Post Date : Mon 13 Nov 2017 10:16 AM

Sinn Féin elected representatives express concerns at lack of consultation on upcoming sewerage works.

Residents of Niall’s Crescent have been left perplexed as to why sub-contractors working for NIW have pitched up at the green area yesterday and have begun digging up soil and grass on which local children play. 
Cathal Boylan said:
“Residents have received no warning that works were coming considering the scope of the massive excavating operation that is due to commence.
“No-one appears to have been consulted on this which is extremely worrying.  My office has been inundated with phone calls questioning what is going on. It is highly unprofessional for any agency to proceed with works without notifying residents and this is cause for concern. 
“After getting on to NIW we have come to learn that new sewerage pipes are to be laid under the Killylea Road.
“Nobody can deny that sewerage is an issue across Armagh, indeed I have met with NIW on many different occasions to highlight this. There are many across the West of the city who have been experiencing problems with sewerage will be glad to hear that something is finally being done to address it. 
“When complete the scheme will meet NIEA standards, reduce the risk of ‘out of sewer’ flooding and facilitate future development within Armagh city for the next 30 years by improving and increasing the capacity of the sewerage infrastructure.  
“This is much needed work however it cannot be denied that the least that could have been done is for local residents to have been told of the work in advance, the reasons for it and how long it would take. None of these actions have been taken. 
“Frustration at the constant roadworks is building and lack of communication and consultation only adds to this frustration."
Councillor Garath Keating has been down to the site to determine what has happened and has seen that the sub-contractors have already dug up the grass and laid down stones and slabs which will be used as a base for machinery to carry out the much needed works.
He said:
“Even if an arrangement were to be made so that the contractor could work from an alternative base, the green area has been completely ruined and will take months to for it to return to a suitable condition for children to play on. 
"At this stage it is unclear if even the Housing Executve have been made aware of this.
“I have been advised that the works themselves will take approximately 5 weeks providing that workers do not encounter any unexpected delays. 
“After pressing NIW we have come to learn that works will be taking place after 9.30am and will finish at 4.30pm to keep traffic disruption to a minimum. 
“Sinn Féin representatives will be pressing NIW to carry out proper consultation with residents and local authorities. This simply cannot be allowed to happen again.
The people of Armagh are fed up with the continuous tail-backs and disruptions along this road. It is long past time for the city's link roads to be given serious consideration by all authorities involved."
Post Date : Mon 13 Nov 2017 10:12 AM
Terry Hearty, Sinn Fein Councillor, welcomes the eventual repair to street lighting in Crossmaglen.  
"I am relieved to have some of the street lights fixed after weeks of liaising with 
The Department for Infrastructure." Newry Street and Carran Road have been in darkness for quite some time now, and this has created danger and inconvenience to pedestrians, businesses and home owners. Now that most of the lights appear to be working again, things have improved and people can travel in a safer manner, but work remains to be done and I will continue to petition the Department to finish the job as quickly as possible. 
This is an ongoing issue which myself and my fellow Sinn Féin councillors have been highlighting right across the council area of late. I have to say I was incredibly disappointed to learn that there is only one crew delivering maintenance and repairs to street lighting across the entire district, hence the extensive delays in fixing street lights.
Sinn Féin will continue to raise this issue and lobby The Department for Infrastructure to address the staff shortages in their maintenance department to expedite all repairs to street lighting in a timely fashion.

If you notice any lights that remain unlit, then please contact the Sinn Féin office in Crossmaglen on 028 3086 1948. 

Post Date : Sun 12 Nov 2017 10:45 PM



Last 16 Results  Played Thursday 9th November


1.        CWC B v Orchard Bar  (5-4)

2.        Boyds v CWC A (2-7)

3.        St Moninna A v Trainors B  (6-2)

4.        Hustlers v Dans A  (6-3)

5.        Trainors Cam v  Ballyholland  (7-2)

6.        McGuigans B v Windmill  (6-3)

7.        TJs B v Nans Rams  (2-7)

8.        Whitecross v Foresters C ( 9-0) Foresters Failed to show

Post Date : Sun 12 Nov 2017 10:42 PM


WEEK 6   Thurs 16th  November


Premier Div

Hustlers v Whitecross

Ballyholland v Dans A

Bears v Trainors Camlough

Orchard v CWC A


Division 1

Trainors A v McGuigans B

John Murphys v Nans Rams

St Moninna A v Windmill

Foresters B v Boyds

Bosco v Foresters A

TJs B v Sheepbridge


Division 2

CWC B v Trainors B

Maddens v Nifty Fifties

Dans Rebels v Armaghdown

Foresters C v Millvale

McSwiggans v St Moninna B

Glen Social Club v Cavern

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Post Date : Fri 10 Nov 2017 10:17 AM
8th November 2017, James John Hobby passed away peacefully after a short illness. James John, late of 11 Wayside, Tandragee beloved husband of Joanne and much-loved father of Mark, Aaron and Jade. 
Funeral Service in his late home on Saturday at 1:30 pm followed by interment in Tandragee Presbyterian Churchyard. 
Family flowers only please, donations if desired payable to Macmillan Cancer Research N.I. c/o Joseph Poots & Son, Funeral Directors, 42 Bridge Street, Portadown, BT63 5AE. 
Deeply regretted by the entire family circle.

“The Lord is my Shepherd” 

Post Date : Fri 10 Nov 2017 10:14 AM

9th November 2017, John Douglas (Dougie) passed away suddenly at Craigavon Area Hospital. John Douglas (Dougie) 60 Seapatrick Road, Banbridge, husband of Roberta and dear father of Paul, Laura and Ruth. 

Funeral Service in Scarva Street Presbyterian Church on Saturday at 2:30 pm. Committal afterwards in Scarva Street Presbyterian Church Burying Ground. 
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu may be sent if desired to William Bell and Co. Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT32 3LR for Chest, Heart and Stroke N.I. 
Deeply regretted by the entire family circle.
Post Date : Fri 10 Nov 2017 10:05 AM
9th November 2017, Pete Ryan passed away peacefully at his home. Pete beloved husband of the late Nan, 4 Water Street, Rostrevor and dearly loved father of Mary, Peter, Roisin, Seamus and Sean. 
May his soul rest in peace.
His remains will leave his home on Saturday at 1:30 pm arriving at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church Rostrevor for 2 pm Requiem Mass, followed by interment in Kilbroney Cemetery, Rostrevor. 
Deeply regretted by his loving sons, daughters, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister Nora brother Pat and entire family circle.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee. 

Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu if desired to Life and Time c/o McAnulty Funeral Directors, 35 Church St, Warrenpoint, BT34 3HN. 

Post Date : Fri 10 Nov 2017 09:58 AM
All-Ireland co-operation on energy must be protected in the wake of Britain’s exit from the European Union, Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has said.
Chairing a major energy seminar in Belfast today, the Sinn Féin spokesperson for Energy, the Environment and Climate Change also warned Brexit poses a huge challenge to the energy market in Ireland.
“The electricity market here demonstrates the strengths that come from all-island structures," Cathal Boylan commented.
“We have an all-island electricity structure which operates in partnership with Britain.  
“Any changes to the working of these structures can have enormous implications upon the supply and costs of energy which will ultimately hit consumers the hardest.
“Brexit will undermine energy production on this Island.
“Changes to any of these elements of the energy market has the potential to affect every single local household. 
“A hard Brexit has the potential to create higher prices for everyone.

“We need to ensure that the current infrastructures are maintained and enhanced not fractured through Brexit.”