Planning Decisions welcomed for Church Road and Ramoan Road

21 10 2011

SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed two planning decisions which he hopes will produce great benefits to the community.

Outline planning permission has been granted for a new two storey Community Fire station with training yard and tower to be located at the Ramoan Road Playing Fields

Full planning permission has been awarded for the nearby graveyard extension and car parking facilities for St. James Church of Ireland located in the field between St James Parish Church and Ramoan Court which fronts both Ramoan Road and Church Road Ballycastle


Mark Durkan’s contribution to the Hillsborough debate-

21 10 2011

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has spoken of his support for the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Speaking during a debate about the tragedy in the House of Commons, Mark Durkan said:
“This campaign touches everyone who seeks justice. A group of my constituents have a particular sense of empathy and solidarity with the families of the 96—the Bloody Sunday families, who have developed a very strong bond with those families.

“In a different way, they can empathise with exactly what families suffer whenever they have to struggle against indifference, injustice and insult and whenever survivors have to endure calumny and are asked by the powers that be, in the media and elsewhere, to carry some of the blame of that day.

“This issue touches many people, and the families of the 96 have all our hearts”

Cunningham slams lack of consultation on school bus changes

17 10 2011

Speaking after having been contacted by a number of parents, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham slammed Translink for the lack of consultation for timetable and route changes introduced on the Ballycastle to Loreto College Coleraine service.

“Pupils were simply handed a note on the Friday afternoon announcing route and timetable changes to take effect on the Monday morning. This is simply not good enough”

“On the first day of operation the service operated ten minutes before the time notified, which indicates an error somewhere in the system”

“The resultant increased volume of parking at the Altananam bus stop is dangerous, and  is evidence of a  poorly thought out change ”


Action required over “Youth Unemployment”

13 10 2011

Speaking after attending an event with members of the “Ballycastle Youth Council” as part of local democracy week SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham highlighted the plight of youth unemployment. Youth unemployment was raised by the young people as a major problem and our talented and educated young people are destined to either have to travel out of the area for employment or worse still to emigrate due to lack of opportunity.

 The Assembly’s response to the Tory-led Government’s series of cuts has not been good enough. “What we need now is a decent plan for growth and jobs.”

 “Unemployment is soaring, and more young people are out of work than ever before.” “Getting people – and especially our young people – back to work has to be the priority for everyone and must form the central plank of the Assembly’s programme for Government”

Moyle Council votes to support the Fuel Poverty Coalition

11 10 2011



Moyle District Council at their meeting on 10th October voted unanimously to support the Fuel Poverty Coalition.

Households are considered to be in ‘fuel poverty’ if they would have to spend more than 10% of their household income on fuel to keep their home in a ‘satisfactory’ condition.

It is a disgrace that in the 21st Century, due primarily to the soaring energy prices people are being forced into having to choose between heating their homes or eating.

The  Fuel Poverty Coalition is calling on the Assembly Executive to put its Fuel Poverty strategy back on track and to ensure that everything reasonably practicable is done to eliminate fuel poverty here.

Therefore, the  Fuel Poverty Coalition is calling on the Assembly Executive to:

1. Develop a detailed and costed action-plan setting out how and when Fuel Poverty will be eradicated
2. Provide Support to all fuel poor households to stay warm until Fuel Poverty is eradicated

 Fuel Poverty will be one of the great struggles faced in society in the next 10 years.  There appears no light at the end of the tunnel – just a bleak cold existence for so many of our fellow citizens.


Analogue TV reception problems

7 10 2011

Speaking after reporting the fault with the analogue ITV Reception in the Ballycastle area, SDLP Councillor Donal Cunningham has been assured that an engineer will be working today (7th October) to resolve the problem.

 “I have had numerous calls from viewers and I have relayed these on to the appropriate helpline, who have given the assurance that the engineer will be dealing with the problem today”

Ireland 36-6 Italy

2 10 2011

Ireland progressesd to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals and will play Wales next Saturday.

A 36 – 6 win over Italy came courtesy of  two Keith Earl second  half tries to lift his total for the tournament to four, while captain Brian O’Driscoll also ran in an eye-catching try.

Ronan O’Gara celebrated his restoration as first choice fly-half by kicking 16 points and barely putting a foot wrong in a display that will surely see him start against Wales.

Many of Ireland’s big-game players delivered with Stephen Ferris and Sean O’Brien, the man of the match, rampant and Gordon D’Arcy producing his best performance for some time.

Ireland: Kearney; Bowe, O’Driscoll, D’Arcy, Earls; O’Gara, Murray; Healy, Best, Ross; O’Callaghan, O’Connell; Ferris, O’Brien, Heaslip. Replacements: Sexton for O’Gara (67), Reddan for Murray (73), Court for Healy (72), Cronin for Best (53), Ryan for O’Connell, Trimble for O’Driscoll (73), Leamy for Ferris (72).