St Eunan’s through to Donegal senior championship semi final

St Eunan’s of Letterkenny are the first team through to the semi final of the Donegal senior football championship after a well deserved win against Four Masters in a windy MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey tonight. The Cathedral town men dominated from start to finish with a goal in either half.

St Eunan’s 2-10
Four Masters 0-6

Under floodlights and with a 8pm throw in, there was a good crowd in attendance, despite the weather.

Eunan’s surged into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead after just 15 minutes and had increased their tally to 1-6 Masters put their first scores on the board to leave the half time score 1-6 to 0-2.

They continued their dominance in the second half but despite the Donegal town side showing a marked improvement on their first half offering Eunan’s marched onto the 2014 semi final on a score of 2-10 to 0-6

Eunan’s also triumphed in the reserve championship quarter final after defeating St Michael’s of Dunfanaghy on a score of 1-7 to 0-7.

Appointment of Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse (SCAN)

There are a number of new developments underway within Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan Mental Health Services that will promote and support better mental health and wellbeing. These initiatives are in line with the national framework entitled ‘Vision for change’ which has been developed to improve mental health services.

Strengthening community mental health and wellbeing is best delivered through a partnership approach and the local mental health services have been active in working with Health Promotion, Education and Training Board, and key voluntary agencies such as Mental Health Ireland, Grow, the Samaritans, Foroige and Family Resource Centres.

These developments include the appointment of a Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse (SCAN).
As part of the national clinical programme for mental health suicide prevention a new service is being launched in Sligo. A SCAN nurse has been employed to support General Practitioners (GPs) within the Sligo town area who may have concerns about patients who are having thoughts of suicide, this service will ensure that appropriate supports can be given to people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. This service will be available as of the 27th October 2014. It will be accessible and prompt in responding to GPs requests for assessment of individuals in suicidal crisis. It is envisaged that this service will be extended throughout the wider Sligo/Leitrim area in due course.
Access to the service will be via a single mobile phone number, giving GPs in the practices operating out of Sligo Barrack Street, Primary Care Centre a direct access to enable a speedy referral and an immediate discussion of the case. The SCAN Nurse will work in collaboration with GPs, individuals in crisis, specialist mental health services, and other non statutory services, to implement a health/social care plan to address the risks and care needs of the individual.

Tobin’s of Letterkenny success

Tobin’s of Letterkenny has won the National Q Mark for Hygiene & Safety in the Forecourt Category at this year’s EIQA awards. This is the fourth year in a row that Topaz dealer Eddie and his team have won the forecourt award at the Excellence Ireland Quality Association awards. Pictured receiving the award from the MD of EIQA Irene Collins are Annette Tobin, Marian McGarrigle and Eddie Tobin.

Donegal must not follow what happened in Wicklow

Letterkenny Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Mc Monagle is seeking assurances from Donegal County Council in relation to the security of RAS tenants who are unable or refuse to pay their water charges.
Cllr Mc Monagle was speaking after letters from Wicklow County Council were sent to RAS tenants advising them that failure to pay water charges would jeopardise their tenancy.

Cllr McMonagle said;

“This is a very disturbing development. We have families being made homeless on an almost weekly basis while thousands of others are struggling to make ends meet. Now a local authority has threatened RAS tenants with eviction if they are unable to pay water charges. This is just not good enough and I am calling on Donegal County Council to refrain from following suit ”.

“I will be writing to the Minister for Environment asking him to address the issue of Local Authorities issuing threats to RAS tenants who cannot pay water charges and insist that he puts a stop to this bullyboy type of behaviour by local councils”

Cllr Mc Monagle concluded by saying “I hope the Minister responds to my request positively. These threats are an absolute disgrace and make a mockery of claims that the government wants to end the hardship of the low paid and unemployed. These people will not be paying water charges because they can’t as they have been pushed to the edge by seven years of austerity.”

Government slashes over 3,000 medical cards in Mayo – Calleary

Figures released to Fianna Fáil have revealed the full extent of cuts to medical cards in Mayo with 3,095 cards slashed in the 12 months to the beginning of September.

The number of medical cards in Mayo has been cut from 67,218 in September 2013 to 64,123 last September, this includes a reduction in the number of over 70s medical cards by 309 (from 13,151 to 12,842).

Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has condemned the cuts.

He commented: “These are appalling cuts and have had a major impact on people’s lives. I have consistently pointed out that the Government was engaged in a deliberate and disgraceful attack on people with medical cards for the last two years. We now have clear evidence of the scale of the cuts. In one year alone over 3,000 medical cards were taken off people in Mayo, over 300 of these were medical cards for people over 70 years of age. Many of the people hit by these decisions are facing very difficult medical conditions.

Verdict at Kivlehan inquest requires detailed study and response – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil Seanad Health Spokesperson Senator Marc Mac Sharry has responded to the verdict in the inquest into the death of Dhara Kivlehan this evening.

Senator Mac Sharry said: “Tonight’s verdict of death by medical misadventure in the case of Dhara Kivlehan following care at Sligo General Hospital is very serious and will have to be studied in detail. At the outset I want to extend by deepest sympathies to Michael and Kivlehan family on their tragic loss.

“The recommendations made by the jury in this case should be looked at as a matter of priority for the Minister for Health and the Health Service Executive. Ireland has a very strong record of maternal care but where issues have been identified and recommendations made to improve patient care they should be taken fully on board.

“This matter will now refer to the Medical Council and I believe the HSE should immediately review staffing levels for our maternity services. The West / North West hospital group is an area that needs particular attention. It is essential that staffing levels are in line with best nation and European standards.

“I look forward to raising all of these matters with the Minister for Health in the coming weeks in the Seanad,” concluded Senator Mac Sharry.


Labour TD Arthur Spring has accused Sinn Fein of rigging a public consultation process in relation to the local property tax.

“Reports that Sinn Fein members themselves wrote the vast majority of public submissions on the local property tax in Kerry, reveals a shocking manipulation of local democracy.

“At a council meeting earlier this week, it emerged the party were behind more than 300 of the 405 public submissions received by Kerry County Council calling for a 15% reduction in LPT. They have since conceded that they typed up generic submissions and asked people to sign them during a local canvass, and then had them delivered to the council offices.

“One of their councillors even referred to the huge volume of public submissions calling for an LPT decrease during the meeting, ignoring the fact that their fingerprints were over the vast majority of them.

“Sinn Fein has clearly rigged what should otherwise be a transparent public consultation process that is free from political interference.

“Questions need to be asked as to whether this cynical tactic is being employed by the party in other local authority areas around the country, and if so, they should cease the practice immediately.

“Ultimately, the decision whether or not to reduce LPT rests with councillors, but there is no doubt the public consultation process plays a vital role in informing how that decision is reached.

“The Labour representatives on Kerry County Council, Councillors Graham Spring and Terry O’Brien, are fully engaged in the democratic process around the LPT and will certainly not be trying to misguide it.

“It is clear that Sinn Fein not only has a blatant disregard for the integrity of the decision-making process in Kerry County Council, but also hold in contempt the very people they claim they represent.”

Mayo road death

Gardaí are investigating a single vehicle collision at Cartoon, Newport, Co Mayo which happened shortly before 1.30am on Saturday 27th September.

On arrival at the scene emergency services encountered a car off the road and engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished and a body was discovered in the car. It is not known at this stage if the body is that of a man or woman.

The area is sealed off and Garda forensic collision investigators will carry out an examination of the area.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was travelling in the area of who may have any information about the incident to contact then at Westport Garda Station on 098 50230.

Death of toddler in Letterkenny

Gardaí at Letterkenny Garda station are investigating the death of a 22 month old boy at Creeveglebe, Letterkenny at 18.45 on the 26th September 2014.

The boy was struck by a van driving into the driveway at his home. The boy was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital and later pronounced dead there. A Post Mortem examination will be carried out 27th September 2014.

Kerry are All Ireland champs

Kerry 2-09 Donegal 0-12

Kerry won their 37th All-Ireland Senior Football Championship crown with a hard-earned 2-09 to 0-12 win over Donegal at Croke Park.

This was a Sam Maguire Cup decider that called for hard graft and pure passion, the men from the Kingdom forced to sacrifice their famous flair and style in favour of a more primal approach to a desperate necessity to succeed.

Paul Geaney netted in the opening minute but Donegal dragged themselves back with three Michael Murphy frees to draw level at 0-06 to 1-03 by half-time.

Kieran Donaghy’s 52nd-minute goal pushed Kerry four clear, and with defences dominating, the Ulster men fell short, despite a late exchange of scores from Christy Toye and Bryan Sheehan and a frantic last-minute scramble in the Kerry goalmouth, which resulted in Colm McFadden hitting a post.