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– as wreath-laying ceremony commences Labour Week observancesThe Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG); the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Government will address Tuesday’s Labour Day, while the joint representatives of the Unions will this morning take part in a wreath-laying exercise at the monument of Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow in the compound of the Parliament Building.Critchlow is widely seen as the father of trade unionism in Guyana, having championed workers’ rights in the 20th century.“The honouring of this outstanding Guyanese labour leader will see tributes to his exceptional work in the course of his trade union career and his advocacy and active involvement in securing rights and higher pay for stevedores and other workers,” the bodies disclosed.In the joint press statement by the Unions, it was also noted that today’s exercise will be the first of several observances to mark Labour Week.Acknowledging the “increased pressures” that working-class persons are facing, the bodies observed that they would continue support of the initiatives taken to move the sugar industry forward.To this end, GTUC and FITUG said that the organisations were engaged in discussions on submitting three nominees to sit on the Trade Union Recognition and Certification Board (TURCB), a body which has been inactive for the last several months. FITUG and GTUC added that Government has been written urging Guyana’s participation in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) International Labour Conference at which the country has not been represented for the past three years.The bodies renewed their commitment to advocating for unity and cooperation in the trade union movement, and contended that this must be “diligently pursued”.“It is hoped that the united work and actions by the FITUG and the GTUC on common issues will lead to the realisation of betterment for our working class and which will certainly benefit the country as a whole. In the immediate period approaching this year’s Labour Day celebrations, the two bodies conducted a joint seminar under the auspices of the ILO on April 24, 2018. The seminar, held at the Critchlow Labour College, focused on “Green Jobs, Just Transition and Decent Work”, the press statement pointed out.On Tuesday, May, 1, 2018, the two federations will join with stakeholders and march through the city; the march will begin at Parade Ground and culminate in a rally at the National Park.
The woman whose hand was severed– after being accused of stealing raw goldA Venezuelan national was air-dashed to Georgetown on Saturday morning after one of her hands was chopped off following an incident at a backdam in close proximity to Aurora Gold Mines, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).The injured woman was only identified as “Tiffany”. Based on information received, the injured woman and her partner, along with a group of men, were consuming alcohol when an argument broke out over a missing bag containing a quantity of raw gold.The woman was accused of stealing the raw gold.“They had a fight over some gold which she allegedly stole from the man and then they left and everybody returned to their camp and then sometime during the wee hours of Saturday morning, the incident happened,” another worker related to Guyana Times.The individual, who asked to remain anonymous, related that the victim claimed that she and her partner were attacked by a masked man and chopped about their bodies. Her injuries were more severe than that of her partner.The woman, who is said to be 19 years old, has two children – a one-year-old and a seven-month-old baby.The injured teen was transported to Georgetown by the Aurora Gold Mines emergency plane and remains a patient in the Intensive Care Unit of the GPHC.The police reportedly moved into the area and ordered the miners to vacate the location. Efforts to obtain an update from E&F Divisional Commander Kevin Adonis were unsuccessful since he was not aware of the incident.
Stuart Pearce believes England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate should get his pick of talent for the crunch Euro 2015 play-off clash against Croatia.The Young Lions face back-to-back clashes against the European side in the coming weeks, as they look to book their spot in the Czech Republic next summer.Southgate has already seen Arsenal defender Calum Chambers called up to the national squad, following John Stones’ injury, and has injury doubts regarding Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.And ex-Under-21 chief Pearce believes, with the senior side set to face San Marino and Estonia in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, players like Raheem Sterling should be representing the younger team.“What should happen is that the senior manager should say to the Under-21 boss, ‘you pick anyone age appropriate that you need and, after that, I’ll take whatever I’ve got’.“The senior manager will be thinking, ‘I’m going to win these two games [against San Marino and Estonia] and I’ve won away in Switzerland’.“That includes Sterling. It’s for the greater good of England.“As I’ve said before, unless we start winning things at youth level, it won’t replicate itself at senior level.“We’re trying to fix the roof before the foundations.”
0Shares0000Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates one of Manchester United’s greatest European victoriesWOLVERHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Mar 15 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will look for Manchester United to respond to the first domestic defeat of his reign when they face Wolves in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday as the Norwegian moves closer to landing the job on a permanent basis.United’s shock Champions League victory at Paris Saint-Germain last week carried them through to the last eight and all but confirmed Solskjaer will soon be named Jose Mourinho’s successor on a long-term basis. Since that famous evening in France, United have tasted defeat for the first time in England on the interim manager’s watch, beaten 2-0 in last weekend’s league visit to Arsenal.But although that setback dented United’s bid for a top-four finish, it did little damage to Solskjaer’s standing, especially given the nightmare injury list he has endured recently.Some reports have suggested Solskjaer could be confirmed as manager during the forthcoming international break, which follows the Wolves Cup tie.United officials have offered no guidance on whether the appointment is imminent, but it emerged last week that Solskjaer does not, as was commonly thought, have a contract with his former club Molde.He revealed that, with regulations forbidding a manager from having concurrent contracts with more than one club, he tore up his deal with the Norwegian side to join United in December.It is understood United and Molde have put in place a compensation package should Solskjaer win the post permanently, with a figure of around £500,000 ($665,000) mooted.However, the United hierarchy, led by executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, have another burning personnel issue to resolve as the club seek to appoint a director of football.– Pivotal period –The time-table is for that role to be filled before the end of the season, allowing the newcomer the opportunity to oversee a close-season of transfer activity about which Solskjaer has already been consulted.The former United striker has talked openly about having been asked by the board for his thoughts on future player sales and acquisitions, although he claims that has no bearing on whether he will eventually land the manager’s job.It was always believed that March would be a pivotal period in the process of appointing a director of football as plans for the pre-season tour to Australia become finalised and increased attention starts being placed on signings.Former Tottenham and Southampton head of recruitment Paul Mitchell has been consistently linked with the post.Part of the logic behind his potential appointment seemed to focus on the possibility that his friend and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino might be in line to become the United manager.Mitchell, now at German side RB Leipzig, has seen his name mentioned alongside the likes of Borussia Dortmund’s director of football Michael Zorc, former Arsenal sporting director Sven Mislintat and former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, currently CEO at Ajax.While that appointment will be made with an eye on the summer, United must also assess what possible impact Solskjaer’s permanent promotion to the post might have on the remainder of the season.The feelgood impact of his December arrival still shows no sign of being diluted and, conceivably, an announcement could have public relations value for the club over the closing stages of the campaign.In the shorter term, United’s long injury list is slowly improving ahead of the trip to Wolves, with Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all in contention to rejoin the squad.Wolves could prove a significant obstacle to United’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals however, having already beaten Chelsea and Liverpool and drawn with Manchester City at Molineux this season.“It’s an important game for us to get the semi-final at Wembley. We play at home. We’re going to prepare for this game all week now and try to do something great on Saturday,” Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge scored his first goals in nearly six months as Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 3-2 victory over Norwich at Anfield to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers.James Milner opened the scoring and his Reds account inside two minutes with an arrowed drive, before Sturridge’s exquisite volley doubled the home side’s advantage after the break.Rudy Gestede halved the deficit from close range but Sturridge restored the Reds’ two goal advantage almost immediately after, coolly finishing after a brilliant interchange with Philippe Coutinho.Gestede ensured the Anfield faithful had a nervy final 20 minutes with a bullet header, but the Reds held on for their first win in six games in all competitions.Elsewhere, Manchester United moved top of the Premier League and above neighbours Manchester City, who were thrashed by Tottenham in the early kick off, with a routine 3-0 win over beleaguered Sunderland at Old Trafford.Goals almost immediately before and after half time from Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney – his first in the league since April – saw United open up a two goal advantage and Juan Mata scored in the dying minutes to cap an easy day for the Red Devils.Leicester and Claudio Ranieri’s unbeaten start to the season came crashing down as an Alexis Sanchez hat-trick helped Arsenal come from behind to win 5-2 at the King Power Stadium.After Jamie Vardy raced clear of the Gunners defence to open the scoring, Theo Walcott equalised almost instantly with an unerring strike off the far post.Sanchez then got off the mark for the season before half time with a simple finish after a scramble in the Foxes penalty area, and the Chilean extended the visitors’ advantage after the break by glancing in Mesut Ozil’s searching pass.Sanchez completed his hat-trick in emphatic fashion, rounding a Foxes defender before finding the bottom corner from 25 yards, but Vardy grabbed his sixth of the season soon after.Substitute Olivier Giroud netted in injury time to make it five for the rampant Gunners, duly shattering the only remaining unbeaten start in the top four English leagues.While West Ham have been electric on the road this season, they had to rely on a late Cheikou Kouyate goal to earn a share of the spoils in a lively 2-2 draw with Norwich at Upton Park.The Canaries took the lead early in the first half after Robbie Brady pounced on a mistake from Hammers captain Mark Noble before finishing confidently, but Diafra Sakho levelled proceedings soon after.Nathan Redmond looked to have won the game for the visitors with a brilliant individual strike in the last ten minutes, but Kouyate bundled home in stoppage time to earn Slaven Bilic’s side a point.Meanwhile, Stoke City finally notched their first win of the season after a late Mame Biram Diouf strike earned a narrow 2-1 victory over Bournemouth at the Britannia Stadium.After Cherries striker Callum Wilson was stretchered off with a nasty looking ankle injury, Jon Walters opened the scoring following some wing wizardry from Marko Arnautovic.Dan Gosling equalised for the visitors with 15 minutes remaining, but Diouf’s header from Glen Johnson’s cross eight minutes later saw the Potters move out of the bottom three.And goals from Virgil van Dijk, Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane saw Southampton to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Swansea, who responded late on through Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty at St Mary’s.Premier League results:Leicester City 2-5 ArsenalLiverpool 3-2 Aston VillaManchester United 3-0 SunderlandSouthampton 3-0 Swansea CityStoke City 2-1 BournemouthWest Ham United 2-2 Norwich City
St. Conal’s marks 150th anniversaryOn the 22nd of May 1866 St. Conal’s Hospital first opened its doors as an ‘institution for the mentally ill’ in Donegal.On last Sunday local historian Hugh Devlin delivered a detailed and very interesting talk in the Letterkenny County Museum, on the exact date marking the 150th anniversary of the historic opening of the hospital. In his talk Mr Devlin, who previously worked on the nursing staff at St. Conal’s, looked into its background and identified some of the factors that shaped its development up to the present day. It would be very easy, he said, to overlook this important event within the context of the current focus on the revolutionary decade 1914-1924, the First World War, the 1916 Rising, the Battle of the Somme, etc.“I would argue that the opening of St. Conal’s Hospital has impacted on almost every family throughout the length and breadth of the county in a way that few other events have done so. For this reason, I believe that on this special day it is right to celebrate its opening, to remember those who passed through its doors, the patients and staff alike, to recognise and to acknowledge their being.”The name St. Conal’s Hospital has been only been its formal identity for 60 years which is a mere 40% of the institution’s lifespan.“We’re going back to the beginning, a time when the building was first known as the ‘Donegal District Lunatic Asylums’. During that time the language used did not have the negative connotations that it has today. In essence the word “Lunatic” merely referred to someone with a mental illness, and the word “Asylum” referred to a place of refuge, (just as people today seek “political asylum” from persecution). Thus the Lunatic Asylum was a place that the mentally-ill could gain refuge” Mr Devlin said. Prior to the establishment of the “Donegal District Lunatic Asylum” in 1866, there had been provision made for Donegal’s mentally ill in other settings including from 1800 at the Lifford Asylum. When a new gaol was built in Lifford in 1793 the old disused space under the original Court House was used to house the mentally ill. In 1824 the Armagh Lunatic Asylum was opened with 104 beds. It was the first District Asylum in Ireland. It was built to accommodate the mentally ill from five counties including Donegal. However, due to the distance involved and a strict admission policy, it offered fewer available beds to Donegal than was initially intended. Then in 1829 the Londonderry Lunatic Asylum opened it’s doors with another 104 beds. It was opened with the intention of taking the pressure of Armagh. It was designed to cater for the three Northwest counties of Donegal Derry, and Tyrone. Donegal had an allocation of 35 beds. Within its first year the asylum was full to capacity.By the early 1840’s it was evident that the accommodation provided by Ireland’s 10 public asylums was totally inadequate. There were now over 2,000 patients occupying accommodation built for 1,200 people. In response the government decided to build a further six new asylums – one of which would be at Omagh to cater for the re-designated area of Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh, leaving the Londonderry asylum to cater for just the two counties of Derry and Donegal. Despite this, the beds vacated by the transfers to Omagh in 1853 quickly filled up again and by January 1855 the Inspector of Lunatic Asylums Dr. John Nugent found the Derry Asylum full.In addition to the accommodation crises in the Asylums, the Workhouse system were now housing increasing numbers of the mentally ill, while the County’s jails seen an increasing accumulation of patients committed there under the Dangerous Lunatics Act (1837) while awaiting a vacancy in the asylums. For many individuals suffering from mental illness, there was no accommodation to be found.An RIC report in 1855 estimated that there were 321 mentally ill and described as “at large” in Donegal. Today there would be outrage at the way people with mental health problems were categorized by the RIC who gave the breakdown of that figure as Idiots (166), Epileptic imbeciles (91) and Lunatics (64). The gender breakdown was 194 male and 127 females. Lunatics were people with varied forms of mental illness; Epileptic imbeciles – epileptics whose fits caused “imbecility of the mind and body” and idiots were people who were described as suffering from “idiocy”. Today those people would be classified as having an “intellectual disability”.The accommodation crises needed a response. So a “Royal Commission of inquiry” was set up by the Government in 1856, to investigate the situation of the mentally ill in Ireland and to make recommendations. It reported in 1858 and amongst its proposals was the extension of nine existent asylums and the building of six new facilities which was to include one in Co. Donegal. The possibility of the county building its own separate asylum now began to gain momentum. By 1859 about 60% of the inpatients in Derry were originally from County Donegal. Finally, the Lord Lieutenant issued an “Order in Council” dated 4th Feb 1860 directing the building of a new Asylum at Letterkenny. In 1861 a 40 acre site was procured on the Kilmacreannan Road outside of Letterkenny. It was intended from the outset that these new six asylums would be the most modern of their time, providing more accommodation, larger grounds, and many more facilities than the earlier asylums had. The architect George Wilkinson was commissioned to design the new asylum. He designed the asylum in a Victorian neo-Georgian style. He incorporated a familiar “long corridor” design into his plan that would skirt the entire rear of the building. The building was of a symmetrical design reflecting the then-standard practice of institutional segregation of the sexes. The three story portions of the building were designed to provide the accommodation for patients, comprising accommodation 150 male patients and 150 female patients. To the rear of these accommodation blocks were the “airing courts”, one at each side of the house. In the centre portion of the rear was a utility yard for servicing the laundry kitchen and stores areas. In the centre was a clock tower positioned so as to be seen from the rear windows of the hospital.The Asylum was constructed by the building firm of Mathew McClelland of Derry, whose family were from Letterkenny. Construction began in the summer of 1862 and it took three years to bring it to completion. Around the perimeter of the site a large wall was erected that enclosed the entire site. Access to the grounds could only be made by arrangement, through a large set of gates. Behind this was the gatehouse, the residence of the gatekeeper, who ensured that nothing would pass through the gates without permission. The estimated cost at the time for new Asylum was £37,900In early February 1866 the contractors handed the new facility over to the Board of Commissioners, and the local Board of Governors whose Chairperson was Sir James Stewart from Ramelton. The “Donegal District Lunatic Asylum” finally opened its doors for the reception of patients on Tuesday 22nd May 1866. Exactly 150 years ago on Sunday past. There was no official opening ceremony or fanfare involved. In fact this event went without any notice or mention within the local or regional newspapers. On that day the new Asylum received the transfer of twenty patients from the Gaol in Lifford by “Warrant of the Lord Lieutenant”. This number comprised of ten male and ten female patients who had been admitted to the Gaol as “dangerous lunatics”.The first patient to be admitted was a young nineteen year old female from the Finn Valley area. She was described as being single and a “congenital idiot” and noted to be suffering from “mania” for the previous six months. The second female registered was a twenty-four year old married woman from the west of the county also suffering from “mania” for the previous six months. In all, these ten women were aged between nineteen and fifty-four years old. Five of them were recorded as being single, four recorded as married, and one whose marital status was not recorded. Their occupations were given as; “servant”, “wife of baker”, “farmer’s daughter”, “labourer’s wife”, “seamstress”, and “pauper”. The form of mental illness they presented with was recorded as mania, melancholy, and idiot. The duration of time from which they suffered illness was recorded as being between three weeks and three years. The supposed causes of their illness were given as shown. The ten male patients were admitted next. The first of these was a thirty-one year old man from the Finn Valley area who was said to have been suffering from melancholia for more than two years. The second male admitted was a twenty-year-old single man from the south of the county who was said to be suffering from idiocy. His occupation was recorded as “unknown”, and he was said to be suffering from a mental illness for the previous two years and nine months. The ages of the ten male admissions were given as ranging between sixteen years and sixty-four years old. With regard to their marital status five were recorded as being single, two as married, and three whose status was not recorded. They came from mixed occupations that were recorded as; “pauper”, “labourer”, “student”, “farmer”, “farmer’s son”, and “fisherman”. The form of mental illness which they suffered from was recorded as mania, dementia, epilepsy (two), melancholy (two), and idiocy (four). The duration of their illness is recorded as ranging from seven months to six years, and the supposed causes of their illness were given as shown.Included within this group was a young sixteen-year-old boy, admitted in poor physical health. He was described as a “pauper”. He died two weeks later and became the first death at the new Asylum. As the facility had no graveyard in these early years its most probable he was buried in Cornwall graveyard. In conformity with the Privy Council regulations that governed asylums, these patients would have had their personal details recorded on admission, had their personal clothing removed, would have been given a warm bath and dressed in asylum issued garments. There could be little doubt that the environment into which they were admitted was a vast improvement on the overcrowded and punitive atmosphere from which they came.These admissions from Lifford Gaol would continue on a phased basis over the following months until all 58 of the mentally-ill prisoners who were residing there were transferred to the new asylum. The transfer of patients who were originally from County Donegal and resident in the Londonderry District Asylum began on 20th September 1866 and continued over the following nine weeks in small groups on a regular basis. Overall, there were 109 patients transferred from the Londonderry Asylum before the end of the year.Hugh Develin says the story of St. Conal’s is a complex one. Many factors, he says, have combined to Influence the hospital’s development down through the years. Factors such as Political, Administrative, Legislative, Social, Professional, Medical, Financial, and Environmental developments and improvements have combined to impact on the lives of those who have both inhabited the hospital, or those who worked within it.“I believe that it is only proper and right that we should gather today, on this feast day of St. Conal, and on the 150th anniversary of the day on which the hospital first opened its doors.We remember those who spent many years of their lives there through no fault of their own, those who found refuge and recovered from their illnesses, and the many of those who died there. We remember the people who worked in St. Conal’s throughout this time, who give loyal and dedicated service to the hospital. One member of staff served in the hospital for in excess of 50 years, while some families give service over a number of generations” Mr Devlin. He thanked Judith McCarthy and the staff of the County Museum for the use of their facility which was specially opened on Sunday to host the talk on the 150th anniversary of the opening of the institution on the 22nd of May 1866.DD HISTORY: 150 YEARS OF ST CONAL’S HOSPITAL was last modified: May 26th, 2016 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:historyst conal’s letterkenny
The Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 4, 9, 25 and 26. There were three winners of Match 3 Numbers. Sheila Cunningham, Dermot Boyle and Rory Murray. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €2,750 and Match 3 is €60. Paul McGinley’s Team is selling Killotto this Saturday 19th and Arthur Meehan’s team is selling on the 26th of November. The Killotto is now online. If you would like to do the Killotto and are not at home, go online to the new website www.killybegsgaa.com and follow the link for the instructions.There was no winner of Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prize went to Sophia O’Donnell, Kilcar. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,650 on 48 calls.There is a club meeting on Thursday 24th of November in clubhouse at 8.30. The A.G.M. is fixed for the 30th of December in the Tara Hotel at 6p.m. GAA: KILLYBEGS CLUBS NOTES was last modified: November 15th, 2011 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:GAA: KILLYBEGS CLUBS NOTES
Noel Russell at Letterkenny Circuit CourtA CO Donegal farmer is seeking adverse possession of lands he claims were farmed by him and his father for more than 30 years – even though a mother of three bought it.Noel Russell, from Legahory, Kilmacrennan, told the circuit court in Letterkenny that he and his father were entitled to the three acre plot – even though it is owned by Letterkenny community worker Tania McBride and her father Thomas Kerr. Ms McBride is contesting the case on the grounds that she bought the property in 2001 and it now belongs to her father who had given her the money for the purchase.Mr Russell told Judge Petria McDonnell that the land was owned by an uncle who died in 1970.Another uncle however later sold the lands to farmers WJ Pearson and his wife Lily, around 1983.Ms McBride, from Gortlee, shook with emotion as she told the court of her ongoing battle of wits with Mr Russell.She said she bought the land and put animals on it after 2001, and hoped that one day she would build a family home there.She even claimed that Noel Russell had offered to buy the three and half acres of poor farmland from her in 2004 by offering her €10,000 in the kitchen of her home.Ms McBride, who is a community worker, said she turned down the offer as she didn’t want to sell the land.Instead attempts to form a boundary around her land were thwarted by Mr Russell who she alleged intimidated her every time she went to the property.“There was always two of them there (Mr Russell and someone else) within a few minutes of me arriving,” she claimed.“He tried to bully me but I wasn’t going to get him bully me.”Mrs Pearson alleged that Noel Russell offered to buy the land from her before she sold it and her husband WJ Pearson alleged that another offer was made to him even after the sale to Ms McBride.Mrs Pearson alleged that Mr Russell did use her land without permission but that they “didn’t make a fuss” because they didn’t want any confrontation.In his evidence Mr Russell admitted filming Ms McBride as she removed a gate. He later called Gardai, but an investigation was dropped when Ms McBride produced the title deeds to prove ownership.Ms McBrideHe told the court that he and his elderly father Josie had worked the land for at least 12 years and they had a right to it.Several witnesses were called who backed his claim that they had worked the land, by putting sheep and cattle on it over several years.A receipt for fencing from the late 1980s was also produced.Fiona Crawford, barrister for Ms McBride and her father, argued that the land belongs to her clients.Barrister for Mr Russell however insisted her client, Mr Russell, was entitled to the property due to adverse possession – this is where someone who doesn’t own the land but uses it over a period of time and can then claim ownership.Judge Petria McDonnell said she would consider all the arguments and give a ruling on Thursday.DONEGAL FARMER IN LEGAL BATTLE FOR LAND OWNED BY MUM was last modified: October 16th, 2013 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:adverse possessionfarmerkilmacrennanletterkennyNoel RussellTania McBride
Dinny McGinley confirmed today that the Department of Gaeltacht office on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park will in the future be dealing with aspects of language planning schemes and support.A new sub-department will be set up in the office to deal with language planning, a requirement under the Gaeltacht Act 2012.Responsibility for schemes, grants and other areas will in the future be handled by Údarás na Gaeltachta – these had been the responsibility of the Dept of gaeltacht office. Until the changeover happens, the public can still deal with the Dept office for all grant/scheme matters.The Minister confirmed that NO jobs will be lost as a result of this chnage and that extra staff would be provided in the Department office to help with language planning if necessary.There had been unrest this week that jobs in the Roinn na Gaeltachta office would be lost or staff forced to transfer to the Department headquarters in na Forbacha Galway, if all matters concerning public works schemes and grants be centralised elsewhere. NO JOBS WILL BE LOST IN GAELTACHT SHAKE-UP – MINISTER MCGINLEY was last modified: April 24th, 2013 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)