Archive for: May, 2013

Ritchie buoyed by GFA committee support for Narrow Water Bridge

narrow water bridge

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has spoken following a presentation to the Joint Committee for the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement by the Chambers of Commerce from Warrenpoint and Louth regarding the proposed Narrow Water Bridge project. Speaking to Newry Times, Ritchie said, “As a member of the Joint Committee on the Implementation […]

‘Transparency required on off-shore wind farm plans’ – McGreevy

SDLP Councillor Connaire McGreevy

First Flight, the company behind the proposed development of a massive wind farm off the east Down coast must state where it stands in relation to the threat its project poses to the local fishing and tourism an SDLP Councillor has warned. And Councillor Connaire McGreevy, the leader of the SDLP group on Newry and […]

Alliance secures commitment on poverty campaign

Councillor Clarke

South Down Alliance Party spokesperson Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed his Deputy Leader Naomi Long MP securing a commitment from the British Government that it will work with the IF campaign to make substantive progress towards eliminating global poverty during the UK’s presidency of the G8. Alliance MP Naomi Long received the assurance from Deputy […]

‘Decision on fisheries relocation long overdue’ – Ritchie

Margaret Ritchie

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has said an announcement by DARD Minister Michelle O’Neill that the department’s fisheries division is to relocate to South Down is a very welcome, if overdue, piece of news. Speaking to Newry Times, Ritchie said, “I have been campaigning tirelessly since the Minister announced the decentralisation of DARD for […]

Ring of Gullion audio guides


Mayor John McArdle launched the Ring of Gullion Audio Guides at the Slieve Gullion Courtyard just in time for the summer season. The launch was attended by the areas MPs, MLAs and local councillors as well as the local community and council officials who worked on the tour. On these tours, you’ll discover some of […]

‘Primacy of an accountable PSNI is paramount’ – Ruane


Sinn Féin Policing Board Member Caitriona Ruane said the primacy of an accountable PSNI is paramount. Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane stated, “The ‘National Crimes Agency’ is refusing to be accountable to the normal mechanisms negotiated in the Good Friday Agreement. “We recognise the importance of co-operation between different agencies to combat organised crime and […]

‘Fuel fraud criminals should be put in fear of the criminal justice system’ – Kennedy

A recent fuel plant found in Silverbridge

The Ulster Unionist Party’s Newry & Armagh MLA Danny Kennedy has called for criminals to be put in fear of the criminal justice system. Speaking in the Assembly during a debate on a Sinn Fein motion regarding fuel duty, Kennedy said, “I have raised the issue of fuel fraud and the illegal dumping of fuel […]

‘G8 road work stoppages excessive’ – Ruane


Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has labeled the stopping of road and street works for the G8 summit completely excessive. Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane stated, “The request by Road Service to stop road and street works for 11 days over the G8 summit is completely excessive. “Such a request will delay current projects, require […]

Clarke welcomes £5m rural broadband funding


Alliance Party Councillor Patrick Clarke has warmly welcomed the recent announcement by Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill that the next tranche of DARD’s broadband funding will specifically target areas of deprivation in rural areas. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) is investing £5million in rural broadband, targeting areas that currently cannot […]

‘ATOS assessments not fit for purpose’, blasts Brady

Mickey Brady

Newry Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has said that the evidence of a whistle-blowing GP on the anti-claimant bias in ATOS assessments has further undermined their credibility. ATOS is the company who have the contract to carry out the assessments which deem whether or not applicants are entitled to claim Employment and Support Allowance. Speaking […]

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