Monthly Archives: January 2016

European Exit Would Be Disastrous For Our Agriculture And Rural Communities Warns O’Neill

A referendum in favour of a Brexit would have disastrous consequences for agriculture and rural development, Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has warned. In the months to come, local farmers and fishermen, people involved in the food production industries, rural communities and in fact everyone with a vote will have to…

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Council Secures Additional Funding To Celebrate St Patrick’s Festival 2016

Friday 11 March will mark the beginning of the St Patrick’s Festival 2016, which will see thousands of visitors descend on Newry Mourne and Down District and Downpatrick in the heart of St Patrick’s Country. There will be a wide range of events and activities for everyone to enjoy which…

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Ruane And Gray-Sloan Welcome New Footpath Works In Burren

Sinn Féin South Down MLA Caitríona Ruane and Sinn Féin Assembly candidate Michael Gray-Sloan have welcomed the commencement of work on a new footpath in Burren. In a joint statement they said: “After a long campaign for this much-needed footpath, which will greatly improve safety in the area, we are…

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New SDLP Team For South Down Assembly Election To Deliver Positive Alternative

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood MLA unveiled his new team of party spokespeople at an event in Belfast at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiach. The spokespeople will shadow the nine new NI Executive Departments which are set to be in place in the next Assembly mandate. The party is the first to…

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Ballynahinch Camera Club Members Attend Catchlight Camera Club Event

The second event in Catchlight Camera Club’s regular guest lecture series, supported by natural gas company, firmus energy, recently took place with guest speaker Adrian Lines. Attendees at the event came from camera clubs across the province, including Ballynahinch Camera Club. Cathchlight Camera Club, which meets regularly in Finaghy, has…

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Latest Emergency Care Waiting Time Statistics Show Increase In Patients Waiting Over Twelve Hours

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) has published statistics on the time spent in emergency care departments within Northern Ireland during the months of October, November and December 2015 and one of the key figures shows a significant increase in patients waiting for over twelve hours…

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Hamilton Announces Biggest Investment In GP Training For Over Ten Years

On a visit to Saintfield Health Centre, Health Minister Simon Hamilton announced the biggest investment in GP training for over 10 years. The Minister said yesterday: “I have been engaging with GP’s regarding the issues facing primary care including those associated with ensuring there is a sufficient supply of GP’s….

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SERC Lecturer Receives Top City And Guilds Accolade

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) professional cookery tutor Michael Gillies has won the City & Guilds Medal for Excellence Award for his outstanding work in delivering the organisation’s cookery programmes at the college. The City & Guilds Medals for Excellence have been awarded for over 100 years and aim to…

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Down Dealer Delivers First Zetor Crystal

Zetor has re-staked its claim to a share of the heavy-duty tractor market with the news that sales of its new, recently-launched heavy-duty Crystal model have begun to take off. First of the new models, which arrived into dealer showrooms only recently, has gone into service on a Co. Antrim…

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O’Neill Concerned About 41% Drop In Agricultural Incomes

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill re-affirmed her determination to continue working to help farmers as a fall in 2015 agricultural income is announced. Commenting on the figures, the Minister, said: “Farmers have been hit significantly hard by low prices throughout last year and though it will come as no surprise that…

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Support The Appeal For Kircubbin Girl Losing Her Sight To Visit Disneyland In Paris

Three-year old Caiomhe Burns from Rubane near Kircubbin is a young child looking forward to the rest of her life, but unfortunately she has been seriously affected by a very rare genetic condition called opthalmic neuropathy and is losing her sight. Caiomhe is a brave, cheerful, young girl who really…

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Police Appeal After Break-In At Tyrella

Police in Down are appealing for information after a shed was broken into at Tyrella. The property beside the information centre on Tyrella Beach was broken into during the early hours of Sunday 17 January. A window was broken and copper piping was stolen. Police would like to hear from…

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Shannon Welcomes Speed Limit Change At Teal Rocks In Portaferry

Strangford MP Jim Shannon has welcomed the decision by DRD Minister Michelle McIlveen to review the request for a speed limit extension from the flood gate beyond McClement’s garage on the Portaferry Road, Newtownards. He said: “This has caused great concern over the last four years. There have been two…

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Young People are Invited To Grow For It With Wild Flowers

Young people are being invited to ‘Grow For It’! The one-month countdown has begun and funding is available for local youth groups etc for their creative, wild flower ideas. Young people in Down have just a few weeks left to apply for £500 funding to make their creative wild flower ideas…

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Councillor Patrick Brown Commends Hard Work Of Down Railway Volunteers

Alliance Newry Mourne and Down District Councillor Patrick Brown has commended the important work being done by a team of dedicated volunteers at the old Downpatrick Railway. The Downpatrick & County Down Railway (DCDR) project was set up in 1985 with the aim of restoring a portion of the former…

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