• Danny Kennedy Warns On Possible NI Water Industrial Action Over Christmas

    Are you using paper plates for your Christmas dinner this year? It is uncertain yet,  but employees of NI Water may be on strike over the Christmas period affecting some areas in Northern Ireland. The public are being warned that there could be problems with water supply and water quality…

    Read More: Danny Kennedy Warns On Possible NI Water Industrial Action Over Christmas Friday, December 19th, 2014

    EU Fisheries Summit Offers Fishermen a Mixed Bag For 2015

    At the Brussels EU Fisheries Summit this week on 15-16 December 2014, the Council reached agreement on the 2015 fishing opportunities for certain fish and shellfish stocks in EU and non-EU waters for 2015. Local Northern Ireland fishing chief Dick james has commented on the results as a “mixed bag…

    Read More: EU Fisheries Summit Offers Fishermen a Mixed Bag For 2015 Friday, December 19th, 2014

    Strangford Lough And Lecale Partnership May Be Casualty Of The Cuts

    As the screw turns and budgets are being cut across the board in an effort to balance the books in the NI Assembly, the  Strangford Lough and Lecale PArtnership is fearful that it may be a victim of the funancial cuts that will undoubtably take place. In a response from…

    Read More: Strangford Lough And Lecale Partnership May Be Casualty Of The Cuts Friday, December 19th, 2014

    You’d Better Watch Out, You’d Better Watch Out, The NIHE Is Going To Town

    It may be a time of seasonal good will and Christmas cheer, but government departments have increasingly got to balance the books. As austerity measures cut deep across all departments, the need for tight housekeeping has forced the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to tighten its belt. And as a result,…

    Read More: You’d Better Watch Out, You’d Better Watch Out, The NIHE Is Going To Town Thursday, December 18th, 2014

    Devlin Leads Delegation To Ulster Bank Over Newcastle Branch Closure

    Newcastle area SDLP Councillor Laura Devlin has along with the Chairman of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Eric Ruddle and a Down District Council official, met with senior representatives of Ulster Bank to discuss the proposed closure of the town’s branch. Cllr Devlin said: “At this meeting I highlighted the…

    Read More: Devlin Leads Delegation To Ulster Bank Over Newcastle Branch Closure Thursday, December 18th, 2014

    Hinch Firsts Beat Malone In First Trust Senior Cup

    Ballynahinch 17  Malone  10 First Trust Senior Cup At Ravenhill. Ballynahinch fought back from ten points down to beat Malone 17-10 in the First Trust Bank Senior Cup Final at a rain-sodden Kingspan Stadium on Wednesday evening. Tries from Stephen McAuley, First Trust Man of the Match Michael Graham and…

    Read More: Hinch Firsts Beat Malone In First Trust Senior Cup Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

    Charities Must Ensure They Are Complying With The Law Warns Regulator

    Yesterday Tuesday 16 December was the last day to register your charity with the Charities Commision for Northern Ireland if it has as yet not been registered following a call from the regulator. It is a legal requirement for charities in Northern Ireland to apply to register with the Charities…

    Read More: Charities Must Ensure They Are Complying With The Law Warns Regulator Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

  • Hazzard Calls For Safety Improvements In Drumaness

    Hazzard Seeks Bridge Safety Assessment in Drumaness  Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has asked Road Service officials to urgently carry out a risk assessment on a bridge in Drumaness. Speaking from the scene, the South Down MLA said it “should be a priority that this work is carried out as…

    Read More: Hazzard Calls For Safety Improvements In Drumaness Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

    New Name Signifies A New Beginning For Local Council

    At a Special Council meeting of North Down and Ards District Council on Monday 15 December, Councillors voted in favour of changing the Council’s name to ‘East Coast Borough Council‘. The Shadow Council was given the name “North Down and Ards District Council” by the Department of Environment (DoE) as…

    Read More: New Name Signifies A New Beginning For Local Council Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

    Love Irish Crafts In Downpatrick Launches New Ceramic Range

    Downpatrick business Love Irish Crafts located in St Patrick Square has created an exciting new range of ceramic products aimed at both domestic and export markets. Owner Stephen Hanna was joined by Margaret Ritchie MP and Councillor Billy Walker,  Chairman of Down District Council, who unveiled the first new products…

    Read More: Love Irish Crafts In Downpatrick Launches New Ceramic Range Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

    Newcastle Firefighters Receive Top Accolade For Bravery

    Local Firefighters based at Newcastle Fire Station received prestigious citations from the Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dale Ashford in recognition of their outstanding work in a dramatic rescue of a 19-year old man who had fallen over 30-feet onto rocks near the Bloody Bridge car park on the outskirts of…

    Read More: Newcastle Firefighters Receive Top Accolade For Bravery Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

    Ard’s Mayor’s Christmas Message For 2014

    The Mayor of Ards, Councillor Philip Smyth, has issued his Christmas message as we are now only ten days away from Christmas day. Every year it seems that the Christmas decorations and shop displays start earlier and earlier but Christmas still creeps up on us with last minute preparations taking…

    Read More: Ard’s Mayor’s Christmas Message For 2014 Monday, December 15th, 2014

    Targeted Care Is Essential To Reduce Hospital Pressures Says Wells

    As the row over hospital services runbles on and health campaigners are calling for the Health Minister to address key service issues at the Downe Hospital in Downpatrick, Health Minister Jim Wells has highlighted further developments for the Ulster Hospital. He said: “Avoiding unnecessary admissions, streaming patients into categories and…

    Read More: Targeted Care Is Essential To Reduce Hospital Pressures Says Wells Friday, December 12th, 2014

    Housing Executive Keen To Identify Arsonist Of McLaughlin Building In Downpatrick

    Further to the recent arson incident at McLaughlin House on the Saul Road in Downpatrick, the NI Housing Executive are keen to curb anti-social behaviour. The Housing Executive is concerned at the latest incident at McLaughlin House, Downpatrick. Earlier this year the organisation carried out a £15k refurbishment of McLaughlin House…

    Read More: Housing Executive Keen To Identify Arsonist Of McLaughlin Building In Downpatrick Friday, December 12th, 2014

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