Government Chief Whip and Fine Gael TD for Donegal Joe McHugh was in Ballyshannon last evening to unveil a plaque and ceremony commemorating the naming of a road in honour of the late Donegal entrepreneur and one time TD, James (Jim) White.

Jim, one of the most popular hoteliers in the North West was a household name in Donegal, who grew up in Ballyshannon and had two thriving businesses in the county, the Abbey Hotel and the Central Hotel in Donegal Town. Later, the Nesbitt Arms Hotel in Ardara became part of an expanded hotel chain, that he headed with locations in a number of parts of the country.

The road connects the main Erne roundabout in the town, heading towards the popular seaside resort of Rossnowlagh, the R231.

Among those present were family, including his son Marcus, friends and colleagues who built up a huge loyalty to a man, that was greatly respected for his business acumen, political astuteness and humanitarian approach to all the people he met over his lifetime.

The Minister said: "It was honour to be asked to take part in the naming ceremony in memory of Jim White, a well-respected public representative, hotelier and businessman.

"It's a fitting tribute to Jim and his family and associates. And it was a testament to the high regard people still have for him to this day that so many people turned out for the occasion.

"Jim would have travelled around this part of the world on a daily basis and lasting memorials like this will give people pause to think of what he did for the community, bringing jobs and visitors to the region and his understated dedication to fundraising and supporting organisations throughout Donegal and the North-West.”

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."

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