Archive for: December, 2016

Make sure Santa’s the only stranger in your house this Christmas

It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid, or so the old song says. However, there are some people in the community who are happy to use crime to cause fear and concern at this time of the year. NI Water is calling on customers across Northern Ireland to be extra vigilant during the […]

Christmas event for Newry children with Autism

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust recently hosted a Christmas event for children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person understands the world and communicates with others, and figures show that more than 300 children in Northern […]

10 tips for coping with depression during the holiday season

It is Christmas time and most of us will be familiar with that famous song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But is it? Christmas is a time filled with parties, social gatherings and celebrations with family, friends and colleagues. But for people with depression, Christmas can be a very difficult time. There […]

‘Heartless thieves’ ransack Camlough home

Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has said that news of burglary at another house in the Camlough area was deeply disturbing. A home in the Quarter Road area was entered by thieves on Monday evening. “This is deeply disturbing news, another family plunged into fear and anger as they discover their home has been robbed […]

£240k funding package announced for voluntary Search and Rescue groups

Justice Minister Claire Sugden has announced an immediate pre-Christmas £240,000 capital funding package for voluntary Search and Rescue groups in Northern Ireland. The groups deliver assistance to the emergency services and directly to the community. They provide lifesaving search and rescue on inland waterways, mountains and caves. They also provide a specialist search dog facility […]

Newry business community raises £100k for local causes

Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade recently hosted more than 700 patrons at the 17th Annual Christmas Charity Dinner in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry. After breaking the £1 million fundraising target for local charities two years ago, people were equally generous this year with just under £100,000 raised for local causes. This brings […]

South Armagh street lighting community survey completed

Slieve Gullion Area Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin along with local activists in Forkhill completed their quarterly survey of street lighting in the village last week. “Carrying out this survey several times a year is a much more efficient way to ensure that our villages are properly illuminated than the reporting of single faults,” he […]

Review of payment appeals system announced

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced that she has commissioned a review of the process by which farmers can ask DAERA to reconsider a decision of an area-based payment. Speaking to Newry Times, Miss McIlveen said, “Whilst the current ‘Review of Decisions’ process has been meeting objectives, I am nevertheless concerned by the time taken […]

It takes only seconds for a toddler to lose their life on a blind cord – make your home safe

The dangers associated with blind cords are being highlighted in a video being launched by the Public Health Agency (PHA), in association with local councils in Northern Ireland, to encourage everyone to make their home blind cord safe. Speaking to Newry Times, Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, said, “Home accidents can […]

Look after your mental health over the holidays

In the run up to Christmas, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people of the importance of looking after their own mental health and that of their family and friends over the holiday period. Christmas is traditionally seen as a time of joy and celebration, but for some people it can be a stressful […]

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