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Data gathering well to be drilled at Islandmagee

Test drilling is set to take place in Islandmagee next year as plans to construct a natural gas storage facility continue to progress. The £400m project will see the creation of huge underground caverns carved from prehistoric salt deposits a mile under Larne Lough. The next stage of the scheme will see developer Islandmagee Storage Limited (IMSL) drill a data gathering well from the already-constructed wellpad site off the Ballylumford Road. This will allow the company to obtain cores of Permian salt for testing and analysis. Anita Gardiner, Director of Islandmagee Storage said: “The findings from the analysis will allow Islandmagee Storage to complete the design of the caverns. “It is hoped that the drilling of this data gathering well can be undertaken in spring 2015.” IMSL held two information events last week – one in Islandmagee and one in Glynn – where members of the public could drop in … Continue reading

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15000 Christmas lights out

Minister’s safety concerns after streets left in darkness Danny Kennedy said budget cuts had forced his department to suspend the use of external contractors to carry out street light repairs By Noel McAdam – 19 November 2014 Almost 15,000 street lights are now out across Northern Ireland, the Assembly has heard. The total is up by more than 4,000 on last month – and the minister responsible said he could not predict how many lights will be out by the Christmas/New Year holidays. As the winter evenings darken, Regional Development (DRD) Minister Danny Kennedy also revealed, however, that around 5,000 lights which went out over the last three months have been repaired. MLAs also heard allegations that DRD workers have been taking working bulbs from some areas to other locations in darkness. SDLP MLA Joe Byrne said: “There is some concern that sometimes DRD people take bulbs from areas where … Continue reading

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Danny Kennedy said budget cuts had forced his department to suspend the use …

Minister’s safety concerns after streets left in darkness Danny Kennedy said budget cuts had forced his department to suspend the use of external contractors to carry out street light repairs By Noel McAdam – 19 November 2014 Almost 15,000 street lights are now out across Northern Ireland, the Assembly has heard. The total is up by more than 4,000 on last month – and the minister responsible said he could not predict how many lights will be out by the Christmas/New Year holidays. As the winter evenings darken, Regional Development (DRD) Minister Danny Kennedy also revealed, however, that around 5,000 lights which went out over the last three months have been repaired. MLAs also heard allegations that DRD workers have been taking working bulbs from some areas to other locations in darkness. SDLP MLA Joe Byrne said: “There is some concern that sometimes DRD people take bulbs from areas where … Continue reading

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MP: Commission ‘out of touch’ over Ashers court action

The equality watchdog taking a Christian-run bakery to court in Northern Ireland is going against public opinion, a DUP MP has warned. And an MLA has said that the case is important for everyone “in terms of civil liberty”. Revd William McCrea, the MP for South Antrim where Ashers Baking Company is based, referred to a recent survey of 2,022 British adults which showed that 65 per cent are against the Commission taking Ashers Baking Company to court. Public opinion He commented: “The commission is very clearly out of step with public opinion. Two-thirds of people in GB surveyed were opposed to the legal action. I have no doubt this figure would be even higher within Northern Ireland. “This is not a case of discrimination, but one where the owners of the company have deeply held Christian beliefs and feel they must act in line with their conscience.” “This is … Continue reading

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MLA visits pharmacy

Community pharmacies can help to reduce the winter pressures on GP practices, according to East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs. Mr Beggs visited MediCare pharmacy at Victoria Road as part of National Pharmacy Association’s Ask your Pharmacist Week. Mr Beggs said: “Advice is given on medicine that is available over-the-counter and they can play an important role in improving health by assisting with health improvement programmes such as smoking cessation.” Matthew McWilliams, community pharmarcist, MediCare Carrickfergus, added: “Your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment.” Parliamentary reports show first speaker only – follow this lnk for the full transcription. Articles may come from parliamentary reports, various public news feeds and Google News Search. Content is republished here for context. Copyright is respected and remains with the original author at all times. Original Article:http://www.carrickfergustimes.co.uk/news/local-news/mla-visits-pharmacy-1-6412287

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