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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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Retail NI Calls For Political Progress in 2018

2018 Must See Political Progress -Retail NI New Year Message In its New Year Message, Retail NI has described 2017 as a wasted year for local politics and urged the parties to redouble their efforts to re-establish an Executive. Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “2017 was a year of…

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Wells Calls For Resignation Of Patrick Brown

Councillor Patrick Brown is in the eye of a storm following a conviction last July for drink driving. Councillors are expected to comply with the statutory Code of Conduct which applies to all councillors in Northern Ireland, and DUP South Down MLA Jim Wells has, following a recent article in…

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Musgrave Invests £17million In Food Image Range

County Down company Willowbrook Foods is just one of the quality producers who have helped Musgrave create their incredible own-brand, Fresh For You range of products. “To date, the company has spent £17m developing their Fresh for You range which is available in leading convenience retailers SuperValu, Centra and Mace,”…

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First Recruits Join Phoenix Apprenticeship Scheme

Local apprentices, Joe Dobson (20) from Castlewellan, Jonathan Gough (20) and Martin Logue (24) from Downpatrick are the first new recruits to take up a full-time gas engineering apprenticeship with Phoenix Natural Gas as the company extends its network into 13 new towns in County Down. Phoenix Energy Services employed…

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Road Improvements In County Down

£252,000 resurfacing scheme on Hospital Road, Newry.A £252,000 carriageway resurfacing scheme on Hospital Road, Newry will commence on Monday 8 January 2018. The scheme will deliver significant improvements to both the structural integrity and surface of the road. Work is expected to take approximately 8 weeks to complete. The resurfacing…

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