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Politicians Look Back At Downe Hospital On Its Fifth Anniversary

Five years ago today, the then Health Minister Michael McGimpsey MLA officially opened the new Downe Hospital in Downpatrick amidst great optimism across Down District. But within a year, tensions between South Eastern HSC Trust officials and local health campaigners and politicians had started to boil as changes to services…

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Home-Start Down District Still Optimistic For 2015

What does 2015 have in store for Home-Start Down District? Like many other charities in recent years, Home-Start has had a difficult financial time facing many hard decisions on the delivery of its services across the area writes Iwan Hynds. The charity has struggled through without any significant government funding…

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Halloween Panto In Newcastle To Celebrate Hallowtides

Come along and enjoy two great shows on Halloween weekend. On Friday 31 October at 8.30pm, Dracula – The Panto! will take place in the Newcastle Centre, bringing the Hallowe’en night festivities to a ‘spooktacular’ close. And on Saturday 1 November at 8pm, popular band The 4 of Us will…

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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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Police Say Secure Your Property Following Burglaries In Down District

Police in Down are advising home owners to ensure their property is secure at all times following a number of burglaries in the area recently. Sergeant Smith, from Newcastle PSNI, explained: “Last week, local police received reports of a number of burglaries in the area during which access was gained…

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Business Owners Urged To Join Beyond Support Network

A call has gone out to all business owners in Down District to join a support network aimed at helping them to grow and develop their services and products. The Beyond Network, which is managed by Down Business Centre on behalf of Down District Council, will be formally launched at…

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Down District Proud To Hold Unique Food Conference In Ballynahinch

The market town of Ballynahinch, County Down, will shortly play host to a unique conference  bringing artisan and smaller local food companies in Northern Ireland (NI) together with government policy makers, opinion formers and key decision makers to examine their role in NI’s food sector. The ‘LOCAL FOOD: Making Small…

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Lewis Says Compel Developers To Complete Pre-Adoption Work

UK Independence Party (UKIP) Down District Representative Alan Lewis, has written to the Minister for Regional Development requesting that building contractors are compelled to maintain housing developments to an adequate standard, prior to adoption. Mr Lewis said: “During this past year, I have dealt with many issues affecting part-completed housing…

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Bee Safe Buzzes Into Down District

Bee Safe 2014, organised by Down Home Accident Prevention (HAP), has buzzed into County Down on Monday 7  April, Hundreds of local primary school children from across the district took part in these events held in Downpatrick and Clough. The ‘Bee Safe’ education days inform children, using role-play and real life…

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Lewis Welcomes Ambulance Service Review

UKIP Down District representative Alan Lewis has welcomed a commitment by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) to review the provision of ambulance services in South Down. He said: “The review comes after it was revealed in January that it took an ambulance almost an hour to respond to an…

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Lewis Welcomes MOD Commitment To Ballykinler

UK Independence Party (UKIP) Down District representative Alan Lewis has welcomed the MOD commitment that Ballykinler Army Barracks is to retain its capacity as a training centre for the foreseeable future. The commitment came in the form of a reply to a letter Mr Lewis had sent the Secretary of…

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Down District Home Start Meet Finance Minister For Solution To Funding Crisis

STRANGFORD MP Jim Shannon has chaired a deputation with Down District Councillors Billy Walker, Gareth Craig and representatives from Home Start Ballynahinch, Newcastle, Newtownards, Comber and the Ards Peninsula to seek funding for the year 2014-2015. Putting the case to the Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA, the three Home-Start representatives…

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Lewis Calls For Action On Bus Shelters

The UK Independence Party’s (UKIP) Down  representative Alan Lewis has called for action to be taken to address a shortage of bus shelters in the Down District Council area. Mr Lewis said: “I have contacted Down Council’s Building and Estates’ Department  requesting repairs to Aughlisnafin bus shelter.  There are a…

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Call For Entrants For Down District’s Young Achievers Awards

DOWN District Council are now accepting applications for the Dermot Curran Young Achiever Awards 2014. Launched in 2004, the Dermot Curran Young Achiever Awards is designed to acknowledge and encourage outstanding young individuals who have contributed to the economic development of Down District and enable them to further develop their…

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Double Murder Shocks For Down District

Detectives from the Serious Crime Branch are investigating the murders of Finbar McGrillen (42,) believed to be from Castlewellan and Caron Smyth (40) originally from Drumaness whose bodies were found in a flat at Ravenhill Court in south-east Belfast last Friday, have been granted additional time to question a 33-year…

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