Donegal & Irish oysters are threatened:
A campaign to highlight the threat to native oysters is being launched this afternoon outside Leinster House, with a document being presented to TDs and senators ... The launch was to have taken place tonight in Buncrana, but John Mulcahy of Save the Swilly says it was decided to take it straight to the heart of the decision making process.
More carry-on around the border:
"Parts of south Fermanagh are now considered 'no-go areas' for PSNI patrols because of the CIRA which has established a stronghold in certain areas," said a security source. "As a result, there is no effective policing of villages like Roslea, Lisnaskea, Newtownbutler and Donagh in Fermanagh ... Gardai stationed along the border have been instructed to monitor and record the movements of the suspects and search their vehicles on sight following recent incidents in Northern Ireland. The document provides gardai with the names, addresses and details of vehicles used by the suspects, who live at locations in counties Tyrone, Fermanagh, Donegal and Cavan ...
At least three of those named are believed to be members of the CIRA army council, which directs the terrorist organisation's operations and is responsible for its strategy. These men, who live in Donagh and Newtownbutler in Co Fermanagh, are said by security sources to command a CIRA unit that has carried out bomb attacks against the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Two others named in the document live in the village of Swanlinbar in Co Cavan, and are regarded as key CIRA strategists who provide support to activists in Fermanagh. Other suspects live in Ballyshannon and Bundoran in Co Donegal and Coalisland in Co Tyrone.
And the former speaker of the British House of Commons was holidaying in Northern part of the County:
Michael Martin fled the media spotlight after he was forced out of the post of Commons Speaker last week amid anger at his failure to tackle MPs' expenses. The Scottish politician opted to travel to Ireland and spent the weekend in the subdued surroundings of Portsalon in Co Donegal.
Residents in the village revealed that Martin was a frequent visitor to the area where he was treated like one of the locals. "He's a very nice gentleman. He was here last year and stayed for a week on that occasion and he came back again over the weekend. "He's a very ordinary very nice man," a local source told the Herald.
Sure, he's a wile nice fella, and David McWilliams think that Donegal folk are too nice to their politicians:
Speaking to the Donegal News after the event, he said Donegal people needed to stop looking to politicians to bail them out of the current economic mess. From having talked to a lot of people here, there is a lot of genuflecting to politicians in Donegal and that's unusual because they're not going to do anything for you."
He also claims that Ireland should drop out of the Monetary Union. Sometimes I think David talks some sense, and other times I think he's off his trolley.
A charity founded in Donegal has won 2 awards:
SpunOut.ie was established in Ballyshannon in 2004 by Keith Corcoran of Laghey, Anna Lally of Rossnowlagh and Ruairí Keenghan McKiernan from Ballyshannon.
The charity has been awarded the Junior Chambers International National Award for Social Entrepreneurship ... The SpunOut.ie team have also picked up a prestigious Net Visionary Award, winning the 'Social Contribution' category at the 2009 awards ceremony in Dublin.
See http://www.spunout.ie/about/ for more information about SpunOut , whose goals include empowering young people.
Donegal beachs are safe:
Popular bathing spots in Donegal have recieved a good rating in a new survey on water quality ... Nine areas across the country found to be non-compliant with EU water quality standards. The EPA says last summer's bad weather, which resulted in overflowing drains and excess run-off from land, added to the poor result ... Bathing spots under the auspices of Donegal County Council fared well however, with all 19 found to be compliant.
Like hip-hop? Well maybe you saw 2 of Donegal's hip-hop artists on the "Full Circle" tour in May:
Paul McMullan, better known as Mugsy in his hometown of Letterkenny and Willie Gallagher, aka FreeState, from Muff, will this weekend take to the stage at one of Dublin's most famous live music venues, Eamonn Doran's in the heart of Temple Bar. Already an integral part of Donegal's Hip Hop Scene, the two rappers have joined forces with fellow artists from North to South to bring Irish Hip Hop to the masses ... If you would like to find out more about the Hip Hop Scene in Donegal why not log onto www.bebo.com/restlessambitions or www.bebo.com/mugzirl .