Monthly Archives: January 2018

SDLP MLA’s Meet With Border TD’s On Brexit

SDLP representatives have met with their counterparets from across the border on the basis of establishing a closer working relationship with TDs and Senators representing the border region between North and South. NI SDLP Assembly members held a number of meetings in Leinster House to discuss the range of areas…

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Sinn Féin Welcomes Council Neighbourhood Initiative

Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed the proposal by Newry Mourne and Down Council to introduce a new Neighbourhood Services initiative. This new proposal will see services joined-up, contactable through one telephone number, one web-page, one service, via the ‘Neighbourhood Service’ brand. The proposal was tabled at the Regulatory,…

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SERC Apprentice Skills Showcased At Skillbuild

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) apprentices gathered their tools to compete against each other in the annual inter-campus Skillbuild competition which was held at the Lisburn Campus. The event is designed to test and challenge the ability of its apprentices working in the construction trades including, joinery, plastering and carpentry….

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Patrick Brown Sets Up Politics Volunteer Company

A local councillor has set up an international political experience company focussing initially on the USA political scene. Councillor Patrick Brown who represents the Rowallene area for the Alliance Party is no stranger to the area of international politics as he studied this subject for his degree at Sheffield University…

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Armstrong Welcomes Government’s PIP Ruling

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has welcomed the UK Government deciding not to challenge a court ruling stating Personal Independence Payments (PIP) were unfair to people will mental health conditions. In December, the High Court ruled changes made by the Government to PIP last year, which limited the amount of support…

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Statistics From The NI Substance Misuse Database: 2016/17

Statistics From The NI Substance Misuse Database: 2016/17  The Department of Health today published the “Statistics from the NI Substance Misuse Database 2016/17” report and accompanying tables. The bulletin summarises information on people presenting to services with problem drug and / or alcohol misuse and relates to the 12-month period…

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Lions Raise £450 At Table Quiz For PIPS

Downpatrick Lions Vice President Sean Carvill recently presented a cheque for £450, the proceeds of a table quiz held at The Lakeside Inn, to Josephine McAteer of the Downpatrick Branch of PIPS. Josephine thanked the Lions Club members and said the donation would go a long way towards providing immediate…

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DE Launches Integration Works Booklet For Schools

A new guide from the Department of Education in NI – entitled “Integration Works” – sets out the process of becoming an officially integrated school. Jason Milligan, the Principal of Killyleagh Integrated Primary School which recently took on integrated status in September 2016, joined Derek Baker, Permanent Secretary at the…

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Shannon Concerned About Killyleagh Ulster Bank

Strangford MP Jim Shannon MP has met with Dan McGinn and Terry Robb from Ulster Bank with Rowallene Councillors Billy Walker and Terry Andrews to discuss the proposed closure of Killyleagh Ulster Bank. He said: “I began the meeting by stating that I found it difficult to see that the…

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Rice To Raise Carnreagh Flooding With DFI Roads

Slieve Croob Sinn Féin Cllr John Rice will join MP Chris Hazzard for a meeting with Dept for Infrastructure Roads. Cllr Rice said: “I will be raising the issue of continual flooding on the Carnreagh road. “I have recently visited residents of the road and heard first-hand the problems they…

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Support The Down Moving Image Archive Survey

Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive (DFA) is conducting a survey to determine the extent of Northern Ireland’s moving image heritage and is seeking the support of Co Down residents. The survey, which is supported by the British Film Institute (BFI), marks the first crucial step in the long-term preservation…

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Down Pharmacies Provide Prescription For Success

The people of County Down are in great hands as three local pharmacists take home trophies from Northern Ireland’s leading awards ceremony,  the highly-esteemed annual Pharmacy in Focus awards, which were hosted this year by the province’s own Eamonn Holmes. The village of Strangford is celebrating this week after the local…

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SERC Chefs In Semis Of Top Culinary Contest

Aspiring chefs from SERC are through to semi-finals of hot culinary competition. Three aspiring young chefs from South Eastern Regional College (SERC) have reached the semi-finals of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge 2018 competition. Team members from the Level 2 professional cookery course Eoin Gallagher, Darren Boyle and Ciaran…

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Return Of The Red Dress Run In North Down

A sea of red runners and walkers is to take over Stormont. This is a great way to shake off the effects of an over-indulgent Christmas and hit the road running for 2018. Northern Ireland’s only ‘Red Dress Run’ is set to return for the second year to Stormont Estate…

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Alliance Leader Meets Local Activists in Newcastle

Alliance Party Leader Naomi Long MLA visited Newcastle last week to meet with South Down Alliance Party activists, briefing them on the political situation at Stormont and discussing plans for growing the party in the constituency. During the visit Mrs Long highlighted the need for a progressive, cross-community voice in…

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