Monthly Archives: October 2014

Ballynahinch Prepares To Sparkle this Christmas Festive Season

With less than eight weeks until Christmas, Ballynahinch is getting into the festive spirit with the confirmation of its Christmas Lights Celebrations. Down District Council in association with Ballynahinch Revitalisation Committee is delighted to host a FREE Christmas event on Friday 21 November 2014 in Ballynahinch from 6pm – 8.30pm….

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Ritchie Says Drastic Health Cuts To Impact On Downe Hospital

The announcement from the Heath Minister that he is demanding cuts of £30 to £40 million from the Health Service Trusts by the end March 2015 is devastating news for patients and staff according to South Down MP Margaret Ritchie. Following yesterday’s announcement (30 October), she said: “These cuts will…

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Trust Forced To Make Major Health Cuts As Stormont Pulls Purse Strings

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is under considerable pressure to deliver £5 from an overspend in its health budget. In a statement today (30 October), a Trust spokesperson said there were considerable financial challenges and also opportunities for reform. At the Downe Hospital, nine beds are to…

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Castlewellan GAC Notes For 26 October 2014

* If you go into our club any night of the week you may find someone dressed in an odd way. So we have decided why not formalise it and make it a bit of fun writes Martin McClean. In conjunction in with Castlewellan FC we are running a fancy dress…

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Vital Flood Prevention Measures In Rostrevor

Crotlieve Sinn Féin Councillor Mick Murphy and South Down MLA Caitríona Ruane have welcomed the vital work being done by Transport NI (formerly Roads Service) and Northern Ireland Water in the Greenpark Road area of Rostrevor. In a joint statement they said: “We are delighted to see the high standard…

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Lyric Theatre Listings For October To January 2015

Lyric Theatre Listings For October To January 2015 Two Sore Legs Date/Time: 28 – 30 Oct; 7.45pm Venue: Lyric Theatre, Naughton Studio Description: Green Shoot Productions presents Brenda Murphy’s autobiographical play based on the experiences of her mother, who had six children by a married man who lived nearby with…

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Rogers Pays Tribute To An Architect Of Modern Ireland

South Down MLA Seán Rogers (SDLP) has paid tribute to the contribution of Dr. TK Whitaker to civic life across the island and has described him as a ‘key architect of modern Ireland’. Mr Rogers made his comments during an event organised by the SDLP in Dublin celebrating the work…

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Grit Boxes Needed Before Winter Strikes In Dundrum Says McCallister

South Down Independent Unionist MLA John McCallister has called for grit boxes to be provided at a housing development in Dundrum. Mr McCallister who visited Murlough View in Dundrum on Monday said grit boxes must be introduced before the winter weather makes an appearance. “These houses are sited on steep…

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Ardglass GAC Notes For 26 October 2014

The club would like to thank everyone who sponsored and bought horses at Our Night at the Races. Vital funds were raised for the club. We would also like to thank Down/Castlewellen goalkeeper Michael Cunningham who took the time out to give our U-8’s, 10’s and 12’s a talk and…

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Hazzard Seeks Clarity From EU On CAP Definitions

Chris Hazzard Sinn Féin MLA has called on the European Commission to provide immediate clarity on both the ‘head of holding’ and ‘active farmer’ definitions as part of the most recent changes to the Common Agricultural Policy. Mr Hazzard said: “With the significant changes to single farm applications just months away, there are…

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Durkan Listens To South Down And Kilfeaghan Farmers ASSI Concerns

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today welcomed the frank and open exchange of views from South Down farmers affected by three Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) declared in the Mournes area. The meeting, facilitated by Margaret Ritchie MP and Sean Rogers MLA, was the second occasion in which the…

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NI Water Encourages Drumlins Integrated Pupils To Drink Up

Water for Health was the topic of the day at Drumlins Integrated when NI Water’s Education Team recently paid a visit. The children were introduced to H20, a water drop figure and mascot for the programme. They also took part in practical demonstrations to explain how much water children should…

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Kennedy Announces £60,000 Road Improvement Scheme In Kircubbin

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that a £60,000 road improvement scheme in Kircubbin is scheduled to begin on Monday 3 November. Work to improve the junction at Rowreagh Road at Rubane Road junction is expected to be complete by the end of November. The scheme will provide improved sightline…

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Almac’s PATHWAY Points Newcastle Students In Right Direction For STEM Careers

Students from Shimna Integrated College are among the first in Northern Ireland to take part in Almac’s new Schools Outreach Programme this academic year. The Pathway™ programme, which promotes STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as the route to an exciting career, was launched at the leading pharmaceutical development…

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Ritchie Says Sellafield Risk To Public Safety Must Be Addressed Urgently

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has said that the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency must urgently accelerate its work at Sellafield following reports of abandoned nuclear waste storage ponds posing an immediate risk to public safety. Ms Ritchie said: “I was shocked to see images from the Sellafield nuclear plant which show…

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