Post Date : Mon 12 Sep 2016 08:33 AM

 Sinn Fein MLA has called on the PSNI to investigate the distribution of racist literature in the Larne area. 

The East Antrim MLA said; 

"I have been contacted by constituents from Larne who were extremely concerned after receiving racist literature through their door from a group calling itself Ulster Awake. 

"These racist and hate-filled leaflets are sinister and concerning and will doubt cause cause fear in the community. 

"There can be no place in society for racism, intolerance, discrimination or intimidation and such attitudes must be challenged wherever they arise. 

"I will be contacting the PSNI and calling on them to investigate these leaflets and those responsible for them." 

Post Date : Thu 08 Sep 2016 08:22 AM

 Brownlow Hub group ‘Wings of Hope’ have recently donated a cuddle cot to the Neonatal Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital. 

Wings of Hope raised the funds to buy the cot by hosting a charity night fundraiser. 

The cuddle cot will be used for babies who have died or have been born still-born. 

Staff of the Neonatal Unit have thanked Wings of Hope for their very kind donation.  

Post Date : Wed 07 Sep 2016 01:47 PM

 The Southern Trust has completed a £600,000 maintenance project at the historic Hill Building on the St Luke’s site in Armagh.

The work done includes a renovation of the roof and full resurfacing of an existing car park at the back of the facility.

Francis Rice, Chief Executive (Interim) for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, said:

“Some of the buildings on the St Luke’s site have been in operation for over 190 years and remain key facilities within the Trust. We want to ensure that we continue to offer a standard of safe and high quality service on the site.

“The new car park surface behind the Hill Building will also extend the life and quality of the structure as well as making the spaces clearly marked out for all staff and visitors.”

The Hill Building was originally constructed in the late 1800’s and has been key location to the Trust since its doors first opened in 1898 - originally serving as the first purpose-built hospital for acute mental health care.

The role and purpose of St Luke’s has changed over the years, but it still plays a key role within the Southern Trust. It is now home to a wide range of services including the Sensory Disability Team, Human Resources Department, Memory Team, Community Addiction Team, Promoting Wellbeing Team and Domiciliary Care Service.

Francis ended by saying: “We have currently got around 900 members of staff working on the St Luke’s site and we welcome many visitors and other staff on a daily basis so it’s essential for us to carry out regular maintenance and upgrade projects.”

Post Date : Wed 07 Sep 2016 09:08 AM

 Shane O'Neill's GFC, Camlough recently held a Qube event in conjunction with The Fight on Campaign for Séanín. Pictured our committee members Louis Doyle (Treasurer), Peter McKeown (Secretary) and Mick Mackin (Chairman) presenting a cheque for £3868.00 to representatives of the charity.

Post Date : Wed 07 Sep 2016 09:04 AM

 Police are investigating the report of an altercation in the vicinity of the Mall in Newry at around 2.38am on Sunday, September 4th. 

Five persons were assaulted and received injuries as a result of this incident.

Chief Inspector Gillian West said: “I would appeal to anyone who has any information about this incident, which Police are treating as a homophobic hate crime, to contact Police at Newry on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 231 04/09/16. Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Post Date : Wed 07 Sep 2016 09:01 AM

 Independent Newry City Councillor Kevin McAteer has slammed the current mental health system in the North of Ireland calling it “poor and unsatisfactory” which has resulted in a lack of confidence from the public in relation to mental health services.

Speaking on the issue the Independent Councillor stated:

“There’s no point sugar coating this, mental health services in the North of Ireland are terrible. The political parties and politicians can claim that services are improving and claim that they are making mental health a priority but the reality is mental health services are so bad that our mental health system is broken and we need a complete overhaul of that system.”

Councillor McAteer who recently revealed this year about his own battle with depression and attempted suicide has stated that his own experiences have shown him that improvement is needed before it is too late.

“I currently live with depression myself following a suicide attempt in 2008 so I’ve been through the system and I can categorically state right now , if I was suffering from a mental health problem today...I would not ask our current health service for help I would feel more comfortable going to one of the local charities such as PIPS.

I always hear politicians stating how they are putting mental health first and supporting mental health awareness but those politicians seem to disappear afterwards and nothing is ever done. I understand it’s their job to show support for mental health awareness but this is the point at which mental health becomes forgotten, it’s swept under the carpet for another’s time for the parties to develop some sort of action plan to tackle the state of our mental health services. Either they are going to make changes or they’re not.

For example we need more investment in our mental health services. We need more awareness amongst the public, we need to stop the cuts on our mental health services and we also need a proper mental health facility in the Newry area. Newry is home to a hospital and a soon to be £30 million health hub, we need a proper world class mental health facility in Newry instead of sending people all the way to bluestone in Craigavon.  We need massive changes in our mental health service, now is the time to act.”

Post Date : Wed 07 Sep 2016 08:34 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has slammed those behind a hate crime attack at the Islamic Centre in Belfast. 

Mr Ó Muilleoir said: 

“I have spoken to representatives in the centre and wish to put on the record my utter condemnation of this hate crime.

 “These attacks are despicable and I appeal for anyone with information to contact the police.” 

Post Date : Tue 06 Sep 2016 12:46 PM

 Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has expressed his condolences after a death of a person on the Derry railway line. 

The Foyle MLA said; 

"News that a person has died following an incident on the railway line in Derry close to Caw Park has shocked the local community. 

"The line is expected to remain closed while the scene is investigated. 

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased at this sad time." 

Post Date : Tue 06 Sep 2016 11:39 AM

 Independent Newry City Councillor Kevin McAteer has condemned the recent attack on 5 members of Newry Rainbow Community and has called it an attack on the entire community.

Speaking on the issue the Independent Councillor stated:
“I fully condemn this attack on members of Newry Rainbow Community , this is without a doubt an attack on the entire community. The incident occurred following the gay pride ball at the end of such a successful pride week. Pride week was extremely successful and the NRC organised a wonderful event and this attack is nothing short of disgraceful. I hope those attacked make a full recovery and I call on anyone with any information to come forward.”

Post Date : Tue 06 Sep 2016 11:33 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has encouraged disability support groups to help shape legislation at the Assembly.  

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on disabilities said;  

"People with disabilities face many issues and it is important their views are listened to and taken into account.  

"As Sinn Féin spokesperson on disability issues I have written to a range of disability groups offering to meet them to listen to their ideas and discuss their concerns.  

"It is important the views of those involved in the disability sector are considered when legislation is being shaped.  

"I have arranged meetings with several groups already and I\'m looking forward to meeting them and others in the coming weeks and months to discuss their views."