Monthly Archives: February 2014

Support Package For Fishermen Receives Executive Approval

The NI Executive today (28 February 2014) gave approval to a support package, worth between £400,000 and £500,000, for fishermen who have been challenged financially due to the exceptionally poor weather this winter. Speaking after today’s Executive meeting, NI Fisheries Minister O’Neill said: “The hardship that fishermen and their families have…

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McCallister Backs Dementia Friendly Communities Programme

NI21 MLA for South Down John McCallister has pledged his support for the dementia friendly communities programme which focuses on improving the inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia. Mr McCallister has praised Alzheimer’s Society’s five year strategy which includes a key ambition to work with people affected by dementia and…

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Saul Playwright Brings Stage Premiere To Down Arts Centre

Down Arts Centre is delighted to announce that local writer Donal O’Hagan will bring his new play, The Kitchen, the Bedroom and the Grave to DAC on Friday 7 March at 8pm.  Produced by Accidental Theatre, The Kitchen, the Bedroom and the Grave comes to DAC following a run at…

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Ards Council Says Executive Has One Month To Confirm Exploris Funding

Ards Borough Council has given the NI Executive another month to confirm a funding package to keep Exploris open. At a meeting this evening (Wednesday 26 February) the Council agreed to extend the stay on closure for a further month, expressing disappointment and concern that no financial package had been forthcoming from…

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Youth Forum Meets In Down District Council Chamber

The Youth Forum from the Rowallene area enjoyed a meeting venue with a difference recently as they visited the Mourne Room chamber at the Downshire Civic Forum. They had been invited by local councillors Billy Walker and Terry Andrews who addressed the Youth Forum explaining their role as councillors and…

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O’Neill Announces Package Of Support For Fishing Industry

Fisheries Minister Michelle O’Neill has committed to bring forward a Fisherman’s Assistance Package. The Minister was speaking today (Tuesday 24 February) after a meeting with a delegation of fishermen, led by South Down MLA Chris Hazzard. She said: “Last spring I secured Executive approval to make available some £400k to extend…

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Extension To SFP Entitlements Trading Deadline

Agriculture Minister, Michelle O’Neill today announced an extension to the 2014 Single Farm Payment trading of entitlements deadline. The Minister said: “This extension of the deadline from 2 April 2014 to 2 May 2014 is in response to a significant increase in interest in entitlement trading this year. It is intended to give…

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Make St Patrick’s Day A full Public Holiday In North Says Ritchie

South Down MP  Margaret Ritchie has tabled a Parliamentary motion at Westminster calling for St Patrick’s Day to be made a full Public Holiday in Northern Ireland. Speaking from the Commons, Ms Ritchie said: “In South Down we are incredibly proud of St Patrick’s heritage and I am asking for the…

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Lewis Welcomes MOD Commitment To Ballykinler

UK Independence Party (UKIP) Down District representative Alan Lewis has welcomed the MOD commitment that Ballykinler Army Barracks is to retain its capacity as a training centre for the foreseeable future. The commitment came in the form of a reply to a letter Mr Lewis had sent the Secretary of…

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Down District Home Start Meet Finance Minister For Solution To Funding Crisis

STRANGFORD MP Jim Shannon has chaired a deputation with Down District Councillors Billy Walker, Gareth Craig and representatives from Home Start Ballynahinch, Newcastle, Newtownards, Comber and the Ards Peninsula to seek funding for the year 2014-2015. Putting the case to the Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA, the three Home-Start representatives…

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New Weekend Minor Injuries Unit To Open at Downe A&E Department

THE  new weekend Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) service at the Downe Hospital begins on Saturday 1 March, 2014.  The service is intended to lessen the impact of the temporary weekend closure of the Emergency Department. The opening hours of the Minor Injuries Unit, which is located within the Emergency Department, will…

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Phoenix Dance Theatre Troupe To Perform At The Mill

Phoenix Dance Theatre present a diverse bill of their thrilling new works as well as classics from the company’s archive on Wednesday 5 March at Theatre at The Mill. Tickets for the troupe’s performance cost £15, £13 & £11 and are available online at:  www.theatreatthemill.com  or by calling Box Office on…

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Finance Minister Hamilton Flags Up £1Billion Construction Growth Programme

FINANCE Minister Simon Hamilton MLA outlined how the Northern Ireland Executive’s £1billion spend on capital projects next year will encourage growth in the construction industry. The Minister was speaking to over 150 members at the Chartered Institute of Building’s annual dinner in Belfast, at the weekend. The Chartered Institute of…

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County Down Kids To Take Over U105

Young at Art, the creators of Belfast Children’s Festival and U105 in association with Arts and Business NI launched a search for young radio presenters earlier this year… and the winners have now been announced as: Morgan Shuttleworth, (9), Belfast, Jack Dickinson, (8), Portstewart, Declan O’Connor, (9) years old,  Holywood,…

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Environment Improvements Planned For Beedham’s Walk In Ballynahinch

A range of environmental improvements are planned for Beedham’s Walk in Ballynahinch. Mark Bryson of Ecoseeds has discussed native wildflower planting and landscaping works with the Langley Road Community Association representatives. Other works proposed for the Beedham’s Walk include resurfacing, provision of bird tables and seatingand these are to be…

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