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Varied turnout in polling stations across the north west this evening

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South Donegal is seeing a turnout around 19% this afternoon. Meanwhile turnout has varied in different polling booths in Sligo and Leitrim. It’s reported to be slow in Rathcormac while there was an almost 20% turnout in Cranmore by lunchtime. Meanwhile, ¬†Polling stations nationwide are reporting brisk turnout in referendum voting this evening. The average is around 30 percent and voting is expected to pick up as people finish work. Urban areas are seeing higher turnout. Polls close at ten o’clock tonight for the two referendums and Carlow/Kilkenny by election, with 3.2 million people eligible to vote.

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Sligo/Leitrim turnout good – slower in Donegal

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Turnout is expected to reach 50% in some polling booths in Sligo and Leitrim based on figures emerging so far today, however, turnout has been a little slower in Donegal so far. Local unofficial turnout figures show that by noon in one of the polling booths in Cranmore the figure was already almost 19% with an 11% figure recorded in booth 2. Booths in north Leitrim have reached 17% in some areas. However, turnout in Donegal is reported to be slower so far today. James Flanagan is the Presiding Officer at Cartron National School in Sligo and he says they ...

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An Post Ras passes through Sligo Leitrim

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Motorists in Sligo and north Leitrim may face some delays today as the 6th stage of the An Post Ras passes through the region. The 160 kilometre stage is travelling from Ballina to Ballinamore. It started this morning and the cyclists are taking the route from Ballina via Drumsheen, Tubbercurry, up through Ballinacarrow, into the Collooney roundabout. It is then going via Ballygawley towards Manorhamilton and then into west Cavan before finishing in Ballinamore this evening. The last of the cyclist should be arriving in Ballinamore by four o’clock this afternoon.

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Better transport key for making rural services accessible to older people

Donegal County Council

Donegal is leading the way with the launch of its new Age Friendly Strategy today. It follows a wide consultation process with with local groups in 2014 on the issues that affect older people. Carers were a key group consulted to try and develop the strategy which it’s hoped will change policy to facilitate the older population. There are 21 actions in the strategy which will be launched by singer Daniel O’Donnell today at 2pm in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. Social Inclusion Co-ordinator with Donegal County Council, Charles Sweeney says transport is a key issue in developing the ...

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Sligo County CEO to seek funding to cover cost of Royal trip

Ciaran Hayes, Director of Services with Galway City Council.

The Chief Executive Officer of Sligo County Council says he’s confident the Council will be able to recoup much of the cost of the Royal Visit from Central Government. Ciaran Hayes says he feels the visit on Wednesday by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla was a resounding success. He says Sligo played a huge role in progressing the peace and reconciliation theme which is not just of local significance but also of national and international significance. However, it’s estimated the cost of the visit is in the tens of millions. Ciaran Hayes says he will be seeking assistance from ...

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Calls for Council to support south Sligo action plan

Jerry Lundy

A Fianna Fail Councillor is urging the county council to get behind an action plan to boost employment and enterprise in South Sligo. The Community Action Plan 2015-2020 was divised by locals in the Bellaghy and Charlestown local area. Most of the parish of Curry is also included in proposals to encourage further investment activity in the region. Councillor Jerry Lundy says that Sligo County Council should help with implementing the actions within the plan as far as possible:

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New age strategy is launched in Donegal

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A new strategy aimed at supporting older people is being launched in Donegal today. The plan, which will be implemented over the coming years, was drawn up in consultation with relevant groups and older people in the county. Daniel O’Donnell will officially launch the new initiative this afternoon. Director of Services at Donegal County Council, Michael Heaney, says they’re delighted to have the singer promoting the new plan:

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Sligo teacher ‘not surprised’ by Government turnaround on Junior Cert

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A Sligo secondary school teacher says that she’s not surprised that the government has rowed back on planned reforms of the Junior Cert. The executives of the secondary teaching unions are expected to vote today on an agreement reached earlier this week. Leaders of the ASTI and TUI unions have agreed on a proposal with the Department of Education to resolve the ongoing dispute, which has seen two strike days. The Junior Cert will stay more or less the same with state certification – although there will be some elements of in-class assessment. Marie Casserly teaches at St. Mary’s College ...

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Leitrim Senator calls for extension on Beef and Genomics Scheme

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A Leitrim Senator says he’ll be calling on the Minister for Agriculture to extend the deadline on the new Beef and Genomics Scheme. Farmers in the north west are not happy with the scheme and it’s requirements. IFA Chairman in Sligo JP Cowley says the criteria is “unworkable” and will mean huge income losses for farmers. The deadline for applications under the scheme is the 29th of May. Leitrim Fine Gael Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Michael Comiskey says he’ll be calling for an extension at the next meeting in the coming week:

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Royal visit a welcome boost for local businesses and residents

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A Mullaghmore resident and author of a seaweed cookery book hopes that the visit of the Prince of Wales this week will be a boost for local restaurants. Prannie Rhatigan is the author of “Irish Seaweed Kitchen’s” and she presented a copy to Prince Charles and Camilla yesterday along with the owner of “Eithna’s by the Sea” restaurant, Eithna O’Sullivan. All local businesses in the area were booming yesterday following the Royal visit. It’s hoped now that the international coverage of the event will bring a boost to local restaurants, pubs and the wider tourism industry. Prannie Rhattigan spoke to ...

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