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Community Crime

Police Warn About Scam Text and WhatsApp Messages

Police are urging members of the public to talk to older family members following reports of phishing text and WhatsApp messages. The scams involve a text or WhatsApp from a person claiming to be a family member, and have the common aim of encouraging the recipient to transfer money. While anyone can fall victim to scams, we are seeing […]

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Health Stormont

Robin Swann Reflects on Two Years as Health Minister

Ulster Unionist Party Health Minister Robin Swann MLA said; “Two years ago today, I was chosen by my party to be Northern Ireland’s Health Minister. We had always said that taking the health portfolio would be our priority if given the opportunity, and despite the decision of others to bypass it we jumped at the […]

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Downpatrick Health South Down Stormont

McGrath: Scrapping Free Lateral Flow Tests Will Put People In Danger  

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said any plans to scrap free lateral flow tests will put the public in danger. Mr McGrath said creating barriers in accessing the tests would lead to less people using them and people with Covid-19 unknowingly spreading the virus. He was speaking after reports the British government are planning […]

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Infrastructure Politics

Fuel Rip Off! – Workers Party

On a pro rata basis, motorists in Northern Ireland are estimated to have been overcharged by more than £4.5 million pounds last month. Despite the wholesale price of petrol dropping significantly, petrol retailers failed to pass that on at the pumps – ensuring a staggering level of profiteering. Petrol is not the only energy source […]

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Crime

“Significant Progress” Being Made in Aisling Murphy Murder

Gardaí continue to investigate the fatal assault on Ashling Murphy that occurred at approximately 4pm on Wednesday, 12th January, 2022, along the canal bank at Cappincur, Tullamore, County Offaly. Significant progress continues to be made in the investigation to date.  An Garda Síochána is not confirming any specific details for operational reasons. An Garda Síochána […]

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Crime Louth

Concerns Over Broadband Wire and Copper Cable Thefts in Co. Louth

Sinn Féin spokesperson on communications and broadband, Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú, has asked communities in Louth to be vigilant after eir revealed that between 12 and 13 kms of telecommunications cables and copper wire have been stolen over the last six months. The telecoms company said almost 1,000 people living in rural locations in Louth […]

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Politics Upper Bann Westminster

Verdict a Victory for Everyone’s Human Rights – Lockhart

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has said the decision of the European Court announced last week in relation to the Asherscase is a victory for everyone who believes in human rights and freedom of speech and conscience. Carla Lockhart said: “Since 2014 this issue has been ongoing. That has been a testing time for the McArthur family, but at all times their faith […]

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Government Politics Stormont Westminster

Words Without Matching Action Won’t Cut It, Foreign Secretary! – TUV

TUV leader Jim Allister has slammed UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss for her recent remarks in a Sunday Telegraph interview stating that we need to get on with the demolition of the NI Protocol. Mr Allister stated: “If Liz Truss means what she said in the Sunday Telegraph, namely, “I will not sign up to […]

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Climate Community Louth

Solar Bins Welcomed at Clogherhead, Co. Louth

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has welcomed the arrival of several new solar bins at Port Beach and Little Strand Beach and described the new additions to the area as ‘helping in the on-going battle to keep our beaches clean.’ In June 2019 Councillor Cunningham successfully brought a motion to the Council asking for an […]

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Business Community Louth

National Pen , Dundalk Job Losses a Hammer Blow – Ó Murchú

The news about the job losses at National Pen has come has a ‘hammer blow’ to the workers in the Dundalk facility, Louth TD Ruairí Ó Murchú has said. The news came in a company statement which said that it will cease its fulfilment operations at the centre and move the jobs to the Czech […]

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Health Louth

Cllr Joanna Byrne: Allow Fire Personnel to Assist in Ambulance Call-outs in Louth

With unprecedented challenges facing the Health Service, Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne has welcomed confirmation given this week by the National Ambulance Service (NAS) that Fire and Rescue Personnel can now be deployed to assist them as first responders. Cllr Byrne has called on Louth County Council to urgently consider this for County Louth.  Cllr […]

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Government Politics Stormont Westminster

Return to Double Jobbing for MLAs and MPs

The political foundations of Northern Ireland have been shook as it has been reveal that we could potentially have a return to double jobbing in the North of Ireland. It has been revealed that the Government is proposing an amendment to the Northern Ireland minister’s elections and petitions of concerns bill. Despite the potential dual […]

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Health Politics

NHS Pay Rise in January Pay

In November 2021 Health Minister Robin Swann announced a pay increase for NHS staff. The announcement stated that all Agenda for Change staff working in Health and Social Care will receive a 3% award which was recommended by the NHS Pay Review Body.  According to the Department of Health, the award will see HSC pay points increase by 3% and […]

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Business

Making Tax Digital for VAT Is Coming – Are You Ready?

Make sure your business is prepared for the change – take steps now Businesses are reminded to take steps to prepare for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Value Added Tax (VAT) before it becomes mandatory for all VAT-registered businesses from 1 April this year.  MTD is designed to help businesses eliminate common errors and save […]

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Armagh Banbridge Community Lurgan Portadown

Walk ABC Challenge: Get Moving and Make a Difference!

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough (ABC) Council is encouraging everyone to join its ‘Walk ABC Challenge’ this January to help raise funds for two local charities, Angel Wishes and Guide Dogs NI. Guaranteed to help you banish those winter blues while doing something good, the challenge will see participants walk, wheel, jog or run […]

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Business Politics South Down

McKevitt: Lyons Silence on Spend Local Scheme Unacceptable

SDLP Crotlieve Councillor Karen McKevitt has said that a DUP Minister’s silence on the problems faced by people still trying to access their spend local cards is unacceptable. Cllr. McKevitt said Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has gone into hiding as people report serious difficulties with the high-profile scheme.  Cllr. McKevitt said: “The Spend Local cards […]

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Crime South Armagh

Ó’Muirí Condemns Creggan Shooting 

Sinn Féin Councillor, Barra Ó Muirí has said that local people are shocked following an incident recently when a shooting took place in Trainor Crescent in Creggan.   The Slieve Gullion Councillor said:  “On Wednesday night there was a shooting incident near homes in Trainor Crescent in the Creggan area.  “There is absolutely no place in our community for these type of acts or for […]

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Education Election 2022 Lurgan Upper Bann

Education Minister Must Deliver Robust Safety Measures For Schools

The Education Minister must deliver robust safety measures for schools, Alliance Upper Bann representative Eóin Tennyson has said. Mr Tennyson said while his party supported an Assembly recall petition to bring the Minister to the chamber, many pupils had already returned without appropriate actions being taken or plans outlined by the Department of Education.  The […]

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Community Crime Lurgan Upper Bann

Kelly Highlights Knife Crime Concerns After Fatal Stabbing

SDLP Policing Board member Dolores Kelly has expressed concern about the prevalence of knife crime in Northern Ireland after a fatal stabbing in Downpatrick. Mrs Kelly has written to Justice Minister Naomi Long to ask what steps are being taken to address the issue. The latest figures from the PSNI show there were 691 crimes […]

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Crime South Armagh

Police Appeal Following Crossmaglen Shooting

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after a shooting incident which took place in the Trainor Crescent area of Crossmaglen on Wednesday January 6th. Detective Constable Sands said: “Police received a report at approximately 10.30pm that two gunshots had been fired through a bedroom window at the rear of the property. Thankfully no-one was […]

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Crime Louth

Drug Seizure & Arrest, Fair Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Gardaí at Drogheda Garda station seized drugs worth in excess of €71,000 in the course of a search operation that took place at an apartment on Fair Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth this afternoon Thursday 6th January, 2022. As part of Operation Tara and ongoing investigations targeting the sale and supply of drugs in Drogheda, Gardaí […]

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Armagh Banbridge Community Lurgan Portadown

Alliance Welcome Council Consultation on Community Allotment Provision

Alliance Councillor Eóin Tennyson has welcomed news that an online consultation to on increased community allotment provision in the Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Council Borough is to be launched..  The survey will take place on the Consultation Hub section of the Council’s website and will last a period of 8 weeks. Councillor Tennyson said, […]

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Health Newry

McNulty – Daisy Hill Needs to be Expanded, Not Downgraded

Newry & Armagh MLA Justin McNulty has issued a stark warning about the future of Daisy Hill Hospital. Mr. McNulty was speaking after a series of troubling concerns were raised with him by health service whistle-blowers. Health service staff members, who spoke to the SDLP MLA under condition of anonymity, have raised alarming concerns that […]

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Armagh Community

Armagh 2025 Continues its Race for UK City of Culture

As the only Northern Ireland bid for UK City of Culture 2025 our richly historic, but often understated, city of Armagh and wider borough of Banbridge and Craigavon – is certainly a place that makes for an eclectic mix of heritage and culture, possibly why it is currently one of the front-runners to win the […]

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Armagh Election 2022 Newry Politics South Armagh

TUV Announce Newry and Armagh Assembly Candidate

TUV have announced that Keith Ratcliffe will contest Newry and Armagh for the party in the Assembly election. Keith is a native of Laurelvale and is active in the Loyal Orders, serving as Deputy Master of Kilcluney Temperance Volunteers LOL 132 and Worshipable Master of Erin’s First Royal Blues RBP 1, Trandragee. He has run […]

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Community Infrastructure Lurgan Upper Bann

Kelly Welcomes Work on £125,000 LED Upgrading Scheme in Lurgan

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has welcomed an announcement that work will begin on a £125,000 LED upgrading scheme in Lurgan Town Centre. SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced work will commence on Monday, January 10. The scheme will involve the replacement of the existing lights with a new LED street lighting system […]

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Community Crime Government Seanad Éireann

Fianna Fáil Senators Call For Harsher Sentences For Those Who Damage Public Defibrillators

Fianna Fáil Senators Robbie Gallagher and Diarmuid Wilson have brought forward legislation, Life Saving Equipment Bill, that proposes up to five years’ imprisonment and/or a €50,000 fine for anyone convicted of the theft of, or damage to, a defibrillator or life buoy. Senator Gallagher commented, “Over the last number of weeks, there have been attacks […]

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Banbridge Community Upper Bann

Communities Minister Must Get a Grip on Fuel Crisis Support! – Lockhart

Upper Bann DUP MP Carla Lockhart has said the increasing frustration among the public at the application process for the Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme must be addressed by the Communities Minister Deidre Hargey MLA, and that her refusal to accept responsibility for the deficiencies in the scheme is failing people in urgent fuel need.  Carla […]

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Business Lurgan Upper Bann

Kelly: Lyons Silence on Spend Local Scheme Unacceptable!

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has said that a DUP Minister’s silence on the problems faced by people still trying to access their spend local cards is unacceptable.  Mrs Kelly said Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has gone into hiding as people report serious difficulties with the high profile scheme.   Upper Bann MLA Dolores […]

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Crime

Man Arrested in Relation to Aisling Murphy Murder

Gardaí continue to investigate the fatal assault on a woman that occurred at approximately 4pm on Wednesday, 12th January, 2022, along the canal bank at Cappincur, Tullamore, County Offaly. A postmortem has been completed the results of which are not being released for operational reasons. A man in his 40s remains detained at Tullamore Garda […]

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Armagh Banbridge Health Kilkeel Lurgan Newry Portadown South Armagh South Down Upper Bann

New Southern Trust Carers Consultants

The Southern Trust has appointed two ‘Carers Consultants’ to support those who care for an adult with a learning disability. In their new roles, Bernie Marshall and Majella Gorman aim to keep carers updated on Trust developments, help them to share their views and participate in the planning and delivery of learning disability services. As […]

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Business Newry Newry Chamber

Economy Minister Visits Newry Chamber

Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade was delighted to host Economy Minister Gordon Lyons on his visit to Newry on Wednesday 12th January.  The meeting took place at AbbeyAutoline offices on the Rathfriland Road and he was briefed on the latest developments in the business community. Julie Gibbons, newly elected President of Newry Chamber, commented […]

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Community Dáil Éireann Government

Minister Catherine Martin Welcomes Events to Mark the Centenary of the Handover of Dublin Castle

On 16th January 1922 at 1.45pm, the last Lord Lieutenant, or Viceroy, of Ireland formally handed over power and Dublin Castle itself, to the new Provisional Government.  The ceremony was concluded within a brief 45 minutes.  This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of this historic event – one of the most significant in modern Irish history and […]

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Education Lurgan Upper Bann

O’Dowd Calls for Education Minister to Take Immediate Action Around Childcare Providers

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has said the Education Minister must take immediate action to support childcare providers after 69 childminding settings closed due to Covid-19 in the first five days after the Christmas period. The Upper Bann spokesperson said:  “These closures are indicative of the severe pressure childcare providers are already experiencing due to […]

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Armagh Community Newry South Armagh

Irwin Concern on Hargey’s Fuel Scheme

Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has spoken of his concern on the inaccessibility of Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey’s £2million emergency fuel scheme. Mr Irwin said he has had been contacted by many people inquiring if they would be entitled to the scheme however the application process was difficult to access. Mr Irwin […]

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Community Government Stormont

£55 Million Energy Payment Support Scheme Announced

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced a £55 million Energy Payment Support Scheme for vulnerable people struggling to meet rising energy costs due to the global fuel crisis. A one-off payment of £200 will be made automatically to around 280,000 eligible people in receipt of specified benefits. The payment will be made through existing payment […]

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Crime South Down

Hoax Devices Cause Security Alert

A security alert in Newcastle has now ended. Newry, Mourne and Down District Commander, Superintendent Norman Haslett said: “We received two reports of suspicious objects in the Castlewellan Road and Carrigs Road area of the town on both Tuesday (11th January) and Wednesday (12th January). “Following searches by both police officers on the ground and […]

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Crime Newry

Malone Condemns Burning of Car

Independent Newry City Councillor Gavin Malone has condemned the recent burning of a car at Altmore Gardens in the city. Speaking from his social media Cllr Malone said: “After being contacted by local residents, I visited Altmore Gardens today (Sunday 9th January) where a car has been burned out. This is a very quiet area […]

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Blended Learning Courses Available at Platinum Training

Platinum Training Institute are offering Blended Learning Health and Fitness qualifications which can be started anytime. They range from Level 1 to 5 and will be a mixture of home study / tutorials and face to face coaching in their offices in Queen’s University Belfast.  They still have fully face to face options which you can check out […]

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Crime Louth

Gardaí Arrest Man in Relation to Disappearance of Giedre Raguckaite

Gardaí in Dundalk investigating the disappearance of Giedre Raguckaite in May, 2018 have on Monday 10th January, 2022 arrested a man.  He was arrested and was detained at a Garda station in the midlands pursuant to a warrant under Section 42, Criminal Justice Act, 2006. On Monday 10th January 2022, in relation to the disappearance […]

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Community Election 2022 Politics

£2m Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme a Shambles – Aontu

Aontú Deputy Leader and Fermanagh South Tyrone rep Cllr Denise Mullen has lambasted the chaotic Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme. She stated: “When the Department of Communities announced the £2m crisis fuel fund in December to ease the burden of fuel costs on 20,000 vulnerable families, there was a sense of relief that at last something […]

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Crime Newry

Newry Man and Company Fined For Waste Offences at Newry Magistrates Court

Francis Gerard Mc Parland (62) of 44 Glen Road, Jerrettspass, Newry was today fined £6,000 at Newry Magistrates Court for two breaches of waste management legislation (plus a £15 offender’s levy). The company F Mc Parland & Co Ltd., also of 44 Glen Road, Jerrettpass, Newry, was also fined £6,000 for one breach of waste […]

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Education Election 2022 Newry

McNulty Highlights Need For Greater School Support For Pupils With Autism

SDLP Newry & Armagh MLA Justin McNulty has highlighted the need for greater school support for pupils and students with autism and other special educational needs. At Wednesday’s Assembly Education Committee, Mr McNulty raised the case of a nine-year old boy from Co Antrim, whose mother had to take the Education Authority (EA) to an […]

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Banbridge Community Government Lurgan Portadown Upper Bann Westminster

Emergency Fuel Payments Can Help Local Households in Need – Lockhart

Emergency fuel payments can help local households in need – Lockhart DUP MP Carla Lockhart has urged those across Upper Bann who are in emergency fuel need to apply for the £100 payment made available by the Department for Communities, administered by the Bryson Charitable Group.  Carla Lockhart said: “A number of months ago I […]

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Election 2022 Politics South Down Stormont

McKevitt Demands Executive Ministers Focus on the Job Not Political Games

SDLP Newry, Mourne and Down Councillor Karen McKevitt has said she is frustrated and angry at the continued threats to stability and delivery from the DUP and Sinn Fein. With just four months of this mandate left, the SDLP is calling for the delivery of the agreed New Decade New Approach commitments. Cllr. McKevitt said: […]

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Advertising Business Newry Our Advertisers

New Monitoring and Control Room From Talon Security

Newry based security business Talon Security has launched a new monitoring and control room. With the company going from strength to strength 2022 is set to be a massive year for the Newry company. New services included: Monitoring Solutions Monitoring from our fully approved and accredited National Security Inspectorate (NSI) Gold Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) […]

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Community Infrastructure Lurgan Upper Bann

Lurgan Street Lighting Upgrade Welcomed By MP

Local Member of Parliament Carla Lockhart has welcomed the announcement from the Department for Infrastructure that a £125,000 street lighting improvement scheme has been approved for Lurgan Town Centre. Carla Lockhart said: “This is a very welcome investment and will see the installation of LED street lighting across Lurgan town centre. Not only will this […]

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Health Politics Stormont

Statement From the Executive – Be Vigilant!, Get Boosted!, Test and Report!

With community transmission of COVID-19 at an all-time high, the Executive is urging everyone not to let their guard down, get boosted, test and report. The Executive received an update from our medical and scientific advisors on the latest public health situation. As expected, the highly infectious nature of the Omicron variant has led to […]

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Politics

Standing Up to Sinn Fein: Doing It By The Book! – TUV

Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister: “During yesterday’s Finance Committee (3rd January) Sinn Fein MLA Maoliosa McHugh objected to a copy of Conspicuous Gallantry, Anthony Leask’s book on the service of the men and women of 8th (Co Tyrone) Battalion of the UDR, being in my study. “Like Mr McHugh I was taking part in […]

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Don’t Sweat It, Out Source It with Evvr Clean Ltd

Newry based business Evvr Clean has quickly become one of the top cleaning companies in Newry and Mourne and quickly expanding in Co Armagh, Co Antrim and all over Co Down. Offering the very best in cleaning services. Offices based at Unit 10 & 11 & Ironing and Laundry workshop at 2a, Itec Business Park, […]

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Community Crime Newry

Coade Condemns Racist Graffiti in Newry

Newry and Armagh Alliance representative Jackie Coade has condemned the recent racist graffiti at the Mourneview Park estate in Newry. Ms Coade said: “There are just no words. I was contacted earlier today about this disgusting racist slur dubbed across a house in the Mourneview area of Newry. It is hugely disappointing to see this […]

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Community Crime Newry

Casey Condemns Racist Graffiti in Newry

Sinn Féin Cllr. Charlie Casey has condemned those responsible for the despicable graffiti with racist undertones in the Mourne View area of Newry. Charlie commented on the news, saying: “In the early hours of this morning, this graffiti was daubed across a home in Newry.  “This is the second time in as many days that […]

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Community Crime

O’Dowd Extends Condolences to Family of Ashling Murphy

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has extended his solidarity and condolences to the family of Ashling Murphy and highlighted the urgency of tackling violence against women and girls. Speaking after attending a vigil in Lurgan town centre in her memory Mr O’Dowd said : “My thoughts are with Ashling’s family, her friends, her pupils and […]

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Community Louth

Is Long-Term Leasing a Housing Crisis in Waiting? – Byrne

Each year the Council sets out its aims and targets for delivery of its services and this year’s plan has been described as ‘vague, un-ambitious and a missed opportunity’ by Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne but she was especially critical of the inclusion of the ‘Long Term Leasing’ delivery plans. Cllr Byrne is opposed to […]

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Business Lurgan Portadown Upper Bann Westminster

MP Welcomes Lidl Investment in Craigavon

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has said the announcement of a £3.5m investment by Lidl in the Craigavon area is welcome, particularly with the creation of 10 new supermarket jobs and 200 jobs during the construction phase. Carla Lockhart said: “Since entering the Northern Ireland market, Lidl has become a very popular store for many […]

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Banbridge Crime Lurgan Upper Bann

DUP – “time to reign in the trolling wild west”

The DUP Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart and Upper Bann MLA Diane Dodds have met senior representatives of Twitter UK this afternoon and pressed for answers as to why abusive tweets by anonymous accounts are not removed by the platform.  Carla Lockhart said,  “The tweets against Diane over Christmas are rightly being investigated by the […]

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Community Louth

‘Council’s Service Delivery Plan Vague, Un-ambitious and a Missed Opportunity’

Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne has blasted Louth County Council’s Annual Service Delivery plan as vague, un-ambitious and a missed opportunity to aim to improve services throughout the County. Issues with the plan dominated December’s full council meeting when Cllr Byrne highlighted a lengthy list of areas where she felt the plan did not aspire […]

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Crime Lurgan Politics Upper Bann

Further Evidence of Collusion-Mackle

Sinn Féin Council Group leader Liam Mackle has said that a report by the Police Ombudsman into the killings of 19 people is further damning evidence of a policy of British state collusion with loyalist paramilitaries during the conflict. Cllr Mackle was speaking after the Police Ombudsman Marie Anderson published the findings of her investigation […]

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Government Lurgan Politics Stormont Upper Bann

Time For Lockhart to End Brexit Spin – O’Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has said that the most recent report by Manufacturing NI highlights the biggest concern for manufacturers is access to workers and not the Protocol, as our local MP Carla Lockhart would have us believe. The report highlights the priority in the current negotiations must be on finding practical solutions to ensure the […]

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Business Community Government Health Politics Stormont Uncategorized

Executive to Relax Covid-19 Restrictions: Here’s the Roadmap and Timeline

The Executive has today agreed an approach for relaxing the measures put in place to manage the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Ministers were updated today by the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor, who have confirmed that we are likely to be past the peak in case numbers, although it remains possible that case numbers […]