2 DONEGAL DEMOCRAT, Thursday, September 06 2012 www.donegaltoday.comNews l ??????????????? ??????????????????? P??Bertie Ahern, Jim McDaid and Ray MacSharry at the funeral mass of Pictured at the funeral of the late David Charlton are David’s wife, former Taniste Former Taoiseach Brian Cowan at funeral of the late David Charlton husband of former Taniste A piper to the endthe late David Charlton in St. Mary’s Church, Frosses on Tuesday. Photo Mary Coughlan being presented with the Irish Tricolour at funeral mass in St. Mary’s Mary Coughlan in Frosses on Tuesday. 0609TG36Thomas Gallagher 0609TG48 Church, Frosses, also pictured are their children Cathal and Meave. 0609TG39by Matt Britton ground to a standstill on Tues- ing with you today and will day morning as former Tao- continue to do so supporting isigh, senior Garda members, you in these sad times. cabinet members and politi- At the end of the moving cer- “If friends in time be severed, cians mingled with David’s emony David’s brother Pauricsomeday we’ll meet again. I’ll many friends from both Mayo addressed the packed churchreturn to leave you never, be and Donegal to say their final saying, “David was a man ofa piper to the end.” These farewells to both a true friend few words as was our late fa-were the words that saw David and a trusted colleague. ther and I will follow their ex-Charlton, the husband of the The tricolour draped remains amples.former Tanaiste commence his followed by a huge crowd were “You always knew where youfinal journey on Tuesday last. met by a guard of honour by stood with David - Mary was The words which were craft- his former colleagues in the the politician in the familyed by Mark Knopfler were Garda Siochana and in a short and with both them you knewplayed at the end of a fitting ceremony the national flag was where you stood. They said ittribute to a man that had bat- presented to his wife Mary and as it was and David was equal-tled courageously against his two children Cathal and ly well known and respectedsome of the problems that life Maeve by the Garda Commis- throughout the country..threw at him, many of which sioner, Martin Callinan. “In his life he faced adversityhe dealt with in a highly posi- but dealt with it with serenity, Both President Michael D focus and determination - thattive manner. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda was one of his one of his out- The small village of Frosses Kenny were represented by standing qualities and a legacy he has left with us all. “He simply took one day at a time.” Pauric added that football was one of his great loves with Conference & Leisure Centre a natural affiliation to Mayo. “He was so looking forward Donegal Town to a Mayo v Donegal final and Entertainment was quite confident that that was the way it was going to ma- Tonight Thursday, 6th - “Candlelight with the Stars” “Irelands terialise. Biggest Dinner Show”. Still some tickets available. “Fr. John remarked that ‘he was sure that David had a good Fri, 7th - Big Sing a long of your old favourites by “John Hoe seat - I actually believe that he McBrearty” was Mayo’s 16th. man!” Sat, 8th - Big Country Night with “PK Sound” “When his time came near he asked me to promise that one Sun, 9th Sept - Big Sing a long with “Paddy Kelly” piece of music would be played Sun, 9th Sept - The Central Dance in the Ard na Mara with at the end of the ceremony “Edmond & James” which sums everything up -’A The funeral of the late David Charlton leaving St. Mary’s Church, Frosses as his wife, former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and their children Cathal and piper to the end’. I will leave it there and ask you to remem- Slice of Ireland Meave make their way to Cranny Road, Cemetery. 0609TG31 ber David in this song that he loved so much.” Next Tuesday “Irelands Biggest Irish Night” Col. Brendan McAndrew and ebrated the requiem Mass as- - at the start he found it very looking forward to the match David was laid to rest at the A Feast of Irish Ballads, Dance, Music, & Comedy Commdt. Mick Treacy respec- sisted by twelve other priests difficult and he struggled but on Sunday and I had intended nearby Cranny Cemetery the best imaginable. Show commences at 8:30pm. tively and amongst the mourn- spoke warmly of David who typical of the man that he was going over to watch it with him where a Garda Bugler played ers were former Taoisigh, Ber- was both a friend and a neigh- he overcame these challenges. but as we all know today that the Last Post and the sounds of Before the show why not treat yourself to our new tie Ahern, Brian Cowen and bour. “He found great comfort in was not to be. happy schoolchildren emanat- “Celtic Feast” Micheal Martin. Also in attend- “I have known David for A.A. so much so that he regard- “It was his dream final , one ed from the local school play- 3 course for only €12.50. Value at its Best! ance were Martin McGuinness many years - since the very ed his little AA book as his own that sparked many’s a good na- ground. A fitting send off to a MLA, former EC Commission- day I put foot in Frosses” he personal prayer book. tured bit of banter and I have devoted husband and father. News Flash from er Ray Mac Sharry and prac- tically all of the former Tan- said, “Twenty on e years ago he married his wife Mary in this “In dealing with his illness he taught me a lot. He had a great no doubt that David had prob- ably the best seat up above.” David is survived by his wife Mary, son Cathal and daugh- aiste’s Cabinet colleagues,TD’s very Church. He was a good belief in his higher power and Fr. McLoone continued, “ To ter Maeve, mother Sarah “Just Williams” and councillors from all parties as well as David’s many friend husband, a loving father and a trusted and fair member of the told me just recently that he was ‘ready to go’ saying that it his family I would say that to- day you might feel that you are Anne, sisters Sally and Mary and brothers Pauric, Paul and Patrons please note we have just launched who travelled from all parts of Gardai. was ‘in God’s hands’ all alone on your own road but Denis and a large extended a new and exciting A la Carte menu. the country. “Thirteen years ago he lost “I was with him just last God and your many friends are family. Now open 7 days a week Fr. John McLoone Who cel- a limb in a tragic car accident Thursday and he was really walking with you. He is walk- 4:30pm - 9:45pm Superb value with every dish. New Extended Sunday Lunch Menu & Kiddies Corner at The Central is a must. 4 Courses fully served to your table overlooking Donegal Bay. 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David Alcorn from Bur- tonport was paid more last year than any other Councillor from that a total of €3,000 was paid out in mileage claims for the event, which was held in Bun- Starring... Ulster, according to a report in clody in November 2011. Cllrs. Tuesday’s Irish Independent. John Ryan, Barry O’Neill, * Conal Gallen When it was revealed that he received €65,700 remuneration Mickey Doherty, Michael Mc- Bride and County Mayor Frank * Red Hurley in all, the Fianna Fáil coun- cillor said he had earned the McBrearty all attended ‘Train- ing Seminar for Councillors: * Foster & Allen money by working “very, very hard”. The Local Government Budget 2012’. * Fiddler Adam He pointed out that he is a full-time public representative Cllr. O’Neill said he hadn’t claimed any mileage while a * Riverdance Specactular and devotes himself entirely to those duties. As well as be- number of councillors said they hadn’t known about the * Kim Dickinson ing a councillor, he sits on four boards. event in Letterkenny. Cllr. Mickey Doherty told the Don- Cllr. Alcorn was paid €32,030 egal Democrat that the list of * May McFettridge for salary, allowances and ex- upcoming conferences is cir- penses in relation to Donegal culated to members at council * Brendan Shine County Council for 2011. For meetings and the Letterkenny his work as a member of the event hadn’t been on any of the and hosted by: board of Údarás na Gaeltachta Donegal Mayor Cllr. Frank McBrearty lists. However, he, like Cllrs. Mc- Eamonn Gillespie last year, he received payments totalling €16,250. He also you get paid for them. If you not have any other job.”I don’t Brearty and McBride, said the claimed €13,400 for attending don’t, you don’t. have any other career. There seminar in Wexford was one of The best production board meetings of the National Transport Authority in Dublin “I work very, very hard on a are other councillors that have the most beneficial he had ever attended. imaginable BOO and €4,020 in relation to his du- seven-days-a-week basis and, other interests or jobs or what- Cllr. Ryan said: “There are TODA K ties as chairman of the Irish along with that, I pay a lot of ever. I would be very much anomalies with the way people Y Central Border Area Network tax on the small remuneration involved in community affairs go about the country to go to we get as well, which doesn’t in my own area in west Don- Booking Tel: (ICBAN). He is also a mem- ber of the Co. Donegal VEC come into those figures.” egal and, if I had a business, I conferences. I think the sys- tem is fundamentally flawed.” He said it was “nearly impos- couldn’t do that.” + 353 (0) 74 9721027 but that organisation has not Fianna Fail councillor, David Alcorn who is one of the councillors who sible” to carry out all his duties Earleir in the week, a number The Independent also re- released figures in relation to vealed that no less than 112 The Diamond, Donegal Town. how much he was paid for this. can be nominated to the board of as a councillor and as a mem- ber of the other boards and of councillors stood over their decision to travel to a confer- councillors, including 15 from Cllr. Alcorn said his claims Údarás na Gaeltachta. 2108MNP04 Kerry, travelled to Glenties to email@example.com were for “standard mileage.” committees. He is only able to do it, and ence in Wexford when a similar event was being held in Let- attend the MacGill Summer tendance at all the meetings www.centralhoteldonegal.com He added: “I have 100pc at- and if you go to the meetings, more, he added, because does terkenny. The Indo reported School in 2011.