Archive for: March, 2017

Emergency motion at Newry Council over Daisy Hill Hospital A&E

Newry, Mourne & Down Sinn Féin Councillor Micky Ruane has said that he and his colleagues intend to bring an emergency motion before Council this Monday night (3rd April). He said this is confirming opposition to the proposals from the Southern Health & Social Care Trust to suspend services at Daisy Hill hospital.   An […]

Cloughreagh estate road in an ‘appalling condition’

Slieve Gullion Area Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has said that the condition of the road running through Cloughreagh and John F Kennedy Park estates are ‘totally unacceptable’ and she has confirmed that she has written to senior Roads Officers asking them to inspect the stretch of roads as a matter of urgency.   The […]

‘Early diagnosis crucial to tackling TB’ – PHA

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the importance of preventing transmission of tuberculosis and how to recognise its symptoms early. Dr Michael Devine, Consultant in Health Protection at the PHA, said, “TB remains an important global and local public health issue.   “People may think of TB as a disease of the […]

Local adults with learning disabilities take part in team building day

Adults with learning disabilities from across the Southern Trust area recently participated in a Fit 4 U 2 Team Building Day at Craigavon Leisure Centre. Fit 4 U 2 provides physical activities and sports for people with learning disabilities.   At this event, 25 participants enjoyed a range of team building activities, including ice breaker […]

‘Case for reducing tourism VAT is overwhelming’ – Ritchie

SDLP South Down MP and chairperson of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy Margaret Ritchie has welcomed a call from the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee to reduce Tourism VAT to 9%. Ritchie has been campaigning for a reduction in VAT on tourism and hospitality products for a number of years as a […]

Warning over ‘temporary closure’ of Daisy Hill Hospital Emergency Department

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has issued a statement warning of ongoing staffing difficulties for the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill Hospital and have suggested that it could lead to its temporary closure. The Southern Health and Social Care Trust Board were updated on the staffing challenges facing the Emergency Department (ED) in […]

Brady ‘concerned’ ahead of major Newry band parade

Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said that the major band parade being organised by the Loyal Sons of Benagh Flute Band, will cause major inconvenience to local residents, businesses and the entire city of Newry.   The parade, which traditionally passes off peacefully, will have 84 bands participating. Article continues below: […]

Delay in issue of Rate Bills for 2017/2018

Land & Property Services (LPS) has confirmed that there will be a delay in the issue of rate bills for 2017/2018. Usually at the beginning of April each year, LPS issues annual rate bills to homes and businesses across Northern Ireland.   This year, bills will be late due to a delay in the setting […]

‘Northern Ireland cannot be ignored on Brexit’ – McGrath

SDLP South Down MLA Colin McGrath has described the triggering of Article 50 against the wishes of people in Northern Ireland and at a time when there is no power sharing Executive in the North as ‘an act of democratic savagery’. McGrath called on all parties in Northern Ireland to unite around a common position […]

Retail NI comment on triggering of Article 50

Retail NI has given its reaction to the triggering of Article 50 and called upon the on-going talks on restoring devolution, to include the establishment of an NI Assembly Brexit Committee to scrutinise the Brexit process and to take evidence from key sectors of civic society.   Speaking to Newry Times, Retail NI Chief Executive […]

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