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Uniform Grants And Free School Meals Available To Working Parents

Councillor Carmel O’Boyle (SDLP) has encouraged parents on working tax credit to apply for free school meals, uniform and PE clothing allowances, following a change in assessment criteria. Cllr Carmel O’Boyle said: “Previously those receiving working tax credits were not eligible for clothing grants or school meals for secondary school children….

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Councillor O’Boyle Welcomes NI Floods Forum

NEWCASTLE area Councillor Carmel O’Boyle, the Down District Council representative on the local floods forum (LFF) that has been set up by the Strategic Policy Unity of DARD’s Rivers Agency, has welcomed the initiative. In Down District, flooding has occurred in Downpatrick and Newcastle and in smaller villages such as…

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Water Mains Improvements For Newcastle

Newcastle Councillor Carmel O’Boyle has welcomed work to commence on the laying of new water mains by NI Water in Newcastle. Newcastle Councillor Carmel O’Boyle has welcomed the announcement by NIW that they intend to carry out a six week programme of work in this part of Newcastle, beginning in…

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Future Newcastle Leisure Centre in the Spotlight

THE issue around the site of a replacement Newcastle Leisure Centre has been hotly debated in recent months by local councillors and political parties in the Council chamber and in the media. Is the time now fast approaching for critical decisions to be made to ensure that the new leisure…

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Saturday Canvas in Dundrum for SDLP

A team of SDLP councillors, Sean Rogers MLA and Margaret Ritchie MP visited Dundrum on Saturday (18 May) as part of a canvass schedule that will cover all parts of the new Slieve Croob District Electoral Area. Following the resetting of the boundaries for council elections, local parties will now…

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O’Boyle Says Dundrum Needs Tidied Up

SDLP Councillor Carmel O’Boyle has asked the Council’s Cleansing Department to carry out a thorough litter-pick at the Dromara Road in Dundrum. Following the walk about in Dundrum, with other SDLP councillors, MLA and MP, she has also asked the NI Housing Executive to ensure that weeds are sprayed as…

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Successful Day for Inspirational Women 2013

The day to mark International Women’s Day entitled “Inspirational Women 2013” following the success of its inaugural event last year. The event organised by Down District Council was held in Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Newcastle on Friday 8 March 2013. The event was hosted by the Council’s Elected Member Women’s…

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Cabra Road Repairs Welcomed By Rogers

South Down SDLP MLA Seán Rogers has welcomed road works that have been carried out on the junction of the Ardaghy Road and Lacken Road, Cabra. Mr Rogers said:  “My colleague Down District Councillor Carmel O’Boyle approached my office regarding serious flooding issues at the junction of these two roads….

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Disability Awareness Group Discuss Difficulties for Visually Impaired

MEMBERS of Down District Council’s Disability Awareness Group, at its meeting on Thursday 7 February, looked through the eyes of a guide dog to see how the design of street furniture can affect a visually impaired person. Arlene Verner, from Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, highlighted the difficulties caused…

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Newcastle Burren Meadow Residents Attend Meeting With Apex HA

THE Burren Meadow Residents in Newcastle have attended an induction event with Apex Housing Association. On Wednesday 30 January, this historic historic meeting was held in The Newcastle Centre. The first tranche of 18 tenants who are about to take up residency in Newcastle’s newest housing development, took part in an…

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Downpatrick To Host Sharing Cultures Event

Dalinimasis Kultùromis / Wspólnota Kultur – Downpatrick is to host a major Sharing Cultures event. Down Diversity in Action are inviting people from the many countries across the world currently living within Down District or surrounding areas to their ‘Sharing Cultures’ event. The event, scheduled for Friday 1 February 2013…

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Community Safety Survey Launched Online

DOWN Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is offering all local residents the opportunity to comment on how safe people feel in their communities.  The Partnership has launched an online survey as part of its role to consult the public about safety within the District. The confidential survey is open for two…

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Royal County Down Golf Club Voted Best Outside United States

ROYAL County Down (RCD) golf couse has been recognized as one of the top golf courses in the world up there with Pebble Beach. The County Down Club located at the bottom of the Mournes where the mountains sweep down to the sea, has now been elected as the best…

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PCSP To Light up Down District With Bonfire Beacon Events

THE 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 Carpark,…

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SDLP Speak Out On Education Issues

Rogers Says Educational Opportunity Missed SDLP South Down education spokesperson Seán Rogers  said the Education Bill should have been the vehicle to once and for all sort out the Transfer saga. He was speaking during the Second Stage debate on the Education Bill at Stormont on Monday. Mr Rogers said…

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