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Sinn Féin Newcastle Councillor Willie Clarke has expressed his solidarity and support with Shimna Integrated College Newcastle Staff ,Pupils and Parents as they begin the process of deep cleaning their school after a fire caused smoke damage to their premises. The fire comes at a time when Shimna Integrated College is expanding both in terms of numbers and the development of the school estate, contractors are on site at present constructing a new sports hall. Cllr Clarke said, “Shimna Integrated College is at the heart of the Newcastle community and the messages of support and offers of help have been flooding in since news of the fire became public in the early hours of this morning (Thursday). This is very heartening and no doubt will be a source of comfort for the Shimna Integrated College as they begin the process of getting the provision up and running again as soon as possible.”

Clarke condemns Bryansford GAC break-in

      Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has condemned those responsible for breaking into Bryansford GAC in the early hours of Monday morning. Cllr Clarke commented: “I want to condemn those responsible for breaking into the clubhouse of Bryansford GAC and extend my sympathies to the club and their members. I understand that a […]

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Hazzard expresses concern at East Down housing need

Sinn Féin MLA for South Down Chris Hazzard has expressed concern at the outstanding need for social housing units in the East Down area. Mr.Hazzard said that more must be done to accommodate the need: “Recently I wrote to the Housing Executive in order to find out what exactly the need for social housing in the East […]

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Clarke calls for immediate repair to Newcastle sea wall

  Local Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has made representations to Roads Service concerning the damage to the sea wall at South Promenade Newcastle below the Kennedys Hill junction. Cllr Clarke explained: “I recently inspected the wall following requests from residents in the vicinity, a significant stretch of wall has had its foundation undermined; if […]

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Doran calls for Hillside Drive traffic calming

  Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Doran has said some sort of traffic calming measures must be installed in the Hillside Drive area of Kilkeel before lives are lost.     Councillor Doran said that a number of residents have once again lobbied him, expressing their concerns regarding the ongoing issue of speeding in the area. […]

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Sinn Féin Welcome Road Upgrades across Downpatrick

  Local Sinn Féin election candidate Naomi Bailie has said that a series of rural road upgrades in areas across Downpatrick and proposed upgrade works in residential areas, that include Drumcloon Walk, Roughal Park and Malone Drive, are very welcome. Miss Bailie said:   “I welcome this proposed work by Roads officials and do not […]

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Sinn Féin Launch Local Council and European Election Campaign

  Over 60 Sinn Féin activists gathered in the Balmoral Hotel, Warrenpoint on Saturday 1st March to officially launch the party’s local government and European election campaign. Across the new council area, which will be known as Newry Mourne and Down Council, Sinn Féin is standing 18 candidates and the party has been working hard over […]

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Ó Gribín seeks urgent Drumaness Bridge repairs

  Sinn Féin Cllr Pól Ó Gribín has written to Roads Service to request that existing safety railings on a local bridge in Drumaness are replaced as soon as possible. Cllr Ó Gribín said:  “Residents had contacted myself in recent days regarding the need to replace existing safety features as young children are now able […]

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Hazzard welcomes progress on Irish Medium Transport Issue

  Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has welcomed news that Gaelscoil pupils from the Lecale area will soon avail of a dedicated bus service to transport them to and from school in Downpatrick. The South Down MLA said:   “Having spoken to the Education Minister John O’Dowd regarding the need to encourage the growth of […]

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