Community Election 2022 Government Health South Down Stormont

McGrath: Health Reform Must Be Key Focus of Next Executive

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said that reforming the health service must be a key priority of the next Executive. Mr McGrath was speaking ahead of taking part in a health discussion panel at the SDLP Spring Conference on Sunday. South Down MLA Mr McGrath said: “The past two years have really taught everyone […]

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Increased All Ireland Trade Good For Economy- Mackle

Sinn Féin council group leader Liam Mackle has said increased all-Ireland trade is good for our economy and is creating jobs and prosperity. The ABC representative said: “Over the past year there has been a significant increase in all-Ireland trade, the value of goods sold from north to south has increased by an unprecedented 65% to […]

Community Election 2022 Government Stormont

Minister Freezes Housing Executive Rents

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced a freeze in Housing Executive rents in order to support residents in the face of the cost-of-living crisis. Announcing the move, the minister said: “As Communities Minister my priority is to support people, particularly the most vulnerable, who are facing soaring fuel and household bills. “So today I am announcing […]

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Vaccine to be Offered to 5-11 Year Olds

Children aged 5-11 who are not in a clinical risk group are now to be offered the opportunity to receive a covid vaccination following updated Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice. JCVI has advised that all children aged between 5 to 11 will be offered two 10 mcg doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 […]

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Council Warns of Severe Weather

Council statement via social media “Please be aware that the Met Office has issued a Yellow Wind Warning throughout the following times: 🟡Between 3pm on Wednesday 16 February to 6am Thursday 17 February. #StormDudley will bring high westerly winds with gusts reaching 60 to 70 mph. Gusts will be highest in coastal areas. 🟡Between 12am […]

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Kimmins Supports Bill to Prevent Increase in Motor Insurance Prices

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said the passing of the Motor Insurance Bill will help prevent workers and families from facing further financial pressure.  The Newry and Armagh MLA said:  “We need to help people against additional pressures that are hurting those least able to pay the most.   “Sinn Féin supported this bill to […]

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ALL Covid 19 Restrictions in Northern Ireland to be Removed!

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced that all COVID-19 legal restrictions in Northern Ireland will be replaced by guidance from February 15 2022. He also strongly emphasised the continuing need for caution and vigilance in relation to the virus. He stated: “Today’s announcement follows consideration of legal advice from the Attorney General and consultation with all […]

Community Election 2022 Government Politics South Down Stormont

McKevitt: Parties Cannot Whitewash Bedroom Tax Record

SDLP Crotlieve Councillor Karen McKevitt has said that parties that voted for the bedroom tax cannot whitewash their record which has hurt struggling families. Cllr. McKevitt was responding after Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill claimed the party had “binned the Bedroom Tax”. Sinn Féin, the DUP and the Alliance Party voted to introduce Tory […]

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Minister Poots’ Proposals Could Devastate Small Farms and Rural Planning – Magennis

Sinn Féin Councillor Oonagh Magennis, has said that small farmers must have their voices heard as Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots brings forward plans for a future agriculture policy. The Slieve Gullion Councillor said: “Farmers have been waiting anxiously to find out what policies the Minister plans to put in place in the wake of Brexit […]

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Irwin Says Long Term Daisy Hill Solution Needed

Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has said that a long term solution is required to ensure Daisy Hill Hospital can build resources as opposed to what he described as being continually subjected to “service disruption”. Mr Irwin stated, “The Health Minister has responded to my official question and I am concerned by […]