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Letterkenny General Hospital gets the highest bill in the country for employing temporary staff

The HSE paid 2.4 million euro to employ temporary staff at Letterkenny General Hospital in the first six months of this year, the highest bill in the country.

Nationally, the bill is 14 million euro across the 18 hospitals to the end of July.

A shortage of nurses and trying to keep on medical staff have been cited as the main causes for the high bill for Letterkenny General Hospital.

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Gardai issue crime alert warning

Gardai have issued a crime alert warning for the Ballyare / Ramelton area.

A white transit van has been reported to be acting suspiciously in the area earlier this afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Milford Garda Station on 07491 53048.

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Over 500 disqualified drivers involved in serious collisions since 2013

New figures from the Road Safety Authority show more than 500 disqualified drivers were involved in collisions causing serious injury or death in recent years.

Data from between January 2013 and March of this year in today’s Irish Times, shows there were 521 such incidents.

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However the RSA says new measures giving Gardai powers to arrest dangerous drivers on the spot are helping to make roads safer.

The numbers come just days after it was revealed that just 40 percent of drink driving cases in the District Courts resulted in convictions nationally, with that figure falling to 35% in Donegal.

30 Donegal sporting organisations share 1 million euro in grants

The Minister for Sport has announced around 41 million euro to sports clubs and facilities across Ireland.

A total allocation of 1.065 Million euro has been approved for Sporting Organisations in County Donegal.

The big winners include Carndonagh GAA club, allocated E120,000, Keadue Rover E100,000 Bonagee FC E90,000 and  St Eunana GAA club – E80,000. The full list is printed below.

Minister for Sport Michael Ring says the funding will be spread evenly across the country.

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Shiels fears a private hospital in Donegal could further diminish cancer services at LGH

A Donegal County Councillor is expressing fears that cancer services at Letterkenny General Hospital could be further diminished if a private hospital offering cancer services is built in the area. Councillor Dessie Shiels says that with the economy in recovery mode, a private hospital which was proposed for Donegal during the Boom could be back on the agenda. He says with people travelling elsewhere for treatment, the main focus should be retaining and enhancing services within Letterkenny General Hospital for all cancer patients across Donegal.