Archive for: July, 2020

£800,000 environment funding launched

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Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA has announced an £800,000 Environmental Challenge Fund Competition, to support environmental projects across Northern Ireland. The Fund is available for not-for-profit organisations and councils to deliver key environmental priorities across Northern Ireland.     It is envisaged that the majority of grant awards will be between £20,000 and £50,000 and […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Skills ‘vital in helping rebuild economy’

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has emphasised the importance of skills in the rebuilding of the Northern Ireland economy. The Minister was speaking following the joint publication by the Department for the Economy and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Skills in Northern Ireland.     In September 2019, as part of the […]

Newry businesses urged to register for Grant Thornton 5K

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Grant Thornton’s 5K will run across the island of Ireland on 14, 15 and 16 August.     Leading professional services firm Grant Thornton is calling on businesses in the Newry area to register for its digital 5K challenge race series (GT5K) with races set to take place virtually around the island of Ireland for […]

Slieve Gullion Councillor welcomes Mental Health Champion Appointment

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Slieve Gullion Councillor Pete Byrne has welcomed the interim appointment of Professor Siobhan O’Neill as the Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Byrne said, “I am delighted that Professor Siobhan O’Neill has agreed to act as an interim Mental Health Champion, until a permanent appointee in April 2021.     […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Ennis calls on IFA to distribute UEFA funding to local clubs

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Sinn Féin MLA Sinead Ennis has called on the IFA to distribute its UEFA funding to soccer clubs in order to help them through the COVID crisis. Speaking to Newry Times, the spokesperson for Culture, Arts and Sports said, “The Coronavirus pandemic has had a negative effect on many sectors, including our local soccer clubs. […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Ease of restrictions on visiting prisons announced

Justice Minister Naomi Long has welcomed moves to ease restrictions on visiting prisons. Embed from Getty Images Prisons will now begin preparations to ensure all visits areas follow health guidelines to keep staff, prisoners and visitors safe. Visits, under the new guidance, will begin on 27 July.     Speaking to Newry Times, Naomi Long […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Face-coverings on NI Transport ‘compulsory’ from 10 July 2020

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Translink has welcomed the announcement that from Friday 10 July, face coverings are to be compulsory when travelling on public transport.   The new rule will apply to all passengers and Translink staff in public areas, although there will be exemptions especially for those who are not able to wear a face-covering for specific medical […]

Two SVP NI volunteers have been recognised by Newry Council

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Two SVP NI volunteers have been recognised by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for their outstanding work within their local communities. At a special virtual awards ceremony co-hosted by former Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey, and entertainer David Meade, Hugh McShane of St Joseph’s SVP NI and Noel Mussen of St Mary’s SVP NI […]

Ennis welcomes commitment to advance Narrow Water Bridge project

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Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has welcomed a commitment from the Minister for Infrastructure to advance the Narrow Water Bridge project following a written question. Speaking to Newry Times, the South Down MLA said, “The Narrow Water Bridge project was a commitment in the New Decade, New Approach deal.     “I am pleased to […]

Retail NI launches Independents’ Day 2020

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Retail NI has launched its Independents’ Day campaign for 2020 with the Economy Minister Diane Dodds.     The campaign will again include an online vote to find the people’s favourite independent retailer, local high street, independent retail employee and to recognise a retailer who has gone the extra mile for their customers during Covid-19. […]

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