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£5.5m To Be Invested In Banbridge Town Centre

An investment of £5.5 million has been announced for Banbridge town centre by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey.

The new works will deliver high quality measures including paving and landscaping which will improve the quality of the main streets and connectivity between them.

In addition it will create an attractive civic space in the heart of the town to hold events and build a sense of community. Enhancements will also be made to the bridge over the River Bann.

Making the announcement, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said: "I am delighted to announce this £5.5m investment in Banbridge, with £3m coming from my Department. This is a major investment and will help to improve the streetscape and attract shoppers back to the town centre following the pandemic.

"This will also help to improve the dwell time for those visiting the town, including the huge number of visitors to the Game of Thrones attraction, which is expected to open later this year and will attract people from across the globe.

"This funding will complement previous public realm works funded by my Department and is part of my ongoing commitment to the regeneration of our town and city centres. It has been a difficult period for our high streets and I hope this will be a welcome boost in sustaining the long term viability and prosperity of the towns."

Sinn Féin Announce Nomination Of Aisling Reilly For West Belfast MLA

Sinn Féin has announced the nomination of Community activist and Handball World Champion, Aisling Reilly, as their new MLA in West Belfast.
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Announcing the nomination, party Vice President Michelle O'Neill said: "I am delighted that Aisling Reilly has been selected as the new MLA for Sinn Féin and West Belfast.

"Aisling Reilly will bring a great deal of enthusiasm and energy to our Assembly team at such a crucial time for politics across the island of Ireland.

"It is particularly fantastic to have a proud Gaelgeoir who has emerged from the flourishing Irish medium schools of West Belfast on our team."

Aisling Reilly said: "It is a privilege to have been selected to represent the people of West Belfast as the new Sinn Féin MLA.

"This is an exciting time for politics on the island of Ireland, with growing demand for change and a flourishing conversation on a new and united Ireland."

Road Works Announced For Cherryvalley

The Department for Infrastructure has announced a £96,0000 resurfacing scheme for Cherryvalley, Belfast, set to begin on Monday 18 October 2021.

The scheme will extend along Cherryvalley between Knock Road and Gilnahirk Road.

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said: "This significant investment will greatly improve the strength and surface quality of this road. I would like to thank the travelling public and local residents in advance for their cooperation while these much needed works are completed."

To facilitate the scheme, it will be necessary to complete the work under daily road closures, Monday to Friday only, between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm, from Monday 18 October 2021 until Monday 25 October 2021. During these times diversionary routes will be clearly signed for traffic via Gilnahirk Road, Kings Road, Knock Road and Kensington Road. Access will be maintained for residents.

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