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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Hotel wake for ex-TD

THE wake for a former TD and businessman is being held at one of his hotels.

Jim White, a former Fine Gael representative, will be buried after a funeral service in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal today. He died earlier this week. Last night people queued outside the Abbey Hotel, which he owned in Donegal town, to pay their respects.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny paid tribute to Mr White as a "man of enormous positivity and generosity". He said Mr White had worked hard to draw more tourists to the north-west region. "He was a man of enormous popularity in Donegal and the north-west in general and even managed to head the poll against Neil Blaney in a general election," he said.

Co-op reopens

A CO-OP on the Aran Islands which was forced to close for the summer due to lack of funds reopened yesterday, but is facing an uncertain future, members say.

Comharchumann Forbartha Arann on Inis Mor has had funding cuts of 40pc in the past five years.

Comharchumann manager Cathy Ni Ghoill has invited Gaeltacht Minister Joe McHugh to the island in an effort to save the co-op, which employees three people.

GAA pester plea

A GAA county board chairman has appealed for fans to stop pestering players for tickets for the All-Ireland football final.

Sean Dunnion, the chairman of the Donegal County Board, said some players had been contacted by supporters in the frenzy for tickets for the clash with Kerry on September 21.

He asked fans to leave the players alone to allow them to concentrate on their private lives and preparations for the big match.

Orchids move

A group of volunteers hopes to relocate some of the Burren's famous orchids, before construction on the Gort-Tuam Motorway begins.

The Burren 'Orchid Transplant' scheme aims to find new limestone homes for some of the flowers before their current location is bulldozed for the new road. Conservation volunteers have six weeks to find homes for the orchids.

Bus fire probe

Gardai are investigating the cause of a fire on a school bus yesterday. The incident happened in the Glencar area of Letterkenny shortly after 9.45am.

The driver escaped unhurt and there were no passengers on board at the time.

Irish Independent

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