View comments Playing in her hometown, Alyssa Valdez, who put up 22 points to lead the Cool Smashers while Kaewpin Kuttika added 16.“This is a very important win because this is my hometown and this is where I started,” said Valdez in Filipino. “It’s always good to be back here and play for them and shoe them the kind of Batangueñas they can produce.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Cool Smashers had a bittersweet time in front of the net as they scored 44 spikes but at the same time allowed the Fighting Warays to score on 10 blocks.Creamline, though, had an easier time in scoring from the service line putting up 13 service aces to Tacloban’s three. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline blasted Tacloban in straight sets, 25-14, 27-25, 26-24, for its third straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Sunday at Batangas City Sports Coliseum.The Cool Smashers stayed atop the league with a 4-1 record while the Fighting Warays dropped to 2-3.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Hyapha Amporn led the Fighting Warays with 15 points while Jovielyn Prado and Sasiwimol Sangpan combined for 21 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Espejo takes talents to Japan, joins club team White Eagles Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
Dear Editor,I was most appalled to read a letter written by Mr. Julius Williams and published in the Guyana Chronicle on Saturday, April 14, 2018 under the headline ‘Education Ministry should re-tender those bids’.Williams’s letter exposed the flagrant and vulgar violation of proper procurement procedures by the Ministry of Education in the handling of tenders for security services. It is clear to me that the tender process was deliberately manipulated to favour an obscure security firm with no track record in the business, while upstanding security firms were, and continue to be, sidelined.In my opinion, this “smells to the high heavens” of illegal kickbacks and payoffs under the table. It is heartbreaking to know that the same atrocity happens over and over again when tenders are handled by other ministries and state agencies. That is why I fully support Williams’s call for all reputable bidders to reject this highly flawed and questionable process by the Ministry of Education. I call on the ministry to throw out this corrupt tender process, then restart a new one that is open, fair and transparent.How does the ministry explain that other bidders were omitted from the process? How come only Neville Spence and Inter Service Enterprise Security attend the bid opening, much to the surprise of other security company representatives, who only discovered that there was another open, competitive bidding when they went to witness the opening of sealed bids for the provision of security services for the Dependents Pension Fund?RK’s Security Services was one of the security firms that discovered this irregularity at that same time. What justification can the ministry come up with to explain what happened? Like Williams, I am convinced that it was a deliberate act to rob bidders of the opportunity to get the contract. It looks like someone benefited from inside information about this tender.RK’s Security has had its share of experience with the Ministry of Education. In 2017, we successfully bid for a contract with that ministry, and after being told we were successful, spent huge sums of money preparing to fulfill our responsibilities. We engaged and recruited security officers, bought uniforms, provided quality training, and obtained a performance bond. But after all our expenditure, we were told that the contract had been terminated for ‘convenience’, with just a few hours’ notice given before we were to commence. Utter and gross disrespect! This matter is now before the Supreme Court. I am inviting all the other security companies affected to contact me, so that we can organise a class action lawsuit against the Ministry of Education and the Government of Guyana. I have a feeling that if we band together and present a united front, we can win this case. Think of how interesting it would be to get the Education Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. Vibert Welch, in the witness box.Further, I would like to encourage all the aggrieved parties and members of the Guyana Association of Private Security Organizations (GAPSO) to join together and conduct picketing exercises at the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of the Presidency. I am prepared to even lead the team for this cause, and assist with its mobilization.I am not afraid to state openly that this incident and others like it indicate that there are certain people involved in the national tendering process who are corrupt, particularly at the Ministry of Education, which has the power to award contracts at schools all over Guyana. I also believe that there is some amount of political favouritism at play. Justice must not only be done, it must also be seen to be done. This is not the case with security tenders at the Ministry of Education. This questionable tender should be revoked at once; and a new, clean bidding process must start immediately. There must also be an official inquiry into how this absurd situation occurred in the first place. I will work with Mr. Williams and all other affected parties to make sure that justice is done, and the culprits are held accountable. Enough is enough.Yours sincerely,Roshan Khan Snr.Founder & CEORK’s Guyana SecurityServices
Dear Editor,Without a doubt, one of the most important professions in the world is politics. More than any other sphere of activity, it influences people’s lives in a profound way. It is the profession that pulls together all others for the purpose of development of a community or country.It is, therefore, a very noble endeavour.Yet, few other professions have been more ridiculed than politics. Any bad action by a person is often described as that person acting like a politician. It is not unusual to hear people saying that ‘politics is a dirty game’, or being called very unflattering names, for example, scamp, corrupt, etc.This has come about because far too many politicians make promises that they had no intention of keeping, or some behave in such a way that one can get the impression that the masses of people are there to serve those in power and not vice versa. Far too many become corrupt with only one purpose, that is personal aggrandisement.They also abuse power and authority and take advantage of the poor.Yet, politics remain very important in people’s lives. Like all other professions, you have decent, principled and upright politicians and you have the power-hungry, corrupt and unprincipled elements as well. The sad reality is that there are far too little of the former and much too much of the latter.One would have let things ride at that had it not been for the devastating effect that immoral politics have on the lives of people in any society.We in Guyana have both of these groups in our body politic. When the most corrupt grab power, they do tremendous harm to every aspect of life. We have had experiences with immoral politics and we know the consequences. Unfortunately, the immorality of the past continues to guide those in power today.In the last elections campaign, the APNU/AFC made many promises that they had absolutely no intention of keeping.A few examples of this. The two parties promised sugar workers a twenty per cent increase in wages and salaries. Public servants were also given rosy promises of sizeable increases. Rice farmers were told that they would get nine thousand dollars a bag for their paddy. Amerindians were promised jobs and lands.We were told that the VAT would have been reduced to a single-digit number.None of their ‘promises’ was made with the intention of keeping them. It was done to deliberately fool the people to dishonestly obtain their votes.The APNU/AFC regime is now doing everything, including trampling on our laws and Constitution to perpetuate themselves in power.In doing so, they are destroying the independence of our institutions and making a mockery of the law.Our courts are in grave danger of being taken over by the PNC-led APNU/AFC regime.The latest outrage was the ruling of the Court of Appeal on the validity of the No-Confidence Motion. The disdain with which the CCJ overturned that decision by the Guyana Court of Appeal says quite a lot. It implies that the decision was not based on law, logic nor arithmetic.While that is the latest, there are many other cases that are not being called, heard or not making decisions, the elections petition case challenging the result of the 2015 elections is a good example – it is yet to be heard.In every democratic society, those types of cases are given priority. In the same year, 2015, Kenya and Trinidad had elections that were challenged in the courts. Those elections were held after ours, yet the cases in the two countries have been heard and ruled on.In the case of Kenya, the court upheld the case brought by the Opposition and ordered fresh elections. That was also concluded.Yet, to date, Guyana’s case is still not even called. In the meantime, it is being overtaken by other political developments.This is a serious body blow to our democracy and an indication of where we are going.There are other constitutional cases already heard, but years after, no decision is handed down by the judges.This, by the way, is breaking the law by Judges, since the Ninth National Assembly had passed laws putting time limits to Judges for the purpose of giving written decisions when cases are concluded. Many of our Judges are ignoring this law. What an example!It is also sad to observe what is happening at the Guyana Elections Commission.The PNC-led regime is destroying that body. It took the CCJ decision to force James Patterson to resign.However, the new Chairperson, who is also a Judge, seems not to want to enforce the laws of the country and ensure that we have free and fair elections. The question is why??The actions of GECOM continue to lead to deliberate, delay and prolong the life of a corrupt regime. It has failed to fulfil its constitutional responsibility.The regime is now taking the time given to it to engage in massive social bribery. Every day, planeloads of goods are now being dispatched to the inferior with ‘goodies’ in a desperate attempt at mass bribery.Moreover, the ruling of the CCJ as to the caretaker nature of the regime is totally ignored!The immorality of these actions is clear. It is setting the lowest standards for our people. This example will fuel corruption in every aspect of our social and economic life. We will not only be confronted by the corruption of the bureaucratic elite but it will seep into every area and the culture of corruption will once more become universal in Guyana.This APNU/AFC regime has learnt nothing from the previous PNC regime that led the country into bankruptcy and infrastructural ruins. Or maybe it did, but personal power for them is more important than the country.Despite exertions of good intentions, we would fail. The simple fact is that you cannot achieve lofty goals with dirty hands!Those in public offices, particularly in independent constitutional offices that are tamely allowing abuse of our people to take place are as guilty as the PNC elite.Politics must have morality to serve our nation as well.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer President
Strike for better wages…Union unlikely to meet for conciliation talks todayBy Rupadai Seenaraine, Andrew Carmichael and Utamu BelleThe Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) has announced that it is highly unlikely the Union will be able to engage the Education Ministry today for pending discussions requested by the Department of Labour on the requested salary increases for some 7000 teachers.Teachers picket in front of the Ministry of the Presidency (Dexter Ceres photo)This was the position shared by GTU President Mark Lyte who told media operatives on Monday that due to the Union’s General Councils meeting, they will have to reschedule to a later date.He shared these remarks amid a protest by teachers at the entrance of the Ministry of the Presidency on Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, to voice their disappointment with the Education Ministry and the Government at large, calling for their 40 per cent increase in wages. Lyte further indicated that the soonest day in which they will be available for a meeting is Friday.“We received an invitation for the conciliation meeting but the GTU has a long planned General Councils meeting. We will be responding as it relates to our availability. We will have to ask for a reschedule of the meeting, probably by Friday.”A group of teachers outside the Linden Department of EducationHe noted that the Ministry had been scheduling such meetings on days when activities are already planned by the Union. Additionally, the notices are sent out hours before the event. In this case, the General Councils meeting was planned during the last academic term and teachers will be travelling from all regions to attend.Last Friday, a meeting was planned by the Department of Labour so as to engage the Union on discussions for the increase. However, representatives from the GTU did not attend. Lyte justified the Union’s absence, noting that short notice was given which coincides with other activities which were planned.When asked if the Union is trying to boycott engagements that are set by the Labour Department, the GTU President responded, “if invitation is given and it clashes with a planned activity that we have, obviously we will not be able to attend. Our General Councils would meet once per term so it’s not something that we can push back,” said Lyte.Teachers outside the Berbice High School on MondayAt that time, over 60 teachers and GTU officials were carrying placards as they recited slogans for the 40 per cent increase. This, they said, was a promise made by the Government after the task force would have suggested a 40 per cent increase for the teachers.“The recommendation that was made by the task force is what we’re asking for. The recommendation was the 40 per cent. It is not teachers coming out here and coming up with the idea that we want 40 per cent. The Government wants something from the teachers; better performance, we also want a package from the Government,” said Stacy Benjamin.While some teachers bargained for their rights and reasons for the increase, others threatened that a mass protest could emerge from these pickets if the Ministry does not meet their demands.Issues that were raised included poor utility services at their respective schools, along with the absence of a stipend to be spent to upkeep the classrooms. According to them, monies are being taken out of their pockets to purchase items and educational aids for students.GTU’s Chairman Kerwin Mars explained that the Union is under the impression the Education Ministry does not want to resolve the issue. “I know that the Union is prepared to talk and to come up with reasonable solutions to end this thing. I see the Government not wanting to do that,” Mars said.So far, the GTU has rejected the Government’s request for a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018 to 2019. They have also rejected the $700 million that was placed for the increases for 2018 only.While the Government wants the yearly clothing allowance to remain at $8000, many teachers revealed that they have not received any such allowances since 2015. The GTU is maintaining however, that they want an increase of 40 per cent.BerbiceMeanwhile, teachers in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) say they will not back down from their strike action until Government gives them what they deserve. On Monday, the teachers picketed outside the Berbice High School where Education Minister Nicolette Henry was meeting with parents.Chanting, “No money, no wuk” and “Teachers are important”, the teachers gathered and demonstrated.At Fort Wellington, teachers protested in front of the Department of Education with a similar demonstration. Region Six GTU General Council representative, Paul Burnett, said teachers are the foundation of Guyana and they will ensure that their voices are heard.“We are teachers and we are very import and we are the foundation of Guyana and without education, our country would not be what it is today (Monday), and teachers must be applauded for that,” Burnett said.Burnett added that teachers in Berbice are frustrated and tired of waiting for more than three years on the Education Ministry to come up with a tangible package for teachers.Burnett noted that on Monday, some teachers turned up at the Department of Education in New Amsterdam and officials there refused to accept the keys for the respective schools.However, some head teachers had reported that on Friday, they took keys belonging to their school to the Department of Education and the keys were accepted.At the meeting at the Berbice High School, the Education Minister informed parents of what is the Government’s position as it relates to teachers’ salary increases and as she met with them inside, the teachers protested outside.According to Burnette, the protesting teachers were hoping that the Minister would have met with them but she did not.LindenIn Linden, the situation was no different as teachers from across Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) joined the strike action; a protest in support of calls by the GTU for an increase in salaries and other benefits was held in front of the Department of Education in the region.Holding placards, the teachers marched from Central Mackenzie, thence to the vicinity of the Regional Department of Education and unto the Mackenzie bandstand as they sang “solidarity forever”. Regional GTU General Council representative, Ferdinand McLeod, who was part of the protest action continued calls in support of the salary increase and debunching monies on behalf of teachers.McLeod said the protesting teachers were merely voicing their opinions and are willing to continue until desired results are obtained. “It’s not that we don’t want to work. We work all the time. We mould everybody. Why is it they don’t have respect for us?” he continued.
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PANORAMA CITY – With large, orange brooms and green rakes in hand, community members took to the streets Saturday morning to pick up 27,000 pounds worth of fast-food wrappers, beer bottles, mattresses, couches and even a pair or two of abandoned, dirty socks. As one of 70 coastal and inland communities across Los Angeles County participating in Coastal Clean Up Day, 400 concerned residents of Panorama City joined hands with Heal the Bay, the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce and local officials and organizations in an effort to clean up the county’s gutters, rivers and coastlines. Despite Panorama’s distance from the city’s beaches – about 25 miles – event organizers said the 44-square-block area’s trash poses serious hazards to the rivers and oceans on the coast. “What you do in your front lawns affects everything around you,” said City Councilman Richard Alarcón. “Today we are planting the seeds – when you see trash clean it up.” Panorama City’s trash made up about one-third of the total 74,000 pounds of trash collected throughout the day. More than 2,000 partially used spray cans turned up in Wilmington, an expired passport surfaced in Hermosa Beach and divers found a bridal gown near the Santa Monica pier. Police got involved in the clean up when what looked like .357 Magnum appeared in the sand at Dockweiler State Beach. Heal the Bay President Mark Gold said inland communities were added to the list of participating areas 10 years ago, after organizers realized how much of the ocean’s trash wasn’t coming from coastal areas. Last year more than 80 percent of the 70,000 pounds of trash collected during the Los Angeles county clean up came from inland communities. “All of L.A. County is in a watershed and all the trash on the ground goes into the rivers that then flow into San Pedro and Long Beach,” Gold said. “By focusing on the beach communities, we were missing the point.” Luella Eischen, an accountant for Heal the Bay and active member of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce, helped spearhead the clean-up effort. For Eischen picking up trash in and around the neigborhood is about more than just clearing the streets of debris. “This puts Panorama City on the map,” she said. “We are not a drug haven or a ghetto.” Several young teens from the area’s local high schools and middle schools also seemed intent on cleaning up the neighborhood’s image. “This area is dirty and we want to see it clean so everyone can enjoy it,” said 12-year-old Eileen Castillo, one of almost a dozen students who volunteered from Bert Corona Charter Middle school. Ninth grader Mayra Mazariego was a little more blunt with her reasoning for giving up Saturday morning cartoons. “Hey it’s better than being home doing nothing,” Mazariego said with a smile. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The sentencing of a 41-year-old man who killed a teenager in a pub on Arranmore Island has been put back to April 17th next.Last month a Central Criminal Court jury found Stephen Boyle not guilty of the murder but guilty of the manslaughter of Paul Boyle (19) at Early’s Bar, Leabgarrow, Arranmore on October 3, 2009. Boyle, of Austen House, Cambridge Road, Kilburn Park in London had denied murder but had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.ARRANMORE MANSLAUGHTER SENTENCE ADJOURNED was last modified: March 29th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Napster is very pleased to report sales growth in excess of 100 percent year-over-year for fiscal 2006 as it demonstrates substantial consumer demand for music subscription services and the Napster brand,” Chris Gorog, Napster’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement. Napster said it closed the quarter with a paid-subscriber base of 606,000, including 59,000 subscribers at universities. Excluding the university subscribers, the company’s premium-subscriber base increased 16 percent from the third quarter and 54 percent from the fourth quarter of 2005, the company said. Revenue from monthly subscription fees and downloads purchased by paid and trial members of the service accounted for about 86 percent of the company’s music revenue during the quarter. For the fiscal year, the company reported a net loss of $54.9 million, or $1.28 per share, compared with a loss of $29.5 million, or 82 cents per share, during the previous year. Napster Inc. on Wednesday reported that its fourth-quarter loss narrowed from the year-ago period as the online music service saw strong growth in the number of subscribers during the quarter. For the quarter ended March 31, Napster’s net loss was $4.4 million, or 10 cents per share, compared with a loss of $24.3 million, or 60 cents per share, last year. Revenue rose 54 percent, to $26.8 million from $17.4 million in the year-ago period. Wall Street’s consensus estimates anticipated a loss of 35 cents a share and $25.3 million in revenue, according to Thomson Financial. Total net revenue increased to $94.7 million from $46.7 million in fiscal 2005. The company said it ended the period with $104.2 million in cash, cash equivalents, foreign currency conversion in-transit and short-term investments. Looking ahead, Napster said it expects revenue to increase to $25 million to $28 million during the first quarter as its recent launch of an ad-supported service ramps up amid the typically slower summer season. During a call with Wall Street analysts, Gorog said the launch earlier this month of the ad-supported Web site, which allows limited free, on-demand access to Napster’s more than two million songs, should help the company build its business. “We believe that, over time, many free users will become interested in trying our subscription service, and what should emerge is a much more informed customer and a customer that is more likely to stay with our service a longer period of time,” Gorog said. Ad revenue from the Web site is expected to become a material contribution to overall sales over the next year, helping to drive down subscriber acquisition costs, Gorog added. Napster shares fell 28 cents, or 7.1 percent, to $3.65 in electronic trading after the income report. Earlier, the stock rose 26 cents, or 7.08 percent, to close at $3.93 on the Nasdaq.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsChemotherapy drove the disease into remission once, but it has returned, and Rousseau recently began his second round of the debilitating treatments. “I’ve never been in so much physical pain,” Rousseau said in a hospital bed Tuesday. “But with all the people backing you, it makes you want to live.” His battle with the illness has forced Rousseau to take off work for long periods, and he will soon run out of paid leave – creating a difficult situation for a man with a wife and three young sons. But Gibbons is determined to not let his friend worry, which is why he’s working as a detective by day, fundraiser by night. Two weeks ago, Gibbons organized a carwash that raised nearly $20,000 for Rousseau. And a pancake breakfast is slated for June 3, when a raffle and silent auction of donated items will be held. For Rousseau, 43, the display of support from Gibbons, his other colleagues and the community gives him the strength to endure. “He’s my hero,” Rousseau said of Gibbons. “I can’t believe all the good things people are doing for me. I’m very flattered and very humbled.” email@example.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CRESCENTA – Sheriff’s Detective Keith Gibbons has been on a mission for more than a year – knocking on doors and making calls. It’s not the hunt for a criminal suspect that drives him, but the quest to help a friend in need. “It’s a labor of love,” said Gibbons, who is assigned to the Crescenta Valley sheriff’s station. “Randy is like my brother.” Gibbons is raising money for sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Rousseau, an 18-year-veteran of the department, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004.
Donegal County Council has dismissed a claim that a high number of votes in the recent local elections in south Donegal were invalid.The claim was made by election candidate Diarmaid Doherty.Mr Doherty, who failed to win a seat, claimed that up to 80 papers in a bundle had been deemed invalid. He called on Donegal County Council to publicly clarify the matter.He said “I noticed that a significant number of papers set aside as inadmissible because they had not been properly stamped at the polling station. The bundle, in my estimation, may have contained 50-80 papers. These were ballots completed in good faith by voters, but because of failures by the polling centre staff, could not be counted.“Polling station staff should stamp each ballot paper before handing it to voters for completion, but in the case of these inadmissible votes, this did not happen for reasons unknown.“Was it as a result of inexperienced staff, poor training, human error or distraction, or was there a more sinister reason? “In an attempt to get answers to these concerns on behalf of the voting public who have cast their votes in good faith and not had their voices heard, I call on Donegal County Council to make clear statements to the public on the following points:1 Can you advise as to the total number of papers deemed inadmissible in the Donegal Electoral area due to being improperly stamped?2 Can you advise if these have been investigated to identify if there was a pattern – perhaps all from one voting box, perhaps from a number of boxes all manned by inexperienced officials?3 Can you advise what steps have been taken to ensure that this error will not reoccur?”He added that he has personally contacted the Returning Officer’s department on multiple occasions over the past 3 weeks, and has yet to receive any response or even acknowledgement of my communications. However, in a public response to Mr Doherty’s query, Donegal County Council outlined the situation including the number of invalid votes.A spoke,sperson explained “Donegal County Council can confirm that the total number of ballot papers recorded as placed in Polling Station Ballot Boxes in the Donegal Local Electoral Area was 14,318 and the number of papers deemed invalid for want of official mark was 18.”Council dismisses candidates’ claim over number of ‘invalid’ votes was last modified: July 30th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:councilDiarmaid Dohertydonegalinvalidvotes