Archive for: June, 2016

‘Irish farmers among biggest losers in EU referendum’ – Fearon

South Armagh MLA Megan fearon has said farmers in the north will be among the biggest losers following England’s decision to leave the EU. “The agriculture industry, one of the most vital industries on this island, now faces serious problems,” she warned. “When this referendum was called, and indeed throughout the campaign, the case of […]

‘United Ireland referendum is vital’ – Murphy

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said that England’s decision to leave the European Union means that a referendum on a United Ireland is now vital. “56% of the electorate in the north have made clear their wish to remain within the EU, yet English votes have overturned their democratic will,” he said. “The British […]

Newry police call for witnesses after urn containing ashes taken from grave

Police are appealing for information following the theft of an urn. The urn contained ashes and was taken from a grave in the Drumlough Road area of Rathfriland. It is believed that this incident occurred between Thursday 16th and Friday 17th June. Sergeant Steven Lawson has appealed to anyone who has any information about this […]

£10million to improve 1,000 rural roads

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced a £10million investment to improve the condition of rural roads. The Minister has earmarked additional funding announced by the Finance Minister earlier this month for resurfacing work on 1,000 rural roads across the north. The Minister said, “I am delighted to announce today that rural communities across the region […]

Murphy welcomes doubling of Roads Budget in Newry, Mourne & Down

Newry MLA Conor Murphy has welcomed news that the 2016/2017 budget for roads maintenance in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area will more than doubled from the 2015 allocation. The news was announced by new Sinn Féin Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard. Murphy said he was delighted that Hazzard had wasted no time in […]

Rural broadband ‘at the top of the Stormont agenda’

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty says he has put rural broadband provision at the top of the Assembly agenda. The motion was brought forward by the SDLP and Justin McNulty highlighted the chronic lack of broadband provision in rural areas and called on the Minister for the Economy to step up efforts […]

Southern Trust thanks community for keeping sites Smoke Free

The Southern Health & Social Care Trust (SHSCT) has thanked local communities for their compliance to the new ‘Smoke Free Sites’ policy. The Smoke Free Sites policy was introduced on 9th March 2016 and means that smoking and the use of e-cigarettes is no longer permitted anywhere on Trust sites (i.e. entrances, doorways, walkways, buildings, […]

Business Crime Action Plan launched

A new action plan to tackle crime within the business community has been jointly launched by Justice Minister, Claire Sugden and Anne Connolly, Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board. Speaking at the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium 5th Anniversary Reception Minister Sugden said, “The impact of business crime should not be underestimated. Far from being […]

Data Analytics Academy launched

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton has launched the collaborative Data Analytics Academy with PwC and arc-net. The programme aims to provide graduates with the distinct skills and experience required to take up new opportunities in PwC and arc-net’s rapidly growing Data Analytics teams. The Minister said, “This Academy is an excellent example of two companies working […]

85% of First Holy Communicants plan to save, parents say

Children in Northern Ireland received more in gifts for their first holy communion this year than in 2015, and the significant majority plan to save at least some of it, according to research by Ulster Bank. Those making their first holy communion in Northern Ireland received £302 on average, up from £283 in 2015, according […]

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