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Farmers Losing out says Senator McSharry

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Sligo Senator Marc MacSharry have weighed in on the current beef pricing crisis, saying farmers are the ones losing out the most. This morning Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney pledged his support for farmers and farming organisations, as the IFA with their campaign against the price and specification cuts imposed by retailers and factories on Irish beef. Farmers have staged protests ... Read More »

Anti-bloodsports group condemns Minister’s coursing licence

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The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has hit out at the issuing of a nationwide hare coursing licence. The licence was issued last week to the Irish Coursing Club by Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Minister Heather Humphreys and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The licence allows the clubs to net hares to use at around 80 coursing meetings around ... Read More »

Remembrance ceremony held for Mullaghmore bombing victims

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Around 60 people, including members of the Maxwell Family attended a remembrance ceremony at Mullaghmore yesterday to pay tribute to those who died in the 1979 bombing. Yesterday marked the 35th anniversary of the murder of Lord Louis Mountbatten, 15 year old Paul Maxwell, 14 year old Nicholas Knatchbull and the Dowager Lady Brabourne on a boat off the County ... Read More »

Mixed fortunes for Donegal Business Group

The Donegal Investment Group has recorded a profit increase in the first six months of this year. However, according to figures released today, there has been a fall in turnover in the same period, down €5.98 million in the six months to the end of June. In a statement, the group puts this down to a reduction in animal feed ... Read More »

LYIT drops course points as CAO Round 2 offers issued

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Over 1000 students have received their first offer of a college place today – in round two of the CAO. 3,125 students will get an offer in this round – with some having previously accepted a lower choice. A record 60 thousand students have been offered third level places this year – the highest ever after round two. At Letterkenny ... Read More »

Department of Agriculture pledges to meet with commonage farmers

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The Department for Agriculture will meet with commonage farmers in the Northwest to discuss their concerns. That’s according to a Donegal IFA member who attended a meeting yesterday in Dublin to discuss submissions to the Commonage Implementation Committee. The first meeting of the new committee took place earlier this week with members hoping to assist commonage owners transition to a ... Read More »

ALDI Creates new jobs in the Northwest

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Aldi has opened a new store in Ballybofey creating 12 new jobs. Aldi now has 110 stores in Ireland. The latest grocery data from Kantar Worldpanel found Aldi’s sales to stand at 17.1pc for the 12-week period to 20 July 2014, versus the same 12 weeks last year. The retailer now has 8.3pc of the country’s grocery market, up from ... Read More »

Alternative arrangements for those troubled by NPPR charge

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North West residents are being advised to contact their local council if they are having trouble paying NPPR charge. The Non-Principal Private Residence payment was brought in five years ago to target landords and holiday home owners – but has now been replaced by the general property tax. Anyone who misses Sunday night’s deadline could have to pay up to ... Read More »

Boost for Hotels in the Northwest

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Initiatives such as the Gathering and the Wild Atlantic Way have provided a vital boost to the hotel sector in the North West. That’s according to Donegal Hotelier Paul Diver. A study released today by Crowe Howarth Accountants says the average occupancy is up to 66 per cent – from a low of 59 in 2009. A 14 per cent ... Read More »