Thursday, December 04, 2008

News! Updated!

Donegal man wins the Polar Express Half Marathon:
It is minus 15 degrees. The snow on the ice cap is 75cm thick and the hills are agony. This is Greenland. This is torturous. Conor McLaughlin had begun training for the Polar Circle Half Marathon back in May. The 30-year-old had been running for about six years and had decided to up the ante somewhat.
Update: He's from Inver:
When Inver man Conor McLaughlin began his training for the Polar Circle Half Marathon back in May, nothing could have prepared him for what lay in store when he eventually landed in Greenland.
Well done Conor! :)

People are surging across the border to buy petrol:
A strong euro has sent motorists flocking to petrol stations on the Strabane side of the border, with some pumps recording a massive 500 percent increase in sales over the past month.

For the first time in almost a decade, fuel traders in the north are competing with their southern rivals and are once again enticing punters away from forecourts across the border.

The Travellers Rest Petrol Station at Lifford Road dropped its prices to just 85.9p per litre of petrol, up to ten pence cheaper than some parts of Donegal. The price compares favourably even to retail giants such as Asda who announced a cut in prices to 90.0p per litre.

More about rebuilding railways in Donegal:
In 2007, Donegal County Council allocated a small budget to allow preliminary investigations into the possibility of extending Ireland's train network to Tyrone and Donegal to begin.

Following that initial probe, the Council is now hoping to establish a feasibility study and eventually a business plan with a view to attracting funding for the ambitious project. Recently they began lobbying local authorities for £30,000 each to put the feasibility study together.

Dinny was "kicked" out of the Dail for protesting the closure of the Army barracks in the Northern part of the County:
Dinny McGinley (FG, Donegal South-West) furiously accused Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea of trying to play politics with the Army and repeatedly demanded that he prove whether he is "a man or a mouse", by visiting the barracks in Rockhill and Lifford, two of the four barracks in the Border area to be closed, involving the transfer of 650 troops.
More from the Letterkenny Post:

Eirgrid is planning on improving the electrical infrastructure of the county with a new 100KM power line:
EIRGRID IS to lodge a planning application within two weeks for a new high-voltage power line in Co Donegal.

The 100km line from south of Killybegs to Letterkenny is one of a series of regional upgrades for which EirGrid is to seek planning permission over coming years as part of its strategy to double the capacity of its network.

The Donegal Post has much more details:
The Y-shaped connection – running 66 kilometres towards Letterkenny and 33 kms on the Glenties-Gweedore spur - is one of a series of regional upgrades for which EirGrid is to seek planning permission over coming years as part of its strategy to double the capacity of its network.
At 110KV, the proposed new line is one of the lower capacity lines ESB/Eirgrid are hoping to install. There are already two 110KV lines linking the northwest to Northern Ireland - one from Letterkenny to Strabane and one from Corraclassy, Co Cavan, to Enniskillen.
ESB/Eirgrid says the line, to be carried from Binbane on seven-metre high wooden poles and steel pylons, will provide extra capacity in the northwest and facilitate domestic and local development in County Donegal ...
The new planning bid follows rejection of another application six years ago.
That proposal was turned down following objections by the Alternative To Pylons(ATP) lobby group.
The group said it is renewing its objections to the Glenties-Gweedore spur in the new application but not to the line to Letterkenny. Members of the group last night(Tues) quizzed ESB/Eirgrid staff who made a presentation to locals in Dore Community Centre.
ATP spokesperson Deirdre Brennan said: “The ESB and Eirgrid have been running to An Bord Pleanala seeking advice on their plans. It’s like the Bord was being used as a consultant. “We’re only now getting to see the proposal but so far as ATP is concerned it’s more of the same old same old.”
She claimed the spur to Glenties and Gweedore will create major environmental damage which could be avoided if the line was installed underground.

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