FARMER AND BUSINESSMAN BERT WANTS EAST DONEGAL TO THRIVE AGAIN

first_imgStranorlar Electoral Area Fine Gael election candidate Bert Galbraith pictured with family members, Isobel Galbraith, Ruth Crawford, David Crawford. Front from left: Lauren Crawford, Aaron, Rachael and Stuart Crawford.Well-known East Donegal businessman and farmer, Bert Galbraith, who is standing for election in the Stranorlar Electoral area, says he wants to see the area transformed after years of neglect.The beef and sheep farmer who also runs his own successful construction business, told the huge crowd who attended his campaign launch on Friday night that he had given it careful consideration before he decided to allow his name to go forward as a Fine Gael candidate.The large attendance who turned up for the St. Johnston man’s launch in Maggie’s Tavern, heard him say that he believes many people are desperate for a change in the representation they have at council level. For Bert Galbraith’s wife Ita O’Sullivan a number one vote for Bert would be the icing on the cake!“Over the last number of years I have heard people say time and again that we need an alternative to the representatives in the council chamber – and now is their chance to make that change. I am asking people to vote for me, so that working together, we can work to transform this region.”The local election candidate suggested that the Stranorlar electoral area is one of huge potential, but he maintained, it has been badly overlooked in terms of bringing that to fruition.“The part of Donegal where I live was decimated by unemployment when the textiles industry closed down. Places like Raphoe and Convoy, Lifford and St. Johnston have never really recovered from that. Farmers have been hit time and again by regulations and red-tape and then to make matters worse there has been a collapse in the prices for bull beef and potatoes since Christmas leaving farmers suffering severe losses.“The people of this area know that if they want anybody at national level to listen, they need strong voices at local level to speak up for them.” It is for those reasons that the local farmer and businessman decided he would let his name go forward at the local elections and – with both Minister Dinny McGinley and Deputy Joe McHugh in attendance at his launch as well as candidates Martin Harley and Jimmy Kavanagh – Mr. Galbraith said he believes he can be the strong local voice the people of the area have been craving.“I am a hard-worker and not only am I aware of the issues facing the people of the area, I am also a man who knows how to get things done – how to deliver results – and I honestly believe that is what the people of this area have been looking for.”The father of two says he wants his children to grow up in a region that reaches its enormous potential, and he said he said that’s a vision shared by many people in the area.“I want my children, and everyone else’s children, to have even better opportunities for learning. I want all our people of working age to be able to find work in good jobs or build and grow their own businesses. I want to see our beautiful natural environment and heritage protected. I want everyone to feel safe and secure from crime. I want to see better health services for everyone.“I want to our farmers to see just returns for their hard work and produce and to see their quality local produce, like for instance, quality Donegal beef marketed to a wider audience under a single brand. This is my vision and I know many people share it.” “My focus is on the development of jobs, agriculture, infrastructure and community and it is because I know I would work tirelessly for the people of the Stranorlar Electoral Area that I have put myself forward as a Fine Gael candidate,” he concluded.FARMER AND BUSINESSMAN BERT WANTS EAST DONEGAL TO THRIVE AGAIN was last modified: March 13th, 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)Tags:Bert GalbreithElectionsFine GaelRaphoelast_img read more

MARRIED DONEGAL MEN WERE MAIN CLIENTS OF GAY PROSTITUTES IN LETTERKENNY BROTHEL

first_imgTHE pimps who allegedly forced a Brazilian prostitute to sell his services in a Letterkenny brothel did so “to satisfy demand from married men from the town”, Donegal Daily has learned.Jose Filho, who has HIV, was just the latest gay prostitute to be offered to “clients” from a house at 9 Ballymacool Terrace in the town, we can reveal.He is pictured here outside Glenties District Court yesterday evening after being released. He had pleaded guilty to prostitution charges. His solicitor Patsy Gallagher today repeated his calls in court yesterday for those who pay for sexual services in brothels to be criminalised. Under present laws those who pay for sex on private property are not breaking the law.The Brazlian answered the door to raiding Gardai wearing women’s underwear, a wig and make-up.Donegal Daily can confirm that a ‘client’ who had just had sex with the Filho is a married man from Letterkenny.But we can also reveal today that more than dozens of other men had paid for gay sex at the same house in the previous few weeks.Filho and a female Spanish prostitute had been at the house for less than two days after the prostitutes who had been there until last weekend were moved by their Dublin-based pimps.“There was no shortage of men who used that brothel for gay sex,” said one source, “in fact over the past few weeks there were at least 20 local men using prostitutes there over and over again.”Gardai who raided the premises told the court that they found notes in English on what both Filho and his co-accused Flor Yeni Montano Hurtado should say to clients – because they didn’t speak English.The Garda raid is part of a nationwide crackdown on prostitution which is being run by Dublin-based gangs and facilitated in Letterkenny by a number of local men.Prostitutes are moved from town to town, and No 9 Ballymacool Terrace was being used for the past few months.Acting on a tip-off from angry local people, detectives spent several weeks watching the house, taking car registration numbers and interviewing a number of men seen leaving the premises.It’s understood Gardai are liaising with colleagues in Dublin on several different investigations.“The Ballymacool Terrace brothel has been closed but there will be another one somewhere else in Letterkenny already,” said one source.“The pimps are supplying gay sex prostitutes to Letterkenny because there is clearly a demand for them and the Ballymacool brothel was further evidence of that. What was surprising is that most of the men using that house are married men with children.”Both prostitutes claimed they were forced to move to Co Donegal and forced to pay €250 rent to their pimps.However both of them had return flight tickets back to Brazil and Spain, leading to doubts over their claims that they were being trafficked.MARRIED DONEGAL MEN WERE MAIN CLIENTS OF GAY PROSTITUTES IN LETTERKENNY BROTHEL was last modified: October 25th, 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:MARRIED DONEGAL MEN WERE MAIN CLIENTS OF GAY PROSTITUTES IN LETTERKENNY BROTHELlast_img read more