Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Circuit Court judge and state prosecutor for County Donegal in 1990 passes away:
Circuit Court judge Miriam Reynolds has died, aged 52, following an illness, it has been announced.

The former barrister and mother-of-two had practiced for years in the Central Criminal Court, concentrating mainly on murder and rape trials.

Donegal VEC members cut their expenses costs to save money:
Members of the Donegal Vocational Education Committee have taken a 25 per cent cut in their expenses ...
The committee’s 23 members claimed 65,433euro in expenses during 2008.

VEC Chairperson from July to December of last year, Clr David Alcorn claimed the highest level of expenses at just over 10,000euro. The lowest claim was from Clr Padraig McLochlainn who claimed 73euro ...

In a letter to the Committee, Minister O’Keefe said difficult decisions had to be taken in order to achieve savings in 2009, given the current economic circumstances.

Interesting (possible) facts about the lack of dentists in NI, and that many NI trained dentists move to places like Donegal:
None of the local dentists could take us on, either as Health Service or private patients. I had two choices, either make a 170-mile round trip to our original dentist in Bangor or sign up with a dentist in Donegal.

It was while I was exploring the later option that I made a startling discovery — a significant number of dentists in Co Donegal were trained in Queen’s University, Belfast.

Apparently, this is also the situation in other border counties. Some of these dentists live in the Republic, but some travel on a daily basis. If these dentists had ‘stayed at home’, we would not be experiencing a shortage of dentists.

Two Letterkenny Gardai hurt by car thiefs (or joy-riders), one of them was very seriously hurt:
A 28-year-old Irish police officer is in a stable condition in a Dublin hospital after he was hit by a car in Letterkenny, County Donegal ...

Three officers were trying to stop a stolen car in the Tara Court housing estate when a car was driven at them.

A second officer sustained injuries to his arm and the third was uninjured. Two people have been arrested.

A 17-year-old male was arrested for dangerous driving and a man in his early 20s was arrested for endangerment ...

"They saw three of their colleagues head out to a crime and now one of them is in hospital with serious head injuries, it's just left them numb," he said.

The two people in the car were arrested and arraigned in Glenties Court:
A 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Garda Robert McCalliom at Tara Court in Letterkenny.

He was also charged with stealing a car at Tara Court on the same date. Judge Conal Gibbons refused to grant bail because he said he believed he would leave the jurisdiction.

The second man, 19-year-old Cathal Dunleavy of Meentagh , Glenvar, Kerrykeel, Co Donegal was also charged with stealing the same car from Tara Court on the same date.

The Sligo based Coast Guard Helicopter had a busy time. These lads take some major risks saving people:
The rescue of the six fishermen was one of three operations in a 24-hour period for the Sligo-based air/sea rescue base, run by CHC Helicopters for the Irish Coast Guard. The Sligo-based Sikorsky S-61 rescued nine people in all in two separate call-outs, and was also deployed to check on pollution as a result of the Lough Swilly grounding.

But the boat grounded in Lough Swilly is Donegal owned, but registered in the UK, so the UK authorities have to investigate why the boat grounded:
Although the vessel is Donegal-owned, it is registered in Britain and as such comes under the remit of British marine investigators. The MAIB would make no further comment on the nature of the inquiry yesterday, but it is understood the appointment of a team indicates the priority attached to the investigation.

The crab-fishing vessel has shifted since the grounding, and is posing a minor pollution risk. The vessel, which was returning from a trip in the early hours of Sunday morning, had an estimated three tonnes of diesel on board.

The Irish Coast Guard is working with the owner, Patrick Friel, on a salvage plan.

1 comment:

Mick T. said...

That Garda who was hit by the car died: