Monthly Archives: October 2013

Sinn Féin To Host District Business Info Session in Downpatrick

SINN Féin are to roll out a business information session in coming weeks to assist local companies with getting onto government procurement lists. Chris Hazzard MLA who is hosting the event said: “This event session will give local SME’s the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector…

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Ballynahinch Pip Drumaness In Local Derby

NAFL Division 1A First Round Coca Cola Intermediate Cup Ballynahinch United  2  Drumaness Mills  1 United entertained their near neighbours Drumaness Mills in this first Round Cocoa Cola Intermediate Cup tie at the Millbridge last Saturday writes Gilbert Cromie. The weather twenty four hours before had been horrendous and when…

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O’Neill Highlights Success Of The Rural Development Programme

Farming and rural communities have availed of more than £374million in support from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s current EU funded Rural Development Programme (RDP). Addressing delegates at the Rural Development Council’s ‘Making a Difference’ rural stakeholder event in Cookstown, Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill said the Programme…

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Grainne Duffy makes Welcome Return To Down Arts Centre

GRAINNE Duffy, the ‘Irish blues singer with a strong pop-soul sensibility’ (The Independent), will make a welcome return to entertain audiences at Down Arts Centre on Friday 8 November at 8pm. In the last year Grainne Duffy has released her new album, Test of Time, to a wonderful reception from the press and…

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Protect Your Single Farm Payment Entitlements Says O’Neill

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill, today reminded farmers of the rule governing the activation of Single Farm Payment (SFP) entitlements. Every farmer has to have an entitlement for each hectare of eligible land on which they wish to claim SFP. The EU regulations require farmers to activate each…

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Ballyhornan Racing Circuit Public Meeting On Thursday 7 November

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UKIP Representative Alan Lewis challenges Council Bilingual Policy

UNITED Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)  Down District representative Alan Lewis has written to the Equality Commission asking them to review the bilingual policy of Down District Council saying all decisions should be deferred and brought before the new elected council in 2014 following the merger with Newry and Mourne Council and…

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Newcastle Man Bill Thomson Calls For Dogs For Cancer Research

Cancer and Health Protection Dogs are looking for dogs between the ages of 1-4 years old to take part in medical detection trials that could lead to a human life being saved. The trials are perfectly safe for the dogs.  So if you have a dog with a good nose…

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Hazzard Welcomes Historic Opportunity For US Immigration Reform

SOUTH Down MLA Chris Hazzard (Sinn Féin) has stated on his return from Washington DC that the potential for realistic immigration reform legislation that would facilitate the majority of the ‘undocumented’ Irish citizens  is real and possible if the political will that exists is encouraged and nurtured. He added: “A window…

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Sinn Féin Critical Of Graffiti in Downpatrick

SINN Féin Councillor Éamonn Mac Con Midhe has said that those campaigning for the release of Martin Corey are only damaging the campaign by resorting to daubing graffiti on community facilities. Councillor Mac Con Midhe said: “Sinn Féin has called on several occasions for the release of Martin Corey and will continue…

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Latest Information On Returned Forms To Electoral Office

ELECTORAL OFFICE RELEASE LATEST FIGURES ON RETURN OF CANVASS FORMS – OVER ONE MILLION FORMS HAVE NOW BEEN RETURNED The Electoral Office today released the latest figures showing the number of forms returned so far in connection with this year’s electoral canvass. As of 24 October, 1,006,441 forms, representing 71.59%…

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Reading Between the Lines – Row Over Irish Language On Council Stationary

It wasn’t an argument over a sheet of paper but literally may be deemed so. At the full meeting of Down District Council on Monday evening (28 October), Unionist Councillors expressed their serious apprehensions about being asked to use Council headed letter-headed paper with a bilingual logos including the Irish…

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Fewer People Driving The Morning After Following Night Out

THE Northern Ireland Road Safety Monitor 2013 has been published today. The report reveals that the proportion of drivers who would drive the morning after consuming a considerable amount of alcohol the night before, has fallen over the year from 30% to less than a quarter (23%). It also reports…

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PCSP Launch ICE (In Case Of Emergency) Initiative

DOWN Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) along with the Newcastle neighbourhood policing team have come together to launch a community safety initiative called ICE (In Case of Emergency). ICE aims to encourage members of the public to keep their emergency contact details close at hand. Newcastle PSNI Sargent James McIlveen…

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Council Urges Public to Clean Up After Their Dogs

DOG owners in the District are being urged by Down District Council and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) to be responsible and clean up dog poo  from their pets and use the public litter bins appropriately. In addition, members of the public are encouraged to fight back against…

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