SDLP Economy Spokesperson and Chairman of the Enterprise Trade and Investment Committee at Stormont, Patsy McGlone has said there should be a report into the economic and social benefits of the GAA.
This comes following a report commissioned by the Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland on the economic benefits of Loyal Orders.
Mr McGlone said:
“The report compiled for the Department for Social Development (“DSD”) demonstrates that loyal orders and their bands contribute £15m to the Northern Irish Economy annually.
“This needs to be balanced against the cost of policing parades in the North last summer, which was estimated to be £7.4m. Read more
It has been decided at a meeting of Comhairle Uladh CCC this afternoon that the Ulster Senior Football Championship game between Fear Manach and An Cabhán
will take place at Brewster Park, Enniskillen at 2.00pm on Sunday 16th June.
Plans will be made to ensure the game can be operated as appropriate to a Ulster Senior Football Championship game with a view to assisting all thopse travelling to the game.
Further details will be issued in due course
Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has dismissed claims by an official from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office that the G8 summit taking place in Fermanagh will bring in up to £700 million into the local economy.
The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said:
“Since the announcement was made that the G8 summit was taking place in Fermanagh we have been forced to listen to one ridiculous claim after another.
“At a public meeting discussing disruption as a result of the G8, an official from the British Foreign & Commonwealth claimed that the summit would bring in up to £700 million into the local economy.
“This is a figure that has been plucked from thin air, for no other reason but to deal with the growing resentment at the level of disruption in Fermanagh as a result of the G8. Read more
SDLP Economy Spokesperson and Chairman of the Enterprise Trade and Investment Committee at Stormont, Patsy McGlone has requested a meeting with the Minister for Regional Development over the suspension of road works in Northern Ireland during the G8 summit.
Mr McGlone who is also Chair of the All Party Working Group on Construction said:
“I have requested an urgent meeting with Minister Danny Kennedy over the suspension of construction work on roads across the North for 11 days because of the G8 conference in Fermanagh. Read more
Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has renewed the call for an Irish Passport office in the North after she ascertained that over 125,000 people from the North applied for one over a three-year period.
Ms. McGahan said,
“The number of people applying for Irish passports is increasing and with the census figures highlighting a growth in the number of people from the Nationalist community this will continue to grow.
“The time has now come for this growing number of people to be serviced with a dedicated passport office in the North which would allow quick access to a passport. Read more
Witness the Dawn Chorus in Fermanagh being offered by the RSPB’s Fermanagh Local Group on Saturday, May 11.
The event at Castle Archdale led by Doreen Brown, will enable bird lovers to witness the morning melody.
Some bird start earlier than others. Worm eaters such as Blackbirds and Thrushes can forage at low light and find worms which are closer to the surface at this time. Insect eaters such as Blackcaps and Wrens are next to start; their large eyes are sensitive to available light and can find and chase darting insects and spiders.
Last to arrive are the seed eaters such as Chaffinches and Goldfinches who need better light -precision is required to extract seeds.
Sinn Féin Energy Spokesperson Phil Flanagan MLA has said that the significant blackouts across the north overnight, which disrupted the electricity supply of around 100,000 households, should be the impetus for a fresh look at how electricity is generated and transmitted here.
The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said:
“The disruption of electricity supply to around 100,000 households should be a serious wake-up call to all of us.
“We are far too reliant on centrally generated electricity, usually from gas, which then has to be transmitted using overhead power lines.
“When it cannot be distributed as a result of problems with the lines, then significant blackouts are what can be expected.
“Technology has improved considerably in recent years and will continue to develop; we need to take a fresh look at how we both generate and transmit electricity.
“Much more work needs to be done to bring combined heat and power plants using micro-generation on stream, where the entire electricity needs of a community can be met by locally produced electricity, using renewable, sustainable forms of generation.”
Sinn Féin MLA for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Phil Flanagan has stated that the artefacts being excavated from Drumclay Crannóg must be put on permanent display in Fermanagh County Museum.
Mr Flanagan, who is Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Tourism, was speaking ahead of a public open day at the crannóg tomorrow (Saturday), said:
“I was proud to join the campaign to ensure that the work on excavating this crannóg commenced and that it was not simply tarred over and the artefacts destroyed as some others have called for. Read more
Irish MEPs have appealed to the government to start marking the EU emergency phone number – 112 – on the side of all garda cars, ambulances and fire engines.
The call comes as the latest survey on 112 awareness shows that four years after the service was set up, more than two-thirds of Irish people are still unaware that they can dial the number anywhere in Europe in an emergency.
The Eurobarometer poll also reveals that one in five Irish people quote a wrong number when asked about the EU help-line; the highest figure among Europeans for misquoting 112. Read more
Secondary school students interested in NUI Galway are invited to an information evening in Enniskillen on Thursday, 28 February. Parents and guardians are also particularly welcome to the event which runs from 7-9pm in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.
The evening will begin with short talks about NUI Galway and some of the 60 courses it offers. Afterwards, current students and NUI Galway staff will be on hand to answer any questions in relation to courses and practical issues including accommodation, fees and scholarships, and the wide range of support services available to students.
The ever-increasing popularity of NUI Galway is in-part due to a whole suite of innovative new programmes, developed in response to the changing needs of the employment market. Unique programmes include a Bachelor of Arts with Human Rights, an Energy Engineering degree which is taught in the University’s new Engineering Building, Ireland’s largest School of Engineering, and a Maths and Education degree aimed at training maths teachers. Read more