Pandering to Sectarianism Costs Moyle Thousands.

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A proposal to withdraw funding of £33,000 from a soccer pitch in Bushmills caused uproar in Moyle District Council. The Council had planned to invest the money on pitch improvements to allow Bushmills the chance for promotion in the soccer leagues.
 
But following a request for additional funds to facilitate a bonfire Independent Councillor Padraig McShane requested,  
 
“The money is withdrawn until such times as the Council could satisfy itself there would be no more criminal damage at the football facility in Dundarave”.
 
Councillor Padraig McShane made the proposal after recommendations for additional money came to Council following a meeting with the Bushmills  Bonfire Review Committee. The recommendations included an option to move the pitch at an additional cost of £27,500.Image
 
After receiving confirmation that damage had been caused to the facility in the past and the clean-up had cost the rate payer considerable money year on year, Councillor McShane said he could not allow rate payers money to be spent on facilities that are continually being destroyed.  
 
Councillor McShane said;
 
“The bonfire review committee and local Councillors had to come to their senses. A normal society could never justify spending public funds in the full knowledge that it would go up in smoke.Image
 

He continued;

 
“Political representatives locally are unwittingly developing communities which aspire to nothing beyond the momentary consolations of material contentment. Apologies are made for naked sectarianism and the destruction of public property in the pursuit of a fictional culture.
 
“Common sense offers us the chance to reject this type of practise despite everything in local politics urging us to tolerate this behaviour. It took twenty minutes and sustained reasoning to convince colleagues of the merits of withdrawing this funding in Council.
 
“The sheer abnormality of spending ratepayers’ money on facilities we know are going to be burnt on the 11th night can only be comparable with funding the purchase of white crosses, a can of petrol and a box of matches for the Klu Klux Klan.”

taitneamh a bhaint as naomh Pádraig

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Here come the Rebels

If it’s traditional and Irish you want on St. Patrick’s weekend, then here’s two events not to be missed.

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Moyle District Council in association with Causeway Coast Arts is proud to present local band Fonn the traditional/folk outfit will be accompanied in an amazing double bill by PITAK from Guadeloupe at the Marine Hotel this Friday March 14th @7:30pm. Tickets £6/£5 (conc).

Fonn husband and wife team Catherine and Michael Snads.

Fonn husband and wife team Catherine and Michael Snads.

Fonn comprise Aoda Jeffries joining the husband and wife team of Catherine and Michael Sands. Last year they played with Afresh, an Afro-beat, reggae, Jazz outfit while this year they deliver alongside PITAK who are playing Creole Soul music from Guadeloupe. mailto:http://www.feileafrica.com/pitak.html

It’s one of two events not to be missed this St. Patrick’s weekend. The other of course is the visit of the ‘Rebels’ to Ballycastle. It’s fair to say Antrim are struggling a little in this year’s league but it ain’t often we get Cork Hurlers up to the North Coast. Throw-in 2pm at Páirc MacUílín