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Chris Hazzard Sinn Féin MLA South Down

Hazzard raises plight of South Down Farmers at BREXIT Talks

  South Down MLA Chris Hazzard has said BREXIT would be devastating for the agriculture industry in Ireland and has raised specific concerns about the future sustainability of the Hill Farming industry in areas such as South Down. Speaking at the North South Agricultural Sectoral Meeting in Armagh, the Sinn Féin MLA said: “BREXIT creates […]

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Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane spoke at the ‘Women in Leadership’ conference held today at the European Parliament Office in Dublin. Ms Ruane said, “I am delighted to have been invited to speak at the Women In Leadership conference. “I spoke on the imbalance in the number of women in leadership positions in public and private life across the island of Ireland. “Despite 52% of the population of Ireland being made up of women their participation in politics is around only 18%. While the number of women in leadership positions in areas like banking, judiciary and other areas of influence is also extremely low. “I have recently returned from a conference in Sweden on gender equality and I brought some of the experiences I learnt there to this seminar. “It is important woman play a major role in society and that we change attitudes and remove glass ceilings so we encourage more young women into worthwhile careers. “This will only happen if they have confidence that promotion prospects are on an equal basis as men.”

Proactive steps needed to support women into leadership

  South Down MLA Caitríona Ruane said proactive steps must be taken to encourage more women into politics and roles of leadership. Speaking before attending the International Conference on ‘Women and Leadership in a Changing World’ at Queen’s University Belfast, Ruane said, “We require real proactive steps to support women to enter and advance in political […]

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Downpatrick parking needs to be addressed – Cllr. Bailie

    Downpatrick Councillor Naomi Bailie has said parking in the county town urgently needs addressed after a tour operator coach reportedly received a parking ticket on English Street.  The coach which was filled with tourists visiting the town was issued a parking ticket after a 10minute stint outside local hotel, Denvirs. Councillor Bailie said the issuing […]

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Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard with Joint First Minister Martin McGuinness

Narrow Water Bridge on Infrastructure Minister’s to-do list

    Minister for Infrastructure Chris Hazzard has said that he will be working with the Dublin government to make progress on the Narrow Water Bridge project. As the North of Ireland’s first Minister for Infrastructure the South Down MLA  will ensure infrastructure development supports economic growth and social cohesion. Speaking following his appointment yesterday […]

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