Monthly Archives: April 2017

Armstrong To Stand For Alliance In Strangford

Alliance Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong is set to contest the upcoming Westminster election for the Alliance Party in Strangford. Selected by the local association on Thursday night, Kellie said she was delighted to again have the opportunity to take the Alliance message to the electorate. She added: “I’m offering voters a…

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Southern Health Trust Fracture Clinic Claims Wholly Misleading” Megan Fearon MLA

Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said that claims by the Southern Trust that the Fracture Clinic in Daisy Hill is not being targeted “are wholly misleading.” The MLA raised the issue at the recent Board Meeting in Craigavon but the members and Trust Officers present refused…

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Downpatrick Lions Support the MMRT

Downpatrick Lions President Pat Sheridan presents a cheque for £1,000 to Martin McMullan, Co-ordinator of the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team. The money was generously donated by the public during the Downpatrick Lions street collection in April. Mourne Mountain Rescue Team all volunteer their time and expertise and rely on voluntary…

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Northern Ireland Act 2017 Receives Royal Assent

Northern Ireland Act 2017 Receives Royal Assent The Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Act 2017, introduced by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last week, has today received Royal Assent. The Act sets a Regional Rate for Northern Ireland in 2017-18, removes a legal barrier to the…

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Emily And James Top Tots Name Charts Again

It’s official… Emily and James were the most popular first names given to baby girls and boys in Northern Ireland for births registered in 2016. This is one of the findings of the Baby Names 2016 statistics published today by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Emily has been…

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Border Health Fears Over Daisy Hill Says Adams

Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has said that any reduction in services at Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital will have a detrimental impact on his constituents and on healthcare provision in Louth. Gerry Adams said: “The Southern Health and Social Care Trust have stated that the temporary overnight closure of the…

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Top Guitarist To Appear At Rostrevor Folk Club

One of the finest and most versatile guitarists in Ireland or the UK, Pat Coldrick, has achieved worldwide acclaim for his expressive style of playing. His repertoire features his own arrangements of great classical pieces, Irish music, Baroque, medieval, popular songs, Scott Joplin, the Beatles and his own compositions. He…

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New Fostering App Launched At Stormont

The Chief Social Work Officer has launched an online safety App for Health and Social Care Foster Carers. Today sees the launch of a new Health and Social Care (HSC) App for HSC foster carers, ‘Fostering in a Digital World’, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. The App…

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Talks To Continue After Election

FORMAL NORTHERN IRELAND TALKS TO RESUME AFTER GENERAL ELECTION At roundtable discussions today involving the UK Government, the parties capable of forming an Executive and the Irish Government, it was agreed that formal talks to establish an Executive will be paused until after the General Election. Talks will resume following…

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NSPCC Speaks Out On Physical Punishment

Dear Editor, “Election season is upon us once again in Northern Ireland. As ever our children – almost a quarter of the population – do not have the right to vote in the upcoming polls but, more surprisingly, they also do not enjoy the same protection as adults under the…

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Down Boy Has Priceless Day At Leicester City FC

Saintfield boy Jacob McIlhatton recently enjoyed a once in a lifetime opportunity to become an official mascot for a professional football team after winning a MasterCard UEFA mascot competition. Nine year old Jacob walked onto the pitch with Leicester United star striker Shinji Okazaki at the exciting UEFA Champions League…

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DUP Consider Irish Language Provision

The DUP have confirmed they are looking at content and legislative provision for the Irish language.   A delegation from Conradh na Gaeilge today (27 April 2017) met with DUP leader Arlene Foster at Stormont. The Conradh na Gaeilge delegation included: Dr Niall Comer (President), Julian de Spáinn (Ard-Rúnaí), Ciarán Mac…

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Moth and Butterfly Training At Slieve Gullion

Newry Mourne and Down District Council’s Ring of Gullion team has joined forces with Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland to provide two training sessions on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May in Slieve Gullion Forest Park. Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland’s Moth Verifier, Andy Crory, will be running the moth workshop on…

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Brexit Could Damage Down Tourism Says Ritchie

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has questioned the UK Brexit Minister in the House of Commons on protections for Northern Ireoland tourism industry. If a hard Brexit emerges,  tourists may avoid a trio to the North beccause of extra controls. She said: “Throughout recession and economic downturn, the tourism industry…

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Ritchie Concerned About Tumble Drier Risks

South Down, Margaret Ritchie SDLP) has called for greater protections for consumers and greater adherence to consumer protection in a debate in Westminster on the fire risk of Whirlpool’s tumble dryers. Margaret Ritchie said: “Consumers should be able to have the confidence that faulty products that could cause a risk to…

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