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Donegal Person of the Year to be named

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The Donegal Person of the Year for 2014 will be named tonight. The annual awards ceremony will take place in the Mansion House in Dublin at 7.30pm. The title is bestowed each year by the Donegal Association in Dublin. Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, a native of Gleann Cholmcille, is the current title holder. PRO of the Donegal Association Marie Ryan outlines some of the criteria they look for. Read More »

First salmon caught at River Drowes

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After a 27 day wait, the first salmon of 2015 has been caught at the Drowes Fishery in Leitrim. Brian Mc Clintock from Enniskillen had the honour when he made the catch at 11am this morning. Mr. Mc Clintock landed a tide fresh fish of 7lbs 7oz from the Cascades. In a post on their Facebook page, the Drowes Salmon Fishery thanked all the anglers who fished since opening day, in “at times, very difficult conditions.” Read More »

Overcrowding continues at Letterkenny General Hospital

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Overcrowding continues at Letterkenny General Hospital with 28 people awaiting beds this afternoon. Last night, the HSE requested that people avoid the ED for all non-emergency ailments. According to figures released by the INMO today, 13 of these patients remain on trolleys. It’s the second such warning issued by the hospital in the space of just 2 weeks as overcrowding continues to be a problem right across the country. General Manager at LGH Sean Murphy says steps are being taken to address the problem. Read More »

The End of a Chapter for Popular Sligo Coffee Shop

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One of Sligo’s most popular coffee shops is set to close it’s doors this week. Chapters Coffee House on Bridge Street will cease trading this Friday after almost three years, much to the disappointment of local customers. The decision has been taken by owners Rory and Aileen Concannon, who have admitted that it would be too difficult for the independent business to continue. The Coffee House was a well-known meeting place for members of the artistic community, hosting many musical, literary and craft events over the years. Two newsagents operated by the O’Hehir family on High Street and Wolfe Tone ... Read More »

Jordan calls Irish Water meeting a “PR stunt”

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A Mountcharles Councillor says a meeting between Irish Water and members of Donegal County Council was nothing more than a PR stunt. Sinn Fein’s Noel Jordan says he boycotted yesterday’s meeting at council offices in Lifford and instead joined a protest outside. Cllr Jordan says Irish Water officials refused to meet a delegation from his party, and have treated elected representatives with contempt. Read More »

McEniff says Donegal needs regional tourist body

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A Bundoran Councillor is claiming a regional tourism body is needed in the North West. Cllr Sean McEniff is a previous chairman of the North West Tourism, which was abolished in 2006 under major reform of tourism in Ireland. Cllr. McEniff says since then the region, and Donegal in particular, have suffered and that centralised administration is not working. Read More »

Donegal Deputy to Visit Direct Provision Centres Amid Complaints

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Donegal Sinn Fein TD Padraig MacLochlainn is part of a Delegation visiting Direct Provision Centres today. It follows complaints about the living conditions of asylum seekers who are waiting for a decision on their applications. The two complexes being inspected today are in Galway and Limerick. The Oireachtas Public Service Oversight Committee are keen see firsthand how the centres operate. Chairman of the Committee – Deputy MacLochlainn- says they want to see how Direct Provision can be improved: Read More »

Pro-Life Public Meeting to take place in Sligo Tonight

A Public Meeting hosted by the Pro Life Campaign is being held in Sligo this evening. Legal Consultant to the Pro-Life Campaign Caroline Simons will address the gathering, updating supporters on the current situation as regards the protection of the unborn and their mothers. The group say they are working hard to bring the pro-life message to every town and village in the country. The meeting gets underway at 8 o clock in the Sligo City Hotel. Ms. Simons says that they are hoping to provide information and education: Read More »

Health Minister says he has Cause for Concern After Meeting Michael Kivlehan and Sean Rowlette

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The Health Minister says he has “cause for concern” after meeting two widowers whose wives died after childbirth. Leo Varadkar met Michael Kivlehan and Sean Rowlette yesterday to discuss the care given to their wives at Sligo Regional Hospital. The two men say they want the HSE to “learn the lessons” from their cases. Dhara Kivlehan died in Belfast as a result of multi-organ failure nine days after giving birth to their son in Sligo in 2010 – while Sally Rowlette died at Sligo Regional a day after she’d given birth to her fourth child, in 2013. Speaking after yesterday’s ... Read More »

Sligo Leitrim TD to make Representations of Behalf of Northwest IFA Members

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A Sligo/Leitrim TD is set to make several representations to the Minister for Agriculture on behalf of farmers in the region. It follows a recent meeting between Deputy Tony McLoughlin and a delegation of IFA members from across Sligo and Leitrim to discuss aspects of the new Rural Development Plan. According to the Fine Gael TD, the three key issues affecting farmers in the Northwest are complications with the new GLAS payment scheme, the new Departmental commonage plan, and low prices in the suckler cow industry. Speaking to Ocean FM this afternoon, Deputy McLoughlin said that the industry represented the ... Read More »