‘You can’t eat a flag’

28 04 2015

Moyle Sign

Ballycastle SDLP representative Dónal Cunningham has expressed his disappointment at a motion due to be presented to the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council which may see the flying of a flag at the offices of the former Moyle Council in Ballycastle.

“The creation of new ‘super councils’ gave Councillors an opportunity for a fresh start and the chance to give united civic leadership. This was the chance to ensure all shades of opinion would be respected. Sadly it looks like this opportunity is to be lost.  Causeway Coast and Glens could learn much from the Moyle example, who from its formation in 1973 chose not to fly any flag, and led the way by ensuring partnerships and power sharing worked. The Moyle example was entirely neutral in character, where rights, responsibilities and relationships were firmly respected. ”

Mr. Cunningham continued “The proposer of this motion shows a complete lack of understanding of Moyle and our efforts to work hard to maintain and improve community relations.  Ballycastle town and its community has long been an example to other areas displaying a neutral and welcoming environment to everyone.  The Ballycastle community stood together to defend the health service provision at Dalriada Hospital,  will stand together to oppose early years funding cuts, education and library service cuts, public transport cuts and will continue to lobby for town centre improvements and jobs. We have no desire to be flag wavers.”

“John Hume often repeated the Jim Larkin quote that ‘you can’t eat a flag’, and most people will agree that in the second decade of the 21st century , Council  would be better off dealing with  ordinary bread and butter issues which are more urgent than flags. Ballycastle does not need any flags, whether those flags are to fly officially on a Council building or unofficially on a lamp-post or other public property”

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Rural Summer Scheme Grant Programme

13 05 2014


Moyle  Council invites applications from voluntary community and youth organisations wishing to organise a general community-based summer schemes in their communities during the summer holiday period to apply to the Rural Summer Scheme Grant Programme. The aim of the  Rural Summer Schemes Grant Programme is to provide financial assistance to schemes which offer multi-activity programmes and are open to children and young people under the age of 18 or young adults with special needs. Since Council already runs a summer scheme at Sheskburn Recreation Centre in Ballycastle, the grant is only available to voluntary organisations based in rural areas of Moyle outside of Ballycastle town.

 Application Form and Guidance Notes can be downloaded from the links belowor are available from Council.  The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon on Monday 2nd June 2014.

Rural Summer Scheme Grant Application Form 2014

Rural Summer Scheme Grant Guidance Notes 2014


Moyle Community Festivals and Tourist Event Funds

26 02 2014

Funding Direction

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has urged the Tourism and Community Event organisers to avail of the  the Moyle Tourism Events Fund and Community Festivals Fund which will open next week and close on the Monday 31st March.

Tourism Event Fund:

The Tourism Event Fund seeks to provide financial support for events that align themselves to the key priority areas as outlined in the Tourism Handbook 2011-2015. These priority areas are as follows; Cultural tourism, Food tourism and Sports and activities (tourism related).

 The event must also meet the following objectives;

  • Generate economic benefits for the Moyle area through increased visitor numbers and spend
  • Encourage events to extend the tourism season
  • Demonstrate the capacity to grow in terms of spectator and participant numbers and media profile
  • Enhance the visitor experience
  • Enhance the profile and appeal of the Moyle area

 Community Festivals Fund:

The primary purpose of the Community Festivals Fund is to improve the capacity of community festivals and make them less reliant on public funding by providing support and training in addition to funding towards the cost of the events. The Fund enables community organisations to celebrate their cultural identity and to strengthen community relations.  In 2008, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) transferred funds to the 26 Local Authorities to administer to community festivals.  Moyle District Council matches the funding from DCAL and has developed a Community Festivals Fund Grant Programme through which it can provide financial assistance to community festivals in the Moyle District.

 A Community Festival is typically a series of different events with a common theme. The Festival must be initiated and led by a community organisation or a community led partnership.  The community must play a strong part in the development and delivery of the Festival and the Festival should be open to and encourage participation from all sections of the community.  There are two types of community that may apply:

  • geographical communities – villages, neighbourhoods, districts or rural areas
  • community of interest – a group of people with a common interest or concern

 Council has split the Community Festivals Fund into 2 categories of event:

 Small Festivals – one and two day Festivals. Fun day type events are eligible but should be programmed to take place over at least 5 hours and have a range of activities.

 Large Festivals – Festivals lasting 3 days or more and attracting at least 15,000 participants/ spectators overall. Applicants will be required to prove that their event has attracted these numbers of people.

Cunningham welcomes rates freeze

11 02 2014

Pound Coins Stack 

Moyle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham says businesses and residents will welcome the decision by Moyle Council to freeze rates.

Councillor Dónal Cunningham said: “This is a good news story for residents and businesses that have faced considerable financial pressure because of the economic downturn.

“The unanimous decision by Council for a zero rate increase, in effect a 2% decrease when you take inflation into consideration, shows that Council is responding to needs of Moyle ratepayers.

 “Council will continue to examine finances even further to see how greater efficiency saving can be made. It is also important that the NI Executive recognises the steps we have taken and does all it can do to minimise the impact of rate increases.”

Cllr Cunningham said: “Despite the freeze in the rates, Council is still able to deliver improved services for Moyle. We are hoping to deliver on major Forestry Projects as well as improvements to other harbour, tourist and visitor facilities. We will also seek to improve sporting and leisure facilities throughout the area.”

Councillor Cunningham is also hopeful that Council will use the powers available to it to support a pilot project aimed at tackling fuel poverty and energy efficiency. “Council must demonstrate leadership in tough economic times. With the new power of planning, regeneration and community planning coming to local government it is important that Moyle positions itself so that we will be able to do so much more to shape our district, support business and tackle disadvantage.”

Moyle Council to review charging policy

24 01 2014

sheskburn recreation centre


Following a request from Councillor Dónal Cunningham, Moyle Council is to review it’s charging policies for recreation/community facilities with regard to discounting admission/hire fees for Senior Citizens and Registered Disabled persons.

Councillor Cunningham said “ A number  of organisations representing both Senior Citizens  and Registered Disabled Persons have contacted me with regard to Moyle’s charging policy and have highlighted the fact that neighbouring Councils are able to offer greater discounted rates than Moyle. I am pleased that Council have agreed to my suggestion that our charging policy be reviewed”

Protests and Boycotts must not derail good community work

17 08 2013

Bushmills Public Art 2

Moyle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has urged that all the good community work going on throughout Moyle is not derailed by the protests and boycotts witnessed at a Moyle Community Cohesion Project event in Bushmills today Saturday 17th August.

Councillor Cunningham, who attended the unveiling of the public art sculpture in Bushmills village, expressed his disappointment that a protest and boycott had also been organised.

“There is so much good community work going on in the Moyle area by dedicated and committed individuals and groups, and this work needs to continue.”

 “I call on all community representatives, community workers, religious leaders and others of influence on all sides to continue to work together and ensure that community relations within Moyle are restored. The SDLP will work with anyone who is committed to bringing all the people of Moyle together in the spirit of co-operation.”

Tribute to outgoing Council chair

23 06 2013

Sandra Hunter

Moyle SDLP Councillors Dónal Cunningham and Catherine McCambridge have paid tribute to outgoing Council chair Councillor Sandra Hunter.

“The position of Council Chair is the most visible sign of local democratic leadership. In an extremely busy year Councillor Sandra Hunter put people first, she has been an excellent ambassador for Moyle furthering the interests of the area whenever and wherever the occasion arose.”

“Sandra made every effort to be available to all sections of the community; her warm and friendly personality was appreciated and warmly welcomed in every section of the Moyle Community. She will be a hard act to follow.”