Job opportunities at Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme

8 11 2013

Heart of the Glens

Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust are now recruiting four positions for the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme.  For more details and to download an application pack please visit the links below. 

 Heart of the Glens LPS Manager

Responsible for the overall implementation of the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme.

 Heart of the Glens LPS Landscape Projects Officer

Responsible for the delivery of landscape projects within the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme.

 Heart of the Glens LPS Outreach and Volunteer Officer

Responsible for the delivery of outreach and volunteer engagement activities in the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme.

 Heart of the Glens LPS Administration and Finance Officer (Part-time)

Responsible for the administrative and financial support in the delivery of the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Alternatively you can request an application pack by contacting our office on (028) 2075 2100 or email

 The deadline for applications is Friday 22nd November 2013 at 3pm.

North’s renewable energy sector must be explored

8 11 2013

SDLP MLA Fearghal McKinney says the growth of the North’s indigenous renewable energy sector should be explored in a bid to deliver cheaper energy prices to homeowners and businesses.

 The SDLP spokesperson on energy made the call at the annual SDLP party conference in Armagh at the weekend when members backed a motion agreeing to adopt a wider vision on energy policy.

 Mr. McKinney, the SDLP spokesperson on energy, said the issue of fuel prices was uppermost in everyone’s mind, particularly in light of a recent PWC report highlighting housing and utility bills are squeezing incomes most of all and account for 26% of family budgets. Mr. Mc Kinney said the North must be established as an energy exporter, a vision the SDLP are calling on the Northern Ireland Assembly to share.

 “That solution is the growth of our indigenous renewable sector. The North is well placed to harness the potential of tidal and wind energy. However, if we are to embrace fully a renewable energy supply, we have to accept that in the short term this may be a costly vision. 

 “Significant upgrades to our current transmission and distribution infrastructure are needed. These necessary upgrades will be extremely costly in the short term but, if carried out, will lead to more affordable, clean and secure energy future.

 “The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment must work closely with the Department of the Environment and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to stimulate the development of renewable energy. All possible mechanisms must be deployed to create the right conditions for the growth of the renewable sector.”

The assemblyman reiterated the SDLP position it does not support frackingwithout the additional scientific investigations that must be carried out in order to justify further explorations.

 “We must approach this issue with a robust knowledge base – using the most up-to-date geological survey information. I believe fracking will not provide us the enhanced energy security or increased affordability.”


Remember “The Disappeared”

8 11 2013
Searching for Columba McVeigh: the excavation site at Bragan Bog, Co  Monaghan, where he is believed to have been buried. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons  Searching for Columba McVeigh: the excavation site at Bragan Bog, Co Monaghan, where he is believed to have been buried.
There are seven Disappeared people whose bodies remain missing, according to the North-South Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains. Ten bodies have been recovered.

The commission has no leads about Joe Lynskey, who disappeared from west Belfast in 1972, when he was in his 40s and was killed by the IRA.

Only three years ago the IRA admitted Joe Lynskey was one of the Disappeared. A former Cistercian monk, he was abducted and killed as, the IRA ruled, he was seriously compromised by an alleged relationship with the wife of an IRA prisoner.

Information was received about Seamus Ruddy, who was killed by the Irish National Liberation Army in Paris in 1985 because of an internal feud, but it was the wrong information.

The commission is convinced that Columba McVeigh, who went missing in 1975, is buried in Bragan bog, near Emyale in Co Monaghan, but despite several excavations since 1999 his body has not been found.

The commission also believes that Kevin McKee and Seamus Wright, who went missing from west Belfast in 1972, are buried in a bog at Coghalstown, near Wilkinstown in Co Meath.

The commission has “high-grade information” that Brendan Megraw, who disappeared from Twinbrook in west Belfast in 1978, was buried in nearby Oristown, Co Meath.

Despite this  the seven “Disappeared”  bodies remain missing