New Udaras board to have its first meeting in Letterkenny

It's emerged today that the incoming board of Udaras na Gaeltachta will meet for the first time in Letterkenny at the end of this month. The meeting will coincide with the Oireachtas festival which returns to the town.

Fianna Fail Cllr David Alcorn has secured the council’s nomination for membership of the board of Udaras na Gaeltachta. With Sinn Fein support, he secured the nomination by 15 votes to 11, with two abstentions, including Mayor Cllr Frank Mc Brearty.

Accepting the nomination, Cllr Alcorn paid tribute to Cllr Padraig O’Dochartaigh, and also to Grainne Mc Geidigh of Sinn Fein and Senator Brian O’Domhnaill of Fianna Fail, the other outgoing Donegal representatives.

He said he hopes that Cllr O’Dochartaigh gets a nomination from another source, possibly a direct nomination from Minister Mc Ginley...........

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In his address to members, Cllr O’Dochartaigh said far from destroying Udaras, Minister Mc Ginley salvaged it when it was on its last legs and facing abolition.

He played down his chances of securing a separate nomination, and said it was important that there was a competition at council level, even though he knew he wouldn't have the numbers.......

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