegal are requesting another urgent meeting with the Health Minister Last year, consultants at Letterkenny University Hospital wrote to Minister Stephen Donnelly expressing serious concerns over the operation of the Emergency Department and it’s impact on patient outcomes. In their most recent letter to Minister Donnelly, the consultants highlight …

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Call for meeting to progress development of facilities at Donegal’s beaches

Donegal County Council is being urged to convene a meeting of all relevant departments to discuss how best to progress the development of facilities at Donegal’s beaches. The issue was raised by Cllr Anthony Molloy, who told members that many beaches in West Donegal are seeing substantial increases in the number of visitors, but don’t …

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Proposal put forward to rename Inishowen bridge ‘Tipp O’Neill Bridge’

It’s been proposed a bridge in Inishowen be named after Tipp O’Neill. The renaming of ‘Cockhill Bridge,’ the ‘Tipp O’Neill Bridge’ will go out to public consultation and members of the public will have their chance to put forward other suggestions also. Tipp O’Neill was an American politician whose grandparents originated from Donegal. Councillor Nicholas …

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Child hospitalised after being hit by car in Donegal Town

A child has been hospitalised after being struck by a car in Donegal Town this afternoon. Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene on Upper Main Street at around 2pm. The child has been transferred to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment to what Gardai say are non life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made. Gardaí …

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Government urged to provide core funding for Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre

There’s calls for Government intervention to ensure the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre can continue to provide the same level of services. The Centre has been open for 33 years but has received no core funding for the past 13 years. Midlands North West MEP Chris MacManus says the difficulties facing the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre …

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Patients advised of possible delays at LUH as ICT upgrades are carried out

People are being advised of possible delays at Letterkenny University Hospital this coming weekend as necessary upgrades to the hospital’s ICT system are carried out. The upgrades on the system that manages patient activity in the hospital will improve links with other hospitals and community services in the region. Saolta says it expects some delays …

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GDPR is a cop out when it comes to documenting road traffic collisions – Deputy Pringle

A Donegal Deputy says that GDPR is being used as a cop out when it comes to properly documenting road traffic collisions. Deputy Thomas Pringle says the RSA should be able to record of crashes without storing details such as the names of those involved or licence plate numbers. Speaking in the Dáil on motions …

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HIQA publish report following Donegal care centre inspection

HIQA have today published a report following an announced inspection of Saimer View Community Group Home in February. There were five residence present at the time. Of the sixteen regulations inspected, one was found to be non compliant in the area of fire precautions and two were found to be substantially compliant in the areas …

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Future of popular Killybegs seafood van in doubt as they’re told they must move

A popular Killybegs Seafood vendor has been told they must move from their current location as a bus stop is to be installed. The Seafood Shack have received a 12 day notice to move their takeaway van from the Old Pier in Killybegs. Owner Gary Anderson says their location is vital to their business and …

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€30,000 in funding secured for Mount Errigal parking facility

€30,000 of funding has been secured to see resurfacing works carried out at the car parking facility at Mount Errigal. Cathoirleath of Glenties MD, Cllr Micheal McClafferty has welcomed the news. He says while there has been growing frustrations in the locality regarding the condition of the carpark, there are boundaries when it comes to …

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Michael McGarvey clarifies ‘lifestyle’ comment MAG has dubbed offensive

Director of Services Michael McGarvey welcomed the opportunity to clarify a comment he made at yesterday’s meeting of the Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage when discussing why more people weren’t joining the enhanced defective block scheme. Mr McGarvey had said it was a ‘lifestyle choice’ in some cases to not join the …

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89% of politicians anxious in the face of harassment or abuse

89% of politicians say they’ve felt anxious or afraid in the face of harassment or abuse. A new survey of Oireachtas members found 94% had experienced some form of threat or violence. This UCD survey of TD’s, Senator’s and political staff working in the Oireachtas has laid bare the extent to which they face harassment, …

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55% increase in drivers caught using phones since April

It’s claimed new high-visibility roads policing measures has led to a 55% increase in detections of motorists using mobile phones. Garda Commissioner Drew Harris will address the Oireachtas Transport Committee this afternoon on road safety. Since April 12th, all uniformed Gardaí have conducted 30 minutes of high-visibility roads policing every day. Commissioner Drew Harris will …

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Call for increase in car parking spaces at Bernard McGlinchey Town Park, Letterkenny

There has been calls to increase the number of car parking spaces at the Bernard McGlinchey Town Park in Letterkenny. There’s concerns the carpark is being used by people visiting Letterkenny University Hospital and as a result park users are having to turn away. Cllr Donal Mandy Kelly says demand is simply not being met. …

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NSAI questioned as to why IS 465 interim recommendation has not been introduced

The National Standards Authority of Ireland has been questioned as to why an interim recommendation to the IS 465 standard governing the Enhanced Defective Concrete Block Grant Scheme has not yet been introduced. Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn while addressing the Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage yesterday pressed the body on why the foundations …

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Joint DCB Oireachtas Committee told IS 465 standard is no long ‘fit for purpose’

Today’s Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage has been discussing the Enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme. The Director General of Engineers Ireland has told members that the IS 465 standard is no longer fit for purpose. Damien Owens says development in scientific information must be considered with regards the enhanced scheme. The …

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Tributes paid to Cllrs Crossan and Donaghey at their last Inishowen MD meeting

Tributes have been paid today to outgoing Donegal County Councillors Nicholas Crossan and Rena Donaghey. The two long serving Councillors announced earlier this year that they are not contesting the upcoming local elections. Their commitment to serving the people of Inishowen was recalled at today’s meeting of the Inishowen Municipal District by fellow Councillors and …

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Homeowners in West Donegal taking case against Uisce Eireann and DCC

A meeting of the Glenties Municipal District has been told that a court case is being taken against Donegal County Council and Uisce Eireann by homeowners in an area from Falcarragh to Magheraroarty. The issue was raised by Cllr Michael Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig, who suggested some of the council’s housing stock may be affected by …

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Ours to Protect: Make Your Home a Nature Reserve & Biodiversity week- 14/05/2024

Highland Radio are delighted to partner with Coimisiún na Meán in launching a new series dealing with various topics on sustainability. Donna-Marie Doherty of Highland Radio will have a weekly feature on Tuesdays at 12:30 covering a real mix of different topics and interviews with businesses and experts who have a common interest on expertise …

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