Monthly Archives: November 2017

Big Rise In Childline Counselling On CSE Cases

There has been a sharp rise in Childline counselling on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Childline bases in Northern Ireland held more than 150 counselling sessions about CSE last year Young people are worried about grooming and sexual exploitation. Childline counselling sessions for children and teenagers worried about child sexual exploitation…

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Shannon Meets Fisheries Minister

Strangford MP Jim Shannon MP has met with Fisheries Minister Brandon Lewis at Westminster along with the cross-party MP’s Delegation of Alistair Carmichael, Angus MacNeil and David Duguid. Mr Shannon said: “This is a meeting that I had asked for to discuss the issue of fishing and special reference to…

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Hazzard Backs Call On Knockiveagh Public Inquiry

Sinn Féin’s South Down MP Chris Hazzard has condemned the recommencement of construction of a controversial turbine near the historic Knockiveagh Cairn burial site in County Down. Work began after a 28-day stop notice expired but the South Down MP is calling for it to be halted pending a public…

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DUP Hold Annual Conference At La Mon

This past weekend saw the Annual DUP Party Conference held in La Mon Hotel near Ballygowan. Dianne Forsythe, past DUP Westminster election candidate, said: “It was an excellent event where we as Party Members get together from across Northern Ireland in our numbers. “Our South Down Association was well represented…

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 Bogus Bailiffs Operating Scam This Christmas

Are you tortured with nuisance phone calls and scammers? People in Northern Ireland are being warned to be wary of a rise in scam calls from ‘Bogus Bailiffs’ in the run up to Christmas this year. CPR Call Blocker, the makers of the best selling call-blocking devices in the UK, has…

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Christmas In Rowallane Is Just Round The Corner

There’s no better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than by bringing the family down to Rowallane’s annual Yuletide Market on Saturday and Sunday 9- 10 December from 11am-5pm. A weekend full of festive cheer that includes a Christmas market with lots of stalls selling perfect presents and handmade stocking…

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Hazzard Issues Brexit Warning To The PM

South Down MP Chris Hazzard was in Downing Street as part of a senior Sinn Féin delegation which travelled to London to discuss the restoration of the political institutions. The delegation also outlined the enormous challenges posed by the British government’s commitment to Brexit. Mr Hazzard said:  “For years now successive British governments have disengaged…

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Conor Murphy MLA Encourages China Links

Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said that there is a great potential for the Newry Mourne  Down Council area to develop, trade, investment, cultural and education links with China. The MLA has been involved with exploring the potential of developing a “City Connection” with a City in…

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Legends Win Lecale Pool League Charity Shield

The CM Precision Lecale Pool League held the final of the Charity Shield on Friday evening in support of the Tinylife charity. The SOS A team faced off the Heights Legends at the Heights Bar for this final, the event kindly hosted and sponsored by Michael Keenan of The Heights….

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Boylan Opposes Turbine Build Near Cairn Site

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Energy, Environment and Climate Change Cathal Boylan has expressed his concern that work has begun on a controversial turbine near the Knock Iveagh Cairn burial site in County Down.Work began after a 28-day stop notice expired but the Newry Armagh MLA is calling for it to…

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Bird Of Prey Killed Across Northern Ireland

The birds of prey victims of 11 incidents of wildlife crime recorded in the past two years is just the tip of the iceberg. 57 birds of prey were confirmed victims of reckless or intentional criminal activity in Northern Ireland during the last eight years. The latest report detailing the illegal…

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Environmental Postal Calendar Winners Welcomed

Chairperson Reveals Winners in Environmental Calendar Poster Competition. Newry Mourne and Down District Council held a reception at Council Offices for primary and secondary school pupils, to reveal the winning posters in this year’s Schools’ Environmental Calendar poster competition. Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, said: “I am pleased to present…

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Ardglass Harbour Busy Day And Night

Ardglass harbour is a busy little harbour on the coast of County Down located between Kilkeel to the South and Portavogie to the North. Its main catch is prawns but pelagic (herring and mackerel) landings are very significant and the larger vessels can be seen landing into tanker lorries throughout…

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Police Arrest Two Men For Suspected Burglary

Detectives have arrested two men, aged 25 and 28, following a series of burglaries in County Down in recent days. The suspects were arrested this afternoon (Friday 17 November) and remain in police custody at this time. It was reported that during the early hours of Tuesday morning entry was…

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Red Kites Project Takes Off In Newcastle

Red kites are one of our most stunning birds of prey and this year 20 territorial pairs have been recorded in Northern Ireland, with 13 pairs successfully fledging 28 chicks – the highest number on record. RKites, a new funded partnership project officially launched today, will focus on a dedicated…

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