Donegal County Council is launching its own weather site, a first for any local authority to do so in the Republic.
In recent months DCC wrote to RTE and Met Eireann claiming weather reports were hitting visitor numbers.
Famously, some years ago Cllr Sean McEniff from Bundoran threatened to sue forecasters over the north west getting the wrong end of the rain front.
The cudgel was later taken up by another Cllr, Dessie Larkin from Letterkenny. Read more
Cllr Jack Murray, member of Donegal County Council
Sinn Féin County Councillor Jack Murray has said that Donegal County Council must review the approved list of newspapers that notifications of planning applications for wind turbines and other large structures can be placed.
Cllr Murray said the review must take place after an application for wind turbines in Inishowen went through the five week consultation period without the local community becoming aware of the application. Read more
Ardara Community initiative scoops LAMA
At the Local Authority Members’ Association (LAMA) Awards held on January 22, 2011 the Council was delighted that the Ardara Urban and Village Renewal Project was announced the winner under the Best Community based Initiative category.
The Environmental Improvement Scheme (EIS) at Herron’s Field, Ardara was undertaken by the Economic Development Unit of the Planning and Economic Directorate with technical support from the Roads and Transportation Directorate and represented a major urban renewal project for Donegal County Council. Read more
Donegal County Council’s present stock of pure salt is 250 tonnes and an additional 200 tonnes of salt/grit mix.
1050 tonnes is either being collected or delivered to the Winter Maintenance Salt Depots throughout Donegal over the next three days.
“We are not expecting any further deliveries of salt until the New Year. Read more
Donegal County Council has introduced some water rationing
Donegal County Council continue to record an increase in demand on a number of water supplies in the county coinciding with the current cold weather conditions.
They suspect the increased demand for water arises from taps left running
burst mains which have not yet been located and leakage in private properties
The Water Service in Donegal wish to appeal to the public to help eliminate such wastage. This will help protect the reserves in storage and avoid the shortages experienced throughout the county last winter.
With the experience from the widespread disruption last winter DCC are highlighting the following areas in particular where the public can help eliminate wastage of the public water supply: Read more
Donegal County Council
The Donegal County Joint Policing Committee held its first Workshop in the County House Lifford last Friday.
Stakeholders in attendance included members of the Oireachtás, Donegal County Council, Community Representatives and An Garda Síochána.
The purpose of the Workshop was to identify key issues that will add value and assist in establishing a Work Plan for the County JPC. The Plan will concentrate on areas that the committee can usefully engage in, within existing budgets and resources and with a clear understanding of the role of each stakeholder. Read more
Donegal County Council
Donegal County Council proposes to review the County Development Plan from Friday 9th July 2010. The review process involves the re-examination of the current plan and its replacement with a new updated plan.
The County Development Plan sets the framework for the spatial development of the County i.e. it’s about where housing should develop, how our towns should grow, how design can be made suitable to its landscape, where industry should be focused, where social and community facilities should be focused and how our environment can be protected at all times. It is an important document for the people of Donegal and, in reviewing the plan, Donegal County Council is seeking your input and ideas.
Tanaiste Mary Coughlan
Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan T.D. today announced that Donegal County Council and IDA Ireland are partnering on a new initiative to enhance economic development in County Donegal.
The agreement allows Donegal local authorities to develop commercial lands and buildings to benefit local enterprise and community projects within the county and enables IDA Ireland to actively continue promoting Donegal through its strategic business park in Letterkenny.
The business environment today is more challenging and competitive than ever before and requires locations to respond to the changing need of investors. Read more
Donegal County Council are appealing for water conservation
As the dry spell continues Donegal County Council again wishes to appeal to people to conserve water. Regrettable, restrictions on some water supplies are inevitable at this stage to maintain reserves for daytime use. The Council will advise of any planned restrictions via local radio and with daily updates on the Council’s Internet site (see ‘announcements’ on the home page)
As noted in recent days this year to date has been particularly dry, with rainfall levels down more than 30% when compared with the same period last year. Read more
Donegal County Council
Donegal County Council has explained the background to an €800,000 settlement with the Revenue Commissioners earlier this year. The amount of €799,928 was made up of €547,775 in taxes, €87,821 in interest and €164,332 in penalties.
In a statement today, the council said: “The non compliance essentially arose due to a change in policy, custom and practise and which saw a requirement to identify, specifically, individual transactions whereas, prior to this, a global allowance based upon an averaged period was used.”
The areas of non-compliance related to the financial years 2007 and 2008 and were in respect of the treatment of certain site supervision, fixed travel allowances for certain outdoor staff and related subsistence allowances. Read more