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Hazzard confirms green light for Dundrum crossing

    Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has confirmed that a planned pedestrian crossing for Dundrum will be delivered within the next six months.    Last year as Infrastructure Minister, Mr Hazzard had announced that after many years lobbying by local Cllr Willie Clarke and Dundrum residents that a controlled pedestrian crossing would finally be […]

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Hazzard Demands Action to Protect Knockiveah Cairn

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has called on Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Council and the Department for Infrastructure to take urgent action to protect one of Ireland’s most historically significant monuments from unacceptable development.    In recent weeks the construction of a Broadband mast has commenced on top of Knockiveagh cairn without planning permission; and […]

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Ennis welcomes reinstatement of schools’ sports development grant

Sinn Féin’s culture arts and sport spokesperson Sinéad Ennis has welcomed the reinstatement of the schools’ sports development grant. The South Down MLA said: “Sinn Féin welcome the reinstatement of this valuable scheme. This announcement will be great news to the schools, coaches and children who benefit from this scheme. “Sinn Féin were to the fore in pressing […]

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Ardnabannon Closure Must Be Reversed – Hazzard

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has described this afternoon’s announcement from the Education Authority that Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre is scheduled for closure as “devastating news for local staff and young people alike”.   The South Down MP said:   “My office has been inundated with calls from staff members and service users who are angry […]

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Irish Language threatens no-one: Rogan

  Sinn Féin MLA Emma Rogan has praised the strong message from pobal na Gaeilge this week, that the Irish Language threatens no-one. Speaking after a protest at Stormont spearheaded by school kids and young people, the South Down MLA said: “The rights of these children and young people threaten no-one; they humiliate no-one. “Today’s […]

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‘Universal Credit should be halted’ – Hazzard 

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has called for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be halted due to the failure of the Department of Communities to provide clarity on the protections for the most vulnerable.    The South Down MP said:   “Sinn Féin has always rigorously opposed the welfare cuts agenda, indeed it’s not […]

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Hazzard raises South Down Brexit fears with EU Leader

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP this week met with the European Parliament Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt MEP in Stormont on Wednesday afternoon and in Dáil Éireann in Dublin on Thursday.   The local MP used the opportunities to speak with Mr Verhofstadt on issues relating to the border; namely the harmful impact such an EU […]

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Sinn Féin meet local Ethnic Minority Support Group

Sinn Féin South Down MLA Sinead Ennis and Crotlieve Cllr Oksana McMahon met with Artur Kemiecik from Newry Mourne & Down’s Ethnic Minority Support Group. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues affecting our migrant population and those new nationals who have made Newry & Mourne their home. Speaking following the meeting Cllr […]

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Hazzard calls on Community to actively oppose Health Cuts

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has called for local people to “come out in unprecedented numbers” to this week’s health cuts consultation in Downpatrick. Mr Hazzard said: “The South Eastern Trust proposals are completely contrary to the transformation agenda set out by Michelle O’Neill as Minister for Health last year; with this in mind Sinn Féin are […]

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