Tyrone road death

A man has died following a two vehicle collision in Co Tyrone.

The crash happened on the Belfast Road in Fivemiletown at around 8:15pm last night.

44-year-old Richard Brown from Lisbellaw died after his motorcycle collided with a tractor.

The driver of the tractor was not injured.

The PSNI has appealed for witnesses.

Donegal candidates need to clarify political past

Independent Community Candidate, Peter Cutliffe has hit out at election candidates who claim to be “new” to politics and saying they are essentially “greenhorns” to politics.

I believe candidates need to clarify their political past and be proud of it rather than hiding from their political past and affiliation, he continued.

It amuses me to hear some candidates claiming they have no political experience or background
In this election. I don’t think that it is correct that candidates should do this and they should actually be proud of their political beliefs & allegiance , Mr Cutliffe claimed.

From my own political background, I was literally “born” into politics, being a relative of the “Blaneyites” and was a proud member of the canvas team along with my late parents , who historically elected 4 Independent Fianna Fáil candidates in the eighties to Letterkenny Urban Council, Councillors Hugh Dorrian, Jim Lynch, the late Councillors James Larkin and Tadgh Culbert, Mr Cutliffe said.

In later years I have supported a friend and school-mate , Jimmy Harte but felt that his party no longer represents the people . I have therefore decided to stand as an Independent Community candidate to represent the people in Letterkenny/Milford , he stated.

I totally understand how a candidates circumstances change but am of the view that he/she should not deviate away or hide from the person or politician that they are, he concluded.

“Repeated Unfair Cuts to Elderly condemned by Claudia Kennedy”

Claudia Kennedy Fianna Fáil candidate for the Stranorlar Electoral Area in Donegal says the Elderly have been hit time and time again and it’s time we said enough.

“The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) have said that the last three government budgets were regressive. This means that those least able to pay were targeted. Anyone can make cuts but it is the way in which those cuts are made that matters. It is clear that the government has not been fair in the way it levied cuts and the elderly have been amongst those worst hit.” says Kennedy.

“In budget 2013 we had the introduction of the Local Property Tax, cuts to the respite care grant, a carbon tax, a cut to tax relief on pension contributions and a 200% increase in prescription charges for medical cardholders.” she continues.

“In budget 2014 the telephone allowance was abolished which will have the greatest impact in rural Ireland where many elderly people live in very isolated areas. There was a 15% increase in the pension fund levy; tax relief on pensions and health insurance premiums was reduced; the bereavement grant was abolished and prescription charges increased for the second year running.” says Kennedy.

“One of the most severe cuts was the discontinuance of medical cards for many elderly, with 35,000 over 70’s losing their medical cards. Elderly people have already worked and contributed to society all their lives. Unlike those still working, elderly people have no prospect of making up the shortfall in income, which is why these cuts are so unfair.” says Kennedy.

GAA wheelchair blitz

Ulster GAA President Martin McAviney and CEO Dr. Danny Murphy invite you to the annual Ulster GAA Wheelchair Hurling Blitz

on Saturday 26th April, 10.30am-2pm, in the Andersonstown Leisure Centre, Belfast.

This project is supported by the DCAL Tackling Poverty Programme.

There will be media opportunities at 12noon.

Directions to the Andersonstown Leisure Centre can be found at http://goo.gl/maps/9C7MZ

For further infomation contact:
Ryan Feeney ryan.feeney.ulster@gaa.ie

What’s happening with Lough Swilly buses?

A chairde,

I note from local media reports that the National Transport Authority have confirmed the retention of some of the public transport services/ bus routes provided by the Lough Swilly Bus Company in Donegal and Derry on a temporary basis.

As a TD for the area, I have been given no report or assurances on this urgent matter for the people I represent. I now request that I be contacted on Tuesday morning on my mobile phone (087 2771958) at return to business for the relevant NTA Department and further I am requesting that a representative from the NTA come to Donegal next week to brief local Oireachtas members and councillors as to what is proposed moving forward.

Thank you,

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD
Donegal North East

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Defence

Sligo Rovers hit five against UCD

Sligo Rovers had an excellent win against UCD in the Showgrounds this evening

They now have moved up one position in the premier league to 10th.

The only note of caution on a terrible start to the season is that the only two teams they have beaten in the league to date are ranked 11 and 12 – UCD and Athlone Town.

But at least the results have started going their way, including a very credible draw against Leaders, Cork City at Turners Cross.

Finn Harps want to continue momentum

Finn Harps bring the curtain down on the first quarter of the 2014 campaign when they make their shortest away trip of the First Division season on Saturday as the face First Division title favourites Longford Town at the City Calling Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).

Longford come into the game on the back of a shock defeat against Shamrock Rovers ‘B’ last weekend, but Harps boss Ollie Horgan still knows they will prove a formidable opponent on Saturday.

“Longford have the best panel of players in our Division,” said Horgan of his fortcoming opponents. “The fact that they lost last day out makes no difference other than we might suffer a backlash from them.

“They have serious players all over the field and on the bench too,” he said. “Stephen Rice, Pat Sullivan and Pat Flynn all won the league with Shamrock Rovers just a couple years ago. David O’Sullivan, Gary Shaw and Don Cowen amongst others give them power and pace up front. They also have Kevin O’Connor and Sean Russell who they have signed from Premier Division teams.”

Last Friday, Harps had to fight back for a 1-1 in a game that turned on the sending off of defender Keith Cowan in the first half.

Sligo & Dundalk to meet at Tallaght Stadium

The FAI Cup winners will be looking to add more silverware at Tallaght Stadium on 10 May
The 2014 Setanta Sports Cup Final between Sligo Rovers and Dundalk will take place at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday, 10 May.

This will be the fourth time Tallaght Stadium has hosted the final having previously staged the 2010, 2011 and 2013 finals.

Sligo Rovers will be appearing in their first Setanta Sports Cup final having lost at the semi-final stage in each of the last four years, while Dundalk lost 2-0 in the 2011 final to Shamrock Rovers.

Ireland WU17s beats Scots in friendly

Scotland 0
Republic of Ireland 2

MEGAN Connolly maintained her remarkable goal-scoring record for the Republic of Ireland Women’s U17 side as they beat Scotland 2-0 in a friendly at Ainslie Park, Edinburgh, tonight.

Connolly’s first half brace took her tally to 15 goals in 13 games at this level as the Irish beat a Scottish side that reached the UEFA finals at this level.

Dave Connell’s side took the lead when Connolly raced onto a long delivery by goalkeeper Brooke Dunne, outstripped the home defence and slotted home clinically.

College Corinthians striker Connolly’s second goal came after excellent build up play down the left. Hayley Nolan found debut girl Niamh Prior on the flank and she delivered a great first time ball for Connolly to head over the advancing Scottish keeper.

“It was a very good performance. Even though we scored our goals in the first half we also played very well in the second half,” said Connell.

“We were rock solid again in defence. Brooke Dunne had only one save to make.

“It was very pleasing for the likes of Niamh Prior and Aislinn Meaney who both did well on their debuts. We also had a lot of players including Lucy McCarton, Jamie Finn, Sara McKevitt and Evelyn Daly who are eligible again next season.

“Overall I’m just pleased with a very good performance. Scotland’s U17 team are strong. Our U17 girls are carrying on where the U19 girls produced last week. We’ll look forward to the second game on Friday now.”

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Brooke Dunne, Jamie Finn, Nicole Gordon, Keeva Keenan, Savannah McCarthy, Hayley Nolan, Evelyn Daly, Lucy McCarton, Sarah McKevitt, Megan Connolly, Niamh Prior. Subs: Aislinn Meaney for McKevitt 53 mins; Sara Jane McDonald for Gordon 60; Eleanor Ryan Doyle for McCarton 66; Courtney Higgins for Prior 70; Emma Byrne for Daly 75.

Setanta Sports Cup Final venue to be decided on Thursday

There will be a new name on the Setanta Sports Cup this year after Dundalk knocked out holders Shamrock Rovers to set up a final meeting with Sligo Rovers on Saturday, May 10.

The Setanta Sports Cup Tournament Committee will meet on Thursday to decide the venue and the kick-off time for what will be the competition’s ninth final and seventh time it has been won by a club from the SSE Airtricity League.

This will be Sligo’s first ever appearance in the final while Dundalk were runners-up to Shamrock Rovers in 2011.