Senator Pearse Doherty
Donegal Sinn Féin Seantor Pearse Doherty speaking after the release of the most recent live register figures has said that the true extent of unemployment is being masked by soaring emigration, particularly amongst the young.
Senator Doherty said that the prolonged Dáil break was an insult to the unemployed when urgent action was needed to create jobs. Read more
GAA TV audiences are up this year
The GAA has confirmed an increase in television viewer figures on RTE and TV3 for the first three months of this year’s football and hurling championships.
Recorded figures for the months of May, June and July show a year on year increase of 44%, 1% and 9% respectively.
The aggregate viewer figures for the 2010 campaign show an increase of 29%, up from 8,466,000 for 37 games to 10,947,000 for 43 games. Read more
European Commission buildings in Brussels
Self-employed workers and their spouses will enjoy better social protection – including the right to maternity leave for the first time – under new legislation which enters force this week.
The new rules extend national social security provisions for the self-employed to their spouses working in the business, including wives working on the family farm, in their own right. It also provides for a period of maternity leave to be granted to self-employed women/spouses in line with minimum EU standards. Read more
Finn Harps will be full for the visit of the Celtic legends
Tickets are now on sale County wide for the Finn Harps versus Celtic Legends match taking place at Finn Park on Friday 13th August (kick-off 7.30pm).
Those requiring seated tickets are asked to book tickets early to avoid disappointment. These are available direct from club office between 10 am -6pm Monday to Friday (tel 074-91-30070). Read more
The students from Northern Ireland were attending summer school at Colaiste Mhuire in Loughanure
Eight teenage students at an Irish language college in West Donegal had to receive medical attention on Tuesday night following a serious assault.
It is understood the students, all from Northern Ireland, were assaulted by a gang of youths wielding hurley bats just after evening classes ended at Colaiste Mhuire, Loch an Iuir in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
This is the same college that was forced to close for a week last year following a swine flu outbreak. Read more
Ever wished every Monday was a bank holiday? Well that wish has been granted for one lucky Sligo couple. The duo won €1 million – the top prize in the Monday Million draw on 26 July 2010.
The newest members of the Millionaires Club celebrated their fantastic win at National Lottery offices yesterday.
“We’re absolutely thrilled,” said the wife. “We’ve won a few Euro here and there but never expected to win the big one.” The husband added: “This gives us great financial security for the future.” Read more
SDLP East Derry MLA John Dallat has spoken of the shock in the community following the death of two teenagers in Castlerock.
“My sympathy and that of my party goes to the families, relatives and friends of the two boys who have tragically lost their lives and my prayers are offered for the speedy recovery of the third boy who is in hospital.
“At this time all we can do is lend our support to those who have to face the awful reality that they have been robbed of two young boys in the prime of their lives, waiting for their examination results.
“In time we will know what went wrong that led to this dreadful event and hopefully out of that we can learn what needs to be done to ensure that these kind of events can be prevented in future.”
Sinn Féin councillor for Erne West Phil Flanagan has welcomed an initiative by the Consumer Council, which allows people to report possible scams in order to prevent others from being ripped off.
Mr Flanagan said: “The Consumer Council have launched a new scheme where people can report potential scams to them, where they will investigate them in conjunction with Trading Standards. Scams are becoming more and more advanced and everyday, new people are being targeted by those attempting to steal money out of the pockets of unsuspecting victims. This is a great initiative and something that is long overdue.
“Without the proper reporting, Trading Standards are unable to take any action against these people and I would urge anyone who feels they have been targeted by a potential scam to report it to Consumerline by phoning 0300 123 6262.”