A Letterkenny based man has donated e76 to a father he heard breaking down on local radio where he related of how he stood to lose a vital income because he had signed on a day too late at the Labour Exchange.
Barney Duffy of Fortwell Place, a native of Derry, had been saving up for a new headstone for his mother’s grave but decided to offer the stricken man the money upon hearing of his plight,
“This man had gone to sign on but was told he was a day too late. I heard him speaking about it on Highland Radio and he broke down in tears.
“He said he had four children and he was obviously in dire straits. He made a genuine mistake but he was going to lose e76 because of it. I decided to give him the money and am contacting the radio station to see if I can reach him.”
Added Barney: “It might show that people do care when other people are at the bottom of the bucket. I am trying to raise money for my mum’s gravestone. She died in 1988 but she would have wanted me to do this.
“She would turn in her grave if she thought I wasn’t going to help a person in need.”