Pam Patenaude’s Advancement Sparks Industry Excitement

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Pam Patenaude’s Advancement Sparks Industry Excitement The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Pam Patenaude’s Advancement Sparks Industry Excitement Pam Patenaude was advanced by the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday afternoon as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, although she still must pass the Senate confirmation vote. The Senate Banking Committee vote took place in the Capital and was recorded by voice vote. Patenaude was received favorably by all members of the committee, aside from Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who requested to be recorded as a no vote. Patenaude’s hearing and testimony with the Senate Banking committee took place on June 6 and her nomination was sent to the Senate on April 28. She has received much praise from organizations in the housing and mortgage industry since it was first announced that she was being considered for the position of Deputy Secretary. On June 5, just before her hearing, the The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) sent a letter to the Chair, Senator Mike Crapo and ranking member Sherrod Brown proclaiming the organization’s support of Patenaude’s nomination, saying she “has shown a deep understanding not only of federal housing programs but also of the appropriate roles of federal, state, and local government in delivering housing resources.” Patenaude currently serves as President of the J. Roland Terwilliger Foundation, and is no stranger to the HUD. Under the George W. Bush administration, she was the assistant secretary for community, planning, and development. Prior to that, she was Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission, and earned her B.S. from Saint Anselm College and her Master of Science Community Economic Development degree from South New Hampshire University. Secretary Ben Carson, in an official statement on the nomination of Pam Patenaude as HUD Deputy Secretary, said: “Pam’s extensive knowledge of housing issues and dedicated service tooth’s Department under two previous administrations makes her an exceptional choice for the position of Deputy Secretary … She will bring a wealth of experience and steady leadership to HUD in her new role. I look forward to working with her to achieve more efficient and effective housing policies that create jobs, strengthen communities, and ensure safe, affordable housing for all Americans.” Tagged with: Deputy Secretary HUD The Fed Previous: Tight Inventory Drives Apartment Demand Sky-high Next: Mortgage Surveys Say It’s Time to Get a Mortgage in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Staff Writer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago June 14, 2017 1,412 Views Share Save Deputy Secretary HUD The Fed 2017-06-14 Staff Writer Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Resiliency is Keeping Housing Outlook Optimistic

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Resiliency is Keeping Housing Outlook Optimistic Resiliency is Keeping Housing Outlook Optimistic Previous: How Fannie and Freddie Weathered 2017 Next: Market Analysis After 25-Months of Tight Inventory Subscribe Economic Forecast Fannie Mae HOUSING Housing Outlook mortgage 2017-11-16 Nicole Casperson in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Tagged with: Economic Forecast Fannie Mae HOUSING Housing Outlook mortgage Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Nicole Casperson Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group (ESR) released its November 2017 Economic and Housing Outlook, which includes monthly updates on economic development, economic forecast, multifamily market commentary, and housing forecast.This month, economic developments reported the first print of Q3 economic growth showed surprising resiliency—as the expected economic hit from the recent natural disasters either failed to materialize or was drowned out by business optimism.“Recent data showed a stronger pickup in domestic demand than anticipated, leading us to increase our growth forecast for the final quarter of this year and coming quarters,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan.The economic growth forecast report revealed an increase by two-tenths to 2.4 percent following a stronger-than-expected estimate of Q3 real GDP growth and an improvement to the Q4 outlook.“We also revised higher our 2018 growth forecast to 2 percent,” Duncan added. “Tax cuts, if enacted, present upside risk to our growth forecast for next year but could also lead to more aggressive Fed action. Housing still remains a drag on the economy, as shortages of labor and available lots, coupled with rising building material prices, further complicate existing inventory, affordability, and sales challenges.”The group’s housing forecast outlook reveals that housing remains a soft spot, and is expected to “subtract from GDP growth for the third consecutive quarter” as low housing inventory continues to provide challenges to home prices at the expense of affordability.In addition, Fannie Mae announced on Thursday that it will resume low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) activities in an effort to provide a reliable source of capital for affordable rental housing and underserved markets.According to the release, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) approved Fannie Mae’s re-entry into the LIHTC market as an equity investor effective immediately.Jeffery Hayward, EVP, Multifamily at Fannie Mae said this is a significant step forward for the enterprise to better serve the multifamily market and play an integral role in addressing America’s affordable housing crisis.“The LIHTC program has long been the most effective tool at driving housing supply for low- and very low-income families,” Hayward said. “Fannie Mae’s renewed participation in these business activities will support the LIHTC market by providing a reliable source of capital and a stabilizing influence on affordable housing throughout diverse economic markets and cycles.”Since its beginning, the LIHTC program has built nearly 3 million apartment units, housing about 6.7 million low-income families, and currently finances the construction and rehabilitation of almost all subsidized housing in the U.S. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save November 16, 2017 1,628 Views Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 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 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

Smaller Banks Picked up RMBS Slack in Q3

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: U.S. Housing Market Gets Hot Next: Mortgage Delinquencies Begin to Recover from Hurricane Season Sign up for DS News Daily Banks Fitch Ratings Mortgage-Backed Securities Nonbank Lenders Residential Mortgage-backed securities RMBS RMBS servicer handbook 2018-01-09 David Wharton The third quarter of 2017 saw many of the larger bank servicers scaling back their portfolios of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), while smaller regional banks and non-bank servicers moved to seize the opportunity, as reported by Fitch Ratings’ latest RMBS servicer handbook.According to Fitch, portfolios for the top bank servicers decreased by 1.6 percent during Q3 2017. These bank servicers include Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Bank of America, and CitiMortgage Inc. Fitch also points out that Wells Fargo’s portfolio will also get a bump from their September 2017 purchase of servicing rights from Seneca Mortgage Servicing, for which Wells Fargo paid $51 million.Among smaller regional bank servicers, Flagstar led the pack for portfolio growth in Q3, jumping up 4.7 percent. Just behind it was HomeStreet Bank (+4.4 percent), First Republic Bank (+3.6 percent), and PNC Mortgage Services (+2.2 percent).Fitch reports that Nationstar Mortgage/Mr. Cooper grew by 7.6 percent, topping out at $494 billion in Q3. Of the 17 non-bank servicers Fitch rated during Q3 2017, 14 of them grew during the quarter, “by an aggregate of 6.3 percent.”Of course, it wasn’t growth all around. Per Fitch’s RMBS data, Ocwen Loan Servicing saw its portfolio shrink to $181.6 billion during Q3, a drop of 3.9 percent. BSI Financial Services Inc.’s portfolio decreased by $1.2 billion to a total of $7.1 billion, and Statebridge Company’s portfolio totaled $1.9 million for Q3, a decrease of $70 million.Fitch releases its U.S. RMBS Servicer Handbook every quarter. The Handbook includes “a description of all Fitch-rated servicers, their current servicer ratings and key rating drivers, portfolio size and key attributes, important trends, links to the full RMBS servicer reports, and Fitch analyst contact information.” You can see the latest Handbook by clicking here. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Related Articles January 9, 2018 2,121 Views Tagged with: Banks Fitch Ratings Mortgage-Backed Securities Nonbank Lenders Residential Mortgage-backed securities RMBS RMBS servicer handbook About Author: David Wharton Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Smaller Banks Picked up RMBS Slack in Q3 center_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Smaller Banks Picked up RMBS Slack in Q3 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News, Secondary Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Five Star Government Forum Unites Banking and Government Leaders

first_img Related Articles Five Star Government Forum Unites Banking and Government Leaders Tagged with: Fannie Mae FHFA Five Star Government Forum Freddie Mac FSGF Ginnie Mae Government GSE HUD Lenders mortgage Secretary Ben Carson 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. April 2, 2018 2,515 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha Home / Daily Dose / Five Star Government Forum Unites Banking and Government Leaders Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Construction Spending on the Upswing Next: Fannie Mae Completes 2018’s First Credit Insurance Risk Transfer Housing and housing finance reforms, especially for the underserved, will be top of the agenda at the ninth annual Five Star Government Forum on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Leaders in mortgage banking and the federal government will engage and have an open dialogue about the most pressing issues being faced by the industry at this day-long forum.The Five Star Government Forum will begin with a side-by-side conversation between United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Benjamin Carson and Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado. Delgado will ask Carson about the future of HUD, housing affordability, and working with the mortgage industry for the greater benefit of homeowners. With representation from FHFA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae, this year’s Government Forum speakers have played an integral role in providing quality leadership to the federal government and the mortgage industry.Peter J. Wallison, Senior Fellow and Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute, will present the morning keynote. He has held several prominent positions in the federal government, including serving as White House Counsel to the President of the United States, as well as General Counsel for the United States Department of Treasury, where he played a significant role in the development of proposals for the deregulation of the financial services industry. The Hon. Edward DeMarco will lead the afternoon keynote. He is President of the Housing Policy Council Financial Services Roundtable. He served as the acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) immediately following the crisis from 2009 to 2014, overseeing the conservatorship of the GSEs. “The Five Star Government Forum is an important event for our industry because it serves as a platform to foster and grow the collaborative working relationship between regulatory authorities and the industry stakeholders for the benefit of homeowners,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute. “We look forward to hosting Secretary Carson and many other leaders.”Above: Five Star President & CEO Ed Delgado on stage with HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson at the 2018 Five Star Government Forum. Via the Twitter feed of Charles Tassell. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img 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 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Share Save Fannie Mae FHFA Five Star Government Forum Freddie Mac FSGF Ginnie Mae Government GSE HUD Lenders mortgage Secretary Ben Carson 2018-04-02 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

The Hurdles Ahead for Real Estate Professionals

first_img 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. Previous: Artificial Intelligence, Real World Results Next: FHFA’s Final Rule on Uniform Mortgage-Backed Security Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe  Print This Post March 6, 2019 2,207 Views Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Affordability Homeownership HOUSING NAR real estate Technology virtual firms 2019-03-06 Radhika Ojha The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Real estate firms are optimistic about the industry’s future growth, despite challenges like competition from non-traditional market participants and virtual firms, according to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR’s) 2019 Profile of Real Estate Firms.The report, which is based on a survey of NAR’s Brokers of Record membership, looked at the demographics, composition, and characteristics of real estate firms from the perspective of executives and managers. The report noted that 57 percent of the firms surveyed expected their profitability from all real estate activities to increase in the next year. However, they also saw competition increasing during this period.While 44 percent of firms expected competition from virtual firms to increase next year, 43 percent believed that most of the competition would come from non-traditional market participants. Keeping up with technology and housing affordability were among the other challenges that real estate firms saw over the next two years.”It is clear that the real estate industry is rapidly changing, and with that comes growing competition in the market,” said Bob Goldberg, CEO, NAR. “NAR continues to stay ahead of the evolving trends in technology as we work with market disruptors to best serve our members and ensure they have the resources needed to be successful.”Looking at affordability concerns specifically, 58 percent of firms were concerned with millennials’ ability to buy a home, 46 percent with millennials’ view of homeownership, and 26 percent with Baby Boomers retiring as real estate professionals.”Real estate firms continue to look optimistically toward the future, with a majority expecting profits to increase in the next two years,” said John Smaby, President, NAR. “These trends are positive signs, particularly in our constantly evolving industry.”The report noted that over 80 percent of real estate firms had a single office, typically with two full-time real estate licensees, down from three licensees indicated in the previous report in 2017. Firms with only one office had a median brokerage sales volume of $4.2 million in 2018 (down from $4.3 million in 2016), while firms with four or more offices had a median brokerage sales volume of $100 million in 2018 (down from $235.0 million in 2016).Click here for the full report. Tagged with: Affordability Homeownership HOUSING NAR real estate Technology virtual firms Home / Daily Dose / The Hurdles Ahead for Real Estate Professionals Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily The Hurdles Ahead for Real Estate Professionalslast_img read more

Court Opinion ‘Important Win’ for Mortgage Servicing Industry

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Adam Diaz is the Litigation Partner at Diaz Anselmo Lindberg, P.A. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest peer rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability.Adam has concentrated his practice in the areas of mortgage foreclosure and real estate, bankruptcy, consumer protection actions and commercial litigation. He is admitted in all Federal Courts in Florida as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Adam Diaz is the Litigation Partner at Diaz Anselmo Lindberg, P.A. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest peer rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability.Adam has concentrated his practice in the areas of mortgage foreclosure and real estate, bankruptcy, consumer protection actions and commercial litigation. He is admitted in all Federal Courts in Florida as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Previous: FHFA To Disburse GSE Allocations to Housing Trust Fund Next: CaseMax Announces Promotion, New Website About Author: Adam A. Diaz The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago default Law Servicing 2020-02-27 Seth Welborn Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News February 27, 2020 1,006 Views Tagged with: default Law Servicing Home / Daily Dose / Court Opinion ‘Important Win’ for Mortgage Servicing Industry  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Court Opinion ‘Important Win’ for Mortgage Servicing Industry The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Diaz Anselmo Lindberg, P.A. (formerly SHD Legal Group, P.A.) celebrated a big win for their client last week when the Fourth DCA reversed a judgment of dismissal previously rendered in favor of the borrowers, Charles and Lesley Stevens (the Borrowers). Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB v. Stevens. The Fourth DCA concluded the lower court erred when it found the mortgagee, Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB (“Wilmington” or “the Bank”), failed to prove its standing at the time of trial despite the fact the court admitted the original blankly endorsed note into evidence at trial without objection.In Stevens, the Borrowers executed a note and mortgage in favor of Countrywide Bank, FSB (“Countrywide”) in 2008 and defaulted in 2011. Thereafter, FNMA obtained an interest in the note and its servicer, Green Tree Servicing LLC (Green Tree), initiated foreclosure proceedings on FNMA’s behalf in 2012. Sometime before that, Countrywide blankly endorsed the original note and Green Tree attached a copy of the blankly endorsed note to its complaint. The copy of the note attached to the complaint reflected two sets of hole punch marks at the top.Ostensibly, in preparation of moving for judgment Green Tree filed the original note with the clerk of court. The original note was identical to the copy attached to Green Tree’s complaint with a few exceptions. The original note filed with the clerk reflected only one set of hole punch marks and the loan numbers were redacted and an exhibit sticker affixed to the face of the note. The Borrowers answered the complaint and challenged Green Tree’s standing to foreclose.Green Tree successfully moved to substitute Wilmington as the party plaintiff without objection. In preparation of trial and to support its holder status, Wilmington moved to have the original note returned to it. The court never ruled on the motion, the note remained in the court file and the matter proceeded to trial. Charles Stevens (“Stevens”) testified at trial and identified his signature on the original note. The Fourth DCA noted: “Wilmington then proffered the note into evidence and Stevens did not object ‘as long as it stay[ed] in the court file and it [was] a part of the court file.” The court admitted the original blankly endorsed note into evidence. Wilmington also proffered “multiple documents [which] showed Green Tree [the original Plaintiff] was in possession of the original note before the complaint was filed.”At the close of trial, the Borrowers argued Green Tree did not have standing at the inception of the case. They surmised the presumption that Green Tree possessed the original endorsed note and was a holder when it filed suit did not apply because of the differences (an exhibit sticker and redacted loan numbers) between the copy of the note attached to the complaint and the original surrendered to the court. The lower court found even without the presumption Plaintiff’s documentary evidence demonstrated Green Tree had possession of the original endorsed note prior to initiating the lawsuit and therefore Green Tree had standing at the inception of the case.The Borrowers also argued Wilmington “could not claim holder status [at the time of trial] because the note remained in the court file…” and was not returned to Wilmington after it became the party plaintiff. The lower court agreed with the Borrowers on this point, finding Wilmington failed to prove it had standing at the time of trial and entered an order involuntarily dismissing the case. Wilmington appealed.On appeal, the Borrowers argued for the first time that the differing hole punches in the note constituted a substantial alternation to the note. The Fourth DCA noted Stevens failed to raise this argument below and failed to explain how any of the alternations he identified, “the sticker, the redactions, or the additional set of hole marks,” were “substantial alternations” or “showed that Green Tree lacked possession of the note at the inception of the case.” The Fourth DCA concluded the lower court properly found Green Tree (and Wilmington by virtue of substitution) established its standing at the inception of the case through its documentary evidence and the fact Green Tree attached the endorsed note to its complaint.As to standing, at the time of trial the Fourth DCA disagreed with the Borrowers’ argument and the lower court’s conclusion that the fact the note remained in the court file at trial prevented Wilmington from establishing its holder status at the time of trial. The court explained even though Wilmington never obtained a ruling on its motion to return originals, Stevens failed to object when “Wilmington obtained the original [endorsed in blank] note from the court file and proffered it into evidence” at trial. The court concluded the fact “the note from the file was entered into evidence at the bench trial” was “sufficient to establish standing at trial.” The court reversed the judgment of dismissal and remanded the matter for entry of judgment in Wilmington’s favor.The Stevens opinion is an important win for the industry as it reverses a dangerous precedent among the lower courts based on a misapprehension of negotiable instruments and holder status. Possession of a note endorsed in blank is sufficient to confer holder status and standing, absent conflicting evidence. The decision also provides helpful guidance on the proper procedure for establishing holder status as a substituted party prior to moving for summary judgment or going to trial. Subscribelast_img read more

New penalty point measures introduced for L Drivers and those caught texting

first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH News By News Highland – December 11, 2012 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published New penalty point measures introduced for L Drivers and those caught texting LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+center_img NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly WhatsApp You’ll now get penalty points for driving while texting…It’s one of the new measures contained in the new Road Traffic Bill that’s been signed off by the Cabinet.The Bill will see an increase in the number of penalty points you’ll get for speeding, not wearing a seat belt and using your mobile phones.Learner drivers aren’t immune either, they face getting points for not displaying their L plates and for driving unaccompanied. Pinterest Google+ Previous article7 in Donegal make settlements with Revenue worth 800 thousand euroNext articleSwilly Group announces 10 new jobs News Highland Pinterest Facebook Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

Government accused of pursuing vindictive campaign against Fahan Marina

first_imgNews Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Government accused of pursuing vindictive campaign against Fahan Marina By News Highland – August 10, 2012 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Donegal North East Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn has accused government officials of pursuing a vindictive campaign against the Lough Swilly Marina in Fahan.In a letter to Minister Simon Coveney, he says far from supporting the only successful marina in North Donegal, officials are trying to block its development.Deputy Mac Lochlainn says the government decision to appeal a High Court ruling in favour of the Fahan marina will continue to block management there from accessing EU funds, and he is asking Minister Coveney to outline how this serves the public interest………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/pmacl830.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+center_img WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleCalls on owners of old Adria factory in Strabane to secure sightNext articleTwo Derry men charged with abusing and insulting tourists News Highland Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly WhatsApp Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Cllr Larkin doesn’t believe safety barrier will be erected between roundabouts

first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter Previous articleMan who raped grandaughters fails in appeal against his 15 year sentenceNext articleTeenager appears in Court in Derry on sexual offences charges News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Letterkenny Councillor Dessie Larkin says he doesn’t believe the executive of Donegal Council will now proceed with proposed works on the outskirts of Letterkenny, even though they would be within their rights to do so.In 2006, the council cleared the works which would have involved erecting a barrier between the Dry Arch  and Polestar roundabouts, but money wasn’t available.Money became available this year, but local businesses objected, saying the barrier would jeopardise their futures. The Donegal Road Design Office proposed a compromise that right turns would be allowed on to Cullion Road, but the majority of Electoral Area members opposed that yesterday.Cllr Dessie Larkin says he favours the work going ahead, but doesn’t believe the manager will proceed…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/dessi830.mp3[/podcast] LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton center_img Pinterest News Cllr Larkin doesn’t believe safety barrier will be erected between roundabouts Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson By News Highland – November 8, 2011 Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

Talks recommence between unions and HSE

first_img By News Highland – August 13, 2010 Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Facebook Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Unions are back in talks later today with HSE management at the Labour Relations Commission over the ongoing row regarding threats to over 1000 jobs of fixed term workers in the West of Ireland.It is feared up to one hundred jobs could go at Letterkenny General.Following an adjournment of the talks last week unions expressed their dissapointment after HSE management was reluctant to disclose specific details on the extent of deficits and the nature of the proposed cuts.IMPACT’s Richie Curruthers is hopeful the HSE will provide further information today…….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/ricky.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Google+center_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newsx Adverts Google+ Previous articleUp to 100 jobs lost as Buncrana call centre closesNext articleMan charged with Strand Road bombing in Derry News Highland Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Talks recommence between unions and HSE Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more