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MINISTERS ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF ALL-ISLAND STRATEGIC RAIL REVIEW

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon and the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan T.D. today announced the launch of an all-island Strategic Rail Review. This Strategic Rail Review will consider how the rail network on the island of Ireland can improve sustainable connectivity between major cities, enhance regional accessibility including to the North West and support balanced […]

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90% OF HOUSEHOLDS COMPLETE 2021 CENSUS

90% of households here have completed the Census with the vast majority choosing to do it online. Census field staff will begin calling at houses this week to encourage the remaining households to complete the Census as soon as possible.  Commenting on the response to date, Census Director, Dr David Marshall says:  “We have had a […]

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Widespread anger after ‘appalling’ damage to Urnaí Graveyard

Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said that the recent spate of vandalism in Urnaí Graveyard has angered many.  The MLA explained,  “Stonework around the church was damaged in the incident. Unfortunately, this is the most recent incident to happen, on this historical site, there have been previous issues of anti-social behaviour […]

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OVER £260 MILLION PAID OUT UNDER LOCALISED RESTRICTIONS SUPPORT SCHEME – MURPHY

Over £260 million of financial assistance has been paid to businesses under the Department of Finance’s Localised Restrictions Support Scheme (LRSS). Making the announcement, Conor Murphy said: “Throughout this pandemic I have been committed to supporting businesses and protecting jobs and livelihoods. “Financial assistance from the LRSS coupled with the business rates holiday has been a […]

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MINISTER HARGEY CONFIRMS ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR COUNCILS

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has confirmed she has allocated a further £4m to councils. Today’s announcement brings the amount of Rates Support Grant to councils for 2020/21 to a total of £22.3m. Minister Hargey said: “This further £4m payment in Rates Support Grant for 2020/21 will be of great assistance to councils as they continue to […]

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Kilmorey Park Should Be Included In Play Areas Consultation

Newry City Councillor Valerie Harte had said that there is support for Kilmorey Park to be included in the consultation on Windmill Road /Heather Park Play areas and she has encouraged all stakeholders to respond to the survey. The local Councillor said, “I am  delighted to see that Playboard NI in conjunction with Newry Mourne […]

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Alliance Councillor Successfully Secures Motion to Increase Protection for the LGBTQ+ Community

Local Alliance councillor, Patrick Brown, successfully introduced a motion at Wednesday’s meeting of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council that seeks to address the issue of ‘conversion therapy’ and offer increased support for the LGBTQ+ community across the district and beyond. The motion reads as follows: “’This Council opposes the harm caused to our LGBTQ+ […]

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Brown Urges Public to attend Public Meeting on Newry Regeneration

In response to the decision by Newry 2020 to host a large public meeting on Wednesday 14th April to discuss the Newry City Centre Regeneration Programme, local Alliance Councillor, Patrick Brown, is urging the public (from the Newry community and beyond) to join and contribute to the discussion. Cllr Brown said: “There will be an […]

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Chairperson opens Book of Condolence Following the Death of HRH Prince Philip

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Laura Devlin has opened an online Book of Condolence following the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Book of Condolence will allow residents of the district to extend their sympathies in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. Cllr Devlin said, “I would like to express my […]

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Council Offers Free Sanitary Products in Bid to End Period Poverty

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council will provide free sanitary products in leisure centres across the borough in a bid to end period poverty. The aim of the scheme is to support women and girls who may not be able to afford products such as sanitary towels and tampons by making these products free […]