MOTORISTS URGED TO SHOP AROUND FOR PETROL AS 10C PRICE DIFFERENCE REVEALED

first_imgDONEGAL’S motorists have been urged to shop around for petrol and diesel after a survey found as much as a 10 cent difference locally between some garages for the price of a litre of fuel.With many garages around the county now topping the €1.50 a litre mark, motorists are feeling the pinch more than ever.Some are continuing to hike up the prices while others are trying to keep the prices as low as they can despite Government tax hikes. One of the cheapest places in the county and indeed the country for fuel is still Tinney’s Fuel Depot at Bonagee outside Letterkenny where a litre of diesel is still around €1.42.However other stations across the county are steadily putting the prices up and claim they have no choice because of rising costs including that at which they are buying the fuel from suppliers.However Conor Faughnan of the Automobile Association urged Donegal drivers to vote with their feet and to go to where the fuel is cheapest to fill up.“Donegal is a very large county and people drive long distances to work including across the border into Northern Ireland. “If people are doing a lot of mileage then they will need to shop around so they can save themselves some serious money.“The price of petrol and diesel is at an all-time high and it could go up even further.“If people continue to buy off the more expensive garages then there will be no sense in them dropping their prices to compete.“Motorists can’t bring the price of petrol down but we can make sure that garages see they must be competitive,” he said.For a full list of the latest prices for petrol and diesel at Donegal’s garages see www.pumps.ie EndsMOTORISTS URGED TO SHOP AROUND FOR PETROL AS 10C PRICE DIFFERENCE REVEALED was last modified: March 9th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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UN-BEE-LIEVABLE! SWARM SENDS SHOPPERS RUNNING FOR COVER

first_imgShoppers couldn’t BEE-lieve their eyes when a swarm of honey bees gathered outside a busy supermarket.An estimated 40,000 of the Black Irish honey bees decided to make their home outside Lafferty’s Supermarket in the village of Creeslough.The shop, which is normally buzzing, was left almost empty for more than four hours before help was called to get rid of the bees. Danny Martin Lafferty, owner of Lafferty’s Supermarket, said the bees definitely took the sting out of his afternoon trade!“I looked outside and I could see people waving their arms outside. It looked like it was snowing for a while.“Then I looked closer and I could see this cloud of bees. Needless to say a lot of people were afraid to come near the shop for the afternoon while they were here,” he said.Nobody knows why the bees chose the entrance above the supermarket to gather but amazingly not one person was stung. Danny called a local bee-keeper who arrived with the necessary equipment to get rid of the swarm.The man managed to sweep the Queen Bee into a holding box before transporting it away.The bee-keeper, who asked not to be named, said he gets dozens of calls from people asking him to remove wasps and other insects each summer.“I’m a bee-keeper and I would only remove honey bees. There must be up to 40 different types of bees and wasps.“If people come across wasps or other insects then they would be better calling a pest control company. “There is still a perception out that that bees sting but it rarely happens. Most bees are so full of honey that they wouldn’t have the energy to muster a sting,” he said.Meanwhile supermarket owner Danny Martin Lafferty said the only visible remains of the unBEElieavable drama were a few trampled creatures.“That’s bees and not customers,” laughed Danny Martin.UN-BEE-LIEVABLE! SWARM SENDS SHOPPERS RUNNING FOR COVER was last modified: July 14th, 2012 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:beesCreesloughDanny MartinLafferty’s Supermarketswarmlast_img read more

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Lough Swilly is an “environmental disaster”, High Court told

first_imgLough Swilly is an “environmental disaster” due to the alleged failure of the marine authorities to properly control farming of oysters there, the High Court has been told.“What is happening in Lough Swilly currently is an environmental disaster”, said Paul Bradley, chairman of the Lough Swilly Wild Oyster Society Ltd (LSWOS), whose members fish for native oysters. Peter Finlay SC, for the society, secured leave on Tuesday from Ms Justice Miriam O’Regan to seek orders quashing the issuing by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine last December of certain licences concerning farming of non-native oyster species in Lough Swilly.The Irish Times reports it also wants orders requiring its appeals over those licences to be considered by the Aquaculture Appeals Board.In proceedings against the Minister and the board, the LSWOS claims a number of licences issued last December to Lough Swilly Shellfish Growers Co-Operative Society Ltd (LSSGCS) were issued in excess of the Minister’s powers under the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997.In court documents, Mr Bradley, of Umircam, Buncrana, said the LSSGCS was granted foreshore and fish culture licences in 1994 by the Minister for a 10 year period.DetrimentWhile LSSGCS had applied in 2004 for their renewal, the Minister only made a decision on renewal last December, 13 years later and during which time the licensee was permitted continue its activities to the “detriment” both of the LSWOS and of native oysters in Lough Swilly, he said.The Minister purported to grant licences retrospectively licensing the LSSGCS activities over the past 13 years and for the coming ten years but the Minister had no power to do so, he claims.Mr Bradley said his society does not object in principle to the granting of a licence, “properly regulated”, in Lough Swilly, and nor did it object to the proposed licensee, LSSGCS.The LSWOS’ concern is the marine authorities’ refusal to hear its “valid” complaints about the survival of oyster fishing in Lough Swilly and its wider concern about “widespread and uncontrolled” interference with fishing of native oysters there.Mr Bradley said the LSWOS has about 35 members with 16 active fishing vessels and 24 active fishing licences issued by Inland Fisheries Ireland.Its members have been fishing for native oysters in Lough Swilly for about 25 years but the natural fishing grounds have been eroded over time by introduction of non-native species farmed under licences granted by the Minister, he said.Expert surveys commissioned by the LSWOS showed the impact of the introduction of the Pacific oyster for farming in the lough under licences which have either been abandoned or neglected, he said. That had left behind a “mass of untended Pacific oysters that have spread and taken over the beds in which native oysters are produced”.The licences subject of this case were purportedly granted on December 7th and 12th last and a notice had stated an appeal could be made within one month of publication.After he submitted an appeal on January 9th, the board informed him on January 23rd the licence decision was published on December 7th and his appeal was out of time.This was despite an email of December 21st from the board stating the last day for appeals was January 15th because of three bank holidays in the month, he said.When he wrote on January 24th referring to the email, he was again told the time for lodging appeals expired on January 8th. After another query from him on February 6th, the board told him on February 7th it was awaiting clarification from the department and could not formally respond.The failure to consider the appeal is irrational, unfair and unreasonable, he claims.Lough Swilly is an “environmental disaster”, High Court told was last modified: March 8th, 2018 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:donegalHIGH COURTLough Swillyoysterslast_img read more

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