Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

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A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

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The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

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Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Oregon

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A cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations, the new festival on the Oregon coast features Celtic music, dance, food, drink, crafts, vendors, kids events, family histories and Highland Games. Read More...

World's largest tidal power project

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The world's largest tidal stream energy array will be built in the Sound of Islay on Scotland's west coast. Read More...

Wales' new devolution settlement

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Following the 'Yes' victory in the 3 March 2011 Referendum, Wales will now be able to pass its own laws in twenty policy fields. Read More...

The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has an unparalleled display of polygonal columns of basalt rock resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Read More...

Scottish Labour breach donation rules

Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander is coming under increasing pressure to resign following revelations that her campaign to become party leader was partly funded by an illegal donation.

Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander is coming under increasing pressure to resign following revelations that her campaign to become party leader was partly funded by an illegal donation.

Paul Green, a Jersey resident, donated £950 to Wendy Alexander’s leadership campaign despite being debarred from making donations due to his place of residency. Any contribution made by a non-UK resident breaks the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

All donations made to the leadership campaign were below the £1000 threshold, beyond which donors must be publicly registered.

Charles Gordon MSP, who headed Wendy Alexander’s campaign, has already resigned from his post following his involvement in securing the donation. Mr Gordon had claimed that the donation from Mr Green had come via Combined Property Services, which would have been a permissible donation as the company is registered in Glasgow. Mr Gordon’s position became untenable following statements from both Mr Green and Combined Property Services denying that the company had any knowledge of the donation.

On resigning from his post, Mr Gordon stated that "I handed the donation on to the campaign team and conveyed to them that it was a donation under the auspices of Combined Property Services and that Mr Green had a controlling interest in the company…. unfortunately I was wrong in both these assumptions."

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