Refusal to vest land from businessman is unfair says estate agent


WHILE most farmers making submissions to the A5 inquiry have been attempting to stop their land being taken by the Road Service, Strabane businessman Pat Kirk has been left with a portion of land he wants the authorities to vest.
Mr Kirk’s problem is that the he owns land close to the Lifford and Park Roads on the periphery of the town which will be severed by the new multi-million pound route rendering his portion of severed ground “of little or no use”.
That was the case his representative, estate agent Robert Pollock made to the inspectors at the inquiry at the Fir Trees in Strabane.


Politicians urge inquiry to help beleaguered families


ALTHOUGH they fully endorse the new A5 Western Transport Corridor (A5WTC), West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty and MLAs Michaela Boyle and Joe Byrne gave their support to families who will be affected by the proposed new route.
A chartered surveyor described the situation facing the residents of Glenfinn Park in Strabane as “the worst scenario for a group of residents affected by a road I have come across.”


Residents implore Roads Service to reconsider plans


RESIDENTS of a Strabane park joined forces, along with their MP and two local MLAs, to plead with the Department of Regional Development to re-route the proposed A5 Western Transport Corridor or else buy their homes.
A number of the families who reside at Glenfinn Park spoke passionately of their plight at the inquiry in the Fir Trees Hotel in Strabane.


Lets get ready to Rumble


By Conor Sharkey
IT is almost seconds out, round one for political heavyweights Derek Hussey and Gerard ‘Gaffer’ Foley.
The former electoral foes will go toe to toe in a special celebrity bout in St Pat’s Hall this Saturday evening. The match is just one on an eight bout card, organised to raise funds for the Tyrone Milk Cup Squad.
Speaking ahead of their match up, Gerard ‘Gaffer’ Foley said he was sticking to his original game plan of a third round knockout. Derek ‘Red Beard’ Hussey however was being slightly cagier.
A tongue in cheek Gaffer said, “I’m still confident and the plan is to hold him until the third and drop him with the right.
“I’m looking forward to it and win or lose, it’s for a great cause. So hopefully we get a good turn out and raise plenty of cash for the Milk Cup.”
Originally Red Beard was predicting a quick defeat for his Clady opponent. This week however he was less boisterous.
“I’m not particularly confident and unfortunately height, weight and age might just prevail. But if I do get a black eye, then it’s all for a good cause.
“We have both been given sponsor forms and I’ve raised a few hundred pounds so far and that is what it’s all about.
“I have an engagement directly after the bout and I just hope I’m not in too bad shape to attend. But the more money that’s raised for the Milk Cup squad, the better,” he laughed.
Also on the card, Ruth Duddy will face Donna Barr, Alex Curry will take on Davy Devine, Ryan McElroy v Mark Pollock, Roy Gallagher v Philip O’Neill, Pappy Doherty v Darren Friel and Brian Curry v Kevin Gallagher.
The first fight of the evening commences between 8pm and 8.30pm and tickets are £10, payable at the door.


Search continues


Search continues for local man David Colhoun as PSNI deploy a helicopter with specialist cameras to search the rivers.


Family living through hell


By C.J.McGinley THE heartbroken father of a 22-year-old missing Lifford man, who has not been seen since he escaped from police custody in the early hours of Sunday morning, has described their ordeal as ‘hell’. Hope for the safe return of David Colhoun are fading as searches of the river on both sides of the […]


Community in spirit with family


By Michele Canning
THE Lifford community is with the Colhoun family in spirit as the days without any sign of 22-year-old David continue.
Fr Edward Kilpatrick, parish priest at Murlough, told the Chronicle this week that the great sense of hope felt at the beginning of the week is beginning to fade.
“There was a great sense of hope yesterday (Monday) but with nothing happening today (Tuesday), and no more news the element of reality is creeping into that hope.
“You just don’t know what to say to the family. I have been down to the river myself and really you are helpless. All I can do is keep in contact and give them moral strength and support.
“I was down before the search parties left from McCauley’s on Monday morning. Many people were out on the river and the banks helping with the search but there are many unable to. But the community is with the family in spirit.


Poor weather conditions hamper search


By Michele Canning
POOR weather conditions have hampered the search for missing Lifford man, David Colhoun.
Foyle Search and Rescue team, directed by the PSNI, has been on the river since Sunday evening hoping to discover some sign of the 22-year-old.
Aiding the team have been The Loughs Agency and Louth Search and Rescue, who arrived on the river on Wednesday morning.
The PSNI in Strabane, which is leading the operation, has a search co-ordinator on site, and is working closely with the Gardai
Additionally, PSNI officers have been on the water, starting patrols around 4am.
It’s understood that weather conditions and high waters have prevented rescue helicopters and divers being called onto the scene.


Young people are risking their lives at sewage works


By Michele Canning
YOUNG people, gathering at Newtownstewart Sewage Works, are putting their lives at grave risk.
Both NI Water, which is counting the cost of repeated vandalism at the site, and councillor for the area Allan Bresland, are urging greater awareness amid fears that someone may be killed.
Young people are risking falling into the sewage tanks or being electrocuted by removing extremely heavy lids off electrical equipment.
The four metre deep sewage tanks have had lids lifted off and life saving rings are not only being vandalised, but thrown into the tanks.
In the last seven days, NI Water has had to go on site twice and the cost of the damage currently stands at £3,000.
Despite increasing its security measures at the works, vandals are still gaining access and wreaking havoc.
The DUP’s Allan Bresland has raised concerns, pointing to a tragedy a few years ago in which a young girl in Newtownstewart died after falling into a sewage tank.
He is urging parents to keep a close eye on their children.
“We must never forget that a young girl drowned a few years ago when she fell into a sewage works.
“Although the sewage works at Newtownstewart are well fenced, there is evidence that children and young people are gathering in the vicinity of the works and are able to get too close for their own safety.
“I would appeal to parents to warn their children of the danger and to ensure that they make every effort to know where their children are at all times,” he urged.