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Beware of Rogue Clothing Agencies in the Down Area

BEWARE of rogue clothing agencies! That is the message from South Down MLA Seán Rogers and Newcastle area Councillor Eamonn O’Neill who have both spoken out on rogue clothing collection agencies masquerading as charitable organisations. Mr Rogers saidL “I was alarmed to learn that some organisations claiming to be charities are…

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O’Neill Says Castlewellan Fair Had Excellent Turnout

NEWCASTLE area SDLP Councillor Eamonn ONeill has spoken out following another successful Fair Day in Castlewellan on the May Day (1 May). Councillor O’Neill said”“It was a great day weather wise and there was an excellent turnout at the Fair.  The Fair Day has been a long-standing tradition in Castlewellan and…

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O’Neill Says Annsborough Park Needs Proper Drainage

NEWCASTLE area SDLP Councillor Eamonn O’Neill has approached the DRD Roads Service regarding serious drainage issues in Annsborough Park. Councillor  O’Neill said: “The awful weather of last week caused havoc in Annsborough Park.  Water was pooling within the Park and not draining away. “This was a huge inconvenience for the…

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O’Neill Says Check Your Benefit Entitlements

NEWCASTLE area SDLP Councillor Eamonn ONeill has spoken out and encouraged those in the area to check their entitlement as many could be entitled to financial assistance and they are unaware. Councillor ONeill said: “There is assistance out there for those who are stuggling and also for those who are…

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Vandals Cause £100,000 Damage to WWtW Equipment in Annsborough

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour in Annsborough has set alarm bells ringing. A spate of acts of vandalism at a wastewater treatment works in Annsborough could lead to a major environmental incident, NI Water has warned. To date NI water has said that the cost of the damage is around £100,000. South Down…

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Council Debate On Pending Assembly Welfare Reform Bill

COUNCILLOR Stephen Burns brought a motion to Down District Council at its last sitting in 2012 challenging the controversial Welfare Reform Bill passing through Stormont. Public discussion on the welfare bill and its likely effects on Northern Ireland is growing strongly, and there are serious widespread fears that the changes…

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O’Neill Welcomes Increased Recycling

NEWCASTLE area  SDLP Councillor and the Chairman of Down District Councils’ Environment Committee, Eamonn ONeill, has spoken out following the publication of recycling statistics across the North. Councillor O’Neill said: “I wholeheartedly welcome the continued reduction in Household waste being sent to Landfill. Across the North there has been an…

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O’Neill Concerned At Digital Switch Over Issues for Elderly

NEWCASTLE area Councillor Eamonn ONeill (SDLP) has made representations to the BBC voicing his further dissatisfaction at some aspects of the Digital Switchover Scheme. Councillor O’Neill said: “At the beginning of October, I learned that some elderly constituents within Castlewellan were unable to access RTE channels following the switchover.  This…

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O’Neill Welcomes Boiler Replacement Scheme

Down District SDLP Councillor Eamonn ONeill has welcomed the Boiler Replacement Scheme. He said: “The scheme offers owner occupiers a grant of up to £1,000 to replace inefficient boilers, with energy efficient condensing oil or gas boilers; switching from oil to gas; or switching to a wood pellet boiler. It…

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