Pat the Cope Gallagher
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Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle has welcomed the connection of the Fintown water supply to the Glenties supply to ensure improved water quality to the Fintown area. This matter I have raised on numerous occasions with both Irish Water and the Department, I am glad that the works are now fully completed and the scheme is operational.
Pat the Cope added the project Irish Water has constructed almost 5km of water mains in the Glenties, Fintown and Meenahalla areas as well as the construction of two booster pumping stations. The Fintown supply is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL) for high levels of THMs and these works were undertaken to reduce the risk posed by THMs for these customers. The works consisted of the construction of 1km of water mains in Fintown, 2.9km in Glenties and 800m in Meenahalla. Two booster pumping stations were also constructed at Shallogans and Straboy.
Pat the Cope stated this will greatly enhance the water quality and quantity to these areas which will benefit from this newly completed scheme, and will provide a much higher quality of water supply to the many effected households in the Glenties and Fintown areas. I wish to compliment the contractor and the engineering staff for delivering this project in a timely fashion, this is welcome news and will be of huge benefits to many households concluded Pat the Cope.
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Pat the Cope was born in Burtonport and has lived in Dungloe, Co.Donegal all his life where he attended Roshine and Luinneach National School and thereafter Dungloe High School and Coláiste Éinde Gaillimh.
He obtained his Commerce degree from NUI Galway in 1970. From 1970 to 1981, he was involved in the fish processing sector. Pat the Cope has been married to Ann Gillespie for twenty five years. He has been a board member of the Rosses Community School Board of Management, Killybegs Tourism and Training College and the Donegal Vocational Education Committee to name but a few.
An enthusiastic GAA and Celtic FC supporter, he follows both as much as he can.
Small businesses are the engine of the Irish economy. SME’s in Donegal require more support from government with access to credit a major concern.
Rural Ireland is struggling to survive. Rural towns are in decline. Vital public services from post offices and Garda stations face closure. I will fight to reverse this unacceptable failure by this government.
We need a properly funded health service in Donegal that will cater for young and old, including mental health patients. The inability of this government to address the crisis in the health service is totally unacceptable.
Education has always been a key priority of mine. I will continue to seek to deliver the maximum amount of financial support allocated to schools in Donegal and our third level colleges.
The fishing sector is the lifeblood of so many coastal towns and villages throughout Donegal. The small islands off the coast of Donegal also depends so much on fishing. This vital industry supports jobs in areas where few alternatives exist. I will continue to be a strong voice for this important industry, and strive to represent their views to the best of my ability.
Public infrastructure in Donegal needs significant investment, including the provision of broadband, roads, water, sewerage and flood defences. I will campaign vigorously to ensure that Donegal receives the necessary funding from the national exchequer.
I will provide, as I have done over the last 35 years, a constituency office that will deal with any matter regardless of how big or small the issue may be.