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Resurfacing of A2 Warrenpoint-Newry Dual Carriageway No.1 priority.

  South Down MLA Sinéad Ennis has met with Permanent Secretary for Department of Infrastructure Peter May, to discuss the Department’s commitment to resurface the A2 Warrenpoint – Newry Dual Carriageway. Speaking following the meeting the South Down MLA said: “I was encouraged to hear from the Senior section engineer for the Southern Division and the Permanent […]

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Hazzard warns ‘time running out for a deal’

    Time is running out for the DUP and British Government to recognise that rights and the implementation of previous agreements will be key to any deal in the Stormont talks, Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard has said.   The South Down MP was commenting after British Secretary of State James Brokenshire told Westminster that an Executive […]

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Hazzard welcomes reprieve for Local Welfare Offices

  Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has welcomed confirmation today from the Department for Communities that both Ballynahinch & Newcastle Social Security Offices will stay open. Mr Hazzard said: “For some time now we have been calling on the Department to invest in local services rather than close them; so today’s announcement is great news […]

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Sellafield poses grave threat to our society and environment – Hazzard

  Chris Hazzard MP has today repeated Sinn Féin’s call to close the Sellafield nuclear facility in Cumbria on the Irish Sea immediately, following a chemical incident at the installation on Saturday. The South Down MP said: “Saturday’s incident at Sellafield once again highlights the extreme risk and danger this major nuclear installation in Britain poses to society and […]

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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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