Monthly Archives: November 2016

£11million Rural Development Programme Now Open

Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Michelle McIlveen has launched a £11million rural investment scheme in Newry Mourne and Down. The Mourne Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership will deliver direct grant aid to projects in the area across a range of schemes, with the overall aim of stimulating the…

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Police Appeal After Crossgar RTA

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following the report of a road traffic collision on the Killyleagh Street in Crossgar. Constable McNerlin said : “It was reported that between the hours of 10.00am and 5.00pm on Wednesday 23rd November, extensive damage was caused to a blue Mini parked on…

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Take A Sofa Selfie To Tackle Homelessness

A new ‘selfie’ campaign aims to raise awareness of ‘sofa surfing’ – the hidden homelessness that exists in Ards and North Down. While homelessness is often associated with sleeping rough, sofa surfing, whereby people move from one sofa or floor to the next, staying with family or friends for short…

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Homelessness Has No Place In Northern Ireland Says Givan

Communities Minister Paul Givan MLA has set out the Executive’s commitment to tackling homelessness in Northern Ireland. Speaking at the start of Homelessness Awareness Week (30 Nov – 8 Dec), which this year is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Minister outlined how the Northern Ireland Executive, through the Department for…

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Rowallane District Electoral Area (DEA) Forum Welcomes Santa

The Rowallane DEA Forum Public Meeting will be taking on a festive twist on Friday 9 December 2016 from 7pm to 9pm in the Bridge Centre in Killyleagh. The free event will welcome everyone to enjoy the Christmas themed activities whilst receiving helpful safety advice from a range of statutory…

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Castlewellan Show AGM Looks Forward To 50th Year

This year’s Castlewellan Show AGM was held in Maginn’s Bar celebrating the success of another Show with its sights set on 2017 which will be the 50th anniversary. Outgoing chairperson Francis McAlinden thanked the many people who through their involvement in committees and on Show day continue to make the…

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Two Arrested Following Arson Attack In Ards

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack on a house in Glenard Road in Newtownards during the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 29 November. At around 1.25am it was reported that flammable liquid had been poured through the letterbox of a house in the area and set…

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Ritchie Says Executive Must Mirror Scheme For victims Of Contaminated Blood In NI

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has spoken in the House of Commons on the issue of contaminated blood, highlighting the needs of NI victims and their families. She said: “Over the last forty years, the contaminated blood scandal has touched many lives across Britain and Ireland. Throughout my time…

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Kilkeel Skipper Fined For Unlawful Fishing In Manx Waters

The latest prosecution of a vessel skipper reiterates the IOM’s Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture’s (DEFA’s) determination to manage and regulate fishing within the Island’s territorial sea. That is the message from Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, after a court fined Kilkeel skipper John Baldwin…

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Keep Your Community Safe With Neighbourhood Watch

The Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Newry Mourne and Down and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are urging local communities to work with them to help reduce burglary and fear of crime through the formation of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes. Over 100 Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators attended the Burrendale…

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Hazzard Gives Green Light For Electricians In Newry And Armagh Area

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has given the go ahead for the recruitment of two additional electricians in Transport NI’s Southern Division to assist with street lighting maintenance. Minister Hazzard announced the measure following a recent local review of street lighting maintenance operations. The Minister said: “I am pleased to be…

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Paeds in A Pod Receive £7600 Cheque From Cullen Family

Paeds in a Pod at the Ulster Hospital were recently presented with a cheque for £7600 from the Olivia Cullen Memorial Fund. The money was raised at the annual golf tournament held at St Patrick’s Golf Club in Downpatrick. The Paeds in a Pod group would like to thank the…

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Ritchie Calls For Vote On Future Of Nuclear Power

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has called on the British Government to take note of the Swiss referendum on the future of Nuclear power stations in their country and allow people here to decide the future of the UK’s nuclear network. The South Down MP said: “Not only are…

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Castlewellan High School Pupils raise Funds For Cancer Fund For Children

Rebecca Oates, fundraiser from the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children, attended St Malachy’s High School in Castlewellan this week to receive a cheque for £831.50 from students and staff. The funds were raised through the ReadOn 2016 Programme. Students had to read as many of their favourite books as…

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Only 1 In 3 Women Routinely Take Folic Acid Supplements

Recent research has revealed that a gap persists between knowledge of folic acid and consumption by women. On 28 November 2016, the results from the latest survey for safefood’s folic acid campaign have revealed while more than 95% of women are now aware of the benefits of taking folic acid,…

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