Ballycastle and Glens successfully host 2014 ‘Giro d’Italia’

10 05 2014

 Giro at Crockatinny

After months and weeks of preparation which saw almost everything that didn’t move change colour to pink, Ballycastle and the Glens successfully played host to Day 2 of the 2014 Giro d’Italia.

 The community spirit generated in the preparation for the event wasn’t dampened by the day’s rain.

 Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham said “The Giro is probably the world’s largest cycling race featuring approx 200 of the world’s elite cyclists from around the globe. Ballycastle and the Glens were honoured to host this fantastic spectacle and despite the rain, once again we proved our ability to host major world events.”

 “The spectacular aerial TV shots of the local coast line and the majestic Bonamargy Friary were beamed to a massive global audience and I hope that this can be a major spur to further promote the area as a global destination”

 “Today the local community, independent businesses and Council staff proved themselves to be ambassadors for the area and ideal hosts for tourists and visitors“

On the Campaign trail

4 05 2014


Campaign trail

The SDLP are standing 12 candidates in each of the electoral areas in the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council area.  Of the 12 candidates 7 (58%)are female, representing our clear intention to increase female representation in local government.

The SDLP have always been  a campaigning party and it is  only by getting out and talking to local people can we find out about the issues that affect them. To date canvassing throughout all areas has been going well and there is a definite sense that the SDLP are the party to bring about ‘Change for the Better’

Your SDLP candidates are as follows

Ballymoney – Harry Boyle and Angela Mulholland

Bann – Roisin Loftus

Benbradagh – Orla Beattie and Michael Coyle

Causeway – Maura Hickey

Coleraine – Stephanie Quigley

Limavady – Jason Allen and Gerry Mullan

The Glens – Dónal Cunningham, Joanne McKeown and Margaret Anne McKillop 

If you are interested in helping with any of the campaigns either by canvassing, distributing leaflets or by donating please contact Dónal Cunningham at






McKeown calls for traffic calming

2 05 2014



Glens SDLP candidate, Joanne McKeown from Loughgiel has called for traffic calming measures in rural villages.

Joanne said

“As a mother of three young children, road safety is an issue that is very close to my heart. I am particularly concerned about the speed of many drivers on rural roads and the need to slow drivers down, especially as they pass through our villages.”

Mrs McKeown states “ Roads Service have  done great work in recent years improving road signage and implementing speed limits in built up areas, however many drivers ignore the warning signs and continue to drive at excessive speed.  There are other drivers who try to remain within the speed limit but due to the nature of some roads, they end up travelling faster than desired without realising it.  I believe that the installation of traffic calming measures to slow traffic down, particularly as it enters and leaves our villages, would remind drivers to slow down and exercise caution.  Reducing speed by just a few miles per hour can greatly impact upon the survival chances for anyone involved in a road traffic collision and we need to do as much as possible to protect all road users. Unless some action is taken to slow the speed of traffic in rural areas, an accident is just waiting to happen.“