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Community Council Government NMD Council Politics South Down

Patrick Brown MLA Welcomes Selection of New Councillor David Lee for Rowallane

Patrick Brown MLA has welcomed the selection of David Lee to takeover his Rowallane Council seat, following the South Down Alliance Party selection meeting on Wednesday night. The South Down MLA said that Cllr. Lee will be an asset to the Alliance Party, and to his constituents in Rowallane DEA. Mr Brown said: “I am […]

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Politics Health Government Stormont

Minister Announces Further Waiting List Initiatives

Health Minister Robin Swann has spelt out a range of important initiatives to treat more patients on hospital waiting lists. These include naming Omagh Hospital as Northern Ireland’s second regional Day Procedure Centre. The Minister confirmed that, despite ongoing budgetary uncertainty, he has been able to allocate £46million for additional waiting list activity for the […]

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Government Newry Politics Stormont

No Executive! – No Salaries! – Workers Party

The Democratic Unionist Party has an obligation and a responsibility to the electorate to immediately propose an Assembly Speaker, take their seats and nominate a Deputy First Minister. Nothing less is acceptable. The Northern Ireland Protocol needs to be amended. Many of its aspects are damaging and unnecessary, but walking away from the Executive is […]

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Crime Government Westminster

MP Arrested on Suspicion of Rape

An unnamed Conservative MP has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault. The Metropolitan Police confirmed a man was in custody over allegations dating back to between 2002 and 2009. The Conservative Party said he had been asked by the chief whip not to attend Parliament while an investigation is ongoing. The man […]

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Community Downpatrick Government Kilkeel Politics South Down Stormont

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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Election 2022 Government Newry Politics Stormont

“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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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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Community Government Health Newry Politics Stormont

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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Government Health Politics Stormont

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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Downpatrick Government Health Politics South Down Stormont

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 […]