Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 12:44 PM

Police are appealing for information following the report of criminal damage that was caused to a vehicle within the vicinity of the Newcastle Road in the Clough area of Downpatrick. 

Inspector Darren Hardy said : It was reported that at approximately 1.35am on Friday 30th June, bottles and bricks were thrown at a black Audi A6 located on the Newcastle Road in the Clough area of Downpatrick causing damage to the windscreen and to the paintwork on the vehicle. The driver and passenger inside the vehicle were not injured as a result of the incident, but were left badly shaken. 
We are appealing to anyone that may have witnessed this incident to contact Downpatrick Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 87 of the 30/06/17. Or, alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.” 
Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 09:27 AM
29th June 2017, Paul Henry Eric Nesbitt passed away peacefully at hospital, dearly loved son of Trevor and Doreen, 45 Knockview Drive, Tandragee and loving brother of Glen, Ryan and Stuart.
Funeral service in Tandragee Presbyterian Church on Sunday at 2:00 pm followed by a private interment at Kernan Cemetery.
House strictly private.
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu if desired for CLIC Sargent and Friends of the Cancer Centre by making cheques payable to Len Grant, 19 Madden Road, Tandragee BT62 2DG.
Lovingly remembered by his sorrowing father, mother, brothers and all the family circle.

"Safe in the arms of Jesus" 

Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 09:25 AM

29th June 2017, Mary (Mamie) Jackson passed away suddenly at her horne, 21 Orangefield Drive, Armagh. Mary (Mamie), dear wife of John (Jack) and devoted mother of Andrew.

Funeral service in St. Mark's Parish Church on Saturday at 3:00 pm followed by interment in adjoining churchyard.
House private.
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu if desired for N.I. Chest, Heart and Stroke Association c/o Jackson Stoops & Sons, Funeral Directors, 44 Moy Road, Armagh BT61 SDL.
Lovingly remembered by her sorrowing husband, son, sisters, brother and all the family circle.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus"
Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 09:23 AM

29th June 2017, Philip Patton passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. Philip, beloved husband of Sheena, devoted father of Deborah, Sharon, Jolene, Lisa, Philip and Mark, loving grandfather and a much loved brother.

Philip's remains will leave his late residence, 7 Brookville Crescent, Bessbrook, at 10:30 am on Saturday for 11 am Requiem Mass in SS Peter and Paul's Church, Bessbrook, interment afterwards in adjoining cemetery.
Philip will be deeply and sorrowfully missed by his loving wife, daughters, sons, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, brothers and sisters-in-law, his children's partners and the entire family circle.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for him, may he rest in peace.
Enquiries to Daniel Mallon Funeral Director, The Gatehouse, Mill Rd, Bessbrook 07725030068/02830838477
Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 09:19 AM
29th June 2017, Rita Cairns passed away peacefully at Woodlodge Nursing Home. Rita, late of 3 Shimna Road, Newcastle, dearly beloved wife of the late Brendan, loving mother of Olga, Jane, Tina, Roy and Sarah, cherished sister of Frank and Dymphna and devoted grandmother. 
Her remains are reposing at her residence until 11:45 am on Saturday July 1, 2017 when she will leave for 12 noon Requiem Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Newcastle with interment following in the family burial ground at St Mary's Cemetery. 
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing children, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, brother, sister and large family circle. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul. 

Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 09:14 AM

28th June 2017, Kathleen Burns passed away peacefully at The Ulster Hospital Dundonald. Kathleen, dearly beloved daughter of the late Michael and Winifred Burns and cherished sister of Pat, Peter, Winifred Cummings and the late Michael, Maura, Brenda and Anne Connolly, R.I.P. 

Kathleen’s remains will arrive at St. Malachy’s Church Castlewellan for 6:30 pm on Monday, cremation on Tuesday after 10:00 am Requiem mass in Roselawn Crematorium. 
On her soul sweet Jesus have Mercy. 
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing brothers, sister, nieces, nephews and entire family circle. 
Our Lady of Knock pray for her.
Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 09:00 AM

Rural communities play an essential role in the local economy. Thefts of livestock can not only hamper a farmer’s ability to do the job, but can cause significant upset, inconvenience and loss of income. Police understand this and have been ‘up skilling’ officers to develop their knowledge in tackling rural crime. 

Training is ongoing and by the time it is complete this summer,  the majority of officers from the 13 Tactical Support Groups (TSG) and  Roads Policing Units will have attended the training course. The course concentrates on, not just the role of Department of Agricultural, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), but also on legislation, practicalities and problems the DAERA and PSNI Officers face and ways in which they can work together in a partnership approach to combating rural crime.  
Constable Paul Moore explained: "The PSNI have been working with a number of other agencies to find ways to disrupt and hamper the work of would-be criminals. Giving officers the knowledge and skills to disrupt criminals is one way of addressing this issue. We are eager to disrupt those who target farmers and others in the countryside.”
Talking about the course, Constable Moore said, “During the course, there is a packed agenda for the officers attending which starts off with a talk about the role of the Department of Agricultural, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) delivering a short presentation on ear-tagging procedures and the Aphis system. We were then given the opportunity to view movement permits so that officers could make themselves familiar with these.
"Officers also hear about the TB inspection regime and were told about common cattle breeds, including difference between pedigree and cross bred and how this affects value. We also made sure officers were aware of ‘cattle terminology’, body score and Fallen Stock Scheme. 
“The Police continue to work extremely closely with partner agencies such as the DAERA, but also DOJ and the UFU. The Police service has also endeavoured to increase our engagement with the rural community through the Farmwatch scheme and this livestock familiarisation training will give officers much more confidence in dealing with livestock issues particularly theft.”
DAERA Enforcement Officer Gareth Bryson said; “DAERA Veterinary Service Animal Health Group (VSAHG) Welfare And  Enforcement Branch (WAEB)has a positive working relationship with the PSNI. An important element of our joint-working is the sharing of information and my colleague Keith Scott and I welcome the opportunity to work with the PSNI in an effort to further reduce livestock crime. The training course provides an opportunity for PSNI officers, to not only improve their knowledge, but  also gives them a 24/7 direct point of contact to liaise with DAERA on specific agricultural crime related issues.”
Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 08:57 AM
Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has taken action on road safety in Mullaghbawn following a meeting with members of the local community this week, and ongoing engagement with statutory authorities.
Larkin's on-the-ground efforts, and consistent contact with Transport NI and PSNI in which he raised concerns about a number of recent severe traffic incidents, has been part of an ongoing effort to install traffic calming measures in the area.
Speaking following a meeting with local residents, Larkin said:
"Following a number of incidents of dangerous driving and accidents in the village, in which pedestrians and drivers were injured, I contacted both the PSNI and Transport NI to discuss possible road improvements which would calm traffic and increase road safety.
"At these meetings I requested that both organisations monitor traffic movements and speed through the village. 
"I continuously highlighted the dangers made clear by recent events, and urged both agencies to respond and ensure the safety and wellbeing of road users in the village.
"This week I met with residents in Mullaghbawn to update them on these developments, and inform them of my plans to meet with the PSNI and Transport NI again in the near future.
Commending the initiative and organisation taken by the local community in campaigning for traffic improvements, Larkin continued:
"Residents have been concerned for some time about traffic in the village, and had collected signatures on a petition calling for traffic calming measures on their roads. 
"It was obvious from the discussion that a number of needs within the village were not being met. These included traffic calming, the installation of a pelican
crossing along the Main Street and increased footpath provision.

"I will be again meeting with the PSNI and Transport NI to ascertain what actions they have taken to date to address the problem. This affects all the residents of the village and I will continue to argue and lobby for investment to tackle the issue." 

Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 08:55 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor and Newry, Mourne & Down Council Chairperson Roisin Mulgrew and Mickey Brady MP have welcomed the approval of the ‘Daisy Hill Emergency Department Pathfinder Project’ at Tuesday’s meeting of the Southern Health & Social Care Trust.

The Pathfinder Project, expected to last 20 weeks, is a consultation and engagement process with medical professionals, stakeholders and the local community in the Newry & Mourne area. Its purpose is to identify a long term solution to dangerously low staffing levels and potential closure of Daisy Hill Emergency Department.
Speaking following the meeting of the Trust, Mulgrew welcomed the initiative: 
“We welcome the initiative taken by the Trust to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to resolving the deep uncertainty around the future of Daisy Hill Emergency Department.
“This move will alleviate some of the concerns held in the local community about the future of their local hospital and its emergency services.
“Consultation as part of this project must be extensive and involve huge sections of our community, from people in all walks of life. There is a robust strength of feeling on the ground that must be made clear to the Trust." 
Cllr Mulgrew also made clear that her priority campaign as Council Chairperson in the coming year would focus on bringing the community together to speak cohesively on their concerns regarding the future of Daisy Hill:
“Since my election as Chairperson of Council on 1st June, I have contacted local groups and stakeholders in an effort to bring them together in a forum that will share concerns and ideas surrounding Daisy Hill Emergency Department. I will then make these concerns known to the Trust." 
Mickey Brady, recently re-elected MP for Newry & Armagh, was present at the meeting of the Trust and took the opportunity to voice support for the project, while urging the Trust to go further:
“This is an opportunity for the Trust not only to maintain services at Daisy Hill, but also expand and enhance those available to the local community.
“Daisy Hill Hospital has for some time now suffered dangerously low consultancy staffing levels, has relieved too heavily on locums, and training supervision has been inadequate. This will have a knock on effect to other sections of the hospital as resources are increasingly strained.
“This Pathfinder Project is an opportunity for the Trust to embrace a clean slate and provide the necessary resources to a hospital and Emergency Department that is increasingly unfit for purpose.”
Post Date : Thu 29 Jun 2017 09:44 AM

27th June 2017, Eamon James Francis Nugent passed away suddenly at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, with his loving family. Eamon James Francis, dearly beloved son of Bernadette and Eamon, loving brother to James, Francine, Clare and Nicole, 3 Taylor Cottages, Tyra. 

Eamon's remains will repose at his late home from 7:00 pm on Thursday until removal on Saturday July 1st at 9:00 am for 10:00 am Requiem Mass in St Patrick's Cathedral. Burial afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery. 
Our Lady of Lourdes pray for him. 
Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing Mummy and Daddy, brother, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and the entire family circle. 
Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Heartbeat and Bravehearts, c/o donation box in the home, any family member or Martin Kelly Funeral Director, 10a Mooreisland Road, Armagh BT61 8LX.