NPA’s 25-year Master Plan: Robertsport an Urgent Priority

first_imgMadam Matilda Parker,  National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director, has unveiled a US$2 billion “Master Plan” for the further development and expansion of the nation’s seaports. These include the Freeport of Monrovia, Liberia’s principal port, the Port of Buchanan in Grand Bassa, the Port of Greenville in Sinoe, and the Port of Harper in Maryland.A significant new development has been added—building a brand new port in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County.The improvement and expansion of the Freeport and the ports of Buchanan, Greenville and Harper are critical to the expansion of business and industry in Liberia.  We hope that Matilda  and her team, in collaboration with the development partners, will expedite the fundraising initiative so that work on the development and expansion may begin soonest.  The development partners include the Scandinavia-based NIRAS Group A/S, which helped NPA develop the master plan, the APM  Terminals and the GOL.  Before the war the Freeport of Monrovia was one of the most preferred transshipment points in West Africa and business people and marketers from many parts of Africa, including Ghana and Zambia flocked here to purchase goods for sale in their various countries.  The war caused us to lose all that and one of the leading beneficiaries was tiny Gambia.  Businesspeople found the Port of Banjul ideal for the transshipment of goods to landlocked nations such as Mali, Niger and others in West and Central Africa.Much work has been done on the Freeport in recent years.  The removal of sunken ships, dredging, purchase of new equipment and the contracting of the port  management to the experienced Dutch company APM Terminals have all been part of the initiatives that have improved the Freeport’s operations.Dredging and other initiatives have also taken place at the Ports of Buchanan and Greenville, making them ready for the export of iron ore, timber and other products.  Much more needs to be done at the Port of Greenville to make it ready for the export of iron ore by the time the Putu Mines in Grand Gedeh County come into production three years hence.But we strongly believe that the most urgent project Matilda Parker and her team at the NPA have on their hands at this time is the building of the Port of Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County.  Why?The reason, the Western  Clusters iron ore mines are soon to come into production and urgently need an exit strategy for the export of its ore.  The railway that the Liberia Mining Company built in the 1940s to ship its ore from Bomi Hills to the Freeport of Monrovia was destroyed during the war, and hundreds of people have since built in its path.  The GOL has indicated that it will cost US$30 million to re-locate people who have built in the path of that railway.  This is why Sesa Goa, the Indian company operating the Western Clusters Mines is  pleading with government to allow it to ship the ore by truck through Duala, until the railway is rebuilt.  This is a most unpopular move, causing shivers among people who live, work and travel in and through that Cape Mount- Bomi-Gbarpolu-Brewerville-Virginia-Bushrod Island corridor.  Most people believe this is totally unfeasible not only because the heavy duty trucks transporting the ore would quickly damage the feeble highway from Bomi to the Freeport of Monrovia.  The traffic congestion that already exists, especially as one approaches the St. Paul Bridge and Duala on Bushrod Island will be multiplied more than a hundredfold.  The highway will be quickly destroyed and it will be next to impossible for anyone to travel there.But the Liberian government insists on allowing the iron ore company to use the corridor because GOL desperately needs the money the company will pay for the ore.The answer to this economic and practical dilemma is the port in Cape Mount.  But first the proposition has to be studied and well planned; then the money and expertise must be found to build the port.In the face of this immense and awesome challenge, no one envies Matilda Parker. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘No Time for Finger Pointing’

first_imgThe Liberian Bankers Association (LBA) has advised the public to comply with Ebola preventive measures announced by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the World Health Organization (WHO) to save more lives and avoid pointing accusing fingers at government and health officials. The Association’s president, Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, told a local phone-in Talk Show on Wednesday morning that Ebola is real. He warned that defeating the virus requires the collective involvement of all Liberians by adhering to and implementing the preventive measures.Mr. Davies, who is also president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), expressed disappointment with the international response to the Ebola crisis. He criticized the international community for doing very little to fight and defeat the Ebola epidemic.He called for resounding and affirmative international response to fight Ebola in Liberia and in the sub-region warning that the virus is gradually creeping to a disaster.“We need resounding and affirmative international response from the international community on this Ebola crisis. As we all can see, disaster is gradually creeping into Liberia and the sub-region,” said the LBA president.He, however, appreciated the minimum assistance from the international community thus far, but noted that lots more needed to be done to handle the crisis because the Ebola virus is a very new disease to the country’s health system.The LBA boss also warned against public distrust in government policies, which he observed, is undermining the fight against the Ebola crisis at local level.“This crisis is new to us, but I still have the belief that it is not late for us as a people to fight and defeat the virus. But public distrust is also hurting our resolve to win the war against the Ebola virus because some people are politicking the situation and don’t want to adhere measures. And this, alone, is undermining ‘our’ efforts to stop the spread of the virus,” said Mr. Davies.Some section of the public has criticized the government for its poor handling of the Ebola outbreak as the virus continues to claim more lives in the country. According to the latest WHO data, Liberia has the highest number of Ebola-related fatalities in West Africa accounting for over 1,220 deaths of the nearly 2,400 deaths in the sub-region.The WHO has announced that the virus has infected over 4,000 in West Africa warning that it would infect over 20,000 people in the sub-region if international response is delayed. Many Liberians feel that the government is doing little to save lives amidst huge deaths and increase in new cases.Ebola treatment centers within the compounds of the ELWA and John F. Kennedy hospitals, are overwhelmed with patients.But the LBA boss noted that the Ebola virus is a strange disease that the government and the country’s health sector was never prepared to handle.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Go Easy, President Biya; Listen to Your People’s Cry

first_imgIt was not too long ago that we wrote a similar Editorial on Ethiopia, calling on the Amharic people, that country’s ruling ethnic group, to listen to their Omoro brothers and sisters who were complaining of being marginalized. It took a while, but the Amharic majority listened. Today, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister is an Oromo.We praise God for that and pray that the Omoros will not take this as a sign of weakness on the part of the Amhara, but rather as an act of faith in the future of one of Africa’s oldest peoples and country, Ethiopia, which was for a very long time the Ethiopian Empire.Today we are uttering the same prayer for Cameroon and its President, Paul Biya. It was by an act of faith in the Cameroon Republic’s future that the English speaking part of that country voted in a referendum in 1961 to join the French-speaking Republic of Cameroon. We see it imperative to intervene with this editorial because Liberia and Cameroon have a long history of a mutually beneficial relationship that has been solidified over the past seven years by his Excellency, Ambassador Beng’Yela Augustine Gang.We recall that in the 1980s Ambassador Carlton Karpeh served as Liberian ambassador to Cameroon during which time, George Weah, our current President, played semi-professional football in that country. For years during our civil conflict, the Cameroonian government played host and surrogate parents to Liberian diplomats who, by no fault of their own found themselves virtually stranded in that sisterly country.Further, the Cameroon Embassy in Monrovia, over the years, has been very instrumental in facilitating many Liberians to travel to Yaounde and other cities for training in health, diplomacy, forestry, agriculture and agronomy and research. This mutually beneficial relationship compels us to not sit and watch evil beclouding this great country.On May 22, during the observance of  the National Day of Cameroon in Monrovia, we tearfully watched and listened to Ambassador Gang when he said, “Regrettably, Cameroonians now face the deep pain of our national security forces being compelled to quell internal armed dissidence at great cost in men and materials; the sad prospect of self-inflicted erosion of its long reputation as a haven of mutual tolerance of its rich and complex diversities, a melting pot of diverse sub-culture”.He further declared that the ongoing internal conflict involving the Anglophone Cameroonians is also hampering the solid education system that has existed there for decades. Liberia is no stranger to these seemingly intractable problems now being faced in Cameroon. When some segments of the population in Liberia felt marginalized, aggrieved or oppressed without reasonable chance of having their voices heard, they resorted to armed conflict which regrettably turned out to be the worst alternative ever.Our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and children including  friends lost their lives as well as their properties to the war. The damage to infrastructure was extensive and so severe and is one from which Liberia is still struggling to recover. Liberia, like Cameroon, was once a country where our African brothers and sisters once came in search of educational opportunities.But owing to the negative effects of the prolonged civil conflict, Liberia’s educational system has degenerated into what former President Sirleaf described as a “mess”. These cited instances are intended to warn about the adverse consequences of war and instability, as a similar situation now looms over Cameroon. Arresting and jailing Anglophone activists as reported will not help to address the situation, but only exacerbate it.We call on President Paul Biya to save his country from the fate that befell Liberia by engaging in dialogue to address claims of marginalization instead of clamping down on the Anglophone people of his country. Because not doing so will only play into the hands of separatists and very likely jihadists also.We recall that when Cameroon observed its National Day in 2016, Ambassador Gang and his fellow Cameroonians here in Liberia displayed images of developed infrastructure and other human developments that were taking place in that country. Being impressed by the images displayed in the reception hall of the Golden Gate Hotel during the celebration, the Daily Observer published a story titled, “Cameroon Celebrates Progressive Years of Independence.”And so, will President Paul Biya allow conflict and instability to overtake the tremendous progress his country has made over the years?We pray that reason will prevail over sentiment in Cameroon and that President Biya will act without delay to bridge the gap between his English and French-speaking countrymen through dialogue, reconciliation and reciprocity to keep his country from falling apart at its seams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FORMER MONTANA GOVERNOR IS WINNER OF IRISH DIASPORA AWARD

first_imgAt the launch of the second Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award this week in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana. The award and related events are being coordinated by Buncrana Town Council and Donegal County Council to honour one of Donegal’s most famous descendants, Tip O’Neill, both for his outstanding achievements in American political life and especially for his invaluable commitment to the search for a lasting peace on the island of ireland at the launch are Josephine Friel, Caitlín Uí Chochláin,Comhordaitheoir Gaeilge, An Rannóg Pobal agus Fiontar, Comhairle Chontae Dhún na nGall, Peter McLaughlin, Buncrana Mayor, Cllr. Nicolas Crossan, Mickie Friel, Cousin Brian Schweitzer this years recipent, Seamus Canning, Donegal County Council, Sarah Meehan, Donegal County Council, Michael McBride, Donegal Deputy Mayor, Cllr. James Gill, John McLaughlin, Buncrana Town Manager, Leonard Roarty and Seamus Neely, County Manager. Photo Clive WassonBrian Schweitzer has been announced as the recipient of this year’s Irish Diaspora AwardThe Mayor of Buncrana, Cllr Peter Mc Laughlin, hosted the launch of the second Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award this week in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana.The award and related events are being coordinated by Buncrana Town Council and Donegal County Council to honour one of Donegal’s most famous descendants, Tip O’Neill, both for his outstanding achievements in American political life and especially for his invaluable commitment to the search for a lasting peace on the island of Ireland. The weekend of the 20th and 21st of September will be devoted to Tip O’Neill, with a busy weekend of activities, including the presentation of the Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award. On Friday, the 20th of September, before an invited audience at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana, the award will be presented to Brian Schweitzer, a prominent member of the present day Irish Diaspora.Brian Schweitzer was elected governor of Montana in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. Schweitzer first entered politics in 1993, when President Bill Clinton appointed him to the U.S. Agriculture Department Farm Service Agency Committee. He served at the USDA for seven years. Schweitzer was chosen as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He has chaired both the Democratic Governors Association and the West Governors Association.Brian Schweitzer has strong Irish connections. Hannah Friel, Brian’s mother, was born in 1899 and left Rathmullan for America with her sister Mary Ann, while in her early twenties. Schweitzer has maintained close contact with Donegal and has a keen interest in the county and its people.The Mayor of Buncrana, Cllr Peter Mc Laughlin, welcomed the prestigious Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award and all the positive cultural, heritage and enterprise events that are developing and progressing in the North West from its preparations and management. Mr John Mc Laughlin, Buncrana Town Manager, remarked that “the annual ceremony recognises the success of a member of the worldwide Irish Diaspora in their field of expertise and Brian Schweitzer is a very worthy recipient.” Mr Mc Laughlin also stated that this initiative will add greatly to the overall Donegal Diaspora initiative which is reaching out to people online, in Donegal and to all parts of the World.County Manager Seamus Neely also stated that “The Tip O’Neill Diaspora Irish Diaspora Award was a key element of the Donegal Diaspora Project which is reaching out to people with a connection to or interest in Donegal no matter where in the world they may be living.He stated that Governor Schweitzer is an excellent example of the Donegal Diaspora being a grandson of a woman who emigrated from Donegal early in the last century and has achieved the highest level of government and public service in his home state of Montana and indeed who has achieved prominence in the wider united state context.County Mayor Ian Mc Garvey welcomed the announcement with regard to this year’s recipient acknowledging the great work Schweitzer has carried out for the people in Montana during his two terms of state and also recognising the close connections he maintained in Donegal. FORMER MONTANA GOVERNOR IS WINNER OF IRISH DIASPORA AWARD was last modified: July 30th, 2013 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:FORMER MONTANA GOVERNOR IS WINNER OF IRISH DIASPORA AWARDlast_img read more

Spending, income growth slow to crawl

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Consumer spending slowed to the weakest pace in six months in February, while incomes grew at the slowest rate since November. The Commerce Department said Friday that personal consumption spending rose by a weaker-than-expected 0.1 percent following the huge 0.8 percent increase in January, which had been aided by a mild winter. Personal incomes were up 0.3 percent in February, less than half the 0.7 percent January jump, which had been boosted by government pay raises and by cost-of-living adjustments for millions of Social Security recipients. Analysts discounted much of the slowdown in spending as a payback after the weather-related January increase. February weather acted to depress sales, especially in the Northeast, which was hit by a severe snowstorm. “Consumers may have throttled back a touch in February, but given the weather and all they had spent the previous few months, we cannot conclude that consumption is faltering,” said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 41.38 points Friday to close at 11,109.32. Even with the slowdown in consumer spending and income growth in February, analysts believe the overall economy will show a significant rebound after slowing significantly in the final three months of last year. Many analysts are looking for the gross domestic product, the total output of goods and services, to race ahead at an annual rate of 4.5 percent or higher in the January-March quarter after slowing to a meager 1.7 percent growth rate in the fourth quarter of last year. That expected rebound will be largely driven by faster consumer spending, which grew by just 0.9 percent at an annual rate in the fourth quarter, the slowest pace in more than a decade. Economists believe first quarter spending will rise at a rate approaching 5 percent but will probably slow to a more sustainable 3 percent rate in the April-June quarter. Spending rates at these levels will probably keep the Federal Reserve on alert for potential inflation problems, said econimists, who predicted Fed policymakers will follow up Tuesday’s quarter-point rate hike with a 15th increase at their next meeting on May 10. But after the May increase, the Fed may move to the sidelines, some analysts said, as evidence mounts that the two-year campaign to gradually tighten credit conditions is having the desired impact. “The latest report on personal income and spending corroborates other signs showing the economy very gradually downshifting to a slower, more sustainable speed,” said Bernard Baumohl, executive director of the Economic Outlook Group, a Princeton, N.J., consulting firm. Disposable incomes, the amount left after paying taxes, rose by 0.2 percent last month after a 0.6 percent January gain. That left the personal savings rate unchanged at a negative 0.5 percent in February, the same as the January reading. The savings rate, the amount of disposable incomes left after spending is accounted for, has been negative or at zero for 11 consecutive months, a worrisome development at a time when 78 million baby boomers are nearing retirement. The slowdown in consumer spending in February reflected a big drop of 1.9 percent in purchases of durable goods such as autos and a 0.6 percent drop in spending on nondurable goods. An inflation gauge preferred by the Federal Reserve showed consumer prices excluding food and energy rose by just 0.1 percent in February with prices up only 1.8 percent over the past 12 months. In other economic news, orders to U.S. factories edged up 0.2 percent in February, far below the 1.3 percent increase economists were expecting. Factory orders had fallen by 3.9 percent in January.last_img read more

HOST OF CELEBRITIES ARRIVE IN DONEGAL TOMORROW FOR CHARITY FOOTBALL GAME

first_imgFAI boss John Delaney, RTE’s Tony O’Donoghue, Danny ‘Buster’ O’Carroll, Brian Ormond, Marty Morrissey and professional boxer Jason Quigley are just some of the names headed to Donegal for a charity soccer match tomorrow night.The match, in aid of the Bumbleance Children’s Ambulance service, takes place at Finn Park in Co Donegal on Saturday night.Fans will have a chance to meet all the celebrities after the game which hopes to raise plenty of cash for the charity. Bumbleance provides free medical transport to more than 150 of Ireland’s sickest children. This is a family fun event and will kick of at 7pm with a mini carnival face painting etc fun for all the family with meet and great after the match with all celebritiesTICKETS FOR THE MATCH CAN BE PURCHASED ON THE TICKET HOTLINE ON 086 274 0777 OR AT MICHAEL MURPHY SPORTS AND LEISURE LETTERKENNY TICKETS ARE €5 CHILDADULT €10Family€20 2adults childYour county needs you show your support for what is going to be s big family fun evening for all the family HOST OF CELEBRITIES ARRIVE IN DONEGAL TOMORROW FOR CHARITY FOOTBALL GAME was last modified: September 12th, 2014 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)last_img read more

FRAUD ALERT: CROOKS TARGET DONEGAL IN LATEST SCAM

first_imgFRAUD ALERT: CROOKS are again targeting Donegal – trying to get people to give their credit card details over the phone.Banks will NEVER call you and ask you to confirm all your card details over the phone.The latest incident involved a Donegal Daily reader who was called by a woman claiming to be called Susanne and saying that she was from Visa/Mastercard services. She asked the reader if she had authorised a payment of €700 to New Zealand recently.When the Donegal woman said she hadn’t, ‘Susanne’ said that she could stop this payment but then asked her to confirm my card details.The Donegal woman refused to give the card details but the fraudster was very insistent “saying that if I didnt give her the details and hung up the payment would be released.”The reader adds: “I asked her for a number to ring her back and she gave me the following no: 1800 412266……. while she was still on house phone I rang this number from my mobile but this number is not in use.” The number which will come up on your phone if you are a victim is 001001735.“She could quote my address also and said she was calling from Dublin,” said the Donegal woman. FRAUD ALERT: CROOKS TARGET DONEGAL IN LATEST SCAM was last modified: January 20th, 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:credit carddonegalfraudFRAUD ALERT: CROOKS TARGET DONEGAL IN LATEST SCAMscamlast_img read more

JOY AT CROKER: DONEGAL MINORS REACH FIRST EVER ALL-IRELAND FINAL

first_imgDonegal 1-12 Dublin 1-11Donegal’s minor footballers have made history by reaching their first ever All-Ireland semi-final after defeating  Dublin by a single point in a thrilling semi-final clash at Croke Park this afternoon.However, at one stage it looked ominous for Declan Bonner’s side as, after 15 minutes, they trailed by four points on a scoreline of 0–1 to 0-05, the Donegal youngsters recording five wides – their only score coming from a free. However, John Campbell turned the game Donegal’s way, first finding the net before putting over two excellent points to put his side ahead.Dublin took the lead as early as the second minute through a Jack Burke  point but Downings’ Lorcan Connor drew Donegal level three minutes later with a free.A lively Dublin put over four unanswered points before Campbell took the game by the scruff of the neck.First, he punched the ball to the back of the net after being picked out by McGlenaghan in the 22nd minute. A minute later, he turned his man brilliantly to put over the bar to draw Donegal level.He then pounced on a poor kick out by Dublin keeper Whelan to put two between the sides.A brilliant long distance point from Connor increased the lead to three a minute later.Saddler pulled a point back for Dublin before McBrearty put over a point t from distance to put three between the sides at half-time.The Dubs made the perfect start to the second half, putting over a point from the throw-in. They reduced the deficit to a single point four minutes later from a free conceded by Niall Friel, for which he received a black card being replaced by Morrison.An excellent point from Mulligan put two between the sides before O’Callaghan’s four point of the game from a free reduced the deficit once again in the 38th minute.McBrearty finished a great Donegal move with a fantastic point from a narrow angle to increase the lead to two points in the 41st minute.Saddler took advantage of some poor defending by Donegal bring make it a “one point game” before McBrearty put over another brilliant point restore his side’s two point lead. The game was once again turned around as Jack Burke found the back of the net as the Donegal defence failed to react quickly to a Dublin free kick and they extended the lead to two with a point almost immediately.Another Connor free brought Donegal within a point on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-10 with ten minutes left on the watch.Stephen McBrearty put over an excellent long distance point in the 57th minute to draw Donegal level.Ethan O’Donnell sent the Donegal fans wild with delight with less than two minutes to go when he pounced to thump over the bar and secure the Tir Chonaill minors their first ever appearance in an All-Ireland final when they will take on Kerry.Now, it’s over to Jim McGuinness and his boys – come on Donegal !!!JOY AT CROKER: DONEGAL MINORS REACH FIRST EVER ALL-IRELAND FINAL was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:alldonegalfinalirealndMinorssemilast_img read more

Mike Myers, wife call marriage quits

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Austin Powers” star Mike Myers and his wife, Robin Ruzan, are ending their 12-year marriage, a spokeswoman said Friday. “They remain committed and caring friends,” publicist Ina Treciokas said in a statement. The 42-year-old actor-comedian and Ruzan, a writer and actress, were married in May 1993. They have no children. Myers, an alum of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” starred in the “Austin Powers” and “Wayne’s World” films, 2003’s “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat,” and voiced the giant green ogre in the “Shrek” movies. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remakelast_img read more

FIVE CONVICTED DRINK DRIVERS CHALLENGE DRIVE BANS FROM NORTH

first_imgFIVE Donegal men banned from driving in Northern Ireland have launched a legal case challenging driving bans being imposed in the Republic.The Road Safety Authority withdrew applications for the imposition of three other bans for other offences as the bans in Northern Ireland had since expired.In the cases of the five men, they were all caught drink-driving in Derry and Tyrone in 2013 and 2014. They had all pleaded guilty to the offences and had not attempted to appeal those convictions.Details of the grounds for the legal challenge were not given to Letterkenny District Court.However the Road Safety Authority, which implements northern bans south of the Border, is contesting the case.Solicitor Jacqueline Maloney, acting for the RSA, has provided Judge Paul Kelly with a written submission on the case.Judge Kelly told Ciaran McLaughlin, a solicitor for some of the men, and Ms Maloney, that he had just received the RSA legal arguments.He said it was a hefty submission.“I have just received this today so I will need some time to consider it,” said the judge.He adjourned the case until March 19 for hearing.It is the first case of its kind before the courts.In the Republic driving bans in Northern Ireland are enforced through an RSA application to the local district court.Motorists from the North who are banned from driving in the Republic have their bans imposed by simple administration after receiving a notice of the conviction from the RSA.One of the cases struck out yesterday involved Shaun Smith, Coylin Court, Ramelton. He had been challenging an Irish Republic ban after pleading guilty to drink driving in Derry in January last year.Ms Maloney asked for the case to be struck out because that one year ban had now expired.A second man had his case struck out as he had appealed a driving ban imposed in Tyrone for using a mobile phone and had the ban overturned.No reason was given for the withdrawal of another case involving a man from Inishowen who had been banned in 2012 for six years after being arrested for drink driving in Derry city centre.All those trying to prevent a ban in the Republic can continue to drive whilst the case is ongoing.FIVE CONVICTED DRINK DRIVERS CHALLENGE DRIVE BANS FROM NORTH was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 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)last_img read more