Monthly Archives: March 2017

Ritchie Calls For Resurfacing Of Teconnaught & Crawfordsburn Roads

  South Down MP has urged Transport NI to consider resurfacing works for both the Teconnaught Road, Downpatrick and Crawfordstown Road, Drumaness. Ms Ritchie said: “I am aware that the Teconnaught Road is in urgent need of resurfacing. I have been contacted by a number of residents who have complained…

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NICVA’s Five Key Lessons As Brexit Goes Live

Five key messages as Brexit negotiations go live. As the UK triggers Article 50 to begin Brexit negotiations, and we still have no Northern Ireland government to represent our interests, and no clear position put forward in these negotiations, NICVA (the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action) has been listening…

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Retail NI Calls For Talks To Include Brexit Committee

Retail NI has given its reaction to the triggering of Article 50 and called upon the on-going talks on restoring devolution, to include the establishment of a NI Assembly Brexit Committee to scrutinise the Brexit process and to take evidence from key sectors of civic society. Retail NI Chief Executive…

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McGrath Voices His Opposition To PM Over Article 50

South Down MLA Colin McGrath says that Northern Ireland cannot be ignored on Brexit. His key arguments centre around the significant issues that the: * British Government has ignored democratic will of the people in the referendum and * that the Government has triggered Article 50 with no Executive in…

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Ards Photographer Wins Prestigious Competition

A stunning image of the Red Arrows taken over the Causeway Coast and Glens by an Ards photographer has won a prestigious worldwide photography competition. Local photographer, Donna Rowley from Newtownards, captured the spectacular image at the Air Waves Portrush International Airshow, which has just announced that the Red Arrows…

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Police Appeal After Aggravated Kilkeel Burglary

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following the report of an aggravated burglary at an address in the Slieveshan Park area of Kilkeel at the home of a man in his sixties which occurred around midnight on 28 March. Detective Constable Skillen said: “ We received a report that…

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Annual NI-Wide Peregrine Watch Scheme Begins

Following the successful launch of Operation Raptor in March 2016, the PSNI have continued to show their commitment to wildlife crime by contributing to a UK initiative named Peregrine Watch. Peregrine Watch is an initiative to stop any peregrine persecution and this can include theft of eggs and chicks from…

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Sinn Féin Call Border Meeting On Article 50

No Borders, No Barriers, No Brexit. Sinn Féin to host Public Meeting.  This British government will, this Wednesday the 29th of March trigger Article 50, the process which will formalise their exit from the European Union. At this point the European Union and the British Governemt will begin a negotiation process…

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Councillor Clarke Welcomes Transport NI Speed Changes On Castlewellan Road

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed the decision by Transport NI to review the need for a speed limit extension, on the Castlewellan Road, Newcastle. He said they are currently consulting on the proposal to extend the 30/40 mile per hour speed limit on the A50 Castlewellan Road…

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Call For Entries For 2017 NI Chamber Awards

Businesses from across Newry Mourne and Down are invited to compete in the fourteenth annual Chamber Business Awards hosted by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Last year MJM, a leading international specialist in cruise ship refurbishment and interior…

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FSB Reacts To Triggering Of Article 50

Responding to UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s triggering of Article 50, FSB Northern Ireland Policy Chair, Wilfred Mitchell OBE, said: “On the day that Article 50 is triggered small businesses are calling for clarity on how this will impact on them, especially amid ongoing local political uncertainty. “FSB members in Northern…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Welcomes Road Improvements

Mournes Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed resurfacing work carried out to Shanslieve Drive in Newcastle. Cllr Clarke said: ”I had been contacted by a number of residents regarding the poor condition of a section of Shanslieve Drive. “Having viewed the poor state of the surface on the Shanslieve…

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New Community Hub Opens In Newcastle

Residents from Newcastle attended the launch of the new Newcastle Community Hub at the SERC Campus, Newcastle on Saturday 25 March 2017. Arising out of a Community Safety Action Plan, the Newry Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership, along with key agencies, including County Down Rural Community Network…

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Down Companies Attend Design Festival In Finland

For one week in Rovaniemi in Finland inside the Arctic Circle, local County Down businesses got to network, exhibit and attend events with Finnish and international designers, bringing together their creative expertise from Arctic regions and further afield. Six creatives all told from across Northern Ireland attended Arctic Design Week…

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Lambing Season Advice For Pregnant Women

Lambing season is well under way and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women about the risk of close contact with sheep during lambing season. The PHA is advising women who are, or think they may be pregnant, to reduce their risk of miscarriage and infection by avoiding…

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