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Post Date : Thu 17 Aug 2017 12:57 PM
Liz Kimmins, Sinn Féin Councillor for Newry, has congratulated Newry, Mourne and Down Councillors last night after they formally rejected plans to build a 25ft wide bridge over Lindsay Hill.
Speaking following the decision, Kimmins said that the concerns of residents had been respected, and Councillors had recognised the rich history and heritage of the Lindsay Hill area:
“I am delighted that this disruptive bridge project has been formally rejected by Newry, Mourne and Down Councillors.
“For many months I have been meeting with residents alongside other Sinn Féin Councillors to listen to the case for protecting the vibrant history and heritage of the Lindsay Hill site.
“The decision by the Council Planning Committee reflects the concerns of residents who have been vocal in highlighting the problems this bridge project would impose on their homes.

“We will continue to engage with Lindsay Hill residents, and support the many initiatives taken by citizens to promote the important history of their area.” 

Post Date : Thu 17 Aug 2017 12:53 PM

Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has urged the Housing Executive and Transport NI to take action regarding on-going safety concerns in the Barcroft area.

Speaking following meetings with NIHE and Transport NI, Kimmins said she stressed the importance of providing safe access to parking areas on 5th Street, and repairs for a crumbling wall on the same road which has been causing concern amongst residents.
Cllr Kimmins said:
“For a number of years now I have been lobbying for wall repairs and safe access to parking facilities for elderly and disabled residents of 5th Street in Barcroft.
“After meeting both the Housing Executive and Transport NI, I was assured that these projects have been earmarked for completion and made a priority.
“It must be stressed again to the relevant authorities that these issues are of major concern to residents, who have been restricted, and in some cases injured, as a result of lack of safe access to facilities they need.
“No risks can be taken when it comes to public safety, it’s time the Housing Executive and Transport NI invested in safety in the Barcroft area.”
Post Date : Thu 17 Aug 2017 11:44 AM
Sinn Féin MP Micky Brady has called for the planned introduction of the controversial Universal Credit system to be postponed. 
The Newry and Armagh MP said: 
"Tory plans to introduce the Universal Credit system in September have created considerable concern, particularly around the processing of payments. 
"The unacceptable delay of, on average, up to 6 weeks in administering the first payment has the potential to cause severe hardship during the most financially challenging months of the year.
"The Universal Credit advance, if granted, will not meet the costs of winter fuel, Christmas, housing and rising living costs. 
"This delay in payment could drive people further into poverty, lead to evictions/arrears and debt.
"The seven Sinn Féin MPs have jointly written to Tory minister David Guake at the Department of Work and Pensions calling for the introduction of Universal Credit to be postponed, that the delay in administration of the first payment is reduced urgently, and that the payment process is more widely processed. 

"The Universal Credit system is not fit for purpose and I am urging the department to take time to resolve the well documented difficulties experienced by many claimants in Britain."  

Post Date : Thu 17 Aug 2017 08:30 AM

Sinn Féin Equality Spokesperson, Megan Fearon MLA, said today that she will be meeting student’s union representatives to discuss the ‘Stand Together Survey’ into rates of sexual assault among Queen’s students.

Speaking following the launch of the survey on Wednesday, which was conducted by the Student Consent Research Collaboration (SCORE), the Newry Armagh MLA urged the relevant authorities to take action on the students’ findings:
Megan Fearon said:
“My party colleague Caoimhe Archibald and I will be meeting representatives of the students’ union to discuss the results of the ‘Stand Together Survey’ into rates of sexual assault among Queen’s students.  
“The results of this survey are a damning indication of the lack of knowledge in our society about sexual consent, and of the rates of sexual assault among students.
“Disproportionate rates of sexual violence against women and members of the LBGTQ community were prevalent themes in particular.
“As the first survey of its kind in the north, this work will be instrumental in providing an evidence base for authorities to take action on the proposed recommendations of the group.
“Public awareness on rates of sexual assault, the role of alcohol in these crimes, and an emphasis on improving consent education are welcome recommendations.
“The ‘Stand Together’ survey results also point to a problem of underreporting of crimes to the PSNI and other authorities. The group’s efforts may encourage silent survivors to come forward and share their experiences, and they should be commended.” 
Post Date : Tue 15 Aug 2017 09:03 AM

Well done to our Year 6 Boy Footballer's who this morning took part in the Michael Hanley Tournament in Bryansford. We fielded two teams and the boys had a great mornings football. Thank you to Bryansford GAC for the invitation, and well done for organising such a well-run tournament. 

Our team comprising of our older boys in the panel won the Shield Competition with our younger group being put out in the quarter finals of the Plate Competition by the eventual winners Clonduff. Brilliant performances by all the kids. Well done lads. 
Our Senior Ladies Camogie Championship game has been changed. 
We now play Bredagh In Drumaness on Wednesday 16th at 7.30pm. 
We would to ask all parents and anyone else to come out and support the girls - They deserve your support folks - let's get out and give the girls a hand. 
U12 girls participated in Ulster Blitz on Saturday in Killeavy Girls had a win over Armagh Harps, drew with Dungiven and were defeated by Shercock Cavan & St. Enda's Omagh. The girls enjoyed the experience of playing   teams from outside the county.
Well done to the senior footballers who advance to the best round of the championship. This came after a 1:17 to 1:8 victory over Bredagh.
On Sunday, our Senior hurlers take on Clonduff in Laitroim at 13:00. Again, it would be great to get out and support the team and management. 
On Sunday, we ran a bus to the All Ireland Hurling Semi Final between Waterford and Cork. Everyone had a great day and enjoyed the game. On the way into the ground we met legendary GAA commentary Micheal O Muircheartaigh.
Club gear can now be ordered. Forms can be collected in the club rooms; the final order will be going on September 10th. 
Image 1: Year 6 boys at the Bryansford tournament. 
Image 2: Members of our club who travelled to Croke park for the All Ireland Hurling semi-final, seen here with Micheal O Muircheartaigh.
Post Date : Mon 14 Aug 2017 09:51 AM
Pat McGinn (far right) of Cuan Mhuire Regional Addiction Centre based in Newry pictured with a group of participants involved with the Princes Trust initiative. 
The Group recently visited the Addiction Support Centre in Newry where they learned of the wide range of services delivered by Cuan Mhuire which was founded by Kerry born Nun Sister Consilio Fitzgerald just over 50yrs ago. 

Those present discussed a wide range of issues including the impact of Addiction on individuals, their families and communities, emotional health and well-being and Addiction services offered by the Health Agencies, Voluntary & Community sector. 

Post Date : Mon 14 Aug 2017 09:48 AM

Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has called for an end to dangerous joyriding following a one-car crash in the Kilnasaggart area of Jonesborough on in the early hours of Monday morning.

A vehicle travelling at speed clipped a ditch and overturned, as residents complained of racing and dangerous driving on the extremely narrow country roads in the area.
Cllr Larkin strongly condemned those responsible, adding that only luck on this occasion prevented serious injury or perhaps tragedy:
“Although the occupants of the vehicle in question appear to have escaped without injury, the car was wrecked. This road is a narrow one-way route, and is entirely unsuitable for hard driving. 
“Residents in the area are disturbed by the actions of joyriders on the surrounding roads last Sunday night. This behaviour is extremely dangerous and will not be tolerated by the local population. 
“Lives are being put at risk by reckless behaviour of this kind. This community could likely see another road tragedy if those pursuing this madness do not desist from their anti-community activities. 
“A car is a lethal weapon in the wrong hands, and maturity and respect for the local community is absent from those pursuing these actions.”
Post Date : Mon 14 Aug 2017 09:46 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has called for anyone with information regarding the robberies of three cars in Slieve Gullion Forest Park on Wednesday evening to come forward and contact the PSNI.

The thieves, who targeted cars parked in the upper car park on the mountain drive, smashed the windows of several vehicles and looted the contents of each car, and a small blue car was seen driving away from the scene.
Speaking following the robberies, Cllr Larkin urged tourists and the local community to be vigilant of these crimes, and to practice caution when leaving cars unattended:
"On Wednesday evening a number of people were driving and walking the surrounding roads and it is likely that the car and its occupants were observed by several witnesses.
“I would encourage anyone with information to contact the police in order to bring these callous thieves to justice. A number of CCTV cameras also cover the area and I am hopeful that the footage will provide sufficient evidence to prosecute these petty thieves.
“These drive-through thieves are not welcome in South Armagh. The breathtaking scenery in this region attracts day-trippers and tourists from all over the world. We will not allow these mindless crimes discourage people from enjoying what was the most popular tourist attraction in the district in the past year.
“Finally, I would implore visitors and locals to remove valuables from their cars when leaving them unattended. To do otherwise is an invitation for undesirables to pillage. Be vigilant, be safe, and enjoy your visit.”
Post Date : Mon 14 Aug 2017 09:43 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, current Chairperson of Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, has expressed her delight as Slieve Gullion Forest Park is named the most popular tourist destination on the Council District, hosting about 400,000 visitors last year.

This dramatic increase in popularity, with numbers of visiting tourists rising every year, is in large part due to substantial Council and external investment in the site to transform facilities available to local residents, families and mountain trekkers.
Speaking following the announcement, Mulgrew also raised the possibilities for the further development site, which could further unlock the potential of the historic.
Ring of Gullion area:
‘Slieve Gullion Forest Park is now a community hub that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, with something for everyone.
‘Sinn Féin in Newry, Mourne and Down Council have pushed hard for further development, and the Council has secured investment in recent years that has transformed the site as a tourist destination.
“For the fourth year running the Forest Park has been received the Green Flag award, the only one in the council area.
“Not only does continued development bring tourists in from far and wide to enjoy the natural splendour and new facilities in the area, it has also resurrected the vibrant ancient history of the Ring of Gullion area and boosted tourism across South Armagh.
“New parking and exercise facilities have been a success, while the ‘Fairy Trail’ captures the local myths and legends of the mountain area, bringing to life for children their local heritage.
“As the Killeavy Castle development continues to progress, there is even greater potential for touristic and economic development. Our local community can only benefit as a result.”
Post Date : Tue 08 Aug 2017 08:26 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has described an assault at Anduff as a reckless criminal act, following an alcohol-fuelled attack on a cyclist near Silverbridge on Sunday morning.

"At about 10 am on Sunday as a cyclist was approaching Anduff on the Silverbridge Road a car drew alongside him and a passenger struck the cyclist on the leg with a beer bottle”, said Cllr Larkin.
“The car then sped off with the occupants cheering and tossing glass bottles onto the road. Although shaken and injured, the cyclist maintained his balance and dignity.
“This was a reckless criminal assault upon a visitor to the area who was out enjoying an early morning cycle through South Armagh.
“It is obvious that those involved were under the influence of alcohol, and while driving put the lives of this cyclist, and the wider community, at risk.
“Their selfish and dangerous antics could have brought another tragedy to our rural roads. It is unacceptable behaviour and must be condemned.
“Throughout our District hundreds of cyclists take to the roads, especially at weekends. It is an increasingly popular sport and pastime which is improving the health of the local population and draws tourists from far and wide to enjoy South Armagh’s majestic scenery. 
“Sinn Féin value the contribution made by the cycling fraternity to this District and understand the issues they can face whilst out on the highway. 
Hopefully this assault will not dissuade them from continuing their activities. I urge everyone to remain vigilant and make known to the authorities drink-driving and criminal actions like these.”