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News - Donegal Sinn Fein

Doherty Welcomes Appointment of Locum Psychiatrist for South West Donegal

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today (Tuesday) welcomed confirmation from the HSE that a replacement locum Psychiatrist for the South West sector has been recruited to the Donegal Mental Health Service.

The appointment comes following the departure of the Consultant Psychiatrist who formally held the post. Deputy Doherty, who last month raised the vacancy with the Minister for Health, has now been informed by the HSE that the Locum will take up the role this week.

Deputy Doherty said:

“Following concerns from constituents throughout the south of the county surrounding the departure of the Consultant Psychiatrist who previously held the post, I immediately raised the issue with the Minister for Health in the Dáil where I stressed the importance of ensuring that psychiatric services here would not be interrupted for service users.

“The Minister subsequently asked the HSE to provide me with an update in relation to the vacancy and the measures which were being taken to ensure that complex cases or patients requiring urgent treatment were not left at a disadvantage while a suitable replacement was identified.

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Doherty to Raise Controversial Cruit Oyster Farm with Minister

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty will this week raise the controversial proposals for an Oyster Farm at Cruit Strand in Donegal following growing public opposition to the plans.

In a Parliamentary Question to the Minister, Deputy Doherty is expected to challenge the decision not to require the applicant to provide an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) as part of the plans submitted to the Department for consideration.

 Deputy Doherty said:

“There is understandably growing opposition to the application for an Aqualculture Licence for an Oyster Farm at Kincasslagh Bay adjacent to Cruit Island which, as many people are aware, is an area renowned for its natural beauty and pristine waters.

“Last week, I attended a very successful public meeting organised by local residents where those in attendance clearly demonstrated their strong objection to the plans which would see the erection of a large number of Oyster trestles and harvesting equipment installed across several acres of the estuary bed.

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Sinn Féin to Hold ‘Brexit’ Public Meeting in Donegal Tonight

Sinn Féin Brexit

Sinn Féin will tonight (Monday) hold a Public Meeting in Letterkenny’s Station House Hotel to discuss the fallout of Brexit and its consequences for Ireland and the All-Ireland economy.

The meeting, which will get underway at 7.30pm, will be chaired by Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn and will include speeches from Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty and West Tyrone MP, Pat Doherty.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s meeting, Deputy Pearse Doherty said:

“Sinn Féin has organised tonight’s public meeting which is entitled ‘Brexit and the United Ireland Economy’ to provide a forum for people from throughout Donegal to discuss their thoughts and concerns as well as to have their say in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum.

“While the full implications of the Brexit vote last month have yet to be fully realised, the decision will have serious repercussions for the entire island, particularly for people here in the border region where communities and businesses are so deeply intertwined.

“The Brexit result further dislocates the northern and southern economies, which currently have 200,000 jobs depending on the €1.2 billion of trade between them each week, a sizeable portion of which is concentrated right here in Donegal and in counties along the border.

“What is clear is that the majority of citizens in the north voted to remain within the European Union, and there is a democratic imperative that their vote is respected and for their voices to be listened to.

“The Brexit vote has also crucially demonstrated that citizens in the north are able to step beyond the barriers erected by partition as the decision to remain was taken by those from both nationalist and Unionist communities.

“The task for everyone now therefore, must be to agree policies and strategies that can minimise any problems that will arise as a consequence of Brexit and it must also be about using this crisis to create a new and better Ireland, and one which will remain within the EU.

“I fully believe that Irish unity is not only practically viable, it is also economically viable and tonight I hope to hear from as many people as possible about what kind of future they want for our island post-Brexit.

"Tonight’s meeting is open to everybody to come along and attend and I am looking forward to a night of productive conversation and discussion regarding Ireland’s future."

Eddie Fullerton 25th Commemoration

Eddie Fullerton

In order to mark the 25th anniversary of the murder of our comrade, Cllr Eddie Fullerton, Donegal County Council has arranged a wreath laying ceremony at the Eddie Fullerton monument at the Stone Jug, Buncrana.

The event will take place at 7pm, Wednesday 25th May.

All members and supporters are invited to attend.

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