POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 27 Feb 2017 09:48 AM

Sinn Féin's Barry McElduff has condemned an incident where a defibrillator was destroyed during a break-in at a GAA club in Trillick. 

 
Mr McElduff said: 
 
"The destruction of this life-saving defibrillator during a break-in at St Macartan's GAA club in Trillick was despicable. 
 
"Defibrillators literally provide a life-saving service to the local community and this disgraceful vandalism has taken away that service. 
 
"GAA clubs are the backbone of many communities, particularly in rural areas and attacks and vandalism like this are attacks on the community. 
 
"I would encourage anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI." 
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 27 Feb 2017 09:45 AM
Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy has condemned an arson attack on an Orange hall in Newry. 
 
Mr Murphy said: 
 
"The attack on Altnaveigh Orange hall was wrong and I condemn it. 
 
"Thankfully no one was injured in this incident. 
 
"Attacks of this nature serve no purpose whatsoever and are not representative of the local area. 
 
"I would call on anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI." 

 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Fri 24 Feb 2017 09:44 AM

 Final Call for Excellence Awards 2017 Nominations

…do you know someone who has made a difference? 

Do you know a member of health and social care staff who has provided exceptional treatment and care for you or your relative? 

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has launched the Excellence Awards for 2017 and is asking for members of the public to play their part and nominate a member of staff who has made a big difference to their lives for the People’s Choice Award before it is too late.  

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Monday 6 March 2017 

Siobhan Rooney, a non-executive director with the Trust, and chair of the Excellence Awards committee, said: “The staff excellence awards recognise those staff who make such a difference to patients and clients by going that extra mile. You may wish to acknowledge staff who work in hospital, come to your home, are based in health centres or day centres, or who work as support staff – porters, domestics, drivers or clerical workers.” 

“The People’s Choice award is for Trust employees who have demonstrated to a patient, client or relative exceptional care – maybe kindness, professional expertise or expert care which has made a difference in their life.” 

The judges will be particularly looking for evidence of:

·         Putting the safety, needs and welfare of service users first

·         Ensuring service users feel valued and cared for

·         Treating service users with respect, dignity and compassion

·         Going above and beyond the call of duty

Do you know someone who deserves this award?

How do I nominate?

Complete a Nomination Form, available on the Trust’s website: http://www.southerntrust.hscni.net/contact/ExcellenceAwards.htm  

E-mail: Excellence.Awards@southerntrust.hscni.net or Tel: 028 3756 4159 if you would like to receive the form by post.

The overall winner will be announced on Wednesday 14 June 2017.  

Photo Caption: Staff and clients of the Southern Area Family Nurse Partnership Programme, join with the Trust Chair, Roberta Brownlee to launch this year’s Excellence Awards. Do you know someone who has made a difference – why not nominate for the People’s Choice award?

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 23 Feb 2017 12:44 PM

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has developed a series of infomercials to help people self-treat a range of very common minor conditions.  

Produced with the help of the newly appointed Medical Manager, for the GP Out of Hours, Dr Sandra Elliott, the videos are part of a campaign to help reduce inappropriate use of the service.  

Dr Sandra Elliott says “GP Out of Hours is only for patients with urgent care needs that cannot wait until their own GP surgery re-opens. However we receive a large volume of non-urgent calls every week, such as colds, hangovers, head lice, nappy rash, all of these conditions can be treated with self-care and over the counter remedies. I want to help people to better understand which service it is they need; it may be self-care, minor injuries or even the Emergency Department.  

The series of short infomercials aims to remind people how to use the GP Out of Hours service and how to treat some common minor conditions in the comfort of their own home.  

Dr Elliott adds: “The less non urgent calls we receive, the quicker we can respond to those with genuinely serious, urgent problems, so I urge people to please take a minute to think about which service you need. Remember, wait if you can, call if you can’t.” 

Click here to watch the short infomercials or follow the Trust on Twitter and Facebook @SouthernHSCT.  

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 23 Feb 2017 09:58 AM

Police are appealing for information following the report of a hit and run road traffic collision.

 
A Hit and Run was reported to the Police on Thursday 2nd February. The collision occurred on the Green Road area of Bessbrook where a teenage girl is said to have been struck by a small, dark coloured car near the local garage at about 6:55pm.
 
The young girl was later treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Constable Douglas has appealed to anyone who saw the collision or has any information that could help the police with their enquiries to contact officers in Newtownhamilton on 101 quoting reference number 1125 02/02/17.
 
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 23 Feb 2017 09:30 AM

Sinn Féin's Sinead Ennis has said the planned closure of half of the First Trust bank branches in the north will hit rural areas particularly hard.

 
The South Down Assembly election candidate said: 
 
"News that First Trust bank is planning to close half of its branches across the north will come as a shock to many. 
 
"Bank branches provide a key service in many local communities for both small businesses and personal banking customers. 
 
"The loss of these branches will be particularly keenly felt in rural areas with people having to travel longer distances to access a bank. 
 
"The news will also come as a blow to bank staff who will be facing an uncertain future following this announcement." 
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 23 Feb 2017 09:21 AM
Commenting after the families of the victims of the McGurk's Bar Bombing spoke before the the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality, Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile said;
"The McGurk families were very welcome to the Oireachtas today.
 
"Their accounts of the massacre of their loved ones in December 1971 and the treatment of the atrocity by the British government of the time and successive British governments is appalling.
 
"Fifteen people, including two children, died in the outrage.
 
"Within hours of the massacre the British government deliberately spread lies that the IRA was responsible for the bombing and that those who died were also involved despite the fact that an eye-witness gave RTE an interview, which was broadcast saying he saw the bombers fleeing the scene.
 
"These lies were based on reports from the British Army and the RUC willingly accepted and promoted by the British and unionist governments.
 
"A British Army scenes of crime assessor submitted a report to the British Army Headquarters in which he stated that the bomb was placed in the entrance to the bar.
 
"This contradicted the public account by the British government and the soldiers report was marked 'Not for PR'.
 
"The lie was publicly supported by Reginal Maudling, British cabinet minister, Brian Faulkner, the North's prime minister, John Taylor, unionist cabinet minister, Graham Shillington, RUC Chief Constable and Sir Harry Tuzo, British Army GOC among many others.
 
"The lie continued for decades until the families uncovered the truth themselves from the British government's own files in Kew Gardens.
 
"The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) and the police Ombudsman failed to find these files.
 
"The families are seeking justice and the truth.
 
"I support the calls they made today for a new investigation, a new inquest and the scrapping of the HET report into the massacre.
 

"It is time the families of the bereaved were given the truth after 46 years of lies and deceit."  

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 22 Feb 2017 09:10 AM
Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has challenged Fianna Fáil to state whether it supports the opening of an Irish passport office in the north. 
 
Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said: 
"I welcome the calls for additional Passport Office facilities from Fianna Fáil today.
 
"There is no doubt that the stark increase in passport applications from the North warrants an urgent review of services.
 
"Recently the increased demand saw an additional 230 people employed by the Passport Office and the staff there deserve our full respect and appreciation for the hard work they are putting in.
 
"The campaign for any such new facility must be about meeting the logistical, demonstrable need emerging from within the Six Counties.
 
"Any new and indeed much-needed office facility must be located where the increased demand lies.  Does Fianna Fáil support the need for a Passport Office in the Six Counties?
 
"The huge increase in Irish and therefore European passports indicates clearly that there should be special designated status for the North within the EU and the Irish Government should stand with the rest of us in making that case."

 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 21 Feb 2017 01:35 PM

 Final Call for Excellence Awards 2017 Nominations…do you know someone who has made a difference?

Do you know a member of health and social care staff who has provided exceptional treatment and care for you or your relative? 

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has launched the Excellence Awards for 2017 and is asking for members of the public to play their part and nominate a member of staff who has made a big difference to their lives for the People’s Choice Award before it is too late.  

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Monday 6 March 2017 

Siobhan Rooney, a non-executive director with the Trust, and chair of the Excellence Awards committee, said: “The staff excellence awards recognise those staff who make such a difference to patients and clients by going that extra mile. You may wish to acknowledge staff who work in hospital, come to your home, are based in health centres or day centres, or who work as support staff – porters, domestics, drivers or clerical workers.” 

“The People’s Choice award is for Trust employees who have demonstrated to a patient, client or relative exceptional care – maybe kindness, professional expertise or expert care which has made a difference in their life.” 

The judges will be particularly looking for evidence of:

·         Putting the safety, needs and welfare of service users first

·         Ensuring service users feel valued and cared for

·         Treating service users with respect, dignity and compassion

·         Going above and beyond the call of duty

Do you know someone who deserves this award? 

How do I nominate?

Complete a Nomination Form, available on the Trust’s website: http://www.southerntrust.hscni.net/about/1974.htm 

E-mail: Excellence.Awards@southerntrust.hscni.net or Tel: 028 3756 4159 if you would like to receive the form by post. 

The overall winner will be announced on Wednesday 14 June 2017. 

Photo Caption: Staff and clients of the Southern Area Family Nurse Partnership Programme, join with the Trust Chair, Roberta Brownlee to launch this year’s Excellence Awards. Do you know someone who has made a difference – why not nominate for the People’s Choice award?

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 21 Feb 2017 01:23 PM

The annual Spring lake 5k and 10k run has been pencilled into the diary for April 2nd, more details in next weeks notes and updates will be on the clubs website along with Facebook and twitter.


It has been a great week for two of our young Senior Camogie players, both Caitriona Caldwell and Nicola McCabe were part of the University of Jordanstown team that won the Purcell shield in Abbotstown last week against a strong Trinity college. The girls followed this up on Sunday past when they lined out for the Senior County Camogie team against last years Intermediate All Ireland Champions Kilkenny, a tight affair seen the camogs lose by just 2 points.

The Annual awards dinner dance will be held on St 4th March, tickets are £20 each with Oision McConville as guest speaker, please contact Kevan Sweeny for tickets.

This weeks lotto numbers are 7,20,24,25. There was no jackpot winner, next weeks jackpot £3900, tickets in usual outlets around the town.