Contraversial Developer, Seymour (the) Sweeney – Big Boys Toys and Contempt for Moyle

The Fantastic little Bushmills/Giants Causeway Railway! But is it to the detriment of the rate-payer in Moyle????

At a Council meeting on the 20th August 2012 I requested an;

“Update on toilet facilities at Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills railway station”

(Requested by Councillor P McShane)

When I asked about the toilets I was told that the Council could not inform me of the opening hours because they didn’t know. I pressed the matter asking for carrying figures and the number of days of operation of the train service. I was again informed that no such information existed and when I asked why, Moyle Chairman, Councillor Sandra Hunter, ruled that I ask no more questions as I only had the opening times of the toilets on the agenda. I was astounded. Well not really! I expected a level of protection to emanate from somewhere in the chamber for the Giants Causeway and Bushmills Railway Company Ltd. I don’t know why I expected it. Was it because the director of the Company is none other than the controversial developer, Seymour Sweeney? He seems to have more than the one friend in the chamber and from several different parties.

Seymour Sweeney!!! Now theirs a blast from the past! Remember the whole debate on the Causeway and who was attempting to get who’s hands on the biggest assets at the World Heritage Site. The famous lines, “I’m minded to give it to Mr. Sweeney” from Arlene Foster and the classic, “I know of him”. From Ian Paisley Junior when asked about his relationship with Sweeney. Ian and Arlene of course not only knew Mr. Sweeney put it transpired, were DUP party colleagues.

So anyhow, back to the Railway Company! Let me explain so as I may confuse the reader some more!!!!

On the 29th of July, 1998 Moyle District Council entered into a Lease Agreement with the Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Railway Company Ltd for valuable lands at Ardihannon Townland Bushmills. The agreement was for the operation of a railway and passenger terminal with associated facilities and offices and a railway track and track bed.

THE TERM

The lease was for 50 years and was subject to certain clauses that would protect the interest of the rate-payer in Moyle.

THE RENT

£1 per annum for a period of five years from the 1st of November 1998 and thereafter, reviewed at five yearly intervals.

As with any lease, therein contains an operating agreement for the purpose of operating a business in a manner that would benefit the rate-payer, tourist and indemnify Moyle of any claims arising from the operation of the said business.

The operating agreement contains measures that ensure the full input of Moyle Council given their interest.

Some conditions contained in the operating agreement include;

  1. to      perform and observe the covenants and conditions contained in the Lease      and to indemnify Moyle from and against any claims in connection with the      non-performance or non-observance of such covenants and conditions.
  2. to      comply with all obligations imposed upon it as operator of the railway service      including the obligation to employ sufficient staff and equipment to      ensure proper and efficient functioning of the service.
  3. maintain      machinery employers and public and other third party liability insurances      which the parties may from time to time agree necessary and on request      provide copies of the Policies of the said Insurances to Moyle.
  4. save      when the Company cannot operate the service because of a Force Majeure      Event operate the service along the route for a minimum period of 116 days      per annum.
  5. provide      Moyle with monthly carrying figures on the service, such numbers to be      provided within 2 weeks of the end of each month.
  6. to      consult Moyle as to the level of fares charged from time to time in      respect of the service.

As the reader will notice, Moyle should have received correspondence from Seymour and the Railway Company on at least a monthly basis. But Seymour missed a few months. Council wrote to The Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Railway Company several times requesting figures and information in accordance with the agreement.

For the reader, let me throw in this clause in the operating agreement signed by Moyle and the Giants Causeway and Bushmills Railway Company;

  • Moyle shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement where the company remains in breech of its obligations…………

So in the fourteen years since it entered into the agreement with Moyle, how often did the Company supply the Council and the rate-payer with figures? No times. None! Zero! It is my opinion that, the director has treated requests from the Council with complete contempt. It seems other Councillors are willing to help treat the rate-payer with contempt.

What about the five year review of the cost of the lease? The review that could have seen the income increase and the hard pressed rate-payer gain an income from the venture? It never took place. Neither too did the review in 2008.

To keep the Chairman of Moyle from attempting to stifle debate I returned to Council on the 10th of September with the following motion;

That this Council requests any and all relevant documentation and figures as per Lease Agreement with the Bushmills & Giant’s Causeway Railway Company for the last five years and furthermore, that this Council requests figures going forward to be provided as set out in the Lease Agreement.

(Requested by Councillor P McShane)

 

Another attempt to play down the last 14 years ensued from several Councillors before the majority requested the figures. I want to stress that in researching this whole episode, I found that Moyle staff done all in their power to have the Lease acted upon as per operating agreement. Requests were made at different times but the requests were ignored.

Since the opening of the Causeway visitors centre, parking is at a premium and enjoys a premium price. 70 parking spaces in the Giants Causeway end of the Railway line, turned over 3 times a day at a conservative estimate with a £6 charge. Work that out for a week. Then ask yourselves why I brought this up! Its not hard to guess why others left it buried!

 

 

Glens Group Set to Oppose National Park Status

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Another group has been set up in the Glens of Antrim to oppose the introduction of National Parks in Northern Ireland.

Members of the rural community across North and East Antrim gathered together last week in Sheskburn House, Ballycastle to voice their opposition to the Environment Minister Alex Attwood’s proposals to introduce National Park status in the North.
In the last week the SDLP man has curbed his enthisiasm following mass protests in both, Newcastle and Cookstown. While the Minister stated he would be “Taking stock”, he remained committed to their introduction when questioned on the floor of the Assembly. He had identified three sites in the North, two of which he hoped to declare as National Parks. The Causeway Coast and Glens, Fermanagh Lakelands and the Mournes had been on the Minister’s shortlist.
Moyle Independent Councillor Padraig Mc Shane who attended the meeting said he was delighted not only with the setting up of the group, but also with the quality of its membership.
The Councillor stated;
“The group is drawn from right across Moyle and further into East Antrim. Many sectors are represented and are committed to protecting the rural way of life.
“It is quite clear that people are now beginning to take stock of the serious implications that would arrive with the introduction of a National Park. This group will not be complacent and will lobby until  Environment Minister Alex Attwood not only shelves his detrimental proposal but bins it.

Ronan Hill helps Game of Thrones to Six Emmy Awards

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Fantasy series Game Of Thrones has dominated the Creative Emmy Awards, which  recognise arts, craft and technical work on television shows. The HBO programme picked up six prizes.
Ronan Hill from Ballycastle and Mervyn Moore from Coleraine were part of the  team that won the Outstanding Sound Mixing category for a TV drama series for Game of Thrones. They picked up their awards of Saturday night at a star-studded bash in Los Angles.
Games of Thrones is filmed at spectacular locations all over Europe. Ballintoy Harbour and the old Lime Works leading to the Carrick-a-Rede rope Bridge have been used recently for location setting.
Moyle Independent Councillor, Padraig Mc Shane, congratulated the pair and said;
“Their outstanding individual achievements provided a springboard for future success in the film industry. I know the lads have taken on a few local apprenticeships and the team are adapt at giving something back to the local community.
“Ronan’s brother, Conleth also acts in Game of Thrones. The Hill family are lauded here locally for their efforts in stage, drama and film and its nice to have local guys to cheer on when these prestigious awards are being handed out.

Hezbollah, The Pope & the BBC

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To many, the name Hezbollah will automatically induce conotations of Muslim extremists, terrorists, etc. The BBC tonight report that Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader, called for an ‘angry response’ to the American video that has caused so much hurt to the Muslim Community throughout the globe this week. Was it a surprise? Was this even news worthy?

What the BBC failed to report, something far more relevant to the Christian West, was Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah’s warm and glowing welcome for the visit of Pope Benedict to Lebanon this weekend.  The Hezbollah leader stated that the visit was good for all of Lebanon. Lebanon’s population is one third Christian. Hezbollah have done more in the last twenty years to unite the people of all religions in Lebanon. They enjoy the majority of electoral support. And they have successfully defended the country against the Israeli invasion of 2006 again winning massive popular support. They insist they want to mantain a political coalition and believe it better for Lebanon than the persuit of outright power.

I don’t author this to offer support to any individuals or groups. I simply do so to highlight the nature of our media. I question myself. Am I wrong to assume that someone who is so profoundly evil and loathsome of Christianity, of the West, of our way of life, (Its what the BBC SKY FOX The Times etal tell us every day) welcomes Pope Benedict in such a warm, glowing and charming manner is not news worthy but a three day old story much publicised and re-hashed is? Is it the case that maybe, just maybe, Nasrallah ain’t all that bad? Or is it the BBC, that fortress and preserve of Independence, not so Independent?

The following is a report on Muslim children and their excitement at the visit of Pope Benedict. Contrast or Spin? At the very least, we deserve to hear both sides.

Chadors and Khomeini: pope’s welcome to Lebanon

By Serene Assir

BEIRUT — One of the first things Pope Benedict XVI saw when he left Beirut airport after arriving on Friday were Shiite women in black chadors and hundreds of Hezbollah scouts who had come to greet him.

Rafiq Hariri International Airport lies on the Mediterranean in the heart of the Lebanese capital’s mostly Shiite southern suburbs, where support for the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah is widespread.

Awaiting Benedict on the road out of the airport were boys and girls, all members of the Mahdi scouts, named after the 12th imam of Shiite Islam who mysteriously disappeared centuries ago and whose return is eagerly awaited.

They wore crisply pressed blue or kahki shirts, depending on their ages, adorned by a badge bearing the picture of the founder of the Iranian revolution, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Many of the children were carrying the Lebanese flag, while some also waved the flag of the Vatican.

Under a hot late summer sun, the elder children waited patiently, while the younger ones played as they enjoyed a day off school.

“The pope is here! The pope is here!” shouted one 10-year-old boy, as he leaned over a fence on the airport road, gripping his Lebanese flag.

“I’m so happy he’s coming,” said Fatima, a 12-year-old girl scout, wearing a blue Islamic headscarf. “He has made us all happy, and we just want to celebrate.”

Yellow and white flags and balloons rose over the airport as the pope’s convoy passed.

Ironically, Hezbollah’s signature colour, and that of the scouts’ scarves, is yellow, while those of the Vatican are yellow and white.

Asked whether she minded that the pope is a Christian religious figure rather than a Muslim, Fatima replied: “I just think it’s good we all get to be happy for a day.”

Also filled with anticipation was 14-year-old Hassan, who said that “in Lebanon we are all fingers of one hand.”

With the sectarian divisions that drove the devastating 1975-1990 civil war seeming to be a thing of the past for the children, Hassan said: “I have Sunni Muslim friends, not just Shiites.”

The Mahdi scouts were the only ones in Lebanon to have organised a welcome for the pope.

“We’ve never welcomed an international figure of this stature. It’s a challenge. The children are very excited, and it’s difficult to organise them,” he told AFP.

The Mahdi scouts’ marching band played drums and trumpets to welcome the pope’s motorcade. Although the elder children have some idea of the significance of the visit, many of the younger ones do not.

“I don’t know where the pope is coming from, but I am happy to be here,” said nine-year-old girl scout Zahraa. “It’s more fun than being at school.”

Nearby was the group of Shiite women, dressed in black from top to toe, who had also come to welcome the pontiff.

One of them, Juliette Nayef from the eastern city of Baalbek, travelled to Beirut by bus, her trip paid by Hezbollah.

“This is a historic visit. I feel the pope will help bring peace to Lebanon,” she said. “I want to thank the pope, but I also want to thank (Hezbollah Secretary General) Hassan Nasrallah for helping bring peace to Lebanon. The secret to peace is coexistence.”

Just as excited was schoolteacher Iman Faris, who lives in the southern suburbs of Beirut, battered by aerial bombardment in 2006 during a war between Israel and Hezbollah.

“Those who say there are differences between Muslims and Christians just want to ruin our country,” said Faris. “After all, the first woman to wear a headscarf was Mary,” the mother of Jesus.

The Forgotton September Massacre-Sabra & Shatila 30 Years On

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The 16th-18th of September 1982 witnessed the butchering of over 3,500 men women & children in a Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.  The Israel Defense Forces surrounded the Palestinian refugee camps, controlled access to them, and fired illuminating flares over the camps.

In 1982, an International Independent Commission chaired by Sean MacBride concluded that the Israeli authorities or forces were, directly, responsible for the events. The late Seán MacBride (26 January 1904 – 15 January 1988) was an Irish government minister and prominent international politician as well as a Chief of Staff of the IRA.

The  MacBride report found that these atrocities “were not inconsistent with  wider Israeli intentions to destroy Palestinian political will and cultural  identity.”

One of the first International eye-witnesses on the scene was Robert Fisk an English writer and journalist from Maidstone, Kent. As Middle East correspondent of The Independent, he has primarily been based in Beirut for more than 30 years. His account accentuates in the most brutally honest, descriptive narrative the aftermath of the slaughter. I include his first reports following the massacre;

SABRA AND SHATILA

By Robert Fisk

What we found inside the Palestinian camp at ten o’clock on the morning of September 1982 did not quite beggar description, although it would have been easier to re-tell in the cold prose of a medical examination. There had been medical examinations before in Lebanon, but rarely on this scale and never overlooked by a regular, supposedly disciplined army. In the panic and hatred of battle, tens of thousands had been killed in this country. But these people, hundreds of them had been shot down unarmed. This was a mass killing, an incident – how easily we used the word “incident” in Lebanon – that was also an atrocity. It went beyond even what the Israelis would have in other circumstances called a terrorist activity. It was a war crime.

Jenkins and Tveit were so overwhelmed by what we found in Chatila that at first we were unable to register our own shock. Bill Foley of AP had come with us. All he could say as he walked round was “Jesus Christ” over and over again. We might have accepted evidence of a few murders; even dozens of bodies, killed in the heat of combat. Bur there were women lying in houses with their skirts torn torn up to their waists and their legs wide apart, children with their throats cut, rows of young men shot in the back after being lined up at an execution wall. There were babies – blackened babies babies because they had been slaughtered more than 24-hours earlier and their small bodies were already in a state of decomposition – tossed into rubbish heaps alongside discarded US army ration tins, Israeli army equipment and empty bottles of whiskey.

Where were the murderers? Or to use the Israelis’ vocabulary, where were the “terrorists”? When we drove down to Chatila, we had seen the Israelis on the top of the apartments in the Avenue Camille Chamoun but they made no attempt to stop us. In fact, we had first been driven to the Bourj al-Barajneh camp because someone told us that there was a massacre there. All we saw was a Lebanese soldier chasing a car theif down a street. It was only when we were driving back past the entrance to Chatila that Jenkins decided to stop the car. “I don’t like this”, he said. “Where is everyone? What the f**k is that smell?”

Just inside the the southern entrance to the camp, there used to be a number of single-story, concrete walled houses. I had conducted many interviews in these hovels in the late 1970’s. When we walked across the muddy entrance to Chatila, we found that these buildings had been dynamited to the ground. There were cartridge cases across the main road. I saw several Israeli flare canisters, still attached to their tiny parachutes. Clouds of flies moved across the rubble, raiding parties with a nose for victory.

Down a laneway to our right, no more than 50 yards from the entrance, there lay a pile of corpses. There were more than a dozen of them, young men whose arms and legs had been wrapped around each other in the agony of death. All had been shot point-blank range through the cheek, the bullet tearing away a line of flesh up to the ear and entering the brain. Some had vivid crimson or black scars down the left side of their throats. One had been castrated, his trousers torn open and a settlement of flies throbbing over his torn intestines.

The eyes of these young men were all open. The youngest was only 12 or 13 years old. They were dressed in jeans and coloured shirts, the material absurdly tight over their flesh now that their bodies had begun to bloat in the heat. They had not been robbed. On one blackened wrist a Swiss watch recorded the correct time, the second hand still ticking round uselessly, expending the last energies of its dead owner.

On the other side of the main road, up a track through the debris, we found the bodies of five women and several children. The women were middle-aged and their corpses lay draped over a pile of rubble. One lay on her back, her dress torn open and the head of a little girl emerging from behind her. The girl had short dark curly hair, her eyes were staring at us and there was a frown on her face. She was dead.

Another child lay on the roadway like a discarded doll, her white dress stained with mud and dust. She could have been no more than three years old. The back of her head had been blown away by a bullet fired into her brain. One of the women also held a tiny baby to her body. The bullet that had passed into her breast had killed the baby too. Someone had slit open the woman’s stomach, cutting sideways and then upwards, perhaps trying to kill her unborn child. Her eyes were wide open, her dark face frozen in horror.

“…As we stood there, we heard a shout in Arabic from across the ruins. “They are coming back,” a man was screaming, So we ran in fear towards the road. I think, in retrospect, that it was probably anger that stopped us from leaving, for we now waited near the entrance to the camp to glimpse the faces of the men who were responsible for all of this. They must have been sent in here with Israeli permission. They must have been armed by the Israelis. Their handiwork had clearly been watched – closely observed – by the Israelis who were still watching us through their field-glasses.

When does a killing become an outrage? When does an atrocity become a massacre? Or, put another way, how many killings make a massacre? Thirty? A hundred? Three hundred? When is a massacre not a massacre? When the figures are too low? Or when the massacre is carried out by Israel’s friends rather than Israel’s enemies?

That, I suspected, was what this argument was about. If Syrian troops had crossed into Israel, surrounded a Kibbutz and allowed their Palestinian allies to slaughter the Jewish inhabitants, no Western news agency would waste its time afterwards arguing about whether or not it should be called a massacre.

But in Beirut, the victims were Palestinians. The guilty were certainly Christian militiamen – from which particular unit we were still unsure – but the Israelis were also guilty. If the Israelis had not taken part in the killings, they had certainly sent militia into the camp. They had trained them, given them uniforms, handed them US army rations and Israeli medical equipment. Then they had watched the murderers in the camps, they had given them military assistance – the Israeli airforce had dropped all those flares to help the men who were murdering the inhabitants of Sabra and Chatila – and they had established military liason with the murderers in the camps

Glen Rovers Footpath Moves Step Closer

Location of proposed footpath

A proposal for a footpath on the Glenshesk Road Armoy has met the Roads Service criteria to progress for a more detailed appraisal. The proposed footpath, almost five hundred meters in length, will run from Turreagh Terrace passing the Glen Rovers GAC  grounds and finish at Saint Olcan’s Church.

The news that the application has passed the first hurdle has been welcomed by Independent Councillor, Padraig Mc Shane, who commended the Church, the local GAA Club and the Glens Rural Community Group for combining their efforts to improve infrastructure for the local community. The Councillor had successfully lobbied Moyle Council to author a letter to Road Service informing them of the need for a footpath on the dangerous stretch of Road.
Councillor Mc Shane said;
“The three organisations have united magnificently to campaign for this footpath. While it has passed the first hurdle, Road Service will remain to be convinced of the project.
“I have placed it on this weeks agenda again at Council in an attempt to convince my colleagues to send a corporate message to ensure it is placed as a ‘top priority’ Road Service project in the area.
Roads Service have stated;
“This proposal has been added to a list of schemes in Moyle that will be developed in accordance with current policies. Prioritisation will take account of future funding availability along with a number of other key issues”.
Update
Since Monday night, my friends in Council have agreed to write to Road Service, again highlighting the need and also, to ask Road Service to prioritise the footpath in this area of the Glens.

The ‘Red Baron’ Councillor and illegal Claims for Diesel

Let me make this clear, I would never complain about someone using fuel that could be deemed illegal in their vehicle. The only crimes I can identify relating to fuel is the price, the cartels that control the price and of course, the criminals who engage their poor and downtrodden in illegal wars to gain control of the commodity in the first place.

That said; when we hold public office and claim from the public purse (ratepayer) for “out of pocket” expenses for mileage, we do so in the knowledge that we are being remunerated for the costs associated with legal fuel (rather than the cheaper red) in our vehicles. To run a vehicle on illegal (red) diesel fuel and to ask the ratepayer to reimburse over the odds is almost akin to theft.

A Landrover Defender was stopped on the Carnbore Road, Bushmills and by police and then seized by Customs during a Road Fuel operation on the 24th of April. The vehicle belongs to Councillor Willie Graham. The Councillor has been consistently one of the highest claimers of expenses in Moyle.

I am calling for Councillor Graham to “return integrity to Moyle and resign immediately”.

“Councillor Graham has claimed a staggering twelve thousand pounds of rate payers’ money on mileage over the last three financial years. The rate payer will want to know how long vehicles belonging to Councillor Graham have been using illegal fuel. Is Councillor Graham going to return these funds to the public purse and do the honourable thing and resign?

“We have seen public confidence in elected representatives evaporate after the MPs expenses scandal. Dail Erinann with its culture of brown envelopes has had a similar impact on the faith of the public in the South. The Ulster Unionist Party must now do the right thing and replace Councillor Graham. The ratepayers trust is at stake”.

Its now over to the ‘Red Baron’ and the UUP.

Ballycastle Sea Front Activity Pool

This video was brought together by Ciaran Laverty, Laverty Architecture. http://www.lavertyarchitecture.co.uk/

Ciaran has stated that he brought the video together over a few spare hours. I spoke with him and asked if he would like to present it to Council in the near future. While it is only an idea at present he has indicated his desire to help in the promotion of the area and would be willing to look at it in more detail.
Costings, staffing, insurance and the dreaded ‘health and safety’ would all be key factors to consider.
It would possibly take a few years to pull something like this all together, indentify funding, etc but what views currently exist out there?
The Tourism/Leisure facility is still the key driver both in economic and health and wellbeing terms in the re-generation of Ballycastle and I hope to be able to convince my colleagues of the need for the scheme as we go forward into a Causeway Coast and Glens super Council.
Design & Planning are the first stages of that particular project and while nearly all the Ballycastle Councillors support the idea, it seems to become less favourable with the other Councillors in Moyle. The five Causeway Councillors have recently all voiced their opposition on the issue, claiming its a waste of money, but given much of the ward is situated closer to Coleraine than Ballycastle, it is easy to see a selfish rational being adopted.
I would like to hear your thoughts on both ideas if you wish to share!

National Park Threatens

 

 

Concern is echoing around the Glens of Antrim and all along the Causeway Coast about the possible introduction of ‘National Park’ status for the region. The area boasts the World renowned Glens, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the only UNESCO world heritage site in the North, the Giant’s Causeway, among its many prestigious features.

 

Residents from the tourism, farming and community sector travelled together by bus from Moyle to Newcastle County Down to hear representatives from the Brecon Beacons in Wales relate stories of living within the confines of a National Park.

 

The Mournes; the CausewayCoast and Antrim Glens, and the Fermanagh Lakelands have been short listed for designation. SDLP Environment Minister, Alex Attwood has confirmed he hopes to designate two of the three locations as National Parks.

 

“I was along with nearly nine hundred people packed into the Slieve Donard Hotel to hear about the impact on daily life by representatives from the BreconBeaconsNational Park. It would have been nice if the Minister had attended to hear for himself about the toll he is set to inflict on rural communities.

 

“Locally the proposals, if allowed to be implemented by the Minister, would devastate rural life and the rural character of Moyle as we know it today. The small heritage town of Ballycastle along with the many villages including Cushendall and Bushmills service the needs of rural dwellers and the farming community. If the economy generated from the rural and farming community was extracted from businesses in our towns and villages, even by a small percentage, it would have a devastating knock on effect.

 

“The Minister is selling the Parks on the basis of Tourism and the Environment.

Farmers and rural dwellers have been the protectors and the custodians of our environment for centuries. Those from the tourism sector were quick to point to the negative impact the designation of a National Park had on their industry. No verifiable, quantifiable or qualitative evidence has been presented by the Minister to support his tourism theory. The contrary was evidenced in full.

 

“Communities and farmers here need absolutely no more legislation telling them what they can and cannot do on their own property. Being an area of outstanding natural beauty brings with it legislation ensuring the protection of the Natural and Built Heritage in the region. If, as proposed by the Minister, an unelected Quango is granted the authority to impose new by-laws, property prices for farmers will suffer stagnation and regression as happened in England and Wales. These new authorities has been described as ‘Stalanist’ by local communities.

 

Return of the Absentee Landlords anyone????

 

Schools Sucessfully Lobby for Puffin Crossing

 

New Puffin Crossing on Moyle Road

Fantastic to witness the introduction of a Puffin Crossing on Moyle Road  situated between the High School and Cross & Passion College in Ballycastle. For over 25 years the schools have collabrated mostly in academia. Branching out has reaped dividends with the latest moves bringing gains in a new field.

“Cross & Passion and Ballycastle High Schools have collaborated to successfully lobby Road Service for the inclusion of a Puffin Crossing at this problematic section of road. The schools and in particular, the school Council deserve enormous credit for the ability they showed in identifying and highlighting the lack of safety at the busy crossing between the two schools. The measure will ensure the ability to cross safely for pupils and pedestrians while maximising the free flowing of vehicular traffic on the busy stretch of road.
“This is a further enhancement of the collaboration between the two schools that has witnessed the pupils, staff and management work together on a daily basis. The ethos of working together has seen both sets of pupils successfully gain the opportunity to avail of a wider academic curriculum”.
Cross and Passion and Ballycastle High School are part of  the Shared Education Programme.
St Patrick’s & St Brigid’s Primary School and Nursery Unit also played their part in lobbying and the 3 schools can be proud of their latest achievements.