Monthly Archives: June 2015

Downpatrick Student Embarks On Career Journey To South Korea

Downpatrick undergraduate student Eamon Byrne is jetting off to South Korea this summer to gain valuable experience in the energy industry. The Queen’s University, Belfast student has been selected to take part in IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience), an exchange programme managed by the…

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Councillor Patrick Clarke Welcomes Proposed Traffic Calming Scheme For Annsborough Village

Independent Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed proposals drafted by Transport NI for a traffic calming scheme to improve road safety and reduce speed along the Ballylough Road in Annsborough village. The scheme which is currently being considered for inclusion in Transport NI ‘Traffic Calming Programme’ is now out to consultation…

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Update On Exploris Aquarium From Ards and North Down Borough Council

At its full Council meeting on 23 June 2015, Ards and North Down Borough Council reaffirmed its commitment to the Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry and discussed options for both refurbishment plans and new management arrangements to be in place for reopening by summer 2016. At the meeting it was agreed…

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Newry Firm Pleads Guilty To A String Of Food Offences

A Newry food business, Freeza Meats Ltd, pleaded guilty in Newry Magistrates Court today to a total of twelve offences relating to misdescription of food, failing to provide traceability information and obstructing Authorised Officers of the former Newry and Mourne District Council. Following an in-depth investigation into the practices at…

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Kilkeel Sea Cadets Seize Recruiting Opportunity

KIlkeel Sea Cadets were among the many from across Northern Ireland taking part in Armed Forces Day. All roads led to County Antrim this month as thousands of troops, veterans and families converged on Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne to mark Armed Forces Day, hosted by Mid & East Antrim Borough…

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Ritchie Backs Health Campaigners In Ballynahinch White Line Protest

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has said the people of Ballynahinch have given strong support to the need to develop an enhanced local hospital at the Downe Hospital. Speaking today she said:  “On Saturday,  the Down Community Health Committee moved their campaign for the development of an enhanced local hospital…

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Councillor Patrick Clarke Concerned Over Possible Murlough Reserve Entry Restrictions

Independent Councillor Patrick Clarke has written to the National Trust seeking a meeting to discuss Murlough Nature Reserve entry restrictions. National Trust plans he says restrict parts of Murlough National Reserve to be reversed to allow people who hold fobs for the gate to access with vehicles after 4.30pm. Councillor…

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Ballynahinch Fireman Wes Grierson Chats About Why He Loves His Job

Following the recent recruitment drive by the NI Fire and Rescue Service, Ballynahinch Fire Fighter Wes Grierson explains why he loves his job. Name: Wes Grierson Occupation: Full-Time Musician/Singer-Songwriter & Community Firefighter. Station: Ballynahinch. How long have you been a Community Firefighter ? I have been a Community Firefighter for…

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Hazzard Welcomes New School Governors’ Resources

South Down MLA Chris Hazzard (SinnFéin) has welcomed the launch of new resources for school governors aimed at improving the skills and capacity of governors in dealing with an increasingly demanding role. The party education spokesperson said: “I think this will be welcomed by Schools, their Boards of Governors, and parents…

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Exploris Trust Calls For Aquarium To Open For Summer

There has been growing consternation in the Ards Peninsula that its flagship attraction, the Exploris Aquarium will be closed through the summer. The Friends of Exploris Trust who have campaigned for the popular aquarium to be re-opened have made a public call. Chairperson of the Trust, Dr Julie Sigwart, said:…

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Jobs At Queen’s University, Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast is a big employer in Northern Ireland. They have a number of vacancies. Check out their Jobs Page at: Jobs at QUB  

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Yer Grannie Gets Great Response From Audience At The Lyric

Yer Granny is a brilliant comedy and at times cuts close to the bone with its rough Scottish humour, and the audience loved it giving the cast a well deserved standing ovation… a rumbusteous play with great characters and humour. The theatre in Scotland is very live and well and…

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Bell Announces £3million Investment And 32 New Jobs At Denroy Plastics

Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has announced Denroy Plastics is to create 32 new jobs in Bangor with a £3million investment. Invest Northern Ireland is supporting the investment which will involve a staged expansion of the production capacity at Denroy’s factory premises and purchasing new equipment to support…

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Ritchie Says Human Rights Must Remain At Heart Of Prisoner Rehabilitation

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has said that it is imperative to retain the Human Rights Act to ensure that proper standards of human rights are promoted in prisons. Following an oral question to the Justice Minister, Ms Ritchie said: “I took the opportunity today to probe the Justice Minister…

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I Remain Committed To Engagement With Europe Says Health Minister Hamilton

Health Minister Simon Hamilton has today reaffirmed his commitment to continue engaging with Europe on the eHealth agenda. Minister Hamilton met with senior officials from the European Commission in Brussels today to outline the innovative approaches to health and care delivery in Northern Ireland and to highlight the adoption of…

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