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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)

Carlow Weather tweetz:

Latest Satellite images of Storm Gareth as it approaches the northwest coast. This is a very large and nasty system with the unusual feature of bringing strong winds for a long duration, from this afternoon right through to early tomorrow.



Red Bull Ireland tweetz:

This is what happens when the world’s best windsurfers come chasing storms [last Sunday] in Donegal.🤘

Red Bull Storm Chase

Fire-damaged Caiseal Mara Hotel on Foyle Street in Moville, Co Donegal


Gardai launched an investigation into an arson attack at a Donegal hotel which was due to be used as a direct provision centre for 100 asylum seekers in the coming days.

The fire happened at the Caiseal Mara Hotel on Foyle Street in Moville at around 4.30am on Sunday morning – hours before Fáilte Inishowen was to hold a public information meeting at the Methodist Hall in the town.

It’s been reported one man, in his 50s, was injured in the fire and he was taken to Letterkenny Hospital for treatment.

This isn’t the first time such a fire took place at a hotel earmarked for a direct provision centre.

In April 2000, there was an arson attack at the Vee Valley Hotel in Clogheen, Co Tipperary which was scheduled to start accommodating 30 to 40 asylum seekers at the time.

Following the fire, it was reported in The Irish Times that Clogheen’s residents, at a public meeting of about 400, voted to hold a picket outside the hotel and to negotiate for just 10 asylum seekers to be allowed stay in the hotel.

Three years later, the trial of a man charged over the fire in Clogheen collapsed.

At the time, the Irish Independent reported:

“The trial of a painter who allegedly threatened to burn down a hotel where it was planned asylum seekers would be housed, and hang the previous owners of the building, collapsed yesterday at Clonmel Circuit Criminal Court.

Noel Grey (45), single, who lives in a caravan in Clogheen village, Co Tipperary had pleaded not guilty to three counts of arson and damaging property on April 25, 2000.

A total of €33,000 worth of damage had been done to the Vee Valley Hotel, Clogheen, Co Tipperary.

The court heard that Mr Grey had threatened to burn the hotel and had been protesting outside as he was opposed to it housing asylum seekers.

However, the two-day trial collapsed following 90 minutes of legal argument regarding the non-availability of certain exhibits.

Judge Yvonne Murphy discharged the jury. A re-trial is not expected.”


The Fáilte Inishowen meeting at the Methodist Hall went ahead yesterday with hundreds reportedly in attendance.

Fáilte Inishowen writes:

“We in Fáilte Inishowen and Inishowen Together awoke yesterday to dark, alarming news of the arson attack on the Caiseal Mara hotel in Moville.

“A family were in there, in their beds – perhaps whoever sent fire through the windows did not think of that.

“Whatever it was that the perpetrator or perpetrators thought they were achieving, they have failed. A hateful and cowardly act, done alone in the dark was resoundingly answered in much brighter hours that followed in Moville, by the hundreds of people who gathered at our community meeting to affirm our support, solidarity and welcome for the asylum seekers who will be arriving in the town in the coming weeks.

“The meeting, which packed out the Methodist Hall, sought to illuminate the realities of the Direct Provision system and to offer ideas and advice on how the community can prepare in order to do our best by the new Moville residents. Its key speakers – who very kindly travelled from Dublin to be with us – were activist Lucky Khambule of the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, and artist and researcher Vukasin Nedeljkovic of Asylum Archive.

“Lucky and Vukasin also gave great examples of the effectiveness of simple kindness that they have encountered.

“Both Lucky and Vukasin have experienced what it is to have “your life placed on hold” as an asylum seeker in Direct Provision in Ireland. Having heard their insights into the dismal system by which our State fails to offer a genuine welcome or real home to people escaping dire circumstances, we can see that having open hearts is not enough. We will also need watchful eyes to hold the Government to account. We need to ensure the best provision, while appealing for an end to Direct Provision and the introduction of an immediate right to work without restriction

“Contributions also came from local clergy – Methodist reverend Alison Gallagher and Catholic priest Fr Pat O’Hagan PP – who presented a united stand of the town’s religious communities in solidarity with the refugees, and pledged their time, space and help.

“Several gardai attended, and Sergeant Goretti Sheridan spoke at the outset to assure the people of Moville that the force was doing its level best to get to the bottom of the incident of arson that had taken place in the early hours.

“Speakers from Fáilte Inishowen and Inishowen Together included Tracy Cullen-Sheehan, Caroline Maguire; Siobhán Shiels and Therese McKenna.

“Many people throughout the room stood to speak about how they would like their organisations to contribute to welcoming the asylum seekers to Moville.

“These included the local librarian, the town’s educators from pre-school to secondary level, the Inishowen Development Partnership, the Moville and District Family Resource Centre, Moville Men’s Shed, mental health advocates, among many others.

“Politicians and activists in attendance who vouched their warm support included Thomas Pringle TD; civil rights campaigners Eamon McCann and Goretti Horgan; and local councillor Martin Farren.

“A significant number of supporters had travelled from Derry – with organisations such as Derry Well Woman committing their input and expertise; and Eamon McCann noting, amid Brexit talks, the sad fact that there is already a hard border for refugees in Ireland and that those arriving in Moville may not visit or even travel through the North.

“At the end of the meeting, more than 50 people queued to give their contact details and volunteer their time and individual talents to help in welcoming the new residents to Moville.

“The strength of feeling and warmth in the room was incredible. The atmosphere was respectful and hopeful.

“The dark and alarming act that happened hours before has galvanised the community of Moville to show what we are really made of; that this is a beautiful town of compassion and openness.”

Anyone who wishes to get involved in Failte Inishowen can email failteinishowen@gmail.com

Previously: A Warm Welcome

Pic: Greg Hughes

Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville, Co Donegal

This Sunday.

At the Methodist Hall on the Main Street of Moville, Co Donegal.

At 3pm.

Fáilte Inishowen will be hosting a public information meeting about the arrival of asylum seekers to Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville.

Tracey Cullen Sheehan, of Fáilte Inishowen, writes:

“Fáilte Inishowen is pleased to announce the first event in its campaign to ensure that all of the asylum seekers arriving in the coming weeks are warmly welcomed and strongly supported in settling in to this vibrant community by the sea.

“All are welcome to attend, and representatives from health, education and social agencies in the area will be in attendance to offer their perspectives and to take questions from the floor.

“Invited speakers who have come through the discredited system of Direct Provision will focus on how best local people might show solidarity and friendship to those who are arriving.

Vukasin Nedeljkovic is an artist and researcher from Serbia whose excellent multidisciplinary project, Asylum Archive, documents his own experience of Direct Provision.

“Having sought asylum in Ireland in 2007, Vukasin was put into the Direct Provision system and, faced with the stress of life waiting to for his asylum application to be processed, began his excellent project ‘as a coping mechanism’.

“Vukasin’s recently-published Asylum Archive book tells a story of weight and importance that too few people have heard about — we will be petitioning Donegal County Library to include a copy in every branch.

“South African activist Lucky Khambule [him off the telly!] has called Ireland home for the last five years.

“He lived in Direct Provision for three years and this experience drove him to co-found MASI, the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland — in pursuit of justice, dignity, social equality and the right to work for people seeking asylum as they had been banned from doing so since Direct Provision was enacted.

Caroline Radcliffe from Moville is experienced in the field of human rights and will speak of her time working with asylum seekers in the hostel that existed in the early 2000s in Moville.”

Fáilte Inishowen (Facebook)