Archive for: March, 2016

Newry burglary: House ransacked and jewellery stolen

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following a burglary. The burglary took place sometime between 7pm and 11.30pm on Monday, 14th March. Entry was forced to the rear of a house in Maryville Park, Fullerton Road. The property was ransacked and jewellery was stolen. Detectives would like to hear from anyone who has information […]

South Armagh Ambulance Cover ‘a huge issue’

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said she is ‘deeply disappointed’ at a Ministerial reply to a question she asked about ambulance cover in South Armagh. The South Armagh representative said the Health Minister’s response would provide little comfort to the people of the area. “Ambulance cover in South Armagh has been a huge issue […]

New register for tobacco retailers

From 6th April 2016, under the Tobacco Retailers Act (Northern Ireland) 2014, all retailers of tobacco products in Northern Ireland must be registered. The new legislation is just one of a range of measures being introduced in order to reduce smoking prevalence amongst children and young people. Health Minister, Simon Hamilton, said, “My Department is […]

Put a spring in your step in the brighter evenings

The clocks have sprung forward and it will give us the chance to get more active in the brighter evenings. There are many ways to kick-start your journey to better health and wellbeing and the Public Health Agency (PHA) says that doing smaller bouts of activity, of 10 minutes or more, will soon add up […]

New support package for postgraduate students

Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry has announced the introduction of new tuition fee loans for taught postgraduate students. Minister Farry said, “Currently the majority of our postgraduate students cannot access any standard student support package for their tuition fees. The vast majority, particularly those on taught courses such as Masters Programmes, must […]

Have your say on Improving Pupil Attendance

The Department of Education is seeking views on its draft strategy ‘Miss School = Miss Out, a Strategy for Improving Pupil Attendance’. Evidence shows that the majority of pupils attend school regularly, however there are children and young people who struggle to attend school and who need extra support. Education Minister John O’ Dowd said, […]

Bell examines options for new ‘Energywise’ energy efficiency scheme

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has announced his department is examining options for a new energy efficiency scheme that could provide energy savings for local properties. EnergyWise is a cross-cutting scheme with its origins in the Northern Ireland Executive’s Delivering Social Change programme and continues to benefit from support and input from across […]

Murphy calls for everyone to have equal access to RTÉ player

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said everyone on the island of Ireland should have equal access to RTÉ programmes online. Speaking after a meeting with RTÉ officials at Stormont the Newry representative said, “Everyone across Ireland north and south should have same access to RTÉ programming and the same standard of services. “At present, […]

Young burglars disturbed during Newry house break-in

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following a burglary. At around 8.15pm on Monday, 14th March, two males were disturbed at a house in The Glen. The males had forced entry through a front window but fled from the rear of the house and made off on foot towards the Dublin Road. They are […]

100 extra nurse training places in Northern Ireland

Health Minister Simon Hamilton has announced a 15% increase in the annual number of pre-registration nurse training places commissioned in Northern Ireland and the establishment of a new task group on nursing. The Minister stated, “I am delighted to be able to announce an increase of 100 pre-registration nurse training places to be available in […]

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