e|net, Ireland’s largest open access network operator and the company responsible for managing the Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), has won a significant new contract from HEAnet to supply 24 schools throughout Ireland with 100Mbs broadband. The award is part of the “100Mbs for Schools” project run by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and was announced in the Programme for Government.
Under the terms of the deal, e|net fibre will transform the broadband connectivity to these 24 schools, creating the capacity to significantly enrich and enhance the educational experience for thousands of students. Read more
Mevagh Dive Centre, (Ionad Tumadoireachta Mhiobhai) Carrigart announces the opening of its new heated Swimming pool on Saturday 3rd July, 2010. The fascination of the undersea world is there for all to enjoy.
This is the chance for everyone, from as young as 8 years old, to avail of the opportunity to train to be a part of that great experience.
Heading into his 6th season of operation, proprietor, Donald Cullen is delighted to be adding this fantastic facility to the services on offer. “We now have a first class diving centre here in Carrigart.” says the proud owner, “offering training courses, equipment sales & hire, equipment repair & maintenance, accommodation and first class dive sites for dives. This heated pool will enhance the service and take our operation to the next level.” Read more
Michael McLoone who is retiring as Donegal County Manager
Glowing tributes have been paid to Michael McLoone, who is stepping down as Manager of Donegal county council.
The Ballyshannon man has spent 16 years at the helm and overseen some of the most significant developments in local government in Donegal since the foundation of the state. While he will officially in a week’s time, he addressed the council chamber for the last time on Monday, describing his time as a rollercoaster. Read more
Mary Harney, Minister for Health & Children
Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, T.D., has confirmed that the Government has approved the drafting of a Bill to regulate the use of sunbeds.
The Minister noted that “there has been a growing body of evidence over recent years, that the use of sunbeds, especially by children, should be restricted because of the associated increased risk of skin cancer and other health problems. Other recommendations by experts include ensuring that adequate protective eyewear is provided for users, providing users with information on the health risks associated with the use of sunbeds and prohibiting sunbed outlets and retailers from attributing health benefits to sunbed use”. Read more
Deputy Charlie Flanagan of Fine Gael
Fine Gael Justice Spokesman Charlie Flanagan TD has said last night’s bloody murder of two men in west Dublin in which a teenage bystander was injured shows how communities continue to be terrorised by gangland thugs.
“Our thoughts are now with this young victim and his family and I wish him a speedy recovery. The fact that this double murder took place on a bright evening, while people were out enjoying the sunshine and children were playing, shows how communities continue to be terrorised. Read more
5th Class children from Scoil Naomh Éanna, Carraroe accompanied by their teachers Janice Gaughan (left) and Theresa McMorrow (right) showcase their classroom work at the North West Olympics Spectacular in Letterkenny.
300 hundred primary school children across the North West recently participated in an Olympics spectacular in Letterkenny. The pilot programme was co-ordinated locally by the HSE’s Health Promotion Department and the Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership.
The multi sport and educational event took place in the Aura Leisure Complex Letterkenny in Letterkenny and featured primary school children from both sides of the border who became ‘United in Sport’. 60 children representing five Sligo schools (Carbury NS, Scoil Naomh Éanna Carraroe, Rathcormac NS, Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange, and Scoil Ursula) got the opportunity to participate with 20 other schools from Donegal, Strabane, Derry and Omagh. Read more
European Commission buildings in Brussels
Irish Passengers will enjoy easier access to information about their rights when travelling by rail or air thanks to a Europe-wide publicity campaign in 23 languages launched by the European Commission today.
Although the Commission has in recent years introduced legislation to ensure air and rail passengers benefit from the same standards of treatment throughout the European Union, not all passengers are yet aware of what they are entitled to.
As part of the Your Passenger Rights At Hand campaign a website has been launched on http://ec.europa.eu/passenger-rights. Read more
Senator Pearse Doherty
Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has claimed that the erection of a 110KV power line and pylons across West Donegal will be a decision that the county will come to regret. Speaking in advance of the Alternative to Pylons concert which includes artists such as Francis Black and Brian Kennedy, Senator Doherty called on the ESB to rethink their proposals.
Senator Doherty said: “The proposed erection of an army of Pylons across West Donegal’s most scenic landscape is a decision that we as a county will come to regret. There are alternatives to overhead power lines and pylons which can deliver the energy needed while at the same time preserving our landscape, under-grounding is one such alternative.” Read more
Dr Jimmy Devins TD
Dr Jimmy Devins T.D is to lead a delegation to meet the Commission for Energy Regulation in Dublin on July 13th next, to advance the case for Gas for Sligo. This follows meetings with Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Conor Lenihan T.D in May.
According to Dr Devins: “Following commitments I made at the March Save our Shops meeting in Sligo, I am continuing to pursue the extension of the natural gas pipeline to Sligo. Our delegation met with Government in May, and I have now set up a meeting with the key agency involved in the Gas market, namely the CER (Commission for Energy Regulation). Our delegation will again involve representatives from local firms, trade unions and the political arena.” Read more
The Irish Red Cross today called on the Irish public and the international community to assist the people of Niger in the midst of a devastating food shortage which is now affecting nearly 50% of the population, a staggering figure of at least 7.1 million people.
The annual harvest in Niger usually provides households with enough cereal reserves to live on until June, however due to last year’s bad harvest, caused by very little rainfall and severe drought in many areas, millions of households ran out of food in January. Read more