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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 expresses concern at delay in sewage clean-up

    Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has said he is extremely concerned by a delay in the clean up process at the scene of a sewage incident at the Castlewellan Road, Newcastle. Councillor Clarke explained: “On Friday morning  raw sewage was spilling down the Castlewellan Road and a terrible stench enveloped the entire area […]

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Welcome for quick response to Leitrim Lodge dumping

  Local Sinn Féin election candidate for the Crotlieve area, Mark Gibbons has welcome a quick response by the council to the removal of items illegally dumped in an area that was used for filiming by the hit tv series ‘Game of Thrones’. Mr. Gibbons commented:   “I raised the issue of illegal dumping in […]

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Call for Castlewellan Forest rubbish clearance

  Sinn Féin Councillor Pól Ó Gribín has called on the council to clear a buildup of rubbish that has occurred in an area of Castlewellan Forest Park adjacent to the Bann Road.   Speaking on the issue, Cllr Ó Gribín commented:   “Following a road accident recently, a section of the wall which seperates […]

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Welcome for Ministers swift response to sea wall repairs

  Newcastle Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed the commencement by Roads Service of a £340,000 maintenance scheme on the damage to the sea wall at South Promenade Newcastle below the Kennedys Hill junction. Cllr Clarke commended DRD Minister Danny Kennedy for releasing the funds so quickly to carry out the necessary coastal infrastructure repairs. […]

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Call for pedestrian crossing at busy Hilltown street

      Sinn Féin representative Mark Gibbons has called on the Roads Service to provide a pedestrian crossing on the Main Street in Hilltown Village.   Mr. Gibbons commented:   “I have been contacted by a number of residents of Hilltown Village requesting I make representation to the Roads Service to investigate the possibility […]

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Hazzard asks Minister to ‘look again’ at Lough Park Plans

    Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has asked the Environment Minister Mark Durkan to intervene so that plans to improve the community use and ecological heritage of Lough Park in Ballynahinch can remain on schedule.   The local MLA said:   “Unfortunately after years of constructive engagement with local government officials, local sporting bodies, and […]

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Sinn Féin to Raise Single Boat Payment with EU Commissioner’s Office

  Local Sinn Féin Election candidate Naomi Bailie this week hosted a breakfast engagement with local fishing representatives. Sinn Féin’s MEP Martina Anderson attended the event and heard first hand the difficulties the industry are currently experiencing. She will now meet with a representative of the EU Maritime and Fisheries Commissioner in Brussels to riase these issues at the highest level. Naomi Bailie said; “The […]

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Hazzard welcomes support for IME Expansion in East Down

        South Down MLA Chris Hazzard has welcomed a commitment from Education Minister John O’Dowd that the growth in parental demand for Irish Medium Education in east Down will be supported by the Education authorities. Mr Hazzard said: “I had written to the Minister to seek assurances that the continued growth of the […]

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