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McNulty Calls For Vaccine Passports

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty has reiterated his party leaders call for Covid 19 vaccine passports. SDLP leader Column Eastwood came under fire recently following his call for the use of vaccine passports for hospitality, bars and restaurants in order to help the North of Ireland exit the Covid 19 pandemic. Speaking on […]

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International Travel Update

Following a meeting of UK Government Ministers it has been agreed to introduce a new travel framework, simplifying the current process. Traffic light system – From Monday 4 October the traffic light system will be removed with the merger of the green and amber lists, leaving a single red list.  Travel requirements for arrivals from the rest […]

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PSNI Warn of Scammers With High Street Voucher Scheme

Superintendent Gerard Pollock, Chair of ScamwiseNI said: “We know that from this week, people will start to register for the High Street ‘Spend Local’ Scheme and demand for the voucher is expected to be very high. I understand people will be keen to register and use their cards as soon as possible, but scammers and […]

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UUP Appeal For Medicines To Be Removed From NI Protocol

Ulster Unionist Peer Lord Empey has called for medicines to be removed immediately from the scope of the NI Protocol on humanitarian grounds and described the issue of medicine supply to Northern Ireland as a litmus test of the sincerity of both the UK Government and the EU. Lord Empey said: “The people of Northern Ireland […]

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Are You Ready To TAP Into What Newry Has To Offer?

Newry city centre is gearing up to offer fantastic fashion, food and fun that you can tap into with your Department of the Economy ‘NI Spend Local Card’. Use your £100 in Newry to receive great value, service, and some extra incentives. Newry BID (Business Improvement District) has this week launched its ‘TAP into Newry’ […]

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Kimmins Raises Newry-Dublin Bus Route With Translink

Liz Kimmins met with Translink recently and raised the importance of fully reinstating the Newry- Dublin Airport – Dublin Route. The Newry and Armagh MLA stated: “Currently, Translinks 2021-2022 timetable only has services from Newry to Dublin and Dublin Airport every two hours after 9.40. “However, precovid, there was an hourly service for this route.  […]

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National Recognition for Patient Safety

A number of Southern Trust teams have been crowned winners at Monday (20 September) night’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards. The Acute Care at Home team were named worthy winners in the ‘Deteriorating Patients and Rapid Response Initiative of the Year’ and the Dysphagia Support Team deservedly won the Patient Safety Education and Training Award. The […]

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex Officially Open Northern Irelands Flagship Leisure Facility South Lake Leisure Centre

South Lake Leisure Centre in Craigavon, was officially opened by The Earl and Countess of Wessex on Thursday 23 September, as part of a celebratory showcase event held at the leisure facility. The Earl and Countess visited the centre, which overlooks the stunning Craigavon Lakes, where Their Royal Highnesses were formally welcomed by the Lord-Lieutenant […]

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UUP Raise Concern at Lack of Reliable EV Charging Points in NI

The Ulster Unionist Party’s Infrastructure Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has highlighted the lack of electric vehicle charge point infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the need to invest and establish such infrastructure to facilitate electric vehicles as the UK works towards a modal shift away from petrol and diesel. Speaking at this week’s meeting of the […]

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Aontú Oppose SDLP Call for Discrimination Against Health Care Workers

Cllr Emmet Doyle Aontú spokesperson on the Health Service has hit out at Colm Eastwood over his calls for mandatory vaccine passes for health care professionals in the six counties. Speaking today, Cllr Doyle stated, said: “It is alarming that at a time when hospitals are near or even breaching capacity, with huge waiting lists […]

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Councillors Intent On Not Listening To The People Over Newry Regeneration Project! – Brown

Rowallane Alliance Party Councillor Patrick Brown has slammed Councillors and Council officials for undermining the findings of the Newry regeneration project public consultation. The comments come following a meeting of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s NCCR committee. Speaking on the issue Councillor Brown said: “Last year councillors managed to secure a full public consultation […]

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Armagh City Transforms Its Historic Buildings

The National Lottery Heritage Fund and ABC Council invest £6.3m to revive Armagh City’s historic built heritage and beauty Potential UK City of Culture winner Armagh City is powering ahead with a major £6.3 million investment to revive and transform some of its best-loved historic buildings and streetscapes. Up to 15 iconic buildings are being […]

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SDLP Calls For Vaccine Passports for Pubs and Restaurants

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has called for Covid-19 vaccine passports to be introduced for entry into pubs and restaurants in Northern Ireland. The Foyle MP was speaking after Health Minister Robin Swann warned of continuing pressures on hospitals and healthcare staff. Mr Eastwood said: “My view is we have to do it, because if we don’t do […]

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The Crisis in Childcare -Workers Party

Childcare in Northern Ireland is in crisis. Costs here are the second highest in Europe, there are not enough places to cope with demand and one third of local parents say that childcare costs are their largest monthly outgoing, exceeding their rent or mortgage. Parents are having to cut back on their hours, leave their […]

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ITV Love Island Star Matt Helps Promote Hospice “Win a CLIO” Car Competition

“Love Island 2021 Star Matt McNabb took time out of his hectic schedule to call up to the Southern Area Hospice last week to help them promote entry sales for their current Car Competition. The guys done a fun video replicating a scenario from the TV show which can be viewed on the Southern Area […]

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ABC Recycles Launched to Standardised Bin Collections For Every Household in the Borough This November

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has launched a new recycling bin campaign ‘ABC Recycles’ for residents in the Armagh and Cusher District Electoral Area (DEA) to standardise the collection of dry recyclables for households across the borough. Last year the overwhelming response to a public consultation, carried out by the Council on the […]

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NI Water Launch First Schools Video Competition

NI Water’s first video competition is now open for secondary school pupils across Northern Ireland as young people are invited to submit entries on the theme of ‘The Value of Our Water Environments’. With some great tech prizes up for grabs for both schools and pupils, entries can be either a video photobook or short […]

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Precious Life Statement on Clare Bailey’s ‘Abortion Zones’ Bill

Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group Precious Life has condemned a Bill to criminalise women and men who take part in pro-life vigils outside abortion centres. Precious Life say the Bill is draconian, oppressive and discriminatory, and must be challenged. Green Party Leader Clare Bailey introduced the Bill in the Northern Ireland Assembly to criminalise pro-life […]

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Tax gap remains low at 5.3%

The tax gap for the 2019/20 tax year has remained low at 5.3%, statistics published today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed. The annual Measuring Tax Gaps publication estimates the difference between the total amount of tax expected to be paid and the total amount of tax actually paid during the financial year. […]

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UUP Expresses Surprise and Regret at Irish President’s Explanation

The former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Mike Nesbitt MLA, has expressed surprise and regret at the explanation given by Irish President Michael D Higgins for his decision to decline the invitation to the forthcoming church service in Armagh that will be attended by Her Majesty the Queen. Mike Nesbitt said: “Up to this […]

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Action Needed To Build New Homes In Rural Communities – Boylan

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has raised concerns over how new planning guidance could further restrict housing building in the countryside and has urged the Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon to revisit the guidance and engage with councils over their significant concerns. The Newry and Armagh MLA said: “More must be done to address the shortage […]

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Local Creativity on Display at Moneydarragh Makers Showcase Event

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Peace IV Animation Fund is supporting a cross-community project allowing local people the opportunity to develop their creative skills in a series of art and craft workshops linked to our rural heritage and the landscape of the Mournes.   The Moneydarragh Makers Project was hosted in Moneydarragh Hub during […]

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Brian’s Wood an Excellent Addition to the Community: Murphy

Sinn Féin MLA for Newry and Armagh, Conor Murphy welcomed the opening of ‘Brian’s Wood’ at An Tobar wellness centre in Silverbridge.  Speaking after the event minister Murphy stated: “I am delighted to see this asset become open and available to the people of South Armagh. The benefits of this site go much further than […]

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Council is ‘Stepping It Up’ in the Fight Against Climate Change for Recycle Week 2021

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is proud to ‘Step It Up’ this Recycle Week in the biggest and best Recycle Week ever. Recycle Now and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is asking residents to ‘Step It Up’ in the fight against climate change and take action to protect our environment through even better […]

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Young People Key to Tackling Environmental Issues

Environment Minister Edwin Poots has described the work primary school pupils are doing to improve our environment as inspirational. He made the comments during a joint visit with the Education Minister Michelle McIlveen to an Eco-School. Eco-Schools is the world’s largest environmental education programme, which is delivered here by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful (KNIB), with […]

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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Assessment of Performance 2020-21

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Assessment of Performance 2020-21 was considered and approved by the Strategy, Policy and Resources Committee on Thursday 16 September 2021. The Chairperson of the Strategy, Policy and Resources Committee, Councillor Oonagh Hanlon said, “I am pleased to present this year’s Assessment of Performance.  2020-21 has been a year like […]

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PCSP Provide Funding for The Road Ahead Support Group Project

Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) has provided financial assistance to a charity helping local people impacted by road traffic collisions. The Road Ahead Support Group project aims to ensure support is available to vulnerable people and families across Newry, Mourne and Down affected by road traffic collisions. In particular, the […]

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Mallon Launches Targeted Consultation on Taxi Fares Review

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has launched a targeted consultation on a taxi fares review as part of her ongoing plans to assist the taxi industry as they rebuild following the Covid restrictions. The Department has today written to all stakeholders, including the Consumer Council, to seek their views on proposals to increase the maximum taxi […]

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Unionists Puzzled at Irish President Declining Invitation

Ulster Unionist MLA Mike Nesbitt has described as ‘uncharacteristic’ the decision by the Irish President Michael D Higgins not to attend a service to mark Northern Ireland’s Centenary. Mike Nesbitt MLA said: “The news that President Michael D Higgins has declined an invitation to attend a service at Armagh Cathedral alongside Her Majesty The Queen to mark the Centenary of […]

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Irish President Will Not Attend Armagh Service With The Queen

Irish President Michael D Higgins has come under fire for declining an invitation to attend a church service marking Northern Ireland’s centenary. The event which is to be attended by the Queen has been criticised by the President for being “politicised.” He said his issue was the title of the service, which started out as […]

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Man Arrested on Suspicion of Robbery, Burglary and Aggravated Burglary 

Detectives in Newry are investigating a series of incidents reported in the Warrenpoint area in the early hours of Tuesday 21st September. Detective Sergeant Kenny said: “At approximately 12.50am, a couple out walking in the Charlotte Street area of the town were approached and threatened by two males, one of whom was armed with a […]

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“Ours is a Cause of Liberation!” – TUV South Down

Speaking to an anti-Protocol rally in South Down recently, TUV leader Jim Allister said:- “When GB, as our biggest trading partner and component part of the United Kingdom of which we are a part, is decreed and treated by the Protocol as a “third country” vis-a-vis Northern Ireland, then, anyone can see the constitutional threat […]

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HMRC Warns Christmas Shoppers Not To Get Caught Out

With just 100 days to go until Christmas, HMRC is urging shoppers to ensure they don’t get caught out by unexpected charges when buying from overseas traders. Changes introduced on 1 January this year mean that some UK consumers buying presents for family and friends from EU businesses may now need to pay customs charges […]

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Health Minister Welcomes Advice on Booster Vaccinations

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the advice on Covid booster vaccinations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Accepting the advice from the JCVI, the Health Minister Robin Swann: “Our COVID-19 vaccination programme in Northern Ireland has been successful in protecting people from serious illness and has ultimately saved many, many lives. “Introducing […]

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UUP Welcome Clarity on High Street Voucher Scheme

Ulster Unionist Economy spokesperson Mike Nesbitt MLA has welcomed clarity on the dates of the long-awaited High Street Voucher Scheme. Mike Nesbitt said: “I welcome the fact that the High Street Voucher Scheme will finally come on-stream on the 27 September with the first cards issued on 4 October and due to be spent by 30 November. […]

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Major Investment For Outdoor Play and Learning In Special Schools

Special schools are set to benefit from an £800,000 investment for outdoor play and learning support. The funding will support the delivery of high quality creative and innovative play and learning experiences for all children and young people in special schools.  Education Minister Michelle McIlveen announced the new programme at Longstone Special School in Dundonald. She […]

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Bill To Protect Private Tenants Moves To Second Stage

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has moved the second stage of the Private Tenancies Bill in the Assembly. The Private Tenancies Bill, introduced by the Minister in July, improves protections for tenants living in the private rented sector. Minister Hargey said: “This Bill will ensure that those renting privately have access to good quality housing with peace […]

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New Legislation Will Protect The Most Vulnerable – Justice Minister

Up-skirting, down-blousing and adults masquerading as children online are among the new offences that today are one step closer to becoming law, following the introduction of the second stage of legislation by Justice Minister, Naomi Long. Naomi Long said: “The Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill has the protection of victims at its heart. I […]

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16 Year Old Arrested Following Rathfriland Incident

Police investigating an incident which took place at the Newry Street area of Rathfriland on Friday 17th September have arrested a 16 year old male. Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Chief Inspector Barney O’Connor said: “ On Friday night at approximately 8:40pm, a black Seat Leon failed to stop, a number of times, for police […]

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Palpable Anger Following Rathfriland Parade Incident – TUV South Down

Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister: “There is palpable anger across the Unionist community following last night’s outrageous incident in Rathfriland in which a car was driven into two bands. This is entirely understandable as we could very well be waking up to news of many people injured or worse.  “The shocking behaviour captured on […]

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Belleeks GAA Development Is Welcome- Murphy & Magennis

Sinn Féin MLA for Newry and Armagh, Conor Murphy and his colleague, Councillor Oonagh Magennis welcomed progress on the development of the GAA club in Belleeks.  Commenting on the visit Conor stated:  I was delighted to accompany my colleague to visit the GAA club in Belleeks today. We met with two hard working club volunteers; […]

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Legal Profession Calls for Changes to Children’s Compensation Claims to Stop Abuse of Rights

Following a five-year campaign by personal injury lawyers and recommendations from Lord Justice Gillen’s review of Civil Justice in Northern Ireland in 2017, the Department of Justice has opened a Consultation on mandatory Court approval of Children’s Compensation Claims. Members of the legal profession are calling upon interested parties and stakeholders to take this opportunity […]

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Aontú Spokesperson for Education Gemma Brolly Slams The Handling Of The Updated PHA ‘Track and Trace’ System

Aontú Spokesperson for Education and Representative for East Derry, Gemma Brolly slams the handling of the updated PHA ‘track and trace’ system and questions the whereabouts of ‘common sense.’ Aontú’s Spokesperson for Education and Representative for East Derry, Gemma Brolly states “Unfortunately it appears the relief Principals felt on Thursday evening when they were informed PHA would […]

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Re-thinking Older Care – Workers Party

The recent reforms to social care in England should pose serious questions closer to home. Changes and reforms to health and social care all too often get hung up on bricks and mortar at the expense of focussing on the quality of care. In particular, the dominant perception of care services for older people has […]

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Carnbane League – Week 5 – 11/09/21

Results Premier Division Cleary Celtic 3 – 2 Ballybot Utd Dunnaman FC 3 – 3 Villa Rovers Killeavy Utd 7 – 3 Rossowen Division 1 Ballyholland FC 0 – 4 Grasshoppers Cartwheel Utd 4 -0 Archview Utd Millburn Utd 2 – 1 Church Street FC Newry Rovers 0 – 1 Ashgrove Rovers League Tables Premier […]

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“50 Days To Deliver!” – TUV Newry and Armagh

Speaking at a TUV event in South Antrim on Saturday Jim Allister said:- “Organised Unionism has overall moved forward in opposing the Union-dismantling Protocol, though, sadly, the UUP has lost its way and slipped backwards. “From a ill-considered start of speaking of “opportunities” within the Protocol and despising those who wished to keep fighting it, […]

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Suicide Prevention Care Pathway Launched

The new Regional Suicide Prevention Care Pathway has been launched in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. The pathway has been developed as part of the Towards Zero Suicide (TZS) initiative. Speaking at the launch, Chief Medical Officer, Professor Sir Michael McBride said: “Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and this year’s theme is ‘Creating […]

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“46 years since my father’s murder and my mother still suffers from PTSD” – Cllr Denise Mullen, Aontú

Speaking on the 46 th Anniversary of her father’s murder by the Glenanne Gang, Aontú Deputy Leader and Councillor for Mid Ulster, Denise Mullen, has spoken about the continued pain and trauma that victims of the Glenanne Gang and their families are forced to endure – still fighting for justice and truth for their loved […]

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Schools No Longer Required To Undertake Contact Tracing

Education settings will no longer be asked to carry out contact tracing of pupils following an agreement between the departments of Education and Health. Starting tomorrow, contact tracing in schools will be taken forward primarily by the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Contact Tracing Service, which brings Northern Ireland into line with that of England, Scotland […]

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Mental Health Champion Appointed

Following a recent external recruitment process, Health Minister Robin Swann has appointed Professor Siobhan O’Neill as the Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland. Professor O’Neill is the current Interim Mental Health Champion and Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University. She is one of Northern Ireland’s leading experts in the field of mental health, […]

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Alliance Councillor Accuses Council of Not Listening to Newry Regeneration Consultation

Speaking after a special meeting of the Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, Alliance Councillor Patrick Brown has spoken out against what he sees as an attempt by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to ‘ignore the will of ratepayers’ in relation to the Newry city centre regeneration (NCCR) project, which contains controversial proposals including […]