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Unionists Should Embrace Irish language Says Mac Con Midhe

SINN Féin Down District Councillor Éamonn Mac Con Midhe has said that unionists in Down District area should embrace the use of Irish Language on council signage and stationery. The call comes following claims from unionist councillors that the language was being forced upon them. At the last full  meeting…

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Ardglass Residents Angry at Flag Painted on Church Wall

A number of residents in Ardglass have complained to Down News about what they have described as insensitivity to one part of the community. An Irish tricolour flag has been painted on the wall on the side of the graveyard of the Presbyterian Church in a prominent position overlooking the…

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Mac Con Midhe Welcomes Vianstown Road Improvements

Downpatrick Sinn Féin Councillor Éamonn Mac Con Midhe has welcomed road improvements that have been carried out on the Vianstown Road which he says will make the area a lot safer for all users. Councillor Mac Con Midhe added: “New footpaths and the resurfacing of the Vianstown Road will go…

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Down Council Resolves Irish Language and Signage Row

The meeting at Down District Council to discuss a way forward for the new signage for the St Patrick’s Way tourism project was a combination of cloak and dagger committee work with full frontal assaults between parties. But after a very fraught meeting, it was finally agreed – after two…

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NITB Under Fire Over Irish Language Refusal in St Patrick Signs

CONFUSION reigns over the issue of the Irish language being used as a second language in signage for  the St Patrick’s Trail, a cross border project. After behind-the-doors discussions in Down District Council as to whether a barrister should be invited to explain the legal position surrounding a dispute with…

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