Monthly Archives: June 2011

Men's Health Event At Ballymote Centre A Success

The Down District Men’s Health Forum organised an event last Thursday evening (23rd June) in the new Ballymote Sports’ and Wellbeing Centre. It was a well attended with males of all ages joining the drive towards better health and wellbeing. There was a range of alternative health therapies available to try…

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Ruane Welcomes Human Rights Report

SINN Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has welcomed the report by the Human Rights Commission into creation of A Charter of Rights for the Island of Ireland. Ms Ruane said, “I welcome the decision from the Human Rights Commission to recommend the setting up of an all Ireland Charter of Rights….

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Travelling With Pets To Become Easier

Travelling abroad with pets will be easier and cheaper in future. The movement rules for bringing pets into Northern Ireland and the UK  in relation to rabies vaccination and tick treatment will harmonise with the rest of the European Union from 1st January, 2012.

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Kieran McCarthy Demands Clarity On Health Proposals

FOLLOWING media coverage of a leaked report into proposals for reform of the health service which could include 2,000 job losses, Alliance Health Spokesperson Kieran McCarthy MLA has called on the Health Minister Edwin Poots to provide clarity on plans. Mr McCarthy said, “We need urgent clarification from the Minister…

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Ritchie Backs Prawn Sector In Westminster Motion

SDLP Leader and South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called on the European Commission to recognize the importance of Nephrops to the Northern Ireland fishing industry. Ms Ritchie has placed an Early Day Motion at Westminster on the issue. She said, “The fishing industry makes a large scale contribution to…

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O’Neill Pledges Support For Local Fishermen

NI FISHERIES Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA has pledged to do all she can to support the sustainability and viability of the local fishing industry and the processors and communities dependant on it. Speaking during a visit to Kilkeel where she met local fishermen and representatives of the fishing industry, the…

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Rates… Non-Payments Cause Stir In Council Chamber

AT a special meeting at Down District Council yesterday (Tuesday 26th June), Councillors addressed issues around the non-payment of domestic and business rates. A Council official presented annual accounts to the chamber and explained that there was a deficit of £308,702 in domestic rates and £307,014 in non-domestic (business) rates…

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Rural Community Representatives Visit Down And Ards

MEMBERS of the Northern Ireland Rural Residents Forum recently visited community regeneration projects in the Down and Ards areas. The Rural Resident’s Forum is an advisory body set up by the Housing Executive to advise on rural matters. Its membership is drawn from across Northern Ireland. The study tour was…

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Ruane Condemns Police Ombudsman's Report

COMMENTING on the publication of the Police Ombudsman report into the UVF murder of six innocent people in Loughinisland, Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Down Caitriona Ruane also was very critical of the Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson adding he had failed to match the findings of his report with the…

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Bright GAC Notes

The committee, players and members of Breachtain CLG would like to send its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Billy Logue (Sen.) who sadly passed away recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

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District Policing Partnership End of Year Report

DEIRDE Bones, PSNI Area Commander for the Down District area, has described as “encouraging” the reduction in overall crime by 6.8% for the 2010/2011 year. This included a significant reduction in non-domestic violence with inury and the number of anti-social behaviour incidents. Speaking at the public meeting of the Down…

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Patrick Kielty Is On The Run

YES folks, Patrick Kielty, comedian extraordinaire, is definitely on the run… in the 2nd GR8 DUNDRUM RUN. Patrick Kielty was back on his home turf in Dundrum this week where he was lending his support to the 2nd GR8 DUNDRUM RUN launch. Patrick who acted as a compere for the…

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Ritchie Concerned Over Nuclear Station Proposals

SDLP Leader and South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has written to Environment Minister Alex Attwood asking if he has been consulted on proposals from the British Government to construct new nuclear power stations. Ms Ritchie has regularly advocated the downsizing of the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria and said the…

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Castlereagh Traffic Branch To Go Says Shannon

JIM Shannon, DUP MP for Strangford, has called for an urgent recommendation of the closure of Castlereagh Traffic Branch and the integration of its officers within the Armed Response Unit.

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Young Anglers Are Hooked On Carrickmannon

THERE has been a notable increase in the number of young anglers at the fishery with many new to the sport of fishing. These young anglers usually start with bait angling and then progress to the fly, there has also been a high percentage of girls who have proved very…

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