Kitty man remanded on rape charge

first_imgA Station Street, Kitty resident was on Wednesday remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for raping a 13-year-old girl.Odinga Greene, 42, was not required to plead to the indictable charge after it was read to him by Magistrate Daly.The prosecution is contending that between November 1 and 31, 2016, he engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.Magistrate Daly remanded Greene to prison. He is expected to make his next court appearance on November 21, 2018.last_img read more

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Albouystown man found dead in apartment

first_imgThe motionless body of a 37-year-old man was found in his rented apartment on Thursday at Albouystown, Georgetown.The body of 37-year-old Neville Anthony Haynes being taken out of the apartment he was found dead in on Thursday afternoonNeville Anthony Haynes was discovered hanging in the bedroom by his neighbour after an unpleasant smell began emanating.Haynes, who lived alone, had last been seen by persons in the area on Wednesday afternoon. Although persons were shocked to learn that the man might have committed suicide, a few believe that he was murdered.However, according to persons who were present at the scene, the man had locked his door from the inside and it had to be broken in order to gain access. There was no other entrance or exit to his apartment.Investigations into the matter are currently ongoing.Just Monday, 17-year-old Cynthia Seth of Vryheid Village, West Canje Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) took her own life after a misunderstanding with boyfriend.She was a teacher at the St Theresa Primary School. It was reported that prior to her taking her life, she and her boyfriend had a heated argument.Her lifeless body was discovered in the family’s home by her younger brother on Monday evening.Statistics show that young people between the ages of 20 and 29-years-old accounted for the most suicide deaths during 2017 and 2018, where the majority of them were a result of pesticide use, followed by persons hanging themselves.According to the National Suicide Plan 2015-2020, Guyana ranked at the top worldwide with an estimated suicide rate of 44.2 per 100,000.last_img read more

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Wenger faces axe as Arsenal plan to review his position

first_imgREAD: Wenger faces axe as Arsenal plan to review his position Rodgers, Low on list of possible replacemetsJoachim Low (right), pictured at Bayer Leverkusen’s game with Schalke on Sunday, is an option. Photo/DAILY MAILMonaco boss Leonardo Jardim, Germany manager Joachim Low, Celtic head coach Brendan Rodgers and Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta are among the early contenders.Sources insist Wenger, whose position is under more scrutiny following Sunday’s feeble Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester City, will fight to see out the final 12 months of his contract at the very least.But Sportsmail understands there is growing support among Arsenal’s power-brokers for Wenger to leave north London at the end of this season.The end-of-season review will be key as to whether Wenger is given the chance to stay for another campaign. This leaves him facing serious questions about what has so far been a below-par season.Celtic’s manager Brendan Rodgers said he is pleased with the mentality his players have shown in their big games so far in the 2017 seasonMuch will depend on whether Wenger can lead the club back into the Champions League, although achieving that feat will not be the only factor. A route back into Europe’s elite looks unlikely through the Premier League as the Gunners are currently 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham.So Arsenal’s most likely way back is by winning the Europa League, although they face a daunting, two-legged clash against AC Milan in the next round.Qualifying for the Champions League next season would provide Wenger with a bargaining tool in his attempts to stay.At the moment, however, he is facing the virtually impossible task of arguing that the team has improved after he was awarded a two-year extension last summer- particularly after they broke their transfer record twice in the space of seven months.Arsenal majority owner Stan Kroenke (2nd L) looks on from the executive boxes during his team’s Premier League game against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 17, 2011The club’s hierarchy has changed significantly this season with chief executive Ivan Gazidis appointing head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and contract negotiatior Huss Fahmy.These new faces have reduced Wenger’s control at the club, particularly with regard to recruitment. And they will have an influence during the summer review and the appointment of Wenger’s eventual successor.However, majority shareholder Stan Kroenke will still have the final say on whether Wenger leaves.The Arsenal manager has enjoyed the staunch backing of the US tycoon since Kroenke first got involved at the club in 2007. Kroenke played a pivotal role in Wenger signing a two-year extension last summer.But questions are being raised over whether his support of the Frenchman remains as strong, given the club’s difficult season. Another year out of the Champions League would be detrimental to the club’s finances, which may force Kroenke into a change of heart.Arsenal fans hold up a banner calling for departure of majority owner Stan Kroenke during the English Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London on May 21, 2017Indeed, the fact Kroenke’s son Josh -who sits on the Arsenal board and was at Wembley on Sunday -has moved to London to gain a greater understanding of the club is significant. The Kroenke family have a reputation for being distant but Josh’s decision to take a more hands-on role indicates the club are considering a change.It is understood there is a feeling among Arsenal’s squad that Wenger is no longer the man to take the team forward. There is a growing fear the club will continue to fall behind while the Frenchman is at the helm.Some players are seeking routes out of the club, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin linked with potential moves away. The club’s all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry has also been mentioned as a possible successor to Wenger.‘Who wouldn’t like to be the Arsenal coach?’ Henry told Sky Sports News on Monday.‘I’m an Arsenal fan but that doesn’t mean that is what’s going to happen. I don’t know what’s happening behind closed doors, but who wouldn’t be interested in that job?’-By Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sources insist Wenger, whose position is under more scrutiny following Sunday’s feeble Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester City, will fight to see out the final 12 months of his contract at the very least.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 27 – Arsenal will review Arsene Wenger’s position this summer- with the prospect of ending the Frenchman’s 22-year reign now emerging as a genuine option.The Gunners have already started compiling a list of potential candidates to replace Wenger if time is called on his tenure at the end of the season.last_img read more

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There is still room for improvement -Kimanzi

first_img“It’s still too early but with four games already and with 10 points, it’s a good step and a good motivation for the young players who struggled a lot last year. It shows development and maturity. They have taken the first few games with a big punch and it builds lots of confidence and I am seeing lots of room to improve,” Kimanzi said.Mathare’s emphatic 3-1 win over a star-studded Sofapaka side last weekend was biggest testament that Kimanzi’s charges would not be engaging in the murky wars of relegation again and the tactician says he is reaping the fruits of keeping faith in a young squad.Mathare United players mill around Chris Oduor to celebrate his goal against Sofapaka on February 25, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKimanzi lost almost the entire first team cog from the 2016 season and instead of going for seasoned players, he chose to stick to youngsters and they have proved him right with their performance thus far.“They are becoming another force with only their second season in the league. Most were new and complete beginners, but we can see what one year can do with a good environment for development,” the coach said.He added; “They have become so solid and I am enjoying the way they play, the way they make decisions in attack and defending. I love what they have developed into after 16 months of work.”Mathare hope to keep the form flying this weekend when they travel away to Thika United, a side which has found it tough to get their feet on the ground with just two points off their first four matches.-Kariobangi Sharks look to bounce back-Kariobangi Sharks head William Muluya plotting Gor Mahia downfall. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, Kariobangi Sharks tactician William Muluya hopes his side can recover from last weekend’s slim loss against Gor Mahia, saying his side was not pressed down despite letting off Gor with an easy win.Sharks had rallied from a goal down to hold the 16-time champions to a 1-1 draw, but a mistake saw them drop hopes for a win.“We played well but we were punished for our mistakes. Football is a game of chances and if you make mistakes you are punished. That’s not the end of our fight. We will ensure we improve for the return leg,” Muluya said.Wazito have had a mixed start to their debut season in top flight winning one, drawing another and losing the other of their opening three games.Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna shouts instructions during their KPL match against Sony Sugar at Camp Toyoyo on February 3, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThey return to their Camp Toyoyo base on Sunday hoping to replicate the result they had on their opening day, a 1-0 win over Sony Sugar.“It has been a tough start definitely with some lessons to pick here and there, but the team is getting better. It will be tough against Sharks because they are very tactical and organized but I am hopeful we can get a positive result from the match,” the coach opined.In other fixtures to be played this weekend, Sofapaka will host Posta Rangers at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos tomorrow, head coach Sam Ssimbwa hoping they can build on from their 2-1 win over AFC Leopards in midweek.Sofapaka FC players gather after a training session at the Eastleigh High School on January 11, 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe two sides lie side by side at sixth and seventh in the standings both having picked up six points. Unbeaten Posta have drawn thrice and won once while Sofapaka have won twice and lost a similar number.Posta boss Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo will hope to use the advantage that they will be fresher than their opponents who had to travel to Narok for their midweek engagement.“Despite that I think this will be a very tough match for us but overall, I expect us to get a win. Sofapaka has a very good forward line and it is one area we should really be cautious about,” Omollo said.Statistically, Posta walk into the tie shoulders high as they have won half of their last 10 fixtures against Batoto ba Mungu, losing three and drawing twice. Last season, they picked four points off Sofapaka winning the first leg 1-0 and drawing the return tie 1-1.KPL Weekend fixtures:Saturday: Chemelil Sugar v Zoo Kericho (Chemelil), Vihiga United v Nakumatt (Bukhungu), Nzoia Sugar v Kakamega Homeboyz (Sudi Stadium), Sofapaka v Posta Rangers, Gor Mahia v Bandari (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos).Sunday: Thika United v Mathare United (Thika Stadium), Sony Sugar v AFC Leopards (Awendo), Wazito v Kariobangi Sharks (Camp Toyoyo), Ulinzi Stars v Tusker FC (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi celebrates with Chris Oduor after his wonder goal against Sofapaka on February 25, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 2- Despite an explosive start that has seen them pick up 10 points in their first four matches of the season, Mathare United head coach Francis Mathare believes there is still room for improvement for the side that evaded relegation by a whisker last season.The Slum Boys are one of the only four unbeaten sides this year and their 10-ppoint haul after three wins and draw is double the amount they had managed at the same point last season.last_img read more

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Bellerin out for up to 9 months with knee injury

first_imgThe 23-year-old was making his first start since mid-December, having overcome a calf problem, but will now miss the remainder of the season, and possibly the start of the 2019/20 campaign.“Further to the injury sustained during our match against Chelsea on Saturday, we can confirm that Hector has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee,” the club said in a statement on its website.“Hector will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months and therefore rules Hector out of action for the remainder of this season.“Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to ensure Hector is back on the pitch as soon as possible next season.”Head coach Unai Emery said after the Chelsea game that Bellerin could have an “important” injury and that the initial prognosis was not positive.Bellerin’s Arsenal team-mate Rob Holding suffered a similar injury in a 2-2 draw at Manchester United on December 5.While the January transfer window would allow Arsenal to bring in cover at right-back, Emery does have options in Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Carl Jenkinson, who was expected to be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium this month before Bellerin’s setback.Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin reacts after picking up a knee injury against Chelsea © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 22 – Arsenal announced on Tuesday that defender Hector Bellerin will be out of action for up to nine months after rupturing knee ligaments in his team’s win against Chelsea.Bellerin, 23, went down unchallenged during the second half of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at the Emirates on Saturday and was carried off on a stretcher.last_img read more

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Man City prepare huge £100m Van Dijk deal, Matic wants Man United move? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester City are preparing a £100million deal for Virgil van Dijk that they hope will allow them to beat Chelsea and Liverpool to the defender’s signature. City are ready to pay Southampton more than £50million and give Van Dijk a five-year contract worth about £180,000 a week, nearly four times his present salary. (The Times)Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have joined forces to try to squeeze mega-deals out of Arsenal. The Gunners’ two biggest stars are entering the final year of their contracts, and both want in excess of £350,000 per week to make a further commitment. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are in talks with Monaco over the £42m signing of defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, in a move that could then see Nemanja Matic join Manchester United. (Independent)Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is keen to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. The 28-year-old has discussed linking up with his former Chelsea manager and a deal is dependent on United and the Premier League champions agreeing a transfer fee. (Manchester Evening News)Chelsea are not worried about losing Cesar Azpilicueta despite talk in Spain of new Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde making the defender a top target. (Daily Mail)Manchester United are ready to battle it out with Tottenham for Fulham’s young left-back Ryan Sessegnon. Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho wants to snap up the talented England Under-19s international this summer. (Daily Mirror)Leicester are ready to put a £50m price tag on Riyad Mahrez. The playmaker has told the Foxes he wants to leave, with a number of big clubs ready to test the water, including Arsenal. (Daily Express)Everton are on the brink of completing their first summer signing, Cuco Martina from Southampton. (Independent)Crystal Palace have contacted ex-Liverpool No?2 Mauricio Pellegrino about replacing Sam Allardyce. The Argentinian — a good friend of Tottenham chief Mauricio Pochettino — resigned from the Alaves hotseat on Monday. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to stay at Manchester United and is set for talks with the club over a new contract, his agent Mino Raiola has told talkSPORTRomelu Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola says Everton have promised the striker he can leave this summer if certain clubs come in for him – but insists a transfer is not closeSuper agent Mino Raiola believes the £89million Manchester United paid for his client Paul Pogba has proved to be a bargainFormer Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given believes Pep Guardiola’s £35million deal for Benfica goalkeeper Ederson is another gambleFormer Manchester United captain Bryan Robson believes Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is exactly the type of player the Red Devils should be bringing inArturo Vidal has been sending WhatsApp messages to Alexis Sanchez urging him to quit Arsenal for Bayern MunichWest Ham and West Brom are both keen on a deal for Leicester striker Islam Slimanilast_img read more

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GAA: U-14 BOYS – DUNGLOE 1-05, NAOMH CONAILL 7-07

first_imgYou can send reports from any sport to info@donegaldaily.comTonight in Dungloe, Naomh Conaill proved to strong for their opponents in this Under 14s division 1 championship match. The Glenties men started the better scoring 3 unanswered points but then Dungloe countered with a well taken goal that their pressure deserved.This seemed to spur on Naomh Conaill who scored 2 quick goals through Jack McKelvey. Another 2 goals were quickly added for N Conaill as they led 4-5 to 1-1 at half time. The second half was much the same as the first with the Glenties men starting quickly and putting the Dungloe defence under pressure with a couple of quick goals putting Naomh Conaill in a commanding position.This result puts Naomh Conaill on top of the table on their own and in a strong position to move into the next stages of the competition.Dungloe will have to re group quickly as they play Ardara this Saturday in the league semi final.Final score from Rosses Park: Dungloe 1-5, Naomh Conaill 7-7  GAA: U-14 BOYS – DUNGLOE 1-05, NAOMH CONAILL 7-07 was last modified: May 20th, 2013 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: U-14 BOYS – DUNGLOE 1-05NAOMH CONAILL 7-07last_img read more

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GAA NEWS – SEAN MacCUMHAILLS CLUB NOTES

first_imgOVER €11,00 TO BE WON.You can win up to 11,000 euro with Sean mac Cumhaills. Our Lotto Jackpot is €4,900 and our Bingo Snowball stands at €6,750. DONEGAL V TYRONEThe draw for tickets will take place in the clubhouse on Wed night at 9.00pm.Main Pitch. The main pitch is now closed till further notice. Please contact Mickey Mc Mahon if you need to use the centre in Convoy.RESULTSSenior. Buncrana 2-08 Sean Mac Cumhaills 2-09Reserves. Buncrana 1-08 Sean Mac Cumhaills 3-15Third Team. Match called off.TRAININGTraining for all adult players continues Tue and Thurs at 7.45pm sharp. Training on Sat morning TBC U6 Boys and Girls. Astro pitch. Wed 6.00pm.U8 Boys and Girls. Training pitch. Wed 6.00pm.U10. Boys and Girls. Training pitch. Wed 6.00pm.U12 Girls Football. Training pitch Wed 6.00pm. U14 Football. Tue and Fri 7-8 both nights.U14 Girls Football. Thur 6.00pm.Minor Hurlers Wed 7.30pm.Camogie. Monday 6-7 and Friday 5.30-6.30.New members welcome.IRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dance classes every wed in Gaa centre 6 to 7 pm and 7 to 8 pm also Saturdays 4 to 5 pm and 5 to 6 pm qualified tutor reg with coimision le rinci gaelacha.Adult keep fit non competitive Irish Dance Lessons will begin shortly. For further information contact Lorraine on 087 12613493G ASTRO TURF PITCHState of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etcMAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week.Numbers drawn were 1,14,16 and 27There was 2 match 3 winners.Sean Mc Ginty and Fionn Mc Ginty each receives €75€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsSellers this week are Terry O Reillys team.The jackpot will be €4,900 next weekIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. We also stock Mac Cumhaills shorts, socks, hurls and water bottles. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.CLUBHOUSE BARThe Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA NEWS – SEAN MacCUMHAILLS CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 20th, 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)Tags:Sean MacCumhaills GAA Club noteslast_img read more

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DONEGAL SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR – NOMINATIONS REVEALED

first_imgThe nominations for the 36th Donegal Sports Star of the Year Awards have been announced.A record number of 156 nominations having been received in 36 different categories. The committee is delighted with the huge response from the sporting public in terms of the number and quality of the nominations received. And as in previous years the judging panel will have very difficult decisions to make in naming winners in some categories.RTE TV Sport’s chief soccer correspondent Tony O’Donoghue is the special guest at the 36 th Awards function in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday, January 27th . The committee is delighted to have another high profile name to present the awards and he should prove a big draw for the awards functions as he will be the chief soccer reporter for the national broadcaster at next summer’s European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine.O’Donoghue is succeeding Michael O’Muireartaigh who was special guest last year while other top names to have presented the Donegal Sports Star Awards in recent years include former President of the GAA Sean Kelly (now Fine Gael MEP); ex- Celtic and Republic of Ireland international Packie Bonner; RTE boxing analyst Mick Dowling and athletics legend John Treacy winner of an Olympic silver medal.The full list of nominations reads as follows:ATHLETICSBrendan Boyce, MilfordMark English, Letterkenny A.C.Mary Mc Loone, Tir Chonaill A.C.Teresa Mc Gloin, Finn Valley A.C. APPRECIATIONBrian Harkin, Inishowen Rugby ClubHughie Rua Gallagher, Gweedore (Soccer)Shane Smith, Bundoran (Surfing)Tony Gorman, Kilmacrennan (Soccer)BADMINTONChloe Magee, RaphoeDaniel Magee, RaphoeBASKETBALLJason Carr, Donegal TownTara Khan, Donegal TownBOWLINGEddie Curran, Ballylennon Bowling ClubJamie Glacken, Maghery Bowling ClubJohn Quinn, Ballylennon Bowling ClubPJ Gallagher, Burtonport Bowling ClubBOXINGJason Quigley, Finn Valley A.B.C.John Sweeney, Dungloe A.B.C.William Mc Laughlin, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C. BRENDAN MCDAID MEMORIAL SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTMartin Harley, Trentagh (UK Champion Apprentice Jockey)CLAY PIGEON SHOOTFrank Boyle, LetterkennyGordon Roulston, KilmacrennanJim Doherty, NewtowncunninghamCRICKETDavid MacbethRyan MacbethSachin DixitCYCLINGAaron McBride, North Pole Cycling ClubConor Mc Ilwaine, Errigal Cycling ClubPauric McCafferty, Four Masters Cycling Club EQUESTRIANClodagh Barry, East Donegal Pony ClubIan SmithKelda Morgan, Altraskin Stables, St JohnstoneKenneth Graham, MuffSimon Scott, ConvoyGAELIC FOOTBALLKarl Lacey, Four Masters GAA ClubMichael Murphy, GlenswillyNeil Gallagher, GlenswillyNeil McGee, GweedoreGYMNASTICSAlannah Gallagher, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics ClubGemma McCormick, CarndonaghMicheala O Boyle, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics ClubMaria Gallagher, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics ClubHALL OF FAMEDanny McDaid, Letterkenny A.C.Eamonn Coyle, Letterkenny Boxing ClubHOCKEYIan McGonigleMatthew LeckyWilliam KilpatrickHURLINGCiaran Mathewson, Sean McCumhnaillsColm Breathnach, St. Eunan’sNiall Campbell, BurtMARTIAL ARTSsDenise Donaghey, Aileach Karate ClubMichael McCay, Samurai Uladh Judo Club, BurnfootNatalie McCarron, PT’s Kickboxing Gym, CarrigansMOTOR SPORTAdrian McElhinneyDonagh KellyOisín Sharkey, ( Karting) St JohnstoneRory Kennedy, LetterkennyScott McElhinney, Donegal TownTrevor BustardRUGBYLaura Feeley, BallybofeyNora Stapleton, FahanPaul Cassidy, Inishowen Rugby ClubSEA ANGLINGDylan Kearns, KillybegsBernie O’ Callaghan, KillybegsMary O’ Callaghan, KillybegsSOCCEREamonn Cannon, Gweedore CelticJohnny Bonner, Buncrana Hearts & Genesse Community College, New YorkJordan Toland, Swilly RoversKyle Mc Fadden, Swilly RoversLiam Martin, Sligo Rovers / Donegal TownPatrick McDermott, Glengad F.C.Ryan Toland, Fanad United / Swilly RoversSeamie Friel, Fanad UnitedShaun McElwaine, Fanad UnitedSPECIAL ATHLETEDaniel Cannon, LetterkennyHughie Sweeney, GweedoreMary Strain, LetterkennyShaun Bradley, LettterkennySPECIAL RECOGNITIONMark Scott, Letterkenny Rugby Football ClubSURFINGConor Maguire, BundoranEaskey Britton, RossnowlaghMeadb Mc Closkey, BallyshannonRichard Fitzgerald, BundoranSWIMMINGCian Rooney, Marlin Swimming Club, BallyshannonEmma Vaughan, Swilly SealsIan Gaynor, City of Derry Swimming ClubKirsty Mc Ilwaine, Swilly SealsLeon Vaughan, Swilly SealsTEAM AWARDC.L.G. Beart (Hurlers)Donegal GAA Senior Football TeamDonegal Special Olympics Football ClubFanad United Senior Soccer TeamGweedore Celtic Senior Soccer TeamLetterkenny East Girls Under 13 Swimming TeamLetterkenny Gymnastics Display TeamLetterkenny Rugby Club Senior Men’s 1st XV TeamLetterkenny West Girls Under 16 Swimming TeamNorth West Special Olympics Ladies Basketball TeamNorth West Special Olympics Mens Basketball TeamSt. Eunans U14 Gaelic Football TeamUlster Karate Federation, BurnfootTRIATHLONAdam Speer, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubAlan Mitchell, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubGavin Crawford, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubMargaret Kelly, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubPRIMARY SCHOOLKilmacrennan N.S.Scoil Mhuire, GlentiesSt Brigid’s N.S., GlenmakeeSt Eunans N.S., LagheySt. Mura’s National School, Tooban, BurnfootSt. Patrick’s Boys National School, CarndonaghPRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS BOYAaron McGlynn, Commeen N.S., CloghanDenver Kelly, St. Mura’s N.S., Tooban, BurnfootDylan Kearns, Fintra N.S., KillybegsIke Objeamu, Ballyraine N.S., LetterkennyKieran Brady, St. Mura’s N.S., Tooban, BurnfootP.J. Duggan, Scoil Chnoc na Naomh, GortachoirceOisin McLaughlin, Gaeilscoil, Bun CrannchaSam Todd, St. Patrick’s Boys National School, CarndonaghPRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS GIRLAmy Boyle Carr, Scoil Mhuire, GlentiesAmy McGonigle, St. Mura’s National School, Tooban, BurnfootEllen Russell, Ballyraine N.S., LetterkennyMary Flora Scott, Scoil Catriona, BallyshannonNaoimh Mc Granaghan, St. Mary’s, CastlefinSarah Jane Porter, St. Mura’s N.S., Tooban, BurnfootPRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS TEACHERJohn G McCann, Scoil Mhuire, GlentiesManus O Donnell, St. Muras N.S., ToobanMel O’Donnell, Kilmacrennan N.S.SECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTSAbbey Vocational School, DonegalColáiste Ailigh, Leitir CeanainnColaiste Cholmcille, BallyshannonCrana College, BuncranaLoreto Secondary School, LetterkennySt. Columba’s College, StranorlarSECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS BOYConchúr Mac Iolbháin, Coláiste Ailigh LetterkennyJason Carr, Abbey Vocational School, DonegalKarl Griffin Abbey Vocational School, DonegalMark English, St. Eunan’s College, LetterkennyMartin O Reilly, St. Columba’s College, StranorlarMichael McCay, Crana College, BuncranaPatrick McBrearty, Coláiste na CarraigeRuairi Finnegan, St. Eunan’s College, LetterkennySECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS GIRLBlathnaid Patton, St. Columba’s College, StranorlarCatherine Boyle, Loreto Secondary School LetterkennyCiara Grant, Loreto Secondary School, LetterkennyClodagh Barry, Deele CollegeEmer Gallagher, Loreto Secondary School LetterkennyEmily Greenan, Loreto Secondary School LetterkennyGeraldine McLaughlin, Loreto Secondary School, LetterkennyKate Mc Gowan, Abbey Vocational School, DonegalKathleen Mc Naught, Moville Community CollegeKisty Nic Iolbháin, Coláiste Ailigh, LetterkennySECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS TEACHERJohn Kennedy, Colaiste Cholmcille, BallyshannonKeith Ó Comhain, Coláiste Ailigh LetterkennyMichelle Duffy & Brid Carr, Loreto Secondary School, LetterkennySCHOOLS APPRECIATION AWARDJohn Campbell, St. Macartan’s N.S.,DONEGAL SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR – NOMINATIONS REVEALED was last modified: January 3rd, 2012 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR – NOMINATIONS REVEALEDlast_img read more

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STRUCTURE OF IRISH POLITICS IS BROKEN, FIANNA FAIL LEADER TELLS DONEGAL CONFERENCE

first_imgTHE structure of Irish politics is broken and needs major reform, Micheal Martin has told MacGill Summer School in Glenties this evening.The Fianna Fail leader was speaking on the session on “The inadequacy of the political and administrative institutions of the Republic is at the heart of our crisis?”Mr Martin called once again for major reforms to how our political system works. His speech is below in Full:SPEECH BY MICHEAL MARTIN: Since the start of the current crisis the MacGill School has repeatedly addressed the issue of reforming our republic. Eminent speakers from many sections of society have made contributions.The outcome each year has been a consensus that the basic structure of Irish politics is broken – that it makes crises more likely and that it requires a deep reform. I agree with this view.Both here and elsewhere I have talked at length about past failures. I have addressed failings of governments I belonged to – as well as the fact that every pressure within the political system was actually to push for policies which would have made matters even worse.Today, in the fifth year of this crisis, nothing of substance has changed.If you take the list of claimed achievements on reform which the Taoiseach read out here on Sunday night you will find not one single significant change to how Ireland is governed.A different status for ministerial drivers, a tiny reduction in the number of TDs to take effect in 2016, the abolition of a level of local government which has almost no powers and the introduction of a new Dáil sitting day where no votes are allowed and no legislation has emerged certainly amount to change – but to present this as transformative reform is transparently ridiculous.Reading the Taoiseach’s speech from Sunday it is impossible to miss the gap between his claims and the views of the public. At the heart of government in a democratic republic should be public trust in government. The Taoiseach’s claim to have restored this trust is simply untrue.Last week the European Commission published survey results showing that 77% of Irish people do not trust their government. Three years ago, in the white heat of the crisis, the figure was 75%.What is important to know is that this low level of trust in this government has nothing to do with taking tough budgetary decisions. Trust improved significantly immediately after the general election but collapsed quickly and well before the Budget of 2011.This was a government elected with an unprecedented majority and on the promise of radical action. It also carried with it the goodwill of the whole country. I have no doubt that high levels of public dissatisfaction and distrust – which incidentally are rarely mentioned in the media – link directly to the failure to show any interest in real reform. In October there will be a referendum on making over 40 changes to the political provisions of Bunreacht na hÉireann. It marks the defining moment of whether or not there will be any political reform in Ireland.Never before has a government produced an amendment which involves so much change and so little reform.The government’s proposal ignores every lesson of the recent crisis. Rather than opening up politics, introducing new checks and balances within the system and delivering a more effective parliament, the government has chosen to double-down on the current failed model of governance.The amendment will increase the power of government, halve parliamentary review of legislation and make a flawed system much worse.Earlier today the Summer School gave time to discussing aspects of the governing systems in other countries, particularly in Scandinavia. This is a very good thing to do, because it reinforces just how much of an outlier the Irish system is. No other country has one chamber of parliament combined with a non-executive president, weak local government and total control by government of the agenda of parliament.In unicameral Finland, for example, there are 200 members of parliament and the constitution gives them powers beyond anything held by TDs. Key parliamentary committees have constitutional status and have built a long record of acting independently.Their constitution also gives members of parliament specific rights to get information from any government agency and it requires ministers to attend for rigorous questioning when this is demanded by 10% of MPs. It would not be possible for a Finnish minister to refuse to answer specific questions about the abuse of information given to him by the head of the police. Many Finnish parliamentary rules cannot be changed without a broad consensus. In addition they have strong local government which controls major areas of public spending and revenue raising.The evidence from countries with proven models of good governance is that government should have less control, not more as is now happening here.In this Dáil we have faced an executive exerting ever tighter control over everything we do. We have faced ministers who believe they don’t have to answer even basic questions about their conduct. We have faced a determined policy to shout down opponents and shut down debate. We have met for longer but have been allowed to decide less.The Dáil today is more marginalised and has less influence on public affairs than at any time in its 94 year history. The situation is so bad that even the Government Chief Whip and the Chairperson of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party have described the record of ministers as “deplorable”.On Sunday the Taoiseach again claimed that he will reform the Dáil and make his government more accountable if October’s referendum is passed.The programme of promised reforms is so thin as to be transparent. In all, the sum total of the ‘reform’ which is to follow concentrating all power in the government-dominated Dáil is that we might have a bit more consultation and we might be allowed to influence the agenda of a few committees.The reality of how little this means was summed up unwittingly by the Taoiseach recently when I sought reform of Taoiseach’s Questions. He replied, on the record of the Dáil, “we will have a chat about the matter before we make it a fait accompli.”Fundamentally October’s referendum is less about the Seanad and more about whether or not there will be any genuine reform of Irish political structures.The people will face a choice; vote Yes and the government will hang up its ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner – or vote No and demand real reform.I and my party are determined to move the debate on reform onto measures which address the clear failing of the political system in a comprehensive and genuinely radical way. We accept much of the analysis of the failings of our system of government that have been aired here in the last three days.That is why this week we are circulating a detailed policy discussion document which contains our analysis of what is wrong with the system and how it can be fixed. Backing this up are proposals for 70 specific changes to the working of the Oireachtas and the government. Many of these could be implemented immediately, others would require legislation and a few would involve constitutional change.This evening doesn’t provide enough time to go into the proposals in detail. In summary we believe that Ireland’s current balance of powers within the political system is deeply flawed and is at the root of many of the failures of the system in the last decade. It needs more expertise and more checks and balances. We have outlined reforms to address this in four major headings.First of all, the Oireachtas needs to be freed from the absolute control which government currently has on its work. Few parts of the Constitution are ignored as much as Article 28.4.1 which states that “The government shall be responsible to Dáil Éireann”In practice, the Taoiseach and his ministers exert near total control over the Dáil. Only part of this is because of the whip system. Much more important are a series of rules which directly make parliament subservient to the government:There is a constitutional ban preventing any non-member of government even getting a vote on a proposal which involves spending money.The Dáil’s order of business can only be set or altered on the proposal of government.A Deputy may only ask a question about ordering business once business has already been ordered.No private member’s bill can even be brought to a final vote without government approval.Government has the power to disregard standard time and consultation rules for considering legislation.Ministers make up nearly 1/5th of the Dáil membership.Our proposals would:• increase the independent review of policy, reduce government control of the agenda;• ensure that all proposals receive proper review before being enacted;• create a powerful and independent Ceann Comháirle; and• make committees more independent and expert.One element of this is to end the domination by government of nearly all information relating to public policies, including basic evaluations of proposals. This can be done through establishing an Oireachtas Office of Policy and Economic Oversight along the lines of the Congressional Budget Office. Staffed by independent experts, the first stage of considering any proposal before the Oireachtas would be an independent evaluation of its costs, impact and policy justification.In addition we are proposing a procedure called ‘regular order’ which would set out minimum time and information requirements which all measures would be subject to before they could be passed by the Oireachtas. This could only be amended in a genuine emergency or with cross-party agreement. It is modelled on the practice followed in many European countries.Next we believe that the work of ministers and government must be reformed. We propose changes to how ministers are appointed, how their work programme is set and how cabinet itself operates.A key part of this is to open up ministerial office beyond professional politicians. Countries with more successful records than ours have no difficulty making ministers fully accountable when they are not members of parliament and we could too. While changing rules for cabinet ministers requires changing the constitution, which we support, allowing experts to become ministers of state would only require legislation.We have a modern economy operating in a complex international system. Limiting the range of expertise which can be brought to government at ministerial level makes no sense. We should, for example, have a minister of state solely targeted at building trade with Asia and the best person to do this job may not be a politician.In reforming the work of ministers and government we are also proposing to end the practice where ministers are appointed without outlining their priorities or receiving individual scrutiny. The situation where ministers are announced and voted on within hours is absurd. Our proposal is that at least two days elapse between the nomination of a minister by the Taoiseach and a Dáil vote, with the nominated person obliged to speak during the debate and to address their intentions in the role.In addition, every new minister would be obliged to present a work programme to a Committee within four weeks of appointment with the Dáil having the opportunity to vote again on the person’s appointment if it is unsatisfied with the proposed programme.Politics and personality are too central to the business of nominating ministers and it’s about time that policy and expertise were included in the process.Next we need to reform the daily work of the Oireachtas to make it more effective. The issue isn’t how much time we spend in Leinster House but the quality of our work when we’re there. We have set out a lengthy series of specific changes to deliver a parliament which is expert and independent in its work.Finally we have set out reforms to electoral procedures. Amongst other things, these would make the administration of elections more independent and would tackle the widespread abuse of funding regulations by independent groups in referenda.The government’s model of reform is to make minor changes but accelerate the drift of all real power into the hands of the Taoiseach and whichever ministers are allowed into the discussion.If this continues Ireland will be unique in the developed world for the amount of power it concentrates in the hands of ministers.Most of all, it will spell the end of any realistic hope that Irish politics will be reformed.Since 1937 our economy and society have changed in many profound ways. Our people have a dramatically higher level of access to education, they work in industries which have only existed for a short period and they live in different communities.The Irish people and their country have changed but their political system has not.There is no doubt that the basic political structures of this republic contributed to the crisis. A parliament which spent more time debating greyhound doping than financial regulation in the years before a financial meltdown is flawed in a systemic way.If we do not implement genuine systemic reform then, no matter how soaring the self-congratulatory rhetoric of the Taoiseach and his ministers, we will not have learned the lessons of the crisis.STRUCTURE OF IRISH POLITICS IS BROKEN, FIANNA FAIL LEADER TELLS DONEGAL CONFERENCE was last modified: July 30th, 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:FIANNA FAIL LEADER TELLS DONEGAL CONFERENCESTRUCTURE OF IRISH POLITICS IS BROKENlast_img read more

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