Community Election 2022 Government Lurgan Stormont Upper Bann

Kelly: Hargey Must Issue Fuel Support Payment Before Next Planned Gas Hike!

The SDLP has written to Sinn Féin Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey, urging her to take the plight of people here seriously in the face of yet another price hike.   Gas suppliers have contacted customers this week warning of a 33.57% tariff increase in addition to already record high energy costs. SDLP Upper Bann MLA […]

Community Education Election 2022 Government Lurgan Stormont Upper Bann

Kelly Highlights Challenges Facing Local Schools 

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has highlighted a number of issues facing schools across the area. Mrs Kelly invited Education Minister Michelle McIlveen to the constituency last week to show her first hand the good work going on in the schools and highlight the need for further funding. Mrs Kelly took Minister McIlveen to […]

Armagh Banbridge Community Lurgan Portadown Upper Bann

Send a card, deliver a smile!

A pilot project in conjunction with the ABC Loneliness Network has created a ‘Kindness Post Box’ in the Southern Trust area. The original idea for the ‘Kindness Post Box’ came from Fermanagh woman Nuala O’Toole at the start of the pandemic. A community focussed venture, across generations, the idea is for children to write a […]

Campaigns Community Daisy Hill Health Newry

Sinn Féin Hold Urgent Meeting With Southern Trust

On Monday, a delegation of Sinn Féin elected representatives, including the MP for the area, MLA’s Conor Murphy and Liz Kimmins and Newry city councillors held an urgent meeting with Southern Trust Chief Executive Shane Devlin, following last week’s announcement of the temporary withdrawal of emergency surgery from Daisy Hill Hospital. Speaking after the meeting, […]

Banbridge Community Government Politics Upper Bann Westminster

Chancellor Should Shelve National Insurance Increase! – Lockhart

Upper Bann DUP MP Carla Lockhart has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, to shelve plans to raise National Insurance Contributions scheduled to take effect from 1st April 2022. The MP made the call in a letter to the Chancellor, urging the change in policy to support working families and ‘squeezed middle’ […]

Business Community Lurgan Upper Bann

Mackle Welcomes Extra Funding Announcement

Sinn Féin Council Group Leader Liam Mackle has welcomed extra funding announced by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey for local Councils for rates support. The ABC representative said: “I welcome the announcement by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey that local Councils will receive extra money for the Rates Support Grant which will now total over £21 million. […]

Armagh Banbridge Community Education Lurgan Portadown Upper Bann

45 Funded Places on Offer at HGV Training and Employment Academy

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council announces the first Labour Market Partnership project with the launch of a brand new Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) HGV Training and Employment Academy, which will deliver fully-funded training for 45 applicants to qualify as HGV drivers and guarantee an interview with a local employer with HGV vacancies. […]

Community Downpatrick Election 2022 Health Kilkeel South Down Stormont

McGrath Calls for Greater Sharing of Information Around Suicides  

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has called for a greater sharing of information about the number of people presenting at hospital emergency departments in a mental health crisis.   Mr McGrath had asked Health Minister Robin Swann for the number of people presenting at emergency departments when feeling suicidal or having attempted suicide.    He was […]

Community Crime Lurgan Upper Bann

Kelly: Failure to Recruit Police Officers Will Hurt Communities!

SDLP Policing Board member Dolores Kelly has said a failure to recruit enough new police officers will hurt local communities. She was speaking after the PSNI had to postpone recruiting 85 new officers due to financial pressures. Mrs Kelly said the New Decade, New Approach agreement (NDNA) pledge to increase the number of PSNI officers […]

Community Dáil Éireann Government Louth

Minister O’Gorman Statement to Early Learning and Childcare Providers

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., issued the following statement to early learning and childcare providers. “I welcome the decisions today by Government to start easing restrictions based on the recommendations from NPHET. The recommendations do still place a huge importance on continued Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures, […]