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”

Airlift of supplies to residents of Torr and other isolated areas

25 03 2013

Torr Road Monday night

Following a multi-agency “conference “call , Moyle Council Chief Executive Richard Lewis confirmed that families and residents living in the Torr area as well as other isolated areas are to receive food and essential supplies by helicopter tomorrow Tuesday 26th March .  Basics such as bread and milk are being distributed to residents by air while a number of PSNI and Red Cross and private 4x4s are distributing packages to homes where there is vehicular access..

7 Young People Graduate from NIFRS ‘RACE’ Scheme in Moyle

21 03 2013


Seven young people from the Moyle District Council area have successfully graduated today (Friday 15 March 2013) from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service’s Road Accident Consequences & Education (RACE) Scheme.
The 5 day scheme was designed by Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) as an interative and practical initiative to encourage young people aged between 16 – 25 years to understand the destructive consquences and potentially life changing ramifications of a road traffic collision (RTC).  The aim of the scheme is to promote safer driving and encourages leadership, confidence and team building skills,  combined with basic fire safety and first aid training.
‘RACE’  was delivered by local Firefighters in partnership with the North Eastern Education and Library Board Youth Service and PSNI Officers and was funded by Moyle Policing and Community Safety Partnership.
Dale Ashford, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said:
“In conjunction with our road safety partners, we work tirelessly to help improve road user behaviour to reduce the number of road traffic collisions, fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.  This type of initiative helps young people to understand the carnage on our roads and the lives completely destroyed as a consequence of speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, a moment’s inattention, or drink or drug driving. 
“Over the past 5 days the young people have worked closely with our local Firefighters and have learnt about the consequences of being involved in or being responsible for an RTC. They will now have a greater understanding of the main causes of RTC’s, how these impact upon themselves and their community and how they can contribute to keeping safe on our roads.
“The 7 young people graduating have all worked extremely hard and I congratulate them on their achievement.  I have no doubt that they will become ambassadors for their fire & rescue service and will help promote good road user behaviour in their local community.  I would also like to thank our partner agencies in the area for their support for our ‘RACE’ scheme.” 
Councillor Cara McShane, Moyle Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Chairperson added:
“Moyle PCSP has been delighted to support the delivery of the ‘RACE’ scheme.  During our recent extensive public consultation which took place between November 2012 and January 2013 the PCSP found that residents in Moyle have very real concerns about levels of anti social driving within this rural community.  Projects like the ‘RACE’ scheme has enabled us to work directly with young people from the local area to educate them on the impact, dangerous/anti social driving has on the whole community.  We hope this insight gives young people a heightened awareness of the potential impact that dangerous / anti-social driving causes,  before they engage in such activities in the future and hope they will share their knowledge with their family and friends to promote safer road use.
“The scheme has also provided the young people involved with an excellent opportunity to develop valuable skills and develop confidence, which will be extremely beneficial to them in the future and we would like to congratulate them on their gradua

Consultation on the future provision of Primary school education within Moyle

19 03 2013


Primary school pupils

Commenting on the draft plans which set out the outline proposals for the future of primary level education provision in Moyle, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham urged the local community to take part in the consultation on the draft plans.

There are 8 Primary Schools in the Moyle area which require local solutions, and I am pretty sure each of the school principals and Board of Governors will work hard  to find these solutions, and submit their views via the  consultation which will remain open until 30 June 2013.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in education in Moyle to examine the plans and make their views known.”

Summary of the Proposals for the Structure of Future Primary School Provision in Moyle


Controlled Sector


Armoy PS Local area solution to be explored
Bushmills PS Local area solution to be explored
Dunseverick PS No Change
Straidbilly PS Local area solution to be explored



Catholic Maintained and Irish Medium


Barnish PS Local area solution to be explored
Gaelscoil an Chaistil Local area solution to be explored
Glenann PS Local parish/area solution to be explored
St Ciaran’s PS, Knocknacarry Local parish/area solution to be explored
St Mary’s PS Cushendall No Change
St Mary’s PS Rathlin No Change proposed at present
St Olcan’s PS Local parish/area solution to be explored
St Patrick’s ,Glenariffe No change
St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s PS Ballycastle No change


Integrated Sector


Ballycastle Controlled Integrated PS No Change