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European Opportunities Identified for Small Business

  Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane said that it would seem the North has been asleep in comparison to the 26 Counties when it comes to drawing down EU funding. Ms Ruane said: “During the last round of European Regional Development Funding the 26 counties drew down almost €500m while the North secured just €53m. […]

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Ad Hoc Report Did Not Reflect Evidence

  Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has said that it is unfortunate that the ad hoc committee report into the Welfare Reform Bill did not truly reflect the evidence presented to it. Mr. Ruane stated, “Sinn Féin campaigned for the ad-hoc committee to be set up due to our concerns on how the equality and […]

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Progressive Approach to Eradicating Bovine TB Welcomed

    Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard, a member of the Agriculture committee has welcomed the beginning of a trial aimed at eradicating Bovine Tuberculosis from the cattle and badger population. Mr. Hazzard said, “I welcome the progressive approach taken by the Minister of Agriculture Michelle O’Neill in not only protecting the cattle population from […]

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Move to Protect Irish Potatoes Welcomed

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said that the moves by Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill to protect Irish potatoes from disease have to be welcomed. Mr. Hazzard said, “I would like to welcome the decision by Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill to introduce stronger checks on ware potatoes entering the North from other EU states. “At […]

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Minister Welcomes St Bronagh’s Vision

  The Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure,Cáral Ní Chuilín and Mla Chris Hazzard paid a visit to St Bronagh’s GAA Club Rostrevor. They were very impressed by the setup, the energy and forward thinking of the Committee, with the main focus of the evening on the promotion of Vision 2019. Minister Cáral Ní Chuilín […]

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Kearney commends Roads Service

  Councillor Peter Kearney has commended the Roads Service on recently completing works on the Greenan Road. The Sinn Fein representative said “A number of residents had contacted me before christmas with concerns over the poor state of the Greenan Road. Motorists in the area who frequently use the road felt it was in need […]

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Culture Minister shares the Líofa message in Warrenpoint

  Culture Minister, Cáral Ní Chuilín has met with Irish language enthusiasts in Co Down to share with them her journey on becoming more fluent in the Irish language. The Minister was visiting the Teanga Trí Chairdeas group who have been formed to promote the Irish language. Speaking at the Town Hall the Minister said: […]

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Setting the record straight on Educational underachievement

  Speaking after oral questions to OFMdFM on Monday 14th January, Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MLA (South Down) has said that he wishes to set the record straight in regard to educational underachievement. Chris Hazzard said: “Yesterday, First Minister, Peter Robinson in response to a question posed by myself responded that, “I acknowledge that although it is clear […]

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SF Working to Remove Roaming Charges

  Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has welcomed the work done by Sinn Féin on both sides of the border to eradicate roaming charges across Ireland. Mr. Hazzard, said “I am aware of the recent Ofcom report that indicated consumers in border areas were paying up to £300 a year in inadvertent roaming charges. “Following […]

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