Good Luck – Cross and Passion Hurlers

23 10 2013



Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has sent his best wishes to Cross & Passion College Hurling Teams who are playing in the Ulster Final on Friday night. The McNamee Team (U-13 1/2) play St Killian’s Garron Tower at 6:30 pm while the Mageean Team (U-18 1/2) play St Pat’s Maghera at 8:00 pm  Both games are in Queens Playing Fields – The Dub – Belfast


13 10 2013

By playing this video you are agreeing that you are over 15 years old.

While the overall seatbelt wearing rate in Northern Ireland is 98%, there are still isolated occasions when people forget to wear their seatbelt, often in social situations or they unbuckle it for a few minutes to turn and chat, lean forward in the car, show their friend photographs on their mobile phones, etc.

In 2012 seven people who weren’t wearing their seatbelt were killed on our roads. Their lives could have been saved if they had worn a seatbelt.

If you forget to wear your seatbelt, whether it be in the front seat or the back, just ONCE, ask yourself who are you prepared to kill?

Without a seatbelt it only takes ONE trip to kill.

Cameron’s plan paving way for erosion of social security benefits

3 10 2013


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has responded to the British Government’s ‘work for benefits’ plan which David Cameron referred to in his speech at the Conservative Conference yesterday.

He said:

“The plans announced by the Prime Minister David Cameron regarding new conditions for the long-term jobless have worrying implications for people living in Northern Ireland

“The conditions being proposed include community work placements, daily visits to a job centre or taking part in compulsory training. Such proposals are overly onerous and are the latest in a long list of changes which the coalition hopes to roll out in the Welfare Reform Act.

“This latest step by the Conservatives is an attempt to penalise the unemployed rather than acknowledge the failings of the Government’s economic policies. This attitude towards those who have lost their job, young graduates and others who can’t secure work is disgraceful. The lack of empathy displayed by the Tories is quite breath-taking.

“The Welfare Reform Act and its provisions seem more and more to pave the way for the erosion of social security benefits which we in the SDLP have been warning about in the Assembly and at Westminster.”


Long term commitment for the Glens of Antrim’s unique landscapes

3 10 2013

Heart of the Glens

 The iconic Glens of Antrim are to be the focus of a new project thanks to the £1.4million grant, which was awarded to the CausewayCoast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) through HLF’s Landscape Partnership programme. 

Announcing this latest investment, HLF Chief Executive, Carole Souter, said: ““We […] recognise that our landscapes are famous for their beauty throughout the world, and along with our cultural and built heritage, give Northern Ireland its unique tourist offering.  So it is wonderful to be able to commit a further £1.4million through the programme to the Heart of the Glens. They have great plans and I’m excited to see what they deliver over the next five years. We are confident there will be huge benefits for both the landscape and the local communities who live and work there.”

 The Glens of Antrim consist of nine impressive glens on the AntrimCoast which run down to the dramatic cliffs, headlands and bays of the rocky North Channel coastline.  The area is one of high scenic value, important habitats and vigorous community life.  It is a popular tourist destination thanks to its coast road, distinctive farmsteads known as Clachans and traditional field patterns.  The four coastal villages of Glenarm, Cushendall, Cushendun and Carnlough alongside the town of Ballycastle, all designated Conservation Areas, are home to the majority of the population of the glens and each has its own distinct relationship with the glens.

A collection of individual projects will run across the five year programme including activities to support land owners with habitat surveys; help to increase wildlife and develop a plan for the long-term management of the area.  The local community will be able to showcase their unique landscape by taking part in a diverse range of events and activities such as heritage festivals, community photography schemes and archaeology days. People will be trained and supported to help deliver some of the activities through the development of a dedicated volunteer programme.

 Welcoming news of the grant, Maxime Sizaret, Chief Executive with CCGHT, said: “HLF’s strong commitment to the Landscape Partnership Scheme in the Glens of Antrim alongside support from a range of partners including the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, NI Tourist Board Moyle, Larne, Ballymena and Ballymoney Borough and District Councils will bring positive actions during the next 5 years to the Glens’ unique landscapes, heritage and communities”.



Dallat: Delighted First Minister has found time to drop in on DVA workers

3 10 2013


DVA Tax Disc

The visit to DVA workers in County Hall, Coleraine  by the First Minister Peter Robinson has been warmly welcomed by political rival East Derry SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat who said:

 “This campaign has always been above party politics and no one is happier than I am that the First Minister has found time out of his busy schedule to come and listen to the workers at County Hall, Coleraine and also hear from the staff in local licencing offices who are also facing an uncertain future.

 “I am particularly pleased that Peter Robinson has accepted that this is a cross-party campaign which must be conducted in that way if we are to achieve success for the workers.

 “I understand that Mr Robinson has acknowledged the work of the former Minister for the Environment Alex Atwood and the continuing work of the current holder of that post Mark H Durkan who visited the workers two weeks ago.

 “Last week I was honoured to take part in a debate in Stormont where many of the workers were present in the public gallery and since then plans have been laid for a delegation to go to Westminster where the final decision will be made.

 “Over the last few days the Minister for Justice will have received a detailed dossier outlining many of the security reasons why it would be the height of recklessness to move the DVA Centre out of Coleraine where important data is held and used by both the PSNI and An Garda Siochana to fight criminals who use motor vehicles in cross-border theft, drugs and terror activities.

 “The Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has also been briefed as has the Chief Constable and the Chief Commissioner of the Garda Siocahana.

 “Out of this campaign I hope a lot has been learned about accepting decisions as ‘done deals’.  Yes, the DVLA at Swansea has got a bloody nose and rightly so. 

 “The intervention of the Prime Minister supported by the Irish Government is now needed to bring to a close this unhappy saga which I believe forced political parties to bury their differences and represent people first.”