The new Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan comes into effect today, Monday, August 20.The Plan was adopted by the elected members of Donegal County Council on July 23, 2018, and is the first consolidated local area plan for An Clochán Liath/Dungloe, Ballybofey-Stranorlar, Ballyshannon, Bridgend, Carndonagh, Donegal Town and Killybegs – between 2018 to 2024.This new Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan supersedes the County Donegal Development Plan that was in place from 2012 – 2018. This new Plan was adopted following an extensive public consultation process including engagement with numerous stakeholders in each of the respective towns and sets out an overall strategy, land use and zoning objectives for the proper planning and sustainable development of the seven towns guiding the way in which the towns will be developed into the future.The six-year-long Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan is consistent with the Core Strategy of the recently adopted County Development Plan which came into effect in early June.Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely believes that the adoption of this Plan is timely.“The timing is excellent in that this Plan was adopted shortly after the County Donegal Development Plan came into effect in early June and also following the recent publication of the new National Planning Framework which has identified a number of national strategic outcomes including enhanced regional accessibility and strengthened rural economies and communities. “This Local Area Plan is a very important document in the context of this National Planning Framework and will have a key role to play in unlocking the strategic potential of these towns which will in turn contribute in a meaningful way to the social, cultural, environmental and economic growth and well being of the entire county”.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill acknowledged the role played by the elected members.“This Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan is a very important Plan for Donegal. It sets out an overall strategy as well as land use and zoning objectives for the proper planning and sustainable development of the seven towns in question and I would like to thank my colleagues on Donegal County Council for their deliberations and their concerted effort in framing this plan and for engaging in this process in such a constructive and positive way.”New Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan comes into effect was last modified: August 20th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:ballybofey-stranorlarBallyshannonbridgendCarndonaghDonegal TowndungloeKillybegs
ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE closure of Waterford’s Red Kettle Theatre Company have been initiated.The company was founded in 1985 but is now facing the final curtain, due to arts funding cuts and “six years of economic erosion”.Red Kettle played a leading role in city’s vibrant arts scene.However, in a statement issued last night, the company said it is “no longer a viable enterprise”, despite the efforts of many including the local Council and Youth Committee.“It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of the Red Kettle Theatre Company, a company much loved by the people of its native Waterford for nearly 30 years,” it read. Red Kettle joins a growing list of arts organisations nationally which have been put out of business in recent years through ongoing economic challenges and cuts to their funding.The statement noted that there will be ‘several’ job losses.Read: Gold pants and gender bending… it’s Shakespeare, but not as you know it >Read: ‘We need to get away from Celtic Tiger thinking’ – Arts Council >
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the open-source operating system used to do everything from powering supercomputers to surfing the web: Linux.Linux began its journey 25 years ago, and now it’s a top product platform for apps for smartphones, Internet of Things devices, and computers—all of which primarily run on Linux.Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu), said that the organization is continuing to “support Linux’s journey as the production platform for the enterprise and telecoms infrastructure we see today.” She added that while cloud technology runs almost entirely on Linux, Canonical still thinks the desktop is important to Linux’s growth. Ubuntu also started as a desktop OS, and it’s still used for both mobile and desktop programs, she said.A personal projectLinus Torvalds, creator of Linux, also reflected on the milestone anniversary. He started Linux as a simple personal project, but that project now supports more than 80 architectures and counts 22 million lines of code, with more than 5,000 developers from about 500 companies, according to the latest Linux Kernel Development report that was released earlier this week.At one point, Torvalds almost quit Linux. During that time, the kernel community was small and the process became unmanageable, he said. The community switched to the BitKeeper revision-control system, which helped him deal with the project. When BitKeeper become too “unwieldy,” Torvalds decided to create Git to further scale the development process. There were other points of frustration and issues along the way, but Torvalds always came back to Linux.“Power management was such a bummer for so many years. We really struggled with that, where you could just take a random laptop and suspend it and resume it and assume it works,” he said at LinuxCon this week.What’s in the future for Linux? In the next 25 years, Silber believed that developers and software organizations can put their trust in Linux for everyday needs, whether it’s for simple developments, or for things like the IoT or machine learning.Canonical also sees software remaining free to share so it can continue to improve by the community. Under the GPL, no one can take advantage of anyone’s code, and it will always remain free, said Torvalds.Canonical’s Silber agreed: The fact that Linux is still an open platform is something to celebrate, she said.