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Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed a scheme aimed at introducing more part-time 20 mph speed limits at rural primary schools on roads where the national speed limit applies.
Declan McAleer said:
“Children and young people are among the most vulnerable groups using our roads both in the vicinity in schools and the wider community.
“A recent innovation by the Infrastructure Minister has seen the development of part-time 20 mph speed limits at schools, especially those on roads where the national speed limit applies. The speed limit at these schools is reduced to 20 mph at opening and closing times during term times.
“The department is now going to test alternative signing arrangements at ten schools.
“This test will allow them to assess the effectiveness of new arrangements against the existing systems and should also pick up any unforeseen issues.
“If successful a decision can then be taken whether there should be a comprehensive programme of part-time speed limits rolled out at all rural primary schools.
“It’s important that we do all in our power to reduce the levels of deaths and serious injuries on the roads.”
SDLP South Down MLA Sinead Bradley has cast scepticism on a statement from Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard where he expressed his expectation to see Narrow Water Bridge completed by 2019.
She said, “They promised the A5 and not one inch of road has been built. They promised the A6, which quickly became a road between Randalstown and Castledawson. Today it looks like the Sinn Féin tactic of hollow pre-election promises is already in full swing.
“15 minutes before an election was even called, the outgoing Infrastructure Minister used his department to express his commitment to see construction on Narrow Water Bridge begin by 2019.
“Throughout the embarrassingly short life of this Executive, I asked the Minister several times for an update on Narrow Water Bridge and I was ignored. I don’t think anyone will believe that the project has suddenly become a priority for Chris Hazzard when he hardly mentioned it the entire time he had the power to see it built.
“The priority for the DUP and Sinn Féin has always been and will always be narrow political self-interest. They have no desire to deliver for the people, let alone delivering ambitious infrastructure projects like Narrow Water Bridge. If people want change and delivery, they’ll need to vote for it in March.”
Newry Pool League Pool Blog 15-1-2017
The Newry and District Pool league would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Kevin Morgan, a former league player ,who died suddenly last week. Kevin's brother Anthony plays for Bears and our thoughts and prayers are with him and all the family circle at this sad time.
A Kieran Hanna inspired Carrickcruppen got the 2nd half of their league campaign off to a cracking start when they beat Orchard Bar in the South Armagh Gaelic club. Cruppens problems this season have been well highlighted and its was good to see their captain taking our advice in rearranging their team for this match.
Paddy O'Callaghan played well and even though opponent Karl McGuinness was badly out of sorts , O'Callaghan needed a stunning black to put Carrickcruppen 1-0 up.
The majestic Kieran Hanna was taking on the dangerous Joe Poucher. Both ex-Corrinshego league winners this promised to be high quality. It was high quality alright as Hanna cleared for yet another break finish. The in form Hanna played a beautiful 2nd last red and freed up the black for an excellent finish to make it 2-0 Carrickcruppen.
When PJ McDaniel beat Jamie Lavelle the signs were bad for Crupney as they'd only picked up 1 point when he had lost. 2-1.
Pat Byrne and Orchard Bar's Richie Crawford got involved in an uncharacteristic tactical battle but the pot of the night from Pat Byrne (a stunning full length yellow with top spin) was enough to win the game for Carrickcruppen 3-1.
Barry McAllister had a good win over Brendy Devlin and Carrickcruppen where on the hill and on the verge of 2 very welcome points. 4-1.
Captain of Carrickcruppen Paul Hughes missed a sitter to the middle pocket to gift the frame to Sean McCaul and the comeback looked more likely now at 4-2.
Orchard ace Lee Irvine came too high off his last red and missed the tricky black to the middle. Tommy Lavelle made hard work of his yellows but he scraped over the line and won 2 well earned points for Carrickcruppen. 5-2.Good win
for south armagh side. Mervyn Kernaghan won a cosmetic final frame for Orchard when he beat Ciaran Hanna Junior.
Hustlers missed the chance to keep pace with the leading teams when they could only manage a draw with struggling McGuigans A. In fact Hustlers needed a final frame equaliser from the experienced Kevin Magee to rescue a point.
Damien 'Diddles' McArdle got the Bellini's based side into the lead when he beat Brian Campbell.
McGuigan's reversed the lead when Terry McNally and Paul McAreavey hit form to beat Billy O'Neill and league supremo Micky Cunningham for 2-1.
It was all square at the half-way mark thanks to Bernie Magee getting the better of Brendan Healy.
Damian Kearney was ousted by Dusty O'Hagan and McGuigan's were back in the ascendancy. Shane McAllister returned to winning ways when he ended his 2 month league drought for Hustlers to beat Tommy O'Hanlon and it was 3-3.
Cathal McCoy was out of sorts and Bud Flanagan took full advantage to give McGuigan's A a surprise lead in Bellini's with 1 frame to go.
It was left to league Chairman Kevin Magee to come up with some magic to win the final frame of the night to grab a last ditch draw for Hustlers , when he showed Mike McArdle his nerves of steel. 4-4.
CWC A got their free 2 Points in the absence of Killeavey, so the pressure was on TJ's A to win and keep on the leaders' tales.
TJ's A raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Paul Morgan and Raymond McKenna. Adrian Annett replied for TJ's Tigers when he beat Jack Courteny to make it 2-1 but the A team pressed on.
Laurence McAlinden was sublime as he fired in a superb break finish against Niall O'Hare. Manny Byrne then Declan McMahon wrapped up the 2 points.
Richie Taylor and Davey Hanna won the last 2 frames for the Tigers for a final score of 5-3.
Whitecross v Bears will be played this week.
14th January 2017, Billy Fegan, late of Saul Street, Downpatrick, passed away peacefully at hospital, dearly beloved son of the late William and Ellen Fegan, and much loved brother of Doreen, Annie, Margaret, Agnes, Helen, John, Brian, Raymond, Jim and Samuel.
16th January 2017, Trevor McDowell passed away at home, dearly loved son of David and Annie and darling brother of Ronald and Richard and sister-in-law Gillian. 28 New Line Road, Rathfriland.
14th January 2017, Clair Keown passed away suddenly, dearly loved wife of Tom, 21 Ballinran Road, Kilkeel, devoted mother of John, dear mother-in-law of Joan, much loved grandmother of Jenna, William and Scott, dear sister of Andrew, Trevor and the late Alva.
Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Seeley has said she will not be putting her name forward for selection for the next Assembly election.
The Upper Bann MLA said;
"Serving the people of Upper Bann as a Sinn Féin MLA over recent months has been a huge honour and privilege.
"After much consideration, I have now decided that I will not be putting my name forward as a candidate in this election. An opportunity has arisen for me to return to teaching and I want to pursue it.
"It has not been an easy decision to make as I have a passion for politics and have enjoyed representing the community, firstly as a councillor and recently as an MLA.
"Sinn Féin has gone from strength to strength in Upper Bann and will have my full support in the upcoming Assembly election, during which I will be acting as an election agent to help maximise the Sinn Féin vote.
"I would like to thank the people of Upper Bann and Sinn Féin for the support they have shown me over the years.
"This will be a hugely important election and it is vital the people have their say and ensure that the political institutions are based on respect, equality and integrity."
15th January 2017, Raymond Wilson R.I.P. passed away peacefully at Greenpark Private Nursing Home with his loving family. Beloved husband of Marie and loving father to Anne (Kelly), Stephen, Siobhan (Donnelly), 29 Convent Road.