WICB turns ‘allegations of wrongdoing’ over to lawyer

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday said it was contemplating legal action in the face of what it considered to be allegations of “wrongdoing and misappropriation of WICB funds by present members” by former board officials. Pointing to calls for a forensic audit of the WICB’s finances in a media report carried last week by noted cricket website ESPNCricinfo, the board said these were “without any basis in fact” and “completely false, and seriously damaging” to the board’s members and auditors. Further, the WICB slammed the calls by former officials as an “emotional reaction” to its decision to snub the recent CARICOM Governance Report, which had recommended the immediate dissolution of the board. “The WICB notes that these allegations appear triggered not by fact or evidence, but an emotional reaction to the WICB’s response to the CARICOM subcommittee’s report and other matters. These officials have completely ignored the written responses of the WICB,” the board said in a strongly worded release. “The board has been advised that in a number of instances, the call for a forensic audit carries the suggestion of wrongdoing and misappropriation of WICB funds by present members of the WICB. DAMAGING ALLEGATIONS The release continued: “Additionally, it suggests the auditors are either incompetent or complicit. These allegations are completely false and seriously damaging to the reputation of the WICB, its members, and auditors.” “The WICB has, therefore, decided that these are serious allegations and has referred the matter to Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan of Dominica for his advice and recommendations.” In the ESPNCricinfo article, former WICB president Ken Gordon was quoted as saying that a forensic audit of the board was needed in order to “lift the clouded veil which now surrounds that body”. Trinidadian Gordon, who led the WICB between 2006 and 2008, said such an audit would be the starting point of “getting the WICB right”. He had made a similar call in July, according to ESPNCricinfo. Ex-corporate secretary Tony Deyal also agreed with Gordon’s call, warning of a “deep threat of the absolute and total downfall of West Indies cricket”. INDEPENDENT AUDITS But in its pushback against the former officials, the WICB said yesterday that audits had been conducted by independent companies Price Waterhouse and KPMG, and reports had been made available to the public. “These calls for a forensic audit by the former officials are without any basis in fact, and importantly, notwithstanding that these former officials are aware that the WICB has for many years retained internal and external auditors,” the board argued. “The board’s internal and external audits are done and authorised by Price Waterhouse and KPMG, respectively, and accounts are published by or available from the WICB on all its platforms, including the website, where the reports are available.” Last weekend, following a board of directors meeting in Roseau, the WICB announced that it was forecasting a surplus for the financial year ending September 30.last_img read more

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‘Secret’ deal inked with T&T car dealer reeks of dishonesty

first_img… will lead to more being placed on the breadline – economic activistThe clandestinely inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) based D Rampersaud and Company Limited (DRCL), to pursue the possible development of an ‘Integrated Sugar Cane Processing Facility’ at the Skeldon Sugar Estate, reeks of political involvement, rife with dishonesty on the part of the ruling Administration and will lead to more persons being placed on the breadline, if pursued as proposed.Dr Peter Ramsaroop, who also functions as the Economic Advisor to theThe Skeldon Sugar FactoryOpposition, gave this dire analysis of the project as guided by the provisions of the MoU and points too to the clandestine nature of the transaction with a company that has no experience in the sugar industry.Car parts dealerIn fact, Dr Ramsaroop speaking to Guyana Times following its exposure of the deal inked in December last with DRCL and the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) said, “D Rampersaud and Company Limited have no past performance on any of the components in the MoU. The most they have is in repair of power generation equipment.”The company’s website asserts a five decade history not in the sugar or any of its related industries, but rather in automotive and automotive accessories – meaning cars and car parts.The political activist and local businessman observed too that, “the company is basically a Trinidadian auto parts company that is diverted into engineering over the years.”Notably too is the fact that the local witness to the MoU is none other than a local car dealer in the person of proprietor of Auto Fashions Store Noel Rupie Shewjattan of Garnett Street, Campbellville, Georgetown.In an invited comment, Dr Ramsaroop questioned “how can Go-Invest sign such a MoU with a company to look at sugar production, make rum or ethanol, etc in Guyana… The last time any Trinidadian company managed sugar was in 2007 when the industry was abolished and thousands were out of work.”Guyana Times this past week broke the news of the secret deal inked between GO-Invest and the Trinidadian-based company to pursue a project to realise power generation, ethanol production, rum production, solar power production, and construction of liquid bulk terminal – all utilising the US$200 million Modern Skeldon Sugar Factory, inclusive of all of its assets and cane lands.Dr Ramsaroop said that the MoU is a monumental failure on the part of GO-Invest – Guyana’s premier Government agency to solicit and accommodate Foreign and local direct investment.He has since chided the approach taken by Government with regards the Skeldon Sugar Factory – a project which to date represents the single largest investment made by any Administration locally.No ExperienceDr Ramsaroop, in seeking to bring home the point of the company’s complete lack of experience for the proposed task, questioned “where it is that this company has or had anything to do with Sugar, Rum, Power Production or Fuel Grade Ethanol experience?”A search of the company’s Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago headquarters, boasts of a third generation family business established about 50 years ago, initially providing a wide range of automotive parts and associated engineering services.BreadlineCalling for an integrated approach towards the resuscitation of the of the sugar industry in Guyana, Dr Ramsaroop noted that the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration is without a plan “with their best bet being to give away the US$200 million Skeldon Sugar Factory to a company that has no skills.”This approach, he warned, was part of a revenge campaign by the ruling Administration against sugar workers placing them on “the breadline, since most of them did not support them… Political revenge is not the way to go here.”He noted that under the ousted People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, the plan was to invest in a more refine sugar approach to the value added sugar crystals that are in more demand around the world and move to ethanol production by 2016.Ramsaroop, a long-time advocate of biofuels said, “We would have seen more jobs being created as we expanded the sugar industry not shut it down. Brazil is the second largest producer of fuel grade ethanol… The PPP/C planned also called for an integrated approach by building the deep water harbour and the road to Brazil… These integrated approaches would have seen Guyana propel with the sugar industry,” the Economic Advisor told Guyana Times.ExpectationsAccording to the MoU inked between the Guyana Government and DRCL, the Trinidad-based company is slated to benefit substantially, should its proposal be approved by the Administration.The MoU – while not legally binding – dictates expectations in the event a definitive agreement, including access by DCRL to Skeldon Sugar Factory’s key infrastructure, favourable combinations of tax incentives, and land for sugarcane cultivation and infrastructure.The company is also set to receive reasonable approval cycles, guarantees on minimum product take-off by the Government with respect to electric power and fuel ethanol, guaranteed pricing formulae and power export provisions.This means that while the company will convert sugar cane into ethanol and electricity from bagasse, the Government will guarantee purchase of the powered generated at a yet to be negotiated price – inherently providing and immediate and guaranteed market for the company should the operations come on stream.The feasibility study is proposed to commence on April 3 and to be completed in the coming months.last_img read more

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Drunken lawyer arrested after hitting pedestrian

first_imgA popular attorney in Berbice is now in Police custody after he reportedly struck down a pedestrian on the Williamsburg Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice on Friday evening.The victim is yet to be identified, but Guyana Times understands that the lawyer was highly intoxicated at time of the incident.The Police have said that a breathalyser test administered on the lawyer proved that his alcohol consumption was above the legal limit.Reports received reveal the 51-year-old attorney of East Coast Berbice, was proceeding along the roadway when he struck a male pedestrian who allegedly crossed the road and into the path of the motor van.The injured man was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Port Mourant Hospital, where he was treated and referred to the New Amsterdam Hospital.However, as a result of the severity of his injuries, he was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.His condition is listed as critical.last_img read more

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12 arrested after Police swoop down on several homes in Berbice

first_imgTwelve persons were taken into police custody following a raid by law enforcement officials on Thursday morning in New Amsterdam, Berbice. Some were arrested for cannabis while others were taken into custody for other crimes.B Division Commander Paul LangevineTwo males and two females who hail from Angoy’s Avenue are presently in the lock-ups after police ranks swooped down at their homes and unearthed a quantity of cannabis in their possession.Reports are that ranks from “B” Division along with officers from the Police Narcotics Branch carried out a cordon and search operation that lasted for over four hours.The two males along with a female were apprehended at a house in Number Two, Canje Village while the other female was arrested at a home in Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam.GuyanaTimes understands that about 20 pounds of cannabis were found in the yard in Canje and about two pounds of cannabis was discovered in the house at Angoy’s Avenue.Additionally, during the operation, eight other persons were arrested for questioning in relation to a number of armed robberies and other offences.Commander of “B” Division, Paul Langevine, explained that between 04:00h and 08:30h on Thursday, officers from his Division including members of the PolicePolice Narcotics Branch Head, Kurleigh SimonNarcotics Branch conducted the raids and made the discoveries.He confirmed that eight persons were arrested from the New Amsterdam, Berbice, area for questioning into armed robberies and other offences including a shooting incident.Presently, the 12 persons are assisting with the investigations.In relation to cannabis cultivation and seizures, earlier this month, Head of the Police Narcotics Branch, Kurleigh Simon, had told this publication that in the past four months, the Police Narcotics Branch has conducted in excess of 15 eradication exercises in Berbice, and these were done in more than 30 fields where marijuana was being cultivated and harvested.“Since the year started that total of eradication exercises totaled in excess of 50 acres of land that cannabis was grown.”According to the Senior Superintendent, a lot of work has been done by ranks during the first quarter of 2019, in comparison to what was completed for the entire of last year.“Last year we had 15 eradication exercises and of course seizures but we have upped the ante in this fight. We recognize that the demand for this substance has to be limited and the main way to do this is to cut off the source of supply. We are being proactive rather than reactive where instead of seizures we are targeting cutting off the sources.”On April 3, 2019, the police in the “B” Division finally managed to intercept a Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, Berbice resident who was wanted in connection for the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.According to the Police, a team of ranks, upon information received, swooped down on the suspect’s home at around 11:15h on the day of his arrest.A search conducted on the premises unearthed sixteen taped parcels of compressed cannabis. When weighed, the illegal drugs amounted to 27.2 kilograms.As such, the 27-year-old was immediately arrested where he is being processed for court.Meanwhile, on March 29, last, a young man has been taken into police custody after he was caught with a quantity of cannabis in his possession while travelling in public transportation.The 24-year-old suspect of New Amsterdam, Berbice, was a passenger in a minibus on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) when the vehicle was stopped by police.last_img read more

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Paddle event to take place before proposed project

first_imgPaddle for the Peace will be taking place this Saturday, July 10 at Lynx Creek near Hudson’s Hope.Danielle Yeoman and Diane Culling from the Peace Valley Environmental Association spoke about the event on Moose FMs Issues and Answers program, Wednesday.Culling says people who participate in the event will be able to have a fairly unique experience since they will be able to paddle the river seeing similar scenery to what explorers would have seen a few hundred years ago.- Advertisement -Participants will paddle down the Peace River where there the Site C dam project is proposed.Culling says the event was started in 2006 when their organization found that there was a renewed interest in Site C since the dam was first considered in the 1970’s.[asset|aid=3003|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f1b278d9651fd587cfcf272e7f4dd2aa-Culling Clip 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement For more information on the event, people can call 250-785-8510 or visit www.paddleforthepeace.ca He says BC Hydro estimates that load demand will increase 20 to 40 per cent over the next 20 years. He added that the company is trying to encourage energy conservation, efficiency and will also be working with independent energy companies to use alternative energy sources in conjunction with the proposed dam to meet the demand.However, he adds that the energy source has to be cost-effective to provide a competitive rate for residents.Everyone can come out to participate in the event no matter their views of the project. It will start at Lynx Creek campground with a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The boat launch will occur at noon.The paddle will take approximately 4.5 hours, so residents are asked to prepare for the weather and bring sunscreen, water and snacks with them.People with all different paddling skill levels can participate and there will be a bus to return participants up the river to their vehicles after the event is over.Advertisementcenter_img She says the dam had been rejected twice in the past thirty-five years by the B.C. Utilities Commission because it had been found that the province did not require the electricity and that building the dam was not in the interest of the province’s residents.[asset|aid=3004|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f1b278d9651fd587cfcf272e7f4dd2aa-Culling Clip 2_1_Pub.mp3] The rejections occurred in 1983 and 1991. According to B.C. Stats, the province’s population in 1991 was 3,282,061. Since then, the population has increased by close to one million people to 4,113,487 in 2006.Dave Conway is the community relations manager for the Site C project says that although BC Hydro does export electricity during the summer months, they must import energy during the winter months when the company can’t meet the load demand.Advertisementlast_img read more

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`Simply the best’ school superintendent retiring

first_imgA seemingly endless stream of well-wishers, from parent Armida Romero to school board President Jan Baird to Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson, expressed their common soft spots for the beloved leader, who has spent 22 years at the helm of the 4,000-student district. “I am absolutely overwhelmed,” said Graves, who was accompanied by his wife, daughter and goddaughter at the head table in the Graves Middle multipurpose room. “It is all of them who helped make this district what it is today,” Graves said. “I just happened to be the one lucky enough to be at the head of the school district when it happened. “And it’s been beautiful – a beautiful thing, let me tell you,” he added. An entire table was set up at the event to display the commendations Graves has received for his tenure in South Whittier. Pictures of him as a kindergarten teacher and principal over half a decade adorned the walls, and a huge banner hung from the stage read, “The South Whittier Community Honors Richard L. Graves.” SOUTH WHITTIER – Most people hope that in their lifetimes, they will serve as a positive influence in at least a few people’s lives, says former South Whittier School District principal Pam Lopez. But Superintendent Richard L. Graves has influenced thousands of people during his 46 years in the district, Lopez told hundreds of faculty, staff, students, administrators and community members who gathered Thursday at Graves Middle School to bid him farewell at his retirement celebration and dinner. “He has influenced not only the people in this room, but those that you \ have influenced as you’ve gone on to teach,” added Lopez, one of several former and current district employees who helped organize the event. “His influence has been felt throughout the district – and that tells you how much trust people have in Dick.” Graves, 69, retires at the end of the school year next month to spend more time with his family. District officials have said they hope to have a replacement in place by July. “You’ve done your job and you’ve done it well, and you have earned your retirement,” said school board Vice President Sylvia Macias. “This community will never forget you,” Macias added. “You are simply the best.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Watford victory sends out a statement to Premier League rivals, says Man United ace

first_img1 United dug out a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard believes the last-gasp winner against Watford on Saturday sent out a strong statement of intent to their title rivals.While Arsenal slipped up at West Brom and Manchester City were thrashed by Liverpool, United dug out a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road thanks to an injury-time own goal from Troy Deeney.Deeney thought he had snatched a draw when he cancelled out Memphis Depay’s opener with an 87th-minute penalty, but the Hornets captain undid his good work by bundling in Bastian Schweinsteiger’s shot-cum-cross minutes later.Arsenal and City’s defeats mean Louis van Gaal’s side move second in the table, one point behind Leicester, and Lingard believes the gutsy win delivered a psychological blow in the race at the top.“It’s massive,” Lingard said.“It’s a bit of a statement to the other teams, who will look at this and see we’ve won.“It puts a bit more pressure on them, but it’s a good feeling to be back up there.“It was a great way to end the game. I thought it was a scrappy match overall, the conditions didn’t help, but we had to keep our concentration throughout and it’s great to get the win.“There are a lot of games coming up, we’ve got a lot of injuries at the moment and have to adapt to that, I thought we did that well today.“As long as we win as many games as we can over Christmas, I think we’ll be fine.”It has been an encouraging fortnight for Lingard, who has now started all of United’s last three matches as well as earning a late call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the game against France.The 22-year-old was lively on Saturday too, occupying Watford’s defence with a number of dangerous runs in behind while combining well with fill-in forward Depay.Van Gaal praised both players after the match but Lingard thought he should have put the game to bed before Schweinsteiger forced Deeney’s error.“We created a lot of chances, and personally I should have scored a couple of clear-cut chances,” Lingard added.“I’ve obviously got to work on that but it’s great to see Basti at the back post to stick one in at the end. It’s been a long time coming for him, and he’s deserved it.”last_img read more

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Formula E: Sam Bird wins from the front in Buenos Aires

first_img Sam Bird toasts victory in Buenos Aires 1 Sam Bird produced a brilliant performance to hold off the charge of Sebastien Buemi and claim the first Formula E win for the DS Virgin alliance.Bird started the race from pole and controlled the pack from the front, just using enough energy to keep Nico Prost (Renault e.dams) and then Team Aguri’s Antonio Felix da Costa at bay. While the Brit was untroubled at the front, from the back of the grid Buemi was giving his all to try to work his way up the order.The Renault e.dams driver pulled off an audacious four-wide move on the opening lap to ensure he vaulted from 18th to 15th in one fell swoop. From there on he meticulously carved his way through the pack, picking off his rivals one by one, so that he was into fifth place when the unfortunate da Costa’s car ground to a halt.The Qualcomm Safety Car was deployed and bunched up the field, and meant Buemi was now a realistic contender for victory. With Renault e.dams team-mate Prost running slowly as he entered the pits for the mandatory car swap, Buemi jumped into third, behind Bird and title rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler).Di Grassi knew his best chance of victory was to attack Bird right after the restart and set about chasing down the Brit. But in his effort to exert pressure he made a small but critical mistake. The loss of momentum allowed Buemi to get a run, draw alongside and steal away second place.last_img read more

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FLOOD ALERT AS HEAVY RAIN BATTERS THE COUNTY AGAIN!

first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM is getting more reports of flooding tonight as heavy sustained downpours pound the county.Earlier Met Eireann had issued another warning for the potential for ‘spot flooding’ and a Gale Warning had already been in place.The heavy rain tonight is falling in higher areas of Donegal as sleet as the chills of December begin to bite. One motorist emailed us to say that she had been forced to pull over while travelling over the Barnesmore Gap from Donegal Town to Ballybofey because of poor visibility.“Hailstones were bouncing off my windscreen and it was so heavy I couldn’t see in front of me. I pulled over and put on my hazard lights. It was very scary,” she said.There are also reports of large pools of water on several roads in and around Letterkenny (again).Met Eireann says it will be very unsettled weather continuing and turning colder over the weekend. “There will be further rain or heavy showers at times and often windy periods,” said a spokesman. Once again a number of roads have large amounts of surface water with emails from readers across the county.It looks like reports from readers of long term forecasts predicting snow for next Monday could prove to be accurate.Met Eireann says the north west will be hit with very windy conditions on Monday with heavy showers some of which will be “wintry!!!”However the BBC is predicting very cold temperatures for Sunday.Meanwhile oil companies are reporting a busy week. Chris Gallagher from Gallagher Oil told us: “It was quiet for a while there but it has been extremely busy over the past week as people stock up for the cold weather ahead.”Send your updates/pictures to info@donegaldaily.com© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comFLOOD ALERT AS HEAVY RAIN BATTERS THE COUNTY AGAIN! was last modified: December 1st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:BallybofeyDonegal Towndonegal weatherdonegal weather alertFLOODS ALERTSgalesletterkennyrainwarningslast_img read more

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McLAUGHLIN PROMISES TO BE A VOICE FOR THE COMMUNITY ON THE COUNCIL

first_imgWell-known Donegal community activist Siobhán McLaughlin vowed to be an inclusive and effective representative for the Letterkenny/Milford electoral area as she officially joined the list of candidates seeking to serve on Donegal County Council.She becomes the seventh woman to enter the race for a seat on the Council, which currently consists of 3 women and 26 men.McLaughlin, who first ran for the Council as a Labour Party candidate in 2009, was last week selected by the party to contest the upcoming election, as was former Garda Sergeant Christy Galligan. “I have the skills, the capacity, and the expertise to represent and work for communities, families, women, children, and all those affected by poverty and inequality,” McLaughlin, 51, told the Labour Party Selection Convention in Letterkenny. “I will work hard, I will honour my promises, and I will do what I set out to do with honour, transparency, openness, and honesty.”McLaughlin, who has lived in Letterkenny for the past 13 years and previously in Ramelton for 8 years, went to school in Milford. Her mum Mary (Fries) is from Kilmacrennan.McLaughlin has been a respected and effective member of numerous local bodies and committees, including the Social Inclusion Measures Group, the Donegal County Development Board, East Donegal Forum, the County Community Forum, Donegal Local Development Company, and the Intercultural Platform. She has also served on a range of national forums and advisory committees, and for the past two years has been an active voluntary member of the board of Pobal.“Serving on national bodies has given me considerable skills to represent everyone in this area,” said McLaughlin, who is mother to 18-year-old Katie and 30-year-old Fela. “Pobal manages various funding programmes, such as childcare, after-school, and local community development. Everybody who knows me on that board knows that I am never silent! I argue passionately on the issues affecting Donegal.” McLaughlin, who graduated from NUI Galway with a degee in Sociology and two years ago went on to earn a Master’s in Applied Social Studies from NUI Maynooth, said the stakes are extremely high in the upcoming election due to the recent passage of the Local Government Reform Act 2014.“Local authorities in every county in Ireland are now going to have much more responsibility for the allocation and administration of resources,” she said. “The County Development Board has been replaced by a Local Community Development Committee which will have a huge role in allocating local resources. My skills, experience, and academic background mean that I have the expertise needed to make sure this committee and other new structures will work effectively for you, the people of Donegal. I will work tirelessly to make sure everyone, and I mean everyone, is included. We in the Labour Party are committed to making sure that communities have the opportunity to be represented on these new structures and that their needs are articulated. Democracy is not just about elected representatives but about local community participation, as well.”McLaughlin said cornerstones of her campaign would include the importance of ensuring that the Letterkenny/Milford area receives its fair share of resources and sustainable employment as the country emerges from recession. The importance of protecting the interests of individuals and communities experiencing social exclusion is another top priority. “I am passionate about the principles of freedom, rights, community, democracy, and equality,” she said. “I am committed to working for the economic, political, social, and cultural development of every person in the Letterkenny/Milford area.”In conclusion McLaughlin addressed the young people in the audience, saying: “You are not just our future but our present, and I commit my work on the Council to including your voice, your issues, and your interests.” Her speech was received with rousing applause. McLAUGHLIN PROMISES TO BE A VOICE FOR THE COMMUNITY ON THE COUNCIL was last modified: March 15th, 2014 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:Donegal County CouncilElectionssiobhan mclaughlinlast_img read more

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