Post Date : Wed 26 Oct 2016 09:24 AM

Peters, October 24th, 2016, at the Southern Area Hospice, Anna Jane, daughter of the late John and Minnie Peters and sister of Norman and Florrie and the late Robert, Herbert, Maureen and Gilbert.

Funeral from her home, 35 Seafin Road, Rathfriland on Wednesday at 11.30am for Service in Ballyroney Presbyterian Church. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard.

No flowers, please. Donations in lieu, if desired, may be sent to William Bell & Co. Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT32 3LR for Southern Area Hospice.

Deeply regretted by all the Family Circle.

Post Date : Wed 26 Oct 2016 09:17 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has welcomed the announcement from the Finance Minister that amateur sports clubs will no longer have to pay rates. 

Mr O'Dowd said; 

"I welcome the move from my party colleague and Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir that 100 per cent rates relief will be extended to sports clubs without bars who register as Community Amateur Sports Clubs. 

"Amateur sports clubs such as the GAA and others are the backbone of communities, providing sport and leisure facilities for people of all ages, particularly young people. 

"The hard work and dedication of the volunteers and coaches is immense and must be commended. 

"This will help sports clubs direct more resources into providing sports services, strengthening and developing local communities. 

"Sinn Féin have been calling for this extension of rates relief and I'm delighted it’s now in place and I wish these clubs well in the future."

Post Date : Wed 26 Oct 2016 09:10 AM

 SDLP Newry & Armagh MLA Justin McNulty has welcomed an announcement from the Justice Minister that she intends to reverse the decision taken by the previous Justice Minister and former Alliance Leader David Ford to close Armagh Courthouse.

He said: “This decision is a victory for local people on the ground who rallied and campaigned against the closure of the Armagh courthouse. The local legal profession in particular deserve huge credit for the way in which they worked to fight the closure proposals.  

“The plan was a misguided cost-saving exercise that would have unfairly and disproportionately disadvantaged rural communities. 

“Armagh has already been unjustly and repeatedly targeted for cuts to frontline services and has been starved from any meaningful Government investment for decades.  

“The removal of our courthouse would have spelled disaster for many local legal businesses and people who rely on regular access to legal services. The Executive should explain why they felt the need to put them through the wringer when it appears the new Justice Minister has been able to halt the closure with relative ease.”

Post Date : Wed 26 Oct 2016 09:02 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed an investment of £15 million for structural roads maintenance. 


The Sinn Féin Infrastructure spokesperson said; 


"I welcome the investment of £15 million for structural roads maintenance as part of the October monitoring round. 


"This investment will help improve the road infrastructure network and road safety across the North. 


"Together with the £10 million funding boost for rural roads recently announced by my party colleague and Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard, this will be a welcome addition to the road network." 

Post Date : Tue 25 Oct 2016 09:14 AM

RAFFERTY (nee Canning ) died 24th October 2016 peacefully at Carlingford Lodge Nursing Home, Rose R.I.P. beloved wife of the late John and of the late Louis McArdle, Cullyhanna and much loved mother of Anne, Patrick, Thomas, Brigid and Rosemarie and sister of Margaret, Teresa and the late Frank, James, Charlie, Mary, Brigid, Kitty and Clare.

Her remains are reposing at the home of her daughter, 1 Brannock Meadows Poyntzpass. Removal on Wednesday at 11:15 am for 12:00 noon funeral Mass in St Joseph's Church Poyntzpass. Interment afterwards in adjoining cemetery.

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons, daughters, sisters, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great grand children, nephews, nieces and family circle. House private. Family friends and neighbours welcome.

Post Date : Tue 25 Oct 2016 09:12 AM

KELLY (nee McCone) Rosaleen (Lena) - R.I.P. (Newry, formerly of Ballymacnab and Washington DC). October 24, 2016, peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Robert (Bob) Kelly (USA) and sister of the late Peter, Maggie, Pat, Tom, Cassie, Annie and Mickey. 

Reposing at her nephew Vincent Toner's home, Dublin Road, Heslip's Lane, Newry from 4.00pm on Tuesday until removal on Wednesday at 4.30pm, arriving to The Church of the Sacred Heart, Cloughoge at approximately 5.00pm for overnight repose. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 10.00am, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. 

Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary pray for her. 

Lena will be lovingly remembered by her sorrowing nephews, nieces, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Post Date : Tue 25 Oct 2016 09:09 AM

Loughlin. October 23rd 2016 (Peacefully) at his home, 2 William Street, Poyntzpass. Ernest dearly loved husband of Anna Beatrice and dear father of Judith, Ruth, Joanne and Roberta, father-in-law of Bill, Ed, Michael and David and devoted grandfather of Ross, Ryan, Callum, Henry, Tom, Michael, Elizabeth, Eve, James and Dan. 

Funeral Service in Poyntzpass Presbyterian Church on Wednesday at 2pm. Committal afterwards in adjoining Churchyard.

No flowers please. 

Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, sisters Ida and Florrie and all the family circle.

Post Date : Tue 25 Oct 2016 09:05 AM

 The Southern Trust Referral and Booking Centre staff have recently held their annual ‘Pink Day’ as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

A successful coffee morning and various raffles raised £2,500 which will be divided equally between Marie Curie and Breast Cancer Care.  

The team would like to thank everyone who stopped by, supported and contributed to this very worthwhile cause. 

Post Date : Tue 25 Oct 2016 08:49 AM

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has expressed sympathy at the death of US political figure Tom Hayden.

Speaking today Teachta Adams said;

“I heard today of the death of Tom Hayden with sadness and regret.

“Tom was a truly iconic figure who had a profound and lasting influence on the direction of American politics in the 60s and 70s.

“His identification with Ireland and his pride in his Irish roots are well documented particularly in his book Irish on the Inside published in 2001.

“He was a friend and an ally.

“He was outspoken about his support for justice and equality in Ireland and visited the north many times. His writings on Ireland showed his unequivocal solidarity with the efforts to bring about change, something that was at the core of his political work all his life.

“Tom was on the California State legislature from  1982 to 2000, serving as Assembly man and Senator.

“Our deepest sympathies to his family, to his wife Barbara Williams, his sons Troy Garity and Liam, his step daughter Vanessa and to his  circle of friends and colleagues worldwide.”  

Post Date : Tue 25 Oct 2016 08:41 AM

 Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Paul Maskey said that he welcomes the announcement from the GAA today on their next phase of the Casement Park development. 

"There is no doubt that this is an exciting time for the GAA, all who have been involved with this project and the wider West Belfast community 

"Today is a step forward that will allow a new stadium to be built. 

"There will be more opportunities for residents, businesses, GAA supporters and all those who have an interest in Casement Park to have their voices heard. 

“I would urge everyone who has an interest to take the opportunities to discuss these proposals with the development team on the dates set out today. 

"I have no doubt that a new Casement Park will help the continued regeneration of west Belfast and with £25m already secured for a new Andersonstown leisure centre will see over £100m invested in this part of west Belfast.”