Ballycastle (Tidal Energy Centre of Excellence)

16 02 2013

Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the suggestions coming from the Tidal Energy industry that Ballycastle could become a centre of excellence for manufacture and design testing.
He said “I recently attended a Renewable Energy seminar, and two major companies expressed a desire to further develop a research centre which would provide support for the emerging tidal energy sector.
Such a centre would encourage growth and build strong links with the local business community. Ballycastle would be an ideal location for such a research centre especially with two tidal energy projects on our doorstep.
A Research centre would link in well with both Universities”
Councillor Cunningham continued “Harnessing the energy of wave and tidal currents to generate electricity is less risky and more predictable than wind or solar power, and advanced technology to make marine energy a widespread reality is making strong gains, Ballycastle can be at the heart of this technology.” 
“Tidal, Marine and hydrokinetic power systems offer one of the most promising areas for renewable energy development the technology is improving rapidly.”
Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the suggestions coming from the Tidal Energy industry that Ballycastle could become a centre of excellence for manufacture and design testing.
He said “I recently attended a Renewable Energy seminar, and two major companies expressed a desire to further develop a research centre which would provide support for the emerging tidal energy sector.
Such a centre would encourage growth and build strong links with the local business community. Ballycastle would be an ideal location for such a research centre especially with two tidal energy projects on our doorstep.
A Research centre would link in well with both Universities”
Councillor Cunningham continued “Harnessing the energy of wave and tidal currents to generate electricity is less risky and more predictable than wind or solar power, and advanced technology to make marine energy a widespread reality is making strong gains, Ballycastle can be at the heart of this technology.” 
“Tidal, Marine and hydrokinetic power systems offer one of the most promising areas for renewable energy development the technology is improving rapidly.”





The future for people living with dementia

16 02 2013

Dementia

 Ballycastle Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called on the local community to take part in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust’s consultation on the implementation of the dementia strategy as it’s focus is on the accommodation needs of people living with dementia.

“Given the expected changes for Rathmoyle, it is important that adequate provision is made for the increasing number of people living with dementia ” 

Councillor Cunningham said “The strategy focused on improving understanding and early diagnosis, and on the need for support and training for staff as well as supporting  the independence of those affected by dementia”

“There is no doubt that we have an ever-increasing elderly population and it is estimated that the number of people aged over 85 will double in the next two decades. Advances in medical research, cutting-edge treatments and improvements in care have all played a major part in increasing life expectancy; however, the positive impact on physical health can be severely undermined by the progressive and incurable causes of dementia.”

With a predicted 25% increase in the number of dementia sufferers in the next two decades, there is no denying the extent of the problem and the need for committed focus in tackling the issues. Poor diagnosis along with low levels of understanding and awareness of dementia has contributed to the crisis.

What are they consulting on?

The ongoing implementation of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust’s dementia strategy Adding Life to Years’, is about delivering the latest models of care based on national guidance and research for people living with dementia.

The Trust  want to hear your views in relation to one aspect of the dementia strategy; meeting the accommodation needs of people living with dementia. 

We need to see an improvement in the way we provide care for people living with dementia who need a higher level of care than can be provided in their own homes.

It is important that everyone; people living with dementia, carers, local people and voluntary organisations and our staff, take part in the consultation and enure their views are heard.

You can access the consultation here  emi_consultation_booklet_pdf[1] or alternativley email your views to Cllr Dónal Cunningham at cllr.dcunningham@moyle-council.org

 

 





From A lady with Ovarian Cancer

15 02 2013

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March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and our Party have been contacted by a lady with Ovarian Cancer who wants to raise awareness and asked for our help, her words deserve to be taken seriously. Please read and consider.

“I am only one person, but there are thousands of women walking this road with me suffering silently in the background.

I am their voice and will speak out for them and for the other 4 women diagnosed with me from a 4mile radius who have all died and I am the last one left. They were aged 36.yrs. old to 69 yrs. old. The 36 year old left 4 children aged 3 to 10 behind and had been attending her doctor for a year diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome until she collapsed and was admitted to hospital .by that time it was too late as it had spread. It makes me so mad and so sad that now 4children are motherless and a husband made a widow at 36 yrs. old and left to rear his young family alone. Her death and others like her were and are preventable.


Our MLAs, councillors and government bodies have a responsibility to the women in N Ireland to act in this information as it is only through media, broadcasting, and government bodies speaking out to highlight and elevate the profile of the disease will lives be saved in the long run.
I would love to speak and address all the parties as I think I could make an impact on them when they see a real person instead of someone reading out statistics. Seeing me, they cannot ignore the issues as I will be standing in front of them, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister a person.
You women in politics can make such a big difference for the future of other women who are the prospective ovarian cancer sufferers of the next generation.

Put a stop to it now you all have the power within you to do this as the human voice is such a powerful tool when used for the good and benefit of others.”





Local Student in Community Awards National Final

15 02 2013

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SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has congratulated local student Conleth Burns from Armoy, one of the finalists for the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.
Councillor Cunningham continued “Conleth a Year 11 student at Cross and Passion College Ballycastle has shown leadership beyond his years. As a member of the International charity Youth4Unity, Conleth was the central character involved in the organisation of the Run4Unity event held in the Stormont Estate in May of last year. Conleth and the team from Cross and Passion raised £4,500 to keep the Rainbow school in Uganda open. “
“I am delighted to see Conleth recognised as one of the finalists, where he and his efforts will be judged on the following criteria, motivation, time and effort, impact and personal sacrifice – anyone who knows Conleth, knows that he has all of these qualities in abundance.”





Border Poll

11 02 2013

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SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell has welcomed calls for a border poll.

“The SDLP first mooted the idea of a border poll on a united Ireland in 2003 and we firmly believe that any such poll would re-affirm the right of people across the island to self-determination which is a fundamental tenet of the Good Friday Agreement,” he said.

“We welcome the opportunity for the will of the people of Ireland to be tested regarding the important issue of national identity and reunification.  Since our party was founded in 1970 it has dedicated itself to bringing about a united Ireland in a solely peaceful way.

“The real challenge in such a poll would be to formalise a specific proposition for those that wish to see a united Ireland and this must be grounded in an economic and social reality.

“There is currently a lack of serious debate about what a new Ireland would look like. I believe the time has come for a robust debate around the issue. That will require an appreciation of what the new Ireland will look like and perhaps include a new nation with a new constitution. Indeed, there is an opportunity in the constitutional convention [in the Republic] to see what that new Ireland may look like.

“Many people will question the timing of Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams’ remarks about a border poll, given the current unrest in the North. At this very difficult time we need to recognise that mutual respect, dealing with the past and also meaningful reconciliation is the only way to build a prosperous future for everyone on this island.”

The SDLP leader added: “All parties must rise above selfish party interest when advocating reunification.

“The SDLP are committed to seeing a united Ireland but this is underlined by a real need to engage in debate about what the new Ireland will look like and how we can deliver that for the good of all our citizens.”





SDLP Council group call for rates relief for Community based sports clubs

11 02 2013

Community Sport

Speaking on behalf of the SDLP Councillor Group on Moyle Council, Dónal Cunningham committed their full support for the call on the Minister for Finance and Personnel to raise the rates relief for Amateur Community Sports Clubs from 80% to 100%.

“The SDLP Assembly group fully supported the original proposal brought to the Assembly by Robin Swann, in November 2011, it is important particularly in the current economic climate that this issue remains on the Assembly agenda. ”

“Many local community based sports clubs are experiencing severe financial challenges, for some their continued existence is finely balanced. The contribution and benefits these clubs provide for local communities needs to be recognised. Not only do our clubs encourage participation in sport and promote healthy lifestyles, they also have a positive impact on the reduction of crime and anti- social behaviour, and promote community relations acting as the hub for much of local community activity”

“We want the Minister to raise the rates relief to 100% without imposing any further bureaucracy or red tape on the already over worked club administrators “





What an advertisement for Club Hurling !!

10 02 2013

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 Loughgiel Shamrocks 3-19  St Thomas’s 1-25  (AET)

 Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham described the drawn All- Ireland Club Hurling semi-final between Antrim and Ulster Champions Loughgiel and Galway’s St Thomas’ as a wonderful advertisement for club hurling.

“It was an amazing contest – such is the resilience and determination of this Loughgiel side that although trailing by four points in the final minutes of extra time they still found enough in them to secure another meeting”

“”TG4 pundits made  Conor Cooney their man of the match – for me Joey Scullion’s performance was every bit the equal”