Scéal Dún-na-nGall ar an Idirlíon / County Donegal on the Net News
News Vol.8 No.11 November, 2007 Holiday In Donegal!
900 Jobs Lost in North West
The announcement of the imminent closure of the Seagate Technologies factory in Co. Derry, with the loss of over 900 jobs, will mean hardship for hundreds of families across the North West. Seagate Technologies are moving this element of their operations, which makes components for hard drives, to the Far East. While the redundancy packages at Seagate are said to be good, the prospect of finding employment for the 900 workers is not.
The company also employs 1,400 people at Springtown, Derry but Seagate says that the Derry plant will not be affected by the Limavady closure.
Donegal's unemployment rate now stands at 18% as compared with the national rate of 4.5%. Fine Gael Deputy for Donegal South West, Dinny McGinley, has called for the Government to stop what he has described as their 'shameful neglect' of the region over the last ten years and to give consideration to having Donegal designated as a special tax incentive area, Since 1997 almost 10,000 industrial jobs have been lost in County Donegal.
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International Poetry Festival
The 5th Smurfit Samhain International Poetry Festival will take place in Gortahork from Wednesday 14th to Monday 19th of November.
Due to the high response, the closing date for the €6000 Euro poetry competition has been extended to Monday, November 12th, 2007. The prizes will be divided between the best Poem, Limerick and Haiku.
This year's Festival will also host nightly recitals, music Workshops & poetry masterclasses. Donegal's most eminent poet, Cathal O Searcaigh, will open an art exhibition on Wednesday the 14th of November and the evening will continue with a music and poetry recital. For further information email .
BSE found in Donegal
Mary Coughlan, the Minister for Agriculture, has announced that a major investigation is underway into a case of BSE (mad cow disease) in West Donegal. The disease was discovered in a five-year-old cow which was born six years after tight controls were introduced to eradicate the disease which can lead to variant CJD in humans. Minister Coughlan said that every effort will be made to discover the source of the disease.
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New Cycling and Walking Trail Opened
A new cross-border cycling and walking trail which crosses Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Fermanagh and Tyrone, was opened by the North's Minister for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle Gildernew.
The 326km North West Trail utilises quiet country roads in the region. It begins in Lifford, goes through Barnesmore Gap, Rossnowlagh, Bundoran, Sligo, Leitrim, Eniskillen and Omagh before returning to Strabane.
Minister Gildernew said she is confident the trail will act as a 'magnet' to cyclists and walkers from throughout Ireland and further afield. The trail will be sign-posted and will carry information on accommodation in the North West.
Donegal Garden Society
The next meeting of the Donegal Garden Society will be held on November 5th at the Garden Room, Salthill, Mountcharles at 8 pm. This meeting will be a joint meeting of the Society and Donegal 2008 Garden Trail participators.
The meeting will be addressed by Elisabeth Temple, Salthill and Sean O'Gaiothin, Head Gardener, Glenveagh National Park who will talk about the Donegal Garden Trail programme for 2008. The second part of the meeting will be an illustrated talk by Sean on the gardens that were part of the 2007 trail. Ten members of the Society will be opening their gardens to the public in 2008.
Afri, which seeks to promote debate and influence policy and practice in the field of human rights, peace and justice issues, is holding its 8th annual Hedge School on November 3rd-4th in Erris, Co. Mayo.
This year's gathering will explore Resource Extraction and look at vital issues arising from resource extraction, locally and globally. Extracting natural resources has become a particularly controversial issue in Mayo due to the proposed Shell refinery, but it is important and contentious all over the world.
The Hedge School will examine themes such as ecology, solidarity, resistance and dialogue. But there will also be music, drama, good food, fun and an intriguing session entitled 'the goat in the flow station'! For further information email .
New Report on Alcohol Abuse
The Health Research Board has issued a new report on alcohol-related deaths in Ireland from 1995 to 2004. The report reveals that Donegal has an incidence rate of 5.86 deaths per 100,000 of the adult population, a little below the national average of 6.02.
The report also reveals that drink-related deaths have doubled in Ireland during the last ten years and that 1 in 33 hospital beds is occupied due to an alcohol related illness.
Those interested in improving their Irish may like to attend free informal sessions at the Dergfinn Centre on Thursdays. For more details contact Mary Gallagher on 074 9131557.
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Volunteers Wanted in Inishowen
Inishowen Disability Action Group and the Irish Wheelchair Association are urgently looking for volunteers to help out at Milltown House, Carndonagh, for a few hours on Mondays. You do not need to be a swimmer - just willing and able. Volunteers are also needed to act as bus assistants. Training will be provided. For more information contact Mary on 0749157393 or Margaret or 0749374529.
Rainbows on the Foyle
There will be an art auction and social evening on Thursday, November 8th in Ionad Cois Locha, Dunlewey, in aid of ATP (Alternatives to Pylons). Works will be available to view from 7 pm and the Auction starts at 8 pm sharp.
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
The Letterkenny Institute of Technology is holding an Open Day on Friday November 16th at the Port Road Campus - see Lyit.ie.
Breast Cancer Services reduced
Breast cancer patients from South Donegal will soon have to travel to Galway for treatment following the news that the Breast Care Unit in Sligo General Hospital is to cease.
MEP Marian Harkin said 'I can support Minister Harney’s provision of 8 Centres of Excellence but the fact that not one of them is situated north of a line from Dublin to Galway is just not acceptable.'
Minister Harney replied that, 'Arising from the designation of cancer centres and in order to comply with the Standards, the Executive has directed thirteen hospitals, with low case volumes to cease breast cancer services immediately, to be followed by further staged reductions in the number of hospitals providing breast cancer services from twenty-two to the eight cancer centres.'
Letterkenny General Hospital will become an outreach service of Galway with the appointment of a permanent surgeon with an interest in breast care who will take up the position next year.
However there is still NO breast check service in the North West, seven years after the scheme was rolled out in other parts of Ireland.
The Breast Cancer website is having trouble getting enough people to click on the site to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to underprivileged women. It takes less than a minute to go to the site and click on 'donating a mammogram' free. This won't cost you anything. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammograms in exchange for advertising. Visit The Breast cancer Site.
Donegal News on Air
News from Ireland can be heard in Pennslyvannia on 'Echoes of Erin' WEDO 810FM on Sundays from 1.00-2.00pm and online at Echoes of Erin. The show is running for 19 years and is hosted by Diane Byrnes, former Grand Marshal of the Pittsburgh St Patrick's Day Parade and the doyen of everything Irish in Pittsburgh. If you want your Irish Goods or Services to reach the Pittsburgh Irish then advertise on 'Echoes of Erin' by emailing . If you are in Sydney you can listen to Sydney Irish Radio 107.3FM on Sundays from 7.30 to 9.00am local time (see Sydney Irish Radio) while Brisbane listeners can catch Caomhín O'Seoige's Irish show on 4EB 98.1 FM with Patricia Sharkey's 'View from the Hills' on Saturdays between 12.30 and 1.30pm.
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A Law unto itself?
There was amazement in Dungloe District Court when Judge Desmond A. Zaidan learned that a tradition of not taxing or insuring cars on Arranmore island persists because the Islanders feel neglected by central government in spite of the fact that island residents are only required to pay €78 a year car tax.
The Judge was also told drink-drivers are not arrested on Arranmore because there are no holding facilities on the island. However islanders are beginning to adhere to the law since Gardai were stationed on the island for the first time in 2007, albeit during the summer months only.
The Judge was informed that the €78 regulation dated to a time when drivers had one car on the island and another on the mainland because of inadequate roll on roll off ferry services. They are, however, required to pay full tax for the vehicles kept on the mainland.
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