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Quotes of the week

Former minister, James McDaid

“If there is anyone out there who might remember something after all these years, I would ask them to come forward.”

- Former minister, Dr James McDaid, speaking on the 20th anniversary of the death of Richie Barron.

“The investigation into the death of Richie Barron is still open and nobody has been made amendable for his death.”

- A statement from a Garda spokesperson, in response to a query from the Democrat.

“I feel very honoured and it’s a very proud day for me and my family.”

 Davitt Walsh of Kerrykeel, speaking with RTÉ after he was awarded the Michael Heffernan Medal for Marine Gallantry for his heroic role at Buncrana Pier in March.

”It’s not the reason that we do what we do, but it’s very, very pleasant.

- Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter, after the lifeboat received a Marine Ministerial Letter of Appreciation for Meritorious Service.

“It’s a crew effort – the Coast Guard controllers up in Malin Head getting us there quickly, the lifeboat guys that were on the scene and just couldn’t get in close enough to the casualty, and the whole aircraft crew – we all operate as a unit.”

- Gary Robertson, a winchman with the Sligo Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 118, after they received the Michael Heffernan Gold Medal For Marine Gallantry for his rescue of a fisherman whose boat capsized near Arranmore Island in April.

”I believe we are doing a lot to make our retail product strong and encourage people to stay in Donegal.”

- Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber chief executive.

”The gains we have made as a country are hard wona nd gragile, especially in the context of Brexit, but we are in a position to use some of the resources from our growing economy to help hard-pressed working families in Donegal.”

- Joe McHugh, Fine Gael TD and minister of state, on Budget 2017.

”Cuts made in this budget will greatly affect Donegal.”

- Thomas Pringle, independent TD, on Budget 2017.

“We’re trying to get our footpath back for the safety of the children.”

 Margaret McBride, a SNA at Loughanure National School, where pupils, some school staff and parents, and members of the larger community recently lined the road to the school in an action calling for the footpath there to be replaced.

”It was never our client’s intention, nor that of his family, to create any hostility or contention with his neighbours or the people who regularly use Keadue Strand.”

- From a statement from Declan McHugh of Sweeney McHugh Solicitors of Dungloe on behalf of their client, Manus Bonner of Belcruit, Kinclasslagh, when Mr. Bonner withdrew his application for an oyster farm at the strand.

“It was all about the value of the strands as an amenity for local residents and not against aquaculture.”

- Cllr. Marie Therese Gallagher, Glenties Municipal District cathaoirleach, praising the local campaign, Save our Strands, formed in opposition to the Keadue Strand and Cruit Strand locations proposed recently for oyster farms.

“It suited us coming in as underdogs. No one gave us a chance at all.”

 Glenswilly manager, Michael Canning, after his side defeated Kilcar in the Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure Senior Championship Final.