Creeslough Commemoration

Donegal Sinn Fein

1916 Commemoration and local History exhibition

Opening by Pearse Doherty

In McNulty’s Bar Creeslough

Friday 13th May @ 8pm

All Welcome

Exhibition on Display all Day on Saturday

South Donegal Flooding Works must be Delivered – Doherty

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has urged all bodies responsible for the delivery of proposed flood prevention measures in South Donegal to work jointly to ensure that the works aren’t needlessly delayed.

Deputy Doherty’s comments come following confirmation from both the OPW and Donegal County Council that an application for the flood mitigation works has yet to be finalised due to the absence of an environmental impact assessment screening report into the plans.

Deputy Doherty has welcomed a commitment from Donegal County Council that an application will be submitted once an ecologist has been appointed to prepare the report, but he has urged all bodies to fully co-operate to ensure that adequate flood prevention measures are put in place to protect against future flooding.

Deputy Doherty said:

“Following several episodes of flooding in South Donegal this winter, I have been contacted by a number of residents, businesses and community groups throughout the region and I have listened to their over the area’s inadequate protection against flood waters.

“I have since taken up the issue with both the Office of Public Works and Donegal County Council as I understand that both bodies met in late January to discuss flooding in South Donegal as well as to explore the possibility of drawing down funding from the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme.

“The scheme provides financial assistance to Local Authorities to undertake minor flood mitigation works which will help prevent localised flooding in instances where a solution can be achieved within a short time frame.

“However, following correspondence which I’ve received from both the OPW and Donegal County Council, it’s been confirmed that an application for this funding hasn’t been made yet, with the Local Authority citing the delay is due to the absence of an assessment screening report for the project.

“While I very much welcome a commitment from Donegal County Council that an application for the scheme will be made once an ecologist is appointed to prepare the document, it is now vital that all competent bodies take a joined up approach as part of these proposals to ensure that the necessary measures are delivered speedily to prevent future flooding in the south of the county.

“I have been informed that it’s expected that submissions of interest from ecologists to carry out the assessment will close next week, and this should allow this process to progress further.

“Communities in South Donegal were particularly hard hit during the most recent winter floods, while homes and business in areas such as Murvagh and Ballintra today continue to count the cost of these floods.

“It’s therefore crucial that these works are completed and are in place to give communities some level of protection against future flood waters and afford them some peace of mind going forward.”

Sean Mac Diarmada centenary commemoration

Details for the Sean Mac Diarmada centenary commemoration

Guest speaker will be Mary Lou McDonald TD

People are encouraged to wear period dress if possible.

Friday 6th of May
• 5:30 pm Opening of weekend at Sean Mac Diarmada cottage
• 7 pm Lecture in Heritage Centre: Leitrim’s Republican Story, Cormac Ó Suilleabhain
• 8 pm to late – Sean Mac Diarmada Boxing Club tournament; Kiltyclogher Community Centre
Saturday 7th of May
• 1916 Rising Tribute Concert, 8:30 pm, Kiltyclogher Community Centre

Sunday 8th of May
• 11:15 am, Mass in memory of Sean Mac Diarmada, St Patrick’s church, Kiltyclogher
• The annual parade will take place at 2.30pm from Straduffy Cross. The Main speaker at this year’s event will be Mary Lou Mc Donald TD Vice President Sinn Fein before a special wreath laying ceremony. The committee welcomes all visitors to dress in 1916 attire and join the Irish volunteers and marching bands parading to the village.

Post Office Plans a ‘Backwards Step’ – Ó Fearraigh

Commenting on the planned reconfiguration of postal services in West Donegal, Cllr John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh has today said:

“This is a step backwards by An Post with regards to Derrybeg post office and the relocating of staff to the sorting office in Falcarragh.

“I have been in contact with An Post concerning this issue, and members of the community here in Gaoth Dobhair have contacted me to express their fears that this development may be a step towards the possible closure of the local office in the future.

“The process of sorting mail has been carried out for many years in Derrybeg. These plans will affect mail personnel also who will now have to travel to and from Falcarragh on a daily basis.

“I am awaiting correspondence from An Post in relation to a number of questions such as what benefit this change will have; what savings will result from these plans or indeed if any extra expense will be incurred.

“In my opinion, these plans are not in the best interest of the local community and therefore I cannot support the proposed changes.”