Government can act to unlock renewable potential of Rathlin Island

17 05 2013

Knocklayde from Rathlin

Speaking after a Councillors meeting with the Rathlin Development and Community Association, Councillor Dónal Cunningham called for the Government Departments to recognize and work to alleviate the additional difficulties and high costs facing the development of a renewable energy project on Rathlin Island.

“Rathlin’s Community Renewable Energy Project proposes to install a 3 bladed 250kw wind turbine, will be the first community managed renewable energy project of its kind in the North. It will move the island further away from its reliance on fossil fuels and help develop Rathlin as a carbon neutral island generating electricity from renewable sources. Compared to similar sized projects on the mainland, the high costs of transport links to the island are likely to be a problem”

“This is an excellent project, which the Assembly needs to support. Not only does it present fantastic opportunities in terms of community empowerment it is a vitally important environmental project. It also offers the island community the opportunity to generate income and employment.”

“A recently published report by the Scottish Government indicates that by investing in clean energy projects on Scottish islands they could create thousands of jobs for the local communities. The report found that while there are many opportunities to exploit wind, wave and tidal resources across the islands, there are also cost obstacles to overcome. Taking that into account every effort must be made to allow the Rathlin Community to progress their project”

I congratulate the dynamism of the Rathlin Development and Community Association in particular the dedication to this project displayed by their Chairman Michael Cecil and wish them every success in this and other projects”





Make Moyle the Arts and Crafts centre of the North

15 09 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor, Dónal Cunningham has called for local based artists and craftspeople to link up in a bid to further promote the Arts and Crafts sector which exists in Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens of Antrim.

Councillor Cunningham said: “We have such a rich variety of artists and craftspeople. We are home to a huge variety of talents such as potters, painters, photographers, sculptors, jewellery designers and furniture makers and much more. Many have already come together for the Ballycastle Community Markets but I believe there is still a huge potential for this industry to grow further by targeting the tourism industry and encouraging visitors to visit Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens to sample art and craft.

Promoting our local arts and crafts serves also to promote the whole region, and can bring benefits for all year round. Once visitors discover how beautiful our area is and the quality of arts and crafts on offer they will want to keep coming back.

“Once we mark Moyle out as being somewhere that nurtures and encourages arts and crafts, we will be sending out the message that it is a great place for artists and crafts makers to earn a livelihood, and the sort of place where young and talented people can build a career.”





Rathlin Island Drama Group at Carey Hall

31 08 2012

 

Rathlin Island Drama Group are presenting their two One Act Comedy plays entitled  , entitled “The Cuckoo” & “A Bit of Land”,  in Carey Hall this  Saturday 1st September at 8 p.m.

Admission is £5 adult and £3 under 14.

Please support this event and enjoy an evening of fun and laughter.