Ballycastle Beach clean a great success

30 03 2013

Ballycastle Beach Clean

Ballycastle Councillor Dónal Cunningham praised the efforts of a group of community volunteers led by Conall O’Hartghaile who organized a very successful beach clean on Ballycastle Strand on Easter Saturday.
“Enjoying the craic along the way, over 40 volunteers managed to collect over 50 bags of rubbish from the beach and its environs. Such was the quantity that it took 4 full cars to take the rubbish to the dump. “

Councillor Cunningham who took part in the beach clean continued “This was a first class effort by a great bunch of community spirited individuals; they did a great job in cleaning up Ballycastle Strand on what was a beautiful Easter morn. I hope we will be able to come back again to do something similar next year.”

Beach Clean

Moyle Rural Summer Scheme Grant Programme launched.

29 03 2013

summer scheme

Moyle  Council has opened its Rural Summer Scheme Grant Programme to provide financial assistance to community and voluntary groups and youth clubs who wish to run summer schemes in their communities during Summer 2013.

Financial support will be available to groups based in the Moyle area, running general community-based summer schemes within their local communities Moyle which offer multi-activity programmes for children under the age of 18 and children and adults with special needs.

 Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 29th April 2013.

Join the Big Ballycastle Spring Clean 2013

29 03 2013

Would you or a group you belong to like to help clean up Ballycastle this spring?
Councillor Dónal Cunningham  is organising The Big Ballycastle Spring Clean 2013 which will run throughout the month of April. 
We need volunteers to help coordinate and plan activities so that every street, road and park in Ballycastle can have a clean up.
This is our opportunity to tackle areas which the normal street cleaning cannot reach
Free gloves, bin liners, refuse sacks, will be available  to individuals and  groups who are able to assist.
The council will also arrange to collect all the litter you pick up as long as it is bagged and pick up locations are agreed in advance.
Please support our efforts

£5m hardship scheme for farmers welcome

29 03 2013

Sheep and Lamb 


SDLP Councillors Dónal Cunningham and Catherine McCambridge haves welcomed news that the Executive has agreed a £5m hardship scheme for farmers hard hit during the cold weather crisis and said there can be no bureaucratic or undue delay in getting emergency cash payments to farmers.

 Councillor Cunningham said: “It is good news that fallen livestock will be collected and disposed of free of charge. This will help lift the financial burden off farmers who have not only lost valuable income but will be out significant sums of money as they try to cope with this loss.

 “The SDLP also welcomes news of an emergency hardship fund and we eagerly await details of that scheme. It is vital that emergency cash payments are made as soon as possible to those farmers in need. DARD officials cannot allow any bureaucratic or undue delay to tie assistance up”.

“We would urge all affected farmers to make immediate contact with DARD for eligibility purposes and application forms.  Should any farmer experience problems or delays with clarifications on eligibility or payment purposes, please do not hesitate to contact us so that representations can be made to DARD.

 “Crucial to this experience is the need for the Assembly Executive to have an adequate emergency scheme in place which is capable of dealing with such unprecedented events.  It is important that such a co-ordinated alleviation package swings into action immediately in the wake  of extreme weather events.  Communities including farmers need to be assured that the Executive has measures in place to work in partnership with local communities to provide humanitarian and farming aid – that is the lesson that must be learnt from this extreme weather event”.

Farmers’ hardship won’t melt away with snow

29 03 2013

dead sheep 

Ballycastle SDLP Cllr Dónal Cunningham and his colleague Cllr Catherine McCambridge have called for a one off fee waiver on the collection of livestock which has perished during the heavy snow fall.  

Cllr Cunningham said: “We met and heard from many farmers throughout the area who continue to be badly hit as a result of the treacherous weather conditions. A number of these farmers have lost valuable livestock and on top of everything else, they are now looking at substantial fees for the collection of fallen stock.

 “There is a genuine case to be made for special arrangements to be put in place to collect dead stock free of charge or at the very least at a subsidised rate”.

  “We welcome the fact that our Party colleague Joe Byrne called an emergency meeting of the Agriculture Committee in Stormont and have asked him to raise this issue and urge the committee to take action to help farmers deal with the aftermath of this crisis. The hardship facing farmers won’t melt away with the snow”.

If there’s a will to help farmers there’s a way

29 03 2013


SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has said bureaucracy and red tape should not stand in the way of giving immediate assistance to the hard pressed farmers in the Glens of Antrim who have suffered losses as a result of the from unprecedented weather related circumstances.

 Councillor Cunningham continued: “It is now crucial that the Assembly Executive makes key decisions around some immediate cash payments to farmers to alleviate the current hardship many are experiencing particularly hill farmers in the Glens of Antrim.

 “Bureaucracy and red tape should not be allowed to stand in the way of immediate help and assistance being given to farmers who are and have suffered losses and serious hardship as a result of the heavy snow fall. If there’s a will in the Executive to help farmers, there’s a way”.

Moyle votes to support Stamp Out Stigma campaign

26 03 2013

Niamh logo

Moyle Council voted to affirm it’s support for and endorse the NIAMH’s (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Heath) Change Your Mind – Stamp Out Stigma campaign, which aims to change the current levels of stigma, discrimination and negative attitudes towards people with experience of mental ill-health. Councillor Dónal Cunningam who proposed the motion said “This is a matter that all of us should take seriously,as a result of negative attitudes to mental ill-health, people are stereotyped, labelled, discriminated against and experience outright prejudice. Continued stigma leads to wider social exclusion both in local communities and in the wider policy and health arena. Spending on the provision of mental health services is downgraded and the issues are not prioritised in policy development and legislation.”

“The stigma has to be removed and Mental Health services given the priority it is due”