Thursday, April 01, 2010

Tidbits

Some news tidbits from the past fews days.

There may be huge ESB pylons up around Errigal. Some people think it's bizzare to put them near such a scenic tourist attraction and near farms and livestock:
Thanks to The Donegal News for the Image
http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com/DN/free/316938503961398.php

Two Rottweiler dogs attack and kill 24 sheep in Fintown. Now if you have dogs, especially big powerful dogs like that, keep them leased! I guess on the bright side, it's not a wild cat.
http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com/DN/free/310373942242331.php
"We were so excited about the new lambs coming. Most farmers look after their sheep extremely well and dread this kind of thing happening. Anyone with a heart would know what we are going through.

"I would appeal to the better half of the owner to come forward and give that young lad a few euro for his sheep," she said.
The Bomb Squad had to come all the from Athlone (again) to defuse that bomb at the Head Shop in Letterkenny. A local politician suggested that maybe cooperation should be done with the bomb squad in Derry. Now, I don't think too many people would too happy to see the British Army spinning across the border, but, if it could save lives why not. What do you think? Read the article for more:
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0330/1224267342700.html
Senator Cecilia Keaveney (Fianna Fáil) said consideration should be given to co-operation with the British army in terms of bomb disposal units in Derry when there were bomb scares so close across the Border in Donegal.

“Surely these people would not be waiting six or seven hours for the bomb squad to come from Athlone. A number of months ago I tried to get the bomb squad reinstated in Finner, Co Donegal, and I was told we didn’t have enough incidents in this area.

“The reality is we don’t want any incidents that we cannot get rid of immediately. We’re looking for the inconvenience to be minimised.”

... Army spokesman said the explosive device at the Yutopia adult shop on Pearse Road, Letterkenny, was deemed to be viable. “It had all the components necessary to go off and explode. To make it safe the bomb control officer had to carry out a controlled explosion.”

Several dozen people were evacuated from apartments in and near the building when gardaí raised the alarm shortly after 1am yesterday.

The Army bomb disposal team which had to travel from Athlone arrived at 5am, and pronounced the area safe at 6.20am.
On the other hand, maybe that's the best way to get a section of bomb squad closer to Donegal, embarrasses the Goverment! I mean seriously, shouldn't all the bomb squad be closer to all the border counties, especially with all the carry-on going on at the moment?

Planning permission is down by 50%. Is this a surprise? Maybe people should be concentrating on selling some of the empty houses lying around the place? Are there really as many empty houses as the news has been telling us?
http://www.highlandradio.com/2010/03/30/planning-permissions-fall-by-50-in-donegal/

A Ballintra National School wins an award!
http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/donegalnews/Ballintra-School-Awarded-Environmental-Green.6189082.jp
The months-long painstaking work of a Donegal school were rewarded last Friday, when it was awarded the prestigious Environmental Green Flag ... The Green School initiative takes pupils through a series of steps and activities of environmental themes. A flag is only awarded once all of the steps have been completed.
And the Inver Lord Mayor race raised over 37,000 Euro for charity! Well done Inver.
http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/donegalnews/Inver-Lord-Mayor-race-raises.6189130.jp
Last Friday night the parish certainly lived up to its reputation, as, at the Mayoral Election in the Milltown Bar, it emerged that the mayoral race raised more than €37,000 for Donegal Branch of the Alzheimers Society.

After a long and hard campaign lasting over two months, and an extremely tight contest, the new Lord Mayor of Inver Parish was named as James McGroary from Frosses.

Also, feel free to let me know of any news that you think should be posted here. I reserve the right to ignore your suggestions. ;)

Originally posted on Donegal Friends.

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