Post Date : Fri 22 Sep 2017 08:42 AM

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said the presence of Sinn Féin MPs in Dáil Éireann today, for an address by the EU Parliament’s Brexit Co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt, was of 'historic significance'.

The Newry & Armagh MP was speaking following a joint sitting of the Good Friday Implementation Committee, alongside the committees for European Union Affairs, and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence in Dublin.
Mickey Brady said:
“I was glad that Sinn Féin MPs were in the Dáil Chamber today for this important engagement. It is important that all EU officials are continuously briefed and informed on what Ireland needs from the Brexit negotiations. These needs must be a priority given Ireland’s unique position.
“Today's joint committee meeting was of historic significance, and indicates the strength of the all-Ireland campaign against Brexit and the imposition of an EU frontier on this island.
“Sinn Féin MPs sat alongside our all-island team of TDs, MEPs and Senators to witness the address from the chief Brexit co-ordinator of the European Parliament.
“The British Tory government care nothing about the impact of Brexit on Ireland, but Sinn Féin MPs will make continue to make representations where it counts - in Dublin, Belfast and in Brussels. This is what Sinn Féin MPs were elected to do."
However, Brady said he was disappointed that MPs and MEPs were denied speaking rights during today’s hearing:
 “I am disappointed that my fellow MPs and MEPs were denied speaking rights despite the fact that I am a member of the Good Friday Agreement Committee.
“The decision to deny speaking rights to Irish MPs flies in the face of the need for an all-Ireland approach to Brexit.
"Our team stressed Sinn Féin’s position that it is an absolute imperative that the North is given Designated Special Status within the European Union.
“This is crucial in order to defend the political, social and economic interests of all Ireland and to protect the Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts." 
Post Date : Fri 22 Sep 2017 08:38 AM

We’re kicking road collisions into touch, as part of a multi-agency event to encourage young people to think about road safety. 

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) and Newry and Mourne Policing and community Safety Partnership (PCSP), have teamed up with the GAA and Ballynahinch Rugby Club to deliver a hard-hitting road safety message to young people aged 16 to 24 years. 
The event ‘Slow Down – Hit the pitch not the Ditch’ event was held on September 20th at Ballynahinch Rugby club, where County Senior Footballers Mark Poland and Connaire Harrison for the GAA and Kyle McCall, Aaron Cairns and Jonny Simpson for Ulster Rugby also attended. 
Speaking at the event, Inspector Lynne Corbett said, “Road safety is a priority for police in Newry, Mourne and Down, however we all have our part to play. Police officers have visited the homes numerous families across Northern Ireland to deliver the devastating news that one of their loved ones has been killed on our roads. Many more families are helping loved ones cope with serious, life changing injuries. 
“While everyone shares the responsibility for road safety, our appeal to drivers and riders is very simple; Slow down; Pay greater attention to the road and your surroundings; If you’re travelling in a vehicle, always wear a seatbelt and never drive or ride a motorbike or scooter after drinking or taking drugs.”
Philip Gregg Chairman Ballynahinch RFC said, “Ballynahinch RFC are delighted to be hosting this multi- agency road safety event. As a community based club, the welfare of all our members is of paramount importance, an event such as this will educate and improve the driving habits of the young people in Newry and Mourne.
Better Drivers, Better People, Safer Community.”
Seán Rooney, Chairman Down GAA, “The GAA are delighted to be supporting this road safety initiative. We think it’s important to get the road safety message out to our young people. We are not invincible and when we get behind the wheel of a car, we need to be mindful of that. Slow down….hit the pitch not the ditch.” 
PCSP Chair Cllr Harry Harvey stated " The Policing and Community Safety Partnership are delighted to support this event to promote better and safer driving habits amongst our young people. Young people are statistically over –represented in road traffic collisions in comparison with older car drivers and that's why events like this are so important to increase awareness and safety on our roads" 
Watch Commander, Rory Dumigan, NIFRS said, “Firefighters attend road traffic collisions to rescue people trapped in vehicles.  Unfortunately, we do witness the carnage on our roads and the lives destroyed as a result of road traffic collisions. We want to educate young people about the devastating consequences of road traffic collisions and by doing a hard-hitting road traffic collision rescue demonstration to these young people we are giving them a glimpse of what it’s like at the scene in the hope that every time they get behind the wheel they will think about what they have seen and heard at this event.”
Post Date : Thu 21 Sep 2017 11:04 AM

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information after a vehicle arson within the city in the early hours of this morning (Thursday, 22 September). 

Detective Constable Skillen said “Shortly before 4:15 am it was reported that a vehicle had been set alight in the vicinity of Nursery Drive and was completely destroyed as a result of this attack. Scorch damage was also caused to property nearby.
Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting reference 161 22/09/17, or if they wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
Post Date : Wed 20 Sep 2017 09:09 AM

 Following work with Transport NI and the residents in Barcroft Park since 2013, Sinn Féin Cllr Liz Kimmins has stated that the one-way system for the First and Second Streets in the estate is finally underway.

"This has been a long road for the residents who have consistently asked for measures to be put in place to try and address the traffic issues. The one-way system will be implemented on a trial basis for six months by Transport NI to see if this works for the residents.
At every stage of the process I have ensured this is community-led and by having a trial will enable the residents to decide if it is suitable for them. I would therefore encourage residents to adhere to the system and I would welcome any feedback regarding this in the coming months."
Post Date : Wed 20 Sep 2017 08:58 AM

Following meetings with relevant statutory agencies regarding concerns reported by residents of Barcroft Park, Cllr Liz Kimmins has welcomed the news that Transport NI has agreed to carry out necessary repairs to a crumbling wall in the Fifth Street.

"Over the last number of months we have been working to have this issue resolved as residents were particularly concerned of the health and safety risks to young children who may be playing in the vicinity of this wall. I am therefore delighted to have been informed by Transport NI that these remedial works will be commencing in the next few days."
In addition to this, a number of issues around the electricity stations in the Barcroft Park area had also been raised with NI Electricity. "The sites of the transformers have been historically used as a dumping ground and residents have consistently raised concerns about the state of these and also the safety of these as they are quite exposed. I am very pleased to have been informed that NIE will be taking immediate action to have these sites cleaned up, and to re-assess their eligibility for upgrading to improve safety and the efficiency of the equipment."
Post Date : Tue 19 Sep 2017 08:33 AM
Down County Board Updates 
The AGM will take place on Monday 23 October 2017, at 8 pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. 
Down U15/16 Academy – BORN 2002/2003 ONLY 
Down ladies U15 Academy got underway on Saturday 16th September in a wet and windy Ballykinler. 44 girls representing 11 clubs braved the weather. The U15s Academy is open to all girls born 2002/2003 - new girls more than welcome. The Academy will not be on this coming Saturday due to All Ireland Ladies finals weekend but will continue on Saturday 30th September. Further Details will be posted on Facebook later this week.
Down U13 Academy - BORN 2004 ONLY
The U13 Academy continued on Saturday in RGU Downpatrick GAC club grounds with two sessions as usual. The girls put in a magnificent effort as they continue to develop and settle into the programme, making new friends along the way. Well done girls on a cold damp afternoon! Thanks to RGU Downpatrick GAC for the use of their facilities. The next Academy takes place next Friday evening, 22nd September, as no training is permitted on Saturday/Sunday due to All Ireland Ladies Finals in Croke Park. Can any clubs please advise the Down secretary as soon as possible if their girls are unable to attend on Friday night due to club commitments, to allow numbers to be assessed by the mentors in advance. Can all parents/guardians please ensure any outstanding registration forms are returned as soon as possible, as this is needed to register the girls for upcoming Ulster Blitz in mid-October. Please see Facebook for photos. 
Down U12 Academy - BORN 2005 ONLY
Great turnout on Sunday 17th September at the Academy, 70 girls turned up for the session at the Bann Road, Castlewellan. Please see Facebook for photos. The Academy will not be on this coming Sunday due to All Ireland Ladies Finals weekend but will continue on Sunday 1st October. 

Keep up to date with fixtures via the website and social media.  

Post Date : Mon 18 Sep 2017 10:41 AM

 A brand new look for Enable NI marking 20 incredABLE years

From humble beginnings in 1997 as the Young Fit and Able group, to becoming one of the leading service providers of social and recreational opportunities for people with a learning disability and/or autism across the Southern Health and Social Care Trust; Enable NI, had plenty to talk about as it marked its 20th anniversary with the unveiling of a new look brand identity.

On Saturday 9th September, over 200 people, including ABC Lord Mayor Gareth Wilson, gathered for a celebratory launch party and were treated to an array of fun and games, entertainment and Hog Roast BBQ before Director, Nigel Hampton, welcomed everyone to share in a reflection on 20 years’ service delivery before unveiling the organisations new name and logo “incredABLE”.

The charity hopes the change of name will help it to achieve the ambitious goals set out in its strategic plan and will be warmly received by service users. Commenting on the new brand identity, Director Nigel Hampton said “While the core vision and mission of our organisation remains the same, we believe that this new look will help us present a forward-looking and dynamic image to the participants who use our service, their families and our many stakeholders. We found that people wanted a more tangible icon that could be used to demonstrate their support and we hope we have achieved that”

Project Co-ordinator Gemma McKinney, who managed the brand project added “the new strapline ‘inspire, empower, include’, aims to capture the essence of incredABLE, It’s our creative approach to service provision that means the individuals we support can connect with others, express themselves and grow in confidence. The brand refresh is a vital step towards raising our profile within the sector.”

Long standing Board member Edwin Graham who attended the celebration was delighted with how the day progressed commenting “We know demand for support is growing and it’s important our brand keeps pace with demand, whilst reflecting the innovative support we provide that enables people to live more independent lives. Currently not all individuals and families are aware that we can provide services to them, and we know that there are people missing out on receiving vital support. Our refreshed brand reflects that our services, such as short breaks and Bespoke Individual and Group Support, are equipped for people with a range of needs.”

The charity’s new visual identity precedes the launch of its exciting new five-year Big Lottery Funded We are incredABLE project, which will offer a range of meaningful day opportunities to young people aged 18 – 25 years with a learning disability and /or autism who live within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

The launch also provided the opportunity to showcase the range of projects and Services that are provided by incredABLE from 8+ years, including Adult Short Breaks, ASD Skills programme, Holidays and Camping, B.I.G Service, Youth Empowerment, working with One Eighty and much more..

To find out more about the work of incredABLE or request an incredABLE pack with a full listing of all projects and services please email or telephone 02838 827 111

Post Date : Mon 18 Sep 2017 10:35 AM

MLA Megan Fearon and Cllr Terry Hearty of Sinn Féin have called on Richard Pengelly, Department of Health Permanent Secretary, to outline plans regarding the provision of the long awaited Day Care Centre in Crossmaglen.

Megan Fearon said
“The Crossmaglen Day Care Centre has been in the pipeline for over 13 years and was given approval at this time. Incidentally, the Newry Day Care Centre was approved at the same time and has now been built and effectively utilised for some considerable years. While, this is a fantastic facility, unfortunately the same positive results have not been seen in Crossmaglen.
Crossmaglen is a small rural town that has suffered due to a lack of investment and inadequate infrastructure, which unfortunately has led to high levels of poverty and deprivation. Indeed, there are high levels of disability within the local area. As this situation continues, local people who require care are transported on bad roads to Newry, many of who are ageing, this travelling has adversely affected their health and those of their families and carers.
This is something I have been actively pursuing for 5 years, along with Cllr Terry Hearty, having met previous Health Ministers and officials to discuss.
Terry and I have requested a detailed briefing from The Department of Health on how this will be taken forward, with recognition given to the fact that there has been no resolution, in over a decade since project approval. This simply cannot continue, ample time has been given to bring the Day Care Centre to fruition, we simply need leadership and direction from the Department of Health to rectify this unacceptable situation immediately.
This issue is one which we have continued to work on and we are determined to pursue the rights and needs of people in Crossmaglen to access to the same excellent services delivered elsewhere.  This is an equal rights issue and one which we will actively pursue until the Day Care Facility is provided in Crossmaglen.”
Post Date : Mon 18 Sep 2017 10:33 AM

Megan Fearon, Sinn Fein MLA has responded to the Department of the Economy regarding the proposal to grant a prospecting licence in County Armagh to Conroy Gold and Natural Resources plc.

Megan stated “Sinn Féin will not support a renewal of the prospecting licence in relation to Conroy Gold. In light of the number of prospecting licence applications being submitted around the North, we believe none should be granted until a full public enquiry is concluded.
We are concerned that as a first step in the consultation process, an initial impact assessment was not undertaken and circulated to interested parties and residents who fall under the catchment area of the licence.
We have also raised concerns regarding the fact that much of the area in the proposed licence is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this reinforces our view that an initial impact assessment would have been a crucial first step in the process.
On the back of our previous submission, several key questions and serious concerns remain unaddressed. Therefore, given the potential impact of successful prospecting on the environment, the local community and to the outstanding natural beauty of the area, Sinn Féin do not support this proposed prospecting licence.
I will continue to work closely with local residents and also alongside the Save Our South Armagh campaign group so that together we can ensure that our voices are heard.  This is crucial as it is our local community after all and we should always have our say in any proposals which will directly impact on us.  
Post Date : Mon 18 Sep 2017 10:20 AM

Senior Men

Our senior men’s championship hopes ended on Friday night following a seven-point defeat to St Paul’s in Ballymacnab, 3 – 12 to 1 – 11.
The Shane’s made a terrible start to the game and after fifteen they trailed 1 – 6 to no score before a Mark McCabe point got the scoreboard moving for the Camlough side. Danny Monaghan followed this up with a well taken point before the sides swapped two points apiece with Connaire Mackin and Matthew Girvan on target for the Shane’s but the Lurgan side still led by seven at this stage. However, St Paul’s stretched their advantage when a sweeping move saw them record their second goal of the contest which they quickly followed up two further points to see them lead by twelve. The Shane’s finished the half better than they started and fired over three unanswered points, all from the boot of Matthew Girvan, to trail by nine at the break, 2- 10 to 0 – 7.
The Shane’s began the second-half where they left off in the first and kept the scoreboard ticking over with three points on the trot, with Connaire Mackin, Mark McCabe and David McCabe all on target to leave six between them. The Camlough side sensed that they were getting themselves back into contention but they were hit with a real sucker punch when St Paul’s netted their third goal of the game to put them nine in front again. Mark McCabe replied for the Shane’s with a well taken point before his brother David got on the end of a high ball to flick the ball to the net to leave just five between them with less than ten minutes on the clock. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts this proved to be the Shane’s last score of the game as St Paul’s tagged on a further two points in the dying minutes to claim a seven-point win, 3 – 12 to 1 – 11.
Minor Boys
The minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins are scheduled to play Maghery in the championship final on Wednesday 27th September in the Athletic Grounds at 8:15 pm.
Minor Girls
Our minor girls have a championship shield semi-final game at home this coming Wednesday 20th September at 6:30 pm against either Cullyhanna or Ballyhegan but this is subject to change.
U12 Girls
Training for our U12 girls moves indoors this coming Wednesday night, 20th September in Cloughreagh Community Centre from 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
Underage camogie training continues on Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the field. The camogie club would like everyone who helped with and contributed to their bucket collection in Camlough last Saturday. 
7-A-Side Minor Ladies Blitz
Our 7-A-Side minor ladies blitz, kindly sponsored by BM Steel, is taking place on Saturday 30th September. Spaces are filling up very quickly and there are only a limited number of places remaining. At the minute, we have teams from Armagh, Down, Louth, Antrim, Derry, Donegal and Galway competing in what should be a great day's ladies football. Any team interested in taking part but still haven't registered please do so asap to avoid disappointment.
Gaelic4Mothers & Others
The Shane's Gaelic4Mothers & Others is starting at the club this Monday evening, 18th Sept from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. All participants must be over 18 and not currently playing football. Anyone who is interested in a combination of exercise, football and craic... not necessarily in that order... should consider themselves invited and bring and friend along for 1 hour of guaranteed fun.
All enquiries to Peter Lynch on 07876 453546.
Merchandise Orders
The club will be taking orders for skinny bottoms on Monday 18th & 25th September in the clubhouse from 9:00 pm. The prices are:
ADULT: Small – XL £34.00
KIDS: 5/6 – 12/13 £26.00
Please note that this will be the Christmas order and full payment is required when ordering. All other club merchandise can be ordered directly from 
Townlands Challenge
The club was honoured and privileged to have entered a team in The Townlands Challenge hosted by Killeavy GAC on Saturday in memory of their player and member Conor Quinn and in aid of PIPS, Newry & Mourne. The Shane’s were drawn in Group 2 alongside Killean, Low Road Foughill and Meigh Village and fielded the following team: Mick Mackin, David Muckian, Connaire Mackin, Moya Feehan, Aimee Mackin, Paddy Gregory, Ciaran Mackin, Emmet Murtagh, Micheál Brady, Kevin Hughes, Oliver Cromie and former Armagh captain Ciaran McKeever. Following a number of brilliant performances, the Shane’s team made it to the semi-final before eventually losing out by a few scores.
The club would like to thank Killeavy for the invite, for their hospitality on the day and congratulate them on their efforts for a truly worthwhile cause.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 6, 10, 25 & 29. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,550 so why not get yourself a ticket…. if you’re not in, you can’t win.
The picture is Meabh O’Neill’s senior camogs – Junior B championship winners