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Community Election 2022 Government Lurgan Stormont Upper Bann

O’Dowd Welcomes Parental Bereavement Law

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has welcomed the passing of a new law in the Assembly which will entitle workers to paid leave following the death of a child, a stillbirth, or miscarriage.  Mr O’Dowd said: ‘The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay bill has passed its final stage in the Assembly and will now become law. “This […]

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Emergency Surgery Must Return to Daisy Hill – Sinn Féin

A Sinn Féin emergency motion to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council condemning the move by the trust to withdraw emergency surgery from Daisy Hill has been passed overwhelmingly.  Cllr. Roisin Mulgrew, who proposed the motion, spoke after the Council meeting: “Sinn Féin is totally opposed to services being taken out of Daisy Hill. The […]

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Community Council Government Infrastructure NMD Council South Down

McKevitt Welcomes Annalong Puffin Crossing

SDLP councillor Karen McKevitt has welcomed a £35,000 puffin crossing for the Kilkeel Road in Annalong. The announcement was made by SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon on Monday. Councillor McKevitt said the important safety measure would be welcomed by the local community. Councillor McKevitt said: “This significant investment by SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon will […]

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Community Election 2022 Government Infrastructure South Down Stormont

McKevitt Welcomes New Campaign on Careless Driving

SDLP Crotlieve Councillor Karen McKevitt has welcomed a new road safety public information campaign highlighting the dangers and consequences of careless driving. The campaign was announced by SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon on Monday. It is due to launch by the autumn on TV, radio, social media and bus rear advertising. Cllr. McKevitt said:  “I […]

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Community Council Government Newry NMD Council South Armagh South Down

Local DEAs Help Families Reconnect to Key Services

To help connect families to supports and services provided by local organisations, the District Electoral Areas of Newry and Slieve Gullion, delivered a Family Connection Day at Kileavy Castle on Wednesday 2 February. The event, funded by the Department of Communities, was organised to help raise awareness of the support services operating within the district.  […]

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Banbridge Election 2022 Government Politics Stormont Upper Bann

Unionist Consent Needed to Restore Stormont – Lockhart

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has expressed her frustration at the lack of progress in negotiations between the UK and EU over new arrangements to succeed the current Northern Ireland Protocol, and said the decision by Sir Jeffrey Donaldson to withdraw the First Minister from post was one that was regrettable but necessary. Carla Lockhart […]

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Election 2022 Government Politics Stormont

Stormont Needs to be Reformed to Prevent the DUP Holding it to Ransom – Aontu

Aontú Leader and Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín TD stated; “Aontú condemns the DUP collapse of the democratic institutions in the north of Ireland.  We condemn their threat to prevent a new Executive being formed until they get their way on the North of Ireland Protocol. We are appalled that this has happened 44,000 people […]

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Agriculture Armagh Climate Election 2022 Government Newry Politics South Armagh Stormont

Irwin ‘deep concern’ After Net Zero 2050 Vote

Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has said he is shocked that 50 MLA’s voted to amend the Climate Change No2 Bill to a new target of net zero emissions by 2050. The DAERA committee member, who voted against such a move, said the decision was reckless and would cause immense and costly […]

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Education Election 2022 Government Politics Stormont

Aontú Raise Concerns Over Integrated Education Bill’s Failure to Recognise Diversity.

Aontú’s education spokesperson and East Derry Election candidate, Gemma Brolly, has again raised concerns over the Integrated Education Bill’s failure to recognise the beauty of diversity. Brolly states “Aontú have made their position on Integrated Education extremely clear from the beginning of this process. We believe Integrated Educated is a wonderful component of the pluralist education system. It […]

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All Garda Cars to be fitted with AEDs – Gallagher  

Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher has received commitment that all Garda cars are to be fitted with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The Senator had previously called for AEDs to be installed in Garda vehicles and for all members to receive training in CPR and the use of defibrillators.    Senator Gallagher commented, “Members of the […]