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first_imgMarcelo under fire for diveMADRID (AP):Real Madrid left back Marcelo has been widely criticised for diving against Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.The Brazilian defender appeared to kick and headbutt Maximilian Arnold, then threw himself to the ground after pretending he had been hit in the face by the German midfielder.His antics in Real Madrid’s 2-0 loss in Germany on Wednesday led to a yellow card to Arnold, who could miss the semi-finals if he is booked again in next week’s second leg and Wolfsburg advance.Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking was still upset by the incident after the match and reportedly had an angry exchange with Marcelo in the tunnel to the changing rooms.Marcelo was booed off the field by fans at Wolfsburg Arena, while Arnold, who scored the second goal, said afterwards the incident was “part of football”.US women rout Colombia 7-0EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP):Allie Long scored her first two international goals, and the United States routed Colombia 7-0 Wednesday night in the Americans’ first exhibition since five players filed a wage-discrimination action against the US Soccer Federation (USSF).Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn filed an action last week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing the USSF of unlawfully paying them less than members of the US men’s national team. The union for the women’s national team is in a legal battle with the USSF, claiming it can terminate its labour contract. The USSF claims the deal runs through December.”We weren’t really thinking about all that stuff because at the end of the day, that stuff will work itself out,” Lloyd said. “We have to continue to make sure we are putting a good result out on the field.”The US team was not the only one fighting money issues. The Colombian team has not been paid in two months, Philly.com reported last week.Kerber in last eightCHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP):Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova at the Volvo Car Open yesterday.Kerber is the defending champion after winning the title in last year’s Family Circle Cup. The second-ranked German star was not at her best but was good enough to put away Kucova, who is ranked No. 142. Kerber broke her opponent’s serve seven times, including the final game.Kerber needed a third-set tiebreaker to win her opening match at the Volvo on Tuesday night. She quickly gained control over Kucova and won 10 of the final 13 games.last_img read more

Former council hopeful arrested

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A witness says she saw McDonald drive up the bank. McDonald will be arraigned later this month. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 SANTA CLARITA – A retired California Highway Patrol sergeant who ran for a seat on the Santa Clarita City Council in April was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a jogger accused him of trying to run him down. Dwight P. McDonald, 60, was arrested after the jogger filed a report accusing McDonald of striking him with his car and then chasing him. “I think it’s pretty common for joggers to jog on the asphalt because it’s easier on their body, and it’s always been a safety hazard,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Brenda Cambra. “This case is under investigation.” Jogger Steve Gilbert, 44, of Valencia, alleged that McDonald struck him with his personal vehicle while Gilbert was running along Hillsboro Place on Thursday. Gilbert said he ran up an embankment, after which McDonald pursued him in his car. He was not injured. last_img read more

Mount Hollywood seen as a ‘symbol of hope’

first_imgWith just three hours sleep, LaBonge lit out early Wednesday to eyeball scorched earth. The morning before, the councilman had hiked the 1,625-foot Mount Hollywood to savor its views. Now gone was Dante’s View and the tree-studded garden founded by Dante Orgolini, now tended by LaBonge. Gone was Captain’s Roost, a watering spot for hikers. And gone were portions of the Bird Sanctuary and historic Cedar Grove filmed in “Diehard” and the “Terminator.” Where majestic oaks and cedars once stood were ashen hillsides burned to the nubs. Only skeletons remained. And acrid plumes of smoke. “A moonscape,” LaBonge said. He was joined by Jon Mukri, general manager for the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks, and Daniel Grunfeld, president of the parks commission. His Crown Victoria was followed by City Council President Eric Garcetti. They entered the smoking ruins via Commonwealth Canyon Road. They meandered along smoky Vista del Val Drive. And they celebrated what 600 firefighters had managed to preserve throughout the gusty night – the Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, the Lautner House in Los Feliz, a film set for “L.A. Confidential.” The icons of Los Angeles. “This park is the heart of the city,” Garcetti said. “This fire cuts to the heart of our city, a quarter of the park gutted. “But our spirits aren’t gutted. The terrain may be blackened, but today, hope will soar.” LaBonge navigated the car down a twisty fire road. Past Aberdeen Canyon, the suspected source of the fire (and scene of another one 25 years ago). Past the Franklin D. Roosevelt Golf Course, where flames lapped a towering cedar. And past burning logs, which LaBonge snuffed with sand with a kick of his tawny boot. It was in 1961, he recalled, when flames blackened more than 1,000 acres in Griffith Park. And in 1933, another blaze claimed the lives of 29 federal WPA workers at the depth of the Depression. If it takes decades, the men promised, Griffith Park will be as good as Col. Griffith J. Griffith once foresaw it. LaBonge vowed to lead 1,000 Angelenos on an annual sunset hike June 21 to the top of Mount Hollywood. “It’ll be a symbol of hope,” he said, staring at the peak still swarming with helicopters. “From Mount Hollywood, you can see the great basin of Los Angeles, you can see the great Pacific Ocean all the way to San Pedro. “You can almost touch the San Fernando Valley. On Ventura Boulevard, you can see who’s coming out of Art’s Deli. Going up Mount Hollywood will symbolize the rebirth of Griffith Park.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GRIFFITH PARK – Councilman Tom LaBonge gripped his steering wheel and looked up at a blackened Mount Hollywood with horror. And with heartbreak. “It’s gone, gone, it’s a thousand acres, a thousand acres,” exclaimed LaBonge, in whose district lies the 4,107-acre Griffith Park, as he toured the devastation. “It’s horrible. “It’s (like) the surface of Mars. You could put rover in there, he’ll feel at home.” last_img read more

Blow for Arsenal and Tottenham as Roma striker nears AC Milan switch

first_img Mattia Destro in action for Roma 1 Arsenal and Tottenham will have to switch their attentions elsewhere after Roma striker Mattia Destro revealed he is set to finalise a move to AC Milan.Destro has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League with the north London clubs leading the chase to clinch his signature.Both Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino are looking to strengthen their forward line and have been impressed with the performances from the Italy international.talkSPORT told you earlier in the week that Spurs were even considering using Vlad Chiriches as part of the deal as Roma have made him one of their transfer targets.But Destro has now confirmed that he is staying in Italy and is relishing the chance to play at the San Siro for Milan.Destro, speaking on his Facebook page, said: “Thank you Roma, I was a kid and you made me grow up.“Now to Milanello for a new challenge, convinced and determined. I’m already counting down to San Siro!”last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Forecourt attendant sought for Letterkenny filling station

first_imgJob Vacancy: The Glencar Filling Station in Letterkenny is now recruiting for staff to join their hard-working, knowledgeable and friendly team.Management are currently seeking a Forecourt Attendant for a part-time role.Responsibilities include ensuring all forecourt sales activities are completed promptly and correctly while delivering excellent customer service. The ideal candidate must be fully flexible and have previous experience in a similar role.To apply, please send a CV to hrglencar@gmail.comJob Vacancy: Forecourt attendant sought for Letterkenny filling station was last modified: January 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:filling stationForecourt attendantletterkenny jobspart time jobslast_img read more

GOLF NEWS: CLIVE DAVISON IN FINE FORM AS HE COMES OUT ON TOP IN BARNHILL

first_imgLetterkenny Golf News:Despite the unabating Irish spring weather , Cat 4 once again “teed” off the golfing week on Monday 4th with their eleven hole competition and taking top spot on this occasion was Michael Mc Daid with an unassailable 27pts. Friday 8th Open Stableford, which is steadily rising in numbers, was won by Gerard Harkin [16] with 40pts. Despite an “annoying” double bogey at par 5 seventh, Gerard’s steady golf had him record a conclusive 22pts on back nine to take the winner’s title.Saturday 9th Open, sponsored by Hegarty’s Ford Auto Services Letterkenny, had, once again and despite the inclement weather conditions, a very large entry and most welcome visitor in winner Clive Davison [14]. Having recorded a birdie at 4th, Clive finished his outward nine in somewhat inoccuous  fashion with a “blank” at par 3 eighth followed by a double bogey at 9th but, with a winning mentality honed on the fairways of Portsalon by John G Mc Bride, Clive’s approach shots to greens saw him capitalize on his putting on the par five 18th with a birdie finish for 22pts and an overall winning score of 42pts. Driving a close second was Clive’s usual stablemate Conor Mc Gettigan [12] who is just getting back to form for the summer season. With a reliable swing and a positive approach to putting, Conor’s front nine of 21pts set him up for a “course managing” inward nine winning score and indeed, he finished it off in style with a birdie at 18th also but, that double bogey at 17th did the damage.In third place, beaten only by a B.O.T. and with a great future ahead of him, was juvenile Patrick Page [17] who, despite two double bogeys listed on the front nine, returned a fantastic back nine for an overall 41pts.Gross winner on the day with 32 gross points was single figure handicapper Darragh Mc Menamin [4].Sunday 10th confined competition was won by Liam Sweeney [14]. Played in atrocious weather conditions and despite a treble bogey, double bogey and “blank” on the card, Liam’s 35pts was good enough to relegate Darragh Mc Menamin [4] to runner-up by virtue of B.O.T. Starting bogey-bogey, Darragh recorded level par from 3rd thru 16th, with birdie at 11th but an unusual “blank” at 18th having him lose out on top spot.Congratulations to the club’s Fred Daly team who overcame a very strong Rathmore on Sunday by 5 matches to 2, which puts them in a positive position for the return leg on Sunday coming. Also winning their first leg match was the Eamon O’ Carroll led Ulster Fourball team who defeated Carnlea GC. This away leg also takes place on this Sunday, 17th. Unfortunately, the Pierce Purcell team of Liam Wiseman failed to qualify at Cruit Island in what was the worst of the day’s weather [ the early morning] and indeed, it was the teams who competed in the afternoon round that made it through. Congratulations and best of luck to all.The Letterkenny Golf Club Classic, sponsored by Brown’s on the Green, will take place on this Saturday 16th May.  With time-sheet filling up already, it would be advisable for teams to get their name in asap. Next Wednesday 20th Open is sponsored by Consultas Financial Services while on Friday 22nd the club will host the Letterkenny Chamber Classic.  Members are reminded that those who have not yet paid subs or agreed DD or have spoken to subs convenor Dermot Condon, will forfeit any winning prizes.The Captain, Lady Captain, President, committees’ and all members of Letterkenny Golf Club would like to offer sincere sympathy to club Secretary and GUI committee member Barry Ramsay on the passing of his mother, Mrs. B. [Eileen] Ramsay, former Lady Captain of Letterkenny Golf Club in 1954.HAVE YOU SIGNED UP?Letterkenny Golf Club’s ONLINE LOTTO draw took place on Wednesday 6th May and, although there was no JACKPOT winner of €2,300, two lotto members who smiled happily were Angela Kilgallen & Kieran Sweeney, winners of the “lucky dip” prizes of €50 each. Congratulations to you both! Numbers drawn were 2; 14; 22; 28; The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday evening, closing time for entries is 6pm Wednesday, and entry page can be found on club website, www.letterkennygolfclub.com and follow the prompts. Join from as little as €20! [€2 per week]Thank you for playing and please continue to encourage your fellow members, friends & family to play our Club Lotto. GOLF NEWS: CLIVE DAVISON IN FINE FORM AS HE COMES OUT ON TOP IN BARNHILL was last modified: May 12th, 2015 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:golfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

The extraordinary number of goals scored in Arsenal v Liverpool games

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars BEST OF shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Arsenal have scored 24 Premier League goals already this season Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED MONEY Live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow The last five Premier League meetings between Arsenal and Liverpool have produced a total of 27 goals (5.4 per game).Liverpool have scored at least three goals in each of their last five league games against Arsenal (17 in total). The Reds have never done this in six consecutive top-flight games against an opponent, while no side has ever done so in six against the Gunners.Arsenal have scored at least twice in each of their last nine Premier League games, remaining unbeaten in their last eight (W7 D1).“It doesn’t look like that will change. They score a lot of goals and are really good offensively,” manager Jurgen Klopp said. no dice center_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED 1 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move There’s going to be goals when Arsenal host Liverpool on Saturday evening. A lot of goals.Well, that’s what history suggests anyway. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED REPLY On his side’s own finishing – the Reds have scored 20 Premier League goals so far – he added: “We created a lot of chances apart from maybe the Napoli and City games.“As long as you create, as a manager, you shouldn’t be in doubt about finishing.“Players don’t change over night. They are the same boys with always the same chance to improve and develop but you have to respect there can be a few drops.“I don’t want to have 38 times a year we win 1-0 – I’d take it, of course – but scoring as often as possible is as important as possible. But we don’t have to talk about that before we play Arsenal, they don’t give that many chances away.” ADVICE Most Popular In Football SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER15:00: West Ham v Burnley on talkSPORT 217:30: Arsenal v Liverpool on talkSPORT19:45: Wolves v Tottenham on talkSPORTSUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER13:30: Wigan v Leeds on talkSPORT 2last_img read more

PIX: DONEGAL SCHOOLS ATHLETES IMPRESS IN TULLAMORE

first_imgBY EAMON HARVEY: Schools athletes from across Donegal impressed when the Aviva sponsored Irish schools finals were held in a packed Tullamore Stadium yesterday.It was estimated that the attendance was over six thousand.The Abbey Voc School, PE Dept., who work in partnership with the local  Tir Chonaill club , in introducing and developing athletics, reaped a rich harvest when the schools Junior girls team won the overall All Ireland Cup, smashed a twenty years old 4 x 100m record and placed athletes on the winning podium on five occasions during an exciting days athletics. In addition students from St Eunans, Letterkenny,St Columbas, Stranorlar, Royal and Prior Raphoe, Carrick Voc School and Killybegs Voc placed in top three positions. Relays are always exciting. As the meeting climaxed the AVS 4 x 100m junior girls team of Emma Brady, Kate McGowan, Ruth Gillespie and Kelly McGrory with no small amount of good sprinting and slick baton changing, ran an outstanding time of 50.34secs for an impressive victory.In the process they broke a twenty year old record and had the distinction of the fastest girls relay time of the day.This performance climaxed a day that found Kate Mc Gowan win the 75m Hurdles in an impressive time of 11.42secs., Kelly McGrory record 2nd and 3rd finishes in the 100 [12.84secs]/200m-26.22secs -the former an identical time as winner Harrison from Limerick -electronic timing deciding on the winner, Emma Brady, 2nd Triple Jump; Karl Griffin 2nd Inter Boys 800m; Clare Brady 4th Inter Girls Pole Vault; Kate McGowan 4th Junior Girls Long Jump; Ciara Crawford, 9th Junior Walk.When the  points were totted up Abbey’s Junior Girls had a total 43 points and to a delighted support group which included parents, coaches, members of Tir Chonaill AC plus school Principal Mr Emmanuel McCormick, team captain Emma Brady accepted the Irish Schools Cup from Mr Micahel Hunt, Chairman of the ISAA.Ruairi Finnigan, St Eunans,/LAC, went to the front from the gun in the Inter[U17] 1,500m and as the race progressed he increased the lead and went on to win in an outstanding time of  3mins 55.22secs. John Kelly, Royal and Prior Raphoe/Finn Valley, was involved in great battle in the Inter-U17 5k Shot Putt. His best of 14.64m, was 20cm better than Jagguar from Blackrock College. Christopher Doherty, Carrick Voc./Tir Chonaill received his first National winning medal when he cleared 3.60m to win the Senior Boys Pole Vault.School mate and Sl Liag AC, Barry Quigg, got over 1.90m for runners up spot in the Senior Boys High Jump. Killygegs Voc’s Hannah Campbell, another member of David Doherty’s Pole Vaulting squad in Donegal Town, had a PB of 2.30m for a bronze medal winning performance – she narrowly missed at 2.50m.Blaithon Patton, St Columba’s/Finn Valley brought the medal haul to a close with a 1.55m best for bronze in the Inter Girls High Jump.PIX: DONEGAL SCHOOLS ATHLETES IMPRESS IN TULLAMORE was last modified: June 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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:abbey vocational schoolDonegal Townrecord breakerslast_img read more

DONEGAL LGFA NEWS: U16 FIXTURES, U12 BLITZ DETAILS AND U13 FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL Ladies Gaelic Football Association NEWS:U12 BLITZThe second u12 development blitz takes place this Saturday 16th August at the new Coláiste Ailigh school grounds in Letterkenny. Registration is at 10am and games will begin at 10.30 sharp.Rules for this blitz are the same as the first blitz.This is a 9 a side competition with a panel of 11.In this blitz teams have been divided into 4 competitive sections. The top 2 teams from each division will play in a final. In the event of a teams finishing on the same points, score difference will apply. The winners will receive a trophy and medals which have been kindly sponsored by Donegal Daily.U16 SECOND ROUND FIXTURESA ChampionshipGroup 1St Naul’s, N Conaill, Termon Group 2Mac Cumhaills, St Eunan’s, MovilleFixturesAugust 19 – St Naul’s v N Conaill and St Eunan’s v Mac Cumhaills August 26 – N Conaill v Termon and Mac Cumhaills v MovilleSeptember 2 – Termon v St Naul’s and Moville v St Eunan’s.Semi-finalsWinners of Group 1 v Runners-up Group 2Winners of Group 2 v Runners-up Group 1.Group winners have home advantage.B ChampionshipGroup 1 Four Masters, Ardara, N MuireGroup 2 Glenfin, Carndonagh, Fanad Gaels.August 19 Four Masters v Ardara and Glenfin v CarndonaghAugust 26 Ardara v N.Muire and Carndonagh v Fanad GaelsSeptember 2 N.Muire v Four Masters and Fanad Gaels v GlenfinThe top 2 teams from each group will qualify for semi final.Semi Finals: Winner of Group 1 v Runner Up of Group 2Winner of Group 2 v Runner Up of Group 1The winner of each section will have home advantage in the semi final.Referees will be appointed by fixtures committee for semi finals.Home Team pays ref €30 on day of match.Winning Team Text Results to Fixtures: Siobhan Coyle on 0872759766C ChampionshipGroup 1 Bundoran Dungloe, St Michael’s and Gaoth DobhairGroup 2 Buncran, Burt, Milford, ConvoyAugust 19: Dungloe v Gaoth Dobhair and Buncrana v Convoy plus Bundoran v St Michaels and Milford v BurtAugust 26 St Michaels v Dungloe and Burt v Buncrana plus Bundoran v Gaoth Dobhair and Milford v ConvoySeptember 2 Dungloe v Bundoran and Buncrana v Milford plus Gaoth Dobhair v St Michaels and Convoy v BurtThe top 2 teams from each group will qualify for semi final.Semi Finals: Winner of Group 1 v Runner Up of Group 2Winner of Group 2 v Runner Up of Group 1The winner of each section will have home advantage in the semi final.Referees will be appointed by fixtures committee for semi finals.Home Team pays ref €30 on day of match.Winning Team Text Results to Fixtures: Siobhan Coyle on 0872759766U16sD ChampionshipGroup 1 Aodh Ruadh, Kilcar, Cloughaneely, GlenswillyGroup 2 Malin, Red Hughs, LK GaelsAugust 19: Kilcar v Glenswilly and Malin v Red Hughs and Aodh Ruadh v CloughaneelyAugust 26:  Cloughaneely v Kilcar and Red Hughs v L/Kenny Gaels and Aodh Ruadh v GlenswillySeptember 2: Kilcar v Aodh Ruadh and L/Kenny Gaels v Malin and Glenswilly v CloughaneelyThe top 2 teams from each group will qualify for semi final.Semi Finals: Winner of Group 1 v Runner Up of Group 2Winner of Group 2 v Runner Up of Group 1The winner of each section will have home advantage in the semi final.Referees will be appointed by fixtures committee for semi finals.Home Team pays ref €30 on day of match.Winning Team Text Results to Fixtures: Siobhan Coyle on 0872759766U13 group stagesU13sGroup 1: Four Masters, Killybegs, N Conaill, N Columba, St Naul’sGroup 2: Glenswilly, Red Hughs, Glenfin, MacCumhaillsGroup 3: Fanad Gaels, St Michael’s, Termon, Downings.Group 4: Cloughaneely, N Muire, Dungloe, Gaoth DobhairGroup 5: St Eunan’s, Buncrana, Convoy, Moville.Fixtures:August 25: N Columba v St Naul’s and Killybegs v Four MastersSeptember 1: N Conaill v Killybegs; Four Masters v N Columba; Red Hughs v Mac Cumhaills; Fanad Gaels v St Michaels; Glenswilly v Glenfin; Termon v Downings; Dungloe v Gaoth Dobhair; St Eunan’s v Convoy; Cloughaneely v Gaoth Dobhair; Moville v ConvoySeptember 8: St Naul’s v Four Masters; N Conaill v N Columba; Glenfin v Red Hughs; Glenswilly v Mac Cumhaills; Downings v Fanad; Termon v St Michaels; N Muire v Dungloe; Cloughaneely v Gaoth Dobhair; Buncrana v St Eunan’s; Moville v Convoy.September 15: Dungloe v cloughaneely; St Eunan’s v Moville; Gaoth Dobhair v N Muire; Convoy v Buncrana; N Columba v Killybegs; St Naul’s v N Conaill; Red Hughs v Glenswilly; Mac Cumhaills v Glenfin; Fanad v Termon; St Michael’s v Downings.September 22: four masters v n conaill; Killybegs v St Nauls.Further details on the U13 competition to followDONEGAL LGFA NEWS: U16 FIXTURES, U12 BLITZ DETAILS AND U13 FIXTURES was last modified: August 12th, 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:donegalfixturesLGFAnewsU12U13U16last_img read more

DONEGAL GARDAI SLAMMED FOR CHARGING TO POLICE COMMUNITY EVENTS

first_imgDonegal Gardai have been slammed for charging local community groups and charities to police events.Garda are being paid to patrol events.In a hard-hitting attack against the force,  Sinn Fein TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn said the move is outrageous and must be stopped.He said that in many cases, festivals and other events are receiving less money in funding than they are paying Gardai to patrol the same events. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said it is not acceptable that local community, voluntary and charity groups are expected to foot the bill for policing services at events and festivals.“These groups are made up of committed and hardworking volunteers who plan and organise events and festivals to benefit local communities and businesses. Such groups often have to fundraise to make such events happen and to require them to pay for the work of the Gardaí on top of this is unfair.”The Inishowen TD said charity events, community fairs and annual parish festivals are the lifeblood of communities across Donegal.“Such events encourage tourism and contribute to community spirit. It is vital that these events are supported by Government as opposed to being made jump through the loopholes to pay for the effects of cutbacks to Garda resources.” He continued by saying the fact that they are now requesting payment for their services will only further the damage caused to Garda-community relations due the closure of Garda stations and other cutbacks to the service.“To demand organising committees to pay for policing is nonsense. In my own county of Donegal, I have been informed that the thousands of euro demanded of one festival organising committee far exceeds the grants given to the festival by Donegal County Council and Fáilte Ireland. In essence, it’s one arm of the State paying for the services of another arm of the State and all the while local communities are burdened with the cost.“There is no doubt that organisations that organise large scale concerts and events, that generate large revenue and profits, should cover the cost of policing such events. However, in terms of local community events, festivals and charity events, the legislation that allows for requesting such payments must be amended to protect our local groups and encourage local tourism.“If the Government refuse to do this, my party will introduce a Bill to amend the legislation. These festivals are the heart of local communities and we cannot expect them pay such costs that may sink many cherished and traditional events.”DONEGAL GARDAI SLAMMED FOR CHARGING TO POLICE COMMUNITY EVENTS was last modified: June 25th, 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:community groupsdonegalGardaiPadraig Mac LochlainnSinn Feinlast_img read more