The RDCA, after experimenting with a satellite service from Avonline, has now gone with a phoneline business service from PlusNet for the Richard Branson Centre. This service is working well so far, with download speeds of 55.91 Mb/s and upload speeds of 8.31 Mb/s being recorded.
We have been told by BT, after a long period of trying to get services ourselves, and of trying to get information from them, that they are not currently planning on providing high speed services to business accounts on Rathlin.
Minister Hazzard with representatives from the RDCA, Executive Departments and the Council in the stairwell of the Manor House.
On Wednesday 21st September, the Ministerial Forum met in the Manor House, chaired by Chris Hazzard MLA, Minister for Infrastructure. The meeting saw the launch of the Rathlin Island Action Plan 2016-2020.
The Resource Centre will close for the Christmas holidays on Friday 18th December, and will reopen on Monday 4th January. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Committee of the RDCA and from David, Stephen and Caroline.
There is now a new addition to the website, with a special section entitled 'Rathlin Nature'. This section will present valuable information about Rathlin's famed biodiversity and rich heritage of flora and fauna. Specifically, there is a link to the new DoE Marine Division leaflet 'Rathlin Island's dynamic coast and seas' about the rich marine biodiversity around Rathlin Island, and there will soon be a link to the forthcoming leaflet 'The nature of Rathlin and its townlands', which introduces the island's Local Biodiversity Action Plan.
A recruitment ad has been placed with the Job Centre Online NI for a Key Worker for the Manor House Project. This post is funded by the Coastal Communities Fund. The full wording is available here. The deadline for applications is Friday 26th June 2015.
There were five nominations for the Committee by the deadline of Thursday 1st May.
Four Committee members were re-nominated: Michael Cecil, Patricia McCurdy, Tom McDonnell and John McQuilkin (who had been co-opted since the last AGM). Ciaran McCurdy was nominated as a new member. In addition, Noel McCurdy has announced that he will be stepping down from the Committee at the AGM. This means that there are now five vacancies, and as there are no more than five nominations an election will not be necessary.