Ruane meets the Sunshine Club in Ballyholland

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
Sinn Féin candidate Catriona Ruane has met with members of the Sunshine Club in Ballyholland. ruane35Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane said, “I was delighted to meet again with a cross section of our local senior citizens from the Sunshine Club to discuss issues affecting them. “There is no substitute to this type of locally based engagement. Senior citizens are important members of the local community. They, and their views deserve to be valued and taken seriously.” She said the meeting covered a wide range of issues including a lack of direct communication with local elderly, isolation within the community, a lack of access to statutory bodies, benefit freezes and cut backs. Ruane continued, “The issue of speed ramps was also raised as people are concerned over the safety of their children and grandchildren, as was appropriate housing accommodation for elderly people. I explained that many of the issues raised are relevant to the operation of community planning. “Sinn Féin will now be looking at how all the points raised by these senior citizens can best be addressed locally. These kind of engagements assist in reducing local isolation and developing local community empowerment.
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Mid April 2016She added, “They are an essential part of Sinn Fein’s engagement with all sections of our community, as well as an important way to guide the Party on improving the overall quality of our local representation.”
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