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Quotes of the week

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Quotes of the week

Seamus Neely, Donegal Co Council Chief Executive

“The people of the North voted and their democratic vote is not being listened to.”

- Pharmacist Tom Murray, at the anti-Brexit rally in Lifford on Saturday.

“I don’t think people realise the full implications yet – this will be catastrophic for people in this region and this island as a whole.”

- Marian Harkin, independent MEP, addressing the anti-Brexit rally in Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh.

“The opening of our new hall is a tremendous accomplishment for all those associated with this substantial project. The upgraded building has been built for the use of the local community with the long term in mind.”

- Alan Laird, Convoy Worshipful Master, Thiepval Memorial LOL 1005, at the reopening of the Orange hall in Convoy, two years after arson destroyed it.

“It is a lovely island and it is a lovely place to live. We would like to welcome a new priest to this island.”

- Patsy Dan Mac Ruaidhrí, king of Tory, after the island’s most recent priest left Tory for Belfast.

“The government and the HSE are ignoring the obvious solution to the worsening crisis.”

- A spokesperson for Save Our Services, which supports community hospitals, saying the HSE should use community hospital beds to ease pressure on acute hospitals.

“It is now vital that the X-ray department at Donegal Community Hospital is re-opened without any further delay.”

- Pearse Doherty, Sinn Féin TD.

“We see film very much as a driver for tourism and economic development in the county, and we’re constantly looking at ways of promoting the county to an international market.”

- Aideen Doherty of the council’s Donegal Film Office .

“There are huge benefits to buying products locally and I would urge people to remember that.”

- Letterkenny Municipal District Mayor, Cllr. James Pat McDaid, encouraging people to support local businesses and to shop local coming up to Christmas.

"Not only is it important for the tourists and visitors who follow the Wild Atlantic Way to our county and experience the food we produce; but for us as a county to come together and provide and promote access to safe, sustainable, local food for each person living in Donegal, and to ensure we really put ourselves on the map for these achievements.”

- Joanne Butler of Donegal Community Garden Network.

“It is anticipated that Donegal will receive a number of refugees under the resettlement programme in 2017.”

- Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council chief executive, telling councillors that discussions have begun with the Office of Promotion of Migrant Integration.

“Anyone coming to go to Cruit Island or Keadue, they don’t want to see an oyster farm.”

- Sheila O’Donnell of the Save Our Strands group in Cruit, Keadue and Kincasslagh, which has raised concerns of the site of proposed oyster farms near Cruit bridge.

“I was going out the door with a Glenswilly top on when my mother said I needed to change into something more neutral.”

- Michael Murphy, speaking ahead of the Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure Senior Championship final between Glenswilly and Kilcar.

“I won’t be taking anything for granted until mathematically Wexford can’t catch us.”

- Ollie Horgan, Finn Harps manager.