Donegal childcare providers demand increased funding for the sector

A DONEGAL childcare provider has said the government must act urgently to provide much needed funding and resources into the sector, or face up to the consequence that children will suffer. Sharon Graham Porter is the owner of Kid Kare Créche and Montessori in Donegal Town. On Tuesday, seven of its staff were among the thousands […]

Works start on Falcarragh Community Hospital

ESSENTIAL renovation works at Falcarragh Community Hospital are expected to be fully completed by the end of next year. The HSE Estates Department has advised that the initial phase of works are due to finish by the first quarter (January to March) of 2024, with the overall project expected to be completed by Quarter 4 of […]

Unprecedented demand at Letterkenny Foodbank

WITH the cost of living crisis pushing up demand, Letterkenny’s foodbank has been forced to reduce its handout frequency. The registered charity has warned of its concerns for this coming winter amid a 33 per cent surge in the number of people it has supported in the last six months. Such has been the pressure […]

Kayaker rescued from Owey Island thanks those who came to his aid

THE kayaker who was rescued in a major weekend air and sea operation after becoming trapped in a cave on Owey Island, has said he owes his life to those who heroically came to his aid. Malachy Doyle has told of his frightening experience, describing it as a “living nightmare”. Following a distressed contact by […]

Extension planning go-ahead for Castlefinn Partnership Initiative

DONEGAL County Council has given the green light for a major pharmacy extension in Castlefinn. Applicant Castlefinn Partnership Initiative (CPI) lodged plans with the planning authority in July of this year. Under proposals, the applicant sought planning permission for the construction of a two-storey extension consisting of a ground floor extension to existing pharmacy and créche […]

‘Money mule’ warning

STUDENTS of Donegal ATU have been urged not to act as ‘money mules’ by criminals in order to launder the proceeds of crime. The fresh warning from the President of the Students’ Union, Barry Breslin comes after new figures show nearly €17.5m was transferred illegally through so-called ‘money mule’ accounts between January and June of this year. […]

Lifford girl to compete in Junior Eurovision

A TALENTED 10-year-old Lifford girl will this weekend perform on TG4’s ‘Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023’. Jessica McKean will take to the stage in a hopeful bid to represent Ireland in the major contest which takes place on November 26 in Nice. Each year, the best young singers, aged nine to 14, from across Europe compete […]

Drugs haul a tip of the iceberg, warning

By Louise Doyle  THE major drugs haul worth an estimated €4 million that washed up on the north Donegal shore last month could be the “tip of the iceberg”, it has been warned. A multi agency operation got underway following the discovery of the 60kg packages, suspected to have contained cocaine, were recovered following joint […]

Solicitor calls for juvenile cases to be dealt with quicker

A DONEGAL solicitor has called for cases involving juvenile defendants to be dealt with in a quicker manner. Rory O’Brien was making his comments at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court on Thursday in relation to a young person he is representing. In Ireland, once a young person turns 18 years, he or she loses […]

Pat Doherty and wife Mary to be honoured at a special event

THE only Donegal politician to be involved in historic talks which led to peace in Northern Ireland is to be honoured with his wife at a special event in Letterkenny. Pat Doherty, former Sinn Féin vice-president, will be honoured along with his wife Mary ‘for a lifetime of Republican struggle’ at Mount Errigal Hotel on […]