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McKevitt Again Calls On Roads Minister To Act On Dangerous Road

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has again called on Roads Minister Danny Kennedy to commit to addressing road safety at the Ballyholland Road in Newry. Mrs McKevitt has written to the Minister on two previous occasions highlighting road safety concerns in the area but the Department has failed to…

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McKevitt Welcomes Council’s Broadband Ambitions

McKevitt Welcomes Council’s Broadband Ambitions South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has welcomed news that Newry, Mourne and Down Council has granted planning approval for infrastructure to improve rural broadband access. 50 new broadband cabinets will be installed across the Council area with particular focus around Kilkeel, Downpatrick and South…

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McKevitt Urges Farmers To Check Farm Safety For Children

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has urged farmers to take advantage of Child Safety on Farms Week by ensuring that premises are secure and pose minimal risks to children and young people. Mrs McKevitt MLA said: “Next week is Child Safety on Farms week and it’s important that local farmers…

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McKevitt Says Hospital Waiting Times Must Be Urgently Addressed

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has called for urgent action to address spiralling hospital surgery waiting times in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area. Mrs McKevitt was speaking after correspondence with health officials revealed a waiting time of over one year for some inpatient/daycase surgeries. She said:…

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McKevit Praises Irish Open Volunteers

McKevitt pays tribute to volunteers who have promoted Northern Ireland globally. Culture, Arts and Leisure Spokesperson Karen McKevitt MLA (SDLP) has paid tribute to volunteers at the Irish Open and other events who have raised the profile of the North as a vibrant destination for tourists and businesses alike. Mrs…

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McKevitt Secures Extension To Phone Mast Consultation

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has secured an extension to a consultation with Ashgrove residents in Warrenpoint about the installation of additional phone antennae in the area. Mrs McKevitt, who helped residents to successfully fight similar moves in 2007, said: “I was taken aback when I discovered that once again…

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McKevitt Backs Heart Month Ten Minute Challenge

Karen McKevitt MLA (SDLP) is encouraging everyone, young and not so young, to take the British Heart Foundation’s Heart Month 10 Minute Challenge. Mrs McKevitt is getting behind the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Northern Ireland’s Heart Month, calling on the people of South Down to take 10 minutes to…

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McKevitt Welcomes Cycling Strategy Consultation Events

SDLP Culture, Arts and Leisure spokesperson Karen McKevitt MLA has welcomed confirmation from the Department of Regional Development that consultation events on the draft bicycle strategy will be held across the North in the coming weeks. Ms McKevitt said: “Cycling in Northern Ireland has undergone a real gear change in the…

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McKevitt Part Of SDLP Delegation To Discuss All-Party talks With Taoiseach

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) was part of a delegation that met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton to discuss the fallout from the recent breakdown in all-party talks on the past, flags and parading. Speaking following the meeting at Leinster House, Dublin, on Monday, Ms McKevitt…

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McKevitt Says Further Improvements At Dangerous Junction Needed

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has said that “the latest accident at the A2 junction with the Old Warrenpoint Road, which sadly resulted in the death of a Newry woman, authorities must ficus on implementing further improvements at this dangerous junction.” Ms McKevitt was speaking after convening a meeting…

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McKevitt Welcomes NI Screen Funding Boost

SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt has welcomed news the government agency that oversees Northern Ireland’s film and television industry will receive a budget increase of more than 50% over the next four years. Ms McKevitt, the SDLP’s Culture, Arts and Leisure spokesperson and a member of the Assembly’s DCAL committee,…

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Alarm at Warrenpoint Family Held Hostage

South Down politicians have spoken out against a rcent hostage taking incident in Warrenpoint. South Down MLA  Karen McKevitt has condemned the “evil thugs” who held a family hostage in Warrenpoint last night during a tiger kidnapping. Ms McKevitt said: “The terrifying ordeal happened at approximately 8.30pm leaving three members of a…

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McKevitt Says Stay Safe During Severe Weather

SDLP representatives in South Down are urging people to stay safe during treacherous weather conditions. South Down MLA Karen McKevitt and Crotlieve Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick commented when visiting the scene of a house fire in Mayobridge which began after an electricity pole collapsed on top of houses in Saint Anne’s…

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McKevitt Says Minister Bowing To Pressure Is Welcome News

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has expressed delight that the Health and Social Care Board has decided to extend the consultation on a regional day opportunities model for learning disability until the 10 January. Ms McKevitt has raised the issue directly with the Minister, asking specifically for an extension so…

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McKevitt Calls For Life Saving Defibrillator Registry

SOUTH Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) is to bring forward legislation calling for life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AEB’s) to be located at all sports facilities and public buildings. Speaking at the SDLP annual party conference in Armagh at the weekend, the SDLP Leisure spokesperson revealed she had been involved in…

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