Archive for: November, 2016

Elderly woman left shaken after Bessbrook incident

Detectives are investigating the report of a burglary at a house in the Moninna Park area of Bessbrook on Tuesday 29th November. It was reported that entry was forced through the front door of the house at around 9.30pm. The elderly female occupant, believed to be in her 80s, was disturbed by the noise and […]

£11m rural investment scheme launched in Newry, Mourne and Down

Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Michelle McIlveen has launched an £11m rural investment scheme in Newry, Mourne and Down. The Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership will deliver direct grant aid to projects in the area across a range of schemes, with the overall aim of stimulating the economy and improving the quality […]

Reduction in noise complaints welcomed

Environment Minister Michelle McIlveen has welcomed the lowest number of noise complaints since 2005 recorded by district councils. Statistical Report ’Noise Complaint Statistics for Northern Ireland 2015-2016 shows that 10,754 complaints were received in 2015/16, compared to 11,951 the previous year, a reduction of 10%. Domestic noise remains the largest cause of noise complaints across […]

‘Bin ur Bra’ reaches out across the Trust

As part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month the Southern Trust teamed up with Pretty ‘n’ Pink Breast Cancer Charity who are offering a unique bra recycling service for the province. Staff and service users across the Southern Trust were encouraged to donate their unwanted bras to the ‘Bra Bank’ to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness […]

Handy tips if your electricity goes off this winter

Winter is fast approaching and as the temperatures drop and the weather worsens, Northern Ireland Electricity Networks (NIE Networks) is reminding everyone to be winter wise if electricity supplies are interrupted due to poor weather in the coming months. During the last year, NIE Networks has carried out maintenance to the electricity network to reduce […]

Bradley calls on Minister to tackle river pollution

SDLP South Down MLA Sinead Bradley has called on Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to act to preserve the integrity of the North’s rivers from pollution originating at waste water treatment facilities. Bradley questioned the Minister in the Assembly recently. She said, “Preserving the integrity and the safety of the North’s rivers is a critical challenge. […]

Ritchie hits out at British Government and Executive over cuts to ESA

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has spoken out against Government plans to reduce Employment and Support Allowance and Universal credit by April 2017. The measure will cut the weekly amount received by recipients with long term health conditions or disabilities by £30 and will take place before a promised Work and Health programme Green […]

The Quays Newry: Giving you the gift of time this Christmas

The Quays, Newry are giving you the gift of time this Christmas with late night shopping every weeknight til 10pm beginning Wednesday 30th November. That gives you plenty of time to browse their 50 top stores for that perfect present for your loved ones this year. Also be sure to check out their newly opened […]

Ritchie questions DEFRA on food, farming and Brexit

SDLP MP South Down Margaret Ritchie has questioned DEFRA Ministers in the House of Commons on how the Government’s 25-year plan for food and farming will accommodate the challenges of Brexit. She also questioned how Northern Ireland’s export of agri-food exports will be protected and maintained. Speaking to Newry Times, Ritchie said, “Any potential Brexit […]

Hazzard highlights commitment to Irish language road safety education

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has committed to increase the level of road safety education resources available in the Irish language. The Minister was speaking following a meeting with representatives from Foras na Gaeilge to discuss the road safety resources currently available in Irish and what plans there were to translate additional materials. Minister Hazzard said, […]

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