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Join The Intertrade Ireland Venture Capital Conference

InterTradeIreland’s Annual Venture Capital Conference Returns To Belfast. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast Wednesday 7th March 2018. Once again it brings together in one room for one day the island’s new and growing companies seeking investment along with all of the funds and individuals on the island with money to invest….

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Boyle Concerned About Gritting On Ards Peninsula

Ards Peninsula Councillor Joe Boyle has written to Transport NI highlighting the concerns from local residents of additional gritting required for the Ballygalget Road Portaferry and the Inishargy Road at  Kircubbin. He said: “There have been many changes to the usage of these roads in recent years particularly to the…

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Girvan Dismayed As Votes At 16 Motion Defeated

Alliance Councillor Deborah Girvan has said she is disappointed after a motion calling for Ards and North Down Council backing for Votes at 16 to be extended to Northern Ireland fell due to Unionist opposition. The debate at Ards and North Down Borough Council, which had been secured by Alliance,…

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£350,000 Road Improvement On A50 At Ballyward

A £350,000 road improvement scheme on the A50 Ballyward Road, Ballyward is due to commence on Monday 8 January 2018. The scheme, which will involve drainage works and the resurfacing of a 2km stretch of the A50 Ballyward Road, Ballyward from the Flush Road junction to the Gargarry Road/Clanmaghhery Road…

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John Wilson Elected To Downpatrick Railway President

The Downpatrick and Co. Down Railway Society have a new president, with the election of John Wilson at their recent annual AGM. Mr Wilson, from Newcastle Co. Down, succeeds the late WF Gillespie OBE, who sadly passed away in June of this year. Mr Wilson said: “I regard this appointment…

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Calvin’s Ballyriver Walk Tops Clanmil Competition

Clanmil Housing recently approached primary school students in the Ballynahinch area to take part in a competition to name its new family housing development on Dromore Street in the town. Pupils from St Patrick’s Primary, Ballynahinch Primary and Drumlins Integrated School took up the challenge to find an original name…

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Police Launch Domestic Abuse Christmas Campaign

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has today launched its annual domestic abuse Christmas campaign.  The message of the campaign is ‘If you feel like you’re walking on eggshells that’s domestic abuse’. The campaign which will run from now until the middle of January is designed to encourage the reporting of…

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EU Fisheries Council Sets 2018 Quotas

There was an air of Christmas cheer this year at the EU Fisheries summit in Brussels as the 2018 fishing opportunities were announced. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has commented on the outcome of the 2017 December Fisheries Council as a “positive result”. A Department spokesperson…

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Council To Support Ardglass Fishing Sector Bid

The fishing fleet of Ardglass received a welcome boost on Monday night when the Newry Mourne and Down District Council Economic regeneration and Tourism committee proposed to support the new group, Ardglass Harbour Developments in its bid to make important changes to the harbour infrastructure. The Council’s Economic Regeneration and…

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McGrath Says Funding Stress Is Hitting Education

The SDLP spokesperson for Children and Young People, South Down MLA Colin McGrath, has spoken up about his fears for the education service. Mr McGrath said: “A warning from the Chief Executive of the Education Authority about a £350m funding gap proves what many have known for a long time……

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Pipes And Drums Masterclass Coming To Belfast

The Music Service for Pipes and Drums will be holding a Master Class on Saturday 16 Dec in the Ulster-Scots Discovery Centre, Belfast. The plan for the day will be to attend various tutors who will discuss practice/finger technique, trying different types of drone reeds in your pipes, setting up your bagpipes….

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Shannon Speaks Up For NI Fishermen In Commons

Strangford MP Jim Shannon speaking during the annual Fisheries Debate at Westminster has stood up for the fishermen throughout Northern Ireland. He said after his peach: “Yesterday my colleague David Simpson and the former Minister for Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in  the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations has a five-step plan….

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Hazzard Calls On Farmers To Engage With Bovine TB Consultation

Sinn Féin South Down MP Chris Hazzard has called on the local farming community to engage with the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs’ (DAERA) ongoing consultation on a new Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Strategy. The South Down MP said: “In her time as Agriculture Minister, Michelle O’Neill established the Tuberculosis…

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DAERA Offers Post Grad Studentships For 2018

2018 Postgraduate Studentships competition now open for applications. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has called on postgraduate students to play their part in research and development by entering the 2018 Postgraduate Studentships competition. DAERA provides approximately £700,000 per annum to fund Postgraduate Studentships and is currently…

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UFU Welcome Opening Of Second Tranche Of Tier 1 FBIS

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed the announcement that the second Tranche of Tier 1 of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme will open early next year. UFU Deputy President Ivor Ferguson said: “This is encouraging news and the UFU welcome its launch.  The second Tranche of Tier 1 for investment…

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