Indigenous Affairs Ministry eyes 4-year extension to Amerindian Land Titling Project

first_imgThe Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry is seeking a second extension to the Amerindian Land Titling Project which will come to an end on December 31.Subject Minister, Sydney Allicock says the extension will ensure communities that were not demarcated and subsequently titled, would be given an opportunity to be the legal owners of their traditional lands.“Meetings continue with the hope that we can have that extension with no additional cost to the programme. We just hope that with support, we will be able to convince with our justification for the extension but for how many years we won’t be able to say but we would love to have a five-year extension because it is very crucial for doing the work for realising of land titling to our IndigenousIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicockcommunities”, Minister Allicock assured.The Minister related that demarcation is critical to development and for further improvements planned for the Indigenous communities.“This will be something that will help us or make it easier for our people to have their village improvement plans in place, we intend to have better technology in allowing our communities to address land management because we need to look at where we have areas that we could have remain in its pristine if we can have that, that will be a big plus for us”.Addressing some of the challenges faced, Minister Allicock said “we have learnt from it, and it was almost impossible for us to complete 68 communities (their demarcation) within three years because of the topography of the areas and different landscapes some are easier than some. We have seen the mistakes that could be made if you try to rush. Those are the realities of life and we also have to continue talking to the people, educate one another and hopefully we will be ableAn aerial view of vast landto proceed in a better way”.The Amerindian Land Titling Project which commenced in 2013 sought to enable the Indigenous peoples secure their lands and natural resources with a view towards sustainable social and economic development.It is expected that titling and demarcation will strengthen land tenure security and the expansion of the asset base of Amerindians, thus enabling improved long-term planning for their future development.Sixty-eight Indigenous villages were targeted (land titling/demarcation and extensions) across the hinterland with 20 demarcations and 18 titles completed in villages to date.last_img read more

Ballybofey man ‘incapable’ of complying with bail orders is remanded

first_imgA Ballybofey man has been remanded in custody at Castlerea Prison to appear by video link at Letterkenny District Court after being rendered ‘incapable’ of complying with bail conditions.Darius McAteer was arrested on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 for offences contrary to sections 6 and 8 of the public order act. The accused was conveyed to Letterkenny Garda Station and made no reply when cautioned and charged. McAteer is subject to a curfew between 8pm and 8am.Garda Keon said McAteer stood accused of a ‘large number of alleged offences’  and that McAteer had broken the curfew on Tuesday, April 3, and Wednesday, April 4.Inspector Barry Doyle said he was objecting to bail.“He has no regards for the conditions that were set out,” Inspector Doyle said.The court heard that on Wednesday, April 4, McAteer intervened and ‘was obstructive’ while the driver of a car in which he was traveling was being arrested for road traffic offences.Under conditions of bail, McAteer is to remain sober.“He had consumed drink but at that time he was not intoxicated,” the Garda said. “He was directed to leave on a number of occasions.”McAteer was arrested at 8.06pm.Defending solicitor Frank Dorrian said that McAteer was unable to arrive home before his curfew as his transport was ‘lo longer available to him’.Mr Dorrian said: “He openly makes the case that the inability to get home was not of his own doing. He could make it home in ten minutes, but that is impossible on foot. The car was at a service station ten minutes before the curfew began.”On Tuesday, April 3, Sergeant Lynch said he responded to a call about a vehicle parked at the rear of the Millbrae Surgery in Stranorlar.“It was indicated that a number of persons were in the car, that cans of alcohol were thrown from the vehicle and that people got out an urinated in the car park,” Sergeant Lynch said, adding that he found McAteer to be intoxicated.Later that night, at 9.15pm, Sergeant Lynch responded to reports of three people drinking in a stairwell at the Navenny Car Park in Ballybofey and found the same three persons.“Mr McAteer was intoxicated and was the worse for wear and there was an amount of drink present,” Sergeant Lynch said.Sergeant Lynch said McAteer had ‘quite a catalogue’, something he had ‘never seen for a man of his age’.“There is something unusual going on here,” Mr Dorrian added. “My client has been under the care of the mental health service since he was 9. Since he has turned 18, he has effectively been jettisoned. He was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD and alcohol is a new arrival on the scene. He is living in a very derelict fashion.”Judge Paul Kelly refused bail and remanded McAteer to Castlerea Prison to appear via video link on Monday. Judge Kelly directed medical assessment on the matter.Ballybofey man ‘incapable’ of complying with bail orders is remanded was last modified: April 9th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:BallybofeyCastlereaDarius McAteerJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtSergeant Lynchlast_img read more