Community Upper Bann

MP to Launch Church Funding Directory

A comprehensive directory of funding opportunities for churches and faith-based organisations is to be launched next week by local Member of Parliament, Carla Lockhart. Ahead of the launch event, Carla Lockhart said: “Our local churches and faith-based groups are a vitally important part of the fabric of our community. Whilst their primary purpose is to evangelise, the […]

Community Upper Bann Westminster

Groups Urged to Apply for Platinum Jubilee Funding

Member of Parliament for Upper Bann, Carla Lockhart, has urged community groups and other voluntary organisations to apply for grant funding from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council to host events to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. Carla Lockhart said: “The celebration of the Platinum Jubilee will be a wonderful occasion right across […]

Community Crime Upper Bann Westminster

MP to Meet Twitter to Discuss Anonymous Online Abuse

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart is to meet senior Twitter representatives this week to discuss how the platform dealswith anonymous abuse on their platform. The local MP requested the meeting following the horrific abuse of Diane Dodds MLA over the festive period. Mrs. Dodds will also attend the meeting. Carla Lockhart said: “The widespread revulsion and […]

Education Lurgan

O’Dowd Welcomes Progress on New School Build

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has welcomed the announcement of a £20.5 million new school build at New-Bridge Integrated College, Loughbrickland. The Upper Bann spokesperson and former Education Minister said: “The news that New-Bridge will be undergoing a significant refurbishment is exciting for the staff, pupils and families associated with the College. As a previous […]

Crime Lurgan

Kelly Highlights Rise in Crimes Against Children

SDLP Policing Board member Dolores Kelly has expressed significant concerns after it emerged crimes against children have risen above forecasted levels. Between April and October 2021 crimes against children accounted for 10% of all recorded crime in the North. Mrs Kelly welcomed efforts from the PSNI to review how they engage and support children, young […]

Infrastructure Lurgan

Kelly Welcomes Public Consultation on All Island Strategic Rail Review

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has welcomed the announcement of a public consultation on the all-island Strategic Rail Review.  The public consultation was announced this week by SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon and Irish Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan.  It opened on Monday and seeks to gain insights from stakeholders and the wider public […]

Lurgan Politics

SDLP Backs Missing Persons Day for North

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has backed calls for a missing persons day to be established in the North.  Mrs Kelly was speaking after the family of missing Co Down woman Lisa Dorrian spoke about the importance of missing persons day in the South and called for a similar occasion in the North.   Upper […]

Lurgan Politics

Workers & Families Benefiting From Protocol Protections – O’Dowd

Sinn Féin Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd has said figures published by Britain’s Office of National Statistics highlights once again that the Protocol is benefitting the north and blunting some of the worst impacts of Brexit. Mr. O’Dowd said:   “The latest statistics from the ONS show that the north has performed better economically than […]

Community Politics

Kelly: Empty Homes Could Help Solve North’s Housing Crisis 

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has said it is shameful 1,001 properties are lying empty across Upper Bann while families wait for a home.   In response to Assembly Questions, the Department of Finance revealed there are currently 20,068 houses registered as being empty in the North.   The actual figure could be much higher […]

Health Lurgan Politics

Kelly Welcomes Progress on Payments to Independent Health Staff

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has welcomed progress on the Covid-19 recognition payment to independent health care staff.   Speaking in the Assembly this week Health Minister Robin Swann confirmed over £1m had been paid out so far.   However, Mrs Kelly said there were still thousands of staff waiting to receive their payment […]