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September 11th 2002

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Donegal Town Being Ignored

Local anger at planning decisions

After the disappointment of Drumlonagher, it seems the hopes of the people of Donegal Town and environs rest with the projected development at Revlin with its mix of retail, commercial and residential units. The result depends on a County Council meeting at the end of the month and we can only hope that Councillors will do the right thing and vote for the development to go ahead. If they do, it will then hinge on whether any objections are submitted e.g.. Will Dunnes do a tit-for-tat against Tesco? Whether they do or not, it seems likely that RGDATA will continue with its usual negative tactics.

But it is not only the developments at Drumlonagher and Revlin that are in danger at present. So is the project down at the far pier where the Donegal Enterprise Group has plans drawn up for a complex that includes new waterbus building, berthing facilities, landing jetty, tourist office and interpretive centre - all these to be developed under a Marine/Tourism investment plan set up by the Government in conjunction with the County Council in order to develop marine facilities around our coasts. Despite the fact that the Donegal Enterprise Group was the only one in the country to fulfil all criteria, it is still awaiting decisions on funding. Meeting after meeting has taken place with the relevant authorities (including the County Manager) - but no progress.

This inevitably leads to a suspicion that despite all the planning and preliminary work done - in the end it will be to no avail - nothing is going to happen at the far pier.

While all this behind the scenes work is going on, it is interesting to read in newspapers the announcement by Bundoran Councillor, Sean McEniff, of plans for a marina in Ballyshannon, with funding obviously secured. Could suspicions, held in this area, that there is a Bundoran/Ballyshannon bias in certain quarters be justified?

It is going to take some positive decisions in high places to allay this fear.

Young Students take first steps on Ladder of Life

St. Francis N.S., Barnesmore. Rebecca Pearson, Brianna Hanna, Roisin Hilley, Nicole Kerrigan, Emma Cotton, John McCarry, Gary Timoney, Rachel Ward, Aislinn Casey, Shannon Keegan, Carol Gillespie with teacher Siobhan McGroarty.

Monday of last week was a big day for many young scholars all over the land as they took their first tentative steps into the world of education. Early morning, Mammies packed bags with pencils, copy-books and lunch and off the students went to begin an experience that could last for another eighteen years. Contained in this issue are photos of all first day pupils from the fifteen schools in the Donegal Times circulation area, (See pages 12 & 13) ranging from two starting in Killian, Inver, to twenty-four at Scoil an Leinbh Iosa, Killymard. Our photographer Conor Sinclair, who was warmly welcomed at each venue, recorded the following comments: “I’m five now, I was young when I was four” - “I don’t like school today but I will like it tomorrow.” - “I don’t think this is a good idea”. - “Ten waps (wasps) came into our class today and we killed them - come on and I’ll show you”. Handed a magnifying glass, our man found himself studying the remains of the deceased insects in the company of a fascinated infant.

The picture gracing our front page in September 1997 as Eunan and Patricia proudly introduced us to newly born twins Mark and Luke.

The twins go to school

Five years ago this week, twin boys were born to Donegal Times girl Patricia Boyle and husband Eunan. Last Monday was the first day at school for young Mark and Luke.

The boys ready to head off for their first day in Frosses N.S.

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