first_imgMORE THAN 700 people packed into the Clanree Hotel on Saturday night to show their support for Presidential candidate Martin McGuinness.This was his address in full to those who were there:“I am delighted to be here this evening in Letterkenny addressing you as a candidate for the Presidency of my country. Donegal of course has a special place in my heart. My mother was from Donegal and I spent many summers as a boy on my grandfather’s farm on the Inishowen peninsula. I have fond memories of those times and I cherish my connections to this great county.Derry and Donegal have a long and close history. The partition of Ireland has had a deep and lasting effect on both. Ecomomically, politically and socially, partition was a disaster for Donegal and for Derry. It was a disaster for Ireland.Towns were cut off from their natural hinterlands, Businesses were cut off from their natural markets, farmers along the border suffered disruption and hardship. Disruption was also caused to social life along the border and even to family connections.The Peace Process has gone a long way to tackle the worst effects of Partition but there is much further to go. Many of the physical barriers have been removed. The next stage needs to be to build an all-island economy. The wasteful duplication of services needs to end. Sensible all Ireland working can deliver better services. Look at the example of the new cancer centre in Altnagalvin, or the new A5 road. None of these developments and others would have happened without the all-Ireland Ministerial council or which I am the longest serving member.In this Presidential election thousands of Irish citizens are being denied the right to vote for their President. The current President could not even vote in the Presidential election if she still lived in her native Belfast. This must change. Irish citizens from whatever part of Ireland must be able to vote in Presidential elections and the Government must do whatever it takes to ensure that this democratic entitlement is realised.In the meantime, vote or no vote, I intend to be a President for all of Ireland’s 32 Counties.Huge progress has been made in recent years in ending the conflict on this island, and in creating a new peaceful dispensation in which our people and our country should be able to thrive. But we have to go further. We have to begin to heal the scars of the past 40 years.The period during the next Presidency will see the centenary of many defining moments in our history. These commemorations need to be handled sensibly and sensitively. I intend to ensure that they are handled in a way that all sections of our people can participate in and learn from the commemorative events. I have also proposed that this decade of commemorations become a Decade of Reconciliation which would celebrate the diverse nature of Irish society and the peace we now enjoy.Bridges have been built in recent between the communities in the North and between North and South. In this regard I want to acknowledge the contribution of President McAleese who made ‘building bridges’ a theme of her Presidency.I believe that the time has now come to move from bridge building to building unity.As President I want to lead the way in bringing all of our people — North and South, Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter closer together through mutual respect and understanding. I want to bring both parts of our Ireland closer together, laying the foundations for Irish unity. I have said from the outset that I intend to be a President of the People. I want to be a President that stands for hard pressed working families; for those struggling to pay mortgages; for those people losing their jobs and facing emigration; for those with disabilities; for those lying on hospital trolleys.These are the people who need a President who will shine a light on their needs, who will highlight their concerns, who will stand up for their interests.There are parts of Ireland, such as Donegal, which have been disproportionately affected by unemployment, by emigration, by a lack of infrastructural investment, by having had their vital services, including health services, stripped to the bare minimum.There are some in official Ireland who believe that some Irish people and some parts of Ireland deserve first class status while others don’t really matter. Well as someone who has struggled for 40 years to be treated as a first class citizen and I can guarantee people here that under my Presidency every citizen in an Ireland will be a first class citizen and every part of Ireland — North, South, East and West will be cherished. That is the essence of what a republic means.Many of our citizens have become disillusioned with the political system and with many of the long standing institutions of Irish life. This is inevitable considering the events of recent years. But as faith in institutions falls the question must be asked as to what will replace them.I believe that it is time to build a new Republic on this island. A real republic that puts the interests of citizens before those of bankers; a republic that puts the common good before private profit, a republic that puts the welfare of the people above the interests of a golden circle. I believe that the values of community, social solidarity and patriotism must be at the heart of this New Republic.The New Republic must also ensure that meaningful jobs are provided for our people. The jobs crisis is the biggest challenge now facing this country. As Deputy First Minister, I have, along with Ministerial colleagues brought thousands of new jobs to the north – I want to use my international reputation – my influence and skills to go to the boardrooms of major US corporations and elsewhere and help bring new jobs to these shores.In standing for election as President of Ireland, what I am offering is the same leadership, commitment and determination that delivered one of the most successful peace processes in the world. As President I will defend and promote Ireland. I will uphold the constitution. I will stand up for Irish sovereignty and freedom.Throughout 40 years and more of political activism, on the streets of Derry, in Downing Street, in the White House, in the Assembly and on Good Friday I have only ever been interested in serving my country. Now I want to do it as your President. I promise to stand by you the people and I ask you now to stand with me.Go raibh maith agaibh.COMMENTS ARE WELCOME ON DONEGALDAILY.COM, BUT THOSE CONTAINING SWEAR WORDS, ABUSIVE CONTENT OR CONTENT DEEMED LIBELOUS WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED.IN FULL: MARTIN McGUINNESS LETTERKENNY SPEECH AT CLANREE HOTEL was last modified: October 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:IN FULL: MARTIN McGUINNESS LETTERKENNY SPEECH IN FULLlast_img read more


first_imgCaptain Phil: Running Donegal from WednesdayBreaking News: MEET the new man set to be in charge of Donegal County Council and running your county from next week – Environment Minister Phil Hogan.Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail have this morning refused to pass a budget for 2014, protesting at the handover of €350Million worth of council assets to Irish Water.Cllr John Campbell (Independent) also opposed the budget but for different reasons, with the budget proposal defeated by 15 votes to 13. It means the council could be dissolved and an administrator will almost certainly be appointed by Minister Hogan to run council affairs if the council fails to agree on a way forward at another meeting next Monday. All parties except Sinn Fein agreed to return.Fine Gael and Labour and independents P Doherty, F McBrearty and I McGarvey had supported passing the budget for the year, insisting the water issue was a separate one.Fine Gael’s Micky Doherty arrived late in the chamber to vote – but the budget was defeated by the 11 votes of Fianna Fail, three of Sinn Fein and the vote of Cllr Campbell.Under legislation council powers switch to the Department of the Environment from midnight and the council may be dissolved. Councillors lose their positions – and unless Minister Hogan agrees to an extension – there will be no local democratic representation until after the council elections in May. Councillors will also lose all allowances and payments.Mayor Ian McGarvey’s role as first citizen is also now at an end – and Sinn Fein councillor Gary Doherty who joined the council just six weeks ago has set a new record as the shortest ever serving county councillor.Tired: Mayor McGarvey had chaired 3 days of talksThe move will not effect the day to day delivery of council services but how money is spent this year will be decided by Dublin civil servants under the direction of Deputy Hogan.There was heated debate all day – but Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail took a decision they would not support the budget. And they had the majority of votes between them.Cllr Barry O’Neill made a last minute plea for the budget to be passed. But this was rejected. Cllr Ciaran Brogan (FF leader on the council) said: “Politics is about people and we have to follow our instinct.“We have to stand up over the A5, over our health services, over Garda resources and now over water. It was the right decision to take. We have to send a message to Dublin.”Dessie Larkin, (FF) said: “Donegal will be left behind and overlooked in favour of the big urban cities, I’m very concerned about this issue and it’s one of the biggest issues this chamber has ever faced.“From the 1st of October Donegal people will be charged for water and we have no idea what those charges are going to be. “The citizens of Donegal are in the dark on this issue and as a public representative I have a responsibility to express my concerns.“I think it’s a very bad deal and a very rushed deal the privatisation of Irish Water we’ve seen what happened in the North when they privatised the water.”Cllr John Campbell discusses the budget with Cllr Marie Therese GallagherCouncillor Marie Therese Gallagher (SF) said the asset transfer was “like having a hole in your roof, asking a contractor to fix it and then handing over your house.”She said the reservoirs and assets of Donegal belong to the people of Donegal.“It’s daylight robbery and it’s happening right now. People should be angry. We are custodians of this asset and we have never even been considered,” said Cllr Gallagher.Barry O’Neill (FG) responded to Cllr Marie Theres Gallagher’s (SF) objection to the confusion on the impending water charges saying: “You say no to everything, you said no to everything at last year’s budget, it’s no to everything, this meeting is turning into a shambles, I came here to talk about a budget meeting and all we’re talking about is Irish Water it’s a disgrace.“It’s a total fudge, it’s a smokescreen and they’re jeopardising this meeting by talking about Irish services.”Party colleague John Ryan (FG) said: “There is no doubt about it, it’s a very important issue, there has been a lot of discussion on this topic; a lot of it has been accurate, a lot of it hasn’t.“There are several types of assets being transferred to Irish Water, the assets that we are transferring that provide a service now saying that they still have a worth to the Donegal County Council because they’re providing a service.“It’s a mistake in to say we’re handing over €355 million worth of assets.“We can talk about Irish Water all day but in this arena we have no say or no power to change anything about it.“We owe the people of Donegal to talk about the budget instead of potentially dissolving the council.”Seamus O’Domhnaill (FF) said: “I accept it’s a book value of €355 million for Donegal’s water assets but in my opinion it’s worth more than the book value.“I have to ask the question – are the people of Donegal getting the best value for money for the services we provide and I don’t think they do.“Our roads are in terrible condition and to be honest the money allocated to roads both nationally and here in Donegal will make them worse.“We talked about creating employment, we could create employment by getting people out on our roads.“Are we going to become tax collectors for Irish Water?“We should not be working on behalf of Irish water.“We should have also re-evaluated our development charges long before this situation arose.”* Check Donegal Daily Facebook and Twitter Feeds for more.THEY THINK IT’S ALL OVER! IT IS NOW – PHIL HOGAN SET TO RUN DONEGAL AFTER COUNCIL COLLAPSE was last modified: January 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Department of the EnvironmentDonegal County CouncilPhil Hoganlast_img read more

Flight Centre tracking towards growth

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Recent natural disasters have not thrown Flight Centre Limited off course, with the Group reporting it is in line to achieve its full year pre-tax estimate.Presenting at the UBS Emerging Companies Conference, chief executive Andrew Flannery said the Group’s is on track to achieve its guidance between $220million and $240 million.The 10-20 percent increase on the year before comes as a result of reasonably priced fares in Australia, leisure and corporate performing above average in the UK and solid March profits in the USA.Mr Flannery highlighted that New Zealand achieved good profits despite losing eight shops and 17 other impacted in the recent Christchurch earthquake. Other Flight Centre locations Dubai, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and China are said to be in line to exceed company estimates, with India preparing to open two more shops this year. last_img read more