Cushendall and Ballycastle Community Firestations

27 05 2013


Moyle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham and SDLP  Health spokesperson Conall McDevitt held talks with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Services management at their headquarters in Lisburn in relation to the proposed replacement Community Fire Stations in Cushendall and Ballycastle.

Speaking after the meeting Mr McDevitt said

“We are encouraged by the work of Chief Fire Officer Chris Kerr and Gary Thompson, Northern Area Commander to bring forward a full Business Case to the NIFRS Management Board for a replacement fire station to service Cushendall and the Glens. The local community have made the case for a new build and we are confident that the Business Case will reflect this as the only viable option. We will continue to fully support this case especially when it is presented to the Department for Capital funding.”

Councillor Cunningham continued

“We also made the case that the replacement Community Fire station for Ballycastle which needed to be kept firmly on the agenda. The Ballycastle project had an Approved Business Case in February 2011, and outline planning permission for a site on Ramoan Road approved in October 2011. Since then the project has not secured Capital funding. NIFRS assured us that the business case was still live and had been recently updated and remained on the table for approved Capital funding”


Thoughts with family of house-fire victim

19 04 2013

diamond fire

SDLP Ballycastle Councillor Dónal Cunningham has offered his sympathies to the family of the 44-year-old man who died in a house fire in the town earlier today.
Councillor Cunningham said: “The victim who at this stage has been “named locally” is known to me, this is a truly tragic death and my heart goes out to the man’s family and friends.”
“I would also encourage everyone to take all precautions to make their house or flat fire-safe and also to help do the same for anyone either living alone, elderly or vulnerable.”

Support for Glens Community Firestation

10 03 2013

Cushendall Firestation

Moyle SDLP Councillors Catherine McCambridge and Dónal Cunningham gave their full backing to calls for a new community fire station in Cushendall. Speaking after attending a public meeting in the village, they said

“We will be pushing the NIFRS Corporate Management team to approve a “Full Business Case” for a new community fire station in Cushendall, so that the required Capital Programme funding can be secured from the Department”

Glens of Antrim Councillor McCambridge said “Since 1989 Cushendall firefighters have provided invaluable 24 hour emergency cover for the local community from what was always meant to be a temporary structure.  With an average call out rate of 130 calls per year, the firefighters have proven themselves to be a key emergency service for the Glens of Antrim.  It is imperative that they are provided with the facilities they deserve.”

Despite indicating that Ballycastle were campaigning to see progress for their own Community Fire Station Councillor Dónal Cunningham assured the Glens meeting of the 100% support from the Ballycastle community.

“Ballycastle has had a full business case approved for the construction of a new build at a capital cost of £2.62 million which would replace Ballycastle fire station. Outline planning permission has been approved for a new site; however we are yet to see any progress due to a lack of capital funding to take the project forward.  That said we recognise the pressing need for a new station in Cushendall and are happy to throw our weight behind both campaigns”

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Action required for Ballycastle Community Fire Station

9 02 2013


Reacting to news that £3.5m of NI Fire and Rescue Service funds allocated for building projects has not been spent, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called for the proposed new Community Fire Station at Ramoan Road to be given urgent immediate priority.

 Councillor Cunningham stated

 “Planning permission for a two storey state of the art, Community Fire Station was achieved in October 2011; the development has not progressed due to NIFRS budgets.

The news of a £3.5 m capital project under spend surely strengthens the case for the Ballycastle project to be progressed”

Disgraceful attack on firefighters

2 11 2011

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has expressed disgust at the attack on fire fighters in Ballycastle on Tuesday night. A fire fighter could have been “permanently blinded” after a firework was thrown at crew members as they attended the scene of a blaze.
Councillor Dónal Cunningham said: “This attack which could have blinded a fire fighter also puts at risk the lives of other firefighters and the lives of the general public.
“When the fire service are caught up in these incidents they are not able to respond to real emergencies and again this puts lives at risk. I would appeal to parents to ensure that their children are not involved in this reckless behaviour. I would also ask that all representatives across the community do all they can to stop such behaviour”
“I am calling for a meeting to take place to include community groups the fire service, the PSNI, and local representatives to ensure this disgraceful activity ends.”