Meryl Streep in the film Dancing at Lughnasa which was adapted from a Brian Friel workOSCAR winning actress Meryl Streep has paid her own personal tribute to Donegal’s adopted son Brian Brian Friel.The Hollywood star has described him as a tender dramatist, an insightful humanist, and a lovely man.Ms Streep starred in the Tony Award winning Dancing at Lughnasa which Friel had written in 1989.Brian Friel died this morning at his Donegal home aged 86.Speaking today, Ms Streep said: “I am so sad to hear the world has lost the great Brian Friel.“Friel introduced the people of Donegal to us as if we were all members of his family and community.“We couldn’t help but recognize the people we loved in our own towns and lives, the people who make us laugh and make us furious.”MERYL STREEP RECALLS DONEGAL DAYS IN BRIAN FRIEL TRIBUTE was last modified: October 2nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:MERYL STREEP RECALLS DONEGAL DAYS IN BRIAN FRIEL TRIBUTE
Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has accused the Government of “already reneging on their commitment to Greencastle Harbour” in the Project Ireland 2040 plan.He was responding to the latest response from the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed to his parliamentary questions.Senator Mac Lochlainn said the people of North East Inishowen will be exasperated at this response from Minister Michael Creed. He said “His Department of the Marine have already spent millions of euro on a half-finished breakwater. It is astounding that they won’t even commit to completing this project that ensures safe access to Greencastle Harbour at all times.“The Government made a commitment in black and white in the Project Ireland 2040 plan to funding capital works at Greencastle Harbour. Indeed our local Minister, Joe McHugh referenced the commitment to Greencastle Harbour in his first response to the plan.“So I genuinely expected some clarity this time, on how Donegal County Council could draw down this funding and some time scales. Yet the response that I have received is the same guff that I have received for a number of years now.”He added that that the Minister and his Department of the Marine have been washing their hands of responsibility for Greencastle Harbour. He added “They have even stated that the Department of Environment are responsible for the funding of the harbour in responses last year. And in turn the Department of the Environment have passed the buck back to them.“This now has to be sorted out by the Taoiseach. I am going to write to him, bringing his attention to the commitment and asking him to resolve the issue over what department is responsible and then to honour this commitment.“The potential of Greencastle Harbour from a fisheries and tourism potential is immense and it can be an even more important source of income and prosperity for the people of North East Inishowen and further afield”.Govt reneging on Greencastle Harbour Project – Senator Mac Lochlainn was last modified: May 21st, 2018 by StephenShare 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:donegalGreencastle HarbourInishowen
Kelly Pajinag grew up in Juneau and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2000. He joined Hospice & Home Care of Juneau in the summer of 2013. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Kelly Pajinag is the new interim executive director of Front Street Community Health Center as of Jan. 1. He’s also the program manager of Catholic Community Services’ Hospice & Home Care of Juneau.Download AudioAs he juggles two jobs, Pajinag hopes to help the homeless clinic get through some growing pains.Kelly Pajinag, 33, says he doesn’t have much of a social life these days. His dual leadership positions have similar responsibilities.“In regards to some of the things that I’ve experienced at Hospice & Home Care of Juneau with implementing more of the administrative business backbone to the program, I kind of saw a relationship here at the Front Street Community Health Center in regards to recruitment, the staffing, the billing platforms to be implemented and put into place,” Pajinag says.He’s the second executive director of Front Street Community Health Center since last May whenit left umbrella organization Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Pajinag says the clinic, which has offered medical, dental and behavioral health services, is going through a challenging transition.“We’re still in the works of really trying to pick up the pieces of having the luxury of a large organization provide your billing, your payroll, your human resources. These are all things that we have to do at the clinic level now,” Pajinag says.Pajinag sat on the board of the health center prior to becoming its interim executive director. He has three months to fulfill some big goals. One is continuing to diversify its clientele; Front Street has long been ahomeless clinic and still receives a large chunk of its federal funding for that purpose. It hopes to provide care for patients from all walks of life.“‘Cause there is a need for thousands of people in our community, so my goal is to make it efficient and effective and available for people to access, whether it’s the homeless population, uninsured, underserved or someone that’s conveniently located nearby,” he says.Another goal is figuring out the clinic’s staffing shortage. Two of its three main care providers are no longer there. Nurse practitioner Janna Brewster, who also served as the clinic’s manager, resigned in November and dentist Ed Linsell retired. The health center is actively recruiting for both medical positions.In the meantime, Pajinag says part-time nurse practitioners are filling the gap as Front Street continues to provide medical and behavioral health services. Linsell is providing dental care one week a month.Pajinag says the health center will soon implement billing and get reimbursements from Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. The goal is to get a third of its revenue this way.At the end of March, the Front Street Community Health Center board will reevaluate Pajinag’s position. Dr. Carlton Heine is a board member.“Does he have the capacity to do this job with his other job or do we need to look for a different person for executive director?” Heine says.Until then, Pajinag says he’s confident, with the help of staff and community members, the health center will get through the tough transition and start offering patient-centered care to more of Juneau’s population.