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Letterkenny Businesses Make Hay while the Sun Shines

Independent retailers in Letterkenny are once again displaying their exchange rate in bright pink letters as the Sterling/Euro exchange rate moves in favour of Letterkenny and they are all set to reap the rewards just in time for the twelfth fortnight to attract the many Northern Ireland customers who visit during this time. Gerard Grant, Letterkenny Chamber President said “There is so much value to be had at the minute across Letterkenny and if a customer is using sterling they will get even more for their money. On the border the exchange rate fluctuates all the time but we are ready to take full advantage of the exchange rate at this time. By all accounts it looks like it will remain like this for a while so that’s good news for Letterkenny. Over the 12th fortnight we generally see many visitors and holiday makers from Northern Ireland and we hope that the exchange rate gives them an opportunity to shop and spend time in Letterkenny.” Letterkenny Chamber under it’s Shop LK brand has produced a poster for participating shops which very simply tells customers that the shop offers a rate of £1 = €1.25 in vibrant pink. These have been distributed around independent retailers who will proudly display them on their shop windows. Gerard continues “This is Letterkenny’s time to make hay while the sun shines and we want to welcome back all our Northern customers to re-discover what Letterkenny has to offer. This town has a great shopping reputation and we are keen to keep our loyal customers and to attract back those who may not have been here for a while and the Summer is the best time to experience all that Letterkenny has to offer.” Letterkenny offers a great shopping experience. There’s the traditional Main Street, the shopping centres, the retail parks and lots more in between and after a few hours shopping there’s lots of places to relax for a coffee, a meal or for family entertainment. This exchange rate campaign will last well into the Summer so keep out an eye for the bright pink signs.

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Good Friday Committee pledges to continue push for A5 delivery

The Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement has this afternoon heard calls to keep the delivery of the A5 road project high on the political agenda on both sides of the border. Representatives from local authorities on both sides of the border in the Northwest, who comprise the A5 Working Group, were before the Committee to call for a further push to deliver the A5 road upgrade. The project includes 86 km of dual carriageway from Aughnacloy in Co Tyrone to Newbuildings outside Derry City. Committee Chairman Joe McHugh says: “We thank local representatives for making the compelling case for delivery of the A5 road upgrade. There is no doubt that the longstanding dearth of modern transport infrastructure to the Northwest is seriously hindering development, and the relatively high unemployment and poverty rates can be directly attributable to this lack of connectivity. Committee Members also pointed to how delivery of the project underpins so many other areas of North/South cooperation, such as in areas of education and health. With the successful launch of the Wild Atlantic Way tourist route this year, the tourism potential of the road upgrade was also highlighted.” “The Committee fully takes on board the local representatives’ call for the issue to be kept to the top of the political agenda. A number of Members pointed to the imperative for tight timelines to avoid any further slippages on the delivery of this critical piece of infrastructure. The Irish Government have committed £50 million to the project and the Committee agreed to ensure the concerns raised this afternoon will be outlined to Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar TD. On 10 July, the Committee will visit the Secretariat of the North South Ministerial Council in Armagh and we intend to raise delivery of the project in our discussions with officials at those meetings.” Separately, the Committee met with representatives from the Centre for Cross Border Studies to consider developments in North/South cooperation. The Centre is an independent university-based research and development centre which commissions, encourages and publishes research on cross-Border co-operation in all fields of society and the economy. Deputy McHugh continues: “The Committee heard a comprehensive report on the current levels of cross border cooperation from Centre for Cross Border Studies and where the potential exists to further strengthen cooperation. A number of positive developments in the area were instanced in the area of education, such with the numbers of Donegal students attending the Northwest College in Derry. However, Committee Members are acutely aware that overall numbers of students from Northern Ireland studying south of the border remain very low and that more needed to be done to incentivise cross-border study.”

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