Monday, December 08, 2008


OK, first a funny news story for a change! A Donegal man got in trouble in Oz, he and a friend were at a car race, enjoyed a few beers, and took the pace car for a spin around the track! :)
A 24-year-old Donegal man will front court on December 16 charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he and a friend, also believed to be from Donegal, took a joyride in a pace car at a recent harness racing meeting in the town of Williams, Western Australia.

The two men were believed to be heavily inebriated when they took it upon themselves to run onto the track and commandeer the pace car which they then proceeded to take twice around the track while waving at the crowd.

“These two guys were at the races and they had a skinful of drink on them when they thought it would be a good idea to take the pace car for a spin for a laugh.

Everyone's shopping across the border, Derry loves it, Donegal shopkeepers feel like they've gotten a lump of coal for Christmas:
Derry's City Centre manager Sean Trainor said that one in five visitors were coming from from Donegal and further afield. He added: "This is expected to rise to one in four in the coming weeks. The strong exchange rate is expected to continue and businesses are cashing in on that at the moment.

RGDATA, THE group representing family-owned grocery stores, has sought an emergency meeting with Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan over sharp falls in its members' business caused by cross-Border shopping, writes Paul Cullen , Consumer Affairs Correspondent

It says retailers in Border counties in the Republic are facing a crisis because shoppers have taken their custom northwards, lured by the promise of cheaper prices. Shops in towns close to the Border have lost up to half their business, it claims.

... "Retailers in Border areas feel that the Government has one hand extended seeking extra taxes, levies and higher rates, while the other hand is throttling their ability to compete with businesses just 10 miles up the road due to Government-imposed tax increases."

Bernard Farren, a convenience store owner in Buncrana, Co Donegal, told The Irish Times that west Donegal was decimated by the flow of shoppers spending their money in Derry and Coleraine.

"Big stores in Letterkenny are so empty, they've become frightening places," he said. It was "absurd" that the Government was increasing the VAT rate when consumers were retreating from spending. "Then there is the added attraction of retailers discounting early with some products down by 40 per cent, making the city an even bigger attraction to bargain hunters."

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