Monthly Archives: January 2018

UFU Urges Vigilance Following Avian Flu Reports

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is urging poultry farmers to be vigilant in light of several confirmed cases of Avian influenza in Dorset, England. UFU deputy president Victor Chestnutt said: “We strongly recommend that all poultry keepers, including backyard keepers, review their biosecurity measures and business continuity plans now, as the…

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Armstrong Calls For Update On Cancer Strategy

Alliance Calls For Cancer Strategy For NI Now. Alliance MLA’s joined the call for a #CancerStrategyNow as part of the All Party Group on Cancer. Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong who has previously spoken about the need for shorter waiting times to access Cancer consultants, joined the call for a #CancerStrategyNow….

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Carillion Collapse Needs Clarity Says Armstrong

Alliance Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong has called for clarity after the construction firm Carillion announced it was going to be liquidated. The company, which employs up to 500 people in Northern Ireland, has three major contracts with the Housing Executive for home maintenance and gas installation in North Down, Strangford,…

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Three Arrested Following Killyleagh Shooting

Police have reported that a shooting in Killyleagh in the early hours of Sunday morning could have had tragic consequences. Down News understands that a man had kicked a door in the Castleview area of the town and then proceeded to kick other doors. He and another man were confronted…

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McGrath Calls For Review Of PIP System

South Down SDLP MLA McGrath has met with Directors from the Department of Communities who have responsibility for PIP (Personal Independence PIP, which is facing significant roll-out issues in Northern Ireland. Colin McGrath said: “My office has been inundated with people who are very fearful of the transition from DLA…

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King Scallop Row Breaks Out At IOM

The Isle of Man fisheries authorities have recently revised their king scallop fishing regualtions in order to maintain a sustainable fishery. However, Scottish fishermen mainly from ports in Galloway have complained bitterly that the the new catch recording arrangements are unreasonable. There are over twenty vessels from Northern Ireland ports…

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Appeal For Support For The Lúnasa Festival

Become Part Of Lúnasa Festival – The Fastest Growing Grass-Roots Festival In South Armagh Over the last three years the annual Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival has gone from strength to strength. Coordinated by the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme (RoGLPS) it has worked closely with a huge range…

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Slieve Gullion Credit Union Backs Red Squirrels

A credit union has branched out and supported local squirrels in the Ring of Gullion.   Newry Mourne and Down District Council and the Ring of Gullion Partnership, as members of the Ring of Gullion and Cooley Red Squirrel Group, would like to thank Slieve Gullion Credit Union in Forkhill for…

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Police Appeal After Newcastle Crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision in the Spelga area of Newcastle on Saturday 6 January. A silver Lexus overturned on the Slievenaman Road at around 11.30pm. Both the teenage male driver and female passenger sustained injuries, and while serious are not thought to be life threatening. Anyone who…

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PHA Say Stay Well During Cold and Flu Season

With flu levels having risen in recent weeks and many of us experiencing coughs and colds, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is offering some simple advice to us get through winter and reminding everyone that hand hygiene and self-care are essential when preventing and managing colds and flu. Dr Lucy…

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St Malachy’s HS Student’s Artwork Promotes Texaco Competition

WORK BY DOWN STUDENT ‘GOES ON AIR’ TO PROMOTE TEXACO ART COMPETITION A colourful artwork entitled ‘Fabulous Flowers’ by St Malachy’s Primary School, Castlewellan student Ciara Ward (a competition winner in 2015) is one of ten pieces chosen to illustrate a campaign being screened over the coming weeks aimed at…

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Former Sinn Féin Councillor Frank McDowell Dies

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has extended his “deepest condolences and solidarity” to the family of former Sinn Féin Down Councillor Frank McDowell who has passed away. Gerry Adams said: “I have known Frank McDowell for many years. He was a long-standing and committed member of Sinn Féin and an…

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Beware Of Ghost Brokers Scamming Drivers

Unscrupulous ghost insurance brokers are offering cut price policies which are far from legal according to BLM, leading insurance risk and commercial law specialist. The latest fraud to hit motorists sees ghost brokers lure victims through online advertisements, offering fraudulent policies around 15 per cent cheaper than those offered by…

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SDLP Meet Chief Nursing Officer On Health Issues

SDLP representatives meet Chief Nursing Officer amid health service concerns. South Down MLA Sinead Bradley said: “This is one of the most serious challenges facing our health service. It is more than just normal winter pressures… the situation our doctors, nurses and other frontline staff are being forced into is a…

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Update On IOM King Scallop Fishery

The king scallop industry is worth £12 million to the Isle of Man’s economy and it is in the interests of all who fish Manx waters, and rely on them for an income, to ensure the long term sustainability of king scallop stocks. fisheries department sp[okesperson said that the Isle…

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