ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgON THIS WEEKENDSPORTSMAX2Saturday7:45 a.m: Man City vs Leicester10 a.m: Liverpool vs Sunderland5 p.m: Stoke vs Everton7 p.m: Swansea vs Crystal PalaceSunday12 a.m: Aston Villa vs Norwich1 a.m: Newcastle vs West Brom8:30 a.m: Bournemouth vs Arsenal11 a.m: Chelsea vs Man Unitedlast_img

Birmingham boss furious over Donaldson injury

first_imgBIRMINGHAM, England, (CMC): Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has lashed out at the way frontline striker Clayton Donaldson was treated by Jamaica during the country’s 2018 World Cup qualifier last week. The 31-year-old scored the winning goal as the Reggae Boyz beat Haiti 1-0 in Port-au-Prince last Tuesday to post their first win of the CONCACAF fourth round, following a 2-0 defeat to Panama in their opening game. However, Donaldson returned to Birmingham City injured and was forced to miss Saturday’s clash with Charlton Athletic, which the West Midlands club lost 1-0. He is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks. An upset Rowett said he believed the injury to his leading scorer could have been avoided had he received the appropriate care, while on international duty. “Part of my frustration this week is Clayts (Clayton) came back late Thursday, found out he has torn his groin and is going to be out for six weeks or longer,” Rowett said. “He went down after ten minutes [in] the Jamaica game, got treatment, went down 15 minutes later, got treatment and told he was absolutely fine and ended up playing 90 minutes. “At the end if you see the highlights he couldn’t run in two or three of the clips. I am incredibly disappointed with that.” Donaldson has scored five goals and produced six assists as Birmingham City has made a strong start to the Championship season, and currently lie sixth in the standings. Born in England, he qualifies to represent Jamaica through his parentage, and was called up for the opening qualifier against Panama on November 13 in Kingston. He was a 62nd minute substitute. And while he was hailed for his winning second half strike during the Haiti game, Rowett said he should not have been on the pitch that long. “You take [David] Cotterill and Donaldson out of our team that’s going to hurt any team, let alone a team without bags of goal-scoring players,” Rowett lamented. “That’s not me pointing the finger, I just think it could have been avoided. We know how things work. When a 31-year-old player travels that far and plays on a 4G pitch in Haiti you can gather what’s probably going to happen when he comes back. Unfortunately our worst fears were realised.” He continued: “You would expect that maybe either Clayts or someone would realise after ten minutes if he’s injured, he’s injured and needs to come off. Maybe we could have avoided a lengthy absence.”last_img read more

Badree’s plea: WI need help

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):Leg-spinner Samuel Badree believes the problems of West Indies cricket are now too big for authorities in the region to fix.As such, he said here yesterday that cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), or Caribbean governments may need to intervene to halt the decline.”It’s disappointing and deeply painful to be a player and to see the level we have reached,” said Badree, who has signed to play with Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.”There has been a lot of conjecture about the reasons and I don’t want to get into that – just to say that we need help.”Whether it comes from the ICC or whether it comes from the governments of the West Indies, at the end of the day, we need some help to get our cricket back on the right track.”The 34-year-old Badree has played 22 Twenty20 Internationals for West Indies but is yet to play Test or one-day cricket.He has risen to become the number two ranked bowler in the world and, like many West Indies players, has opted to focus on the lucrative T20 leagues around the world in recent years.Badree is joined by fellow West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago player Lendl Simmons for Heat’s campaign in the Big Bash.Tonight, they will take on Melbourne Renegades, featuring Windies teammates Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, and Badree said he was fully aware of his role for the Heat.”As one of the international players, I need to step up to the challenge,” Badree said.”People doubted spinners initially in Twenty20 cricket, but you have seen the success of slow bowlers as the game has gone on. Spinners all over the world have adapted well [to T20 cricket].”last_img read more

Saah No. 1 in US-Trenton High School Tennis Singles

first_imgOne of America’s renowned founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, inspiringly said, “What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.” This is definitely the case of 14 –year-old Liberian tennis prodigy, Saah Kandakai, who is currently the No. 1 single’s player for Trenton High School, in the USA. He is a freshman.Some might call him an inspiration and also an optimist who sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Saah is a member of the New Jersey Tennis League, and amongst the top junior singles.According to the New Jersey Tennis League (NJTL) and the New Jersey High School Sports, the Liberian tennis icon in 2014 reached the finals of the USTA Sectional U-14 qualifiers. He also reached the quarterfinals in his first Sectional Tennis Tournament in Philadelphia.Eventually, some say, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity” – and this is what happened to Saah when he escorted his father, Aflred Kandakai on one of his training sections. The young man played a tennis match against Mr. Tani Hanna, the chairman of Games World International in Liberia. Mr. Hanna was surprised at how skillful Saah played for his age and decided to give him an opportunity of a lifetime. He and Mrs. Anna Bsaibes, a shareholder at the Mamba Point and Oceano Casino (situated at Mamba Point) in 2011 sent Saah to Sanshall Casal in Barcelona – Spain and he spent three weeks at the tennis academy that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray once attended.Two years later, Mr. Hanna and his partners further sponsored Saah to train at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Naples, USA.How did Saah get so good at tennis?  He accredits that to his father, his present coach, who started a refugee’s tennis academy in 2006. “He’s at a pretty high level,” said Michelle Gbelama, Program Director for National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) of Trenton, affiliated with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA). The NJTL is a non-profit developmental organization that provides tennis, education, nutritional and life skill programsFounded in 1975, NJTL now serves more than 2,700 underprivileged youngsters in the Trenton area between the ages of 5 and 17.“He found us,’’ Gbelama said about Kandakai. “He was passing Cadwalader Park and came to our office. We now support his tennis career and provide him with whatever he needs.’’“He’s such a polite young man, oh my gosh,’’ said Trenton tennis coach James Jones, a graduate of THS and coach for more than 25 years. “He has good footwork. He’s very agile and he has quick hands. He’s willing to listen and really a joy to be around.’’Kandakai does not just enjoy tennis. He wants to turn pro. His favorites are Federer and Novak Djokovic.“I love the way Federer plays and he’s a great guy,’’ Kandakai said. “And Novak, I really want to be like him because he’s most consistent in playing and he’s really focused when he’s playing a match.’’ If he fails to attain the heights of the Australian Open, Wimbledon or the U.S. Open, his Plan B is earning a degree in civil engineering.“Tennis is good for me. I want to play in grand slams,’’ he told a publication two years ago. Regarding the refugee camp, he was quoted as saying, “(It) was very hard, that situation. But I play tennis because my dad is a tennis coach and he told me that tennis will make me a good person and I will have an education.’’ Kandakai’s mother, (who works nights as a supervisor for a house cleaning company), is very proud of her son, though she laughed when she said that he is not perfect.“No one is,’’ she added. “But he’s a child you always want to be around. He’s funny and he’s loving.’’One of his roommates from the academy in Florida, Andres Diaz of Mexico, put it best, “I am learning from him,’’ he said during an interview a couple of years ago, “because Alfred is a good example that, (despite) difficulties, you can follow your dream.’’It may be recalled in 2011 and 2012; Saah represented Liberia in the under-14 and under-12 categories of the West and Central Africa junior championships in Ghana and Togo, where he was a quarter-finalist.In 2013, he participated in the under-14 West and Central Africa junior championships in Togo, where he earned laurel. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What next for Wanyama? Brugge in talks

first_imgClub Brugge paid Sh808 million (£6.4m) for former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet earlier this month.Wanyama has seen his first-team chances diminish after Harry Winks’ return from injury at the start of last season.He has also faced extra competition in midfield since the signing of Tanguy Ndombele for a club record Sh6.6 billion (£53.8m).Defensive midfielder Wanyama is yet to play this campaign and made 13 Premier League appearances last term.He played 18 and 36 times in the two previous top-flight seasons.-By BBC Sport-0Shares0000(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama salutes the fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after opening the scoring against HuddersfieldLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 22 – Tottenham are in talks with Belgian side Club Brugge over the transfer of Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama.The 28-year-old Kenyan, who joined Spurs from Southampton in 2016 for Sh1.3 billion (£11m), could move to the Jupiler Pro League leaders for an initial Sh1.1 billion (£9m).last_img read more

CANCER GROUP’S FURY AFTER DEPT OF HEALTH SCHEDULE DECEMBER 22ND MEETING

first_imgLetterkenny General HospitalThe Donegal Action for Cancer Care has slammed the Department of Health after it scheduled a meeting for December 22nd – in Dublin.The group, which is a voluntary committee, was due to hold the meeting at the beginning of December.But the group has now been told the meeting is scheduled for  three days before Christmas  at 3.30pm. A furious DACC spokesperson Betty Holmes has said the group will not be attending the meeting because of their commitment to their families.In this impassioned response to the Department of Health’s move, Mrs Holmes said the Minister must come clean on the future of cancer services in Donegal.This is the group’s statement in full.“Donegal Action for Cancer Care have worked very hard this year as we have for the last 10 years 8 months”, says Betty Holmes. “We are all voluntary unpaid and this year we continued to have very serious concerns regarding the future of key cancer services for Donegal patients at Letterkenny Hospital.” “Such was our concern regarding cancer services for Donegal patients back at the start of this year that we requested a meeting at the Dept. of Health which we had in February with a follow meeting in August and at that meeting we requested another follow up in the first week of December……we have worked hard ensuring that we got these follow up meetings, they just didn’t happen!We started chasing the beginning of December meeting in early November and two weeks ago we are now told that this meeting will be held on Wednesday 22nd December at 3.30pm in the Dept. of Health Dublin. We asked that it be changed but it’s a no! Maybe the start of 2016 has another agenda for them?“We were more than annoyed & upset when we were told this. We still are. This was not what was agreed at the August meeting” said Betty.“DACC will not be able to make this meeting due to it being 3 days before Christmas!! On this occasion we must put our families first. It is to us in DACC a “tick box” exercise to say it happened. Definitely highlights again that there is no understanding of where Donegal is at on the map!!”“We must also ask what is the Minister for Health’s agenda expecting Consultant Surgeons to travel from Letterkenny & Galway Hospitals to Dublin for this meeting 3 days before Christmas. Surely these Consultants should in their professional roles have their patients in hospital as their primary concern? “We then followed up this information with a detailed email with our questions attached on the 23rd November for a written reply. We have also sent the Bus Eireann timetable highlighting bus times to get to a 3.30pm meeting in Dublin…what it means is DACC members would have to leave home at approx. 8.30am get the 9.20am bus to Dublin so that they could be sure to be at the Dept. of Health for 3.30pm and then get home on the 6.45pm bus back to Letterkenny at approx..11pm…..no odds about our families who support us so much during the year with our DACC work.“We think the public have a right to know what is happening & where DACC genuine concerns for cancer services are at” said Betty.” No point in saying you are committed to cancer services at Letterkenny Hospital and then this date for a meeting.” Total disregard for the people of Donegal! Imagine how the patients feel. Below is our introduction to the questions we have forwarded for this meeting to the Minister for Health, the Ministers Advisor, the Dept. of Health, to The Soalta & The Cancer Control Programme & The General Manager Letterkenny Hospital…“DACC sincerely regret that due to family commitments we are unable to make the meeting at the Dept. of Health in Dublin on the 22nd December 3 days before Christmas. We are very aware that it was DACC who initially requested these 3 meetings as we felt it was very important to have questions & concerns regarding the future of key services at Letterkenny Hospitals answered.“DACC have never in our ten year & 8 month existence requested a meeting or been invited to one we did not attend. 3 days to Christmas for a meeting, well you know our views on it. We will challenge minutes any more that do not reflect what was requested and agreed at a meeting. In August when we requested that the meeting would be held in first week in December, this was supported by Mr. Sugrue. The minutes didn’t reflect this. On this occasion so close to Christmas Day our families, our children & grand children must come first.Below are the questions we have already submitted when date was given for the meeting & we have requested written answers to please:1) Update on the agreed actions from the 27th February meeting.2) The Centralisation of the Referral Process for appointments to the Breast Unit at Letterkenny Hospital.This new system is not working and is definitely not in the best interest of Donegal Breast Cancer Patients or indeed the Breast Unit at LGH. Saolta as you know tell us it is all working well, it is not the case.What we are asking please for the following information please:• The number of patents referred to the Breast Unit at Letterkenny Hospital?• The number of patients when requests received are considered urgent & non urgent?• The number of patients whose appointment request is sent to Galway on a daily basis?• The number of patients whose appointments are allocated by Galway twice weekly that are Urgent & Non Urgent?• The number of patients whose appointments are given to attend at the Breast Unit Letterkenny?• The number of patients whose appointments are given to attend at Galway from Letterkenny’s referrals?3) Prostate/ Urology Services at Letterkenny Hospital.While we are delighted that there has been action on this with surgery starting again at LGH on Friday 13th November and promises that the clinics would start with a “couple of weeks”.In Feb this year there are 425 men with prostate cancers & 160 women & men with bladder cancers that needed to be followed up. We were assured that the resources that were needed to treat the patients at Letterkenny Hospital would be made available.• What is the official start date for the clinics to resume at Letterkenny Hospital? Couple of weeks is now.• How often will clinics be held at Letterkenny Hospital?• How many of these patients from Feb. have now 9 months later been seen by a consultant elsewhere?• How many new patients are there since February? We believe this figure is in hundreds.• How many of these have been seen if any to date?4) Re re-introduction of Prostate/ Urology Surgery at Letterkenny Hospital.We have some concerns that the weekend appears to be the only time available at Letterkenny Hospital for this surgery and do wonder why it has changed to the weekend when it wasn’t before?• Is this intentional weekends so that it is hoped that it will not succeed?“We have been told that this is an interim arrangement whilst The Saolta Group finalise a group wide strategy for urology services – end of 2015”.For us in DACC we did raise our concerns that the group wide strategy for Urology Services will not mean taking them from Letterkenny Hospital to Galway…..this would not be acceptable to us in DACC at all. The Saolta Group reassure us that they are committed to maintaining a urology service in Letterkenny for the patients of Donegal.• What does “committed to maintaining urology services at Letterkenny Hospital” actually mean? Details please.5) Letterkenny University Hospital- New NameWith Letterkenny Hospital now re-named as part of the Saolta University Hospital Group can you outline to us the benefits this will have for Letterkenny Hospital?• What additional resources/ services will this re-branding provide to Letterkenny Hospital?• Is this about strengthening services at University Hospital Galway?6) Letterkenny Hospital as 9th Centre of ExcellenceDACC are now calling on you all clearly within your professional roles please to very seriously look at Letterkenny Hospital becoming the 9th Centre of Excellence. We first raised this back in 2009 and while it appears to have fallen on deaf ears we have & are keeping it to the fore please.• We now ask for your support with this & that very serious consideration is given to it.• And if not why not to be outlined in great detail please.We have attached our DACC map again, with pages outlining distances & indeed discrimination for Donegal patients & Letterkenny Hospital…… Not just a reason by any means to have a Centre of Excellence but with the excellence that already exists at Letterkenny University Hospital including its top rate Cancer Services as well as its Clinical & Research Academy and now Radiotherapy at Altnagelvin Hospital in the autumn next year, LGH as the 9th Centre is another major step forward in healthcare.No reason Belfast can’t be the 10th completing the circle around Ireland??We are sure that you all will want to do what is in the best interest of the cancer & other patients; it’s about health care and not unrealistic strategic plans while services are removed, become unstable & patients unable to access treatments & care.7)We note with interest that within the previous Minister for Health’s document “The Establishment of Hospital Groups as a transition to Independent Hospital Trusts” “ recognition of the geography of the region, Sligo and Letterkenny General Hospitals will be managed as a distinct unit within the West/North West. The precise management arrangements will be determined and agreed by the interim board of the group. The synergistic service model developed between Sligo and Letterkenny hospitals should be retained. Letterkenny Hospital, because of its geographic location, similar to Kerry and Wexford General Hospitals, should retain its full range of ED, medical, surgical, maternity and paediatric services”.Another point the reports reference to Kerry & Wexford Hospitals geographical location is nothing like Letterkenny Hospitals.*From Kerry Hospital to Cork University Hospital is 1 hour 42 minutes, 115 km.*From Kerry Hospital to Limerick University Hospital is 1hour 22 minutes 95.5 km*From Wexford Hospital to Waterford University Hospital is 58 minutes 60.6km.*From Letterkenny Hospital to University Hospital Galway see attached in this document.“ We really felt that we have a responsibility to let the people of Donegal know where the cancer service needs of Donegal people are at on the Ministers agenda, we won’t let any of those in highly paid jobs with responsibility for these vital services off the hook , we will keep working hard in 2016 & beyond. We are repeatedly told that cancer services are secure at Letterkenny Hospital we do not believe so. What we see is that the focus is on building up the so called 8 Centres of Excellence and nothing else. All you have to do is look at how health services across the board are being cut, withdrawn, waiting lists, operations cancelled, etc. Health affects everyone of us from before we are born till we die, how our health is affects everything else we do in life. It should be the number one priority for all Governments” said Betty.CANCER GROUP’S FURY AFTER DEPT OF HEALTH SCHEDULE DECEMBER 22ND MEETING was last modified: December 13th, 2015 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:Betty HolmesDACCDepartment of Healthdublinlast_img read more

Neil McGinley comes out on top after brilliant competition at Dunfanaghy

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club NotesOur Indian summer continued last week with some fine weather in Dunfanaghy. In the Wednesday Open Singles stableford, there were some fine scores to match with first second and third places having to be separated on a BOT on 37 points. The winner was Neil McGinley with Collan Keegan in second and Declan Lynch of Strabane in third. Gerard Breslin, playing off 7 from Cruit won the gross with 29 gross points.In Saturday’s Open Singles Stableford, Paul Burton, playing off 10, came home with a terrific score of 41 points to take first place narrowly beating Shaun McGinley, who also had a great score of 40 points. In Sunday’s Stroke Competition Frank Kelly took the family honours with a 64 nett beating both Brendan and Michael although Michael did manage to take third place with a nett 67. Daniel McColgan was second with a 65 nett and Paul Smyth took the gross with a 78.Junior GolfHaving won the Juveniles Section last week, Lucas Wood scored another win this week with a great score of 31, narrowly beating Michael Dolan into second place. In the “Wild Geese” section, Jack Druce won on the course while Matthew Wilkinson won the putting. Sean McBride also made another great contribution and could have won in either department.There was no Senior Boys Section this week however Carlos O’Reilly won at a canter last week with 48 points, one of the best scores of the year. It will not be long until Carlos is playing off single figures. Competition Results:Wednesday 19th October – Gents Open Single Stableford 1st Neil McGinley 37 pts2nd Collan Keegan 37 pts botGross Gerard Breslin 29 gross pts3rd Declan Lynch 37 pts bot Saturday 22nd October – Gents Open Single Stableford 1st Paul Burton 41 pts2nd Shaun McGinley 40 ptsSunday 23rd October – Gents Club Stroke 1st Frank Kelly 64 pts2nd Daniel McColgan 65 pts Gross Paul Smyth 78 gross pts3rd Michael Kelly 67 ptsEvents for the Week Ahead:Wednesday 26th October – Gents Open Stableford Saturday 29th October – Captain’s v President’s and presentation to under 16 Boys (names to be put on entry sheet in the front foyer before Friday)time changes on Saturday night. Sunday 30th October – Stewart Bam Cup V ParThe Vardon Lounge will be now only open for foodFriday 3-8Saturday 12-8Sunday 12-8Neil McGinley comes out on top after brilliant competition at Dunfanaghy was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DunfanaghygolfSportlast_img read more

Mateo Kovacic makes decision on Manchester United’s £53.5m bid

first_img New Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui could not convince Kovacic to stay after crunch talks ahead of the new season Mateo Kovacic has told United he is not interested in joining them after the Red Devils launched a £53.5million bid, according to reports in Spain.The Croatia World Cup star, 24, has told current club Real Madrid he wants to leave this summer and has also drawn interest from Chelsea and Manchester City. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The reason behind Kovacic’s decision to reject United is reportedly an aversion to Jose Mourinho’s way of playing, in the latest transfer window blow for the Portuguese boss.Marca report that ‘stylistic issues’ were a key factor for the player, who has grown frustrated with a lack of opportunities at Real.He made just 21 La Liga appearances last season, unable to break into a midfield of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and compatriot Luka Modric.Kovacic complained that his limited playing time would hurt his national team chances, and he started just once at the World Cup as his country reached the final. TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM But rather than join United, he has invited offers from elsewhere, with Chelsea looking at him as an alternative if they do not sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic or Aaron Ramsey.Chelsea are reported to have bid £115m for the former and are considering a £30m offer for Arsenal’s Ramsey.It is the latest frustration for Mourinho, who has reportedly clashed with CEO Ed Woodward over a lack of funds and is likely to be priced out of the Milinkovic-Savic stakes.He remains confident the club will still bring in one more player however, having already spent £70m on Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant. 3 targets center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kovacic won the Champions League in all three seasons with Real Madrid after joining for £25m from Inter Milan in 2015 three-way race REVEALED 3 moving on Modric has kept Kovacic out of the starting lineup for both club and country LATEST TRANSFER NEWS 3 RANKED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more

WAS IT YOU? SOMEONE HAS JUST WON A MASSIVE €12,155,282!

first_imgSOMEONE in Donegal has just won an incredible €12,155,282 – that’s TWELVE MILLION EURO and a load of change.The National Lottery says the ticket was bought in the North West after weeks of rolling over.The winning numbers were 13, 14, 24, 31, 35 and 43. The bonus number – not needed in this case of course – was 21.It seems Donegal has struck lucky again in the National Lottery.Many shops in the county spoke of record sales earlier today as more people played the game hoping to win the massive jackpot.The National Lottery wouldn’t say where the winning ticket was bought just yet. The winner may not even know at this stage.So if you played for tonight’s game, get that ticket out, take a deep breath and check those numbers.And if it was you…..well done. WAS IT YOU? SOMEONE HAS JUST WON A MASSIVE €12,155,282! was last modified: June 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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:12 million eurodonegalnational lotteryNorth westwinnerlast_img read more

Transport Minister Shane Ross to visit Letterkenny to see traffic problems

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh and Letterkenny Mayor Jimmy Kavanagh have welcomed a commitment by Transport Minister Shane Ross to visit the town to see the traffic issues facing people here.Mayor Kavanagh was speaking after a cross-party delegation of TDs, Senators and Councillors met with Minister Ross at Government Buildings in Dublin this morning.Minister McHugh told his Cabinet colleague that Letterkenny is the economic driver for the whole county of Donegal and that investment in roads infrastructure around the town is vital for future growth. Mayor Kavanagh said: “We are very grateful to Minister Ross for meeting us today with council officials to go through the very real problems Letterkenny faces on a daily basis due to ongoing traffic issues.“Everyone at that meeting, from every political party, agreed that funding is needed to strengthen and build on our economic growth.“I also told the Minister that the money required for the town including the Bonagee Link would be a loan to Donegal; that Donegal can be a net contributor to the State if we are given the infrastructure to do so and that the county will be in a position to pay back this money througheconomic growth in the years ahead.”Minister McHugh added: “I want to thank Minister Ross who agreed today that he should visit Letterkenny to see the town and to familiarise himself with the issues facing our biggest town. “It is also key to a series of measures aimed at Brexit-proofing Donegal and the entire North West in the years ahead.”Meanwhile, county councillor Ciaran Brogan said he was very pleased that all parties had pulled togetehr to form a united front on the issue when meeting with Minister Ross.However, he said he felt that the soundings coming form Mininster Ross is that the Bonagee Link will not be an isue which will be included in the National Development Plan and there it will not be addressed until at least 2021.“In fairness to Minister Ross he listened to all our concerns and all Donegal representatives are singing from the same hymn sheet.“However, I fear there needs to be more urgency here and that we have to conitnue to press ahead with letting Government know how urgent this issue is. “If there is a way, and I feel there is, that the Bonagee Link can be inlcuded or put on the NAtional Development Plan, then I feel that is a priority issue. It just has to happen.“The Government has to realise that Donegal is a special case when it comes to our infrastructure not just because we are so geographically isolated but because of the fact that we have no rail network and that our road network is in constant need of upgrading,” he said.Transport Minister Shane Ross to visit Letterkenny to see traffic problems was last modified: November 17th, 2017 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:donegalletterkennyMinister Shane Rosstrafficlast_img read more