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Walker Looks Back On His Term In Office As Council Chair

Councillor Billy Walker looks back on a whirlwind retm in office as the last chairman of Down District Council. The council has been subsumed into the new super council of Newry Mourne and Down District Council, and Billy, a DUP councillor,  cherishes the memories and achievements in his role as…

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Walker Watches Down District Council Finally Go Out With A Bang

Down District Council has finally gone out with a bang! Thousands of people gathered in the Market Street Car Park in Downpatrick last Saturday evening in a Community Celebration and fireworks display  to mark the end of Down District Council’s 42 years in existence before it is absorbed into the…

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Council Chairman Presents Honours At Inspirational Youth Awards

Recognising Achievement, Raising Aspirations, Realising Potential at the Inspirational Youth Awards 2015. Forty young people were honoured at Down District Council’s Chairman’s Inspiring Youth Awards at the spacious Downpatrick Racecourse function suite on Saturday 28 March 2015 with almost 300 guests. It was a superb afternoon of celebration, entertainment and…

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Down District Council Wins Prestigous Golden Carton Award

Down District Council has won a Golden Carton Award for its work to increase drinks carton recycling in the district. The awards, which are designed to celebrate environmental leadership and recycling best-practice, recognise local authorities achieving the greatest improvements in beverage carton recycling. Fay Dashper, Senior Recycling Manager at ACE…

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Sinn Féin Meet BT Over Broadband Concerns

A delegation of Sinn Féin representatives has met with BT to raise a series of broadband concerns. Councillor Naomi Bailie led the delegation in a bid to improve services across the Down area. She said: “Rural dwellers right across Down are increasingly frustrated with the level of broadband service available…

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Walker Calls For Support For James Savage As UK Youth Parliament Candidate

Down District Councillor Billy Walker from Rowalllene area has asked people across the district to back Killyleagh teenager James Savage in his bid to be elected to the UK Youth Parliament. Voting closes on Friday 27 February. James Savage is a fifth year pupil at Blackwater Integrated College in Downpatrick…

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Newry Mourne And Down Council Irish Language Policy Under Fire From Unionists

The four Unionists on the Newry Mourne and Down District Council are at loggerheads with Sinn Fin over the call-in review process by Sinn Féin and over the use of the Irish language on Council logos and headed paper. DUP Councillor Garth Craig explained: “Speaking as DUP Group Leader on…

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Council Chairman Launches Customer Access Centre In Ballynahinch

Down District Council Chairman, Cllr William Walker, recently launched the Council’s Customer Access Centre at the Market House in Ballynahinch. The event showcased the existing facilities and new services now available for residents and visitors to Ballynahinch and surrounding areas. As well as having rooms for hire, the Market House…

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Down District Council Chairman Searches For Young Award Winners

With just a few days before the closing date on Friday 20 February 2015, Down District Council Chairman Councillor Billy Walker has issued a final call for nominations to the Chairman’s Inspirational Youth Awards. This year the Council Chairman will host the Inspirational Youth Awards to recognise the positive contribution…

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Enter Your Business In Down District In The Dragon’s Den-Styled Competition

Down District Council has announced a new ‘Dragon’s Den’ style project for local businesses. The opportunity received a boost yesterday as local entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs were invited to an information session held at Down Business Centre where members of the Down Enterprise Forum organising the event chatted to interested persons…

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Community Planning Moves Ahead In Newry, Mourne And Down Council Area

Community Planning is a strategic planning process that puts the needs and views of the citizen at the centre of public service delivery. From the 1April 2015, Councils across Northern Ireland will be responsible for coordinating a Community Planning Partnership with partners in health, education, police, economic development, tourism, environment…

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Down District Council Health Fairs Planned For January

Down District Council in association with the Patient and Client Council and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), has announced details of their forthcoming Health Fairs scheduled in the New Year. Four Health Fairs are planned throughout the District and individuals and families are urged to come along and…

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Council Equality and Diversity Working Group Support Age Friendly District






Life may be looking brighter for the elderly in South Down following the merger of the two councils next April. Members of the Down District Council Equality and Diversity Working received a presentation from Regina Mackin, Newry and Mourne District Council, regarding the Newry and Mourne Age Friendly Initiative. The…

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McGrath Gets Unanimous Support For SDLP Council Motion For Judicial Review Of Downe Hospital Cuts

Downpatrick Councillor Colin McGrath (SDLP) presented a motion to Down District Council Council calling for council solicitors to examine all of the decisions taken to reduce the bed count at the Downe Hospital and ascertain that all policies and procedures were correctly followed. The motion received unanimous support. Speaking following…

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Down Business Centre Casts Net For New Business Start Ups In Ardglass

Have you got what it takes? People in Ardglass are getting the chance of a lifetime to step out of unemployment and step into a new exciting business venture opportunity. Down Business Centre is recruiting for an initiative aimed at helping people living within the fishing dependent community of Ardglass…

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