Monthly Archives: May 2016

John Trainor Replaces Colin McGrath As Downpatrick Councillor

Politicians on the Move: John Trainor, son of hospital campaigner Anne Trainor and grandson of the late Sean Quinn, a former SDLP councillor, has been elected to replace Colin McGrath, the former Newry Mourne and Down District Council SDLP leader in the Council who waselected as a South Down MLA…

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East Down AC Notes For 30 May 2016

BALLYCLARE MAY FAIR 10K RACE AND FUN RUN For an event only in its second year it is quite remarkable that this highly professionally organised race should already have attracted over 500 runners across both distances writes Joe Quinn. Happily too it coincided this year with the Slieve Donard race,…

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Do Not Swim In Reservoirs And Quarries

Reservoirs and other water bodies can look like a perfect place to spend a beautiful day. This can be particularly so as we enter the summer months. But that calm exterior can carry real danger that everyone should be aware of – a Quick Dip can very easily lead to…

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Armstrong Asks Why Health Minister Hasn’t Repealed Blood Ban

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has asked why the Sinn Fein Health Minister has not repealed the gay blood ban, despite having been in office for almost a week. Strangford MLA Ms Armstrong has submitted a written question to Health Minister Michelle O’Neill enquiring whether she intends to overturn the ban….

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VC Recipient Barry Bingham To Be Honoured At Bangor Castle

Ards and North Down Borough Council will host a special event to remember and pay tribute to Victoria Cross recipient Edward Barry Stewart Bingham (or Barry as he was known). Barry who was born and lived in what is now the Town Hall in Bangor, will be honoured by the…

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Hazzard Challenges MLA’s To Get On Board For Bus And Train Week

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard is encouraging MLA’s to ‘Get on Board’ and support the first ever Translink Bus and Train Week by using public transport. The week long campaign which begins on Monday 6 June aims to highlight the importance of public transport to the economy and wider society.  …

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Police Call For Farmers To Get Trailers Marked At Saintfield Mart

Police in Down are inviting trailer owners from the local area to a trailer marking event at Saintfield Mart on Wednesday, 22 June. As part of their strategy to tackle rural crime, Newcastle Neighbourhood Policing Team will attend Saintfield Mart between 10.30am and 2pm on 22 June. Those attending are…

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Police Remind Public About Traffic And Travel Arrangements For Gran Fondo Giro D’Italia

As final preparations get underway for the second Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia on Sunday 5 June the public are being advised to plan their journey and be aware of local road closures. Road closures will be in place across various parts of Northern Ireland on Sunday and there will be…

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Spa Road Issues Addressed Says Councillor Garth Craig

Following public interest in road safety at the Spa near Ballynahinch, DUP Councillor Garth Craig has called a meeting with the Roads Service. Cllr. Garth Craig said: “I met with Hugh Morgan of Roads Service to discuss issues with the footpath leading up to the Hillside estate. The footpath surface…

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Strangford MP Jim Shannon Expresses Concern About Plans For EU Army

Strangford MP Jim Shannon has expressed his concerns about proposals to create a new army in the EU. He said” “I see that secret plans for an EU Army have been leaked ahead of the referendum showing how the plans are intentionally being kept secret from the voters so as…

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Independent Councillor Patrick Clarke Raises Concern About Dundrum WWtW Upgrade Start Date

Independent Slieve Croob Councillor Patrick Clarke has raised his concerns regarding NI Water not yet setting a date to commence upgrade works at Dundrum Waste Water Treatment Works following an update received from NI Water. Councillor Patrick Clarke added: “NI Water is currently still assessing solutions to the loading capacity issue…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Condemns Illegal Dumping In Newcastle

Mourne’s Sinn Fein Councillor Willie Clarke, has condemned those responsible for illegal dumping at Burrenview Court in Newcastle. Cllr Clarke said: “I visited the area and there have been mattresses, carpets and a cooker dumped in this area, I have contacted the Newry Mourne and Down Council Environmental Health Department…

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Warrenpoint Town To Pursue Arbitration

A spokesperson for Warrenpoint FC  said: “This morning Warrenpoint Town Football Club received the decision of the Irish Football Association Appeals Committee which is dated the 26th May. “We are disappointed that they refused to hear our appeal even though they acknowledge in their press statement (18th May) that their…

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Community Effort Brightens Up Castlewellan Road In Newcastle

The Castlewellan Road outside Newcastle has brightened up its look for the summer thanks to the hard work of residents and young people who have been working on an inter-generational project by setting up and displaying colourful planters along the road for this summer. The entrance to the Greenhill YMCA…

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The FSB Welcomes Potential For Small Business In New Assembly And Executive

Following the announcement of the new ministerial positions at Stormont today, the FSB looks forward to getting back to business and recovering the economy through supporting small businesses. The largest business organisation has outlined in their 2016 manifesto how the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive can take positive steps that…

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