HERE WE SNOW AGAIN – DODGY ROADS, SCHOOLS CLOSED AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES

first_imgHERE WE SNOW AGAIN across Donegal this Monday morning with weather warnings, schools closed and dangerous roads.Roads across the county are said to be hazardous once again with some tailbacks around major towns. Secondary roads are impassable in most areas.Although council gritters were once again out in force, but starved of salt by the NRA only 300km of main roads are being properly treated. And thousands of families who live away from the main routes will struggle today yet again in the worst weather crisis to hit Donegal in a generation – with -18C recorded locally last night.The weekend was a disaster for businesses. Trade was down by 50% – and many pubs and clubs were half-empty on a weekend when traditionally they are packed.Many people appeared to have listened to the advice of Gardai and the council with hundreds of Christmas parties and events being cancelled over the weekend.There were fresh snow falls in some northern and western parts of the county overnight. Shafted by the central Government and the NRA, Donegal was once again left without adequate salt supplies – and businesses suffered as shoppers stayed at home on what should have been the busiest shopping weekend of the year.Council senior Engineer Vincent Lynn said his staff have done their best.“The main roads are passable with care and that’s only because staff have been out all night. We are doing the best we can,” he said.At one stage Army personnel took to the streets of many towns in an attempt to clear footpaths.But it was a weekend to forget for businesses and communities. School concerts and carol services – so part of normal life at this time of the year – have been cancelled.A thaw may be on its way this Thursday or Friday, but somehow Christmas just doesn’t feel the same this year.HERE WE SNOW AGAIN – DODGY ROADS, SCHOOLS CLOSED AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES was last modified: December 20th, 2010 by gregShare 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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NORTH’S VAT INCREASE ‘GOOD NEWS’ FOR DONEGAL, SAYS LOCAL BUSINESS LEADER

first_imgPRICES FOR goods in Donegal are now often cheaper than the North thanks to increased VAT in the UK to 20%, a local business leader said today.Toni Forrester, Chief Executive of Letterkenny Chamber, told donegaldaily.com that retailers in Donegal have a more level playing field and is hopeful that it will help the local economy.“The increase in the UK VAT rate to 20% will contribute to discouraging people from Donegal going across the border to shop,” said Ms Forrester. “Prices will inevitably increase  to allow for the 2.5% rise and other measures brought in at the last UK budget may mean prices could be increased even further as businesses struggle with increased costs.“This move by the UK government will bring VAT rates much closer together making more of a level playing field for places like the North West.“Prices across the board in Ireland have been coming down and it is becoming clear that the difference is negligible and in many cases prices are cheaper on this side of the border.“During the pre-Christmas period shoppers tended to stay local because of the weather and we hope that they will have seen evidence of the value to be found and will stay with the local providers who served them well during the Christmas period.” She is hopeful that Northern shoppers will begin returning to Letterkenny.The Chamber leader added: “The pressure on business at present is enormous, consumers are spending less and margins are tighter than ever.“Price increases North of the Border may also encourage northern shoppers to come back to Letterkenny to shop where they can find excellent value and deals on Sterling.“Doing business on the border is always a matter of swings and roundabouts and this Vat increase may offer much needed opportunities during the coming months.”A short time ago the pound had gained half a cent against the Euro to 85.88 with some predicting that sterling will rise in coming days following a favourable report on the UK economy in today’s Financial Times. NORTH’S VAT INCREASE ‘GOOD NEWS’ FOR DONEGAL, SAYS LOCAL BUSINESS LEADER was last modified: January 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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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