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.

Over €6 million savings in council staff payments

DONEGAL County Council has saved almost six million euro in wage payments to staff over the past year. The announcement was made by the County Manager, Mr Seamus Neely at Monday’s monthly meeting in Lifford.


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.

Devenney punches out world record

BALLYBOFEY man Eunan Devenney shattered the world record for consecutively hitting a punchbag at the weekend as he completed a marathon 45 hours and 4 minutes at the bag in the Twin Towns ABC gym on Saturday morning.

Film plan for sex abuse cases in west Donegal

TWO documentary makers from Donegal have secured the film rights to a book on child sex abuse in a remote corner of the county. Neasa Ni Chianain and David Rane are planning to make a fictionalised version of the book ‘Breaking the Silence’, written by retired detective Martin Ridge, which details his investigations and the […]

New County Councillor

 A former Fianna Fáil local election candidate has been selected to replace Senator Jimmy Harte as the Labour party representative on Donegal County Council. Michael McBride (44) of Kilmacrennan will be co-opted onto Donegal County Council at a meeting in Lifford today. Mr McBride who was a staunch follower of the Blaney wing of […]

Young man fighting for his life

A YOUNG man is fighting for his life at Letterkenny General Hospital following a single vehicle accident in the early hours of yesterday morning. The crash happened at Ballyholey Far, Raphoe at 2.30 am on a straight stretch of road. The two  occupants of the car were taken to hospital and the passenger is reported […]

Devenney is world record holder

Boxing Ballybofey man Eunan Devenney shattered a world record on Saturday, when he completed a knockout 45 hours 4 minutes hitting a punch bag. Chris McNulty watched his exploits. IT’S JUST gone 2.19am on Saturday morning when, deep in the basement of Dunfril House on Ballybofey’s Chestnut Road, a thunderous roar emerges into the drizzling […]