Post Date : Thu 29 Sep 2016 08:16 AM

 Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, to meet with the Board of City of Derry Airport and to play an active role in supporting the airport.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile;

"Last week I met with representatives of the Board of the airport who are enthused and focused in their efforts to see it develop and grow. Recent investment by the Executive and ongoing financial support from Derry and Strabane District Council has seen major opportunities open up for route development and overall growth for the airport.

"I put it to Minister Patrick O’Donovan, who represented Shane Ross today, on the floor of the Seanad today that Derry’s airport is a fundamental national economic asset and must be afforded the modest support it requires in order to help bolster the economic outcomes for the Northwest Region and the rest of Ireland.

"The airport itself is ideally located between both the Wild Atlantic Way and the Northern Coastal Route and over 40% of the Airport’s passengers already come from Donegal. It makes economic and social sense that the Irish government would assist in efforts to see the airport flourish and grow. The net benefactor will of course be the Irish economy and people both north and south especially those living in the north-west.

"I welcome the commitment to meet with myself and my colleague Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn on this matter where we will raise the need for support for Derry airport and its many benefactors in Ireland’s tourism sector.” 

Post Date : Wed 28 Sep 2016 12:35 PM

 Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann has said a panel of redress should be set up to meet the needs of victims and survivors of child abuse. 


Ms McCann said; 


"I have met with victims and survivors of child abuse on a number of occasions to discuss their concerns.


"Sinn Féin has consistently supported the call from victims and survivors, and from experts, to establish a panel to redress the needs of the groups and individual victims. 


"Such a panel would involve emotional support, counselling services, access to records and material support in order to help address the hurt of the abuse they suffered. 


"Victims and survivors should also be involved in shaping the work of a panel of redress in order to make sure it adequately meets their needs." 

Post Date : Wed 28 Sep 2016 08:08 AM

 The Southern Trust is supporting the seasonal flu vaccination programme by urging staff and in particular frontline staff to protect themselves, their patients, clients and families by getting the flu vaccination. 

Throughout the month of October health and social care workers can attend drop-in Flu Vaccination Clinics across the Trust. Vaccinations will also be available on all wards and Departments to make it more convenient for those staff who have difficulty attending a clinic.

Catriona Campbell, Head of Occupational Health in the Trust said:

“Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter. It is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, aching muscles, cough and sore throat - and because flu is a virus, antibiotics won’t help. People sometimes call a bad cold the flu, but really, having flu is much worse.

“The Flu protection only lasts for one flu season, so it is important to get vaccinated every year, ideally in October or early November to be ready to fight off infection. As it takes about two weeks for the vaccination to reach maximum protection, it is important to get your jab before flu starts circulating to make sure it works. 

“As health care providers, we have a duty to protect our patients and clients by protecting ourselves so it is important for us all, particularly those delivering frontline care and in contact with vulnerable people to have the flu vaccination.” 

For a full schedule of Vaccination Clinics staff can visit the Trust Intranet site or contact the Occupational Health Team on Tel: 028 3741 2473. 

For information on seasonal flu see This site provides a comprehensive guide to flu, including information for the public on who is most at risk, who needs a seasonal flu vaccine, how to get the vaccine and what to do if you think you have the flu, as well as information on prevention of further infection. 

Click here to watch Dr Richard Wright – Medical Director, talking about the flu vaccine

Post Date : Tue 27 Sep 2016 11:13 AM

 Independent Newry City Councillor Kevin McAteer has commended the Magnet Centre in Newry for their recent homelessness awareness day highlighting the issue of homelessness.

Speaking on the event the Independent Councillor stated:

“Its great to see so many young people taking part in such an important event with a big message. I want to commend Rebekah, Teresa and all the young people at Newry Magnet Centre for everything they have done recently to highlight the issue of homelessness. They are a credit to the community.

It is important that we continue to create awareness on this issue within the public and to those who may find themselves in that situation. It is important that anyone who may find themselves as homeless for whatever reason understands that help is available and they are not alone.”

Post Date : Tue 27 Sep 2016 08:31 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane said alternative legislation that prioritises women’s welfare, health and wellbeing is needed across the island.

Speaking after attending the 'Rise and Repeal' Rally on Saturday Ms Ruane said:

“Tens of thousands of men and women from all over Ireland attended the ‘Rise and Repeal’ Rally in Dublin yesterday.

“It is clear that the Irish Government cannot ignore this issue any longer, the groundswell of support for the repeal of the 8th amendment and the actions of the public indicate that they want a say on this issue.

“Sinn Féin has been consistent in the view that the 8th amendment needs to be repealed in order to protect women and to allow for terminations in cases of sexual crime and fatal foetal abnormalities.

“Sinn Féin does not support abortion on demand and remain opposed to the extension of the 1967 Act to the North.

“Sinn Féin would support legislation which would make provision for abortion services in instances of pregnancies arising from sexual crime along with situations in which a pregnancy has been determined to have a fatal foetal abnormality.

“We have been resolute in our support for women’s rights and will continue to work as stakeholders to create an alternative that prioritises a woman’s welfare, a woman’s health and a woman’s wellbeing across the island.”

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:15 AM

 Members of Brownlow Masonic Lodge have donated £350 to the Stroke Unit at Lurgan Hospital.

The money was raised at a recent ‘Irish Folk Evening’ where raffles and collections took place. 

Staff in the Stroke Unit would like to thank everyone involved who made this very kind donation possible.

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:12 AM

 The Southern Trust has welcomed eleven new nurses from Italy as part of the international recruitment drive to ensure safe staffing levels on wards.

Lynn Fee, Southern Trust Assistant Director and International Nursing Recruitment Lead said: 

“As part of our ongoing commitment to recruit and retain nursing staff, we are delighted to welcome eleven nurses from Italy who will be working in Acute and sub-Acute hospitals across the Trust area.  

“The group will complete an induction programme, which will include training in Trust practices and equipment as well as meeting new colleagues.” 

Southern Trust Chief Executive Francis Rice said:

“We are delighted to welcome the Italian nurses as they join the rest of the Nursing teams and all of the other staff who deliver high quality care throughout the Trust area. 

“In the Southern Trust we are committed to the training and continuous development of our staff to meet the changing needs of our population. I would like to commend our new recruits on choosing Nursing as a career path here in Northern Ireland and wish them well in their continued development.”

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:10 AM

 Senior Ladies

Next Sunday, 2nd October, sees our senior ladies begin their Ulster Championship journey with a home game against Donegal champions Carndonagh. The game throws in at 2.00pm and everyone is asked to come along and get behind the team.

U10s & U8s

Training for our U10 and U8 footballers continues on Tuesday and Friday evenings at the club from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.

Youth Meeting

The youth meeting planned for Monday, 26th September has been re-scheduled for Monday, 3rd October at 8.00pm in the club.

Golf Classic

The winners of last week’s Golf Classic were Pearce Murphy, Noel McParland and Seamus Keenan and they picked up a first prize of a one night stay and play at the Slieve Russell Hotel – well done lads.

Club Merchandise
Last orders for half-zips, skinny bottoms and body-warmers can be made at the club at 9.00pm on Monday night, 26th September.

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 8, 16, 30 & 31. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at £4100.


Everyone at Shane O’Neill’s and Meabh O’Neill’s would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the Quinn and Boyle families following the tragic death if young Patrick Quinn. Both the Quinn and Boyle families have been generous sponsors and great friends of both Shane O’Neill’s and Meabh O’Neill’s down through the years and Patrick’s sister Kate is a current camogie player with Meabh O’Neill’s.

The club would also like to offer it’s sympathies to the family of Arthur O’Shea who passed away recently.  Arthur was the uncle of our generous club sponsor Garreth O’Shea.

Can you please arrange to include attached picture with our club notes:

Peter McKeown and Gareth McLoughlin present Pearce Murphy and Seamus Keenan with their prize following the Shanes Golf Classic

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:06 AM

Armagh GAA All Ireland winner and SDLP Assembly Member Justin McNulty tied the knot yesterday (Saturday 24th September) with his bride Cristina Balderrama.  The wedding mass was in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Lislea followed by a reception in the Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross. 

Guests included many of the Armagh All Ireland wining team from 2002. Photo by Eammon Smyth,

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:03 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said the entire Camlough community is in shock following the death of Patrick Quinn.

"This is an unimaginable tragedy for the Quinn family and our thoughts first and foremost must go out to them," he said.

"The entire community here is in shock. Patrick was so highly thought of by everyone that people are almost in disbelief.

"I have no doubt that the entire community will rally round the Quinn family to offer whatever support and help they can as they try to come to terms with such a devastating loss.  They are in all our thoughts and prayers."