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Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Acting Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn at Covid-19 briefing in Government Buildings

This evening.

At Government Buildings.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin announces that the county of Donegal will move to Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions as of midnight tomorrow night for three weeks….

Watch live here.



Meanwhile, Virgin Media One‘s Gavan Reilly asked Mr Martin about the rationale for the announcement that wet pubs in Donegal, on Level 3, can remain open, for serving 15 people outdoors, but wet pubs in Dublin can’t.

Mr Martin said the Government accepted advice from NPHET.

Mr Glynn said:

“NPHET recommended today that Donegal be moved to Level 3 of the framework which Government published and so the recommendation, or what will happen in pubs in Donegal is consistent with Level 3 of the framework.”

Mr Reilly asked Mr Glynn a further question which was not audible, but Mr Glynn replied:

“No, but there was a, there is a specific set of circumstances in relation to Dublin which the pubs have never been open, so…”


Previously: Sitting On A Tinder Box

O’Flaherty’s Bar in Buncrana, Co Donegal; email VFI members allegedly received; postmaster in Buncrana receives pint of Guinness

On Saturday night.

Gardai put an end to O’Flaherty’s Bar in Buncrana, Co Donegal’s Guinness delivery service.

They wrote on their Facebook page:

Sorry folks unfortunately tonight we were forced to stop the Guinness Express. 20mins ago we were swarmed by one undercover garda two patrol cars, one sergeant and one uniformed garda.

Despite being unable to tell us after two weeks what law we were breaking they confiscated our remaining 20 pints of Guinness (currently situated at Buncrana Garda Station).

So any pre-payments that were made we will gladly refund the payment asap if you contact this page thank you. #freethe20stout

Comment the #, and when these restrictions are lifted, one lucky customer will win a free round of 20 stout.

Attached picture [above] is the email every VFI member received for guidance on trading during this pandemic.

O’Flaherty’s (Facebook)

Last orders for ‘Guinness Express’ as gardai call time on popular Buncrana pub’s delivery service (Derry Now)

Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar shakes hands with candidate Peter Casey at the Presidential election count centre at Dublin Castle on November 27, 2018

This afternoon.

Via The Irish Times:

Peter Casey has put his name on the ballot paper in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Dublin West constituency as an “obvious protest vote” against the Fine Gael leader, while focusing on winning a seat in the Donegal constituency.

On Wednesday morning Mr Casey, the businessman and former presidential candidate, submitted his papers to contest the Dublin West race, having submitted papers to stand in Donegal on Tuesday. There is no restriction on a candidate running in multiple constituencies.

Peter Casey to stand in both Donegal and Dublin West (Irish Times)

Earlier: A Race Of Angels


This morning.

Via Highland Radio:

There’s further concern in Donegal over new rules applying to installing water connections.

It emerged that a man living in West Donegal has been quoted almost 70 thousand euro by Irish Water to get a connection from his new house to the water main, short distance away.

It follows similar claims made earlier this week at the latest sitting of Donegal County Council, with calls for a special workshop to take place to discuss the issue.

However, Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has requested an emergency meeting with Irish Water saying that this cannot be allowed to continue…

Further concern in Donegal over new rules to install water connections (Highland Radio)

Illustration: Irish Water

This afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Supporters of Lifeline Inishowen the, domestic violence service in Inishowen, County Donegal which been under threat of closure for nine years, gather outside the Dáil where they handed in a petition to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  to provide adequate funding and save the service.

Lifeline Inishowen travel to Dail in battle for survival (Highland Radio)

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

A second earthquake of magnitude 2.4 was also recorded in Donegal on April 7, around the Killybegs area.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Brendan O’Donoghue  explained that Donegal is situated along the boundary of an ancient collision between two ancient continents.

He said the “cracks would still be in the Earth’s crust” and these events are the releases of small amounts of energy….

Or ‘they’ are dynamiting ‘things’ underground.

We may never know.

Minor earthquake recorded in Co Donegal (RTÉ)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton

I live in rural Donegal, about two miles from the nearest village. Eir and others told us that we would need to dig a trench from our house to the public road for a duct to enclose fibre-optic cable. I costed it and the job was coming in at more than €1,000. The works would have involved breaking concrete at the bottom of our driveway.

So I did some research. I contacted 3 mobile, got a wireless mobile router and a booster antenna from Amazon. We now have unlimited data for €30 per month. The booster cost €50.

My concern is this. Are we sleep-walking into spending €3 billion on “last year’s” technology? It seems to me that we may well be.

Experts are invariably conflicted. It’s always better to ask someone whose livelihood doesn’t depend upon the answer.

Over and over again in this country, our biggest and costliest mistakes arise from failing to ask the obvious questions.

Michael Deasy,
Co Donegal.

Rural broadband and new technology (The Irish Times)


Previously: ‘An All-Too Familiar Vista In Major Communications Contracts’


Bríd Sweeney wrote on Facebook:

Every picture tells a story…but this is not a happy one.

These were taken during the gorse fires yesterday [Sunday] and after things settled in Loughanure, Annagry and Belcruit [in Donegal].

A father and son working tiredlessly to maintain this fire…(along with 100s more).

Bríd Sweeney (Facebook)

Air Corps defends Donegal gorse fire response time (The Irish Times)

Full Garda investigation launched into devastating gorse fires (Highland Radio)