Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyMayor of Kerry vs Pat Kenny (13.2.2006, 14:31 UTC)
A quick post in relation to the Mayor of Kerry, Toireasa Ferris, and her appearance on the Late Late Show on Friday night. No, I’m not discussing her wardrobe; that was only a minor issue compared to the bulk of what happened, and I support Toireasa’s points on the matter in today’s press. Any paper that attacks her on her wardrobe shows a lack of ability to deal with the real issues of the interview and is simply going for cheap headlines. A bit of background: Toireasa is the...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of Letterkennyo2 Ends Roaming Charges in Ireland (8.2.2006, 13:33 UTC)
Just read this article on RTE.ie O2 to abolish roaming charges in the North O2 will abolish roaming charges between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for its 1.6 million customers from April. The company has also abolished roaming charges across the UK and Ireland for its business customers. From April, roaming between here and the North will be scrapped on O2’s network for all its pre-pay and post-pay customers. These means that these customers will not be charged for calls ...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyNew Site Feature- Comments (6.2.2006, 19:32 UTC)
I’ve just added a new feature to this website. Now, you can comment on the posts I put here, and the comments will be appended to the end of the post. This is a great way of developing a debate. Examples can be seen on many of the sites I visit, including SluggerOToole.com and iePolitics. There’s a few important things to note. If you want to comment, click the link at the bottom of each post which says “Comment on this post”. There, you can leave your name, email and c...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyUpdate - Feb 6th 2006 (6.2.2006, 11:41 UTC)
A quick update on a number of issues from the last few weeks here on the site: The Fleadh Cheoil Programme on RTE continues this week on Friday at 7:30 on RTE1. The first two weeks have been excellent, and the town comes across really well. I’m sure that this year’s Fleadh Cheoil will be an even bigger success Brian McDaid has returned successfully from Monte Carlo. He’s raised a huge sum for the Donegal Hospice, and his fundraising continues. You can read more about his tr...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyIrish Blog Awards (6.2.2006, 11:04 UTC)
It seems my website been nominated/shortlisted for two awards in the 2006 Irish Blog Awards- Best Political Blog and Best Personal Blog (a blog is a techie term for a website with entries ordered by date). So, ever the politician, I’m canvassing again. If you like what I’m trying to do here with this website, visit this page and give me a vote. There’s many, many great websites listed there, so any help you give would be greatly appreciated. Just scroll down to “Bes...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyFleadh Cheoil 2005 on RTE (26.1.2006, 13:50 UTC)
A quick post- Letterkenny will feature heavily on RTE1 tomorrow night (Friday January 27th 2006). The show, which is on at 7:30pm, is featured on RTE’s website as follows: 19:30 Fleadh Cheoil New series taking a look at Ireland’s largest traditional music festival. Pat Butler and Breda Smyth present some of the highlights from last summer’s festival in Letterkenny Letterkenny has received fantastic international exposure after a hugely succesful Fleadh Cheoil in August 2005...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyAffordable Housing in Letterkenny (23.1.2006, 14:14 UTC)
Donegal County Council has recently advertised for the first scheme of Affordable Housing to come on the market here in the Letterkenny area. The ad is featured has been featured in the local press, and I’ve copied it below. Donegal County Council Are you a 1st time buyer? Affordable Housing Scheme- Carnamuggagh, Letterkeny Donegal County Coucil are making four new 3 bedroomed semi-detached houses available for sale under the Affordable Housing Scheme at Carnamugagh, Letterkenny. The ...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyMayor’s Ball 2006 (17.1.2006, 21:11 UTC)
Just a quick note, and a piece of advance notice. The 2006 Letterkenny Mayor’s Ball will take place on Friday, May 5th in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny. The charity has been chosen, and will be announced soon. There are a few more details to follow, such as the band, and they will be revealed soon. I’ll be adding more information here as we announce it. I’m very excited by the event, and honoured to be able to do my bit for the charity that will be benefitting. Sorry t...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyBrian Gets On The Road (16.1.2006, 20:12 UTC)
Brian McDaid has just taken off on his “Mini To Monte Carlo” trip in aid of the Donegal Hospice. I had the honour of seeing him off from the Market Square, along with a sizable crowd. Brian will be accompanied on the trip by his brother Neil, who I recently met in Boston. Brian hopes to be in Monte Carlo by the weekend, and the home in Letterkenny by next Thursday. Over the last six weeks, Brian has run a fantastic fund raising (and indeed awareness-raising) campaign for the Hospi...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyNorthern Ireland gets 100% Broadband Coverage (16.1.2006, 13:11 UTC)
As someone who uses the Internet every day for work, research, communication and education, this story has caught my attention. I’m sure there are many across Donegal who will wish this was something that had happened here: NORTHERN IRELAND FIRST IN EUROPE WITH 100% BROADBAND Northern Ireland is the leading broadband region in Europe with 100% broadband access. Enterprise Minister, Angela Smith announced 100% availability of broadband at MJM Group, a specialist joinery outfitting compa...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of Letterkenny2006 Council Trip to USA (12.1.2006, 12:42 UTC)
At our last monthly meeting (Monday, January 9th), it was once again agreed that Letterkenny Town Council would send a delegation to the USA during St Patrick’s week, maintaining a tradition that has run for over a decade. I’ve discussed this in the local press this week, including on Highland Radio News. When first elected, I opposed the Council’s trip to New York for the St Patrick’s Day parade. I didn’t believe that the trip offered value-for-money for the Town&...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyLetterkenny Development Plan- Area of Town Centre Extension (9.1.2006, 17:13 UTC)
Letterkenny Town Council has just started a period of public consultation on a proposed addition to the Letterkenny & Environs Development Plan, 2003-2009. The plan relates to the development of the lands in the “area of Town Centre extension”- the lands bounded between the Pearse Road, Port Road and River Swilly. The plan proposes a number of important developments in the area, relating to public walkways, open spaces and commercial developement, and sets the guidelines for...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyCCTV for Letterkenny (9.1.2006, 13:55 UTC)
As mentioned in this Highland Radio News article, Letterkenny has been succesful in gaining the operational funding from the Department of Justice to install a CCTV system in the Town. I’m delighted by the news. I’ve been campaigning for CCTV for over two years now. It was one of the main points of my election campaign, so I’m overjoyed to see it happen now. Letterkenny Town Council has been extremely proactive in this matter. I have worked with The Chamber of Commerce, the G...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyMerry Christmas 2005 (23.12.2005, 15:11 UTC)
I’ve just returned from the Highland Radio Christmas Party, where (pictured above) Dessie Larkin, Chairman of Donegal County Council, Padraig MacLochlainn, Mayor of Buncrana, and myself took part in a quiz against a team of journalists, made up of Ciaran O’Donnell and Pat McArt of The Donegal Democrat, and the legendary John McAteer of the Tirconaill Tribune. The quiz ended in a very diplomatic draw! For more photos from Highland Radio’s Christmas Party, visit the photo gall...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyLauncing MiniToMonteCarlo.com (23.12.2005, 15:05 UTC)
Brian McDaid, better known as the photographer for the Donegal Democrat newspaper, is soon to take a 5,000km drive in aid of The Donegal Hospice. He’ll be leaving Letterkenny and driving to Monte Carlo in a red MIni. Brian is undertaken the trip in honour of his good friend, Eamonn Harvey, who passed away in Donegal Hospice in January 2004. For more details on the trip, and to make a donation, visit the website at http://www.minitomontecarlo.com.
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyMinutes: December 2005- Budget Meeting (21.12.2005, 18:13 UTC)
MINUTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF BUDGET MEETING OF LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL HELD IN THE TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES, PUBLIC SERVICES CENTRE, NEIL T. BLANEY ROAD, LETTERKENNY ON TUESDAY 20TH DECEMBER, 2005. MEMBERS PRESENT: Cllr. D. Larkin, Town Mayor, Cllr. C. Brogan, Cllr. V. Fisher, Cllr. N. Clarke, Cllr. G. Mc Monagle, Cllr. J. Harte, Cllr. D. Blake OFFICIALS PRESENT: M. Mc Loone, County Manager Paddy Doherty, Town Clerk Pat Gillespie, Area Manager (Roads) Frances Friel, Asst. Town Clerk. APOLOGIES...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyLetterkenny at Christmas Time (19.12.2005, 17:56 UTC)
With only a few days to go until Christmas, Letterkenny has become a real hive of activity. As a thriving retail centre Letterkenny has seen huge levels of traffic in recent weeks, and is getting busier with each passing day. Things have been very busy on the Town Council too. Our annual budget meeting takes place tomorrow (Tuesday 20th), which will see the Council outline our spending priorities for year ahead. This year’s budget book includes provision for some very worthwhile and impor...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyLetterkenny is Litter Free (19.12.2005, 17:15 UTC)
On Monday December 12th I attended the prizegiving for the 2005 Irish Business Against Litter Litter-League, to collect an award for Letterkenny. The Town ranked “Litter Free”, the highest category possible. This is testimony to all the hard work undertaken by so many in the town to ensure that Letterkenny is among the best presented, most attractive towns in Ireland. Together with our recent Gold Medal in the Tidy Towns contest, this shows how well Letterkenny is doing in the ...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyMinutes: December 2005- In-Committee (12.12.2005, 18:08 UTC)
MINUTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF INCOMMITTEE MEETING OF LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL HELD IN THE TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES ON MONDAY 12TH DECEMBER, 2005 AT 6.00 PM MEMBERS PRESENT: Cllr. D. Blake, Town Mayor, Cllr. D. Larkin, Cllr. V. Fisher, Cllr. C. Brogan, Cllr. N. Clarke, Cllr. G. Mc Monagle, Cllr. J. Harte and Cllr. J. Lynch OFFICIALS PRESENT: M. Mc Loone, County Manager P. Doherty, Town Clerk M. Mc Fadden, Town Engineer F. Friel, Asst. Town Clerk APOLOGIES: Cllr. J. Crossan LETTERKENNY MART Mr. P. ...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyElectoral Register 2005-2006 (30.11.2005, 23:15 UTC)
Donegal County Council is currently renewing the electoral register for the County. If you’re not on the register, you can’t vote. Previously, this would have required checking your name and address on the physical register at a local Library or Public Services Centre. Now, you can check it online at http://www.donegal.ie/eReg/. I’d advise everyone to check the website, if you get a chance. If you’re not on the register then you can’t vote!
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyMinutes: November 2005 (13.11.2005, 18:03 UTC)
MINUTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF MONTHLY MEETING OF LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL HELD IN THE TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES, LETTERKENNY PUBLIC SERVICES CENTRE, NEIL T. BLANEY ROAD, LETTERKENNY ON MONDAY 14TH NOVEMBER, 2005 AT 6.00 PM MEMBERS PRESENT: Cllr. D. Blake, Town Mayor, Cllr. J. Crossan, Cllr. V. Fisher, Cllr. C. Brogan, Cllr. G. Mc Monagle, Cllr. N. Clarke, Cllr. D. Larkin and Cllr. J. Lynch OFFICIALS PRESENT: M. Mc Loone, County Manager P. Doherty, Town Clerk M. Mc Fadden, Town Engineer F. Coyel, Dire...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyMinutes: November 2005- In-Committee (13.11.2005, 18:00 UTC)
MINUTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF INCOMMITTEE MEETING OF LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL HELD IN THE TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES, LETTERKENNY PUBLIC SERVICES CENTRE, NEIL T. BLANEY ROAD, LETTERKENNY ON MONDAY 14TH NOVEMBER, 2005 AT 6.00 PM MEMBERS PRESENT: Cllr. D. Blake, Town Mayor Cllr. J. Crossan, Cllr. V. Fisher, Cllr. C. Brogan, Cllr. G. Mc Monagle, Cllr. N. Clarke, Cllr. D. Larkin and Cllr. J. Lynch OFFICIALS PRESENT: M. Mc Loone, County Manager P. Doherty, Town Clerk M. Mc Fadden, Town Engineer F. Coyle, ...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyAll Blacks Visit Letterkenny (10.11.2005, 12:22 UTC)
Yesterday saw the historic visit of the New Zealand All Blacks to Letterkenny and Ramelton. Six members of the team, including captain Tana Umaga (a controversial character), came along with members of the New Zealand Rugby Federation and the New Zealand Ambassador to honour the memory of Dave Gallaher. In short, Dave Gallaher was the Ramelton-born man, who emigrated to New Zealand with his family at the age of 5, and went on to Captain the first “All Blacks” team to tour Europe in...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyIrish Poppy (8.11.2005, 23:58 UTC)
Irish Poppy November 11th marks the 88th anniversary of Armistice day, which marked the end of World War 1.
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyLetterkenny Skate Park (2.11.2005, 20:55 UTC)
Just announced today, Letterkenny Town Council has been awarded €60,000 to construct a Skate Park facility in the site of the new Town Park at Ballymacool. Credit must go to Aideen Doherty and the team in the Community and Enterprise section of Donegal County Council. The members of Letterkenny Town Council unanimously supported my motions on this issue since being elected, and the members of Donegal County Council set Letterkenny as their number one priority for funding. All this work led...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyIrish Times Letters Page (27.10.2005, 11:25 UTC)
I had a letter printed in the Irish Times today, in response to recent criticism of the plans for a commemoration of the 1916 rising. The full text of the letter is available by clicking here. If you have any comments on the letter, you can reply to me or send your letter to the Editor of the paper.
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyLetter to the Editor, Irish Times, October 27 2005 (27.10.2005, 11:20 UTC)
The full text of a letter which I submitted to the Editor of the Irish Times, in response to criticism of proposals for a new commemoration of the 1916 rising. This letter was print in the Octob 27th, 2005 edition of the paper. Madam, I see many calling in to question what the Taoiseach means by attempting to invoke “The Spirit of 1916″, and doubting the timing of this announcement. “The Spirit of 1916″ is most succinctly summed up by quoting directly from the Proclama...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyLetterkenny Roadworks Plan to December 2005 (25.10.2005, 12:27 UTC)
Thanks to Town Clerk, Paddy Doherty, and Joanne Sweeney in the Chamber of Commerce, I can now publish an outline of the road and traffic works which will be undertaken between now and the end of the year. This is particularly fitting now, as we see such gridlock in the town with the works to complete the new Ballyraine Roundabout finishing. Circular Road Construction of a right-hand turning lane into the entrance of the hospital car park. Work will take approximately four weeks (to 22nd Novem...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyLetterkenny Health Cafe (25.10.2005, 12:21 UTC)
I had a good conversation with Mike Walshe, Director of Donegal Youth Services and his colleague Lorraine Boyle last week, regarding their latest development which will be opening soon in Letterkenny. Working with Foroige, DYS are due to open a “Health Cafe” in Letterkenny early in 2006. The facility will be located in the new building which is being built on the site of the old Cinema, opposite The Grill Nightclub on the Port Road. The Health Cafe will be a place for young people ...
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Cllr Damien Blake, Mayor of LetterkennyFianna Fail Ard Fheis, 2005 (25.10.2005, 12:10 UTC)
The 2005 Fianna Fail Ard Fheis took place over the weekend in Killarney, Co Kerry. I attended, along with a number of other delegates from Donegal. It takes a lot to be able to justify having travelled such a long distance (the drive took over 7 hours), but the Ard Fheis provides a unique opportunity for local Councillors and party members from around the Country to come together with members of the Parliamentary Party and, in particular, Ministers. Before going to Killarney, I made sure to ar...
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