Archive for: November, 2016

Newry stroke survivor adds her voice to Lost for Words campaign

Newry stroke survivor Bernie Fox, 54, is one of the hundreds of people living with the communication difficulty after a stroke. Bernie had a stroke in 2014. She is one of more than 35,000 stroke survivors living in Northern Ireland. Speaking to Newry Times, Bernie said, “I had my stroke in July 2014 when I […]

Newry shoppers urged to use Christmas budgeting planner

The Consumer Council is providing some timely Christmas budgeting advice as research shows almost a third of consumers (30%) are worried about their ability to make ends meet now, but even more consumers (37%) are worried about their ability to make ends meet in the future. The Consumer Council Christmas Budget Planner will help consumers […]

Local MLA makes ‘muscle pledges’ on specialist care in the north

A special Assembly reception was held recently at Stormont, focusing on the urgent need for better muscle care in the north of Ireland. Hosted by Muscular Dystrophy, the event highlighted the problems faced by the estimated 2,000 people in the north of Ireland affected by muscle-wasting conditions, as revealed in the McCollum report. The policy […]

Broadband advertising rule changes welcomed

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton MLA has welcomed changes to advertising rules governing broadband providers. The Advertising Standards Authority says current descriptions of broadband speeds “up to” a certain amount are confusing and will be changed in 2017. Welcoming this development Simon Hamilton said, “This is a good result for customers. I wrote to the Advertising […]

‘Time for teachers to focus on the future’ – Weir

Teachers must focus on pupils and the future now that pay negotiations have concluded. That was the message from Education Minister Peter Weir who said that negotiations for 2015/16 and 2016/17 were over and that teachers had been treated fairly and in line with the Northern Ireland Executive Pay Policy. Speaking during an Education Committee […]

Changes for blue badge holders with life-long mobility issues

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced a review of the renewal process for Blue Badge holders with life-long mobility issues. Commenting on the changes which will now be consulted on, Minister Hazzard said, “For many people with life-long mobility issues, the blue badge is a lifeline ‎enabling them to integrate in the community and go […]

Newry police urge motorists to ‘light up for life’

Police in Newry are appealing to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to ‘Light Up For Life’ during the dark winter months. So far this year in Northern Ireland 59 people have died on our roads as a result of a road traffic collision. Speaking to Newry Times, Supt. Paul Reid said, “The dark nights of winter […]

Newry mum wins ‘Football Mum of the Year’ award

Newry mum Kate Cahill has won the prestigious McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award at the 2016 McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards in Belfast City Hall. Kate was presented with her award by McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Ambassador Alison Nicholl. The Football Mum of the Year Award was presented to Kate for […]

Southern Trust staff raise £184,237 for charity partner Marie Curie

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has handed over a cheque for £184,237 to Charity partner Marie Curie after a series of successful ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ events. The ‘Southern Trust does Strictly Come Dancing’ events alone totalled £150,500 with the remaining £33,737 coming from a range of fundraising activities such as ‘The Blooming Great […]

Works starts on process to streamline academic selection

Education Minister Peter Weir has announced the team of educational professionals who will seek to simplify the current transfer test process. Currently some primary schoolchildren are taking up to five tests in order to secure a place at a grammar school. The Minister wants there to be a common assessment by autumn 2018. The panel […]

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