European Commission buildings in Brussels
It’s a long way from Brussels to Donegal, but that’s where two senior Irish officials from the EU are headed this week to visit their old schools.
Hugh Quigley, former pupil of Scoil Muire Convent of Mercy in Buncrana, and Catherine McLoone who went to Coláiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon are just two of almost 100 Irish EU officials returning to their alma maters.
It’s part of an EU-wide ‘Back to School’ initiative aimed at showing the human side of the EU and tackling the misconception that Brussels is full of ‘faceless bureaucrats’.
‘I’m delighted to get back to Buncrana,’ said Mr Quigley. ‘I’ll be talking about my job heading a team which looks after food safety at the Food and Veterinary Office of the European Commission.’
Ms McLoone, who deals with citizens’ queries at the European Parliament in Brussels, is also glad to be heading home. ‘Returning to your roots is a great way to connect with young people and find out what they want and expect from Europe,’ she said.
Plenty of other Irish bigwigs in Brussels will be also be paying visits home, including Catherine Day, Secretary-General of the European Commission.
Irish press officer for the Commission Ruth Deasy said she is pleased so many Irish people working for the EU have taken up the invitation to go back to their old schools.
‘I know many of them are really keen to talk about their experience at the coal face in Brussels. And lots of them have really interesting jobs…it just goes to show Irish people do well wherever you put them,’ she said.
Full Maternity sevices in Fermanagh must be available for Mums to be
SDLP Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Tommy Gallagher said people in the Fermanagh and Omagh areas who wish to avail of obstetric and gynaecological services have been let down because only one out of six junior doctors allocated will be available for work.
From the beginning of next week some of the people using these services will instead have to travel to Altnagelvin Hospital.
He said: “The body contracted by the Department of Health to allocate junior doctors has determined that we should have six at the Enniskillen Maternity Unit. I am very concerned to learn from the Western Trust today that only one will be in post- consequently from the beginning of next week patients with gynae problems cannot be treated at Enniskillen and will have to go to Altnagelvin in Derry.
This will be a very considerable inconvenience. I have no doubt that everybody will find it hard to understand that we have ended up with a system that has given rise to questions about the safety of the services in Enniskillen.
The Department of Health should not be presiding over a system which allows vital medical posts to go unfulfilled for any significant period of time. Five posts empty out of six is quite unacceptable by any standard. I am taking this up with Minister Michael McGimpsey and asking for an urgent review of arrangements for the supply of junior doctors. But putting the situation right at Enniskillen Hospital has to be the immediate priority.”
Ulster Og Sport will have representatives from Donegal and Fermanagh
The annual U-15 Ulster Og Sport (7 a side) takes place on Saturday 5th September at Edendork GAC Co.Tyrone starting at 9.30am.
Killyman will be also be used as a venue during the group stages.
The 9 County winners will be drawn into 3 Groups with the winners of each Group and the best runner-up going through to the semi-finals. The other 5 Clubs will then compete in the Plate Competition.
Last year Naomh Mhuire (Tyrone) were crowned the Champions while Sean Stinsons(Antrim) came through to be victorious in the Plate Competition.
This year the Teams competing are: Ardoyne Kickhams (Antrim) Pearse Ogs (Armagh) Cavan Gaels (Cavan) Wattys Grahams Glen (Derry) Cloughaneely (Donegal) St Bronaghs Rostrevor (Down) St Patricks Donagh (Fermanagh) Monaghan Harps (Monaghan) and the reigning Champions who have come out of Tyrone again, Naomh Mhuire.
It should be a great days football and everyone is welcome.