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Business Government South Armagh South Down Stormont Upper Bann

Omicron Hospitality Payment Scheme Underway

Land & Property Services has begun contacting hospitality businesses to confirm their details to enable the Omicron Hospitality Payment to be made. Over 3,200 businesses will be eligible for a one-off grant payment of either £10,000, £15,000 or £20,000 based on their rateable value. Eligible businesses will include; restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, bistros, snack bars, […]

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Climate Community Downpatrick Kilkeel South Down

McKevitt Encourages Council to Avail of E-Charging Funding

SDLP councillor Karen McKevitt has encouraged Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to apply for funding to facilitate e-charging infrastructure.   Funding is available from the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV) for local councils to provide charge points for residents without off-street parking through the On-street Residential Charge Point Scheme (ORCS).   SDLP Infrastructure […]

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Community South Down

Refurbishment of Downs Road Play Park in Newcastle Begins

The refurbishment of Downs Road Play Park in Newcastle is to begin this week. The park will close on Monday 17 January 2022 reopening again in April 2022. Designs for the new refurbished park will feature more inclusive play equipment to suit children of all abilities. On completion, Residents will see several new additions including […]

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Education Election 2022 South Down

McKevitt: DUP Minister Must Do More to Keep People Safe in Schools

SDLP Crotlieve councillor Karen McKevitt has said DUP Minister Michelle McIlveen must do more to keep pupils and staff safe in school. Mrs McKevitt was speaking after the Assembly was recalled on Monday to discuss the Covid-19 situation in schools, and the inaction from the Minister to take steps to mitigate the current spread of […]

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Downpatrick Health South Down Stormont

McGrath: Scrapping Free Lateral Flow Tests Will Put People In Danger  

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said any plans to scrap free lateral flow tests will put the public in danger. Mr McGrath said creating barriers in accessing the tests would lead to less people using them and people with Covid-19 unknowingly spreading the virus. He was speaking after reports the British government are planning […]

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Business Politics South Down

McKevitt: Lyons Silence on Spend Local Scheme Unacceptable

SDLP Crotlieve Councillor Karen McKevitt has said that a DUP Minister’s silence on the problems faced by people still trying to access their spend local cards is unacceptable. Cllr. McKevitt said Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has gone into hiding as people report serious difficulties with the high-profile scheme.  Cllr. McKevitt said: “The Spend Local cards […]

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Armagh Banbridge Health Kilkeel Lurgan Newry Portadown South Armagh South Down Upper Bann

New Southern Trust Carers Consultants

The Southern Trust has appointed two ‘Carers Consultants’ to support those who care for an adult with a learning disability. In their new roles, Bernie Marshall and Majella Gorman aim to keep carers updated on Trust developments, help them to share their views and participate in the planning and delivery of learning disability services. As […]

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Crime South Down

Hoax Devices Cause Security Alert

A security alert in Newcastle has now ended. Newry, Mourne and Down District Commander, Superintendent Norman Haslett said: “We received two reports of suspicious objects in the Castlewellan Road and Carrigs Road area of the town on both Tuesday (11th January) and Wednesday (12th January). “Following searches by both police officers on the ground and […]

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Election 2022 Politics South Down Stormont

McKevitt Demands Executive Ministers Focus on the Job Not Political Games

SDLP Newry, Mourne and Down Councillor Karen McKevitt has said she is frustrated and angry at the continued threats to stability and delivery from the DUP and Sinn Fein. With just four months of this mandate left, the SDLP is calling for the delivery of the agreed New Decade New Approach commitments. Cllr. McKevitt said: […]

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Downpatrick Election 2022 Health South Down Stormont

McGrath: Cancer Patients Failed Throughout Pandemic!

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said that cancer patients in the North have been continually failed throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. He was commenting after the latest cancer waiting time figures from the Department of Health showed all targets had been missed. South Down MLA Mr McGrath said: “That all targets for the North’s cancer […]