Archive for: February, 2012

Willie Clarke to resign South Down seat

South Down MLA Willie Clarke has resigned his seat in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Sinn Fein representative cited his need to concentrate on his work as a Down District councillor as the reason for the resignation. He said, “It has been an honour to represent the people of South Down in the assembly and […]

South Down MLA raises concerns over fuel costs

SDLP MLA for South Down Margaret Ritchie, has spoke of her concerns over the cost of fuel in Northern Ireland. Speaking before a recent Westminster debate, Ms Ritchie spoke of the staggering costs of fuel in the region. “In December 2011 and January 2012, customers in Northern Ireland paid the highest price for diesel in […]

Secretary of State: “paramilitaries targeted Newry bank”

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Owen Paterson has this week told the House of Commons how security agencies in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland foiled several potential bombing attacks in cities such as Newry. Mr Paterson told the House that there had been 13 attacks in Northern Ireland since August 2011 and […]

Hyland to initiate council debate about alleged PSNI harassment

A motion about alleged PSNI harassment in Newry is to be debated at the monthly meeting of Newry & Mourne District Council on Monday 5th March. The motion, spearheaded by éirígí, is being submitted to the council by independent republican councillor Davy Hyland on behalf of the party. The text of the motion reads, “This […]

Newry Chamber to host business lunch with Department of Enterprise

Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade will host a ‘Let’s Talk’ Business Lunch with a VIP guest speaker from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Canal Court Hotel, 14th March. Newry Chamber is inviting members of the local business community to attend this important event to hear from a senior Member of […]

Hearty welcomes Annaghgad roadworks

Councillor Terry Hearty has welcomed the roadworks currently underway on Culloville’s Annaghgad Road and he has called for the extension of the scheme to resurface even more of the road and deal with the problem of flooding on the Drumbee Road. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Hearty said, “I am pleased to see that Roads […]

Soccer event raises money for Anthony Nolan charity

The Nan Rices Celtic Supporters Club has given a cheque of £1166.76 to representatives from the Anthony Nolan Trust. The Anthony Nolan Trust is a charity which aims to save the lives of people with blood cancer. Every day the charity matches donors willing to donate their blood stem cells to people who desperately need […]

Hearty: ‘Library opening hours must not be reduced’

Crossmaglen Councillor Terry Hearty has called on Newry and Mourne District Council to arrange a meeting with Libraries NI to reverse the decision to cut Crossmaglen Library’s opening hours to just 18 per week. The Sinn Féin councillor said, “MLA for the area Conor Murphy and I met with the Chief Executive of Libraries NI […]

Oil stolen from south Armagh houses

Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has warned members of the public to be vigilant regarding the security of their fuel tanks following thefts of home heating oil in the Creggan, Crossmaglen and Culloville areas. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Hearty said, “There is no doubt that with the price of oil continually rising this type […]

Police seek information on shed demolition

Police in Bessbrook are appealing for information following an incident on Dromintee Road, Meigh. Some time between Friday 17th February and Monday 20th February, an outbuilding was demolished. The shed, which was made of block and tin roof construction, is believed to have been demolished by mechanical equipment. Police are appealing to anyone who noticed […]


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