Monthly Archives: January 2015

Meals On Wheels Row Rumbles On To Equality Commission

SDLP Health Spokesperson Fearghal McKinney has written to the Equality Commission in the wake of recent revelations regarding community meals provision for the elderly. The South Belfast MLA has called for the Commission to investigate if equality laws are being breached as a result of decisions that are limiting access…

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Hazzard Calls For Sport Fixture Postponement For Love The Downe Rally

South Down MLA Chris Hazzard has asked local sports’ chiefs to postpone fixtures on Saturday on 14 February so that local clubs can mobilise for the Love Downe rally in Downpatrick. The Sinn Féin MLA said: “I have written to every local sports club this week in order to mobilise…

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Wayne Denner Launches Book To Help Young People Protect Their Online Reputation

The ease with which digital content can be shared online, in addition to its many benefits, has created a host of problems for today’s young people. Wayne Denner, who has cemented his reputation as a leading youth speaker in Ireland, the UK and the UAE, has launched his book ‘The…

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Liofa Announces Gaeltacht Bursaries

Liofa Announces Gaeltacht Bursaries

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Ritchie Slams Trust Over Meals On Wheels Decision

Margaret Ritchie, MP for South Down, has expressed her “disgust” at the South Eastern Trust’s announcement to introduce frozen meals for the Community Meals Service beginning in May this year. Speaking today, Ms Ritchie said: “I am totally appalled at this announcement to introduce frozen meals as part of the valuable…

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Downpatrick Farmer Shows Commitment To Nature

East County Down farmers recently attended a demonstration day to learn how they can help birds and wildlife on their land. Cecil Nelson from Annadorn Road outside Downpatrick hosted the event to show how wildlife can thrive as part of a productive farm business. Those attending heard about Cecil’s success…

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Energy Connections NI Sales And Marketing Masterclass With Beyond

Energy Connections NI Sales And Marketing Masterclass With Beyond Energy Connections NI is open to SME’s operating across the SEED areas of Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down and Newry and Mourne. The programme helps businesses interested in exploring supply chain opportunities within the renewable energy sector. For more on Energy…

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Emma Whitehead Launches Silk And Linen Art Exhibition In Downpatrick

Textile artist Emma Whitehead from Strangford launched her latest embroidery creations at an art exhibition in Down Arts Centre in Downpatrick and it will be running until Saturday 21 March 2015. Each work is a veritable labour of love taking hours upon hours to complete. The ‘Space, Time and Butterflies’…

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Watch Out For Meningitis – Know The Symptoms

Public Health Notice. With the prevalence of the potentially life-threatening meningococcal infection at its highest during the winter, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is calling for people to make themselves aware of the all signs and symptoms of the condition, as a rash is not the only sign. Meningitis can…

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Trust Launches Consultation On Intermediate Care Proposals

The South Eastern HSC Trust launched a consultation this week on the future provision of intermediate care across North Down and Ards. Intermediate care provides a valuable service to people who need a period of recovery and rehabilitation after a spell of acute illness or trauma. These inpatient beds are…

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Down District Council Chairman Launches 2015 Youth Awards

It is time to shine the spotlight on the district’s young people and celebrate their achievements. Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Billy Walker, is now on a mission to find the district’s most outstanding youngsters and celebrate their success. Speaking at the launch of this year’s awards, Councillor Billy Walker…

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Strategies On Irish and Ulster-Scots Published

Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín today published separate strategies on Irish and Ulster-Scots. They are titled: *  Strategy to Enhance and Protect the Development of the Irish Language 2015 – 2035, and *  Strategy to Enhance and Develop the Ulster-Scots Language, Heritage and Culture 2015 –…

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Ritchie Says Corporation Tax Powers Must Tackle Regional Imbalance

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called on the UK government to work with the Executive to ensure that the potential benefits of a devolved rate of corporation tax are delivered across Northern Ireland. Speaking following Northern Ireland questions in Westminster, Ms Ritchie said: “It is important that full and proper…

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Unison Replies To The Donaldson Report

Patricia McKeown, Regional Secretary of UNISON, the health care union, has made a no-holds-barred statement of the Donaldson Report released on Tuesday. She said: “Bets are on that the only section of the Donaldson Report the Minister will seize upon is the configuration of services for 1.8 million people. “In…

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Frank O’Connor’s Adaption Of God Bless The Child For The Lyric

First confessions are the hardest! God Bless the Child: A play based on stories by Frank O Connor Adapted for the stage at the Lyric and directed by Patrick Talbot. The short stories of Cork born Frank O’Connor are universally regarded as being classics of their kind. Now, for the…

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