Facebook Pinterest Google+ Almost 50% of the workforce in Donegal receiving Pandemic Payment Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest It’s emerged that 22,500 people are now availing of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in Donegal.This represents almost 50% of the total workforce in the county and is the highest percentage of workers, per capita, of any county, receiving the payment.Deputy Pearse Doherty says the figure is stark, and is reflective of how vulnerable Donegal is following decades of neglect and a lack of proper investment in the county.He’s calling on all agencies to come together to develop stimulus packages for local businesses to help kickstart the economy and to get people back to work when it is safe to do so.**************Statement in full -Donegal has highest percentage of workforce receiving Pandemic Unemployment Payment – Pearse Doherty TDDonegal Sinn Féin TD, Pearse Doherty has said that the latest social welfare figures highlight the ongoing neglect and lack of investment in Donegal. Figures published on Monday show that 22,500 people are now availing of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in the county. This represents almost 50% of the total workforce in the county and is the highest percentage of workers, per capita, of any county, receiving the payment.Deputy Doherty said:“This figure is stark and is reflective of the plight of workers and those who were employed by small and medium rural businesses who have been hit hard by this pandemic. It shows how vulnerable Donegal is following decades of neglect and a lack of proper investment in the county.”“I have spoken to various agencies within the county today and I am calling for a joint and coordinated approach between state agencies such as Údaras na Gaeltachta and Enterprise Ireland, supported by Donegal County Council and others. What is clearly needed are stimulus packages for our local businesses to help kickstart the economy and to get people back to work when this pandemic passes and when it is safe to do so.”“We cannot let our small and medium rural businesses be left to fend for themselves. Our communities need them. They are the lifeblood of rural Ireland and they will be the ones to help us and our workers to get back on our feet when this is over. But they need support now.”“Sinn Féin is advocating that the current loan scheme introduced by the Government to provide cash to businesses is changed so that the current 4% interest rate that is being charged is lowered to 0%.”“In addition, we need a system of grants for businesses, with targeted grant schemes for certain sectors of the economy that may need that extra support.”“We also need an injection of capital spending on infrastructure such as roads and building projects in Donegal to help create jobs, support the local businesses that are currently in the region and to entice new businesses to come and locate themselves in the northwest.”“We need to provide a clear roadmap for those workers currently in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment in the county to ensure that the businesses that were employing the workers before the crisis are there when this is over.”“Donegal has been left behind by successive governments. Before this crisis we were just about able to see the light at the end of the tunnel following the last economic crash. Now we have been plunged back into darkness. We cannot be left waiting another 10 years before we start to see economic recovery again.” Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – April 28, 2020 WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articlePSNI investigating Hawkin Street assaultNext articleLetterkenny gardai probe arson attacks News Highland Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th
iStock(NEW YORK) — A 60-year-old woman was killed after she was hit by debris that fell from a building in New York City.A preliminary investigation by the Department of Buildings found that the woman was struck by falling debris as she walked by a residential building on 49th Street and 7th Avenue in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan Tuesday just after 10:45 a.m., according to the department.She suffered trauma to her head and was unconscious by the time emergency responders arrived and was pronounced dead at the scene, city officials said.Engineers from the New York City Department of Buildings went to the scene to perform a “full structural stability inspection” of the building to ensure safety, Abigail Kunitz, deputy press secretary for the department, told ABC News in a statement.“This is a tragedy, and the family and friends of the victim are in our thoughts,” Kunitz said. “No pedestrian should be at risk from dangerous facade conditions.”The department received a permit to begin masonry repair work on the building’s facade on the penthouse and roof in July 2019.A complaint against the building was made in January regarding a sign being removed from the side with no permits or protection for those on the street, adding that there was debris on the ground, city records show.A thorough investigation will be conducted on the incident, Kunitz said. Whether scaffolding should have been placed around the building will be included in the investigation.The victim’s identity was not released. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.