Archive for: April, 2020

Rules on blood donation set to change

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Changes to rules on blood donation will maintain the safety of the blood supply while allowing more people to donate. Embed from Getty Images   Health Minister Robin Swann has announced changes to blood donation deferral rules that will bring Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK, where the changes were implemented […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: PHA recommends daily vitamin D supplement during lockdown

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is recommending that everyone take vitamin D supplements during the lockdown period to help keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Embed from Getty Images   Vitamin D is an essential vitamin for everyone and we get it from two main sources, sunlight and food. Speaking to Newry Times, Caroline Bloomfield, […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Health Minister “committed to maximum transparency on Covid-19 statistics”

Health Minister Robin Swann has emphasised his commitment to transparency on statistics on Coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland. Embed from Getty Images   Mr Swann detailed the current approach to reporting fatalities linked to the virus. “I want to continue seeing the maximum possible transparency on this issue,” he told Newry Times.     “I […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister calls on local government to work to protect workers

Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey MLA, has responded to reports that some local councils have decided to lay off staff in response to the Covid 19 crisis. Embed from Getty Images   Minister Hargey has emphasised she will not support the actions of councils if they do not respect and protect worker’s rights.     […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Praise for Newry business and community efforts in Covid-19 fight

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Sinn Fein Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has praised the efforts of the local community and businesses in the fight against COVID-19. Embed from Getty Images   The MP was making his comments after it was revealed that ReGen Waste Management based at Carnbane Industrial estate in Newry had donated £60,000 of PPE to […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Temporary changes to major planning application process

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced changes to the process for major planning applications, temporarily removing the requirement to hold a public event as part of the pre-application community consultation. Embed from Getty Images   The changes which come into effect on 1 May, will apply for five months and will be accompanied by guidance […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: 8 top tips on healthy eating during lockdown

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is offering tips on healthy eating and meal planning for the time ahead to spark ideas about how to eat well, keep busy and make the best use of food. Embed from Getty Images   There are over 80 tasty, simple recipes on the Choose to Live Better website which […]

Brexit: Irish Protocol “must be protected” insists local MP

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Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazard has said the Irish Protocol agreed by the EU and the British government must be protected during the Brexit negotiations. Embed from Getty Images   Speaking to Newry Times, the South Down MP said, “The EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier has expressed his disappointment at the level of progress […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced that his Department has commenced the process to appoint a new Mental Health Champion. Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Swann said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a massive physical toll on us all.     “We must not however lose sight of the potentially catastrophic impact it will have […]

Second Stage of Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to the Assembly

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Northern Ireland can take a giant leap forward in the fight against domestic abuse if new legislation is agreed. That was the message from Justice Minister Naomi Long as she moved the Second Stage of the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill in the NI Assembly. Embed from Getty Images   Naomi Long told Newry […]

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