Post Date : Thu 23 Nov 2017 09:17 AM

Police at Ardmore are appealing for help in locating an orange KNK Petrol Strimmer stolen from a shed in the Shandon Park area of Newry between the evening of Saturday 18th November 2017 and the morning of Sunday 19th November. 

Police are following a line of enquiry that Social Media sites where used to advertise and sell this item.  Did you or do you know someone that may have purchased an orange KNK Strimmer in the days after the 19th November?  Did you reply to an advertisement on Social media about this make and model of equipment? 
If you have any information relating to this please contact 101 and quote the reference number 584 19/11/17.
Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 10:05 AM
Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady has observed PIP assessment procedures which he says reflects a Tory culture of ‘shame and punishment’ towards welfare recipients.
Micky Brady MP said:
“Fundamental flaws and a culture of demeaning claimants is appearing at the heart of the Personal Independence Payments (PIP) system.
“Through my work in recent weeks I have observed serious procedural problems that reflect a wider culture of shame and punishment with which the Tories treat welfare recipients.
“The forms involved are extremely and deliberately complex. In cases I have observed, some assessments are degrading and ridiculous in their nature.
“The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) of over 80 charities and organisations surveyed over 1700 PIP claimants and found that almost 90% of respondents described their assessment as ‘stressful’. 
 “Over 75% of respondents agreed that the stress and anxiety associated with their PIP assessment had made their condition worse.

“This is unacceptable, and Sinn Féin will be seeking a meeting with Capita in the time ahead to demand immediate changes to how PIP recipients are treated.” 

Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 09:58 AM
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Energy, Environment and Climate, Cathal Boylan MLA today welcomed the announcement by NI water that construction has started on their Solar Farm, which will power their water treatment plant.
The Newry and Armagh MLA commented:
“It is encouraging to see NI water take positive steps to decrease their carbon footprint and promote renewable energy. The use of solar energy is even more encouraging as more needs to be done to diversify our renewable energy portfolio in the North.
“The cost of renewable energy has dropped dramatically in the last few years, this together with the benefits of renewable energy will hopefully encourage NI water to look at installing Solar Farms in some of their other facilities.

“I would encourage more companies to invest in renewable energy, especially on the back of the Bonn climate change conference held in Germany last week. It threw into stark reality that we need more action and more ambition to tackle climate change.”  

Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 09:52 AM

Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan marking Road Safety Week 2017 has urged motorists to "speed down".

The MLA stated 
"I support the important message being highlighted this Road Safety Week, that being, "Slow down via #Speed down". 
It is a proven fact that speed kills".
The Sinn Féin elected representative explained 
"Pedestrian Survival rates show :
20MPH - 97.5%
30MPH - 80%
35MPH - 50%
40MPH - 10%
These statistics are good for thought for us all. I urge all to slow down and share the road to zero"
Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 09:47 AM

Newry, Mourne & Down Councillor Liz Kimmins has confirmed that concerns have been raised in relation to the time taken for an Ambulance to attend the scene of last night’s gas explosion incident in Barcroft Newry.

"There are reports that the Ambulance did not appear until nearly an hour after the Fire Service had arrived at the scene at Barcroft. By that time those injured had been taken to hospital. This has caused great concern as delays can have serious consequences"
said the local Sinn Féin Councillor.
Echoing his colleague’s concerns Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady stated
"I have contacted the Ambulance Service (NIAS) for their response to this worrying claim. Communities should not have to experience long and dangerous delays waiting for ambulances".
Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 09:41 AM
Conor Murphy MLA has described a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing St this morning as ‘very robust and frank’.
The delegation included Gerry Adams TD, Mary Lou McDonald TD, Michelle O’Neill MLA, Elisha McCallion MP and Conor Murphy MLA.
The Sinn Féin negotiator and Newry & Armagh MLA said:
“We told the British Prime Minister Theresa May this morning that her government must bear the greater responsibility for the failure to reach agreement on the restoration of the institutions.
“The provision of an Irish Language Act, Marriage Equality, a Bill of Rights and funding for legacy inquests are all British government obligations. 
“Progress is only possible if her government honours those commitments.
“We told Mrs May that direct rule is not an option and that she must look to the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement for the establishment of an intergovernmental conference involving the Irish and British governments.
“It has also emerged that the British government intend to include a statute of limitations ‘covering all troubles related incidents’ for British crown forces in a new section in their consultation on the Stormont House Agreement Bill. 
"Such a proposition is no part of the Stormont House Agreement and despite being involved for the last ten months in negotiations with British officials Sinn Féin was never informed of this intention.
“We understand the Irish government was not informed either until we brought it to their attention.
“We told Mrs May that this is an act of bad faith and is unacceptable”.
Concluding, Conor Murphy MLA said: 
“The crisis in the North’s political institutions arose almost one year ago because of the scandal in the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme and allegations of corruption from within the DUP about the DUP.
“It also has its roots in the failure of the British and Irish governments to honour their commitments under the terms of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements, and to ensure that the rights of citizens are respected.
“We also raised with the British Prime Minister the widespread concern on the island of Ireland about the impact of Brexit on our economies and communities. Brexit is the single biggest threat to our economies. 

"We challenged Mrs May to spell out how she believes a so-called seamless and frictionless border is possible. Sinn Féin believes this is only possible if the north is given a special status within the European Union.” 

Post Date : Tue 21 Nov 2017 10:06 AM

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following a report of an assault at a house in the Carrickateel Court area of Newry on Sunday 19th November. 

Detective Constable McKeever said “At approximately 11:25 am it was reported to police that a man in his 30s had been stabbed in the chest at a property and was then taken to hospital for his injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening at this time. Three men in their 40s have since been arrested in relation to the incident but have all been released on bail pending further enquiries. 
I would ask that anyone with information contact 101 quoting reference 575 of 19/11/17, or if they wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Post Date : Mon 20 Nov 2017 11:26 AM
Detectives at Lurgan CIB are appealing for information in relation to an assault at a property in the Terraskane Road area of Armagh in the early hours of Monday, 20 November. 
Detective Inspector Stephen Harvey said “Shortly after 12:15 am police received a report that a man had suffered stab wounds to his abdomen. He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening. 
I would ask that anyone with information to contact 101 quoting reference number 8 of 20/11/2017, or if they wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Post Date : Mon 20 Nov 2017 10:30 AM


A disappointing performance from our U21 amalgamation of Patrick Rankins saw them lose to a good Mullaghbawn side in the semi-final of the competition in Killeavy on Sunday, 5 – 13 to 0 – 12.
Mullaghbawn opened the scoring with their first attack of the game with a well taken goal but points from Mark McCabe, Eamon McCabe and Damian O’Hagan had the Rankins back on level terms. Two points from the boot of Matthew Girvan put the Rankins ahead but their lead was short-lived as Mullaghbawn soon registered their second goal of the game to put them one in front. Mullaghbawn tagged on a further four points to take five-point advantage with Matthew Girvan replying for the Rankins with a good point. Mullaghbawn restored their five-point lead with their fifth point of the half but two late first-half scores from Matthew Girvan and Mark McCabe saw the Rankins go into the break three points behind, 2 – 5 to 0 – 8.
The sides swapped points in the opening exchanges of the second-half with Mark McCabe pointing a free for the Rankins before another free, this time form Matthew Girvan, saw his side just two in arrears. However, Mullaghbawn then hit a real purple patch and hit two goals and two points in a ten-minute spell which all but sealed their win. Mark McCabe and Ciaran Mackin responded with a point apiece for the Rankins but these proved to be their final scores of the contest as Mullaghbawn went to register a further 1 – 5 without reply to claim a convincing win.
The club would like to thanks all the players and their management team for effort and commitment throughout the U21 campaign.
Senior Ladies Trip to China
In preparation for their upcoming trip to China our senior ladies will continue with their Mandarin lessons in the club on Tuesday night from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. On Tuesday 28th November at 7:30 pm there will be an information evening in the club on the China trip for all players and parents. A representative from the Confucius Institute and UUJ will be attendance. If anyone has specific questions for the evening please contact Peter Lynch or Caoibhe Sloan beforehand to ensure that the answers or information can be provided on the night.
U10 Gaelic football indoor training starts this Wednesday, 22nd November in Cloughreagh Community Centre from 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm. New children are very welcome to come along and join in regardless if they have never played Gaelic football. Beginner skills programme will be provided for new players.
Training for all our U6s continues every Tuesday evening in Bessbrook Community Centre from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Everyone please remember to bring water and £1. All new and current U6s are welcome to come along, starting from 3 years old.
Committee Meeting
All committee members are reminded that Monday nights committee meeting will begin at 8:00 pm.
The club’s Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, 10th December at 3:00 pm in the club-house.
Paddy Lynch Memorial Cup Darts Tournament
The annual Paddy Lynch Memorial Cup darts tournament will take place in the club next Sunday 26th November. Entry fee to the tournament is £5.00 with registration beginning at 1:00 pm with the first darts being thrown at 2:00 pm. There is a total of £300.00 prize money on offer with the winner getting £140.00, the runner-up getting £80.00 and the two beaten semi-finalists getting £40.00 each. All entry fees and raffle proceeds are in aid of Children with Diabetes.
Christmas Coffee Morning
The club is hosting a Christmas coffee morning on Sunday 10th December from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Why not come along and enjoy the Christmas festivities with some tasty winter treats – tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mince pies, Christmas treats, cakes and buns – while the children visit Santa.
Happy Birthday
A big 50th birthday to a good friend of the club Anthony Sloan who celebrated with a great party in the club on Friday night.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 5, 6, 14 & 18. There were no jackpot winners and 2 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £7,000 so why not get yourself a ticket…. if you’re not in, you can’t win.
Patrick Rankins U21s prior to their semi-final against Mullaghbawn
Post Date : Mon 20 Nov 2017 10:10 AM

At last Thursday’s meeting of the Council’s Strategy, Policy and Resources committee, Sinn Féin Councillor Barra Ó Muirí praised the work of the Irish language Strategy Cross-party Working Group and proposed a budget to help realise the Strategy.

Explaining that the committee had spent roughly eighteen months deliberating on the most efficient and cost-effective ways to roll out the strategy, Ó Muirí paid tribute to the Councillors and Officials who worked diligently to ensure the best opportunities would be provided for the residents of our District.
The proposal brought before the Committee was to establish two separate funding opportunities:
1) Scéim sparántachta na Gaeilge/ An Irish language Bursary Scheme
2) Scéim Chúnamh Airgeadais/ A Financial Assistance Scheme
The purpose of the Bursary Scheme is “to assist individuals to improve Irish Language skills through providing scholarships or bursaries for accredited Irish language courses, including Gaeltacht colleges, intensive courses and third level courses.” Parents or guardians will be able to apply for scholarships or bursaries for young people to attend Gaeltacht courses, and the scheme will allow applicants to apply for up to 50% of total fees for a course, up to a maximum of £300 in total, Ó Muirí explained.
The Financial Assistance Scheme will have two specific themes: 1) Irish language community renewal and development; and 2) Positively engaging the Irish language.
The first will provide an open call for projects/initiatives that encourage Irish language community capacity building, mentoring and volunteering. The second will be an open call for community engagement projects/ initiatives to build positive relations, address perceptions and promote respect for the Irish language.
Ó Muirí explained to the committee how repeated efforts were made to have Unionist representation on the Working Group, to no avail. He called for mutual respect and understanding for the language, and reiterated the Sinn Féin call for equality for all. “The Irish language has no political persuasion. It is neither green nor orange and the aim of every member of the Council should be to promote equality within our District. I hope these plans are recognised by all as being the intent of this council to provide increased opportunities for all residents of our District, young and old, to access and afford Irish language courses from now on.”
The committee were happy to second Ó Muirí’s proposal with support from almost all Councillors.
Ó Muirí has vowed to continue efforts to engage with the PUL community to highlight that the language belongs to us all.
Having passed the committee stage, the proposal now goes before full Council on Monday 4th December.