Post Date : Fri 11 Nov 2016 09:37 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has called on the minister to decide on the future of funding to farmers.

The chair of the Assembly’s Agriculture committee said:

“The Area of Natural Constraints Scheme (ANC) provides farmers with much-needed funds.

“The Ulster Farmers Union, the Agricultural Producers' Association and Belfast Hill Farmers gave a presentation to the agriculture committee today.

“Each of them outlined the importance of ANC payments to their livelihoods and asked the minister to give assurances on future payments as soon as possible.

“Hill farmers and indeed all farmers play a valuable role in the food production chain but also in their management of the land and the environment.

“It is undisputed that the hill farmers are at a distinct disadvantage and the ANC payments which they are currently getting must continue to ensure they are sustainable.

“It is essential we protect our hill farmers and all farmers alike. That is why it is essential they find out about the payments now so they can make plans for the incoming year.

“I have called on the minister to provide a timeline as to when she will be making a decision regarding ANC payments and for some detail on how they will be funded.”

Post Date : Thu 10 Nov 2016 01:20 PM

 Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast, Gerry Kelly, said that threats against local taxi workers by an anti-peace process group are a disgrace and another example of their war with the community. 

Speaking tonight Mr Kelly said:

"In the past days anti-peace process elements have targeted local taxi workers in the New Lodge area by distributing leaflets containing threats and allegations against a local man and his employees.  

"Once again faceless criminals, seeking to intimidate this community, have threatened ordinary workers in North Belfast.  

"These groups are self serving and are clearly at war with the local community. They have their own agenda and it is clearly not uniting Ireland. 

"They need to withdraw these threats and accusations and let working people get on with earning a living for themselves and their families without fear of attack on themselves or their livelihood.” 

Post Date : Thu 10 Nov 2016 11:36 AM

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has participated in an international project which could have major benefits on patient care and save healthcare costs worldwide.

Dr David McEneaney, Southern Trust Consultant Cardiologist, collaborated with Principal Investigators, Professor Omar Escalona from the Ulster University and Professor Yoon-Seok Yang, from Chonbuk National University in South Korea – to help create wireless charging technology for medical implants.

Currently, medical implants, such as pacemakers and insulin pumps, require surgery or other invasive procedures to either recharge the batteries or replace the entire device before the batteries expire.

The Southern Trust has been collaborating with Chonbuk National University and Ulster University’s team of biomedical engineers to create highly innovative wireless energy supply technologies, which will mean that patients can simply recharge an implant through the skin via a RF power link. This will dramatically reduce surgical risk to patients and associated healthcare costs.

An initial £20,000 has been granted by the UK Medical Research Council and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute, in support of this joint research activity

Dr David McEneaney shared his thoughts on the project:

“This research will help to make significant advancements in the field of wireless power supply for the global medical device industry.

“Wearable and implantable medical devices address a wide variety of healthcare needs and range from insulin pumps and pacemaker to cochlear implants and artificial heart pumps, all of which depend on a continuous and sustainable energy supply.

“The technology will eliminate the need for a driveline through the skin or use of conventional batteries that require changing when depleted. This means that patients are less likely to contract infection at the skin site of the driveline and will not require hospitalisation for battery replacement.

“This technology has the potential to have major positive impacts on patient care and healthcare costs around the world. It aims to empower patients to take control of their own treatment and improve their quality of life."

Post Date : Thu 10 Nov 2016 11:33 AM

SAVAGE (Newtownhamilton and Belleeks, Co Armagh) November 9, 2016 peacefully at Craigavon Area Hospital, with his loving family, Bernard (Barney) beloved son of the late Hugh and Annie, loving brother of Peggy, James, Packie and the late Bridget, Vincent and Mena. R.I.P. 7 Dungormley Estate. 

Barney's remains will repose at his niece Caroline Simpson's home, 6 Whiterock Road, Newtownhamilton BT35 0AW until removal on Friday at 12.15pm to arrive at The Church of St Laurence O'Toole, Belleeks for 1.00pm Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 

Our Lady of Knock pray for him. 

Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing brothers, sister, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and the entire family circle.

Post Date : Thu 10 Nov 2016 11:29 AM

HUGHES (Belleeks, Newry) Margaret (Jetta), passed away peacefully November 9, 2016 at Craigavon Area Hospital. May she rest in peace. Beloved daughter of the late Peter and Margaret Hughes and much loved sister of Molly and Peadar and the late Francis and Vincent. 

Our Lady of Lourdes pray for her. 

Funeral leaving her home, 93 Carrickgallogly Road on Friday November 11, 2016 at 10.00am for 11.00am Requiem Mass in St Laurence O'Toole Church, Belleeks. Interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 

Jetta will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her sister, brother, nephews, nieces and entire family circle. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul.

Post Date : Thu 10 Nov 2016 11:27 AM

DONAGHY (Crossmaglen) Sean R.I.P. November 9, 2016 suddenly at his home, 4 Corliss Road, Crossmaglen. Dear and loving husband of Geraldine. Devoted father of Jack, Conal and Shane. Cherished son of Mary and the late Jim. Much loved brother of Marie (Quinn) and Ann. 

Reposing at his home from Friday morning (House Private). 

Funeral arrangements later. 

Enquiries to McConville Funeral Directors, Crossmaglen, 028 3086 1212.

Post Date : Thu 10 Nov 2016 11:23 AM

Peacefully at Hospital, late of 97 Edenderry Park, Banbridge, William Thomas (Tom), Dearly loved Husband of Jean, loving father of Jim, Sylvia, Sandra and Carol, Father in-Law of Lillian, Winston, Norman and Dessie, a much loved Grandfather and Great Grandfather.

Funeral Service on Saturday at 12 noon in Scarva Street Presbyterian Church followed by interment in St. Luke's Parish Churchyard, Mullaglass (Arrive approx, 2.30pm)

Family Flowers only please. Donations if desired for Gillis Memory Centre, Armagh, C/O Robert J. Bready, Funeral Director, 22 Newry Road, Rathfriland, BT34 5AL.

Will be Lovingly Remembered and Sadly Missed by the Entire Family Circle. 

Post Date : Thu 10 Nov 2016 11:18 AM

10 Tullybrannigan Way, Newcastle, died November 7, 2016 peacefully at home. Sadly missed by his wife Aedin (nee Bradley), daughter Erin and son Ross. Son of Rosemary Hoey and the late Donald Hoey, brother of Ian (Lisburn) and Garry (Australia). 

Private family cremation at Roselawn. 

Service of Thanksgiving in Annesley Hall, South Promenade, Newcastle on Friday November 11, 2016 at 3.00pm. 

Donations in lieu of flowers to Macmillan Cancer Support, Camelford House, 87/90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7UQ.

Post Date : Thu 10 Nov 2016 09:22 AM

Sinn Féin spokesperson on childcare and young people, Catherine Seeley MLA, has expressed her frustration that once again the HMRC has made a decision to the detriment of working parents.

Speaking after Employers for Childcare presented to the Education Committee today, Ms Seeley said:

"During the presentation the charity explained that the HMRC have refused their organisation a VAT exemption.

"The added cost of VAT places an additional burden on the average family who are already struggling to cover childcare needs.

"It is simply unaffordable.

"This decision by HMRC has forced the service to close, caused staff redundancies and will undoubtedly force many parents out of work to care for their children.

"I welcome the Minister's commitment to the implementation of a childcare strategy, which will aim to provide good quality and affordable childcare.

"It is vital that the Minister brings this strategy forward as soon as possible." 

Post Date : Wed 09 Nov 2016 09:57 AM

McMechan 8th November 2016, JOSEPHINE at home, Lynn Doyle Place, dearly loved daughter of Joe and Anne and loving partner of Kevin. 

May she rest in peace. 

Josephine is reposing at Charles Rourke & Sons’ Funeral Home, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick until removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Downpatrick Thursday 10th November, arriving at 5.30pm. 
Requiem Mass on Friday 11th November at 9.30am. Interment afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Killough Road.

Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing family and friends. 

St. Jude pray for her.