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'You are not alone!"

24 December 2016 00:20:14 Frontpage

Independent Alliance Minister John Halligan unveils his new Christmas card Independent Alliance Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan has unveiled his much anticipated new Christmas card – reminding constituents that they ‘are not alone’. Minister Halligan, who has responsibility for Ireland’s role in Europe’s space mission, is a space enthusiast and believes that there is life on other planets. And he has used his Christmas card to remind people that ‘we may not be alone in the universe’. The self-funded card, the front of which features the silhouette of a man standing alone on a shoreline staring into the horizon, is intended to send a ‘double message’ to recipients. “The line inside reads ‘Remember, you are not alone, We are not alone’ and it’s a reminder that nobody is alone in this world but also that we may not be alone in the universe,” said Minister Halligan. A committed atheist, Minister Halligan’s non-religious Christmas cards have received significant attention from both the media and the public in recent years, not least because of the Minister’s belief in the existence of life on other planets. “A huge number of scientists would agree with me on this: in the billions of solar systems out there, there is a very distinct possibility that other life forms exist somewhere.” “My Christmas cards are, I suppose, a slightly tongue-in-cheek reminder of this.” Minister Halligan, who has had a keen interest in space from a young age, says he was delighted when he learned that a key part of his portfolio at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation was Ireland’s rapidly growing, innovative space sector. “I have a life-long interest in space exploration and science, particularly the Irish research community’s role in this, from the manned Apollo 16 and 17 missions to the moon to the high-profile international space missions that Irish scientists have been involved with since then.” “Last month I travelled to Lucerne in Switzerland to represent Ireland at the Ministerial meeting of the European Space Agency (ESA), which is the intergovernmental Space Agency for all of Europe.” “It was heartening to witness leading edge Irish technology at the heart of Europe’s space mission, from the production of telecommunications satellites, navigation and remote sensing satellites to a range of scientific missions.” He said the number of Irish third-level research institutes engaging with space through the ESA has grown substantially in recent years and we now have over 15 Irish university teams working in space-related research, ranging from advanced materials science to bio diagnostic technologies and solar physics. “It is in our interests to promote space exploration and science, which Ireland has a great track record of doing. Who knows the out-of-this-world discoveries it may lead us to, some day!”

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Bobby Sands 66 Days most successful Northern Irish film in recent years

02 September 2016 16:24:38 Latest Newry News, Newry Sport and Newry Business for Newry City

Brendan J. Byrne’s critically acclaimed documentary Bobby Sands 66 Days has become one of the biggest Northern Irish films ever at the Northern Ireland Box Office, surpassing recent hits Steve McQueen’s Hunger which starred Michael Fassbender and the Terri Hooley bio-pic Good Vibrations. While Hunger took £109k and Good Vibrations took £103k in total at

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Homeless RTÉ TV star thanks Pádraig Pearse for ‘instilling the passion to fight’

24 April 2016 21:12:18 An Phoblacht

Erica Fleming – 298 days living in ‘temporary accommodation’ addresses Sinn Féin Ard Fheis

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DARD Management Notes: Poultry

03 February 2016 14:05:42 - This domain may be for sale!

Bio-security and hygiene on poultry sites: Hygiene and bio-security are of vital importance when trying to protect the health status of any poultry flock.

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Downpatrick girl graduates from Harper Adams

16 December 2015 12:08:59 - This domain may be for sale!

Pamela Cousins, whose parents farm at Ballynure Road, Downpatrick, graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Bio-Veterinary Science from Harper Adams University recently.

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WIS Group develops bio-energy solution

28 June 2015 13:09:15 - This domain may be for sale!

WIS Group is Northern Ireland’s largest process control, automation, instrumentation and environmental engineering company.

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Kiddstock A Kut’ above

07 June 2015 21:55:18 Ireland News latest RSS headlines - Irish

DJs playing include Kiddstock founder Alex Kidd, hard-styler Isaac, Japanese superstar Yoji Bio-mehanika, Qult resident Geck O and subground pioneer ACTI. Hard house heavyweights Xstatic ...

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Rory McIlroy pictured with girlfriend Erica Stoll at Irish Open

01 June 2015 03:19:43 Ireland News latest RSS headlines - Irish

Pictured: Enrique Iglesias's fingers SLICED by drone during Mexico concert as bloodied singer continues performing for 30 minutes before being airlifted to LA ...

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Rory McIlroy back in the game Golfer tees off 2015 with new blonde

06 January 2015 11:02:31 Ireland News latest RSS headlines - Irish

Rory, who got engaged to former fiancee Caroline (24) on New Year's Eve last year, rang in 2015 with his latest birdie -- American beauty Erica Stoll. ...

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Dublin woman killed in multivehicle crash in Livermore identified

17 December 2014 00:25:52 Ireland News latest RSS headlines - Irish

LIVERMORE -- A woman killed in a multivehicle crash on Interstate 580 last week has been identified as Erica Halter, 36, of Dublin, according to the Alameda County Coroner's Office.Halter died ...

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