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Pedal Power At Castle Ward

NI Water brought along a water efficiency bicycle recently to the Castle Ward National Trust property where they challenged the public to show their ‘pedal power’. Promoting the water efficiency awareness campaign, staff handed out water efficiency packs and discussed with the public how to reduce water usage. With the…

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Hazzard Says National Parks Should Not Be Imposed

IN a strong and unequivocal statement on the National Park debate, South Down Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has made his position very clear. National Parks should not be imposed on communities he maintained and he added that Sinn Féin could not support any proposal for a National Park in…

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Traders in Crunch Talks at Stormont With First and Deputy Minister

ONE of the largest ever delegations of local Chambers of Commerce and Traders Groups has met with the First and Deputy First Ministers to press for urgent action to address the huge challenges facing our local town and city centres and the wider local retail sector. The meeting (Monday 10 September ) was organised by the Northern Ireland…

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McGrath Condemns Poot’s Decision To Cut Nurses and Midwifery Bursaries

COLIN McGrath, Down District Councilor and the SDLP local health spokesperson, has joined NUS-USI President Adrianne Peltz in expressing strong disapproval at Health Minister Edwin Poot’s announcement that nursing and midwifery bursaries will be significantly cut for students starting courses in the coming days. The Minister announced that annual bursaries…

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Information Panels Launched Around Lecale Coast

TEN detailed information panels have been installed at sites around the Lecale coast to add to people’s enjoyment of the Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership. South Down MP Margaret Ritchie  officially launched the panels  Thursday (6 September ) and said: “The…

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Locfood Workshop Set to Boost Food Sector

LOCAL food producers in County Down will have the opportunity to present their foodstuffs to delegates from 13 organisations in nine European countries. The European representatives will be arriving in Newcastle, County Down, in September to find out more about how Northern Ireland’s food companies can build the local economy. As…

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Paralympic Flame Set to Light Up Down

SPORTS Minister Carál Ní Chuilín is encouraging everyone to join in the Paralympic Flame celebrations which take place this week. The Flame will be lit at the top of Slieve Donard on 22 August. Then, on 25 August, the Flame will be simultaneously sent out from Stormont to eight locations…

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Down and Armagh Solar Firms Set Up Joint Venture

AMBER Green Energy, a dynamic renewable energy company in Co Armagh, has joined forces with a Co Down solar installation specialist, to deliver high quality solar PV and solar thermal sales, installation and support across the region. The joint venture between Amber Green Energy and Co Down firm, Global Solar…

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Shannon Condemns Ballynahinch Knife Attack

Strangford MP Jim Shannon has spoken out against the knife attack in Ballynahinch last weekend. He said: “When I heard the news I was horrified,  especially since those involved were so young. Knife crime can never be acceptable and I am glad to learn that the police have already made…

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Rogers Condemns Damage to Knocknashina Play Park

 SDLP South Down MLA Sean Rogers has said those responsible for setting alight Knocknashinna play park in Downpatrick last night have attacked local children’s right to play in a safe area. The new play facility was opened by Down District Council last year at a cost of £250,000. Mr Rogers…

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Sinn Féin’s Willie Clarke Welcomes Wall Repairs in Newcastle

SINN Féin Down District Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed the recent installation of new fencing at King Street in Newcastle replacing the damaged wall at the top of Kennedy’s Hill. Councillor Clarke said: “I had made representations to the Roads Service, and Down District Council to ensure the owners the…

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Police Appeal after Murlough Break-in

POLICE in Newcastle are appealing for information following a burglary at a National Trust property in Dundrum. Staff at Murlough House reported to police that the premises had been entered sometime between the 12-13 August and a till had been opened. However, nothing had been taken. Anyone who saw suspicious…

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Down District To Welcome the Paralympic Flame

DOWN DISTRICT TO WELCOME THE PARALYMPIC FLAME On Wednesday 22 August, Newcastle will once again be celebrating as it welcomes the creation of the Paralympic Flame in Down district. A week ahead of the start of the 2012 Paralympic Games, one of four Flames will be lit on Slieve Donard,…

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Colourful Cows Moo-ve at The Grove

THE world-famous COW Parade stopped off in Downpatrick on Monday 13 August and will remain at the Grove area beside The Saint Patrick Centre for one week of bovine fun. Welcoming the three large cows and one “mini moo” was Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mickey Coogan and Stephen Bill,…

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Council To Run Test Purchasing for Butane Gas Lighter Refills

YOUNG people are at risk across Co Down from inhaling butane gas. In Northern Ireland more teenagers die from sniffing household products than from abuse of all illegal drugs. Statistics would confirm that Northern Ireland has the highest number of fatalities per head of population in the United Kingdom. Solvent…

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