This weekend’s Peace Bridge opening is the start of a “dazzling” future for Derry~Londonderry, the Chair of City of Culture 2013 has declared.
Former mayor Martin Bradley asserted that national and international goodwill towards the city was now “tangible”.
“Everyone wants to support us,” he said. “In these challenging economic times, our changing fortunes, and determination to succeed, serve as a beacon of hope across the world.
“Derry~Londonderry is a city on the verge of greatness. The massive changes that have taken place here over the past twenty years have seen it evolve from a damaged, war-bound town into a pulsating, 21st century cultural capital. Read more
A new low hit Donegal Town at the weekend after Gardai confirmed they were investigating a burglary at a local charity shop.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning at approximately 2.30am. Callous thieves forced their way into the popular premises on Water Street, opposite Spar Supermarket and close to the Ulster Bank on Main Street. Thieves made off with a small sum of cash. Gardai have appealed for information.
“This was a particularly low mark, as so many good people are involved there in a voluntary capacity. The shop survives on donations from the general public and we would be appealing to anyone who might have some information, no matter how irrelevant, to contact the local garda station on (074) 9740190 ,” Sgt Tony Curneen said.
Elsewhere in Donegal Town over the weekend, Gardai recovered a high powered motor cycle stolen during a burglary in the early hours of Saturday morning from a private residence in the Drumrooske area. The theft is still under active investigation.
By Michael McHUGH
The death has taken place of former ‘Beef Baron’ Hugh Tunney at the age of 83. Although a native of Trillick in Co Tyrone, he had strong Donegal connections. He spent some of his formative education at De La Salle in Ballyshannon and was later owner of the Central Hotel in Bundoran.
Mr Tunney made his money in beef and was described as Ireland’s first ’Beef Baron’, before Larry Goodman appeared on the scene. He had meat plants in Enniskillen and Clones and was a major employer in the region. Read more
MP Margaret Ritchie Leader of the SDLP
SDLP Leader and South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called for the Police Ombudsman to resign after his report into the 1994 Loughinisland murders put failures in the police investigation down to incompetence rather than collusion.
Ms Ritchie said these findings were contrary to a mountain of evidence which pointed to collusion including the failure to examine evidence, evidence which was destroyed, the failure to investigate the role of informers and Special Branch. Read more