Archive for: March, 2020

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: McNulty welcomes announcement of security for sports sector

SDLP Public Health spokesperson, Justin McNulty MLA has welcomed assurances from Minister Hargey that the sports sector would be protected through this unprecedented time. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA said, “I welcome the announcement today from the Sports Minister, Deirdre Hargey MLA that the sports sector will receive practical support.   […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Engagement Forum on Covid-19 holds its first meeting

The priority of the Engagement Forum on Covid 19 is to protect the safety of all workers in the workplace, Economy Minister Diane Dodds has said. The Minister was speaking after the first meeting of the forum – set up to advise and support the Executive in its commitment to protect the safety of workers […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: DAERA announces new position on TB testing

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA has announced a new approach to TB testing, effective from Monday 30 March 2020. The Minister made the decision in response to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of farmers, farm families and DAERA staff.     Speaking to Newry Times, the Minister said, “We have now moved to update […]

‘Shocking’ Newry armed robbery leaves staff badly shaken

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following the report of a robbery at a shop on the Dublin Road on Monday 30 March. Two masked men entered the shop shortly before 9.30pm and demanded money and cigarettes.     One of the men was reported to have been carrying a suspected firearm. Money and […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Health Department “must put measures in place for staff mental health”

SDLP Health Committee member Colin McGrath MLA has said called on the Department of Health to put in place measures to help staff and the expected surge of volunteers to manage their mental health. Speaking to Newry Times, Colin McGrath said, “We are in uncharted waters and in unprecedented times and the response from the […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Farmers urged to complete Single Application now

DAERA Minister Edwin Poots MLA has urged all farmers and agents to continue to submit their 2020 Single Applications as soon as possible. The Minister has confirmed that the closing date for Single Applications remains 15 May 2020.      However, he has extended the period for when farmers can amend claims without penalty to […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Communities Minister thanks social security staff

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has thanked social security staff for the role they continue to play in ensuring essential services are provided for those most in need during these challenging times. Speaking as she visited staff at Andersonstown Jobs and Benefits office, Deirdre Hargey said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Cross-border worker’s plight “highlights need for Irish government to act”

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has called on the Irish government to clarify wage protections for cross-border construction workers who he said are being “effectively coerced into working in unsafe conditions”. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MP said, “Cross-border workers, particularly those in the construction sector, are being told by unscrupulous employers […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Dodds announces remote learning Assured Skills Academy

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced a new FinTrU Assured Skills Academy delivering high-quality training fully remotely. Twenty people with degrees will benefit from training by Ulster University to prepare them for a career in financial services. Completing the training guarantees an interview for a role at local financial services company FinTrU. All recruitment for […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Criminal elements ‘taking advantage of crisis’ 

Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey has warned that there criminal elements taking the opportunity to continue their criminal activity in this time of crisis. The Chairperson of Newry Mourne and Down Council was speaking after the Council Depot was broken into.     Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Casey said, “Unfortunately I have just been […]

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