Donegal revs up for 40th year of Rally

The Topaz Donegal International Rally gets underway this evening with the first ever ceremonial start to commemorate the 40th year of the event. Finnish rallying legend Markku Alén flags off the top competitors from The Market Square in Letterkenny around 8pm.

Armed robbery in Bridgend

GARDAI in Buncrana are investigating an armed robbery at Bridgend Post on Wednesday afternoon when a large sum of money was taken at gunpoint.

Two men entered the premises shortly after midday, threatened staff with a fire arm and left with a sum of money.

Elusive De Dietrich tracked down

Exclusive: By C.J.McGinley
THE businessman behind a multi-million-euro financial scheme, believed to be fraudulent has been tracked-down after months on the run.

Francois de Dietrich has been on the run since February but has now been located by a BBC Spotlight investigation team after trips to Estonia and France.

Church Lane 'Ghetto'

THE owner of a long-established bakery and cafe in Letterkenny has moved to allay local speculation that the popular eatery is closing.

However, Kevin Keeney, the owner of Bakersville on the town’s Church Lane has said that the complete neglect of the area by the Local Authority is placing his business under severe pressure.

“Effectively the Town Council have allowed the Church Lane to turn into a ghetto and a location for people to drink and take drugs. The buildings up here are in a complete state of disrepair.”

Mr Keeney said that despite numerous promises, what should be one of the nicest streets in the town has been totally ignored among other efforts to regenerate the town centre.

Keaveney in line for €160,000 package

FORMER Donegal Senator and TD Cecilia Keaveney is in line to receive almost €160,000 in retirement benefits plus an annual pension of €39,865.

According to figures published this week, Ms Keaveney (42), will receive a termination payment of €55,137 within the next 13 months.

She will also receive a pension lump sum of €126,675.

As she is an outgoing member who has served in both the Dail and the Seanad, she will receive combined pension entitlements for service in both houses which are calculated on different pension scale rates.