Post Date : Fri 03 Nov 2017 01:51 PM

Police in Newry have charged two males with attempted criminal damage, resisting police and disorderly behaviour. 

They are due at court later this month in relation to this.
Post Date : Fri 03 Nov 2017 01:49 PM

Sinn Fein Councillor Terry Hearty has congratulated everyone involved in the fun-packed day of festivities for Halloween on Tuesday last 31st October. 

The local Councillor explained,
"There was a vast array of activities for all age groups and the Square was thronged with people from mid-day. This all culminated in a brilliant fireworks display in the council football field watched by hundreds of children and their parents from the safety of Cross Rangers stand. After this it was back to the Square led by the Pipe Band and music till late with The Timekeepers".
Terry continued 
"My warmest thanks and praise for the great amount of time and effort put into these events by the organising Halloween Committee, Crossmaglen Community Association and South Armagh Safety Group," said councillor Hearty, adding, “it is a tribute to the community spirit of South Armagh that these events are so successful."
Commenting on the incidents of anti-social behaviour that occurred on the night the Sinn Féin elected representative said,
"It would, however, be remiss of me not to mention the unnecessary and intolerable anti-social activities of the few, young people and some, not so young people who drifted from area to area, but particularly Ardross, intimidating and terrorising residents, setting off, fireworks at houses and causing damage, both to buildings and vehicles. 
On more than one occasion, the stewards, whose task is to maintain the safety of those participating in festival events, risked their own safety by confronting these people. The fire brigade came under a barrage of fireworks as they went about their business and I sincerely hope this does not affect the great working relationship we have always had with the service"
He added,
"I would ask parents to check where and what their children are at around this time and would call upon the PSNI to at least attempt to put a stop to the roving cars throwing fireworks out their windows as they drive around".
Concluding the elected representative stated,
"Despite the bad behaviour of the few, it is important to remember that Halloween is a time of festival and fun and we should not be distracted from this. I am sure the Halloween Committee is already planning next year’s events and I know the Community Association is already getting ready for the Christmas Lights switch-on and the annual visit of Santa Claus".
Post Date : Wed 01 Nov 2017 10:37 AM
At this week's Special meeting of Council, Sinn Féin Councillor Barra Ó Muirí raised the on-going issue of Ambulance call outs to South Armagh, and how our Geographical location was putting people at further risk. 
After hearing from the Chief Executive of the Ambulance service how a Category 1 call should be attended within 8 minutes, Cllr Ó Muirí asked if this was realistic for an Ambulance to reach parts of Dorsey or Newtownhamilton in life or death situations.
The Sinn Féin Councillor pointed to 3 occasions where it had taken an ambulance more than 45 minutes to reach a category 1 call in Newtown, Cregganduff and most recently in Crossmaglen and stated that the time had come to look for alternatives to compliment, not to replace the ambulance service.
Cllr Ó Muirí pointed to the Pilot Scheme in Lurgan, where the Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to emergency calls about cardiac/respiratory arrest and chest pain and urged that a similar scheme be trialled in South Armagh.
As well as this, Ó Muirí asked for closer working relations with Ambulance Services in Louth and Monaghan. Stating how ambulances regularly attend incidents in each other's jurisdiction, he asked that this arrangement could be formalised to the mutual benefit of all.

Concluding, Cllr Ó Muirí thanked the Chief Executive for his time, and told him that by Collaboration with Fire and Rescue, and stronger North/ South links, the people of South Armagh could finally get the Ambulance service that they deserve. 

Post Date : Wed 01 Nov 2017 10:33 AM
Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan commenting on reports of attacks on  Fire Service Personnel in the Armagh, Keady and Crossmaglen areas has slammed those involved.
 The Newry & Armagh MLA stated 
 “The Fire and Rescue Service work day and daily to protect the community. I share the anger and disappointment of many within our community at the news of these attacks on appliances and personnel"
The Sinn Féin elected representative concluded, 
 “I would appeal for anyone involving themselves with such activity to reflect today that it could be your family in need of rescue by emergency services and such disgraceful actions put lives at risk".
His colleague Megan Fearon MLA who had attended the Halloween Celebrations in Crossmaglen commented,

"I am deeply saddened to learn of attacks on our Fire Service one of our most valuable public services. They should be viewed as not only violence against Emergency Service staff but also as an attack on the entire community.  

Post Date : Wed 01 Nov 2017 10:32 AM
Sinn Féin has welcomed confirmation that minibus drivers will be permitted up to six-month extension to enable them to meet new driving regulations which come into effect November 1st.
Sinn Féin MLA, Megan Fearon said, "we still have concerns regarding the impact of the controversial changes on the future of community and school transport systems but the six-month extension is definitely a positive step.  We remain committed to and focused on ensuring that the vital services are protected in the future.
The Newry & Armagh MLA commented: “Sinn Féin has been in constant engagement with the Department for Infrastructure on their proposed changes to minibus licencing requirements and we welcome confirmation that those drivers who have initiated the licencing process will be allowed up to six months to obtain their documentation.
“This will come as welcome news to many service providers and users who rely heavily on community transport.
“However, concerns remain around the wider impact these changes will have on the ability of transport providers to source drivers and Sinn Féin is continuing to seek further mitigation measures to ensure services are protected.
“We believe there is a particular impact on rural communities, disabled people, schools and youth services who rely heavily on community transport services. 

“We have made a strong submission to the department arguing for robust mitigation measures based on their equality obligations to protect vulnerable groups and will continue to press for suitable measures to be put in place.” 

Post Date : Tue 31 Oct 2017 09:24 AM

Down County Board Updates 

The AGM took place on Monday 23rd October 2017 in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo – thanks to all those who attended. We still have a number of vacant positions and we welcome any new members who would be interested in joining our committee for 2018.
Don’t forget to show your support to our senior girls this weekend in the RGU clubrooms. They have organised a 12-hour spin fundraiser for the very worthwhile cause, KBRT. This is taking place on Saturday 4th November. Contact Kyla Trainor if you would like to get involved. 
U18/Minors - BORN 2000/2001 ONLY
Trials are starting in DECEMBER 2017; can all clubs please spread the word and encourage all players to participate. Further details will be published closer to the time. 
Down U15/16 Academy – BORN 2002 / 2003 ONLY 
U15 girls held their last Down Academy on Sunday prior to the Ulster Blitz THIS Saturday in Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown. With 4 teams entered there will certainly be a lot of playing time. This is an excellent opportunity for the girls to represent their county and for many wearing the county jersey for the first time. Many thanks to Ballykinler GAC for use of their facilities over past 6 weeks.
Down U13/14 - BORN 2004 ONLY
The Down 2018 U14 Championship Squad trials (for girls born 2004) continued on Saturday at Abbey Grammar Newry. There was a great turnout again with 39 girls from 15 different clubs giving their all at the second of three trials. This is fantastic numbers given that four clubs are involved in county finals on Sunday. Plenty of skill and commitment was on display as the girls stake their claim for a place on the squad. Their ongoing dedication is a credit to them, their families and their clubs. Well done girls! The final trial will take place at St Patrick’s Grammar School, Downpatrick next Saturday 4th November from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, which all girls are asked to come along to. The mentors would like to wish the very best of luck to all those girls participating in county finals over the next two weekends.
Down U12 Academy - BORN 2005 ONLY
After 6 great weeks including an Ulster blitz, the 2005 Academy came to a finish on Sunday in Castlewellan with another great turnout. Great numbers across all weeks and we thank all the girls that have attended the academy, they have been a pleasure to coach. Please keep an eye on all Social media for details of the Trials which are due to begin very soon.  Thanks again from all the coaches. 
Keep up to date with fixtures via the website and social media. 
Post Date : Mon 30 Oct 2017 12:15 PM
Our U21 amalgamation of Patrick Rankins got their campaign off to a winning start on Sunday with a six-point win over Grange in Correnshigo, 2 – 14 to 1 – 11.
The Rankins played with a strong wind at their backs in the first-half and opened the scoring through Mark McCabe with Grange getting the next two points to edge ahead. Mark McCabe equalised before a Matthew Girvan point put the Rankins back in front again. The sides then swapped a point apiece with Eamon McCabe scoring for the home side before a fifth point for Grange put them one ahead again but three points in a row from Matthew Girvan, Mark McCabe and Ryan Quinn gave the Rankins a two-point advantage. It could have been even more minutes later but the Grange keeper made a great finger-tip save to deny Matthew Girvan from close range. This save lifted the visitors and with their next attack they registered the first goal of the contest to put them one front but Declan Loye replied for the Rankins with a well taken goal to see his side lead by two at the break, 1 – 7 to 1 – 5.
The sides shared a point each in the early stages of the second-half with Matthew Girvan firing over for the Rankins before points from Mark McCabe and Girvan again put them four to the good. Grange replied with a well taken pointed free before Mark McCabe rounded off a great Rankins move by firing the ball to the net which was quickly followed up by another Matthew Girvan point. An eight point for Grange was quickly cancelled out by an Oisin O’Callaghan score before the sides swapped another point apiece with Ryan Quinn on target for the home team. Matthew Girvan popped over his sixth point of the game to give the Rankins an eight-point lead with Grange registering the last two scores but the Rankins had done enough to claim the win, 2 – 14 to 1 – 11.
Training for all our U6s continues every Tuesday evening in Bessbrook Community Centre from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. Everyone please remember to bring water and £1. All new and current U6s are welcome to come along, starting from 3 years old.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
Training continues St Paul's every Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and all players are asked to attend. 
The Camogie Club would like to thank everyone who helped with and contributed to their bucket collection in Camlough on Saturday 9th September which saw a total of £835.00 and €198.00 raised.
Annual Golf Classic
Well done to Colm Traynor, Kieran Crummy and Christopher Reel who were the winning team in our recent Annual Golf Classic – we hope the lads enjoy their stay and play in Slieve Russell Hotel. The club would like to thank everyone for their generous sponsorship of the event, all the teams who took part and Cloverhill Golf Club who hosted the event.
Movie Night
This coming Friday night, 3rd November sees the club host a move night for all our U6 and U8 footballers at 6:15 pm in the Shane's clubhouse. There is a £3 entry per child with a tuck shop also available on the night. Kids are more than welcome to bring siblings, cousins or friends and we recommend bringing a pillow/blanket/sleeping bag or cushion to sit on.
Best Wishes
Best wishes to Danny Murphy, father of our senior ladies’ player Kirsty, who was injured in a traffic collision last week. Everyone at the club hopes Danny will make a speedy and full recovery.
Committee Meeting
All committee members are reminded that Monday nights committee meeting will begin at 8:00 pm.

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 2, 7, 24 & 30. There were no jackpot winners and 2 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,850 so why not get yourself a ticket…. if you’re not in, you can’t win. 

Post Date : Mon 30 Oct 2017 12:10 PM

Newry, Mourne & Down Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins commenting after she and her colleague Megan Fearon MLA had met with Transport NI Officials to discuss issues of concern relating to the demand for traffic calming measures in the Park View Cloughogue area, has said that there is a need for Transport NI to address concerns as soon as possible.

The local Councillor stated 

"We have been repeatedly calling on Transport NI for the implementation of ramps through Park View, following several complaints from residents about the speed of traffic.

There is a constant flow of traffic through this area, which now contains 5 housing developments and therefore is highly populated with young children.

Megan and I have had site meetings in the past with Transport NI officials who recognised the need for ramps in this area, however to date this has not been fulfilled.

We have again strongly emphasised the serious concerns for the safety of pedestrians in the Cloughogue area with Senior Officials and the need for traffic calming measures to be put in place imminently"

The Sinn Féin elected representative also raised the issue of traffic congestion at the bottom of the Dublin Road adjacent to Glen Hill.

"I raised the traffic light junction at the bottom of the Dublin Road and Glen Hill, this needs to be looked at as it creates huge traffic congestion on the main road off the A1 into Newry. It The traffic build up at key times of the day can be hugely frustrating to local people and also visitors to the City. This has detrimental affects on tourism and the local economy as it can act as a deterrent to people coming into the city centre.

It is crucial that Transport NI reviewing this traffic management scheme and I have asked them to seriously consider upgrading this.

Post Date : Thu 26 Oct 2017 08:47 AM
Sinn Féin MP for Newry Armagh, Mickey Brady, has condemned an arson attack and the shooting of a man near the Armagh Road in Newry last night.
Mickey Brady said:
“I utterly condemn this disgraceful attack.
“There can be no place for these brutal actions in our society.

“This is an attack on the whole community in Newry and I would encourage anyone with information to bring it forward to the police.” 

Post Date : Thu 26 Oct 2017 08:42 AM

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said a Fianna Fáil councillor's call for a ‘hard border’ in Ireland is ‘disgraceful attack on border communities’.

Speaking following a bizarre and xenophobic statement from Fianna Fáil Councillor Emma Coffey in which she calls for a ‘hard border’ in Ireland to protect ‘national integrity’ and against European migrants, the Newry Armagh MP said:
“This call for the imposition of an EU frontier in Ireland is a disgrace.
“As a representative of communities living along the Irish border, I know the great fear and anxiety in the community about the impact Brexit will have on their lives. 
“Moreover, the anti-immigrant and racist tone of this demand is entirely unacceptable. 
“The people of Ireland are welcoming and tolerant of their neighbours, across Ireland and throughout the world.
"Like the Tory party, Fianna Fáil have shamefully chosen to blame migrants for the actions of the British government."