Archive for: March, 2019

Police charge man, 33, with three counts of possession of firearms

Detectives from the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit have charged a 33 year old man with three counts of possession of firearms or ammunition in suspicious circumstances, possession of class B drugs and possession of class B drugs with intent to supply. The man was arrested in the Lower Newtown Road area, south of Newry, on […]

Two Newry schools win semi-final places on BBC NI School Choir Of The Year

St Clare’s Abbey Primary School, Newry and St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook are the fifth two schools to win places in the semi-finals of the BBC Northern Ireland School Choir Of The Year, which will take place at Regent House Grammar School, Newtownards. Over the course of nine weeks, 63 choirs from across Northern Ireland […]

President Michael D Higgins visits South Armagh

An Tobar Community Wellness Centre and Social Farm recently hosted the historical occasion of a visit from President Michael D Higgins and his wife Mrs Sabina Higgins .   There was a festive atmosphere as around 120 invited guests gathered for the President’s arrival. A guard of honour was provided by pupils of St Joseph’s […]

Ennis calls for modern gambling legislation

Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has called for stricter legislation and regulation to protect young people and the most vulnerable in society from the scourge of gambling addiction. The party’s Culture, Arts and Sport spokesperson was commenting after launching Sinn Féin’s Problem Gambling Policy document with addiction charities.     Speaking to Newry Times, Ennis […]

Drinking on St Patrick’s Day? Make a plan and stick to it

As people get ready to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging anyone choosing to drink to keep an eye on their alcohol intake by making a plan of setting a limit and sticking to it. The PHA’s Drugs and Alcohol lead Michael Owen said, “A lot of people will be […]

Important advice for pregnant women during lambing season

With spring just around the corner the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women about the risk of close contact with sheep during lambing season. The PHA is advising women who are, or think they may be, pregnant to reduce their risk of miscarriage and infection by avoiding close contact with sheep during lambing […]

Anti-scam initiative launched

The ScamwiseNI Partnership, working with the Post Office, has launched the ‘Scam? Ask Us’ Initiative at Post Offices across Northern Ireland.  The initiative, the first of its kind in the UK, will encourage Post Office customers to ask counter staff if they are concerned they are falling victims to a scam. The Post Office counter […]

Amended fees to benefit Access NI registered bodies

The Department of Justice has announced that it is to reduce fees for Basic and Standard Criminal record checks made through AccessNI.   From 1 April 2019, the cost of basic and standard checks will be reduced from the current fee of £26 to £18.     The reduction will benefit individual applicants and also […]

Illegal dumping ‘at epidemic proportions’

Sinn Féin Local Council Election candidate for the Slieve Gullion area, Oonagh Magennis has said that the issue of illegal dumping was now a widespread major problem throughout the area and that it needed to be tackled head-on by those charged with doing so. Oonagh was speaking after visiting the scenes of more illicit dumping […]

SRC caters for growth with £600,000 ‘Graduate’ investment

Southern Regional College, one of Northern Ireland’s leading providers of dedicated skills training and support for the local and regional hospitality sector, has served up its newest culinary innovation. Confirming its reputation for excellence in hospitality and tourism, Southern Regional College has officially opened the hatch on a new, ultra-modern training restaurant and kitchen which […]

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