Monthly Archives: January 2014

Ards DUP Group Leader Says Strormont Funding Is Needed For Exploris Survival

ARDS Borough Council has agreed to extend the stay of execution of a decision to close Exploris for one more month to allow the Northern Ireland Executive time to consider a business case and plan commissioned by the Council. The implementation of a new operating model will depend on what,…

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Ulster Beekeepers Conference Planned For 7-8 March

Ulster Beekeepers’ Association is expecting a record attendance at its seventieth Annual Conference on 7-8 March this year. Ulster Beekeepers’ Association (UBKA), which represents 12 local Beekeeping Associations in Northern Ireland, is expecting a record attendance this year at its annual event at Greenmount College at Antrim. This is the seventieth Conference in a…

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Close Sellafield Call From Ritchie Following Another Radioactive Leak

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has gaon called for the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria on the West coast of Britain to be fully decommissioned and closed after the latest in a long line of safety breaches at the nuclear base. Sellafield is currently being operated at reduced manning levels following…

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Trust Moves To Minimise Impact On Patients Following ED Cuts To Hours

Following recent changes involving the weekend closure of Emergency Departments at the Lagan Valley and Downe Hospitals due to medical staffing issues, the Minister requested that the South Eastern HSC Trust and the Health and Social Care Board take action to minimise the impact of these changes on the local…

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Health Campaigners Walk Out At South Eastern HSC Trust Meeting

HEALTH campaigners in Down District continue to exert pressure on the South Eastern HSC Trust’s management to reverse the recent decision to close the Downe A&E at weekends and evening after 8pm, the campaign shifted to the Trust’s monthly public board meeting help in Bangor on Wednesday 29 January. The…

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Doran Condemns Attempted Burglary In Kilkeel

NEWRY and Mourne Councillor Sean Doran (Sinn Féin) has asked for the community of the Mournes to remain vigilant following another attempted robbery in the area. Cllr Doran said: “In the early hours of Tuesday morning thieves were disturbed as they attempted to burgle a garage on the Newry Road in Kilkeel. This…

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CCTV Initiative Launched In Killyleagh

Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Maria McCarthy attended the CCTV launch in Killyleagh and said: “Arguably, CCTV is one of the most powerful tools to be developed during recent years to assist with efforts to combat crime and disorder whilst enhancing community safety. “This joint CCTV initiative is aimed at…

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Foster Says Renewables Key Element Of Energy Mix

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has reinforced the message that Northern Ireland has much to gain from a robust and cost effective renewable energy sector. Speaking at the Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group (NIRIG) annual conference in Belfast today, the Minister said: “Renewables are key to a low carbon…

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RNLI Recues 83 People in 2013 Off Down Coast

RNLI Lifeboats continue dto save lives in 2013. The latest figures released for the year indicate Kilkeel and Newcastle stations had a total of 32 launches and rescued 15 people.  In addition to these figures the RNLI Lifeguard area for Newry and Mourne aided 41 people while County Down helped…

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Andrews Attends Holocaust Day Event In Belfast

ROWALLENE Councillor Terry Andrews attended the recent Holocaust Commemoration Day Ceremonies at Belfast City Hall on behalf of Down District Council. Speaking after the event: “I was very privileged to have represented the Council at the Commemoration Service which was an act of remembrance for victims of Nazi persecution in…

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St Patrick’s Day Parade Theme This Year Is World Music And Dance

THE St Patrick’s Day Cross Community Carnival Parade in Downpatrick is all set once again to woo the huge crowds as the highlight of  the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The theme for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Cross Community Carnival Parade is ‘World Music & Dance’. The parade will…

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Come See Troubled Batchelors In Dundrum

Don’t Miss Troubled Batchelors In Dundrum This Week

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Police Appeal After Two Serious Incidents In Downpatrick And Ballynahinch

Detectives at Downpatrick are appealing for information after a 41-year old male received a serious leg injury in Scotch Street, Downpatrick. It is unclear how the male came by his injury, however, it is believed it may have occurred at around 1.30 am on Saturday 25 January 2014. Anyone who…

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Exploris Business Plan Agreed By Ards Council But Awaits Stormont Funding

ARDS Borough Council has agreed a business plan to keep the Exploris aquarium in Portaferry open, subject to confirmation of funding from the NI Executive. At its meeting this evening (Wednesday 29 January), the Council accepted a business plan, extended the stay on closure for a further month to allow the…

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Ardglass Play Park In Meadow To Be Revamped

A state-of-the-art replacement playpark is in the pipeline for the Meadow area of Ardglass. The Ardglass Resident’s Group which helped secure the finding, was set up in 2012. The group is made up of people who live locally and aims to improve the quality of lives of those living in…

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