Month: May 2021

Working Together

first_img Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago July 24, 2017 2,132 Views The 100 degree Texas heat normally doesn’t lend itself to working outside; however, when it comes to Habitat for Humanity, the temperature doesn’t matter. On Saturday, July 22, volunteers, including Altisource, Fannie Mae, and U.S. Bank were there to help a family plant roots into a community.In 2016, Altisource, a provider of mortgage and real estate marketplace solutions, became a sponsor of Habitat for Humanity and began connecting with various habitat facilities around the country where they have a critical mass of Altisource employees.“The type of changes that Habitat is making in the lives of homeowners is significant and it goes well beyond just the numbers,” Altisource SVP of Government and Industry Relations, Kirk Willison said. “It’s down to the lifestyle and ability that people contribute to the civic and economic well-being of their community.”According to Kent Lemon, SVP of Default Operations at U.S. Bank, it gives him and the company an opportunity to give back.“At U.S. Bank, that’s what we’re all about—giving back to the community,” Lemon said. “In my opinion, it gives a family a fresh start, a brand-new home that they can start off with and live the American Dream, just like the rest of us.”Hard-hatted volunteers surrounded the home, some on ladders nailing down siding, others applying weather proofing—but most importantly, within the midst of this organized chaos was the Castillo-Mondrago Family who will have the keys to their new home as soon as construction is completed. As Maria Castillo, the soon-to-be homeowner, explained what it is like to be hands-on in the construction of her home via translator, she began to tear up.“It’s pretty emotional to have people we don’t know just come and work on our property without expecting anything in return,” Castillo said. “Right now we live in a mobile home, and even though it’s a clean mobile home, it’s just not where we want to stay.”Castillo explained that where they currently reside, trash flies under the house regularly and the neighborhood isn’t one she feels her and her family are safe in. To her, this home means peace of mind and tranquility.Much like anyone applying for a home loan, Willison explained that after the lot was purchased by Habitat for Humanity, an underwriting process for approval had to be completed before construction began. Though the loan may be structured slightly different, the family getting the home not only will make mortgage payments to Habitat for Humanity—they require the family to either work specifically on their home, or help another family with their home.“This isn’t free. This isn’t a home gift,” Willison said. “The future homeowners spend a lot of hours themselves on labor. They pay a mortgage when they have the opportunity. They’ve gone through an approval process to get into the home. Habitat makes that homeownership possible through a lot of volunteer efforts.”John Golden, AMDC and Kirk Willison, AltisourceJohn Thibaudeau, Director of Real Estate Asset Management at Fannie Mae, said though the build is obviously part of what they do at Fannie Mae in terms of supporting and promoting homeownership, the fact that they get to participate in things like Habitat for Humanity is remarkable.“For me, personally, I’ve always been passionate about homes and homeownership outside of my work at Fannie Mae, so to be able to come out here and participate in something that I love and that supports the mission of my company is pretty awesome,” said Thibaudeau.John Golden, Executive Director of the American Mortgage Diversity Council, which is focused on creating a diverse and inclusive mortgage industry for all, was also on hand helping with the build.”I appreciate Altisource for sharing the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others,” Golden said. “It’s efforts like this that demonstrate what the industry can do when it works together.” Altisource Fannie Mae Habitat for Humanity U.S. Bank 2017-07-24 Brianna Gilpin Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Share Savecenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Changes in Leadership to the OCC Next: Ocwen Announces New Partnership Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Working Together The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Working Together The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Altisource Fannie Mae Habitat for Humanity U.S. Bank Subscribelast_img read more

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Cities Where 50 Percent of Households Can’t Afford a Home

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Cities Where 50 Percent of Households Can’t Afford a Home Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago January 2, 2018 1,676 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago afford Cities expensive GoBankingRates Home Homeowners Homeownership household mortgage U.S. 2018-01-02 Staff Writer Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: afford Cities expensive GoBankingRates Home Homeowners Homeownership household mortgage U.S. Homeownership is likely to be out of reach for more than half of the households in many large cities, according to a study published by the personal finance resource GoBankingRates on Tuesday.GoBankingRates used the median home listing price in the 100 biggest cities across the U.S. to figure the monthly mortgage payment. Using the rule of thumb that no more than 30 percent of income should go toward housing, they calculated the income needed to afford a mortgage in those cities and then compared this income to the number of households with income equal to or greater than that amount. Out of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. the study ranked the ones where homeownership was out of reach for more than 50 percent of households.The study found that six of the top 10 cities with the highest percentage of households that can’t afford a home are in California, due to its high real estate prices. Therefore it comes as no surprise that San Francisco with a median listing price of around $1.19 million and 76.7 percent of households that can’t afford a home topped the list.San Francisco was followed by Boston, that had a median listing price of $725,000 and 75.7 percent of households that can’t afford a home. Miami (median listing price $450,000; 74.3 percent households), Long Beach California (median listing price $549,000; 73.5 percent households), and Los Angeles (median listing price $749,000; 72.9 percent households) rounded up the Top 5 list.Ranked No. 10, New Orleans was a surprise entry on the final list with a median home price of $300,000 but with 65.4 percent of households that can’t afford a home because of lower wages.Other cities that made it to this list include New York; San Jose, California; San Diego; Oakland, California; Dallas; Denver; Washington D.C.; Houston; Seattle; Nashville, Tennessee; and Atlanta.To read the complete study, click here. Related Articles Previous: FHFA Credit Changes Could Expand Homeownership Next: Economic Growth and Job Gains to Fuel Housing Market Share Savecenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Cities Where 50 Percent of Households Can’t Afford a Homelast_img read more

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Nationstar and Ocwen Announce Changes at the Top

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News, Servicing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago April 19, 2018 2,470 Views Tony EbersIt’s been a busy day for the mortgage and servicing industry. Both Nationstar and Ocwen announced major leadership changes on Thursday, with Nationstar naming its first COO in the form of Tony Ebers and Ocwen announcing that Glen Messina will take over as the company’s President after Ron Faris is set to retire.Ebers will become Nationstar’s first-ever COO, according to the company’s Thursday-afternoon statement.”Tony is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers results. He is uniquely qualified to drive strategic prioritization and accountability within Nationstar, with a laser-focus on operational excellence,” said Jay Bray, Chairman and CEO. “I have tremendous confidence in Tony’s ability to align Nationstar’s innovative home loan experience with industry-leading operational practices to drive and extend the next-generation of Nationstar’s market leadership.”Effective immediately, Ebers will assume responsibility for servicing, originations, and Xome operations. Ebers will be responsible for ensuring operational excellence across the company and leading the company-wide initiative to place the home, rather than the loan, at the center of the homeownership journey.”Nationstar has an incredible set of assets that uniquely positions us to lead the industry in innovation and service,” said Ebers, COO. “I am honored by the appointment and look forward to helping lead the company as we work to create a best-in-class, holistic customer experience.”Glen MessinaOn the Ocwen front, the Florida-based financial services holding company announced Thursday morning that President and CEO Ron Faris is retiring after 27 years with the company. Faris will remain President and CEO through June 30, 2018, and will remain a consultant to the company to “ensure a smooth leadership transition and to assist with the integration process for Ocwen’s pending combination with PHH.”“We thank Ron for his leadership and for all of his contributions over the years,” said Phyllis Caldwell, Chair of Ocwen’s Board. “As President and CEO, Ron guided Ocwen through a period of significant change, both in the mortgage industry and at our Company. Ron redesigned the way we conduct business and, because of Ron’s leadership, we are strategically positioned to move forward into the future through our pending merger with PHH.”Ocwen’s  Board of Directors has appointed Glen A. Messina as President and CEO, effective concurrently with the closing of Ocwen’s previously announced acquisition of PHH Corporation. He will also be appointed as a member of Ocwen’s Board at that time. Messina will be based at Ocwen’s West Palm Beach, Florida, corporate headquarters.Ron FarisMessina was most recently President and CEO of PHH before stepping down in June 2017. Ocwen entered into a definitive agreement to acquire PHH in February 2018. The transaction is targeted to close in the second half of 2018.“We are very pleased that Glen Messina has decided to join Ocwen as our new President and CEO,”  Caldwell said. “Glen is one of the recognized leaders in the mortgage industry and his disciplined approach to top and bottom line results in his previous roles is widely respected. He also has a successful record of bringing together strong teams to strategically build stability and structure across an enterprise. Glen’s significant experience leading change as a public company CEO and his deep understanding of PHH will help accelerate Ocwen’s transformation.”“I am extremely excited to join Ocwen at this important time for the Company,” Messina said. “I believe Ocwen’s pending combination with PHH will create a stronger, more efficient mortgage servicer, positioned for a return to growth. I believe the merger with PHH, combined with the major overhaul that Ocwen has undertaken in recent years of its risk and compliance infrastructure, will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the Company’s history. I look forward to partnering with all team members to help Ocwen continue as a leading mortgage servicer that delivers significant benefits to consumers, employees, clients, and investors.” Nationstar and Ocwen Announce Changes at the Top Home / Daily Dose / Nationstar and Ocwen Announce Changes at the Top Share Save David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: David Wharton Company News Glen Messina Nationstar Ocwen Ron Faris Tony Ebers 2018-04-19 David Whartoncenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Company News Glen Messina Nationstar Ocwen Ron Faris Tony Ebers Previous: Nationstar Promotes Tony Ebers to COO Next: Lawmakers React to Wells Fargo Fine Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Five Minutes With: Lola Oyewole, Ocwen Financial Corporation

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Five Minutes With: Lola Oyewole, Ocwen Financial Corporation Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features Five Minutes With: Lola Oyewole, Ocwen Financial Corporation Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Tagged with: Lola Oyewole Ocwen Financial Corporation The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the January issue of DS News, out now.What diversity and inclusion best practices does Ocwen follow?When we launched our D&I strategy in 2015, we wanted to ensure that we set a solid foundation for our D&I practices throughout the company by focusing on four key areas. The first is leadership, which is about embracing and fostering a culture of inclusion at all levels throughout the company. The second is Workforce, which is about attracting, developing, retaining, and advancing the best and brightest talent. The third focus area is supplier diversity, which is about achieving a range of suppliers, vendors, and service providers who align with our diversity and inclusion strategies. The fourth is community engagement, which includes ensuring that Ocwen has a significant presence in a core group of diverse, community-based organizations and philanthropies. This foundation has helped us to stay laser focused on specific actions that make an impact across the company.As the leader of Ocwen’s D&I initiatives can you give an example of an initiative that has made a difference to your global network? Yes, we recently launched the Ocwen Global Women’s Network, an affinity group aimed at empowering women and encouraging professional development, workplace flexibility, and equal representation of women at all levels of our company globally. Through this group, we’re conducting professional workshops and leadership events for all members. We are enhancing the exposure of women and highlighting their accomplishments internally and in the industry. We’re also making sure that more women are represented as we bring in new leaders. Since we launched the Ocwen Global Women’s Network in 2017 we have increased the representation of women in leadership levels by 6 percent globally. That’s a really big deal for us.What steps do you recommend to minimize unconscious bias so that it helps business success?Being aware that unconscious bias affects every area of our lives is key. Education is a good first step; it is important to train team members on what unconscious bias is so that they are fully aware of how biases show up and how it affects us in our daily interactions with each other. Ocwen provides mandatory unconscious bias training for all employees. Organizations can also develop objective indicators and outcomes for hiring, evaluation, and promotion. They can ensure that there are consistent criteria used to assess performance evaluations.What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job? I absolutely love it when I’ve made a difference in someone’s life. If I can help to unlock someone’s potential and bring that out, it is very satisfying. I also enjoy transforming cultures and improving the overall work environment. It’s hard work but when you see positive changes it is well worth it.What did your 2018 Keystone Award nomination mean to you? I’m incredibly honored to be nominated along-side such dynamic women. When I read their background, I’m extremely proud of the work and accomplishments that they’ve achieved in their companies as well as in the industry.  Print This Post Lola Oyewole Ocwen Financial Corporation 2019-01-08 Radhika Ojha Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Mortgage Delinquency Rates Reach a New Low Next: Reimagining Asset Disposition in Chapter 7 Bankruptcies Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save About Author: Radhika Ojha The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago January 8, 2019 2,948 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

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SpunOut calls for decisive policy to tackle cyber bullying

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Spunout organisation says Ireland needs to step up it’s response to bullying behaviour in schools and online.Spunout out points out that despite a number of tragedies in Donegal and Leitrim last year, Ireland has yet to issue formal guidelines to school management on how to deal with cases of cyberbullying.The group points out that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has today announced a number of comprehensive measures to tackle the problem of bullying in schools and online.Communications Officer Ian Power says a similar initiative is needed here………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ianraw.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Facebook Google+ SpunOut calls for decisive policy to tackle cyber bullying Twitter WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – January 16, 2013 center_img Pinterest NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly News Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Previous articleDonegal burglaries to be raised with Minister for JusticeNext articleRobbers may have ‘cased’ Inishowen victims earlier in the day News Highland last_img read more

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Family lawyer calls for tighter “Home Alone” guidelines

first_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest Google+ Family lawyer calls for tighter “Home Alone” guidelines Twitter Facebook A leading family lawyer in the North is calling on the Stormont Executive to introduce clear guidelines for parents about leaving children at home alone.It comes after the social services in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone intervened when 4 children, aged between 5 and 14, were left at home when their parents went on holiday.Lawyer Hilary Carmichael says it’s unacceptable that social workers can only act in cases where they believe a child is at serious risk………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/alone1pm.mp3[/podcast] Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Newsx Adverts Pinterest NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Twitter Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny By News Highland – August 5, 2011 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Previous articleMc Hugh wants comprehensive analysis of penalty point figuresNext articleNewtowncunningham councillor warned HSE of “Castle” fire risk News Highland last_img read more

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School buses from the Republic taken off the road in Derry

first_img School buses from the Republic taken off the road in Derry Facebook By News Highland – February 8, 2012 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Three busses from the Republic used to transport pupils to and from schools in Derry have been found to be unfit for service.The spot checks were carried out at Oakgrove college.Nine vehicles in total were taken off the road in the city following a day of checks by the DVA.They say faults found during the inspection of 24 buses ranged from defective seat belts to problems with emergency exits. Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Previous articleRow between Killybegs fishing reps rumbles onNext articleDonegal CE leaders attend national talks over government cuts News Highland Pinterest Twitter Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp Newsx Adverts Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published last_img read more

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Donegal businesses stand to benefit if Tendering Procurement bill is passed

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By admin – April 24, 2015 Donegal businesses stand to benefit if Tendering Procurement bill is passed Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebookcenter_img Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Previous articleTierney welcomes Galliagh allotment planNext articleCalls for large turnout at “Bin the Bills” protest in Letterkenny admin Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ It’s being claimed that small businesses in Donegal could benefit substantially if a  Fianna Fáil Bill on tendering procurement passes into law.The draft legislation is aimed at supporting SMEs by improving their chances of securing public contracts has passed through second stage in the Seanad.Dublin Senator Darragh O’Brien secured support from all sides of the house for his proposals to help small Irish companies compete for Government contracts.Donegal Councillor Patrick McGowan tabled a motion on Tendering Procurement at the last monthly meeting.He says should the legislation be passed, businesses in Donegal will benefit……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/mcgowtenders.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

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Donegal Rape Trial:House owner denies not taking claims seriously

first_img Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+ Pinterest Twitter Newsx Adverts Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – January 14, 2012 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Previous articlePoliticians meet in Dublin to plot Household Charge oppositionNext articleDonegal success at BT Science awards News Highland Google+ The owner of a Donegal house, which was the scene of an alleged rape and sexual assault, has denied that she didn’t take the accusations seriously.The house owner, who did not live in County Donegal, told a jury on day-three of the trial that she received an email from the alleged victim’s father, who was overseas, asking for help and saying his daughter had been attacked in the house.The 38-year-old accused man, who lived in the same house but had been away for some time,  has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to orally raping and sexually assaulting the woman on October 30, 2010.The house owner told prosecuting counsel Mr Bernard Condon SC, that when she received the email she phoned the house caretaker, asking her to call to the rented property to check out the allegations.She said she also rang the complainant and got the impression she could not talk freely. She said in a quiet tone ‘I need help’.Under cross-examination, the house owner told defence counsel, Desmond Murphy SC, she had met the accused about five times and “never received any complaints about him.”She said the accused lived in the property since 2009 and she never had any difficulties with him as a tenant.She denied that she did not take the allegations seriously after it was put to her that she did not instantly phone the gardai.She said she rang the gardai after the caretaker got to the house, and was very perturbed by what she was told had happened.The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of five women and seven men. WhatsApp Donegal Rape Trial:House owner denies not taking claims seriouslylast_img read more

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Udaras elections delayed for two years

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Udaras elections delayed for two years Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – July 8, 2010 Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week center_img Previous articleTrial begins in London of man accused of killing Inishowen nativeNext articleCouncillor welcomes Tesco planning refusal News Highland Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook Newsx Adverts Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter New legislation introduced by government means that elections to Udaras na Gaeltachta may not be held for up two years despite being due by October of this year.Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs Pat Carey has rejected Opposition claims the Government is anti-democratic in introducing legislation which will postpone the elections.The one-paragraph Údarás na Gaeltachta (Amendment) Bill provides that the time between elections to the Gaeltacht authority be increased from 5½ to 7½ years.last_img read more

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