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Council Appoints New Chairperson

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has appointed a new Chairperson following the election of Cathy Mason (Sinn Féin) as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). Councillor Michael Rice (Sinn Féin) will hold the position for Mrs Mason’s remaining period of office, a period of three weeks until Monday 6 June 2022. At 22 years old, Councillor Michael […]

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McGrath: Closure of Kilkeel Danske Bank Will Impact Local Community!

SDLP South Down MLA Colin McGrath has said the closure of the Danske Bank branch in Kilkeel will have a negative impact on the local community. Mr McGrath said many people in the coastal town relied on the branch for banking and other services and would be lost without it.  He will be contacting the […]

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Plans for a City Park in Newry Advance as Council Agrees Outline Business Case

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Strategy, Policy and Resources (SPR) Committee has agreed the outline business case for a City Park at Newry’s Albert Basin as part of plans to unlock funding of £16.2 million. Subject to ratification at a meeting of full Council in June the outline business case will be submitted to […]

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Patrick Brown MLA Expresses Frustration at Lack of Government

Patrick Brown MLA has expressed his frustration at the DUP’s refusal to go into government this week. The South Down MLA said the DUP’s move to block the appointment of a Speaker, and prevent the Assembly from sitting, was hugely disrespectful the people of Northern Ireland during the cost of living crisis. ‘We are in […]

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“It May Look Different, but it’s Same Old, Same Old” – Grant

The media and the Big 5 parties have trailed this election as the most significant one in over twenty years. But what has really changed? Workers Party candidates said consistently throughout the election campaign that the morning after polling day the big issues would remain, the cost of living, health, education, low pay and the […]

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Your Local Community Centre – Here for All Your Needs

Do you know where your nearest community centre is? Do you use it? Do you know what activities are on offer? Do you know that you can hire a room for your own needs whether for a birthday party, a church group, a dance class or anything else you might have in mind? Community Centres […]

Community Health Politics

WHO Agrees to Launch Process to Develop Historic Pandemic Treaty

In a consensus decision aimed at protecting the world from future infectious diseases crises, the World Health Assembly today agreed to kickstart a global process to draft and negotiate a convention, agreement or other international instrument under the Constitution of the World Health Organization to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, […]

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Welcome Move on Safe Access Zones Bill! – TUV

Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister: “I welcome the fact that the Attorney General has referred the Safe Access Zones Bill to the Supreme Court. When the legislation came before the Assembly I sought to amend it so as to provide for a reasonable excuse defence but the SDLP, Sinn Fein and Alliance voted down […]

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Funding Boost for Nursing Workforce Welcomed

Northern Ireland’s Chief Nursing Officer has welcomed the confirmation of 1,335 nursing and midwifery university places for 2022/23. Speaking on International Nurses Day, Maria McIlgorm, said: “Nurses have been to the fore of our response to Covid-19 and we fully recognise not only how challenging the pandemic period has been but also the very serious […]

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McGrath: DUP Executive Blockage Preventing Nurses Pay Rise!

SDLP South Down MLA Colin McGrath has said the DUP’s refusal to restore the Executive is preventing nurses from receiving a long-overdue pay rise.  Speaking on International Nurses Day, Mr McGrath said it was long past time that nurses pay reflected the level of skill required for the role and the pressure and demands staff […]