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Sinn Féin Announces Downpatrick Brexit Event

Speaking in advance of an event involving the Sinn Féin national leadership, who will be in the St Patrick’s Centre on the 30th of May to discuss the implications of Brexit and Tory cuts, Chris Hazzard MLA said: “On the 30th of May I will host an event in the St…

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Clarke Comments On Newcastle Cattle Trailer RTA

Mournes Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has said it was a miracle that there was no loss of life of passers by or road users following the overturning of a cattle trailer at the Central promenade’s Rock area in Newcastle on Saturday morning on 8 April. Cllr Clarke, speaking after…

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Sinn Féin Call Border Meeting On Article 50

No Borders, No Barriers, No Brexit. Sinn Féin to host Public Meeting.  This British government will, this Wednesday the 29th of March trigger Article 50, the process which will formalise their exit from the European Union. At this point the European Union and the British Governemt will begin a negotiation process…

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Hazzard Says Downpatrick Must Secure Former Police Station For Community Use

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard and candidate in the Assembly election has asked the PSNI and the Department of Finance to work with community representatives in Downpatrick in order to maximise the huge community potential in the former police station in Irish Street. In recent months the Downpatrick Community Collective…

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Clarke Calls For Irish Passport Office In North

Mournes Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has supported calls for the establishment of an Irish Passport office in the North of Ireland. Cllr Clarke was speaking after it was revealed that record-breaking 740,000 Irish Passports were issued in 2016. Around 65,000 of the Irish passports were issued to people in…

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No Agreement Yet For Investigation Says Murphy

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said there has been no agreement with the DUP over the terms of reference of an independent investigation into the RHI scandal. Mr Murphy said: “There has been no agreement with the DUP on the Terms of Reference of an independent investigation. “The proposals from…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Calls For End To Egg Throwing

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has warned egg-throwing teenagers that they could cause a serious accident if they don’t stop their antisocial behaviour. Cllr Clarke said: “I have witnessed attacks on vehicles in Newcastle at the traffic lights on the Shimna Road, and Dundrum Main Street in Newcastle. This activity might…

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Social Security Offices Closures Cause Political Reaction In Newry And Down Area

Jim Shannon MP and Rowallene Councillor Billy Walker  have met with Communities Minister Paul Givan regarding Ballynahinch Social Security Office and demanded that a public voice must  must be heard on consultation. Jim Shannon MP for Strangford, speaking after a meeting with  Minister f Givan said: “We had a very…

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Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke Welcomes Hazzard’s Commitment To Newcastle Flood Alleviation

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed the commitment of Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to the delivery of a flood alleviation scheme at the Shimna River location in Newcastle. Councillor Clarke said: “The Minister in a response to my lobbying, outlined the progress that has been made by DARD…

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Sinn Féin’s Willie Clarke Presses For Crossings In Newcastle

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Cllr Willie Clarke has welcomed installation of a pedestrian traffic Island, on the Catlewellan Road Newcastle at the Burren Meadow junction. Cllr Clarke said: “Residents living along the Castlewellan Road, Newcastle have been asking for a pedestrian crossing for years and Sinn Féin, along with County Down Rural…

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Local Social Security Offices Closures Is Concerning Says Councillor Willie Clarke

Sinn Féin Mourne’s Cllr Willie Clarke has voiced his concern in relation to recommendations to close two employment and benefits’ offices in Newcastle and Ballynahinch. Cllr Clarke was speaking following being made aware that a document was leaked onto the Civil Service internal Intranet on Tuesday 2nd August 2016. He…

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Ruane Calls Education Budgets To Be Protected

Former Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has said that the next Stormont Executive must continue to do everything in its power to protect Education budgets. Ms Ruane said: “After seven years of austerity from Westminster, the next Executive must unite behind our pupils, teachers, support staff and schools. “The outgoing Executive had…

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Hazzard Questions Health Minister Over Ambulance Cover In Down

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MLA has this week raised serious concerns with the Health Minister regarding a “complete absence of ambulance cover” in the Down area as local crews have been called into cover the Belfast area. The local MLA said: “It has been brought to my attention that in the…

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Hazzard Slams Durkan Over Support For Beaches Campaign

As the Assembly election enters its last few days, Sinn Féin has attacked Environment Minister Mark H Durkan saying he has failed the people of the Locale coast in his lack of support for the South Down beaches campaign. South Down Sinn Féin candidate Chris Hazard MLA said: “At the end of…

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Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke Updates On Newcastle Flood Alleviation Scheme

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke, speaking following receiving a response from Rivers Agency in regards to an update on progress on the Shimna River at Newcastle’s Flood Alleviation Scheme, said: “The Rivers Agency have informed me that the business case including an economic appraisal, which identifies a viable scheme,…

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