Monday, February 15, 2010

News: Bits & Bobs ...

Nice article from the Democrat about the Donegal Town Credit Union, and that their memberships and deposits have grown, possible because of the recession. Plus, they're local, really local, and shouldn't screw ye over like most of the big banks.

http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/donegalnews/34We-are-always-available-to.6061429.jp
Since the beginning of January, new deposits at the Donegal Town Credit Union have dramatically increased ...

Speaking to the Democrat, Chairperson Liam Kelly said, “The year 2009 was a very successful one for us. We are delighted to state that business at the Donegal Town Credit Union is steadily growing, along with continuing to facilitate our members needs. The current membership now stands at 4,800 and expected to increase this year. Our success is based on the fact that we are about people. There are several hundred thousand euro in loans out at the moment, and a result of the current economic climate, we have recently witnessed a growth in small loans ...
And a pretty vague article from OceanFM about begging in town. Four lines, and no real details ...
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2010/02/12/concerns-over-rise-in-begging-in-donegal-town/

... Reports locally have indicated towards a rise in the number of Romanian nationals begging along with young children. Adriana Fechette is manager of Leanbh services with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC).  She said they would concerns over the practice generally and the impact it has on children.
The ISPCC has some good information about what to do if you see children begging:
http://ispcc.ie/Services/Leanbh/What-can-you-do.aspx
And just don't give money to beggers:
http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=14752
If your really concerned, support ISPCC and suggest they use the funds in the NW:
http://ispcc.ie/Fundraising.aspx

Finally, some fluff news, Meryl Streep's ancestor's may be from Donegal:
http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/donegalnews/Star-focuses-on-Donegal-roots.6061611.jp

Original Post at Donegal Friends.

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