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Only Major Reform Can Deliver a Working Government – Workers Party

For the second time in five years the Northern Ireland Assembly has no Executive. Sinn Fein collapsed it with a walk out in 2017 and now the DUP have refused to walk in and allow a new Executive to be formed: people, public services and any prospect of progress are being held to ransom. Both […]

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Community Government Infrastructure Stormont

O’Dowd Welcomes Awarding of Six Road Resurfacing Contracts

Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd has welcomed the awarding of road resurfacing contracts totalling an annual value of approximately £20million. Phase One of the Department’s interim asphalt resurfacing procurement strategy, which consists of resurfacing contracts for Magherafelt, Omagh, Dungannon, Strabane, Down as well as Newry and Mourne have been awarded.  Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd said: “This is […]

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Community Constituency Government Infrastructure Newry Newry and Armagh Stormont

Kimmins Urges DVA to do More to Clear MOT Backlog

Sinn Féin MLA, Liz Kimmins has urged DVA to do more to help clear the backlog facing people applying for an MOT. The Newry and Armagh MLA said: “We’ve been contacted by a number of people who have had difficulty in securing an MOT appointment in good time or even at a test centre close […]

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Government Health Politics Stormont

Health Minister Robin Swann Awarded Politician of the Year

Health Minister Robin Swann has been awarded Politician of the Year 2022 at the Civility in Politics Awards (CIPA), London. The CIPA awards celebrate positive politics and encourage thoughtful and reflective public debate.  Politician of Year is one of four award categories to which the public can nominate.  This year’s awards attracted over 200 nominees. Speaking […]

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Community Government Infrastructure Politics Stormont

6 month wait for an MOT

The Department of Infrastructure has come under fire regarding long waits for MOTs here in Northern Ireland. Clanrye News and Sport has been approached by a member of the public who indicated that when she booked an MOT in May the closest appointment the lady got was in October. Furthermore the lady who lives in […]

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Community Education Government Stormont

Apply Now for Free Training Courses Through Skill Up

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons today hailed the Skill Up initiative as he highlighted that applications are open for more than 7,000 free training courses for 2022/23. Skill Up, supported by an investment of up to £23million from the Department for the Economy and the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), is fully funding local further and higher […]

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Armagh Community Constituency Election 2023 Elections Government Newry Newry and Armagh Politics South Armagh Stormont

Economic Violence Against Women and Girls Also Needs to be Addressed

Nicola Grant, Workers Party constituency representative in Newry & Armagh represented the Party at yesterday’s all-party discussions at Stormont as part of the development of a strategy to end violence against women and girls. Nicola also attended the conference later in the afternoon addressed by leading author and academic Dr Jackson Katz. The Workers Party […]

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Constituency Downpatrick Government Health South Down Stormont

McGrath Welcomes Trial of Body-Worn Cameras for Ambulance Staff 

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has welcomed a trial of body-worn cameras for ambulance staff. Mr McGrath said it was deeply regrettable the trial had been introduced after a rise in assaults on staff. He said that any measure that would increase protection by discouraging the abuse of staff should be considered. South Down MLA […]

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Cost of Living Putting Huge Pressure on Women’s group – Kimmins

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins said the cost of living crisis is putting huge pressure on community organisations such as Women’s Aid. Liz Kimmins was speaking after she and the Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA met with Women’s Aid in Newry. The Newry and Armagh MLA said: “Workers and families across the north are struggling, […]

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Constituency Downpatrick Government Politics South Down Stormont

Patrick Brown MLA Elected Vice Chair of All Party Group on Animal Welfare

Patrick Brown MLA welcomes his appointment as Vice Chair of the All Party Group on Animal Welfare following its first meeting at Stormont last week commemorating the reconstruction of the group. Mr Brown said: ‘I am delighted to have been elected as Vice Chair of Stormont’s APG on Animal Welfare, joining colleagues Chair John Blair […]