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Ritchie Continues Fight for End to Nuclear Power

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie highlighted the high cost to the public purse and the risk to public health across the eastern Irish seaboard by the continuation of the UK’s nuclear power programme when she addressed a group committed to a nuclear-free future. Ms Ritchie was making the keynote…

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Lecture on Downpatrick Placenames for Downpatrick Library

Beidh léacht ar logainmneacha i leabharlann Dhún Pádraig ag 6.45in Déadraoin 25 Deireadh Fómhair 2012. Ta an t-imeacht á eagrú ag an leabharlann le tacaíocht Chumann Gaelach Leath Chathail. Is í Máire Uí Chonboirne a bheith ann ar an oíche le labhairt faoi logainmneacha Leath Chathail. Tá tuilleadh eolais ar…

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Give Your Business A Boost At The Banbridge Networking Event

GIVE YOUR BUSINESS A LIFT THIS AUTUMN Attend the Banbridge Business Network Event Only Costs £10 – or you can attend free if you take out membership until the end of 2013

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PCSP To Light up Down District With Bonfire Beacon Events

THE new Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) in conjunction with local PSNI neighbourhood teams and community groups have announced that four local Halloween events will run on Wednesday 31 October 2012 from 6.30pm until 9pm. Eco-friendly Bonfire beacons will be lit at each event in the following locations; Windmill Street…

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LOCAL anglers have been playing their part in promoting bio-diversity. Down District Council’s Biodiversity Officer, Danielle Begley, recently met with Downpatrick and District Anglers to discuss environmental issues in and around Loughinisland Lake. The lake is stocked with trout and members fish the lake from small boats. The picturesque lake…

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Volunteering Opportunities With The NSPCC

THE NSPCC is showcasing the wide variety of volunteering opportunities available for people living in Co Down at an information day on Monday 22 October. Existing volunteers will be speaking about their experiences and attendees will have the chance to chat to key volunteer coordinators and browse stands for information…

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Alliance Backs Narrow Water Green Light

AT a meeting of the Alliance executive yesterday, Down District Councillor Patrick Clarke was appointed as their South Down spokesman. Although Councillor Clarke was tight-lipped about Alliance’s party plans in the South Down electoral constituencies for the next RPA Council election, the Assembly and Westminster elections, it appears that the…

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Narrow Water Bridge Decision Welcomed By Mick Murphy

CROTLIEVE  SInn Féin Councillor Mick Murphy has welcomed the news that planning permission has been granted for the proposed bridge at Narrow Water Castle. He said: “I am delighted that planning permission has now been granted for the Narrow Water bridge as I have been campaigning for it for many…

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Ritchie Hails Attwood’s Decision On Narrowwater Bridge

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has hailed the Minister for Environment’s decision to approve the planning application for the symbolic Narrow Water Bridge… the first bridge linking the north and south of this island of Ireland. Speaking following the  announcement, Ms Ritchie, a long-time campaigner for the bridge, said: “The…

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3000 Pumpkins to Choose From at Castleward Pumpkinfest

PUMPKINS, pumpkins and more pumpkins! Huge crowds are once again expected to attend the annual “Pumpkinfest” at Castle Ward, near Stranmgford, Co Down on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October. Ruth Teijido, Castle Ward Visitors’ Services, said: “We have an amazing 3,000 pumpkins to choose from!  You can scoop out the…

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Extra Meetings to Consider Welfare Reform Bill

AS the Welfare Reform Bill creeps creeps closer to reality with major implications for many people in Northern Ireland on welfare, housing and disability benefits, intense discussions are going ahead to deal with this very complex issue many see as a potential tomb bomb. The Committee for Social Development has…

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De La Salle Pupils Raise Awareness About Money Issues

YEAR Nine pupils from De La Salle High School in Downpatrick participated in an event to raise awareness of financial issues within our current society called “Protecting your Money”. The event was organised through Credit Action with their Year Head Miss Carrigan.  

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£300,000 Road Improvements for Killyleagh and Ballynahinch

TRANSPORT Minister Danny Kennedy has welcomed plans to begin two resurfacing schemes costing nearly £300,000 in the Down District Council area this month.

Roads which will benefit from the planned resurfacing works are the A24 Belfast Road Ballynahinch and Strangford View, Killyleagh. The roads investment has also been welcomed by Rowallene…

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Hazzard Welcomes Translink Wi-Fi Investment on South Down Routes

SOUTH Down MLA Chris Hazzard has welcomed the launch of Internet connectivity on Translink Goldline services from Downpatrick and Newcastle. Following a meeting with Translink officials this week, the local Assemblyman described Translink’s initiative as “a welcome step in the right direction for public transport across South Down and further…

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NIIRTA Welcome OFMDFM Job Creation Projects

THE Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association has welcomed the £26 million Job creation package by OFMDFM and highlighted in particular £4 million for Enterprise Incubation Hubs in empty shops. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “These signature projects are very welcome and in particular the £4 million to establish Enterprise…

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