Archive for: September, 2015

Plans to build on 100,000 Slieve Gullion visitors

Sinn Féin councillors Roisin Mulgrew and Mickey Larkin met with Council officials, Clanrye Group and the Forestry Service in Slieve Gullion yesterday to discuss plans for building on the attraction’s immense success in attracting visitors to the area. “More than 100,000 people visited Slieve Gullion in July and August this year, which is a tremendous […]

Newry Famine Commemoration hailed as a huge success

Over 2,000 people attended the Annual Famine Commemoration in Newry on Saturday 26th September 2015. Hosted by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, the Commemoration marked a very solemn and moving tribute to the many thousands who died during the Great Famine, or who left Ireland, never to return. A further 3,400 people attended a […]

Ritchie questions Minister on Aggregate Credit Levy Scheme

SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has questioned the Business, Innovation and Skills Minister, Nick Boles, in the Commons on the reinstatement of the Aggregate Credit Levy Scheme for Northern Ireland’s construction industries and has secured a meeting with the Minister to discuss this further. Speaking to Newry Times, Ritchie said, “There is a […]

Famine remembered at Newry commemorative event

The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Culture Minister Carál Nί Chuilίn have remembered the awful effects of the famine at the eighth annual famine commemoration in Newry. The annual commemorative event was organised by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DAHG) and this is the first time that the event was held […]

Disappointment over handling of Anamar School Closure

Sinn Féin councillor Terry Hearty has expressed his disappointment with the CCMS for what he described as their ‘lack of consultation’ with the Board of Governors following a letter they sent out to parents regarding the closure of Anamar Primary School. “I have been at the forefront of the fight to save Anamar for ten […]

‘Governments need to step up to the plate in talks’ – Murphy

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said that the British and Irish governments need to step up to the plate in the ongoing political talks at Stormont. Speaking to Newry Times, Murphy said, “We have now completed the first week of the talks process. A range of issues, budgets, welfare, institutional reform and the legacy […]

Fearon probes Foster on NAMA

Newry and Armagh MLA Megan Fearon has called on the DUP to fully engage with the NAMA Inquiry during an exchange in the Assembly. The South Armagh MLA asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel Arlene Foster what contact her Department has had with the National Asset Management Agency relating to the proposed sale of […]

New ‘Town Centre First’ planning policy welcomed

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the publication of the new Strategic Planning Policy Statement, which includes for the first time a new Town Centre First Retail Planning Policy. DOE Minister Mark H Durkan MLA published the policy statement in a written statement to the Assembly today. The new policy incorporates […]

End of Brucellosis pre-movement testing

South Down Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MLA has welcomed an announcement from DARD Minister Michelle O’Neill that brucellosis pre-movement testing will end today, 28th September 2015. Speaking after the announcement, Hazzard said, “Any cross border cooperation is to be welcomed and I commend both Ministers for persuing this. “Bringing an end to internal pre-movement testing […]

Appeal for witnesses after car sprayed with paint

Police in Newry are appealing for information after a car parked in the city was damaged. Between 6.15pm and 8pm on Wednesday, 9th September, a white Seat Leon, parked at the towpath close to WIN Industrial Estate, was sprayed with paint. Speaking to Newry Times, Constable Declan McCartan said, “We would like to hear from […]

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