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Trust Volunteers Recognised By A Night Of Entertainment

Mr Colm McKenna, Chairman of the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, hosted an evening event to say a big thank you to volunteers working within its hospital and community facilities. Volunteers were treated to an evening buffet and were entertained by Anna Blake who played the violin and…

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Shannon Welcomes Initiative Between SERC And Mash Direct

Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford, has thanked Mash Direct’s Martin Hamilton and Chief Executive Ken Webb of SERC for a meeting that will enable both parties to assist young people from the Ards area to seek employment. At present MASH Direct employ 160 people and this amount is set to…

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Shannon Meets DARD Fisheries Officials Over Under-15 Metre Vessel Prawn Quota Management

Shannon Fisheries Meeting at Dundonald House. Strangford MP Jim Shannon along with Nigel Edmund from Portavogie have met with NI Fisheries Department officials who have confirmed that their department have taken over control and allocation and management of the 100 ton quota of prawns for vessels 10 metres and under….

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Jim Shannon Says Caring Organisations Provide Valuable Function

Case in England highlights the fantastic job carried out by Crossroads caring for carers and Homestart says Jim Shannon MP.  Jim Shannon MP for Strangford has highlighted the “great work done” by those charities who specifically work with carers to help make their life that little bit easier. He said:…

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Electricity Prices Decision A Victory For Householders Says Shannon

Jim Shannon, DUP MP for Strangford,  has welcomed the decision made by the CC (part of the Competition and Markets Authority) to cap profits of NIE. He said: “The regulated network company’s decision last year to reject the price settlement offered by the Utility Regulator for Northern Ireland (UR) did…

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Trust Launches Quality Improvement And Innovation Centre

The new Quality Improvement and Innovation Centre at the South Eastern HSC Trust has been officially opened by Health Minister Edwin Poots at the Ulster Hospital. QIIC has been set up as a central hub to harness the wealth of staff knowledge, ideas and expertise within the Trust, and ensure…

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Killyleagh Scout Group Rescued From Strangford Lough

Jim Shannon MP for Strangford has thanked the life boat crew from Portaferry for their daring rescue of the teenage scout group who were floundering in Strangford Lough on Saturday past. Thirtwwn boys and girls were kayaking to an inlet just off the village of Killyleagh. Although bright, the wind…

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Shannon Welcomes the Ulster Scots To Westminster

Jim Shannon MP for Strangford has welcomed the Ulster Scots Agency to Westminster. The  numbers of MP’s and Peers who attended the event were over fifty. he said: “On show was the music of the Ulster Scots, soda bread, Ulster Scots dancers, the pipe, fiddle and the flute and as…

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Shannon Welcomes Welsh Labour Shadow Secretary Of State To Ards

STRANGFORD MP Jim Shannon welcomed Shadow Labour Secretary of State Minister Ivan Lewis MP to Ards on one of his first visits to the Province. Mr Shannon said: “The Shadow Minister has only been in place four months and I extended an invitation to him to visit Newtownards. He started…

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Yellowhammer Farmland Bird Project Praised At Westminster

im Shannon, MP for Strangford, speaking at the Farmland Bird Population debate at Westminster, commended the excellent three Yellowhammer Song Bird projects in his constituency of Strangford. He said: “The Yellowhammer Bird initiative at Lord Dunleath’s Ballywalter Estate, Calverts at the Ballybryan Road, Greyabbey and Martin Hamilton at Ballyrainey Road,…

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NI Water Visits Newry And Mourne Cares Group

NI Water recently visited Newry and Mourne Cares group in Newry to talk to them about NI Water campaigns such as Water Efficiency, our Customer Care Register and what not to flush down the loo. Jane Jackson, NI Water’s Environmental Education Manager, revealed to the group how we each use…

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Funding News: £600,000 For Volunteering Groups Up For Grabs

SOCIAL Development Minister Nelson McCausland has launched the 2014-2015 Small Grants programme for local volunteering groups. Organisations can now apply for grants of between £200 and £1,500 to help recruit and support volunteers. A total of £600,000 is available. The announcement follows the success of the 2013-2014 programme which was…

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Horse Racing Preview – Down Royal on 5 February

RACE  PREVIEW  DOWN ROYAL – 5 Feburary  Going: SOFT (Heavy in Places) Forecast: Rain/windy Afternoon 1.15 St. Patrick´s Punter Pack Handicap Chase – 3m A good handicap to start the proceedings for the first meeting of 2014. The one to watch for here is Witness of Fashion who is looking to…

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Health Campaigner Says Minor Injuries Unit Is A Slippery Slope

THE Down Community Health Committee (DCHC) leading the campaign to restore 24-hour cover to the Downe Accident and Emergency Department in Downpatrick has called on the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust to re-examine it Minor Injuries Unit proposal for the Downe A&E following the recent cuts to its…

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Council Chairman Leads Delegation To Health And Social Care Board Over Downe A&E Hours Cuts

Speaking after the meeting with the meeting with the Health and Social care Board, Councillor Maria McCarthy said: “The strength of the delegation was indicative of the strength of feeling against the temporary closure of A&E services in the Down. “The main points put forward concerned the future of the…

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