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Sligo County Council Budget meeting gets underway this morning

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A crucial Sligo County Council budget meeting gets underway later this morning. A shadow was cast over the future of the current council in recent weeks, as both Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Environment Minister Alan Kelly warned the authority to get their finances in order or face the possibility of abolition. Last week, it was announced that government would provide ... Read More »

Naughten calls for crackdown on petrol stretching

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A Roscommon/North Leitrim Independent TD has called for a Revenue crackdown to tackle “petrol stretching”. The practice – which sees up to 10 per cent heating oil added to bulk-up fuel – can destroy car engines. The scam has caused thousands of euro in damage in the border and midland regions in recent months – and motorists are being asked ... Read More »

NW residents await announcement on broadband improvement

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North West residents  with poor broadband connection will soon know when services are likely to improve. Maps showing where broadband is and is not available are to be published tomorrow. They’ll detail the locations across the country that will have access to high speed, high-quality internet connection by the end of 2016. Communications Minister Alex White is also expected to outline ... Read More »

Deputy MacLochlainn to address Ramallah gathering

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Donegal Sinn Fein TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn is addressing government ministers, city mayors and local authority leaders from across the world, who are gathered in the West Bank town of Ramallah. His speech will refer to the need for international solidarity and assistance with the Palestinian people. Deputy Mac Lochlainn, Sinn Fein’s spokesman on Justice, Equality and Defence, says Palestinian ... Read More »

HSA launch investigation into Donegal farm deaths

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The Health and Safety Authority is investigating two fatalities on a farm in county Donegal. Kevin Woods and Seamus Hegarty died while working on a tractor yesterday evening. The men, both aged 52, were working on a tractor tyre when it exploded. It happened in the Crossroads area of Killygordan at around twenty past six yesterday evening. Ambulances were dispatched, but ... Read More »

Body of missing Sligo man found in Stockholm

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The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family of a Sligo man, whose body has been found in Sweden. 32 year old Brian Farrell from Culleens had been missing since Monday November 10th. His body was found yesterday in water off Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan. Mr Farrell had been working in the Swedish capital. In ... Read More »

24 hour protest underway at Minster Mc Hugh’s office

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Up to fifty people are currently gathered outside the office of Donegal TD Joe McHugh hoping to compel him to support Donegal County Council’s stance on water charges. A motion to support the abolition of water charges and keep Irish Water in public ownership was supported by the majority at a meeting of the council last week. Local members of ... Read More »

Mac Sharry says Europe can’t be forced to co-operate

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It’s emerged that the Oireachtas banking inquiry could be given wider powers than first expected. The Seanad’s procedural committee says laws should be changed so that Central Bank employees can pass on confidential information. It’s also called for the inquiry to be widened so that the Inquiry investigates the role of the Eurozone in Ireland’s financial collapse. The changes have ... Read More »

24 hour protest planned outside TD office in Donegal

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A twenty four hour anti-water charge protest is planned today outside the office of Donegal TD Joe McHugh. The gathering in Letterkenny has been organised by the Donegal Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay Campaign. The protest gets underway at twelve noon. Independent Donegal Cllr Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easpuig explains the purpose of today’s demonstration. Read More »