POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 25 Oct 2017 08:54 AM
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a shooting incident in the Drumgullion area of Newry last night (Tuesday, 24 October). 
 
Detective Sergeant James Johnston said “Shortly after 8:15 pm police received a report that a man in his 50s had been shot in the hip whilst answering his front door. The man was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening at this time. A Grey Peugeot 206 was reported on fire a short distance away in Violet Hill Avenue, just after the shooting occurred. Police are investigating if the vehicle is linked to the incident. 
 

“This was a callous and brazen attack in which the injured party could easily have lost their life and a motive for it remains unclear at present.  I would appeal that anyone with information or who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the Drumgullion area contact Detectives at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1331 of 24/10/17. Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information anonymously they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.” 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 25 Oct 2017 08:51 AM

Sinn Féin has welcomed confirmation that the Department of Infrastructure is engaging with the Equality Commission over proposed changes to legislation governing who can drive a minibus.

 

After a Sinn Féin delegation met with the Department, Megan Fearon MLA commented: “We have very serious concerns about the planned changes to minibus licensing laws which were originally set to come into effect on January 1st but have been brought forward due to a legal challenge and two months before the consultation has been complete.
 
“The proposals are likely to have a very damaging impact on the ability of health trusts, sports clubs and other community organisations to provide minibus transport. 
 
“Rural community transport partnerships, which currently provide over 200,000 trips a year to elderly people, disabled people and the most isolated and vulnerable communities across the north, will be particularly badly affected. Potentially, the future feasibility of these services is under threat.
“Sinn Féin met with the Department last week and made clear they have a duty under equality legislation to ensure any changes do not negatively impact on vulnerable groups such as disabled and elderly people. 
 
“We urged them to engage with the Equality and Human Rights Commission and I welcome confirmation that this engagement has now begun.
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 24 Oct 2017 08:24 AM

Down County Board Updates

The AGM will take place on Monday 23rd October 2017, at 8 pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. As you are all aware we are moving into a big year ahead, with our 25 years anniversary and the Feile taking place in Down. It is important that we have all our positions filled and we look forward to new members coming on board to our committee.

Remember you are the county board, and you elect your officers, but we will be asking for more help. Please do not put a nominee on without asking the person first.

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 U14 trials for the 2018 squad (girls born 2004) got underway at St Patrick’s Grammar School, Downpatrick on Sunday afternoon. A total of 46 girls turned out to give their all and try to stake their claim for a place on the championship squad. The girls showed great intensity and work rate throughout the mini-games and were really focussed. A big thank you to all the girls for their commitment and fantastic attitude. It was also great to see a few new faces that had not attended the Academy which finished up the week before. The trials will continue next weekend. Day and times to be confirmed as it depends on pitch availability.

Down U12 Academy - BORN 2005 ONLY

The academy continues on Sunday 29th from 10 am to 11:30 am at the Bann Road, Castlewellan.

Fixtures

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

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 23 Oct 2017 09:22 AM
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD will address this year’s Peter Corrigan lecture in Armagh, marking the 35th anniversary of the Sinn Féin activists’ murder by a Loyalist murder gang. The community activist and father of eleven children had acted as an election agent for Sinn Féin in the 1982 Assembly election, just five days before he was murdered. The political lecture is held annually and has become an important feature in the annual republican calendar of events.
 
Speaking at the launch of this year’s event, local MLA Cathal Boylan said, 
“This month marks the 35th anniversary of Peter Corrigan’s murder in Armagh as he walked with his brother Frank and son Martin along the Loughgall Road, near his home in Drumbreda. Peter was instrumental in the rebirth of Republicanism in Armagh city during the 1970s and the early 1980s. The annual political lecture is held to remember Peter and the ideals which he championed as an active Republican in Armagh city.  
 
“We’re delighted to welcome the Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD as this year’s guest speaker. Gerry was interned with Peter in both the Maidstone prison ship and in Long Kesh during the 1970’s, he also worked with Peter in the early 1980’s in their efforts to rebuild Sinn Féin. 
 
“I’d like to encourage people to join the Corrigan family at this year’s lecture as Gerry focuses his remarks on ‘building a Republic’ and pays tribute to the sacrifice of Peter and other Irish Patriots in the quest for freedom and independence in Ireland. 
 

•   The Peter Corrigan Political Lecture takes place on Thursday 26th October 2017 at 7pm in the Harps Social Club, Loughgall Rd, Armagh.  

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 23 Oct 2017 09:19 AM

 Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has welcomed work carried out by the Roads service on the Foughilletra Road at Jonesborough.

" I have been lobbying the Department for many months to secure remedial works on this road. The potholes along the full length of this road were making driving conditions perilous. Megan Fearon and myself have raised this with the Department along with many others issues over the past two years. 
 
During the summer I arranged a site meeting with the local engineer to view the problems along the road. I was heartened to learn of his own concerns relating to this road. Within recent weeks every pothole along the road has been repaired. The community is grateful for this short-term solution to an underlying problem of underinvestment in local infrastructure. 
 
This road is in dire need of resurfacing and, in the area which I represent, is probably the road which is in the worst state of disrepair. I will continue to lobby for a full resurfacing of this road and intend to raise it at a meeting with senior management at the Department for Infrastructure this week."
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 17 Oct 2017 09:20 AM

Down County Board Updates 

The AGM will take place on Monday 23 October 2017, at 8 pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. As you are all aware we are moving into a big year ahead, with our 25 years anniversary and the Feile taking place in Down. It is important that we have all our positions filled and we look forward to new members coming on board to our committee.
 
Remember you are the county board, and you elect your officers, but we will be asking for more help. Please do not put a nominee on without asking the person first. 

U18/Minors - BORN 2000/2001 ONLY
Trials are starting in November 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 
Academy is on this Sunday 22nd October in Ballykinlar. Girls to arrive 11:20 am finishing at 1:30 pm. Bring all outstanding registration forms and monies. Full turnout of players is desirable in preparation for blitz the following week.  Training will be in blitz format with teams playing each other and breaks between so bring warm clothing.  Ulster blitz is on 28th October in Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown. Transport will be available.
 
Down U13 Academy - BORN 2004 ONLY
The U13 Ulster Blitz took place in Mid Ulster Sports Arena on Saturday 14th October and Down entered 6 teams which consisted of 110 girls playing a total of 7 hours of football against multiple teams from Antrim, Donegal, Derry and Monaghan. This has been the culmination of 6 weeks of preparation at the Down U12 and U13 Academies, and the girls should be very proud of their performances as they more than matched the ability displayed by the other counties, with some fine performances and victories along the way.
 
Thanks to all the girls for the great determination, attitude, work rate and skill on display throughout. Thanks to the support from those parents that travelled and to the Ulster Council for the fantastic organisation of the blitz which ran smoothly. Best of luck to all those girls participating in U14 club championship finals next weekend from all the mentors.
 
Trials for the U13 girls gets underway next Sunday afternoon, 22nd October 2017 at RGU Downpatrick, with details to follow. Please see Facebook for photos!
 
Down U12 Academy - BORN 2005 ONLY
The academy continues on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at the Bann Road, Castlewellan. 
 
Fixtures 
Keep up to date with fixtures via the website and social media. 
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 17 Oct 2017 09:16 AM
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed his “shock and deep sadness at the news of a death in Ravensdale as a result of Storm Ophelia”.
 
Teachta Adams said:
“I want to extend by condolences to the families of those citizens who have lost their lives as a result of Storm Ophelia, and especially to the family of the person killed by a falling tree in Ravensdale this afternoon.
 
“Storm Ophelia has already caused significant damage as it makes its way across the island of Ireland.
 
“I would urge everyone to heed the advice of the emergency services and stay indoors.
 
“And I want to commend the courage of the first responders who are risking life and limb helping those in trouble.” 
 
Echoing these sentiments of her Party President Chairperson of Newry, Mourne & Down Council Cllr Roisin Mulgrew stated,
 

"We in this Council area are deeply saddened to learn of the death of a man in an incident in Ravensdale. There have been numerous reports of fallen trees, power cuts and storm damage throughout our Council area. I want to also commend the efforts of all those who have been at the front line of the task of dealing with the impact of Storm Ophelia and I ask members of the public not to endanger themselves or any of our Emergency personnel by taking any unnecessary risk". 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 16 Oct 2017 08:53 AM
Newry Mourne & Down Council Chairperson Cllr Roisin Mulgrew attending the launch of the Brexit Border Corridor Document in Brussels this week has said that Councils along the border will work together to ensure their common concerns are addressed during Brexit negotiations.
 
Speaking in Brussels where she also attended the European Citizens Prize award presentation to the Border Communities Against Brexit Group the Council Chairperson stated,
 
"Councils from both sides of the border have met regularly to discuss the impact of the UK leaving the EU on Border Corridor. We have been working closely and today in Brussels we launched our policy document. We will continue to work together to ensure our common concerns are highlighted and addressed".
 
Cllr Mulgrew also congratulated the Border Communities Against Brexit who received the European Citizens Prize.
"Well done all involved with the Border Communities Against Brexit Campaign, a deserved recognition of the huge work this Group has done to highlight the impact of Brexit, thus ensuring that the communities concerns continue to be heard".

Photo Large Group
Newry, Mourne & Down Council Chairperson Cllr Roisin Mulgrew pictures with her elected colleagues from along the Border Region and members of the award-winning Border Communities Against Brexit Group
 
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Mickey Brady MP Chris Hazard MP Dáire Hughes Sinn Féin Cllr Roisin Mulgrew Martina Anderson MEP  

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 16 Oct 2017 08:44 AM

 Detectives have charged a 29 year old man with a number of offences including possession of a class A drug, possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and possessing criminal property. He is due to appear at Newry MC on Wednesday 8th November. As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

 
Detective Inspector Keith Gawley said: “ The man was stopped by a police patrol as he drove his car in the Doran’s Hill area of Newry at around 9 pm on Friday evening 13th October. A search of the man and his car was then carried out and a quantity of suspected class A drugs and cash was recovered. Further follow up searches were carried out at other locations in the Newry area. In total, around £30k of suspected cocaine has been recovered as well as a substantial amount of cash.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Fri 13 Oct 2017 12:53 PM
This week the seven Sinn Féin MPs travelled to Brussels for Brexit related engagements, and the European Citizens Prize Awards ceremony at which Border Communities Against Brexit were honoured.
 
Speaking from the European Parliament, Mickey Brady MP spoke of the impact of the Sinn Féin visit.
"The seven Sinn Féin MPs travelled to Brussels to engage in a series of meetings with European officials and with the Constitutional Affairs Committee at which we raised the disastrous impact of Brexit for Ireland.
 
"As MPs we are making the case in Dublin, in Brussels and in London for Designated Special Status for the north within the EU.
 
"I also want to congratulate Border Communities Against Brexit for their ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the entirely negative impact of Brexit in Ireland.
 
"To be awarded the European Citizens Prize for this work is a remarkable achievement.
 
"I call on everyone to get involved in civic campaigns of this kind to draw the attention of Europe, and the world, to the economic and social challenges posed by Brexit."
 

Photo Sinn Féin MPs In Brussels this week