POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 17 Jan 2017 09:36 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed a scheme aimed at introducing more part-time 20 mph speed limits at rural primary schools on roads where the national speed limit applies.  

Declan McAleer said: 

“Children and young people are among the most vulnerable groups using our roads both in the vicinity in schools and the wider community.

“A recent innovation by the Infrastructure Minister has seen the development of part-time 20 mph speed limits at schools, especially those on roads where the national speed limit applies. The speed limit at these schools is reduced to 20 mph at opening and closing times during term times.  

 “The department is now going to test alternative signing arrangements at ten schools. 

“This test will allow them to assess the effectiveness of new arrangements against the existing systems and should also pick up any unforeseen issues.  

“If successful a decision can then be taken whether there should be a comprehensive programme of part-time speed limits rolled out at all rural primary schools.

“It’s important that we do all in our power to reduce the levels of deaths and serious injuries on the roads.” 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 17 Jan 2017 09:27 AM

 SDLP South Down MLA Sinead Bradley has cast scepticism on a statement from Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard where he expressed his expectation to see Narrow Water Bridge completed by 2019. 

She said, “They promised the A5 and not one inch of road has been built. They promised the A6, which quickly became a road between Randalstown and Castledawson. Today it looks like the Sinn Féin tactic of hollow pre-election promises is already in full swing. 

“15 minutes before an election was even called, the outgoing Infrastructure Minister used his department to express his commitment to see construction on Narrow Water Bridge begin by 2019. 

“Throughout the embarrassingly short life of this Executive, I asked the Minister several times for an update on Narrow Water Bridge and I was ignored. I don’t think anyone will believe that the project has suddenly become a priority for Chris Hazzard when he hardly mentioned it the entire time he had the power to see it built.

“The priority for the DUP and Sinn Féin has always been and will always be narrow political self-interest. They have no desire to deliver for the people, let alone delivering ambitious infrastructure projects like Narrow Water Bridge. If people want change and delivery, they’ll need to vote for it in March.”

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 16 Jan 2017 01:35 PM

Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Seeley has said she will not be putting her name forward for selection for the next Assembly election. 

The Upper Bann MLA said; 

"Serving the people of Upper Bann as a Sinn Féin MLA over recent months has been a huge honour and privilege. 

"After much consideration, I have now decided that I will not be putting my name forward as a candidate in this election. An opportunity has arisen for me to return to teaching and I want to pursue it. 

"It has not been an easy decision to make as I have a passion for politics and have enjoyed representing the community, firstly as a councillor and recently as an MLA. 

"Sinn Féin has gone from strength to strength in Upper Bann and will have my full support in the upcoming Assembly election, during which I will be acting as an election agent to help maximise the Sinn Féin vote. 

"I would like to thank the people of Upper Bann and Sinn Féin for the support they have shown me over the years. 

"This will be a hugely important election and it is vital the people have their say and ensure that the political institutions are based on respect, equality and integrity." 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 16 Jan 2017 09:51 AM

Gaelic Life All-Star Awards

Last Friday night saw three members of our 2016 senior ladies team - Shauna Grey, Aimee Mackin and Aoife McCoy -  being presented with Gaelic Life All-Star awards at a star studded event in the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan. As well as picking up her All-Star Aimee Mackin was also named the Ladies Footballer of the Year.

Senior Men

With David Muckian still at the helm and Kelly O’Rourke joining the back-room team our senior men begin their pre-season training next Sunday morning, 22nd January. Last Monday night our senior men were drawn against Derrynoose in the first round of the intermediate championship.

Minor Boys

A meeting for all players eligible to minor boys’ football in 2017 will take place in club this Tuesday night, 17th January at 7.30pm SHARP to discuss plans for the year ahead. Club membership for U18s is £15.00 so please bring it along as well.

U16 Girls

Circuit training for our U16 girls will start on Tuesday, 31st Jan from 6.30pm to 7.45pm in Bessbrook Community Centre.

U10 Training 

Training for our U10 footballers starts next Sunday morning,22nd January at 11.00am at the field. 

U6s 

Training for our U6 footballers continues this Wednesday evening at 6.00pm in Bessbrook Community Community Centre and all new boys and girls are welcome to attend.

Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie

Training for all camogs begins again this coming Tuesday evening, 10th January in the sports hall in St Paul’s from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. All new members from age 4 and upwards are welcome to attend.

Gaelic4Girls

Shane O Neill’s ladies are currently launching our latest Gaelic4Girls Programme.

G4G, as it's known, is for girls aged between 8 and 13 who would like to begin playing girl's football. 
It doesn't matter if someone has never played before or only has a limited experience, as everyone who comes to G4G will be starting at the same point, learning the basic skills and more importantly making new friends and potential team mates, in a fun, friendly and safe environment. 

The G4G programme begins next Saturday January 21st at 11.00am to 12.15pm in Shane O Neill’s and continues for 8 sessions. The cost is £10 per player with every player receiving a specially designed Shanes G4G training top and certificate on completion. 

Water/juice/fruit and snacks are also provided after each session. 

Most girls who have never played yet would probably not yet own football boots, so to allay the costs of new boots we will be able to supply boots in a range of sizes on day 1, along with a suitable football jersey. 
Our senior ladies team management and players will be coaching and mentoring the group for the 8 sessions. 
Visits to local schools in the Camlough, Bessbrook, Belleek and Whitecross areas took place over the past week and all girls in the age group will have the necessary information home with them.
Gaelic4Girls is a fantastic opportunity for young girls to become involved in such an enjoyable and rewarding sport and we look forward to seeing lots of new and enthusiastic faces on January 21st. 
For any enquiries please contact Peter Lynch 07876453546 or Yasmin Mackin 07929933548. Or alternatively, you can contact us through the club Facebook page. 
Gaelic4Girls has been very successful in the past, attracting many young footballers and we aim to make it another fun and exciting experience for all who attend.

The club would like to thank all the local schools for facilitating our visits over the past week to promote the Gaelic4Girls programme 

Membership Rates for 2017

Club membership is now due and the rates for 2017 are as follows:

Senior Members: £30.00

Cairde Members: £15.00

OAPs: £15.00

U18s: £15.00 for first player in a family, £10.00 for every other player

All membership must be paid before 31st March 2017.

Congratulations

Congratulations to our ladies’ footballer Jessica Watters, Year 13 St Mary's pupil, who has been selected onto the Ulster Colleges All Star Panel as an Under 20 Gaelic football player for her school – well done Jessica.

Best Wishes

Best wishes to our senior ladies’ manager Peter Lynch who is spending a short time in hospital. Best wishes also to our club and Cairde member Noel McTaggart who is recovering at home following a s short hospital stay.

Lotto

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were: 10, 15, 27 & 31. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at £4850. 

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

Shauna Grey, Aimee Mackin and Aoife McCoy pictured with their Gaelic Life All-Star awards

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 16 Jan 2017 09:48 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has said she will not be putting her name forward for selection for the next Assembly election. 

Ms Ruane said;  

"It has been an honour and privilege to represent the people of South Down in the Assembly for the last 14 years.  

"Over the years I have been involved in assisting the growth and development of the peace process to create a better society for all our citizens.  

"During that time I have had the pleasure of serving as Education Minister, abolishing the eleven plus exam, tackling underachievement, improving educational attainment and excellence for all, investing in the Irish medium sector and delivering the largest school building programme in decades. 

"I was also proud to promote equality issues in the Assembly at every opportunity; equality for the LGB&T community, for Irish language speakers and for women. As a lifelong feminist I was honoured to have been selected twice by all parties to chair the Assembly's women's caucus.  

"I was also privileged to serve as Principal Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.  

"I have now decided not to put my name forward for selection for the next Assembly election.  

"Sinn Féin has continued to grow in the South Down constituency, as it has across the island, and I have no doubt that local activists will choose a strong team to go before the electorate and they will have my full and enthusiastic support in any upcoming election, in which I will acting as an election agent.  

"This will be a hugely important election and it is vital that people have the opportunity to call time on the DUP's arrogance and put respect and equality at the heart of the political institutions.  

"I want to thank all of the people of South Down and the party in the area for the support and trust they have shown me over the years and I look forward to the continued growth of Sinn Féin in the area. 

"I also want to thank my family; my husband Brian, children Eimear and Deirdre and my grandchild, Sé, for the love and support they have given me over the years." 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Fri 13 Jan 2017 09:25 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has condemned the shooting of a man and woman in the Turf Lodge area of west Belfast. 

 

Mr Sheehan said; 

 

"The shooting of a man and woman in their 50s at a house in Norglen Parade in Turf Lodge was wrong and I condemn it. 

 

"There can be absolutely no justification for these type of actions. 

 

"Whoever is responsible needs to stop these barbaric attacks immediately. 

 

"I would call on anyone with information on this attack to bring it forward to the PSNI." 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 12 Jan 2017 11:29 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff said Communities Minister Paul Givan has moved as a result of public outrage to reverse a disgraceful decision to remove the Líofa bursaries. 

Barry McElduff said: 

“The decision to cut the Líofa bursary of £50k for disadvantaged children was disgraceful. 

“While this reversal is welcome, it is a decision that should never have been taken. 

The DUP has demonstrated contempt for the Irish Language and that must change.  

“The rights of the Irish Language speakers need to be recognised and respected.” 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 11 Jan 2017 12:41 PM

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O’Neill told the British Secretary of State today that he should call an election on Monday and allow the people to have their say on the Renewable Heat Incentive  (RHI) scandal and the crisis in the political institutions. 

Michelle O’Neill said:

“A Sinn Féin delegation met with the British Secretary of State James Brokenshire today. 

“We made it clear that we would not be re-nominating for the post of Deputy First Minister and told him he should call an election at the earliest possible opportunity. 

“We told him that suspension of the institutions is not an option. 

“We told him that there would be no return to the status quo and no return to direct rule. 

“The crisis of confidence in the institutions has gone way beyond the RHI scandal. 

“The equality, mutual respect and all-Ireland approaches enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement have never been fully embraced by the DUP.   

“The DUP cannot be allowed to block equality for women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities, the Irish language community and Irish identity.  

“The Irish and British governments are responsible for equality and parity of esteem. They need to fulfill their obligations. 

“The people must be allowed to have their say.”

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 10 Jan 2017 09:08 AM

 Martin McGuinness announces resignation as deputy First Minister  

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has announced that he is resigning as deputy First Minister in protest at the DUP's failure to accept the principles of power sharing and parity of esteem and their handling of the RHI crisis. 

Mr McGuinness said; 

"Over the last ten years I have worked with DUP leaders and reached out to unionists on the basis of equality, respect and reconciliation.

"Over this period the actions of the British government and the DUP have undermined the institutions and eroded public confidence

"Sinn Féin will not tolerate the arrogance of Arlene Foster and the DUP.

"Sinn Féin wants equality and respect for all.

"That is what this process must be about.

"Today I tendered my resignation.

"Today is the right time to call a halt to the DUP’s arrogance.

"There will be no return to the status quo.” 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 09 Jan 2017 12:44 PM

AGM

The club’s AGM took place in the club on Sunday afternoon with a decent number of people in attendance.

Outgoing chairman Mick Mackin, secretary Peter McKeown and treasurer Louis Doyle all gave very comprehensive reports for 2016 before Gerry Barry oversaw the election of the new officers for 2017:

Chairperson: Mick Mackin

Vice-Chairperson: Gareth McLoughlin

Secretary: Paul O’Neill

Asst Secretary: Peter McKeown

Treasurer: Lynda Griffin

Asst Treasurer: Terence Feehan

PRO: Brendy Osborne

Cairde Officers: Brendy Osborne & Terence Feehan

Development Officer/Club Maith Officer: Peter McKeown

Coaching/Games/Youth Officers: Mick Mackin & Peter Lynch

Irish Officer: Micheál Brady

Health & Wellbeing Officer: Paul O’Neill

Registrars: David Muckian, Louis Doyle, Gareth McLoughlin & Yasmin Mackin

Fundraising Officer: Mick Mackin

Co Board Delegate: Gerry Barry

Minor Board Delegate: Brendy Osborne

Ladies Board Delegates: Paul McMenamin & Paul Watters

Lotto Officers: Mick Mackin, Joe Brady, Ann Loughran, Josie McGivern & Ann McGlade

Premises/Social Club/Bar Managers: Paul O’Neill & Eoghan Jones

Grounds Maintenance: Kevin Barry & Gareth McLoughlin

Gate Persons: Oliver Doran, Barney Osborne & Kevin Barry

Youth Meeting

The first youth meeting of the year will take place tomorrow night in the club tomorrow night, Monday 9th January at 8.00pm. All underage managers for the 2017 season are asked to attend.

Membership Rates for 2017

Club membership is now due and the rates for 2017 are as follows:

Senior Members: £30.00

Cairde Members: £15.00

OAPs: £15.00

U18s: £15.00 for first player in a family, £10.00 for every other player

All membership must be paid before 31st March 2017.

Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie

Training for all camogs begins again this coming Tuesday evening, 10th January in the sports hall in St Paul’s from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. All new members from age 4 and upwards are welcome to attend.

Lotto

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were: 1, 4, 11 & 17. There were no jackpot winners and 2 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at £4800.