Archive for: May, 2012

Record numbers for 2012 Mourneway Marathon

‘26 Extreme’, the event directors of the Mourne Way Marathon, have reported record entry numbers for the 2012 event which takes place on Saturday, 9th June in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor. Having established itself as one of Ireland’s premier off road running events, the 2012 Mourneway Marathon is set to attract participants from across the world […]

McKevitt welcomes RTE channels going freeview

SDLP Culture spokesperson Karen McKevitt MLA has welcomed the decision by Communications Minister Ed Vaizey to make RTE TV channels available on Freeview. The SDLP has made representations to the Minister for these channels to be made available following the digital TV switchover in October. The South Down MLA said: “This is fantastic news which […]

Ritchie to call for commission on fuel pricing

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie is to call on the Westminster Government to establish a commission to examine ways and means of reducing fuel costs, including home heating oil, petrol, diesel and transport fuel. Speaking to Newry Times, Ms Ritchie said: “Earlier this year, I referred the issue of the worrying spiral of fuel […]

‘Under occupancy penalty could force people from homes’ – Brady

Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has said that the Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland must make provision for those people who will be penalised by the Under Occupancy Policy. Speaking to Newry Times, Brady said, “It is proposed in the Tory welfare reform bill that people living in under occupied houses could lose 15% housing […]

‘World games an opportunity to showcase South Down’ – McKevitt

SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt said next year’s World Police and Fire Games will provide a unique opportunity to show the whole world what South Down has to offer. Speaking to Newry Times, McKevitt said, “I was pleased to welcome the team to Kilbroney a month ago so I am delighted to hear that […]

Ritchie welcomes u-turn on caravan VAT

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has welcomed the Coalition’s partial u-turn on VAT being levied on static caravans, reducing the amount payable from 20% to 5%, but says that they should not be subject to any VAT at all. Speaking to Newry Times, Ms Ritchie said: “I am glad to see that the Coalition […]

Hazzard welcomes DOE Road Safety Grants Programme

Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson Chris Hazzard MLA has said that community groups and voluntary organisations should apply for the Road Safety Grants Programme. The South Down MLA said: “The Community Transport Association (CTA) is now inviting applications for a DOE road safety grant from the voluntary and community sector. Community, special interest groups and individuals […]

Dariush to dominate Newry Marathon

Schoolmate of Dariush and Newry Times columnist Mark McLoughlin speaks about ‘Team Dariush’ in memory of the tragic teenager. On the 3rd of January 2012, the Newry & Mourne community and beyond were left in shock at the passing of Dariush Mehrtash, who sadly lost his long, courageous battle with cancer, leaving all who knew […]

Marathon fever grips Newry

This Sunday hundreds of people will gather in Newry City Centre to take part in the fifth annual Newry City Marathon. For some it’s the fulfillment of a lifetime ambition and for others it’s a way to raise money for a charity close to their heart. All of the long hours pounding the roads in […]

Clarke welcomes Newcastle public toilet approval

Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed the approval by Council to extend the opening hours to 10pm from 1st June to the 31st August. Additional resources have also been allocated to open the public toilets in Newcastle from when the clocks go forward to 31st August 2013 and to employee staff to cleanse the […]

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