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CONDOLENCES were
extended last night to the
family of Arlene Foster MLA,
after the death of her father.
John Kelly, a former
policeman, died suddenly at
his home in Lisnaskea.
UUP leader Tom Elliott
expressed his sympathy.
This must be a diffcult
time for Arlene and her
family and I want to express
my condolences to them,
said Mr Elliott.
Mr Kellys funeral will
be held in Holy Trinity
Parish Church in Lisnaskea
tomorrow at 2pm.
Death of DUP
MLAs father
THE generosity of News
Letter readers has been hailed
after another bumper year of
charity fundraising.
Almost 14,000 has been
raised for the beneft of
numerous Ulster charities,
including Action Cancer, the
Northern Ireland Childrens
Hospice, and the Joey Dunlop
Foundation.
NL readers
generosity
MP defends his
naming of mole
BY REBECCA BLACK
rebecca.black@newsletter.co.uk
JEFFREY Donaldson has defend-
ed his decision to publicly name
a garda offcer who he believed
passed information to the IRA.
Giving evidence to the Smith-
wick Tribunal yesterday, the DUP
MP said his intention was not to
blacken the name of the gardai,
but to seek the truth about
suspected collusion with border
terrorists during the Troubles.
Mr Donaldson told the inquiry
that he had long taken an interest
in the IRA murders in March
1989 of senior RUC offcers
Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan
because Mr Buchanan, from
Moira, was a constituent of his
and that his own cousins were
murdered in the same area of
south Armagh.
There was evidence... that
strengthened the case for holding
a public inquiry, he said.
Five-year-old Olivia
and four-year-old Sam
Rennicks from Holywood
get ready for The Spirit
of Christmas Past
event at the Ulster Folk
and Transport Museum
tomorrow. Visitors
can enjoy traditional
seasonal activities
from the early 1900s
including brass bands
and carol singing
around the Christmas
tree. Children can post
their letters to Father
Christmas at Ballycultra
Post Offce and even
meet him as he takes
time out of his busy
schedule to warm
himself by the fre
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FESTIVE FUN AT THE FAIR: John Dowling from Dublin celebrates his success in winning the Interbreed Championship at the Winter Fair at the RUAS on Thursday by getting into the Christmas spirit with his winning Holstein cow along with John Henning and Debbie Reid from Northern Bank.
Picture: Houston Green Photography
Adding value is the
only show in town
UNITED Dairy Farmers Group Chief Executive David Dobbin has indicated that world dairy markets may soften in 2012, but he remains confdent that the milk sector in Northern Ireland has a bright, long term future. Speaking at a networking breakfast hosted by the Northern Ireland Institute of Agricultural Science, prior to the commencement of this years Winter Fair, he added that local milk producers had no option but to become better
and more effcient at what they do. This principle holds for every industry, Dr Dobbin further explained. Farmers can take one of fve options when it comes to managing their businesses. They can decide to get out, get bigger, get better, get into something new or simply stand still. But the reality is that the latter option is, de facto, a slow exit strategy. By far the best option is for farmers to strive to improve their business effciency levels and take the decisions that will make this a reality.
Turning to the general prospects for the dairy sector, David Dobbin stressed that Northern Ireland is now a signifcant exporter, servicing customers in countries around the world. This means that we sink or swing on the strength of the returns we can secure from the marketplace. Intervention support is now merely a very poor safety net and export refunds no longer exist, he further explained. There is no way of totally insulating any business from the vagaries of the marketplace. Commodity prices have been in the ascendancy
By RICHARD HAllERoN
Continued on page three
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Including reports
and pictures from
the Winter Fair
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