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The family and friends of a tragic Antrim woman who died suddenly have taken steps to ensure that others will continue to benefit from their enduring love for her.
Shauna Harvey was a much loved member of the community and many were deeply moved by her sudden passing.
Her family quickly resolved that they wanted to keep that memory alive and, with more than a little help from her many friends, they decided to raise funds for MindWise.
MindWise, formerly Rethink NI, is a leading membership charity which supports those affected by severe mental illness and other mental health difficulties and promotes early intervention.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]
Dromintee native, Megan Fearon, is set to become the youngest member of the Assembly as she steps into Conor Murphy’s shoes as MLA for Newry and South Armagh. The 20-year-old student was selected by Sinn Féin party members at a convention held July 2.
Within the past weeks Megan has completed her studies towards a BA honors degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and she hopes to graduate later in the summer.
Her candidacy was proposed by local councilor Packie McDonald, who took the opportunity to wish his party colleague well in the future,
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]
Defiant traders on Tullow Street have vowed not to let their street die despite the closure of three businesses over the past two weeks.
It is estimated that at least 10 people have lost their jobs after Euro Price, Oasis in Houston’s and
Lotts shut their doors without much fanfare.
News of Oasis and Euro Price’s closures came as a shock to staff members and customers while Lotts, which opened in 2011, had advertised a clearance sale.
Traditionally the center of Carlow town, Tullow Street has suffered in recent years with these latest closures hitting traders hard.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]
A locally elected representative urged for calm in Newtownbutler ahead of a contentious loyalist march last Thursday.
Sinn Fein councilor Thomas O'Reilly had called for "respect" from both sides when over 20 loyalist bands were due to arrive in the Fermanagh border-village for their annual march.
Clr. O'Reilly made the comments in reaction to news that there had been a call from a group purporting to represent nationalist residents of Newtownbutler to stage a protest to "make clear our total and resolute opposition to any proposed Loyalist march.”
[Source: The Anglo Celt]
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has dismissed as “unrealistic” a proposal by Ryanair, which it claimed could result in the creation of 1,000 jobs, as the low-cost carrier has based its figures on having largely free use of Shannon Airport, something that “just isn’t on.” Speaking to The Clare
Champion, he also dismissed a claim by former Shannon Airport director and former director general of Aer Rianta International (ARI) Liam Skelly that Shannon should receive over $371 million in recognition of its contribution to the development of ARI, after it leaves the DAA group.
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