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Clarke Comments On Newcastle Cattle Trailer RTA

Mournes Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has said it was a miracle that there was no loss of life of passers by or road users following the overturning of a cattle trailer at the Central promenade’s Rock area in Newcastle on Saturday morning on 8 April. Cllr Clarke, speaking after…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Presses For 30 MPH Limit At Burrenbridge

Sinn Féin Mourne’s Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed Transport NI’s proposal to introduce a 40-mph speed limit on the Burrenbridge Road,Castlewellan. The Department of Infrastructure are currently consulting with Newry Mourne and Down District Council on their proposal, and while welcoming the proposal, I believe the Department should reconsider Sinn…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Welcomes Road Improvements

Mournes Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed resurfacing work carried out to Shanslieve Drive in Newcastle. Cllr Clarke said: ”I had been contacted by a number of residents regarding the poor condition of a section of Shanslieve Drive. “Having viewed the poor state of the surface on the Shanslieve…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Concerned Over Wall

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has met with Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard regarding his concerns about a public pedestrian footpath on the Bryansford Road / Rowley Meadows junction in Newcastle which being obstructed by a wall forcing pedestrians onto the busy Bryansford Road causing risk to life and limb….

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Clarke Calls For Liofa Funding Rethink By Givan

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor has said the Minister for Communities Paul Givan should immediately restore £50k of bursaries to the Líofa initiative. He added: “This decision by the DUP Minister Paul Givan to remove £50k bursaries from the Líofa initiative shows further disregard for the Irish language. This is a…

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Clarke Calls For Irish Passport Office In North

Mournes Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has supported calls for the establishment of an Irish Passport office in the North of Ireland. Cllr Clarke was speaking after it was revealed that record-breaking 740,000 Irish Passports were issued in 2016. Around 65,000 of the Irish passports were issued to people in…

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Another Serious Arson Attack In Newcastle

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire at flats at Burrendale Park Road in Newcastle in the early hours of Thursday 8 December. The fire, which has now been extinguished by NIFRS personnel, was reported to police at around 3.40am. Substantial damage has been caused to the block of…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Calls For End To Egg Throwing

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has warned egg-throwing teenagers that they could cause a serious accident if they don’t stop their antisocial behaviour. Cllr Clarke said: “I have witnessed attacks on vehicles in Newcastle at the traffic lights on the Shimna Road, and Dundrum Main Street in Newcastle. This activity might…

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Mourners Sinn Féin Councillors Express Concerns On Road Safety At Bloody Bridge

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillors Willie Clarke and Sean Doran have welcomed the decision by Traffic NI to set out slow road markings on the A2 Newcastle to Kilkeel Road at the Bloody Bridge car park location. Cllr Clarke said: “While these road markings are to be welcome they do not go…

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Social Security Offices Closures Cause Political Reaction In Newry And Down Area

Jim Shannon MP and Rowallene Councillor Billy Walker  have met with Communities Minister Paul Givan regarding Ballynahinch Social Security Office and demanded that a public voice must  must be heard on consultation. Jim Shannon MP for Strangford, speaking after a meeting with  Minister f Givan said: “We had a very…

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Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke Welcomes Hazzard’s Commitment To Newcastle Flood Alleviation

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed the commitment of Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to the delivery of a flood alleviation scheme at the Shimna River location in Newcastle. Councillor Clarke said: “The Minister in a response to my lobbying, outlined the progress that has been made by DARD…

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Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke Welcomes Rock Pool Listing In Newcastle

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has voiced his support for the listing of Newcastle ‘Rock Pool’. Cllr Clarke speaking following Newry Mourne and Down District Council Strategy Policy and Resources committee meeting, which discussed NIEA Built Heritage’s consideration to list the historic facility, said the Rock Pool is of…

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Local Social Security Offices Closures Is Concerning Says Councillor Willie Clarke

Sinn Féin Mourne’s Cllr Willie Clarke has voiced his concern in relation to recommendations to close two employment and benefits’ offices in Newcastle and Ballynahinch. Cllr Clarke was speaking following being made aware that a document was leaked onto the Civil Service internal Intranet on Tuesday 2nd August 2016. He…

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Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke Welcomes Footpath Improvements In Newcastle

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Councillor Willie Clarke (Sinn Féin) has welcomed a commitment that remedial work will be carried out on the footpath located at the Tollymore/ Bryansford Rd Junction in Newcastle. He said this decision will facilitate residents who are currently unable to use the footpath because…

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Newcastle Residents Praised By Councillor Willie Clarke

Mournes Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has commended the efforts of the community in designing and filling planters for estates on the Castlewellan Road, Newcastle. He said: “I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of residents and young people, who have been working on an inter-generational project,…

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