Monthly Archives: June 2013

Supporting Communities Remains Top of Down PCSP Agenda

Over £40,000 of funding has been allocated as supporting local communities remains top of the Down PCSP agenda Members of Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) agreed to provide over £40,000 to roll out a number of local projects to tackle anti-social behaviour and fear of crime across the…

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Down District Jobs Brochure Launched At Stormont

Down District Council launched its brochure ‘Down to Business for the Public Sector,’ which sets out the benefits of locating public sector jobs in Down District. The brochure, launched at the Parliament Building at Stormont by Down District Council Chairman Councillor Maria McCarthy and the Council’s Public Sector Jobs Task…

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Offshore Wind Farm Community Stakeholder Panel Holds Second Meeting

THE second meeting of the Community Stakeholder Panel which has been drawn up to hold First Flight Wind to account and advise on its consultation process, was held on Thursday 20 June in the Down County Museum in Downpatrick. At the second Stakeholder Panel meeting, the Panel was asked to…

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Call for Down District Inward Investment Gathers Pace

South Down MLA’s have backed action for more investment into Down District Following a Stormont debate of the decades of under-investment and economic malaise in Down District, Chris Hazzard Sinn Féin MLA has this week called for a reinvigorated approach to rebuilding the local economy in the area. Having secured…

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From Belfast to Broadway – Highlight of Lyric’s New Season Goes Trans-Atlantic

THE Lyric can announce its acclaimed comedy drama Brendan At The Chelsea will tour to New York before returning for a limited run in Belfast where it will form the highlight of the theatre’s new season. It is fitting that this witty biodrama about the notorious Irish writer, Brendan Behan and starring…

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Police Appeal Over Ballynahinch Assaults

Police are applealing after two assault incidents in Ballynahinch. At this stage we do not believe the two are linked. Detectives are appealing for information after a serious assault in the Windmill Street area of Ballynahinch during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 29 June. It was reported that at…

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PHA Issue Drug Advice to People in County Down

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using its early warning system to raise awareness of the risks of drug misuse in light of recent reports and local concerns regarding incidents which may be related to drug misuse. Owen O’Neill, Health Improvement and Social Wellbeing Manager with the PHA said: “You…

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Burren Meadow Action Plan Being Rolled Out by Down PCSP

The Down Policing and Community Partnership  are to roll out an action plan in Burren Meadow to address growing community safety concerns. Newcastle area Councillor Willie Clarke, Chairperson of Down PCSP, has welcomed the decision of the PCSP to introduce an action plan in Burren Meadow, and said: “In May…

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Saintfield Horse Show Galloping Closer to Big Day

Joan Cunningham, organiser of Saintfield Horse Show on Saturday 17 August at Tyrella House Downpatrick is delighted to announce that Northern Ireland’s leading construction company Mivan is once again the Major Sponsor of this years Horse Show. Mivan who have an ongoing luxury Housing Development in Ardnavalley in Comber are known throughout the world for their excellence…

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Popular Comedy Kick Starts the Summer Season in Newcastle

A fun packed summer of entertainment kicks of the the hilarious comedy Relatively Speaking in the Newcastle Centre on Friday  and Saturday 5-6 July at 8pm. After a long ‘rest’ local amateur dramatic society, Downpatrick Steam Packet Company, once more treads the boards with their take on an Alan Ayckbourn classic, Relatively Speaking. Previous productions by the group…

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Ulster Bank Fundraise for NICFC

Ulster Bank Downpatrick recently counted the pounds and pennies for Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC) who are currently building a new respite centre for families called Daisy Lodge in Newcastle. Staff members took part in a flurry of fundraising activity for the charity as part of Ulster Bank’s…

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Down PCSP Chairman Welcomed In By Outgoing Officers

Pictured at Down District Council offices at the Downshire Civic Forum in Downpatrick are outgoing Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Chair and Vice Chair Councillor Carmel O’Boyle and Audrey Byrne congratulating Councillor Willie Clarke on his election as new PCSP Chair. Councillor Clarke said: “I am honoured to be…

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Ritchie Opposes Clamping Companies at Westminster Debate

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has held a debate in the House of Commons calling for the UK government to introduce proper regulation to the operation of private car parking companies. Speaking from Westminster Ms Ritchie said:  “I have been made aware of the very serious problem of dubious and…

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Portaferry RNLI Aids Eight Yachters in Strangford Lough

Portaferry RNLI was launched this evening (Wednesday 26 June) to the aid of eight people on board a nine metre sailing yacht that had run aground. Weather at the time was good, partly cloudy, with good visibility and light winds. In a quick callout response, the volunteer lifeboat crew launched…

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Finance Minister Announces Northern Ireland Outcome of UK Spending Round

Finance Minister Sammy Wilson has welcomed the key role that capital infrastructure has on stimulating economic growth and that this has been reflected in the Chancellor’s 2015-16 financial allocations to the Northern Ireland Executive. The Minister was speaking following the Chancellor’s 2015-16 UK Spending Round announcement. Sammy Wilson said: “Today’s outcome is…

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