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Belfast Trust Chief Martin Dillon Announces Retirement

Chief Executive of the Belfast Trust Martin Dillon has announced his plans to retire at the end of December.

The Trust said it will now begin the process of recruiting a new chief in the wake of the announcement.

Martin Dillon said: "It is with very mixed emotions that I have decided to retire later this year. I have worked for Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland for 34 years and by the time I retire, I will have had the privilege of being Chief Executive of Belfast Trust for the last three of those years. I have met some incredible people along the way and I am proud to have served in our great Health Service. Overwhelmingly our fantastic staff get it right first time, every time and I have had the honour to work with some of the most talented and committed people currently working in the health sector and I wish every one of them well for the future."
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The Chairman of the Trust, Peter McNaney CBE, paid tribute to Mr Dillon. He said: "Martin has been a tremendous asset to this organisation. He embodies health service values, he has worked diligently to ensure our patients, and clients have received the best possible care. And when they haven't, his absolute sense of responsibility and accountability has demonstrated an unbending resolve to put things right. On behalf of Trust Board I thank him for his dedication and unwavering commitment to the people we serve and he leaves with our sincere thanks and best wishes."

Users Urged To Restart Phones As Three Network Offline

Northern Ireland users of the Three network have been experiencing connection issues throughout the day and are urged to restart their phones.

People have been unable to make calls, text or go online since the issue first emerged on Wednesday evening.

The telecoms provider said the issue is down to technical difficulties.

"Try turning your phone off and on again or switching airplane mode off an on," it advised customers.

Resurfacing Work To Get Underway In Co Down

A resurfacing project is set to begin in the County Down town of Donaghadee later this month.

This £475,000 scheme will see a 1,400m section of the A2 Millisle Road improved, including some stretches of footway.

Work will begin on Monday 21 October and run on weekdays until Friday 13 December.

The initial preparatory work will be carried out under a rolling lane closure with temporary traffic control between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm for a period of six weeks except for a short break during the Halloween holiday between Wednesday 30 October 2019 and Friday 02 November.

Due to the nature of the scheme it will also be necessary to operate a road closure within the eight week work programme.

Road users should expect some delays and are advised to leave additional time when planning any journeys.


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