Doherty urges government to not appeal EU Commission ruling on Apple tax ‘mess’

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the government should not consider an appeal if the EU Commission rules that Ireland provided illegal state aid to Apple and that the correct tax bill should be imposed on the company.The ruling is to be announced in Brussels tomorrow morning. Speaking ahead of the ruling, Deputy Doherty said:“When I first raised this issue with Minister Michael Noonan he attempted to fob it off as part of a ‘much wider investigation’ across Europe. As recently as June this was the reply I received when asking about the investigation. “The arrogance of Minister Noonan in this issue has done nothing to protect Ireland’s reputation which he claims is his reason for appealing the ruling.”“Tax, and the State Aid rules, is not just for the man in the street or the local business. They must apply to everybody. The days of nod and wink arrangements must end. There is no logical reason to appeal a ruling against the state. The Minister has admitted he has no idea how much an appeal might cost.Minister Michael Noonan“The damage to Ireland’s reputation has already been done. Drawing out this process will not change that and could in fact cause further reputational damage.”“Sinn Fein’s positive proposals to improve Ireland’s reputation internationally such as putting an end to companies being ‘stateless’ and the notorious Double Irish were at first rejected before being implemented by Michael Noonan. “This State has been dragged kicking and screaming into the new era of international tax rather than accepting the new reality.”“We should be clear that in no way does a ruling against the state affect Ireland’s tax sovereignty. Those parties that signed up to treaty after treaty with strict State Aid rules cannot now complain about the EU implementing those rules.“It is time for a more mature State policy to emerge out of this mess.”Doherty urges government to not appeal EU Commission ruling on Apple tax ‘mess’ was last modified: August 29th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:AppleEU CommissionMichael NoonanPearse DohertySinn Feintaxlast_img read more

Donegal businessmen enter the world of sustainable energy solutions

first_imgArthur McMahon and Rory Kennedy have joined forces to establish Smart Renewables – a sustainable energy solutions company that helps businesses save energy and money.These two gentlemen are no strangers to the energy business and have been friends and business colleagues for many years. Rory Kennedy a well known Rally Co-Driver in his own right both locally and internationally is a former owner and MD of OBT Heating who specialised in Heating and Plumbing supplies and installations based in Co. Donegal.Rory built the company to become market leaders across the region over 25 years. The business evolved with the ever changing market from Solid Fuel to Oil and Gas, and then in more recent years, with the onset of renewable energy such as Solar and Air/Ground source Heat Pumps. Rory has been involved in managing many complex fast track commercial projects, where missing the deadline wasn’t an option! Rory also worked with Bassetts / Saint Gobain as a business development manager for over 10 years, which involved establishing the brand across the region, developing the market, as well as managing a core team.Arthur McMahon and his team run Donegal Oil Company. A well known, reputable and long established fuel and lubricants distributor based in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal with depots in Killybegs and Falcarragh.His business is active in all sectors of the fuels market and they have a long established reputation for integrity and service. Arthur who is also a motor enthusiast and in recent years an accomplished outdoor endurance athlete, competing both locally, nationally and globally and he has also has been fascinated by the gradual shift in the energy market towards fuel efficiency and renewable energy technologies and he has been taking his current businesses on their own energy journey in recent months.So, it’s no surprise when these two gentlemen decided that the renewable energy market would be the next phase in their business careers. Their vision is all about taking their commercial clients on an “Energy Saving Journey” by offering their clients the full energy saving packages available in today’s market.Their services start with an initial consultation and assessment of the individual needs of their customer then providing them with Energy Monitoring, Auditing, Energy Brokering, Supply and Installation of LED Lighting, Solar Thermal, Solar PV, Smart Heating Control Systems, Air Source Heat Pumps, Electric Vehicle Chargers and Industrial and Commercial Heating Solutions.They are keen to work with businesses who are serious about reducing their energy consumption, costs and carbon emissions through the delivery of energy saving projects and initiatives.Visit www.smartrenewables.ie to find out more.Donegal businessmen enter the world of sustainable energy solutions was last modified: December 18th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Arthur McMahonBusinessEnergyrory kennedySmart Renewables.last_img read more

Triona Design has compelling story to tell on US mission

first_imgArdara’s Triona Design is targeting a prime Massachusetts market during an upcoming Trade and Investment Mission.Ardara based Triona Design will be showcasing the very best of Donegal Tweed in the US next week when they join seven other businesses from across the Northwest City region for the high profile trip.Triona Design has a unique story tell as a fifth-generation tweed clothing brand based in Ardara. Established in 1984, the company is dedicated to maintaining the heritage of Donegal Tweed through modern, contemporary design. Kieran Mulhern, Marketing Director with Triona Design will be taking part in the trade and investment mission and explains “all Triona products are made from the finest 100% lambswool and our products include coats, capes and jackets.“We pride ourselves on the fact that from start to finish our garments are made to the highest of standards by our experienced craftspeople to ensure that our products are worthy of their Irish heritage”.“Triona Design certainly has a compelling story to tell” says Kieran.Kieran Mulhern, Marketing Director with Triona Design.He adds: “For over a century, the village of Ardara in south west Donegal was at the forefront of the production of handwoven Donegal Tweeds. However, in the sixties, the arrival of modern machinery decimated the indigenous industry. “My father Denis Mulhern is a fifth-generation hand weaver and it was his ambition and his desire to ensure that the tradition of handweaving was maintained and preserved and that led to the setting up of what was a small bespoke tweed company called ‘Triona’ from his front room in the family home.“Today Triona remains a family business and our success is thanks to the determination and hard work of our loyal staff. We are now an international tweed brand with two retail stores and a visitor centre and we believe that the future is bright” says Kieran.The founder of Triona Design, Denis Mulhern giving a demo on the hand weaving process on a traditional loomTriona Design has been researching and networking in the US for a number of years now and believe that the East Coast and the New England areas are prime markets that they would like to target.“We already export to the UK and US and are keen to grow our business in these markets and through our own research we have identified the East Coast and the New England areas as important target markets for us” explains Kieran.Massachusetts is located in the Northeastern region of the US and is the most economically developed, densely populated and culturally diverse region and the nine states that make up the Northeastern region, including Massachusetts, accounts for approximately 23% of the USA GDP. Boston which is the state capital and largest city in Massachusetts is placed among the top 30 most economically powerful cities in the world and the Greater Boston metropolitan area has the 12th largest economy in the world.“We are keen to meet potential customers in this market and being part of this trade and investment programme means that we have the opportunity to avail of a range of supports including the pre-mission assistance programme, one to one business to business appointments and business networking events screened to match our own specific business objectives as well as avail of the support and expertise of the other businesses taking part in the mission” says Kieran Mulhern.The trade mission is being facilitated by both Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council to promote Ireland Northwest’s compelling and attractive investment proposition.Along with Triona Design, the other companies travelling from Donegal are Fire Cloud 365 and CFish. Atlantic Hub, Joule Group, Northern Ireland Clinical Research Sciences, Automated Control Systems, Baronscourt Brewing Company and Bridie Mullin Ltd. from the Derry and Strabane area will also be taking part alongside both Councils, third level and further education providers and development organisations from across the North West including Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the North West Regional College and Udaras na Gaeltachta.The trade and investment mission will run from 12 to 16 November and will build on the strong political, economic and cultural linkages already established in both cities with the North West City region.Triona Design has compelling story to tell on US mission was last modified: November 5th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bostonDonegal County Counciltrade and investmenttriona designlast_img read more

RESCUE HELICOPTER WINCHES WOMAN TO SAFETY AFTER POISON GLEN FALL

first_imgA woman had to be airlifted to safety after she broke her ankle in the Poison Glen today.The 38 year old was part of a 150 scout group on a three day hiking group en route to Slieve Sneacht.The Scout group was led by an experienced member of the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team. The area was remote so the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team, who had been alerted to the incident by Milford Gardai at 1pm, requested Rescue 118 assistance from Malin Head Coastguard Station.Malin Coastguard co-ordinated the rescue and the helicopter in poor conditions found the group and winched the lady on board and transferred her to Letterkenny Hospital.The Scout group continued their hike and are spending a second night in the mountains in the area.DMRT were stood down en route to the group.   RESCUE HELICOPTER WINCHES WOMAN TO SAFETY AFTER POISON GLEN FALL was last modified: October 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:fallPoison GlenRESCUE 118scout grouplast_img read more

BLAIR’S AMBITION IS TO BRING FAMILY TO DONEGAL

first_imgThe wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has revealed his life-long ambition is to bring his family to Co Donegal.Tony Blair wants to bring family to Donegal.Cherie Blair revealed the former Labour party leader’s plan is to one day is to revisit Ballyshannon and Rossnowlagh where he holidayed as a child.In his autobiography Mr Blair remembers fondly spending many summers at the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh. Mrs Blair said herself and her husband have enjoyed several trips to Ireland.“I have brought my children here, absolutely,” she said.“My husband’s real ambition is to take the kids back to Ballyshannon, where he used to go as a boy.”  BLAIR’S AMBITION IS TO BRING FAMILY TO DONEGAL was last modified: October 8th, 2013 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

DDTV – PEGGY RECEIVES A VERY SPECIAL VISITOR ON HER 100TH BIRTHDAY

first_imgWell-known Glenswilly woman Peggy Kelly hit her 100th birthday today surrounded by family and friends. Peggy received a very special visitor when the Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Pascal BLake dropped by to make a presentation to Peggy.And Peggy passed on some some wise words of a long life…!Many thanks to Brian McDaid of the Cristeph Gallery for the video.Simply click to play.  DDTV – PEGGY RECEIVES A VERY SPECIAL VISITOR ON HER 100TH BIRTHDAY was last modified: November 24th, 2013 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:100TH BIRTHDAYBrian McDaidCRISTEPH GALLERYGELSWILLYPEGGY KELLYlast_img read more

Davis gets suspended five games

first_imgJackson added that a player entering the stands normally results in a suspension of “double-digit games.” NEW YORK – New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis was suspended five games by the NBA on Thursday for entering the stands during a game at Chicago to confront a fan he thought was harassing his wife. “At the end of the day, what we had to decide on was the issue of Antonio breaking the barrier from the court into the stands,” NBA vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said during a conference call. “At the end of the day, that was the most important aspect of making that decision.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Area man finally honored for WWII heroics

first_imgAn 85-year-old Beverly Hills psychiatrist was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross at the White House on Friday, six decades after he saved the life of a badly wounded mission commander aboard a bomber crippled during a World War II raid. Dr. Bernard Bail had the medal clipped to his chest by Vice President Dick Cheney. “From the day of our founding, the decisive protector of this nation’s freedom has been the character of citizens like you,” Cheney said. “It is a joyous and thrilling and touching occasion for me,” Bail said afterward in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from the French Embassy in Washington, where he was also honored. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It is a thrill beyond everything you know, that the country remembers me after 60 years and rectified something they obviously overlooked,” he said. Bail said he doesn’t think about his war experience often, but news of the current Iraq conflict jostles his memory. “If I look at the war, our current struggle, then I think about what it was at that time,” he said. “Different time, different war, different purpose but insofar as you can be hurt or maimed, it’s the same.” Bail went on 22 more combat missions, earning many medals, including the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, a presidential citation and a Purple Heart. On his final mission, his plane was shot down over Germany and shell fragments wounded him in the skull and neck. He was captured and spent five months as a POW. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Reward offered in death of 92-year-old

first_imgMISSION HILLS – Just before dawn Feb. 2, as she had nearly every morning for a decade, Mama Sofie shuffled her 92-year-old frame around her Panorama City block, trying her best to stay young. Sofia Gomez, a Guatemalan immigrant with a penchant for Las Vegas’ nickel slots, dyed her hair red, polished her nails and pointed out all the “old” people in the neighborhood – many of them 20 years her junior. “She always thought of herself as young, and worked hard to look that way, too,” said Sonia Salgado, one of Gomez’s 10 grandchildren. Gomez was also a loving and gentle woman, which makes it impossible for her family to understand why she was killed Feb. 2, fatally beaten as she returned home from her early morning walk. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It’s a horrible person who would do that,” said Gina Hernandez, another granddaughter. “You live there for 10 years, you think it’s safe. Everybody liked her. Everybody knew her. She was defenseless.” On Monday, relatives, politicians and police offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in the slaying. “We refuse to accept that nobody saw anything,” said City Councilman Alex Padilla, who secured the reward from the council. “It doesn’t make sense to us, at this time of day in a working-class neighborhood, that nobody saw anything, nobody heard anything and nobody knows anything. It’s clearly a cold-blooded person that would attack a 92-year-old woman.” Gomez came to the United States in 1973 from Guatemala, where she turned her love of children into a full-time job, working as a baby sitter. She also served as the matriarch of a huge family, including three children, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. She organized family gatherings and cooked for everyone, often making Chinese food, especially barbecued chicken. She played with the children, ruffling their hair and making sure they had enough to eat. “She took care of every one of us,” Salgado said. “She loved to see all of her grandchildren.” Police have no idea why she was attacked that Thursday morning. A neighbor found her lying on the sidewalk and, thinking she’d fallen, called 911. It wasn’t until she arrived at a hospital that doctors discovered she’d suffered blunt-force trauma to the head and realized she had been beaten. Police have no witnesses, even though it happened at a time when people are often leaving for work. They don’t believe Gomez was robbed or that her death was gang-related. “This was a tragic and brutal murder,” LAPD Detective Jim Freund said. Anyone with information on the case can call Mission Area homicide detectives at (818) 838-9810 during business hours, or (818) 838-9800 after hours. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Trustees to review Rio Hondo projects

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When it comes to convenient and accessible parking for Rio Hondo College, trustees say they can agree it’s a priority for the upcoming bond-funded overhaul of the aging hilltop campus. But how that parking should be implemented is where the differences lie. “The board and the staff has been going back and forth with this, and we have yet to go through a decision-making process on whether a parking structure is feasible,” said board President Gary Mendez. As such, parking and other issues like bus services, carpool incentives and increased shuttle service will be up for debate among trustees during a special board meeting slated for April 5. The meeting was set up to review the current draft of the college’s Facilities Master Plan – or the vision for the college – which is scheduled for adoption sometime this spring. Much of the renovations in the plan will be paid for through the college’s $245 million bond, which voters approved two years ago. Once the master plan is adopted, Mendez said officials should be able to make up a working construction budget that will tell trustees “where we’re at and how we’re meeting our facilities goals.” “The cost of construction is going up tremendously and that’s what’s scary,” Mendez said. “That’s why we’re antsy to work on the budget. “As a former Rio Hondo student, I know what it’s like to walk from the bottom to the top of the hill. So personally, I want to make sure there’s a parking structure in the plan.” Fellow trustee Andre Quintero says his priority is also accessible parking – but that’s different than talking about parking structures. “I support the concept of accessible parking but my priority is to put the resources into the classroom first,” Quintero said. “And we should put resources into making the lower level parking more accessible.” For example, one option is to have a covered escalator run from the lower-level parking to the top of campus, similar to those at Universal Studios or Dodger Stadium. “The issue here is not the number of parking spaces because there are enough spaces to go around, but everyone wants the spaces at the top of the hill so they don’t have to climb up like pack mules,” Quintero said. “If we make the lower parking more user-friendly, maybe we don’t have to build a parking structure right away.” Student Carlos Avilez, 18, agreed – he said parking is bad at the beginning of the semester but then settles down, and empty parking spaces are normal. “It eliminates itself a month into the semester, so I don’t think it’s that big of a problem,” Avilez said. The board’s April 5 meeting is open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. in the board room on campus, 3600 Workman Mill Road. For more information, call the college at (562) 692-0921. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more