Community Constituency Education Government Lurgan Upper Bann Westminster

Christianity Should Not Be Cancelled in Schools – Lockhart

Speaking in Westminster during a debate on Religious Education in schools, Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has called for efforts from certain lobby groups to cancel Christianity from Religious Education in schools to be resisted. During the debate, the DUP MP said: “In Northern Ireland we recently had an outrageous court judgment that declared that […]

Education Government Politics Stormont

“We Must Stand Up To Protect Parental Choice in Education.” – Aontu

Aontú Deputy Leader and Education Spokeswoman, Gemma Brolly, has criticised a recent UNESCO report for bias promotion of the Single Integrated Education system. Speaking today, Gemma Brolly said “There’s a worrying push against the pluralist education model currently in place. We’ve seen attempts by lobby groups in recent years to erode parental choice in education. […]

Community Dáil Éireann Education Government Louth

Young People with Disabilities in Dundalk Who Attend training at National Learning Network Will Not €500 Disability Support

Young people with disabilities in Dundalk who attend training and education courses at the National Learning Network will not get the €500 disability support that was due to be paid on Monday, it has been revealed. The situation was revealed in Leinster House last Thursday by Louth TD Ruairí Ó Murchú who said he had […]

Campaigns Community Constituency Cost of Living Education Government Lurgan Politics Upper Bann Westminster

Additional Student Support Will Make a Real Difference – Lockhart

Local DUP MP Carla Lockhart has commended her colleague, the Economy Minister Gordon Lyons MLA, for bringing forward an increase of 40% to student maintenance loans from the 2023/24 academic year. Welcoming the move, the Upper Bann representative said: “Student days are meant to be the best days of your life, but if you are […]

Community Education Government Politics Stormont

Lyons Announces Plans to Progress All Age Apprenticeships

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has announced that plans are underway for the introduction of All Age Apprenticeships in 2023. He said: “The issue of widening access to apprenticeships and, in particular, the introduction of All Age Apprenticeships has been a subject of real importance to many sectors across Northern Ireland.  I am therefore pleased to announce […]

Campaigns Community Constituency Cost of Living Education Government Newry Newry and Armagh Politics Stormont

Education Minister Must Address Delays With Free School Meal Payments – Kimmins

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said the Education Minister must do more to support families who are still waiting on free school meals for their children. The Newry and Armagh MLA said: “The cost of living crisis is hitting workers and families hard, and delays in getting free school meal support out to children […]

Agriculture Community Constituency Education Government Lurgan Upper Bann Westminster

World Milk Day a Reminder of Benefits of Dairy

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has said the ongoing provision of milk to schoolchildren under the School Milk Scheme is a great benefit to local schoolchildren, and encouraged other schools not taking part in the programme to consider participation. Speaking today, on World School Milk Day, Carla Lockhart said: “From birth, milk is the food […]

Campaigns Community Constituency Cost of Living Education Government Lurgan Stormont Upper Bann

John O’Dowd Commends Queen’s University for Supporting Staff and Students

John O’Dowd has described the announcement by Queen’s University that it will provide £8 million of cost of living support for students and staff as ‘excellent news’.  The Sinn Féin MLA said:  “It is excellent news that Queen’s University has announced that it will support their staff and students during this cost of living emergency. […]

Community Constituency Education Government Portadown Stormont Upper Bann

Planning Approval for Presentation Primary School in Portadown Welcomed

An Alliance party MLA has welcomed planning approval for Presentation Primary School in Portadown. The approved application includes a two storey extension to the rear of the primary school and internal refurbishment of the existing building. Commenting on the approval Eóin Tennyson MLA has said, “The approval of this planning application for Presentation Primary School […]

Community Education Government Stormont

Allister Highlights Legal Duty on Schools Relating to Religious Education

Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister: “Last week the University of Ulster published an Integrated Education Fund funded report calling for the repeal of legislation requiring “Christian focused” RE lessons and worship in schools. This anti-God agenda amounts to a direct assault on the established ethos of schools throughout Northern Ireland. An important fact which […]