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Overcrowding continues in Letterkenny

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Overcrowding at the Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital has worsened today. According to figures released by the INMO this afternoon, there are currently thirty four patients awaiting beds, with twenty eight of these lying on trolleys. Earlier this week the hospital requested that people avoid the ED for all non-emergency ailments. It’s the second such warning issued in the space of just three weeks as overcrowding continues to be a problem right across the country. Yesterday, officials said they were putting measures in place to tackle in the issue. There are a total of five hundred and twenty two ... Read More »

Status Yellow alerts in place for the Northwest

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The North West is bracing itself for heavy snowfall and high winds overnight. Met Eireann has two status yellow alerts in place, one for snow and ice, the second for strong winds gusting up to 110 kilometres per hour. The strongests gusts will be on the west coast, and the west and north are most at risk for high accumulations of snow. Kenneth McDonagh from the Donegal Weather Channel outlines what we can expect tonight.   Read More »

Calls for Saolta Hospital Group to be investigated

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There are calls for the Saolta Hospital Group to be investigated as part of any inquiry into maternity services in the West/Northwest region. Correspondence shared with TD Denis Naughton shows that staffing, supervision and training concerns were raised by both staff and midwifery management with HSE management as far back as July two thousand and thirteen. Nurses at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe informed the Group CEO Bill Maher and other senior figures that funding was needed to appoint midwifery trainers across all of the maternity hospitals in the Group, including Sligo Regional and Letterkenny General Hospitals. Speaking in the Dáil ... Read More »

Pringle says Anti-water protesters should change their focus

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A Donegal Deputy says anti-Water charge protesters should focus their anger on the government and not the president. There’s been widespread criticism after footage emerged of insults hurled at Michael D. Higgins last week. Mr. Higgins was visiting a school in Finglas in North Dublin when anti-water charge demonstrators began shouting the insults at him. A Right2Water protest will be held in Letterkenny this coming Sunday and Deputy Thomas Pringle is encouraging a big turn out to keep up the pressure on the government. Read More »

Dwyer trial enters into day five

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Graham Dwyer’s defence team accepts that the skeletal remains found at Killakee in the Dublin mountains were those of Elaine O’Hara. The fourty two year old architect with an address at Kerrymount Close, Foxrock denies murdering the childcare worker in August two thousand and twelve. Francesca Comyn reports: Read More »

Donegal Motorists advised to take extra care

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Motorists in Donegal are being asked to take extra care on the roads today. Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow wind warning, with the strongest winds expected on the west and northwest coasts. A snow and ice warning has also been issued with up to three centimeters of snow forecast during today and tomorrow. Brian Farrell from the Road Safety Authority says pedestrians need to take extra care too: Read More »

Donegal Cllr says controversial trip will reap benefits

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The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council has defended a trip he will be making to America for St. Patrick’s Day. Independent Councillor John Campbell will travel to New York and Philadelphia and says he will pay all the costs involved himself. The issue of politicians and officials travelling abroad to represent Ireland during St. Patrick’s celebrations has long been a controversial one, with Cllr. Campbell voting against previous trips. However, he insists they reap many benefits. Read More »

Carthy welcomes reduction to Credit card fees

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Reduced credit card fees could be introduced as soon at the end of this year. Midlands North West MEP Matt Carthy has welcomed the vote by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in favour of the proposed amendment to cap fees charged by banks to process shoppers’ payments across the EU. The Sinn Féin MEP says we could see the introduction of capped fees on cross border and domestic card based payments very quickly after the plenary vote by the European Parliament in April. Speaking to Ocean FM from Brussels Carthy explains why the area needs to be addressed: Read More »

Donegal Person of The year announced!

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Riverdance creator Moya Doherty has been named Donegal Person of the Year for two thousand and fourteen. The Pettigo native received the award from the Donegal Association of Dublin in the Mansion House last night. She takes over the title from Glencolmcille man Liam Ó Cuinneagáin. Marie Ryan, PRO of the Donegal Association, explains why Ms Doherty was chosen. Read More »

Over 1000 callouts for lifeboats last year

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Lifeboat crews in Ireland launched over one thousand times last year. There was a ten percent increase in the number of people brought to safety by RNLI crews. Part of the reason was the great summer weather, which caused more people to go to beaches and lakes, and out on pleasure craft. Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, Shane Smyth, lists some of the incidents they come up against: Read More »