PSNI suspect device! 20,000 P45’S discovered in Stormont

No support exists in Ballycastle or the Glens of Antrim for violence. No bomb was discovered in Cushendun despite widespread media coverage to the contrary. SF the sdlp and the psni need to get off the community’s back in Ballycastle and the Glens.

The local community are demanding answers –
  • Why won’t police say what was discovered?
  • Why all the ‘cloak & dagger’?
  • Why is local constitutional nationalists attempting to frighten and criminalise the community in the Glens of Antrim?
  • Why are politicans reporting a bomb find in Cushendun yet no evidence of a bomb ever existed?
DESPERATE SF/SDLP using ‘dissident bogeyman’ to remove attention from their commitments to Tory Welfare

What sf & the sdlp failed to learn from last year’s incident in Ballycastle was no bomb existed there either.  In March of 2015, A vulnerable gentleman within the community told police he was going to leave a device at the police station in Ballycastle. A hoax operation, manipulated for widespread media coverage all over Ireland, reported ‘a viable explosive device’ in Ballycastle. Two army bomb disposal teams and a controlled explosion helped add to the theatrics.


PSNI suspect device! 20,000 P45’S discovered in Stormont

Every politician within Nationalism locally attempted to paint the picture that we had ‘evil dissident bogeymen’ within our midst in the Glens. After investigating, the PSNI Press Office relented and admitted the bomb was a half bottle of petrol lying in the middle of a concrete yard. What purpose did the reporting serve? More importantly, what damage was inflicted on the reputation of the people of Ballycastle and the Glens? Last weekend’s ‘discovery in Cushendun was likewise.

What is not beyond doubt-  These two parties need to remove attention from their commitments to 20,000 job cuts, their implementation of Tory Welfare reforms, their attacks on the poor and vulnerable, and their continued commitment to sectarian based politics.

The combination of MI5/PSNI attempts at manipulation of our media coupled to ‘willing lemmings’ in sf/sdlp ensures the truth is the first casualty. Tory controlled constitutional nationalism must abstain from making cheap political capital on the backs of the local community in the Glens of Antrim.


PSNI suspect device! 20,000 P45’S discovered in Stormont

No violent Republicanism exists in the Glens of Antrim but rising opposition to the Executive’s pro Tory austerity agenda is beginning to evidence itself. The incidents attempting to highlight the former seem like an attempt to obscure the later. -Cllr Padraig McShane

Planning Hurdle for New Hotel Overcome.

116 Bedroom Hotel, Ballycastle

116 Bedroom Hotel, Ballycastle

The Minister for the Environment has confirmed that a new hotel development in Ballycastle will not have to go through the full planning process again.

There had been fears it would be subject to re-evaluation on the insistence of the local planning office, after the plans were altered to include a further 16 bedrooms. Confirmation that this would not be the case came in the form of a letter to Independent Councillor Padraig McShane.

He had written to the the Minister objecting to the need for a new planning application.
In response, Minister Attwood said:

“I acknowledge the site has the benefit of a live planning approval and accordingly do not consider the alterations to the proposed scheme to be material within the overall scheme.

“The submission of a formal planning application is therefore not necessary.”

Welcoming the Minister’s input, Councillor Mc Shane said:”Time is of the essence and I welcome the intervention of the Minister following my letter.

 “The entire project is with Invest NI who has before them a comprehensive and extensive Business case for several months now. “Invest NI must match their past affirmation to support the tourist sector. A commitment to job creation in the Ballycastle area was a past promise by the body who offered no other major source of employment to the area. “If the private sector is showing major commitment, then Invest NI must be prepared to match it.”

Job creationWhen asked for more details on job creation, Councillor McShane said:

Artists Impression Lobby

Artists Impression Lobby

“To service a hotel of this size will require a minimum staff compliment of 90 people. “In addition the hard pressed building sector could see many local jobs created for the duration of the construction phase.
“But it is the by-product of having both The Marine Hotel and the Whitepark Hotel in operation that will have a major effect on the region.
“If we create a destination from our natural tourism product locally, and Ballycastle and the Glens become that destination, not only will other accommodation providers reap significant benefits across the sector, the derivative will also be additional jobs.
“If the Marine and Whitepark hotels were to open tomorrow, an additional 125 wage packets could be generated in the area. “Compounding those figures, additional footfall in the locality plus additional spend from visitors creates a superior economy for the region. It is this simple scale of economy that Invest NI must be pressed on.


Tourism/Leisure Complex in Ballycastle Equates to 1% on Rate.

A new Tourism-Leisure facility in Moyle would increase rates by as little as one percent under a new super-council arrangement set to be in place by 2014. But a Councillor Claims rates are set to fall further for the residents of the District as they become part of a new local government structure.



Following months of work Independent Councillor Padraig McShane is to present a case for the development of a Tourism-Leisure facility on the Quay Road, Ballycastle.



The Councillor is set to propose that Moyle prepare a robust case for the development to be put forward to the transition committee for consideration. The transition committee is made up of Councillors from Ballymoney, Coleraine, Limavady and Moyle areas that are set to make up the Causeway Coast and Glens Super-council.



It is believed that talks are already underway as other Councils recognise and have identified the need in Moyle.

Councillor Mc Shane himself a member of the committee said;



“The making of a case for this facility was never going to be easy. The history of Moyle has been one of excessive rates bills and very poor services. To develop a facility of that nature today would increase the rate by fifteen percent in Moyle. To develop it through the new super-council structures will increase the rate by only one percent.


“That fact belies the truth in real terms. Moyle ratepayers will see a substantial drop in their rates as an equilibrium is created throughout the Super Council area.”



The Councillor has visited several Leisure facilities and several Council areas to find out what ‘Best Practise’ models are being used to provide swimming and leisure facilities.

Councillor Mc Shane continued;



“What others take for granted, the people of Moyle are asked to do without. Our job as Councillors is not to make money but to offer services for residents. Moyle must position itself to address a historical legacy that has seen the needs of the local community, the business sector and indeed the tourism sector be ignored because of its geographical isolation and low population base.


“The needs analysis has already been completed alongside a  robust business case performed by one of Europes leading Leisure consultancies. It evidences the requirement for this facility in Moyle. The multi-million pound investment is a must for the sustainability of the North East corner of the new Super-council.

Meeting with the Head's of Leisure at Greenvale, Magherafelt's recently refurbished Leisure facility.

Meeting with the Head’s of Leisure at Greenvale, Magherafelt’s recently refurbished Leisure facility.

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.

Ballycastle Sea Front Activity Pool

This video was brought together by Ciaran Laverty, Laverty Architecture.

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????