Crossbencher analyses the FF selection convention
Fianna Fail are first out of the gate having completed their candidate selection conventions for the S.W. constituency over the weekend.
In the Donegal Electoral area Dr. Frank Curran withdrew at the last minute, which created a surprise and maybe a slight dilemma for the party in the Killybegs area. In 1999, Dr. Curran was rejected by the convention and Pringle took full advantage, winning a seat as an Independent, narrowly defeating outgoing F. F. councillor James McBrearty and depriving F.F. of a fifth seat out of six.
How many seats will they get this time?
The convention on Sunday unanimously agreed their five candidates, the three sitting councillors Sean McEniff, Declan McHugh and Peter Kennedy, together with Paul Coughlan from Inver and Brendan Byrne from Carrick. Four seats seem a certainty but for Brendan Byrne to get a fifth he will have to oust Pringle and its a long, long way from Inver to Carrick. Hence F.F.s problem is to get a candidate in Killybegs. Tague Gallagher might run he has been a long serving member of the local parish council, has been on the regional council for the West, BIM and F.F.s Committee of Fifteen.
Then local publican Pat McGinley might run again after twenty five years. Pat is prominent in the vintners association and can be sure of their support, especially if the campaign against the ban on smoking in pubs was still on going next June.
At any rate, despite the low standing of the Government in opinion polls, Fianna Fail are coming out fighting and the pickings for the opposition parties will be very small in the S.W. constituency. The party are sure of their two seats in the Finn Valley and look as if they will pick up a seat or two in West Donegal where a strong team of candidates was selected last Saturday night.
So it is now up to Fine Gail, Labour and Sinn Fein to show their hands. The F.F. gauntlet has been thrown down.
The sale of the late Eileen McBreartys pub on Meeting House Street to a local couple is presently being negotiated - more in our next issue
More windmills for our area if a planning application in a recent Democrat is granted. It states:
Mr Patrick OSullivan, Druminnin, Barnesmore, Co Donegal County Council for planning permission for development of 4 no. wind turbines with 44m hub height and 52m rotor diameter, 4.5m wide access trackways, a 20kV substation building, a 40m anemometer mast and associatedsite development work at a site in Loughcuill Townland, Donegal, Co. Donegal
Happy Birthday to Shane Quinn, Ballybrillaghan, Rachel Coyle who went into double figures and Sara Coyle, Drumduff and a special birthday wish for Frankie Campbell, Ballybrillaghan, whose 82 birthday was on the 16th October. Frankie is in the Harbour Lights at the moment, so best wishes to him from all his friends in Frosses.
Congratulations to Elish Ward who has collected another football award. Elish got the county player of the year at the Donegal Soccer awards in Letterkenny on Friday night last.
The Frosses Golf Society outing to Murvagh last Wednesday was won by Eugene McLaughlin with Colm Kelly getting 2nd place and Des Burke in 3rd. The society greatly appreciates the sponsorship from the Abbey Hotel for this outing. The golfer of the year went to Charlie Breslin with the captain Vincent McCrea runner-up.
Someone told me that it is not all love and peace down at the River Eany. Could it cost €250 a day to fish it next year? The poor worm fisherman could not afford this.
Fr. Eamonn Kelly is out in Rome for the double celebrations of Pope John Paul IIs 25th anniversary and the beatification of Mother Theresa of Calcutta. Im sure he will say a wee prayer for us all.
Last Sunday week the Frosses St. Vincent de Paul hosted the annual party for the patients of some of the local health centres. A large number of people turned up to help and music was supplied by Eamonn Brogan. Everyone had a great time singing and dancing. Well done to everyone concerned.
The Frosses v Kelly group London football match takes place this week-end in Tir Chonaill Gaels ground in Greenford, London. Best of luck to the team and hopefully they will take the cup back with them.
On a sad note, our thoughts are with the McHugh Family (Frosses) on the death of their mother Peggy. May she rest in peace.
As far as I know this is a new venture for the Frosses area. A group called the Frosses Dog Breeders had an outing to the greyhound track in Lifford on Saturday night led by John Mc Cauley. There were some winners and some losers but everyone had a good time. Word on the street is that they are going to buy a couple of dogs and make this a regular outing. Further word is that greyhounds are training up in Clougheravaddy. Could they be getting a headstart.
Big variation in petrol prices around the region
A major trawl around the surrounding towns of Ballyshannon, Killybegs, Ardara, Glenties and Ballybofey, shows that the Donegal Town area in general is cheapest for both unleaded and diesel. Best price for unleaded is Jim Owens Shell, while sharing the honour with him for diesel is Dunleavys Texaco. Below is the full list of prices as of Monday morning.
Donegal Town Area Unleaded Diesel
Kees Esso 84.9 77.9
Jim Owens Shell 80.5 75.9
Glens Maxol 80.9 76.5
Mc Intyres Esso 84.7 77.9
Dunleavys Texaco 84.7 77.9
Mc Nultys Texaco 88.9 78.9
Mc Caffertys Statoil 88.9 78.9
Clearys Shell 88.9 83.9
Wards Esso 84.4 78.7
Gallaghers Statoil 85.9 78.9
Emo 85.9 78.9
Shell 80.5 75.9
Maxol 89.9 79.9
Shell 89.9 79.9
Esso 89.9 79.9
Wards Maxol 90.0 80.0
Esso 90.5 79.8