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Consultation Launched on a Draft Code of Practice for Entry to Premises Under Warrant

 Consultation launched on a draft Code of Practice for Entry to Premises under Warrant The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has launched a consultation on a draft Code of Practice for Entry to Premises under Warrant under the Diseases of Animals Order 1981. DARD is responsible for enforcing…

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Fisheries Minister Visits Arranmore on Fact Finding Mission

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has visited Arranmore Island, off the west coast of County Donegal, on a fact-finding mission and to discuss the importance of fishing for remote Island Communities with local fishermen. The visit, at the invitation of Pearse Doherty TD for Donegal South West, provided…

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Minister Launches Fourth Féile An Droichead

Arts Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has launched the fourth Féile an Droichead in Belfast. Féile An Droichead is south and east Belfast’s only traditional arts and Irish language festival. It will take place from 23-26 of August this year and will have a range of concerts, workshops and community events…

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Ruane Collects Ballyholland Traffic Calmining Petition

Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane and Councillor Peter Kearney have collected a petition from local residents calling for traffic calming measures to be implemented in the Ballyholland area Ms Ruane said: “Sinn Féin have been working on behalf of the local residents of Ballyholland in order to have traffic calming…

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Newcastle Ready For Festival of Flight Crowds.

THE Festival of Flight will literally take off  the ground  this week. County Down is gifted with a beautiful and dramatic coastline and making it more dramatic is a challenge… but tens of thousands of people will see how it’s done when Newcastle’s promenade becomes the stunning setting for the…

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Crossgar Teenager Stars in Lyric Production Of Oedipus

WHEN Crossgar teenager Ruth McAteer takes to the stage of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast this week  she will be playing for more than just the audience in the room. Rut (19) who has a starring role in the Lyric Summer School’s Greek tragedy Oedipus The King will be remembering…

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Ulster Wildlife Trust Raise Funds for Nature Conservation

CAITRIONA Mackel from the Ulster Wildlife Trust joined other volunteers to raise £136.73 for local nature conservation work at their charity collection in Brennans SPAR, Loughinisland, on Saturday 28 July. Also pictured is David Wylie from Brennans. The Ulster Wildlife Trust is Northern Ireland’s largest local nature conservation charity committed…

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South Eastern Trust Fostering Team in Triathalon

TO raise awareness of the need for Fostering in the South Eastern Trust area, Franz Kavanagh, Social Worker in the South Eastern Trust Intensive Support Fostering Team recently took part in a triathlon. The triathlon entailed swimming a mile in a Belfast swimming pool, cycling from Belfast for 30 miles…

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Ruane Signs Rugby Ball to Help Environment

SINN Féin South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane has endorsed the campaign calling for targets on climate change to be set by signing a rugby ball. Ms. Ruane said: “There is little doubt that our climate is changing and causing severe problems in areas such as farming and fishing as we…

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DCAL Releases Info On Recent Salmon Consultation

THE Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has outlined the initial findings of their public consultation on Salmon conservation. Given the serious decline in stocks of wild Atlantic salmon, the Department carried out the consultation on salmon conservation setting out a number of options for both commercial fishing and recreational…

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Hazzard Calls For Final Push On Quoile Barrier

SOUTH Down MLA Chris Hazzard has called for “one last push” from all agencies involved in the Quoile Barrier issue to find an acceptable solution and finally move towards establishing the Quoile River as a world class angling location. The Assemblyman recently met with local anglers at the river, and…

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Alliance Welcomes Dundrum Castle Visitor Centre Plan

NEWS that a small visitor centre may get the go-ahead close to Dundrum Castle has been welcomed by Newcastle Alliance Down District Councillor Patrick Clarke. The centre is one possible option being considered by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), in a bid to boost the tourism potential of the…

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Newcastle Police Warn of Counterfeit Money

POLICE  in Newcastle are advising businesses to be wary of people passing counterfeit notes after a number of fake ten pound notes were reported recently. In particular, amusement arcades, fast food outlets and bars have been used to pass or attempt to pass on counterfeit money in exchange for goods….

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Rogers Cautiously Welcomes ESA

SDLP Education Spokesperson Seán Rogers has offered a guarded welcome to the news of progress on the establishment of the Education and Skills Authority but has said that impressive words must be translated into positive action. Speaking after the news was announced, the South Down MLA said: “There is no…

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DCAL MInister Sets Out Consultations for Irish and Ulster Scots

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced a key milestone in the delivery of Programme for Government commitments on the Irish language and Ulster Scots language, heritage and culture. Minister Ní Chuilín has today (9 July 2012 ) issued separate public consultations on strategies for protecting and enhancing the development…

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