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Funding not available for further enhancements to Killybegs


Donegal County Council says there’s no further funding presently available to carry out further enhancement work in Killybegs. Independent Councillor Niamh Kennedy raised the issue at a meeting of the Donegal Municipal District area this week. She asked whether there was money ringfenced for the second phase of the village enhancement works, however, the Council Executive said that there is no more grant aid available at present. The Council will, however, take measures to address problems with litter on the main street which seagulls are dragging from the bins. Councillor Kennedy says anything to improve the appearance of the town ... Read More »

Colreavy says Ireland has a ‘shameful’ level of low-paid employment


A Sligo-North Leitrim TD has branded the level of low-paid employment in Ireland as ‘shameful’. Speaking in the Dáil this week, Sinn Féin Deputy Michael Colreavey raised the figures which show that Ireland has more workers in low-paid employment per capita than any other EU country. One third of Irish workers make less than €20,000, which Deputy Colreavey pointed out was one-eighth of what a Government Minister would earn this year. He was speaking during the second day of debate on the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, which includes a two-year back-to-work family dividend for those returning to employment, allowing ... Read More »

North West Institutes of Technology begin process for University status


The three Institutes of Technology in the North West have officially started the process of being approved for university status. The Connacht-Ulster Alliance of Sligo, Letterkenny and Galway/Mayo ITs have submitted a formal expression of interest to the Higher Education Authority. It’s the first of four stages in a process leading to the establishment of a Technological University for the West/North-West region of Ireland. It’s part of a national strategy to better serve the needs of the region and be a better use of resources between the institutes. President of the IT in Sligo Vincent Cunnane says while it’s a ... Read More »

Restaurant’s association hold regional meeting in Sligo this morning


The Northwest Branch of the Restaurant’s Association of Ireland says that the industry outside Dublin is struggling to survive. The group are holding a regional meeting in Sligo this morning to discuss the current issues facing the restaurant and hospitality sector. Among the topics to be covered is the Government’s plans to introduce calorie information on menus nationwide. The Association has previously indicated it’s opposition to the proposal, with it’s Chief Executive Adrian Cummins saying that the measure will have a devastating effect costing businesses in the region of €5,000. Other items to be discussed include the current allergens regime,and ... Read More »

Plans to redevelop Sheil Hospital in Ballyshannon agreed


The HSE and the Sheil Hospital Trust in Ballyshannon have agreed proposals to re-develop the Hospital. The proposed development will see the merging of The Rock Nusing Home and the Sheil Hospital, and a new eighty bed unit will be constructed on the site of the Hospital. A design team has been appointed and planning permission will be sought this year for the thirteen million euro project. The news has been welcomed this evening by Ballyshannon-based Donegal County Councillor, Barry O’Neill Read More »

Man appears in court in connection with alleged Ballyshannon assault


Gardai are investigating an alleged assault in Ballyshannon in Co. Donegal. The incident happened at about six o’clock yesterday evening when a man and a woman were allegedly assaulted on Station road. Gardai were called to the scene and arrested a man who appeared in court in Donegal town today. Andrea Gilligan reports: Donegal District Court heard today how Gardai were called to the scene of an alleged assault causing harm in Ballyshannon yesterday evening. Two people, a man and a woman were injured and the court heard that the man had to be taken to Sligo Regional Hospital with ... Read More »

North West nursing unions say talks can now start to identify supports needed


Nursing Unions in the North West say talks can now start to identify supports needed for nurses and midwives to carry out their work more efficiently. It follows an agreement reached yesterday and confirmation by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland to restore the annual retention fee for nurses and midwives at €100. Members of the three unions involved, the INMO, SIPTU and the PNA at Sligo Regional Hospital were among a number nationwide that went on strike over the issue on Monday. Industrial relations officer in the North West, Maura Hickey, says they’re welcoming the move and look ... Read More »

The EPA says sewerage treatment plant in Tubbercurry is responsible for an increase in pollution to the local river


The Environmental Protection Agency says the poor condition of the sewerage treatment plant in Tubbercurry in Sligo is leading to an increase in pollution to the local river. Last year the EPA set strict licensing conditions for the plant to be upgraded and the organisation is reiterating the responsibility of Irish Water and the County Council to do that in a timely manner. The new calls come following the publication of an EPA report on water quality and in the western counties of Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo, Tubbercurry river is one of only three that did NOT meet the standards. ... Read More »

Fresh calls made to amend the rate system for local businesses


A Leitrim Councillor is making fresh calls for the Government to amend the rates system for once and for all. Speaking at a Leitrim County Council meeting this week, Fianna Fail Cllr Mary Bohan called on the government to intervene in the way rates are charged to local businesses. The says the way the current system of rates is charged is leading to the closure of small rural businesses. Cllr Bohan says this is a worrying trend: Read More »

McEniff acts on Bundoran public lighting problem


A Donegal Councillor says he has contacted the ESB with a view to repairing public lights in Bundoran. The issue was previously highlighted by former Town Councillor Michael Mc Mahon, who had attributed the faults to stormy weather last month. However at least three lights remain out of order on the main street, at McGovern’s Junction, at the West End Walk and at Kearn’s Lane and Drumacrin. According to former Mr. Mc Mahon, who was Chairman of Bundoran Town Council the problem would not have continued for so long if the town council were still in existance. Fianna Fail Councillor ... Read More »