Archive for: January, 2017

‘Former Open Electric customers can now switch energy supplier’ – Consumer Council

The Consumer Council is informing former Open Electric customers that they now have the opportunity to switch electricity supplier after they were automatically transferred to Power NI as part of the Supplier of Last Resort process, when the company ceased trading on the 18th December 2016. Richard Williams, Head of Energy at the Consumer Council […]

Funding boost for PSNI’s fight against cyber crime

Justice Minister Claire Sugden has announced additional funding to enhance the PSNI’s ability to tackle cybercrime. The PSNI plans to use £167,000 of funding to introduce two purpose-built mobile cyber labs. Important evidence is increasingly held on computers and digital media devices and this development will allow officers and technical staff to capture evidence ‘at […]

Ministers highlight continued commitment to Narrow Water Bridge Project

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard and Shane Ross, Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport in the south have set out their continued commitment to the Narrow Water Bridge Project. Highlighting the potential benefits of the project, Minister Hazzard said, “Since coming into office I have made clear my strong commitment to the Narrow Water Bridge project. […]

Excellent tourism performance welcomed

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton has welcomed a very positive tourism performance in both the first nine months of 2016 and the full 12 months to September 2016. Tourism statistics released by NISRA show a 10% increase in overall visitor spend and a 14% increase in external visitor expenditure. Commenting on the latest statistics, the Minister […]

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill ‘working towards Living Wage’

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has reiterated her support for the HSC workforce and for the implementation of a living wage. The Minister said, “I am aware of, and sympathetic towards, the Trade Union campaign for a living wage for all health and social care staff, which is based on the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage. […]

Cuddle Cot donation at Daisy Hill Hospital

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has received two ‘cuddle cots’ to help parents during the very sad loss of a baby. One has been donated by SANDs (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity) to Craigavon Area Hospital and the other to Daisy Hill Hospital from local woman Nicola Freer following the stillbirth of her […]

Draft Industrial Strategy sets out ambitious plan to transform Northern Ireland

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton MLA has published a draft Industrial Strategy for Northern Ireland. Economy 2030 is an ambitious, long term vision to transform Northern Ireland into a globally competitive economy that works for everyone. Speaking as the consultation period begins, Simon Hamilton set out the context. He said, “Northern Ireland has emerged from the […]

‘3-five-10’ approach to support walking, cycling and public transport

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced his ‘3-five-10’ plan to place walking, cycling and public transport at the heart of the north’s transport policy. Minister Hazzard said, “Investing in public transport, walking and cycling must be at the heart of our transport policy. It is the only way we can address congestion in our key […]

Drug Information Meeting ‘will give insight to drug and substance abuse’ – Hearty

Slieve Gullion Area Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has praised the Crossmaglen Rangers GAA Club who are hosting a Drugs Information Meeting on Friday 27th January. The local representative has urged all who can attend to do so. “Whilst Crossmaglen Rangers have organised this event they have made it open to all of the community […]

Givan announces first tenancies under the Rent to Own scheme

Communities Minister Paul Givan has welcomed news that 22 households are now on the path to home-ownership through the new innovative Rent to Own scheme. Five households have moved in to their new homes and another 17 households have been accepted onto the scheme and will be moving into their new homes over the next […]

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