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McMahon People Solutions…A Co Down Based Human Resources Consultancy Looks Beyond The Recession

“Implementing ‘good’ HR practices will allow for a much more effective and efficient organisation; provide clarity for employees and will have a positive effect on profitability.” These are the words of Kieran McMahon, Managing Director of McMahon People Solutions – a  ‘one stop shop for all your staffing needs’. It…

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Clown Silly Tilly Enjoys Red Nose Day Every Day

SOME women become accountants, some become doctors, and some may even train as teachers, office workers and even ‘fisherwomen’. But Noeleen Breen from Strangford has done something completely off the wall and everyone is literally laughing at her… because she has become a professional clown! Her clown name is Silly…

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Hamilton Says Retail Is Big Key To Economic Regeneration

STRANGFORD MLA Simon Hamilton has told the Retail NI Conference that the retail sector will play an important role in regenerating the local economy. Speaking at the conference at the Stormont Hotel, Simon Hamilton, who is the Assembly Private Secretary to the Finance Minister, said, “I think that sometimes retail…

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Call For Books For Castleward Book Fair

DO you have piles of old books in your home? Why not donate them and help raise funds for the upkeep of one of Northern Ireland’s finest historic houses and scenic countryside estates? Castle Ward by the shores of Strangford Lough, just outside Downpatrick, is appealing once again for your…

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RGU Club Notes and Reports

OUR thoughts are with our member Frank McCann, former Treasurer with the Club, who sadly lost his wife Roisin last week.  In her heyday Roisin played camogie for the RGU and County. A Mhuire, Banrion na NGael guigh ar a hAnam. The Senior Men brought their season to an end on Friday…

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Survey Shows Small Firms Get Small Change From Banks

THE success rate of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises that applied for a bank loan fell from 92% in 2007 to 65% in 2010, according to new figures released today. This compared to a fall from 88% to 65% in the UK over the same period. The Northern Ireland survey…

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DARD MInister Announces 2012 LFA Compensatory Allowances' Rates

AGRICULTURE Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA today (Monday 31st October) announced the rates for the 2012 Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances Scheme. The Minister said: “I have looked very carefully at what we can afford this year and can now confirm that for payments issuing in 2012, the rates will remain…

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Margaret Ritchie Launches St Patrick Tourism Initiative

“Our greatest import can be our biggest export too,” were the powerful words spoken by South Down MP Margaret Ritchie describing the legend of Saint Patrick at the launch of one of the biggest tourist initiatives in Downpatrick for years writes Anne O’Hare Ms Ritchie was a key player in…

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Lyric Theatre Scoops UK-wide Cultural Diversity Award

THE Lyric Theatre in Belfast is today celebrating after winning an award in London last night for its promotion of cultural diversity. The annual Theatre Awards UK are given by the Theatrical Management Association (TMA) to honour creative excellence and the outstanding work seen on stages throughout England, Scotland, Wales…

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Another Potty Hallowtides Festival In Newcastle

ONCE again Newcastle’s Hallowtides Festival was deemed a triumphant success, despite the weather’s best attempts to derail the ‘Potty Express’.   Tens of thousands of eager spectators and participants descended on a wet and windy promenade on Saturday 29th October hoping that the weather would turn, and turn it did! But…

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Pollution Continues In Glasswater River At Crossgar

FOLLOWING further complaints about the leakage of an oily substance into the Glasswater River at Crossgar bridge, the NIEA has once again extended its already lengthy investigation to monitor the pollution incident. In the past two years nine pollution incidents relation to oil in the river have been investigated. John…

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Councillor Cadogan Enright Welcomes Court Victory Over Equal Access For Irish Speaking Pupils

DOWNPATRICK Councillor Cadogan Enright celebrated a successful end to a five year campaign last week to win local Irish speaking children equal access to education in line with all other educational sectors. Now Irish speaking students has equal access to transport to and from their schools. Cllr Enright said, “As…

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DISRUPTION NOTICE FOR DOWN NEWS – UPGRADING

DOWN News will be upgrading its Internet newspaper website over the next week and hopefully it will be a better experience for the many surfers and supporters since it was first set up in October 2009. The website may be down for up to two days with some other technical…

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Drugs Bust In Ballynahinch

OFFICERS from Ballynahinch Neighbourhood Policing Team are pictured with evidence bags filled with drugs shortly after a house search in Ballynahinch. They carried out the search in the Hilfoot area  on Tuesday October 25th and seized herbal cannabis, almost £300 cash and items that could be used in the cultivation of cannabis….

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Publication Of Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin

THE Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin, including sales of new houses and apartments during the period April to June 2011, was published by the Department for Social Development today. Some of its key findings with year-on comparisons include: *   The average selling price of National House Building Council (NHBC) registered…

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