Risk Assessments for Community Based Festivals and Events course

12 04 2013

Community festival

There are still a small  number of places left on the 3 hr Risk Assessments for Community Based Festivals and Events course that is due to run on

 Wednesday 17th April from 6.30-9.30pm in Sheskburn House

 Tues 14th May from 6.30-9.30pm in Old Schoolhouse, Cushendall  and

 Wed 15th May from 6.30-9.30pm in Bushmills Community Centre 

 Many local groups are planning summer festivals, fun days and other activities and this course will take you through the steps of carrying out appropriate risk assessments for your event. 

 Organisations that are receiving funding from Council through the Community Festivals Fund and Tourism Event Fund are advised to attend one of these courses as risk assessments should be submitted to Council prior to your event.

 Follow up mentoring support will be available to a limited number of organisations leading up to their event and this should be of great benefit particularly to organisations that are relatively new to organising events.

 This course is provided at no cost to volunteers within voluntary and community groups located in Moyle District Council through Council’s Community Support Programme.

 Please contact Community Services Manager Louise Scullion on 2076 2225 to book a place. Remaining places will be allocated on a first come basis.

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Moyle must see benefits of Tidal energy projects

10 10 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the announcement of the successful bidders for the tidal energy projects off Fair Head and Torr Head.
“Tidal Ventures Limited a joint venture between Open Hydro Group, a designer and manufacturer of tidal turbines, and Board Gáis Energy one of Ireland’s leading energy providers received the lease off Torr Head, and a consortium comprising Cork based DP Marine Energy Limited and the Belgian marine engineering company DEME Blue Energy received the lease for the tidal stream energy project off Fair Head”.

Councillor Cunningham commented “These infrastructure projects present a great opportunity for the local economy and community.”
 “I will be requesting that Moyle Council and in particular our economic development department seek early engagement with the successful companies as we are keen to ensure that Moyle fully benefits from the project.
“It is important that Council has its act together as we need to achieve a real economic stimulator in terms of jobs and economic input rather than any short term goodwill gesture form these companies.
“The development of offshore renewable energy provides not only greater energy security and diversity but significant economic and employment and educational benefits.





Moyle goes for power sharing

11 06 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the decision by the DUP group at the AGM of Moyle District Council, to delay their turn of vice chairmanship thus ensuring that the true spirit of partnership and power sharing will prevail for the next two years. Councillor Sandra Hunter UUP was unanimously elected to the position of Chair with Independent Seamus Blaney taking up the position of vice chair.
“The positions of chair and vice chair are the most visible sign of local democratic leadership and I am convinced that the local community want to see partnership working. Partnership threatens no one and will provide the basis for a stronger, more proactive democratic leadership, one that closer to all sections of the community. In the current economic climate, partnership will give confidence to local businesses, the voluntary and community sector. I congratulate Sandra and Seamus and wish them well in the incoming year”
“The Council needs to be seen to be working in partnership in order to take advantage of very limited economic opportunities and deliver the best possible outcomes for the community.”





Power sharing key for Moyle

27 05 2012


In advance of the AGM of Moyle District Council, Dónal Cunningham has urged parties and political groupings to enter into the true spirit of power sharing and to consider very carefully the choices they have previously made for the years in which they will take up their dHondt entitlement for the positions of Council chair and vice chair.
“We are faced with the prospect that Moyle District Council once a model of power-sharing and co-operation failing in the next three years (possibly the last three years of its existence) to live up to it’s previous high standards with single identity representation in both positions in all three years.”
“The positions of chair and vice chair are the most visible sign of local democratic leadership and I am convinced that the local community want to see partnership working. If either the DUP, Sinn Féin or the Independent grouping can agree to swap their choice of year for vice chairmanship, then two of these years will have a partnership in the Council’s top two positions .
Partnership threatens no one and will provide the basis for a stronger, more proactive democratic leadership, one that closer to all sections of the community. In the current economic climate, partnership will give confidence to local businesses, the voluntary and community sector.”
“The Council needs to be seen to be working in partnership in order to take advantage of very limited economic opportunities and deliver the best possible outcomes for the community.”





Health Service must meet the needs of the Community

14 05 2012


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has stressed the need for those involved in the implementation of the recently published Review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland (Transforming Your Care, December 2011) to shape a health service that meets the needs of the community.
Representatives form the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Local Commissioning Group are due to meet with Moyle District Council on Monday 21st May.
The Compton Report(Transforming Your Care, December 2011) sets out the future for health and social care services as it faces a number of significant challenges over the next four years and beyond. It examines the quality and accessibility of health services, how needs are currently being met, and brings forward recommendations for the future shape of services along with a supporting implementation plan. Moyle Council will fight hard to protect and improve all of our services, in particular the Causeway Hospital A&E.
Councillor Cunningham is anxious to hear the views and concerns of the community, so that all parts of the health and social care system meet the needs of the community and respond to the considerable challenges ahead.





Moyle must continue to promote “power sharing”

14 01 2012

Dónal Cunningham has urged parties and political groupings on Moyle District Council to enter into the true spirit of power sharing and to consider very carefully the choices made for their uptake of the positions of Council chair and vice chair.
“We are faced with the prospect that Moyle District Council once a model of power sharing and co-operation unnecessarily entering three years of single identity representation.”
“The positions of chair and vice chair are the most visible sign of local democratic leadership,equality and inclusion and I am convinced that the local community want to see partnership working. Partnership threatens no one and will provide the basis for a stronger, more proactive democratic leadership, one closer to all sections of the community.
“The Council needs to be seen to be working in partnership in order to take advantage of very limited economic opportunities and deliver the best possible outcomes for the community giving confidence to local businesses, the voluntary and community sector.”





Malachy McSparran RIP

15 12 2011

SDLP Leader Alasdair McDonnell MP MLA has, along with party representatives from North Antrim, led tributes to former Moyle Council Chairman Malachy McSparran, who died on Tuesday 13th Decemeber.

Dr McDonnell said: “Malachy was not only a towering figure in the Glens and a much-admired politician, he was a dear friend.
“His contribution to the party and Moyle Council, but most importantly to his community and his family, cannot be overstated and he will be much missed.

“To Brigid, John, Donal, Paul, Brendan, Patrick, Anne and all the extended family, I extend the thoughts and prayers of myself and my family and the SDLP as a whole.”

Former MLA, Sean Farren also said that Malachy McSparran had been a staunch supporter of SDLP principles since the party’s inception, deploring violence believing that partnership between our communities was the only way forward.

Dr Farren said ‘Malachy served for several terms as an SDLP member and Chair of Moyle District Council. He firmly believed in developing cross-party and cross-community partnerships within and beyond the council.

“Malachy worked tirelessly to promote Moyle District and especially his own beloved Glens. Like few others he knew and loved the Glens, its history, its games, its folklore, its customs and traditions and he has left a fine legacy of writings covering all of those aspects of Glens life.
“On a personal level Malachy McSparran was a great support to me as a public representative in North Antrim. I was very proud to call him my friend. To his wife Brigid and family I offer my deepest condolences.”
Councillor Catherine McCambridge, who succeeded Malachy as representative of the Glens on Moyle Council said that Malachy McSparran had been an excellent role-model.
She said: ‘Malachy served the people of the Glens one-hundred per cent. As Chair of the Council he guided its business with a steady hand and won considerable admiration from all sides. The Glens are the poorer for his passing.”

Ballymena Councillor and former North Antrim MLA Declan O’Loan said: “I had a great liking and regard for Malachy McSparran. He was an outstanding person. He was totally immersed in the life and history of the Glens and was a fine public representative. He will be much missed but fondly remembered.”