Donegal Must be Prioritised under State’s Broadband Plan – Doherty

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today (Tuesday) called on the Government to ensure that Donegal is prioritised during the roll out phase of broadband services as part of the National Broadband Plan initiative for the provision of high speed broadband to all premises in the country.

Deputy Doherty was commenting following the publication of a study this week by price comparison website, Switcher.ie, which found that based on speed tests recorded by broadband customers from across the state, Donegal came in at the bottom third of counties for broadband speeds.

Calling on the Government to prioritise Donegal as part of the long awaited National Broadband Plan, Deputy Doherty said:

“This research compiled by Switcher.ie, and based on speed tests provided by a study sample of broadband users, clearly points to a major urban-rural divide in terms of broadband services and download speeds.

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Ó Fearraigh Calls on Local Authority to Develop Errigal Tourism Potential

Sinn Féin Councillor John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh will this mouth table a motion calling on Donegal County Council to develop a local area plan aimed at developing Errigal mountain as a flagship tourism site.

Councillor Ó Fearraigh’s motion, which comes following the recent launch of the "ASCENT" Project which plans to address future environmental sustainability of upland areas – including at Errigal – calls on the local authority to support the upgrading and improvement of local infrastructure and site facilities in order to attract additional tourist numbers.

Speaking about the motion, Cllr Ó Fearraigh said:

"Errigal is one our country's most beautiful sites. As a county, we should be proud of our wonderful landscape, and Errigal is one of our most precious landmarks however, it is a shame that the facilities surrounding the mountain do not reflect this.

"Having spoken with residents of the area, there is widespread reports of cars being forced to park on the main road as present car parking facilities near the mountain only supply a very limited number of parking spaces, and this is obviously a health and safety issue which should be addressed.

"In my motion, I am calling for investment to be made in order to improve and further develop local facilities, which ought to include the provision of additional car parking spaces, toilets, and changing facilities for those wishing to scale the summit.

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Doherty Calls on An Post to Retain Dunlewey Post Office Branch

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today (Monday) called on An Post to retain Post Office services in Dunlewey and to immediately advertise the branch licence to all interested parties.

Deputy Doherty’s comments come following a meeting he hosted today in Dunlewey between a local derogation, Public Representatives and An Post officials to discuss the future of the village’s Post Office following a decision by the company to place the branch out to Public Consultation.

Speaking following today’s meeting, Deputy Doherty said:

“I organised today’s meeting with officials from An Post to allow for a local derogation to meet with the company, face to face, and to relay the wishes of the local community surrounding the future of their Post Office.

“Dunlewey Post Office, like in other rural areas, has been at the very heart of this community for generations and it was crucial that the company sat down to meet with the very people who would be directly affected by any decision made in relation to the branch.

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Uncertainty Continues to Surround Irish Language Assistance Scheme and Additional Schools - Doherty

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has strongly condemned the Government over the lack of certainty surrounding the Irish Language Assistance scheme ‘Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga’ for the current school year.
Deputy Doherty’s comments come following a reply to a Parliamentary Question from the Minister for the Gaeltacht in which he fails to to give a commitment that the additional schools which had been announced by the Government will now be covered as part of the scheme.
Deputy Doherty said:
“As everyone knows, I have been making representations on behalf of schools for some months now over the terrible delays to deliver the Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga.

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