Newry MLA visits ARC Project

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Saturday, August 11th, 2012
Sinn Féin Assembly Member Mickey Brady has participated in a question and answer session with staff and service users at the ARC project near Bessbrook. Speaking to Newry Times, Brady said he was delighted to have the opportunity to see all of the good work which the team at ARC were doing and to be able to tell both service users and staff how changes in legislation introduced by the Tory coalition in Westminster would impact on them. He stated, “The ARC, or Animal Rescue and Horticulture Centre to give it its full title is a partnership between the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and the USPCA. People with learning disabilities come here to undertake a wide range of very important work such as dog walking, animal maintenance and food production.” “I was delighted to be asked by ARC Community Access Officer Eilish Kilgallon to attend along with my Assembly colleague Danny Kennedy and to take part in this discussion and hear all about the work that people at ARC are involved in. I also met some of the ARC funders and Cross Rangers stalwart Oisin McConville who takes a group regularly for sports and fitness classes.” Brady added, “I will be taking back these positive comments to other members of the Assembly Health Committee and I can say that Sinn Féin is most definitely supportive of funding to groups such as ARC which provide a much needed service in our community. “The atmosphere was wonderful and I got a great welcome from everybody, even the young man who asked the most pertinent question of the day – when was I going to be leaving as I had delayed tea time!”
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