Community Constituency Council Election 2023 Elections Government Infrastructure Kilkeel Newcastle Newry NMD Council South Down Warrenpoint

Grant Calls for Public Review of Gateway Project

“The Mournes have been doing fine for millennia, with minimum human interference, and retain their beauty and wildlife as a result. Let’s keep it this way for future generations”, says Workers Party election candidate Nicola Grant. Responding to concerns about the Mourne Gateway Project, including proposals to access the Mournes via a ‘gondola style’ cable […]

Community Constituency Crime Newcastle South Down

63 Year Old Man Charged Under Stalking Act

Police arrest 89th alleged stalker in NI during national awareness week Monday, 24th April, marked the beginning of National Stalking Awareness Week and the one year anniversary of stalking legislation going live across Northern Ireland. To mark this week the Police Service of Northern Ireland published figures, which have today risen to 89 arrests of […]

Community Constituency Newcastle South Down

World War Two Mortar Found In Newcastle

Ammunition Technical Officers (ATO) have carried out a controlled explosion on a device believed to be a World War Two mortar in Newcastle. Inspector Weatherald said: “Police were informed by a member of the public of an object found in the Trassey Road area of Newcastle, at approximately 3.15pm on Monday, 10th April. “The object […]

Community Constituency Education Government Newcastle South Down Stormont

First Sod Cut on New £28million School in Newcastle

Construction has started on the new £28million Shimna Integrated College in Newcastle. The project represents an investment of over £28million from the Fresh Start Programme and when completed, will provide accommodation for 620 pupils. Dr Mark Browne, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education said: “This is an important day for Shimna Integrated College as […]

Business Community Constituency Kilkeel Newcastle Newry Newry and Armagh South Down Upper Bann

Fisher & Fisher Celebrates 125 Years in Business

County Down law firm Fisher & Fisher is celebrating 125 years in business in 2023. One of Northern Ireland’s largest locally owned practices, it has offices in Newry, Newcastle, Kilkeel, Rathfriland, Belfast and Donaghadee, and is one of the longest established businesses still operating under the same brand name in this area. Fisher & Fisher […]

Armagh Banbridge Community Constituency Craigavon Downpatrick Government Health Infrastructure Kilkeel Lurgan Monaghan Newcastle Newry Newry and Armagh Portadown South Armagh South Down Stormont Upper Bann Warrenpoint

Housing Executive Rent to Increase by 7%

In response to the Housing Executive’s annual request for a rent increase, the Department for Communities has confirmed that from 4 April 2023, Housing Executive rents will increase by 7%. Rent pays for the housing services provided by the Housing Executive. This below-inflation increase will provide funding for essential maintenance, improvements and investment while also […]

Armagh Banbridge Community Constituency Craigavon Downpatrick Health Kilkeel Lurgan Newcastle Newry Newry and Armagh Portadown South Armagh South Down Upper Bann Warrenpoint

Changes to Housing Selection Scheme Announced

Changes to the Housing Selection Scheme in Northern Ireland come into effect this week. The Housing Selection Scheme and Common Waiting List governs the allocation of all permanent social housing in Northern Ireland. It has been in place for more than 20 years and changes are now being introduced to ensure that those in greatest […]

Community Constituency Downpatrick Kilkeel Lurgan Newcastle Newry and Armagh Portadown South Armagh South Down Upper Bann Warrenpoint

NIFRS Recruiting For On-Call Firefighters In 46 Fire Stations

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is recruiting for On-Call Firefighters in 46 Fire Stations across Northern Ireland.  On-Call Firefighters are part-time Firefighters who respond to emergency incidents in their local area, including fires, road traffic collisions and other specialist service calls. They also play a crucial role in providing safety advice to their […]

Campaigns Community Constituency Cost of Living Council Downpatrick Election 2023 Elections Government Kilkeel Newcastle Newry Newry and Armagh NMD Council South Armagh South Down Warrenpoint

Council Opens Up Public Buildings as Fuel Costs Rise

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is offering some of its public buildings as warm shelter for anyone unable to afford the increasing cost of home heating this winter. The ‘Open House’ initiative began its roll out in December, with Newry and Kilkeel Leisure Centres, Down Arts Centre, the Market House in Ballynahinch and Warrenpoint […]

Constituency Crime Newcastle South Down

Appeal Following Aggravated Burglary in Drumaness

Detectives are appealing for information following the report of an aggravated burglary in the Shanvally Way area of Drumaness on Monday 2nd January. It was reported that three masked men, armed with a suspected handgun, entered a house in the area sometime between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, and threatened the occupants. A small safe, a purse […]