31/01/2013

Other News In Brief

Contractors Appointed For A2 Scheme

Minister Danny Kennedy has confirmed the appointment of Graham Construction as contractors for the A2 Shore Road Greenisland improvement scheme.
The procurement process began in March 2012 following a Ministerial announcement that funding had been secured for the scheme.

Mr Kennedy said: “The award of the contract is a significant step forward allowing construction to begin in just a few weeks on the A2 between Carrickfergus and Whiteabbey, a strategic link in our road network.

“The improvement that a dual carriageway between Jordanstown and Seapark will bring has attracted strong support from residents and traders in both Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey, and from those who travel the route.

"I congratulate Graham Construction on their successful bid and thank all the construction companies who submitted proposal for consideration."

Man Charged After Flag Protest

A man, 22, has been charged with a number of offences after he was arrested during a flag protest in county Antrim.

The charges include assault on police, criminal damage, rioting and having an offensive weapon.

He was destined after a protest in the Eden area of Carrickfergus on Wednesday.

He is to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court later today.

New DARD Direct Office Opens

The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O’Neill today officially opened the new DARD Direct office in Armagh.

The new office, in the A:tek building at Edenaveys Industrial Estate, is the latest addition to the DARD Direct network of one-stop-shops for DARD’s customers. DARD Direct offers farmers the opportunity to access the Department’s farm business services in one place.

Speaking during her visit the Minister said: "The delivery of the DARD Direct project in Armagh has involved a lot of hard work for staff, especially those on the front line delivering our services. Through DARD Direct we are focusing on how best to meet the needs of our customers in an ever changing and challenging business environment.

"DARD Direct offers customers greater choice in how they do business with us. From calling in person or by telephone, through to postal or electronic delivery by email and on-line services, all options are provided for. I am confident that DARD Direct is delivering, and will continue to deliver, real benefits for farmers and rural dwellers across the north."

(CD)

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