Archive for: January, 2017

Avian influenza prevention zone extended

As a result of continuing findings of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI H5N8) in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland and the continuing risk of an outbreak of HPAI in Northern Ireland, the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) declared on 23rd December has been extended until 11.59 on 16th March 2017. Announcing the extension […]

‘Trident malfunction cannot be covered up’ – Ritchie

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has demanded the British MOD explains why it hid a Trident missile malfunction only weeks before a Westminster vote on renewing what she described as the ‘outdated cold war relic’. “The SDLP has consistently opposed the British Government’s investment in a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction while raining […]

McIlveen announces 2017 ANC payment rates

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced the payment rates for the 2017 Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) Scheme. The ANC Scheme is a measure in the Department’s 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme. Payment rates will be £56.47 per hectare for the first 200 hectares, and £42.35 per hectare above 200 hectares. The split rates are a […]

New job vacancies with Netwatch, Newry

Netwatch has opportunities for immediate permanent positions in their purpose built Communications Hub in Carnbane Industrial Estate in Newry, Co. Down. Netwatch specialises in providing business continuity, risk management and security services to clients across the globe. Established in 2003, by David Walsh, Group CEO and Niall Kelly, Director of Technology, Netwatch is a global […]

Ex-SDLP Councillor to stand for People Before Profit in Newry and Armagh

Newry City Councillor Kevin McAteer will stand for People Before Profit in the upcoming Assembly election. Councillor McAteer, who will be standing in his home constituency of Newry and Armagh, having grown up in Derrybeg and Carnagat, has been a Councillor since 2014, having been elected as part of the SDLP, before quitting the party […]

Attack on pensioner’s home described as ‘callous’

Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has described as ‘callous’ those who ransacked a pensioner’s home at Jonesborough. The Councillor explained, “The thieves gained access through the back door and went through the house like a whirlwind. “Although nothing was stolen, this is little comfort to the pensioner or her family who are distressed […]

Brady ‘deeply frustrated’ after Newry Health Service public meeting

Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said that the recent Health Service Public Consultation held in Newry had left himself and many others who attended it ‘deeply frustrated’. The MP also confirmed that he fully supported the request for another consultation meeting to be held in the Newry area. The Sinn Féin MP said, […]

Further road safety improvements at rural primary schools announced

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced a scheme aimed at introducing more part-time 20mph speed limits at rural primary schools on roads where the national speed limit applies. Speaking to Newry Times, Chris Hazzard said, “My Department has a statutory duty to promote road safety and, within the context of the Road Safety Strategy, does […]

Platinum Status awarded to the Southern Trust

The Southern Health & Social Care Trust has achieved Platinum status at the recent 2016 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, the highest scoring level. The Survey, which is run by Business in the Community, recognises and rewards those organisations that are going above and beyond their legal requirements to minimise their environmental impacts and better […]

Review of renewal process for Blue Badge holders commences

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced the commencement of a review of the renewal process for Blue Badge holders with lifelong mobility issues. The review, in the form of a targeted written consultation to representative groups, will be developed with the aim of streamlining the renewal process for Blue Badge holders with lifelong mobility issues. […]

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