Archive for: January, 2015

Changes to District Policing in Northern Ireland

Policing in Northern Ireland is facing its biggest shake-up in years as a result of significant budget pressures combined with a requirement to align with new Council structures by April 1st. Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin, the senior officer responsible for District Policing, outlined the new structure. “The new District Councils come into existence on […]

McNally last ditch disappointment for Warrenpoint Town FC

Warrenpoint Town have expressed their disappointment that Paddy McNally has had a last minute change of heart. And manager Barry Gray has expressed his annoyance at what he called a “lack of goodwill” in the transfer dealing. “Paddy had agreed that he was joining us and his club had the transfer paper prepared. It is […]

‘Minister must direct funding to the front line’ – Rogers

SDLP Education Spokesperson Seán Rogers MLA has said that the Education Minister must prioritise all new funds for front line delivery in schools rather than protecting his own administrative budget. Speaking in the Assembly this week, Rogers said, “I was pleased to hear that the Education Minister plans to direct new allocations under the January […]

New cervical cancer screening video shows women what to expect

European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week runs from 25-31 January and the Public Health Agency (PHA) has produced a new video that shows women what to expect when they attend for a smear test. Dr Tracy Owen, Quality Assurance Director for the Northern Ireland Cervical Screening Programme at the PHA, said, “Many women will feel nervous […]

Ritchie calls for ‘thorough’ Sellafield decommissioning programme

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has repeated her calls for a thorough decommissioning programme for the Sellafield Nuclear site. Ritchie said that a series of deeply concerning safety problems resulting in the British Government dismissing the consortium that had been running the facility for the last six years has left the public vulnerable and […]

‘Local beekeepers should form formal group to progress the industry’ – Ruane

Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has said that beekeepers across South Down should form a formal group in order to progress their industry. Speaking after meeting beekeepers from across South Down Ruane said, “Bees play an important part of the natural cycle of our pollination as well as producing local natural honey. “However, over the […]

Newry police probe Warrenpoint Road theft

Police in Newry are appealing for information following the report of the theft of machinery from a bowling club in the Warrenpoint Road area. The theft is believed to have taken place sometime between Thursday 8th and Wednesday 14th January and it is thought that a van or a lorry would have been used in […]

Look out for your neighbours during cold spell

With further wintery weather forecasts the Public Health Agency (PHA) is advising everyone to look after themselves and their neighbours during the cold snap. Vulnerable and elderly people can find it difficult to get out to the shops or to keep their house adequately heated during the cold weather. The PHA is encouraging everyone to […]

‘Hilltown needs pedestrian crossing’ – Hazzard

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has called for DRD Road Service to install a pedestrian crossing on the main street in Hilltown. Speaking to Newry Times, Hazzard said, “Sinn Féin has repeatedly lobbied Road Service to provide safe crossing on main street in Hilltown as it is a busy street with children crossing going and […]

‘Budget creates dangerous uncertainty’ – Rogers

SDLP Education Spokesperson Seán Rogers MLA has said that the austerity budget proposed by the DUP and Sinn Féin creates uncertainty for people, families, communities and institutions across the education family. Speaking during the budget debate, Rogers said, “The overwhelming response to the austerity budget, proposed by Sinn Féin and the DUP, is uncertainty and […]

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