Monthly Archives: April 2011

McLaverty Comments On Longstone Drugs Find

SDLP Newry and Mourne Council candidate in the local government election, Theresa McLaverty,  has said she shares Longstone residents’ concerns following a drugs raid in the area on Thursday morning. Ms McLaverty said it was a quiet place and this development did not reflect the area as a whole. “The PSNI…

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Down Traders Support Stormont Parking Protest

South Down Traders Join In Stormont Protest TRADERS from across Northern Ireland made a protest at Stormont last Thursday (21st April) against the proposal to introduce on-street parking in 30 provincial towns across the North. The protest was co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland Retail Traders’ Association (NIRTA). Representatives from over…

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Clarke Explores Castlewellan Courtyard Ideas

SOUTH Down MLA Willie Clarke has met with Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew to explore ways of developing the courtyard area of Castlewellan Park. Sinn Féin Council and Assembly candidate Willie Clarke has described a meeting he attended this week with DARD Minister Michelle Gildernew and senior Forestry officials to exam…

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McCallister Brewing Up For 'Right Royal Tea Party

AS royal wedding fever grips the nation, the South Down Unionist Association is also planning a celebration with a “Right Royal Tea Party” on Friday 29th April. The party kicks off at the UUP constituency office 19 Causeway Road, Newcastle, from 1pm and is being hosted by South Down Assembly…

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Mourne Motorcycle Club May Day Motocross

THE Mourne Motorcycle Club will host their first motocross race of the year on Monday, May 2nd, when they hold round three of the Ulster Open Motocross Championship at clubman Norman Green’s Seaforde Motocross Park.

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Downpatrick Twinning Partnership Holds AGM

THE Downpatrick Twinning Partnership held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday (20th April) in the The Mill at Ballydugan.  Old and new members of the Twinning Partnership gathered to review the past year’s town twinning activities. The President of the Partnership, Mr John Noble gave an overview of the past…

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Profile: Mark McCormick – Green Party Candidate

DOWN NEWS will be running a series of profiles of the ‘new kids on the block’ who are fighting for places in the local government or Assembly elections. First up is Mark McCormick, a young Green Party member, who is bidding for a seat in the Ballynahinch area for Down…

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McCallister Calls For Education For All

SOUTH Down UUP Assembly candidate John McCallister said he remains committed to improving education for all. Mr McCallister, a member of the farming community and the deputy chief  of the UUP,  said he will continue to fight for improvements to be made, adding “despite the catastrophic educational stalemate created by…

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DUP Council Candidate Craig Visits New Clough Clinic

THE DUP Down District Council Ballynahinch area candidate Gareth Craig has welcomed the rapid progress being made in the construction of the new healthcare facility in Clough. During a recent visit to the facility Mr Craig met Oliver  Sloan, the Managing Director of Sloan Construction, who are building the new…

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Council Shortlisted In NITB Awards For Ferguson Festival

GOOD luck to all the hard working beavers at Down District Council who have toiled tirelessly to ensure that not only was the Harry Ferguson Festival of Flight a tremendous success but the Red Arrows will be back again this year to support another festival spectacular and entertaining huge crowds….

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Ballyvange Ladies Go Through The Mill In First Game

NIWFA Division 4. Ballyvange Ladies  3  Moneyslane Ladies  3

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O'Neill Says Parental Choice Must Have Precedence In Our Education System

SDLP South Down Assembly candidate Councillor Eamonn O’Neill has said parental choice must be put at the core of our education system. He said, “Given the state of our education system, it is clear that there needs to be more agreement in the planning of educational services within government. “Parental…

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SDLP Launch Election Manifesto

THE SDLP Leader, South Down MP Margaret Ritchie, has sent out a strong plea at the launch of the party’s election manifesto at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast saying, “We need to unite people and build prosperity”. Speaking at the launch of the party manifesto for the Assembly and Council…

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Trends In Children's Social Networking

A Pan-European study published this week shows that teenagers and children use social networks at a younger age, but many remain unaware of basic privacy risks or how to avoid them. According to the findings, 77% of 13-16 year olds and 38% of 9-12 year olds in the EU have…

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Baile Says Youth Vote Can Deliver Change In South Down

SINN Féin MLA candidate, Naomi Bailie, has called on young people to make their vote count in the upcoming Assembly and Council elections on May 5th. Miss Bailie said, “As a young person I understand the questions that my peers are asking when deciding which party to vote for on…

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