Minimum wage cut attacked

Minimum wage cut attacked

Minimum wage cut attacked

Call for appointment of Births Registrar

‘Big on buzzwords, short on policy' - Ryan Stewart

Valentine's Champagne Gala Dinner and Dance

The Chairperson of a Donegal Town based community organisation has launched a scathing attack on the cut to the minimum wage which comes into effect on Tuesday 1st February.

Jim Mclaughlin, who chairs the Donegal Family Resource Centre commented "The reduction in the minimum wage from €8.65 to €7.65 per hour will have a profound effect on families and individuals who are already suffering from financial strain. This cut is another blow to people whose wages have already been reduced since January due to the implementation of the universal social charge. On a daily basis we talk with people who are at at their wits end struggling to make ends meet, many people are concerned that the cut in the minimum wage will mean that they will no longer be able to pay their mortgage or rent.

Donegal South West Senator Brian has called for a new Registrar of Births to be appointed at Letterkenny General Hospital.

Domhnaill said: "I am disappointed that the former registrars position who vacated the post prior to Christmas has not been replaced. The effect of this is that there is a delay in registering Births, and hence in having Birth Certificates issued."

"The delay in having Birth Certificates issued has a knock on effect on delaying Social Welfare payments being issued,"said Domhnaill

"I have received confirmation that to date all Births up to the 9th of January have been registered and it is hoped that the back log will be cleared shortly. However the position must be filled and I will continue to pursue this matter," concluded Domhnaill

Independent candidate for Donegal North East, Ryan Stewart, has rounded on both Fianna Fail and the opposition parties, as the election draws near. Over the last week, while the party leaderships debate over who will form the next government, candidates from all parties have been rolling out promises of delivering employment, sustaining local business, tackling personal debt and political reform, among other topics. But Stewart has questioned how they plan to deliver on these promises.

"It is all very well promising to create jobs, and saying that certain changes will benefit the people, but I have not seen anything of significance when it comes to actually paying for the changes these parties want to implement.

"The parties have offered very little in terms of real plans outlining how their policies will work," he said.

The next fundraising event for the Ray Community Group's building fund is the Valentine's Champagne and Chocolates Gala Dinner and Dance in the Milford Inn Hotel on Saturday 12th February and is a great excuse to get dressed up.

The committee are encouraging everyone from the Ray/Glenalla and surrounding communities to come along and support this night.

Arrive to champagne and chocolates followed by a fabulous 4 course dinner and then dance the night away with ‘Transit' followed by a disco. Tickets are €30 and there will be spot prizes galore.

To book your own table contact the Milford Inn Hotel reception on 074 9153313. This promises to be a great night