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News - Donegal Sinn Fein

Doherty Calls for Improved Pedestrian Access at Bunbeg Bridge

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty is calling on both Donegal County Council and the Department of Transport to provide proper pedestrian and wheelchair user access into and out of Bunbeg village at the Clady River crossing in the village.

Deputy Doherty, who has this week written to the Local Authority in relation to proposals to erect a pedestrian foot bridge at the site, will this week be raising the project with the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross.

Commenting on the need to address the lack of suitable and safe pedestrian access along the route, Deputy Doherty said:

“For some time now, local residents have been raising concerns surrounding the limited pedestrian access into and out of Bunbeg village at the Clady River.

“Currently, walkers and wheelchair users wishing to enter and exit the village from the site must deviate out onto the main road using the existing road bridge which spans the Clady River along the R257 route.

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€235,000 investment in Clonmany Garda Station should mean longer opening hours- Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has received confirmation from the Minister for Justice and Equality that Clonmany Garda Station was completely refurbished in 2010 at a cost of €235,000 yet the Station is open only a handful of hours every week and even that is subject to the availability of local gardaí. 
Senator Mac Lochlainn said:
"I have received regular complaints from the local community in the Clonmany parish about the limited opening hours of their local Garda station.
I have now established that €235,000 was invested in the station as recently as 2010. Surely that level of investment should warrant longer opening hours than from Monday to Friday, 7pm to 8pm, subject to the availability of members from other stations in Buncrana and Carndonagh"

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Council move to build 21 dwellings in Buncrana 'hugely positive step' - Murray

Inishowen Sinn Fein Councillor Jack Murray has welcomed the council's progress on plans to construct 21 dwellings in Rockytown, Buncrana.

Cllr Murray said that he and his party colleague, Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn, have been 'inundated' by calls from people in housing need in recent times and he was hopeful that these homes will go some way to helping the housing crisis in the Buncrana area.

Welcoming the development Councillor Murray said;

"I am delighted that the council is moving forward with plans to construct 21 much needed dwellings in Buncrana. This a hugely positive step as there is currently a huge waiting list in Buncrana and all across Inishowen.

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Minister commits to review Urris School Transport issue

Inishowen Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn has confirmed that following a meeting with the Minister for School Transport, John Halligan and senior department officials about the Urris School Transport controversy, the Minister has agreed to review the issue further to examine if a solution is possible.

The meeting was attended by Senator Mac Lochlainn and Deputy Charlie McConalogue.

Senator Mac Lochlainn said:

"I welcome the opportunity to meet Minister Halligan abd his senior department officials.

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