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Firmus Gas Announces Another Price Hike

The sustained increases in global wholesale gas prices have forced Northern Ireland’s largest gas supplier, firmus energy, to announce increases to its natural gas tariff in the Ten Towns Network area of 16.31%. This increase will take effect from 3rd May 2022. Today’s announced change in tariffs will mean an extra £3.86 per week on […]

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Energy Support Payment Starting Next Week

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced that payments from the £55million Energy Payment Support Scheme will start being paid from 10 March 2022.  This one-off payment of £200 will provide support for people struggling to meet rising energy costs due to the global fuel crisis. It will be made automatically to around 280,000 eligible people in receipt […]

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Kelly: Struggling Families Need £200 Fuel Payment Now 

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has urged Minister Deirdre Hargey to get the £200 fuel support payment to struggling families.  Mrs Kelly said people in communities across the North need support now, with payments not expected to be made until March.   The SDLP has contacted Minister Hargey to clarify when the payments will […]

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Boylan Welcomes Opening of Bus and Coach Support Scheme

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has welcomed the opening of a much-needed support scheme for private bus and coach operators.  The Newry and Armagh MLA said:   “I welcome that extra financial support for private bus and coach operators will finally be brought forward. “Private bus and coach operators are a crucial part of our local […]

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Housing Executive Rent Freeze Good News – Mackle

Sinn Féin council group leader Liam Mackle has said the announcement of a rent freeze for people living in Housing Executive homes is good news for ordinary people and working families. Speaking after Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey made the announcement, the ABC representative said: “I welcome the rent freeze for people living in Housing Executive […]

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Tories Should Scrap Planned Hike in National Insurance – Brady

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has called on the Tories to scrap the hikes in national insurance and said they have ‘failed’ to support people facing the cost-of-living crisis. Speaking after it was confirmed that inflation is the highest in 30 years, the Newry and Armagh MP said: “News that inflation is at its highest […]

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Councillor Calls for Action on illegal Puppy Farming

Councillor Patrick Brown, the Alliance Party Animal Welfare Spokesperson, has tabled a motion calling for action on illegal puppy farming. The motion, brought at the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Meeting last week, reads: ‘This council notes the increasing and worrying prevalence of puppy farming and pet abandonment in recent years, and the high […]

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MP Welcomes Parental Bereavement Provisions

Local Member of Parliament Carla Lockhart has said the legal provision for leave and pay for bereaved parents passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly is long overdue, adding that the inclusion of loss by stillbirth or miscarriage is a positive step in recognising the pain felt at such a loss. Carla Lockhart said: “The loss […]


All You Need Is…Marriage Allowance

Married couples and people in civil partnerships could receive extra cash as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) encourages those eligible to sign up for Marriage Allowance to reduce their tax bill. Marriage Allowance allows married couples or those in civil partnerships to share their personal tax allowances if one partner earns an income under their […]

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‘Huge and Disgraceful Rents’ Are Adding to the Cost of Living Crisis! – Ó Murchú

‘Huge and disgraceful rents’ are adding to the cost of living crisis which necessitates a ban on rent increases, Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú told Taoiseach Michéal Martin in Leinster House last week. The Dundalk TD raised the issue of the cost of living crisis, along with the issue of housing, during questions to the Taoiseach […]