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Sunderland chief resigns over Johnson

Margaret Byrne was appointed Sunderland chief executive in 2011

Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne has resigned following the Adam Johnson child abuse case. Johnson, 28, faces four to 10 years in jail after being found guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. The Premier League club has been criticised for letting the England winger play after his arrest.

Byrne, chief executive since 2011, said that decision was a serious mistake , with the club adding: We are so very sorry for this. In a statement, Sunderland said Johnson s victim had been very badly let down first and foremost by the player and his despicable actions , but also by the club they support .

Mr Johnson lied to the club; he also lied to our fans and they have every right to feel aggrieved by this, it added.

Adam Johnson s victim said in her written statement that she had lost all her confidence

How did Sunderland handle the Johnson case?

The club initially suspended Johnson in March 2015 but lifted that ban after just 16 days. He was eventually sacked on the eve of his trial last month, when he admitted grooming the girl and one charge of sexual activity.

In the intervening 10 months, he played 28 times for the Black Cats.

Johnson will be sentenced later this month.

Margaret Byrne statement key points Saw a note confirming Adam Johnson had kissed the victim and communicated with her She did not share this information with anybody including the board Told Johnson would defend the charges and was astounded when he pleaded guilty to some Accepted Johnson should not have played again, irrespective of what he was going to plead Recognised the decision to allow him to continue to represent the club was a serious mistake Admitted it was a serious error of judgment and accepts full responsibility

Byrne, who joined Sunderland in 2007, said in a statement: Contrary to what has been suggested, I did not understand that Mr Johnson intended to change his plea at trial, or at all.

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Contractors sought for next stage in exciting 645000 …

Contractors Sought For Next Stage In Exciting  645000 ...

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The next phase of the exciting Kilcluney community hub project should be getting underway in the summer, Armagh I can reveal. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is currently advertising for contractors to apply for a select list for the Markethill-based development. The project would…

The next phase of the exciting Kilcluney community hub project should be getting underway in the summer, Armagh I can reveal.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is currently advertising for contractors to apply for a select list for the Markethill-based development. The project would cost in the region of 645,000. The Kilcluney hub has been in the pipeline for the past numbers of years.

Last month the first major phase came to fruition with the opening by First Minister Arlene Foster and Social Development Minister Lord Maurice Morrow of a new 670,000 full size 3G pitch. The overall plans also include a new community hall and changing facilities. Contractors are being asked to express an interest and submit bids before Friday, April 1.

Following the successful appointment of a contractor, the work would begin some time after June and would be due for completion by the summer of 2017. The new pitch opened last month was part financed by the Department for Social Development through the Regional Shared Sports Facility pilot programme, and involved the extension of an existing training pitch to provide a full size floodlit facility. It will be used by local sports clubs and other organisations within the area.

Speaking at the opening, First Minister Foster said: I am delighted that the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister has been able to provide over 700,000 funding through its Social Investment Fund which will further enhance facilities with the development of the proposed community hub.

These new facilities will provide a safe and secure sports facility and will build on existing good relations through participation in sport.

Local Orange lodge Kilcluney LOL 132 is behind the hub plans, which are receiving support from a number of sources, including through the Social Development Fund and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

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10,000 offer to stage three-week summer scheme for … – Armagh I

10,000 Offer To Stage Three-week Summer Scheme For ... - Armagh I

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A three-week summer scheme for children with disabilities across the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is due to be held in August. The ABC Council at its leisure and community services committee tonight (Monday) accepted a letter of offer for 10,000 from the Southern Health Trust to…

A three-week summer scheme for children with disabilities across the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is due to be held in August. The ABC Council at its leisure and community services committee tonight (Monday) accepted a letter of offer for 10,000 from the Southern Health Trust to stage the event.

It was proposed by local DUP Councillor Philip Moutray, who was delighted the scheme received the backing of council. The All Stars Summer Scheme which will be open to young people with disabilities across the entire borough will be held in Gilford Community Centre. The same venue staged the inaugural scheme last year, the first since the new ABC Council was formed.

Previously, both Banbridge and Craigavon Councils had held similar schemes for many years, CHIPS in the former and Shine in the latter. The new All Stars scheme was delivered for four weeks last summer and offered fun and challenging sport and physical activity, art and healthy eating sessions to children, aged seven and 17 years, with a disability, together with their siblings. The children were referred by the SHSCT, with the majority of the having Autism and/or a learning disability and a small number having a physical or sensory disability.

A total of 86 children attended from across the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon areas took part.

10,000 Offer To Stage Three-week Summer Scheme For ... - Armagh I

Gilford Community Centre

This had been the first time a scheme of this nature had been offered to young people with disabilities in Armagh and the All Stars scheme will go ahead this August. Councillor Moutray told Armagh I: I am delighted that the All Star Summer Scheme will be happening again this year.

This offers children with disabilities the chance to participate in sport and physical exercise as well as other activities like arts and crafts.

The success last summer was clear to see with 86 participants and I would be hopeful that the numbers could increase this year.

A unique element of this scheme is that siblings of disabled children are allowed to attend as well. I believe this is important as siblings can often help each other relax and feel at rest in new surroundings.

It is our responsibility as councillors to support those with disabilities in our borough and we must continue to look for new and exciting ways to do so.

I believe the All Stars Summer Scheme to be an important element of this and those who attend are sure to reap the benefits.

In addition to providing financial support, the Southern Health Trust will be responsible for delivering appropriate training to staff, making referrals of participants on to the programme and providing sufficient volunteers and nurse/care workers for participants with specific needs. The Summer Scheme will be managed by the council s sports development team and the active communities coaches will assist with the delivery of the sports activities. The overall budget for the scheme is estimated at 20,000 which includes staff costs, training, facility hire, transport, trips and programme costs.

The Southern Trust has offered to pay 10,000 and the council would pay a similar amount, a figure which has already been allowed for in its 2016/17 budget.

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Multi-million pound public realm works in Lurgan to be complete by summer3

Armagh team have a mountain to climb four in fact but it s all for a very good cause!4

Ant and Dec s TV surprise as kind-hearted foster carer Ella recognised for Mother s Day5

Approval for 24-hour unmanned Go station on Portadown Road with ATM now added too!6

Lottery Fund extends Richhill heritage scheme with more iconic buildings to be restored7

Anger as roadside memorial cross to murdered UDR man desecrated in vile act 8

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  4. ^ Armagh team have a mountain to climb four in fact but it s all for a very good cause! (armaghi.com)
  5. ^ Ant and Dec s TV surprise as kind-hearted foster carer Ella recognised for Mother s Day (armaghi.com)
  6. ^ Approval for 24-hour unmanned Go station on Portadown Road with ATM now added too! (armaghi.com)
  7. ^ Lottery Fund extends Richhill heritage scheme with more iconic buildings to be restored (armaghi.com)
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