Coillte’s forestry plans called into question

SERIOUS concerns have been raised among the farming community about plans by government to allow a UK investment company to fund the purchase of Irish farmland for forestry and private forestry plantations in partnership with Coillte. At present Donegal has some 900 privately owned forest plots. Farmers and foresters across the country are objecting to the […]

Councillors back move to regulate ‘diffing events’

Donegal County Councillors are seeking a solution to problems caused by so-called ‘diffing events’. Gatherings are advertised on social media and can attract large crowds, causing noise and disruption for local people. Recent gatherings in the Manorcunningham area have been a partricular source of annoyance for local residents. At a virtual meeting this week of […]

LYIT to have highest intake in fifty year history

LETTERKENNY Institute of Technology (LYIT) expect to have more than 5,000 students enrolled this year making it the largest intake since the college was opened 50 years ago. According to Registrar Billy Bennett the growth in student numbers has been “pretty good” and has increased year on year. “On Monday afternoon we made more than […]

Couple celebrates wedding ‘overseas’

INISHBOFIN hosted its fifth wedding celebration earlier this month with around 60 guests packing the small refurbished church. Local man Eamonn McGinley wed his sweetheart Mary B Magee from Derryreel in the island church, Teach Pobail Mhuire na nGrás, on August 7. Family members and a few friends were ferried from Magheraroarty by Harry Coll […]

Second generation of golden eagles soaring over Donegal

TWENTY years on from the reintroduction of the golden eagle into Ireland in Glenveagh National Park, the project has been successful with five pairs in the county this year and at least one chick fledged. Lorcan O’Toole, who has worked on the Golden Eagle Trust since it began, said he is confident the golden eagle […]

Shortfall of nurses blamed on ‘horrendous conditions’

A shortfall of around 55 nurses at Letterkenny University Hospital has been blamed on “horrendous working conditions” with nurses looking to move away from the intensity of acute hospital jobs into other areas. That is according to Neal Donohue, the INMO’s Industrial Relations Officer in the north west. He told the Donegal News yesterday that […]

Mica group plan protest for Lifford

THE Donegal Mica 100% Redress no Less group is planning a demonstration in Lifford on Saturday, September 11 outside the offices of Donegal County Council and are calling on as many families as possible to attend. Campaigner, Paddy Diver will be the guest speaker as they continue their calls for 100% redress for the affected […]

Performance highlights depopulation of Gaeltacht areas

A KERRY musician led an outdoor performance on Magheraclogher Beach in Bunbeg on Monday night to draw attention to the depopulation of Gaeltacht areas and the planning laws causing it. Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich from the Dingle Peninsula has personal experience of planning difficulties having battled for 15 years to build a modest house on his […]

Calls to have Red Hugh’s remains returned to Donegal

A descendant of Red Hugh O’Donnell, King of Tyrconnell, would like to see the former king’s remains brought back to Donegal Town and buried in the former Franciscan chapel there. Francis (Frank) Martin O’Donnell, who now lives in Vienna, represents the next-of-kin who are watching closely to see if bones found during an archaeological dig […]