Thursday, March 12, 2009


3 bucks arrested, probably responsible for the crime wave terrorising residents in the west of the county:
Paul McEleney, aged 19, of Middle Dore, Bunbeg, and Tadhg McKelvey, aged 18, of Loughanure, Annagry, were each charged with robbing Mary McDevitt of €334 at Mcdevitt's Service Station, Mill Rd., Dungloe, on February 13th, robbing Kathleen Brennan of €5,197.50 at Templecrone Cope, Annagry on February 26th, and attempting to rob Eugene Gallagher at Gallagher's Topaz Service Station, Derrybeg, on Febrtuary 7th.

The dole queues are getting longer, somehow I think people have already noticed. And someone at Highland Radio has a weird way of writing 17660!
Todays figure which includes part-time, seasonal and casual workers shows that in Donegal there are now 17 thousand 6 hundred and 60 people signing on. Month on month every office in the county registered an increase - Ranging from 7% in Inishowen to 2% in Killybegs.

As has been the trend of late there was a steep increase in the Finn Valley area - 7% month on month. There was a 2.5% increase in Letterkenny- January to February - and similarly increases in Ballyshannon, Dunfanaghy and Dungloe.

Dinny says that many people have to immigrate:
The Dail has been told that Gweedore is now possibly the worst unemployment blackspot in the country.

When I first came to Boston you'd be tripping over Paddies everywhere, then everyone either fecked off home as time was good, or moved out to the 'burbs. Now youse will all be back, and there'll be so many Paddy's here that me lovely fine wee Donegal accent won't be unique anymore! ;)

And the Donegal housing market is stagnate:
The Director General of the Construction Industry Federation says that the number of new houses built in Donegal has dropped drastically since 2007, and clearing the backlog of unoccupied houses in the county is a priority.

Maybe that's because too too many feckin' houses were build in the first place! A lot of this was due to property speculation; people thought the prices would keep going up and they did, until the market reached saturation point and there was more houses for sale that there were buyers. And with was stats flying around saying there was 1 in 6 houses lying vacant in Ireland (either due to being a holiday home or a speculative purchase), that implies a lot of excess inventory on the market.

You can't build the local economy on construction alone, you need money coming in from somewhere to drive the economy (such as manufacturing or agriculture). Fair play to anyone who made money out of buying and selling property, you can make good money at it if your in and out before it all crahes! Also, when everyone's doing it, sometimes that's a good sign to get out of the market.

And farm land sales are down, and have been down since 2008. Part of this is because the banks aren't giving out credit. Can someone remind me what the 7 billion Euro the banks were given was for? Oh, I forgot, it was so the banks could do whatever they wanted with it, and feck the economy, feck the civil servants, feck the taxpayers, feck the politicians (who are in deep do-do because of this), and in general just feck the country as the senior management at the banks are taking care of themselves (and I forgot the regular lowly bank employee whose probably taken pay cuts, and getting stick from everyone for working at a bank):
Activity in the land market in Donegal was "minimal" in 2008, with just seven transactions taking place throughout the year, a national land survey has found. The Farmer's Journal report found that many potential buyers in Donegal were unable to bid at auctions having been rejected access to credit at their financial institution. This was particularly the case for some larger holdings, it said.

Because supply is limited in Donegal, any land that goes to the market generates good interest ...
The 26-county survey added that it was clear the market in Donegal held up well in 2008, even though most of the activity took place before September. Overall, the price of farmland in Ireland fell by 21 per cent in 2008.

Some Donegal Farmers might be in trouble because payments for the "Farm Waste Management Scheme" may take place over 2 years:
They've been promised 70% grant aid for construction work to adhere to the scheme, however the government has since said that money would be paid in stages over the next two years.

Many farmers borrowed money for the work with the payment delay leaving many in debt and paying high interest charges.

And this farmer has it tough, I'd imagine that the surgery that he has to have performed to become a she must be quiet trying.
A 20-year battle by a farmer to become recognised and treated as a woman has highlighted the huge difficulties facing people who suffer from Gender Identity Disorder (GID).

Sarah Louise Stafford (40) was born male, near the village of Churchill in rural Donegal, but has been diagnosed as suffering from GID, a recognised medical condition in which a person feels they are trapped within a body of the wrong sex.

It has also taken her family a long time to understand her compulsion to live as female, while neighbours in the rural community where she has always lived and worked as a farmer, struggled, but eventually managed, to acknowledge as Sarah Louise the person they once knew as Sidney.

Donegal cancer patients may still be able to have treatment in Belfast, instead of having to go all the way to Dublin. For many people in Northern Donegal, Belfast is much shorter drive than Dublin, and for someone extremely sick, a long drive is hardly going to help them:
Donegal Senator Pearse Doherty is seeking assurances that an agreement which allows cancer patients from Donegal to avail of radiotherapy services in Belfast will be renewed when it expires.

Although an exact expiry date for the contract is not clear, it is the Senator's understanding that the contract which was drawn up in 2006, was to last for a duration of three years.