Progress on A5 project receives a warm welcome

THE government’s announcement this week that they will provide €600million toward the construction of the A5 which links the North West to Dublin has been widely welcomed on both sides of the border. Families bereaved by the more than 50 road deaths on the A5 since 2006 have welcomed the news and expressed the hope […]

Local councillor voices support for President’s neutrality comments

AN Independent councillor believes Michael D Higgins should be thanked for highlighting the ‘dangerous undermining of Irish neutrality currently being facilitated by the coalition government.’  It comes as the government is holding Consultative Forums, starting today, on Irish Neutrality and President Michael D Higgins voiced his concerns about deviating from Ireland’s traditional policy on neutrality. In […]

Irish government to invest £44.5m in Derry’s Magee Campus

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council and Co-Chair of the North West Strategic Growth Partnership Cllr Patricia Logue has today welcomed the announcement of significant cross border funding for Ulster University’s Magee Campus in Derry to further expand higher education on both sides of the border. The £44.5m investment from the Shared Island […]

Government agrees to increased sentences for assaults to Gardaí And Emergency Service Workers

THE Government has agreed to amend laws to increase sentences for assaults causing harm to members of An Garda Síochána and other emergency workers. These legislative changes will be brought forward by way of Committee Stage amendments to the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill. The amendments will change the maximum sentence for assaulting or obstructing […]

Over €600,000 granted to community groups to help with increased inflation

Eighty seven Donegal voluntary and community providers will receive total funding of €625k from the Government’s ‘Inflation Fund’.  Community-based and voluntary health and social care providers are being allocated the funding on a once-off basis as part of Government measures to ease cost-of-living pressures. At Budget 2023, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform announced […]

Pringle presses Government to move on temporary accommodation for mica-affected households

Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle, told the Minister for Housing that families forced to leave their mica-affected homes need Government to move quickly on providing temporary accommodation. Addressing the Dáil today, Deputy Pringle said the mica action committee held a protest in Lifford in relation to the inaction of Donegal County Council in actually […]

Pringle highlights Government failures in voting ‘no confidence’

Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle, cited a litany of government failures in voting against a motion of confidence in the Government. Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Pringle said the Government has failed on most, if not all, of the areas in its Programme for Government. “For my constituents in Donegal, you have failed on mica, […]

SCSI report into building costs of mica homes published

THE SCSI have published their report on construction costs for the defective concrete block grant scheme.  The report will be used by the Government to provide costs to homeowners for the mica redress scheme. The new report was published today, and based on 2022 material and labour rates with pre-2008 building regulations, it has detailed […]

Enhanced mica proposals to come before Cabinet

A REVISED Mica redress scheme will be brought before Cabinet this morning (Tuesday) following seven delays for home owners. The new revised scheme will include a grant which is set to be capped at €420,000 per home and reports also suggest a cap of €138 per square-foot. However,  the Mica Action Group have said they […]