Archive for: September, 2015

Call for witnesses after Derrybeg assault

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following an assault in Derrybeg. At around 8pm on Tuesday, 22nd September, an altercation took place between four males in an alleyway in Derrybeg Drive. A 33 year old sustained a cut to his head and a 42 year old man reported being punched a number of times. […]

Wasted medicines ‘a burden to the Health Service’

Every year, 39 million prescription items are issued in Northern Ireland. About 72 tonnes of these medicines, with an estimated value of £6.46m, are returned to community pharmacies as waste. These medicines then cost the Health Service a further £400,000 to dispose of. At the launch of a campaign to reduce medicine waste, Chairman of […]

Strategy to protect Irish bees welcomed

Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has welcomed an all Ireland strategy designed to tackle the decline in Irish bees. Ruane said, “In June I hosted a delegation from the County Down beekeepers and the Minister of Agriculture who outlined to her the problems facing beekeepers and the threat to indigenous Irish bees. “I am delighted […]

‘Chancellor has abandoned renewables for nuclear folly’ – Ritchie

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has criticised a decision by Chancellor George Osborne to press ahead with funding for the proposed Nuclear plant at Hinkley Point while funding for renewable technologies continues to be strangled. Speaking to Newry Times, she said, “People may be easily misled by the tree that forms the basis of […]

New breast cancer campaign: Be aware, get checked early

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women in Northern Ireland, but it is also one of the most treatable, particularly when detected early. However, many women don’t know what to look out for, so a major new Public Health Agency (PHA) campaign is aiming to raise awareness of the signs and […]

Donnelly urges local people to take part in rural development consultation

SDLP Councillor Geraldine Donnelly has urged local people to have their say in how rural development funds are used in South Armagh. Councillor Donnelly was speaking after attending a public consultation meeting in South Armagh. She said, “Rural Development funding of £11.18 million has been earmarked for the Newry, Mourne and Down council area. As […]

Hazzard welcomes publication of ‘Sharing Works: A policy for Shared Education’

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Chris Hazzard has welcomed the publication of the Sharing Works: A policy for Shared Education. Speaking to Newry Times, Hazzard said, “It is important we develop the shared education sector in a way which meets the demand of a modern education system to deliver the best outcomes for our children. “Shared […]

Dramatic finish as Reds perform Minor miracle

DOWN ALL-COUNTY MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – SEMI FINAL ROSTREVOR MINORS 1-07 – 1-06 CUMANN PHEADAIR NAOFA By Kieran McNally at St. Mary’s Park, Burren. Rostrevor found something special to grind out victory with three stoppage-time points at the end of a titanic tussle with neighbours Warrenpoint in last Monday night’s championship semi-final at Burren. In […]

‘Events company report damning’ – Bradley

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh and Member of the Culture Arts, and Leisure Committee Dominic Bradley MLA has said that Audit Office’s report into the failure of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to oversee its arm’s length body, the NI Events Company, is damning in the extreme. Commenting on the report Bradley […]

Councillor pleased action is taken to protect local beauty spot

Crotlieve Sinn Féin Councillor Michael Ruane has confirmed that Newry, Mourne and Down District Council will be taking action over the tyre dumping that is spoiling a well known Mourne beauty spot. Councillor Ruane said, “This public viewing area on the Carmeen Road outside Hilltown, known locally as the ‘top of the world’, has been […]

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