Since 2000 speeding has killed a classroom of our children

20 06 2014

Quadrangle Productions take the Riverside Theatre by storm

1 06 2014

Quadrangle logo 

Ballycastle based youth and community drama group ‘Quadrangle Productions’ brought their ‘Big Pick and Mix Variety Concert’ to Coleraine’s Riverside Theatre and left with a rousing standing ovation the likes of which the esteemed venue will rarely have experienced.

In a show that brought together everything from contemporary choreography to the sounds of Lady Gaga and Lana Del Ray, self scripted short dramas, creative writing, music, song and dance all intertwined with classic pieces from Oscar Wilde, Don Taylor and Nikolai Gogol- the group excelled in all aspects of their performance.

Councillor Dónal Cunningham said “Quadrangle are a wonderful group who work so hard providing opportunites for our young people whether in acting or dance , musical workshops or performances such as last night.”

“All of the participants have developed new skills and have grown their confidence, creativity and imagination. Caroline, Dominic and their leadership team of Lee, Kelly Ann and Michael have shown such generosity, commitment, organisation and communication and deserve all our praise”

Launch of 2014 Competition for Young People – Citizenship: What’s your role?

23 11 2013


Young people are being challenged to use their creative skills to demonstrate how they are involved in active citizenship within their community either as an individual or as part of a group in the Youth Justice Agency’s annual competition for 10 to 17 year olds.


‘Citizenship’ is the theme of this year’s competition with entrants invited to showcase their talents through a range of media including photography, poetry, short story or newsletter, song or rap, arts & crafts or short film. Winners will be judged in three age groups – 10 to 11 year olds, 12 to 14 year olds and 15 to 17 year olds.

Great prizes are up for grabs within each of the age categories thanks to our sponsors ‘The Co-operative Group’, ‘Harrison Photography’ and ‘Ulster Rugby’. Individual prizes include iPods, kindles, digital cameras and Ulster Rugby tickets along with a personal experience prize of spending a day job-shadowing a professional photographer at a number of assignments. One overall winner will also receive an iPad for their school, community or youth organisation.

Community shows solidarity with O’Neill family

28 04 2013


Speaking after attending a candlelit vigil in Ballycastle Diamond organised by Orlaith Campbell in memory of local man Kevin O’Neill who was killed in a stabbing incident in the town a week earlier, Councillor Dónal Cunningham said

“I hope the O’Neill family can find some comfort in the numbers of people from the local community who have turned out tonight in solidarity with them. Seven days ago we were in a state of numbness and shock following the news of Kevin’s death.”

“While the exact circumstances of Kevin’s death are now subject to criminal investigation, it is widely recognised that drugs and the drugs subculture have been linked to his untimely death.”

“It is clear that Kevin was no different from any other young person, many of whom attended his funeral on Friday.  They are good people and need to be protected from the evil of those who pressurise them into drug-taking.”

“The spirit displayed by the community tonight  is something we can take forward. We must all stand together with our neighbours, and ensure that our community is not abandoned, and that the drug sub-culture is not allowed to take any further hold. The effect of drugs and the crime they generate will tear the heart out of both our community and our young people – but only if we let it”


Shared Education – The views of Children and Young People

24 04 2013

Shared Education

Welcoming the report “Shared Education – Views of Children and Young People’ – Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham said that the findings concur with the Ballycastle experience.

“The co-operation between Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School is proof that Shared Education works, both schools can offer a wider range of subject choice, facilities and expertise while at the same time able to retain and celebrate their own community identity and ethos.

 “Ballycastle is leading the way in terms of co-operation and developing  and enriching the educational experiences of pupils.”

Moyle Rural Summer Scheme Grant Programme launched.

29 03 2013

summer scheme

Moyle  Council has opened its Rural Summer Scheme Grant Programme to provide financial assistance to community and voluntary groups and youth clubs who wish to run summer schemes in their communities during Summer 2013.

Financial support will be available to groups based in the Moyle area, running general community-based summer schemes within their local communities Moyle which offer multi-activity programmes for children under the age of 18 and children and adults with special needs.

 Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 29th April 2013.

7 Young People Graduate from NIFRS ‘RACE’ Scheme in Moyle

21 03 2013


Seven young people from the Moyle District Council area have successfully graduated today (Friday 15 March 2013) from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service’s Road Accident Consequences & Education (RACE) Scheme.
The 5 day scheme was designed by Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) as an interative and practical initiative to encourage young people aged between 16 – 25 years to understand the destructive consquences and potentially life changing ramifications of a road traffic collision (RTC).  The aim of the scheme is to promote safer driving and encourages leadership, confidence and team building skills,  combined with basic fire safety and first aid training.
‘RACE’  was delivered by local Firefighters in partnership with the North Eastern Education and Library Board Youth Service and PSNI Officers and was funded by Moyle Policing and Community Safety Partnership.
Dale Ashford, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said:
“In conjunction with our road safety partners, we work tirelessly to help improve road user behaviour to reduce the number of road traffic collisions, fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.  This type of initiative helps young people to understand the carnage on our roads and the lives completely destroyed as a consequence of speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, a moment’s inattention, or drink or drug driving. 
“Over the past 5 days the young people have worked closely with our local Firefighters and have learnt about the consequences of being involved in or being responsible for an RTC. They will now have a greater understanding of the main causes of RTC’s, how these impact upon themselves and their community and how they can contribute to keeping safe on our roads.
“The 7 young people graduating have all worked extremely hard and I congratulate them on their achievement.  I have no doubt that they will become ambassadors for their fire & rescue service and will help promote good road user behaviour in their local community.  I would also like to thank our partner agencies in the area for their support for our ‘RACE’ scheme.” 
Councillor Cara McShane, Moyle Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Chairperson added:
“Moyle PCSP has been delighted to support the delivery of the ‘RACE’ scheme.  During our recent extensive public consultation which took place between November 2012 and January 2013 the PCSP found that residents in Moyle have very real concerns about levels of anti social driving within this rural community.  Projects like the ‘RACE’ scheme has enabled us to work directly with young people from the local area to educate them on the impact, dangerous/anti social driving has on the whole community.  We hope this insight gives young people a heightened awareness of the potential impact that dangerous / anti-social driving causes,  before they engage in such activities in the future and hope they will share their knowledge with their family and friends to promote safer road use.
“The scheme has also provided the young people involved with an excellent opportunity to develop valuable skills and develop confidence, which will be extremely beneficial to them in the future and we would like to congratulate them on their gradua

Assembly not doing enough to tackle Child Poverty

24 02 2013


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has criticized the Assembly for not doing enough to tackle Child Poverty.

Councillor Cunningham said “It is an indictment on us all that in the 21st century we have such high levels of child poverty in the North.”

“A Child Poverty Strategy was published in March 2011 which was the final days of the previous legislature; to date there has not been sufficient tangible evidence of the delivery or implementation of that Strategy.”

“I recognise that Child Poverty is not an issue that can be tackled in the short term. There are many factors which can impact on the ability to lift children out of poverty. The Assembly needs to focus on tackling these issues. They can best do this by working to provide parents, carers or legal guardians with the necessary support to raise their children

“Investment in children and young people is the most effective way in breaking through intergenerational cycles of poverty and social exclusion.”



“Your future is my future – a European Youth Guarantee now!”

16 01 2013

Youth Guarantee

5.5 million young people are currently unemployed in Europe and an additional 1.5 million are forced into precarious jobs. In some countries as many as one young person out of two cannot find a job.

The campaign “Your future is my future – a European Youth Guarantee now” is calling for a European Youth Guarantee as a way to tackle youth unemployment.

 What is the European Youth Guarantee?

The European Youth Guarantee is a guarantee that ensures that every young person in Europe is offered a job, further education or work-focused training at the latest four months after leaving education or after becoming unemployed.

It can be implemented at European or at national level. 

 Join the campaign!

Together we can bring 2 million young people out of unemployment by 2014, by making a European Youth Guarantee a reality.

Urgent Action needed to improve Youth Provision in Moyle

4 11 2012

Moyle Youth Council – the voice of our young people

Speaking after a meeting with representatives from Moyle Youth Council and “Teen Ballycastle”, SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called for urgent action to address the pressing need with regard to premises and facilities for Youth provision in Moyle.
Councillor Cunningham continued “I was very impressed with articulate and dynamic young people who took part in the meeting. They gave me a report of the projects and activities that they have previously managed and undertaken and some of the ideas they hope to undertake in the future. The current facilities are totally inadequate and the young people made a positive and strong case for improved facilities and services. I was very impressed with some of the issues they raised particularly the recognition that we  need to work together to tackle issues such as drugs & alcohol misuse, anti-social behaviour, vandalism and low level criminal activity.  The Youth Council are keen to get involved with Moyle Council and to assist with local initiatives, I am sure most Councillors will respond positively to this suggestion.”
“I have always felt that it is important to listen and take stock of the opinions and views of the wider community, the assistance of the Youth Council will be a great help and influence to us as we attempt to improve the community and its services.”

“As an urgent priority Council needs to work in partnership with NEELB and other Youth Service providers to find and fund suitable locations and facilities for youth.”