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Phil Hogan welcomed by MEP Matt Carthy


The European Parliament today voted in favour of the incoming EU Commission. The vote took place following an address to the Parliament by the incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The new team will officially begin work on November first. The College of Commissioners includes Phil Hogan, who was recently endorsed for the position of EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural ... Read More »

Thomas Pringle has been expelled from the Dail


A Donegal TD is among three deputies who have been expelled from the Dail this afternoon amid a major row between the Technical Group and the Ceann Comhairle. Sean Barrett abandoned all business for the rest of the day, after demanding votes to expel three TDs from the chamber. Catherine Murphy and John Halligan, along with Donegal’s Thomas Pringle were ... Read More »

Carthy calls for childcare facilities to be exempt from commercial rates


High Childcare costs are preventing parents from returning to employment. That’s the view of one Northwest MEP, who’s calling for the government to make childcare facilities exempt from commercial rates. Sinn Feinn MEP Matt Carthy says that measures implemented to reduce unemployment are pointless if the matter isn’t addressed. Meanwhile concerns are also being raised for the providers of childcare ... Read More »

President Michael D Higgins visits Cliffoney and Tubbercurry


President Michael D Higgins has completed part one of his visit to Sligo today. The President spoke at an event to mark the one hundredth birthday of Cliffoney National School. During his address, President Higgins expressed his great pleasure to be visiting the Northwest, and thanked the crowd gathered for the warm Sligo welcome he has received so far today. ... Read More »

Donegal Residents have Medical Cards Removed

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Close to three thousand medical cards have been removed from residents in Donegal in the last 12 months. That’s according to figures obtained by Donegal Fianna Fail Deputy Charlie McConalogue. Since September, 2,872 cards have been taken away from people in the county. Of these, almost 100 were removed from people over the age of 70. Deputy McConalogue told Ocean ... Read More »

Northwest Allocated Funds for Environmental Projects

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Almost 14 thousand euro worth of funding is on it’s way to County Leitrim for environmental projects. The allocation is being co-funded by the Department of the Environment and by local authorities. Fine Gael Senator for Sligo-North Leitrim, Michael Comiskey, has today welcomed the announcement, saying the funds will help the development of small scale, non-profit environmental projects at a ... Read More »

Donegal Councillor Vows Boycott of Irish Water Meeting


A Donegal Councillor has made clear to Ocean FM today that he will not be attending a meeting with Irish Water, taking place in Carrick-on-Shannon next week. Councillors from across the Northwest have received invitations to a briefing with representatives from the utility at the Bush Hotel next Wednesday the 29th of October. Items on the agenda up for discussion ... Read More »

Cllr Kilgallon in support of Suspension of Water Charges


A Fianna Fail Cllr is backing a party motion for water charges to be suspended while a review of Irish Water is taking place It’s reported the fixed rate on household water charges could apply for longer than expected. The so-called ‘assessed charge’ is being applied to homes without a meter, but at the moment, no-one who has a meter ... Read More »

Northwest Tourism has successful meeting with American Companies


A Northwest Tourism Representative has described as extremely positive meetings with US travel agents over the past number of days. Failte Ireland held talks with US travel agents and buyers yesterday, as part of a visit organised to boost sales to one of the biggest global markets for Irish tourism. Head of International Leisure Sales with Failte Ireland Martina Bromley ... Read More »

Council asks for patience over Hughes Bridge


Motorists have been advised to be patient for the duration of the nine months period on which work will take place on the widening of Hughes Bridge in Sligo Town. The contract for works on the N4 traffic management scheme was signed yesterday afternoon. The work will involved extending Hughes Bridge from four lanes of traffic to six lanes. The ... Read More »