News & Statements

McHugh praises Community Champions behind Heritage Week

National Heritage Week locally is an integral part of European Heritage Days, celebrated in 50 countries across Europe. The principal aims of Heritage Week are to raise awareness of our heritage and encourage its preservation, conservation and promotion. There are over 2,000 events taking place nationally and there are well over 120 ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place in County Donegal — the most events in any county in the country per head of population.

McHugh welcomes Government approval for new law allowing tourists a tipple at local craft brewery and distillery

The Government has decided to progress the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016, by approving the drafting of a series of amendments to the Private Members Bill. “Under current legislation visitors to the local Kinnegar Craft Brewery sites in Rathmullan and Letterkenny couldn’t have a drink there,” said Minister McHugh. “The new laws will allow the brewery and the new Sliabh Liag distillery to operate tours and sell alcohol. This will help create extra employment and add a new destination for tourists to the county.

McHugh secures extra staff and extended worker contracts for Glenveagh National Park as visitor numbers soar

Last year saw a record number of visitors to Glenveagh to 176,444 and so far this year until the end of June there have been 94,809. The number of visitors in the first six months of this year is already 20,000 more than last year. “Having spoken to staff it was clear that additional resources were needed and I am delighted that an extra permanent visitor guide and an extra bus driver have now been appointed.

Over €300,000 extra funding for childcare services across Donegal – McHugh

I am delighted to announce that local childcare services will receive more than €300,00 in extra funding. The money will be used to provide more than new childcare places, maintenance and building work as well as outdoor play areas and is available for immediate draw-down by providers here in Donegal.

Dáil is working for the people, says Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh

The Taoiseach’s main priorities on Dáil Reform since taking office last month included more Dáiltime to debate Government legislation each week and a more proportionate division of Dáil time to speak on Statements to reflect the electoral mandate of Parties and Groups in the Dáil. This has now been agreed

Minister McHugh announces €15M for notorious ‘Blue Banks’ section of the N56

“I am absolutely delighted with this news and I am delighted to be in a position as Government Minister to announce it. This busy section of road serves north and west Donegal including Glenveagh National Park, Gaoth Dobhair, Creeslough, Rosgoill, Dunfanaghy, Falcarragh and the Wild Atlantic Way. Funding of €12.56 Million has been allocated for the new road with another €2.71 Million for Irish Water to replace both the existing principle water supply from Lough Salt to Letterkenny and the distribution mains for the entire area including Rathmullan.

McHugh welcomes €121,000 heritage funding to range of Co Donegal projects

“I am delighted to announced that my colleague Minister Heather Humphreys has allocated just over €121,000 to 10 heritage projects in Donegal in the latest round of funding. I am particularly pleased at the funding announced for Rathmullan Abbey and St Columb’s Church in Ballynally and funding for repair of a town house on Church Lane in Letterkenny."