Donegal County Council urges caution over the next 24 hours

29 December 2015

With strong to gale force southerly winds forecast for this evening,

tonight and tomorrow Donegal County Council is urging the public to be

extra cautious over the next 24 hours.

Winds will be strongest in coastal areas and the public are being urged to

be mindful of high winds when out and about and on the roads and in

particular to be aware of the potential for falling trees and debris.

The public are also being asked to be mindful that there is currently very

high astronomical Spring Tides and  potential for storm surges and for

this reason extra caution in needed along coastal areas.

With further rainfall forecast, the public is also being asked to be aware of

 the impact of further rain on already saturated ground and to take extra

are on the roads as there is likely to be surface water on many of the

county’s roads.

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A special day for Pettigo & Tullyhommon


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At the opening of the Termon Complex in Pettigo on Monday morning, the Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Ciaran Brogan along with Minister of Finance Arlene Foster (NI) MLa and Thomas Pringle TD, Martin Eaves, Termon Project, Cllr. SEan McEniff and Seamus Neely, CEO Donegal Co. Council. INDD 1712 Termon 1 MVB

Monday last was a very special day in Pettigo and Tullyhommon with the official launch of the Termon Project which has seen these unique cross border villages transformed into an idyllic picturesque place for both locals and visitors to the area.

A PEACE III funded initiative, the Termon Project has seen the provision of much needed community and recreational facilities in the form of a state of the art Termon Centre, a pedestrian footbridge, a riverside park and the refurbishment of the Methodist Hall in Tullyhommon as well as an environmental improvement scheme and a heritage paint scheme.


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Minister of State at the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh TD welcomes Northern Ireland’s Minister of Finance Arlene Foster. MLA to Pettigo on Monday morning last. INDD 1712 Termon 2 MVB

The local community came out in force on Monday last to welcome Northern Ireland’s Finance Minister Arlene Foster, Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, Ms Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive of the Special EU Programmes Body, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Ciaran Brogan and Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Cllr. Thomas O’Reilly as well as local elected representatives and other officials.

The official ceremony commenced with guests being treated to a musical feast by students from both Kesh National School and Scoil Mhuire Pettigo and this introduced a truly festive theme to the proceedings.

Liam Ward Director of Service with Donegal County Council performed Masters of Ceremony at the official launch.

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Declaring the magnificent Termon Complex in Pettigo officially open on Monday morning. Ministers Arlene Foster MLA and Minister Joe McHugh RF along with Gina McIntyre, SEUPB and Martin Eaves of ADoPT. INDD 1712 Termon 3 MVB

Cllr Ciaran Brogan in his opening address paid tribute to the local community in their tremendous achievement and stated that this project will without doubt leave a lasting legacy for the people of Pettigo and Tullyhommon not least the children of the area.

Arlene Foster, Finance Minister felt that is was fitting to be celebrating this official launch during advent, in that advent is a time of preparation and a time of hope.  She added that this project signifies all that is special about this community and described the Termon Centre as a physical manifestation of peace itself.

She added that the physical regeneration is only one part of the work and that this project is about the community and about the people and that the work is only just beginning.  She hopes that the new PEACE IV Programme will build upon the achievements of this project resulting in deeper links between communities across the border.


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A joint and united approach to the development of cross border communities. Ministers Joe McHugh TD and Arlene Foster MLA give the pupils of Kesh Primary School and Scoil Mhuire, Pettigo a helping hand. INDD 1712 Termon 4 MVB

In his address, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council stated that he is delighted to see how this fabulous proposal has now become a wonderful reality.  He acknowledged that the development of our communities is at the heart of the work of Councils on both sides of the border.

“The communities in this area have experienced many challenges and none more so than during the Troubles. The need to invest in greater community interaction and in the physical regeneration of the area were at the top of the list for ADoPT when it started it’s work more than 20 years ago.  Their approach to doing business in a collaborative and open way, whilst demanding at times, has set in place a process that will have a positive lasting legacy for their communities for many years to come.”

Mr. Neely also acknowledged the huge benefit that the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) brings to this region and thanked them for their investment in building sustainable communities and stated that he is looking forward to working with them into the future.

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Minister’s Joe McHugh TD and Arlene Foster MLA along with the pupils and staff of Kesh Primary School and Scoil Mhuire in Pettigo at the opening of the Termon Complex. INDD 1712 Termon 5 MVB

Ms. Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive Officer of the SEUPB expressed her absolute delight to be at the official launch and stated that it was an honour to provide money to make this project a reality for this community.

She also acknowledged the difficulties that the community faced recently with the flooding in the village but remarked on the picturesque beauty of the villages on her arrival that morning.

Mr. Martin Eves, Chair of ADoPT also addressed the gathering and stated that it gave him great pleasure to welcome everyone to the Termon Centre.  He provided a short history of the villages of Pettigo and Tullyhommon and how they were impacted during the Troubles stating that the villages were decimated and that up to 16 roads in the area were closed during this time leaving the village isolated and polarised.

He added that many of the young people grew up without knowing their neighbours and this had a devastating effect on the community.  He thanked the funders, as well as Donegal County Council and Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and the entire community for their hard work and dedication during the development of the project and he concluded by saying that now the ‘hard work’ begins making sure the Centre is used by the community and keeping the momentum alive.

Rev. Eleanor Hayden described the official launch as a significant moment in the life of the community and it was fitting to take time to be thankful and to acknowledge all that has been achieved.  She thanked Mr. Mervin Rowe for his contribution to the success of this shared space.

Ms. Tracey Megarg from DARD addressed the gathering and acknowledged that this is a special day for people of Pettigo & Tullyhommon and that they should be proud of their achievement.  She noted that this is an outstanding example of the impact of a shared living space in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Minister Joe McHugh T.D. also acknowledged all the stakeholders involved in this project and described it as a massive catalyst for change within the local area.  He explained that the name ‘Termon’ comes from the Irish word for a sheltered place and that this is most fitting as the community has created a place of shelter, a safe place and a shared space for all generations and for the entire community.

The ceremony concluded with an Ecumenical blessing conducted by Fr. Ronan McAnneney.

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Minister Joe McHugh TD along with Maura Moss (Tús) and Ciaran Moss at the opening of the Termon Complex. INDD 1712 Termon 6 MVB

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Gerry Forde, Rev. Brian Harrisson and Phil Doherty at the opening of the Termon Complex on Monday morning last. INDD 1712 Termon 7 MVB

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Deputy Thomas Pringle along with SDLP Cllr. John Coyle, Maura and Annie Cox, and Anne McGrath at the Termon Complex. INDD 1712 Termon 8 MVB

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Tipped to be Northern Ireland’s next First Minister , Arlene Foster MLA and Minister of Finance along with Cllr. Noel Jordan at the opening of the Termon Complex in Pettigo INDD 1712 Termon 9 MVB

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Brenda Hegarty and Anne Marie Conlon at the official opening of the Termon Complex in Pettigo on Monday Morning last. INDD 1712 Termon 10 MVB

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Barney McLaughlin, DCC, Francie Coyle and Eunan Quinn of the Planning Dept. in Donegal Co. Council. INDD 1712 Termon 11 MVB

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Ministers Arlene Foster MLA and Joe McHugh TD along with Tracy Meharg, Gina McIntyre and Cllr. Thomas O’Reilly Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. INDD 1712 Termon 12 MVB

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Cllrs Noel Jordan and Barry Doherty along with Cllrs. Sean McEniff and Tom Conaghan at the official opening of the Termon Complex on Monday last. INDD 1712 Termon 12a MVB






New bye-laws aim to make roads a safer place

Jamie Corry and Peadar Espie, Assistant Engineers with Donegal County Council

Jamie Corry and Peadar Espey, Assistant Engineers with Donegal County Council

New speed limit bye-laws which aim to make our roads safer have been introduced to 30 housing estates in Donegal this month.

This follows the introduction of a pilot scheme commissioned by Donegal County Council in conjunction with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport which identified council housing estates where it proposed to introduce a 30km/hr ‘Slow Zone’.The Council then undertook to amend the ‘Road Traffic (Special Speed Limits)(County of Donegal) Bye-Laws 2011’ in order to provide for a more  appropriate speed limit (specifically 30 kilometres per hour) on the public roads within the identified estates.

Assistant Engineers in the Council’s Road Design section, James Corry and Peadar Espey have worked on the process and helped see it through. This involved taking into account representations from members of the public and elected councillors, and making sure that a change to the speed limits was appropriate at these housing estates.

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New Speed Limit Signs to be erected in 30 Housing Estates in Donegal

“Draft Bye-Laws were prepared to reflect the proposed changes and made available for inspection by the general public between September 10th and October 9th. The proposed Bye-Laws were submitted at the Donegal County Council meeting held on October 28th last and were adopted,” said Peadar.

This is now going to be followed up by monitoring of some of these estates with speed measuring devices to examine how the scheme is working. This will also provide potentially useful information for future speed calming initiatives to be used in other estates.

James added that the new initiative was a positive development and the Council was going to roll out this initiative throughout the county as part of its speed limit review. This could affect up to 400 estates when completed.

The Bye-Laws came into operation on December 1st.


Key Facts

The service roads (i.e. those other than private access roads/driveways within the curtilage of each dwelling) in the following housing estates are affected:

  • Donegal Municipal District

Killybegs: Emerald Drive and Emerald Close; Bruickless: St Theresa’s Terrace; Bundoran: Elaghmore; Ballyshannon: Saimar Drive and Erne Dale Heights; Donegal Town: Mill Race Crescent.


  • Glenties Municipal District

Ailt an Chorrain: An Choill; An Craoslach: Birch Hill; Doiri Beaga/An Bun Beag: Ailt Aoibhinn;  Ard an Rátha: Radharc an Ghleanna; An Fal Carrach: Radharc na Mara; Ná Gleannta: Clos Naomh Chonaill.


  • Inishowen Municipal District

Malin Town: Radharc na Tra Breige; Greencastle: An Teampall Maol; Muff: Craig Park; Clonmany: Gaddyduff; Buncrana: Pairc na hAluine; Manorcunningham: Abbey Park.


  • Letterkenny Municipal District

An Cheathrú Chaol: Knockalla Close;  Ramelton: An Sruthan; Milford: Radharc na Cille; Letterkenny: Cruach Mór, Leitir Ard and Cashel Park


  • Stranorlar Municipal District

Ballybofey: Glenpatrick Park and Cois na Finne; Convoy: Townparks and Oak Park; Lifford Beechwood Grove; Raphoe: Meadow Hill.