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Ireland named third-most peaceful county across the globe

The latest Global Peace Index has been released and Ireland has been named the third most peaceful country globally and second most peaceful country in Europe. Globally, Iceland ranked first followed by New Zealand and Ireland. In Europe, Iceland has held the top spot while Ireland follows having moved from seventh place last year. This …

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4% of remote workers relocated to Donegal since beginning of pandemic

Close to one in ten remote workers have relocated within Ireland since the pandemic began. Research by the Western Development Commission and NUIG shows Cork and Galway are the most popular places to move to, 4% of people relocated to Donegal. Meanwhile 16% said they’d like to leave Ireland entirely. Policy Analyst with the Commission …

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Pringle calls for clarity on the number of children without appropriate school places

Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle is calling on the government publish the data on the number of children with additional needs who are without an appropriate school place for September. A survey, carried out by the group ‘As I am’ showed at least 267 children are in that position, a number of them in Donegal . …

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Two arrested in Donegal human trafficking investigation

  Two people have been arrested in Donegal as part of an ongoing targeting organised crime, human trafficking, organised prostitution and money laundering. Gardaí from the Human Trafficking Investigation and Coordination Unit at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau carried out an operation in Letterkenny on Monday. A man in his 40s arrested under organised …

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Council must do more to tackle dereliction – McGarvey

  Donegal County Council is to carry out a review of vacancy and dereliction across the county, with the possibility potential Compulsory Purchase Orders and other measures to promote regeneration and provide housing options. The review will draw on a high-level examination of vacancy in the region that was recently published by the Northern and …

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Cllr Niamh Kennedy is new Cathaoirleach of the Donegal MD

The new Cathaoirleach of the Donegal Municipal District says the housing crisis in the county is becoming very worrying, particularly with the number of young people who do not have somewhere to live. Cllr Niamh Kennedy was elected to the chair, with Cllr Tom Conaghan as her deputy. Cllr Kennedy says it’ll be a challenging …

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Call for portaloos at Burtonport Harbour

Donegal County Council is being urged to install portaloos at Burtonport Harbour. The public toilets in the area are currently closed due to regeneration works ongoing at the pier. Cllr Noreen McGarvey says toilets should be provided at the harbour for what is expected to be a busy summer period……..  

Ministers believe President “crossed a line” in housing comments

It’s claimed that President Michael D. Higgins ‘crossed a line’ in comments he made about the housing crisis. According to reports a number of Government Minsters are said to be ‘furious’ about the remarks made in a speech yesterday. President Higgins took aim at government housing policy yesterday while making an address at the opening …

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Mayor looks forward to a busy year in the Letterkenny Milford MD chair

The new Mayor of Letterkenny Milford Municipal District says reducing housing waiting lists, the cost of living, Mica and spiralling costs in the agriculture sector will be on his agenda over the coming year. Councillor Donal Mandy Kelly was elected unanimously last evening, with Councillor Ciaran Brogan elected Deputy Mayor. Councillor Kelly says he wants …

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New scheme does not meet homeowners’ needs – Doherty

The Mica Action Group says as it stands, the enhanced Mica redress scheme approved by Cabinet yesterday does not meet their needs. Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien says he is satisfied that the enhanced scheme will represent a significant step forward in having a fit for purpose grant scheme which will help homeowners rebuild their homes …

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