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McGrath Concerned at South East Trust £7.1m Variance From Budget

DOWNAPTRICK Councillor Colin McGrath (SDLP) has said he is concerned at the South East Area Health and Social Trust’s variance from its budget by over £7 million pounds. Following a number of cut backs by the South Eastern HSC Trust, Councillor McGrath said:  “I wrote to the Chief Executive of the…

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Sinn Féin Condemn Attackers Of A Woman in Downpatrick

DOWNPATRICK Sinn Féin Councillor Liam Johnston has hit out at those responsible for attacking a young woman in the Demense area of Downpatrick in the early hours of Thursday 10 October. Councillor Johnston said: “The whole community in Downpatrick is stunned, shocked and angered by this brutal attack on a 27-year old woman with what appears…

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Johnston To Step Down From Council At May 2014 Election

IN an announcement on his Facebook page, underlining the importance of social media on modern politics, local Down District Council Sinn Féin councillor Liam Johnston from Downpatrick  has indicated that he will be standing down in the next local government election in May 2014. Over the past couple of years,…

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Current Amenity Centre Outdated Says Johnston

DOWNPATRICK  Sinn Féin councillor Liam Johnston has repeated calls to get a new amenity centre in Downpatrick. Councillor Johnston said: “For the last eight years since I have been in Down District Council a new civic amenity centre was earmarked for Downpatrick, but has still not materialized. “With the weather improving…

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Johnston Welcomes Demolition of Former St John’s Home

DOWNPATRICK Sinn Fein Councillor Liam Johnston has welcomed the beginning of the demolition of the old St.Johns Home in Downpatrick. Councillor Johnston said: “For many years St John’s home in Pound Lane has been an asset to the local community for the elderly and those seeking respite care. It was badly…

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Fears for Buildings as Social Services Move in Downpatrick

ANOTHER potential site of arson and vandalism could be soon created in the heart of Downpatrick. With ongoing  fears by local businesses and residents in the county town, Down District Councillor Liam Johnston (Sinn Féin) has expressed concern that the vacation of another property in Downpatrick could once again lead…

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Sinn Féin Welcome Ardglass Re-Surfacing Scheme

SINN Féin have secured a re-surfacing scheme due to take place across Ardglass before the Summer period begins. The news comes following a recent walkabout in Ardglass with Roads Service staff, facilitated by South Down Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard. Mr Hazzard welcomed the planned work and said: “I would like…

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NIHE Meadowlands Clear Up Welcomed by Sinn Féin

DOWNPATRICK Sinn Féin Councillor Liam Johnston has thanked the management and staff of the NI Housing Executive for their prompt response to a query at Meadowlands in Downpatrick. Councillor Johnston said: “I met last week with Housing Executive staff concerning a boundary wall behind numbers 41-61 Meadowlands after local residents had…

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