DONEGAL GAA REFEREES COULD STRIKE OVER ‘PALTRY’ MATCH PAYMENTS

first_imgSOME Co Donegal GAA referees may go on strike over ‘crazy’ payments for officiating at games.The Revenue Commissioners are insisting that new rules are implemented on payments – and Croke Park has agreed.Referees in several other counties including Longford and Wexford have threatened strike action and one in this county told donegaldaily.com: “That might just happen here too. The new system is a disaster. The reimbursement proposals are paltry.” In a document shown to donegaldaily.com on how the new Croke Park system, approved by the Revenue, will work says referees can claim 50 cent per mile plus a subsistence allowance of €13.71, up to a maximum of €40 (including mileage and subsistence).It followed meetings between the GAA and the Revenue as a result of which referees expenses were subject to reductions throughout the country.Meanwhile the Revenue has launched several investigations into payments going back several years. However Co Donegal does not feature in those.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW © 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily  DONEGAL GAA REFEREES COULD STRIKE OVER ‘PALTRY’ MATCH PAYMENTS was last modified: March 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL GAA REFEREES COULD STRIKE OVER ‘PALTRY’ MATCH PAYMENTSlast_img read more

O DOMHNAILL OPENS MS REGIONAL OFFICE IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgSenator Brian Ó Domhnaill has officially opened the new premises of the North West Region Offices of MS Ireland in Letterkenny today.MS Ireland recently moved from their Office at Port Road, Letterkenny to a more permanent building at 28 Slieve Sneacht, Letterkenny.Speaking at the opening Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “I am delighted to have been asked by MS Ireland to officially open their new premises at 28 Slieve Sneacht today. “The Regional Offices provide a wider range of services and resources to the whole MS Community with the aim of providing timely, sensitive and accurate information and support to people with MS, their families and carers.“There are approximately 2.5 million Multiple Sclerosis suffers worldwide, with over 8,000 in Ireland alone. In Ireland, 250 people are diagnosed with MS every year and the highest rate is in the North West where 1 in 400 people are diagnosed with the disease.He added that the demand for neurology services in this region is overwhelming and we need additional resources between Letterkenny General Hospital and Sligo General Hospital.“I welcome the fact that there is a consultant neurologist at Sligo General, however this consultant is under increasing pressure to deal with the demand for services. “I am calling on the Minister for Health James Reilly and the HSE to seriously consider appointing a second neurologist in the North West region and to adopt the recommendations made in the 2003 Comhairle na nOspidéal report. The people who are still on the waiting list in Donegal and Sligo cannot be expected to wait endlessly to see a neurologist and get the care they need.“The Disabled Housing Grants must also be fully reinstated for people with genuine disabilities, who need adaptations to their homes. A review must be carried out of the current criteria for drivers tax concessions so that anyone diagnoses with MS automatically becomes eligible for these rebates. “The necessary physiotherapy services must be made available to people with MS throughout the country. Providing physiotherapy and exercise programme is essential to people with MS in order for them to live the life of their choice to the fullest.” Senator Ó Domhnaill concluded, “I would like to take this opportunity in commending the excellent work of MS Ireland, particularly the Regional Office team here in Donegal under the leadership of Catherine Peoples. I also want to commend the many volunteers across the county who have given their time and energy to help fundraise and provide support to MS suffers. I know that the new office here will provide excellent services to many people in the years ahead.”O DOMHNAILL OPENS MS REGIONAL OFFICE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MS IrelandSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

WHITE TAILED EAGLE FOUND POISONED IN HILLS OF DONEGAL

first_imgThe poisoning of two white-tailed eagles – one in the hills of Donegal and another in Mayo has been condemned by Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.Post mortem results from one eagle, found dead recently in the Blue Stack mountains in Donegal, confirmed it had been poisonedAnother young Mayo eagle was found dead on the shores of Lough Beltra in Mayo. The Minister said “The satellite tracking shows that these birds had been wandering over hundreds of coastal, hill and lowland farms in recent months unmolested and without concern.“I understand that landowners in Mayo were actively sending in regular sightings to the project manager/team. I am, therefore, very disappointed that some unknown individuals would wantonly try to kill these magnificent birds”.The National Parks and Wildlife Service are investigating the killings. Minister Deenihan urged that anyone with information about the matter should contact the local Garda Siochána or the National Parks and Wildlife Service on 095-41054.Dr Allan Mee of the Golden Eagle Trust said “Finding the White-tailed Eagle dead in such a beautiful part of Mayo was saddening.“After releasing this male eagle in Killarney National Park in 2010 we have been following its movement with great interest. Last year it spent over 5 months in north Mayo where it had been undoubtedly fishing on some of the rivers and lakes there before returning to Kerry for the winter”. Dr Mee continued “It returned to the same areas in Mayo in late March and would probably have spent the summer there again. It’s tragic to think someone for some unknown reason would kill it. We would like to acknowledge the cooperation and goodwill shown to the reintroduction project by local communities throughout Ireland especially farming and fishing communities. It is ironic to think that at the same time as the reintroduction project is now bearing the fruit of this cooperation with birds nesting and generating huge interest in Co. Clare, one of our birds has been needlessly attacked.”The Minister also said “I find these incidents all the more disappointing given that it was only last month that a pair of White-tailed eagles were confirmed nesting near Mountshannon in County Clare. I am well aware that the presence of the White-tailed eagles in Kerry has proved a wonderful asset to tourism in my home county, and their establishment in other counties has great potential for tourism.“Not only are they a tourist asset, but they can be beneficial in other ways. In other countries they have been shown to control the numbers of other fish-eating birds in freshwaters, such as cormorants.” WHITE TAILED EAGLE FOUND POISONED IN HILLS OF DONEGAL was last modified: May 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RELIEF FOR SHAY GIVEN AS HE RETURNS TO TRAINING

first_imgSHAY GIVEN says he is delighted to be back in training after fearing an injury scare would hit his chances of playing in the Euro 2012 Championship.The 36-year-old goalkeeper Lifford man says he flew to London last week to see a knee specialist who confirmed that he would be able to take part in the tournament if he rested until the middle of this week.Shay also welcomed the news that former Norwich City manager Paul Lambert is about to take over at his club Aston Villa. The goalie trained today in Tuscany – showing no signs of his injury.He told Sport on One on RTE Radio One tonight: “You are always concerned, of course, because it’s an injury the second day into the training camp and it’s frustrating as much as anything.“But today, I was really happy with how I trained and how the knee felt, and that’s the most important thing. That’s the biggest test.“It’s not about talking about it, it’s about going out and putting it under the pressure you need to, and today it was fine. “It was just nice to be training, to be honest. It’s been a long ten days, or whatever it is.“It’s tough in the hotel sometimes when your only break is to get out for a couple of hours to train and then that’s taken away from you a little bit. I am delighted to be back training and back among the lads and back giving out to them, all that kind of stuff. It’s nice.”Shay also welcomed a return to fitness by Sunderland’s John O’Shea.“He looks good,” said Given. “We have been in the gym quite a bit in the last few days just working on our core and stability; all the different work you have to do coming back from an injury.“We have both been working together, so it is nice that we are both back on the same day to be honest. John is looking pretty sharp as well, so that’s good news.” With the injury behind him, Given is keen to get some game time before Ireland begin their tournament against Croatia on Sunday 10 June.However, he is unsure if he will win his 122nd cap when Ireland take on Hungary in their final pre-tournament friendly in Budapest on Monday night.“I don’t know, you will have to ask him,” he said, when asked if Trapattoni would select him for that game.“I would like to think I can play, hopefully, in Hungary and get 90 minutes under my belt before the Croatia game. “I am sure whatever team he plays against Hungary, personally, will maybe start against Croatia.“But the manager might have a totally different idea to that, I don’t know.”He went on: “The whole season at the back of your mind, you are thinking about the European Championships in the summer. Every training session, every game, it’s at the back of your mind.“It’s getting closer and closer now and the excitement is building and building, and we can’t wait for next week.”“I think there’s a real belief as well that we are a good team,” he said when questioned about the confidence in the squad.“People outside the country might not think that, but as a group of players and the management and even the supporters, we are a tight-knit group.“We have got to keep that going throughout the Championships. We would like to go a long way.”Kevin Foley’s omission being dropped by Giovanni Trapattoni has made most of the headlines.Given told RTE: “We didn’t actually see him (Foley). He chugged off to the airport and we didn’t actually see him.“But Kevin is gutted, as we are gutted for him as well. But as the manager said, it’s not about one player, it’s about the team and the nation.“He felt it was the right decision and we have got to respect his decision.“We are gutted for him, but I am sure he is back at home and he is going to support the team in the summer.”Meanwhile Shay welcomed news that Paul Lambert is on his way to his club Aston  Villa.“I have no idea … about what’s going on at Aston Villa – but if Paul was to come in, he would be a great appointment because he is a fantastic manager,” Given said.“Since he took the hotseat at any club he has been at, he has just gone all the way up all the time, so hopefully if they can get that done, that would be great news for the club.“The sooner the manager is in place for next season – because he will have targets and players he will want to get in himself – the sooner that’s done, the better.”RELIEF FOR SHAY GIVEN AS HE RETURNS TO TRAINING was last modified: May 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RELIEF FOR SHAY GIVEN AS HE RETURNS TO TRAININGlast_img read more

SOME ‘SWEET’ NEWS AT LAST FOR LETTERKENNY’S MAIN STREET!

first_imgIt may have closed down in recent weeks with the loss of a tradition and fifteen remaining jobs.But the name of Oatfield’s Sweets is to live on in Letterkenny thanks to a new sweet shop which is to open on the town’s Main Street.Auntie Nellie’s Traditional Sweet Shop has twelve branches around the country and is to open its thirteenth shop in Letterkenny at the end of this month. The shop has all the hallmarks of a traditional sweet shop and will sell some of Ireland’s most famous confectionary names.And the good news for townspeople in Letterkenny is that the shop is considering open a special section dedicated to Oatfield Sweets.The shop, on the town’s Upper Main Street, is currently under renovation to get it ready for its planned June 30th opening.The new shop comes on the news that Subway Sandwich Bar and another well-known pizza restaurant chain is also to open up on the town’s Main Street.  SOME ‘SWEET’ NEWS AT LAST FOR LETTERKENNY’S MAIN STREET! was last modified: June 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Auntie Nellie’s Sweet ShopLetterkenny Main Streetlast_img read more

FAI VISIT: LEGEND HOUGHTON IS STAR OF THE KEADUE ROVERS SHOW!

first_imgRAY HOUGHTON AT KEADUE ROVERS TODAY (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)FORMER IRELAND AND LIVERPOOL legend Ray Houghton was the star of the show as the FAI visited the home of Keadue Rovers in Burtonport today.The ex-soccer star happily chatted to club members and posed for dozens of pix with the club’s underage stars of the future.FAI boss John Delaney was there too – but not too many kids recognised him. Houghton however was an altogether different ball game….the Glasgow-born ex-international with strong Donegal roots was enjoying his day back in his ‘home’ county.“It’s been very special,” he said, “we’re all really enjoying being here.”Houghton was also on Arranmore Island today – officially opening United’s new stand.The FAI are spending several days in Co Donegal with boss Giovanni Trapattoni and his assistant Marco Tardelli at Donegal County Council HQ in Lifford tomorrow evening. They will announce the forthcoming squad for the World Cup qualifiers in Ballybofey on Friday.RAY HOUGHTON AT KEADUE ROVERS (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)RAY HOUGHTON AND JOHN DELANEY WITH KEADUE ROVERS UNDERAGE PLAYERS AND REPS TODAY (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)RAY HOUGHTON AT KEADUE ROVERS (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)RAY HOUGHTON AT KEADUE ROVERS (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)RAY HOUGHTON AT KEADUE ROVERS (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)FAI VISIT: LEGEND HOUGHTON IS STAR OF THE KEADUE ROVERS SHOW! was last modified: July 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RAY HOUGHTON AT KEADUE ROVERS (pic Anne Boyle for donegaldaily.com)last_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NOTES

first_imgRAPHOE LOCAL NOTESWeek ending Friday 17th August 2012AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME REGISTRATIONWith the impending re-opening of schools following the summer break, registration for the afterschool programme will take place on Thursday 30th August from 3-5pm and again on Tuesday 4th September from 3-5pm. Registration fee to cover insurance requirements is as follows- €5 per single child; €8 for two children and €10 for three or more. Please note there will be limited places. The afterschool programme will re-commence on Tuesday 11th September with 3rd & 4th Classes from 3-4pm followed by 5th & 6th Classes from 4-5pm. Wednesday 12th September-Junior & Senior Infants from 2-3pm; 1st & 2nd Classes from 3-4pm and Youth Cafe from 7-9pm; Thursday 13th September-Junior & Senior Infants from 2-3pm and 1st & 2nd Classes from 3-4pm. TRAINING FOR TRANSFORMATIONIn 1999 the Family Resource Centre (then Raphoe Youth & Community Project) brought the Training for Transformation Programme to Raphoe. At that time 20 community leaders/activists participated in the training over several months. Training for Transformation is built on the idea of building a “temporary learning community”, and by doing so, learning the tools of building a sense of community in our own places built on three distinct realities; that everyone feels a sense of being safe and accepted, that everyone feels they are important, significant and has a part to play, that everyone feels a common bond, a sense of solidarity.Training for Transformation is ideal for developing leadership capacity at grassroots level, creating and deepening a sense of community among diverse groups, particularly those with a history of conflict, and developing skills for community building by experience, a process that is inclusive, participative and built around fostering human relationships.Partners, the community education agency working in Ireland for over 25 years and who delivered the programme in Raphoe in 1999 is now keen to return to Raphoe and East Donegal to run the Programme again and are in the process of drafting an application to the Department of Foreign Affairs. To support that application Partners are keen to base the application on the needs of groups around East Donegal, and will visit the area shortly to hear first hand the needs of local organisations.In the meantime, if you are interested in participating in the training please contact Tony on 074 9145796.BORDER VILLAGES SOCIAL INTEGRATION PROJECT:Raphoe Family Resource Centre in conjunction with the Border Villages Social Integration Project is hosting a facilitated discussion at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th August on the following themes: belonging, fitting in, identity, feeling welcome, feeling at home, being a ‘blow in’, creating a diverse community where all are welcome.If you are someone who has recently moved to or back to the Raphoe/Convoy areas then this discussion might be of interest to you. If you are a longstanding member of either community that people have moved in to and wish to help support the creation of a diverse community then please feel free to come along. The discussion should last for about two hours and will be facilitated by Owen Donnelly of the Peace and Reconciliation Group, Derry. Light refreshments will be available.The Border Villages Social Integration Project is supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programme Body by Donegal Co. Council.FROM STORMONT TO LEINSTER HOUSE TO BRUSSELS!Following on from its trips to Stormont and Leinster House the Speaking Up Reaching Out Project for people with disabilities, facilitated by Raphoe Family Resource Centre and Mencap Western Area, the participants permission has been sought by Dr Pauline Conroy, independent policy analyst, to take photographic images to be used as a visual backdrop to a presentation she is making to the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. Her presentation, “Included or Excluded” to the Labour Market Observatory Conference to take place in November will address the labour market inclusion/exclusion of people with disabilities.Dr Conroy previously carried out an evaluation of the FRC’s “Making Choices Programme” for people with disabilities on behalf of the then Dept of Social & Family Affairs, an evaluation that recommended that the delivery mechanism of the programme be replicated by any other organization proposing to work with people with disabilities. Dr Conroy will visit the Speaking Up Reaching Out Group on Friday 7th September.The Speaking Up Reaching Out Project is by the European Union INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programme Body and delivered by Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) Community Awareness Programme.ASIST REFRESHERThe Family Resource Centre will be hosting a 3 hour refresher workshop for those who previously participated in Asist training within the past 18 –24 months.The workshop will be held on Thursday 4th October from 7–10pm. Tea/coffee available. To book a place please contact 074 9145796. HEALTHY WALKS Following the success of our walking group on Thursday mornings, thanks to Joe Porter we are also starting walks on Thursday nights, meeting here in the Centre at 7.15pm. If anyone is interested in coming along, please do. Walks take place at 9.30am and at 7.15pm.ARE YOU A PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF A CHILD WITH DELAYED COMMUNICATION OR LEARNING SKILLS?Raphoe Family Resource Centre are providing the opportunity for local parents or guardians of pre-school children to spend a Thursday morning from 10.30am -12 noon participating in fun activities, working on social skills, and establishing and maintaining friendships. Siblings welcome.If you would like further information please contact Melanie on 074 9145796RAPHOE CUB SCOUTSRaphoe Cub Scouts ages 9 to 11, registration night on Thursday 6th September from 7pm -8.30pm in the Presbyterian Church Hall Raphoe. Adult and child are both to attend for 20 minutes.BOXING CLUBThe Raphoe boxing club is now back in full swing after the summer break and training sessions take place every Monday – Wednesday and Friday nights from 6pm -8pm when all new and former members (boys and girls) are very welcome along.Everyone at the Raphoe club would like to extend best wishes to local business woman Annie Friel who celebrated her 90th birthday last week and wish her many more years of good health and happiness.During the summer break the Raphoe club erected a new extension at the clubhouse which consists of new showers, toilets and changing rooms and a very special thanks goes out to our main contractor Mike Kelly (Sheercloon Developments), local architect and planner Paul Quinn Tullyvinney for his efficient and professional services, to Cllr. Frank McBrearty and Senator Jimmy Harte for all their help and to the local business people and wider Raphoe community for their continued financial support in all our fundraising events.RUNNING GROUPThe new running group is continuing in Raphoe every Monday, meeting at the Royal and Prior school car park at 7 pm. This group is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners. Fee: €3 per person per session. For more information contact Gerard mc Granaghan at 0862117980. RE-CYCLING OF CANS AND GLASS IN RAPHOEDonegal County Council wish to inform members of the public that the glass and can recycling facilities in Raphoe have been relocated to Raphoe Hardware, Lifford Road, Raphoe Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 5.30pm.The Bring banks are now located in the Raphoe Hardware car park near to the entrance of the shop. Thank You.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.Community News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at volthouse@eircom.net or to Lisa atraphoetidy@eircom.net Thank You.Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net every Thursday to meet the print deadline. LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: August 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more

MAJOR SURVEY REVEALS HOW LETTERKENNY RESIDENTS ADMIT NOT FEELING AS SAFE AS OTHERS

first_imgResidents in Letterkenny have admitted they don’t feel as safe or secure in their town as the rest of people across Ireland.The statistic was one of many thrown up by an in-depth survey carried out by Retail Excellence Ireland.Donegal’s largest town came 24th in the top 100 towns in Ireland. The town fared well in the survey and outperformed the national average by 14 per cent (80 per cent) in terms of its selection and standard of retail stores. Letterkenny is six per cent better presented and maintained than the national average.However, while the town was found to have 7% more competitively priced car parking than the average, citizens rated the town below the national average for car parking availability.The town’s streetscape, while rated marginally above the national average, is an area that could be improved upon, said judges.Westport won the overall winner’s award.   MAJOR SURVEY REVEALS HOW LETTERKENNY RESIDENTS ADMIT NOT FEELING AS SAFE AS OTHERS was last modified: October 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyRETAIL EXCELLENCE IRELANDlast_img read more

REPORT SHOWS AUSTERITY ISN’T WORKING, SAYS TD DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said that the revised growth and unemployment forecasts contained in the Medium Term Fiscal Statement “demonstrates once again that the Government’s policy of austerity isn’t working”.The report, released by the Department of Finance has significantly revised down growth projections for 2013 and confirmed that unemployment will remain high in the coming years.Deputy Doherty said: “Austerity is strangling the domestic economy. It is blocking a return to growth and forcing more and more people into emigration and unemployment. “Today’s Medium Term Fiscal Fiscal Statement demonstrates once again that the government’s policy of austerity isn’t working.“Growth for 2013 has been revised downwards by 0.75% to 1.5%. While the Government has slightly revised upwards the projections for 2012 to 0.9% this is still lower than the 1.3% projected for 2012 outlined in last Decembers Fiscal Outlook.“The report also confirms the Government’s expectation that unemployment will remain high, at 13% in 2015. Astonishingly this means that the Government is planning for an unemployment level of 13%.“The reasons for all of this are very simple. Reducing government expenditure and cutting the disposable income of low and middle income people is keeping the domestic economy in recession. “Today we had a former Deputy Director of the IMF argue in the pages of the Irish Times that ‘perpetual austerity seems destined to fail.’ We also read reports in newspapers of a Grant Thornton study suggesting that the tax burden on ordinary families could rise by as much as €3,000 in December’s budget.“Today’s Fiscal Statement highlights once again the failure of austerity to revive the domestic economy. Yet despite all the evidence it seems that the Fine Gael and Labour look set to continue to heap the burden of the crisis on low and middle income families.“Unless the government abandon’s this failed policy of austerity and start to seriously invest in jobs and growth then the economy will not recover and the next Fiscal Statement will again revise downwards growth projections.” REPORT SHOWS AUSTERITY ISN’T WORKING, SAYS TD DOHERTY was last modified: November 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:REPORT SHOWS AUSTERITY ISN’T WORKINGSAYS TD DOHERTYlast_img read more

DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP LINK UP WITH FINN HARPS FC

first_imgFinn Harps Coaches presented with disability football certs by Therese Laverty, Donegal Sports Partnership, Also pictured are John Campbell (Secretary Finn Harps FC) James Rodgers Head of Youth DeveFootball for All in DonegalAura Leisure Centre Letterkenny was the venue for the recent “Coaching Players with a Disability Award” facilitated by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).Oisin Jordan National Coordinator of the FAI’s Football for All Programme delivered an excellent interactive session on the day which was well attended by coaches from the Finn Harps Schools Programme. The workshop aimed to assist coaches in working with players with disabilities encouraging them to apply their existing coaching knowledge and skills when coaching players with disabilities.Coaches on the day actively participated in both theory and practical sessions which focused on the inclusion of various types of disabilities.The disability football workshop was the preliminary stage of a bigger plan. Donegal Sports Partnership and Finn Harps FC with the Support of the FAI will now join forces and establish a Football for All Programme in the New Year.The programme aims to increase participation of children aged 6-12 years in football by providing an inclusive sporting environment where everyone is welcome irrespective of ability. Everybody regardless of their ability should have the opportunity to access football in their local club ensuring the FAI promotes an ethos of inclusion within the football community. Speaking in advance of the launch of the “Football for All Programme” Thérèse Laverty, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Donegal Sports Partnership said: “This is huge development for disability sport in Donegal; it’s fantastic that Finn Harps FC have come on board with us and recognise the importance of providing inclusive coaching sessions for children of all abilities, I look forward to working with them on the initiative.”Finn Harps head of Youth Development James Rogers speaking at the launch said: “We are delighted at Finn Harps to be part of this project which will increase the participation of people with disabilities in sport; we are also delighted to be working with Thérèse Laverty and Donegal Sports Partnership in this area.“John Campbell has developed a schools programme that has over thirty schools and over five thousand children participating, with ten coaches also working on the programme. Now that all these Coaches are skilled and confident in the area of coaching people with disabilities it allows us the opportunity in conjunction with Donegal Sports Partnership to make substantial progress in this area.”For further information on the Football for All Club in Donegal which is due to commence in January in Letterkenny, please do not hesitate to contact Donegal Sports Partnership on 074 (91) 16078/16079 or via email at sido@activedonegal.com . DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP LINK UP WITH FINN HARPS FC was last modified: December 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP LINK UP WITH FINN HARPS FClast_img read more