Monday, May 11, 2009


Breast cancer checks for Donegal women delayed, again:
There's anger in Donegal after it emerged this morning that the roll out of Breast Check in the county will be delayed again as a result of the public sector recruitment freeze.

At a meeting in Dublin, the CEO of Breast Check told a Donegal Action for Cancer Care deputation that the Government decision has left them with no option but to defer the rollout of Breast Check in the county, despite pledges that it would be in place by the end of this year.
The Beeb has more coverage:

There were fears that Bundoran & Rossnowlagh would be without lifeguards this summer due to government hiring freezes:
However, due to the Government’s public sector recruitment ban, county councils around the country could be forced to withdraw beach lifeguards.

The move could have a devastating effect on safety and tourism for popular coastal areas in South Donegal such as Bundoran and Rossnowlagh.

Donegal County Council will get 30 million for social housing this year:
Donegal is to benefit from an investment of over €30 million under the Social Housing Investment Programme for 2009.

However, Minister Gormley said that lifeguards were exempt from the hiring freeze:
Environment Minister John Gormley has confirmed that temporary lifeguards will not be included in the public service recruitment ban.

There was an outcry from Irish Water Safety and other organisations when it emerged yesterday that 400 lifeguards would not be hired nationally to work on the country's beaches.

Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's First Minister, will not be putting his annual holiday plans on hold due to death threats, and will be in Donegal this year fishing:
McGuinness was warned of the threats following remarks he made about the Real IRA killers of two soldiers last month. However, his spokesperson said that it was untrue that he had cancelled his holiday in response to them. “He usually goes to Mayo, but this summer he’s going to be spending a lot more time in Donegal supporting election candidates. He usually holidays in Ireland but he doesn’t have one particular place he goes,” the spokesperson added.

"Ulster" rugby players were in Donegal promoting rugby and working with young rugby players:
... the Ulster squad took part this week in their own training session with Matt Williams at Letterkenny RFC. Then they joined in various activities and training sessions throughout the afternoon with children from the local rugby clubs led by Ulster Branch development staff.

In what was a milestone event for Donegal, this was the first time that the full Ulster squad had taken part in such an event outside of Belfast. Children from Letterkenny, Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Inishowen Rugby Club took part in the activities at Letterkenny RFC, and the afternoon ended with Ulster players signing autographs for the excited children and interacting with club coaches and parents.

Some Yorkshire divers went diving off Horn Head, and they took some great pics:

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