Monthly Archives: January 2016

South Down Residents Are Being Failed By Lack Of Access To Health Care

South Down SDLP MLA Seán Rogers says the people of South Down are being failed by the current lack of access to health care. Mr Rogers said: “It is time for the Minister to accept that the Out-of-Hours and Accident & Emergency services are not functioning to meet the needs…

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Líofa Gaeltacht Bursary Is Open Until 29 February 2016

Applications to the Líofa Gaeltacht Bursary Scheme 2016 are now open. You have until the 29 February to print out, fill in and return the application form along with your supporting documentation. Tá Líofa anois ag glacadh le hiarratais do Scéim Sparánachtaí Gaeltachta Líofa 2016. Tá go dtí an 29ú…

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Official Cutting Of First Sod At Newry Leisure Centre

Newry Mourne and Down District Council is delighted to announce that the Phase 2 development of Newry Leisure Centre will commence on site in the coming weeks. The main facilities of the new phase will include a eight court sports hall, four court sports hall, state of the art gym,…

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Newry Mourne and Down District Council Provide Support In Local Flooding Incidents

 Newry Mourne and Down District Council Deal With Local Flooding During the last week of December 2015, Newry, Mourne and Down district saw some of the highest ever rainfall and river levels, which led to flooding in both urban and rural areas. In preparation for the impending severe weather, Newry,…

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Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson Councillor Naomi Bailie Steps Aside

At Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s meeting on Monday 4 January, Chairperson Councillor Naomi Bailie stepped aside from her role of Chairperson. Councillor Bailie, who has held the position of Chairperson since April 2015, becoming the inaugural Chairperson of the new Super Council, will be taking a short time…

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Funding Available For Do It For Real For Young Social Entrepreneurs

Omagh Enterprise Company in partnership with Spirit of 2012, Comic Relief and UnLtd are delivering Do it For Real, an exciting new youth programme to help people across Northern Ireland become social entrepreneurs. The programme will give young people (aged 16-30) across Northern Ireland the skills to develop their social…

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Update: NI Emergency Department Pressures

The Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency are continuing to work with Trusts, Primary Care colleagues and other key partners to address pressures in a number of Emergency Departments (EDs) and enhance the flow of patients throughout hospitals into the community. In the 14-day period over Christmas…

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Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke Welcomes Safety Improvement Move On Newcastle Roundabout

Sinn Féín Mourne’s area Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed Transport NI officials’ commitment to investigate scheme to improve safety at Roundabout in Newcastle. Cllr Clarke, speaking following a meeting between Mourne’s Councillors and Transport NI recently, has welcomed confirmation from Transport NI that they will investigate the roundabout site to…

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree Now Says Saintfield Development Committee

Recycle Your Christmas Tree Now: Now that the festive season is over, you can recycle your Christmas tree and help charity at the same time. The Saintfield Development Association will take care of recycling your tree for a small fee of £3 and all proceeds will be divided between Help…

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Joint Statement From The Health And Social Care Board And Public Health Agency on Emergency Department Pressures

As the Northern Ireland Health Service again faces a crisis at its Emergency Departments, a spokesperson for the Health and Social Care Board said: “Emergency Departments across Northern Ireland are currently experiencing a high level of pressure. “The Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency are urging the public…

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Make Saving Lives On Our Roads A New Year Resolution Says Durkan

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has urged everyone to take personal responsibility as they use the roads. Mr Durkan made his comments as he reflected on the loss of life on Northern Ireland’s roads in 2015. “As the year drew to a close, we remember that 74 people have lost…

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Ritchie Still Seeks Solution For Fishing Industry Following Submarine Incident

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) is continuing to pursue a fully-fledged, safe solution for the fishing industry in the Irish Sea following the incident between the Royal Navy and the Karen Fishing Vessel in the Irish Sea. There is current speculation as the plot thickens that the submarine involved…

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Time Once Again For Ardglass Development Association To Hold An AGM

It is that time of year again when the Ardglass Development Association, a registered charity,  is due to have its annual general meeting and subsequently publish its accounts, as all charities are now obliged to do with the Charities Commission of Northern Ireland, writes Jim Masson. The importance of having a…

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