Archive for: July, 2021

Minister outlines proposals to eradicate bTB | Newry Times

Minister outlines proposals to eradicate bTB - Newry Times - newry newspaper

New arrangements for compensation to farmers, steps to tackle TB in wildlife, the testing of non-bovines for bTB, and the increased use of the interferon-gamma blood test in cattle will all be consulted upon as part of a new long-term strategy to eradicate bovine TB (bTB).     Launching a consultation document at CAFRE’s Greenmount […]

Minister Hargey wants to ‘put tenants at the heart of private rented sector’ | Newry Times

Minister Hargey wants to 'put tenants at the heart of private rented sector' - Newry Times - newry news today

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has introduced a Private Tenancies Bill in the Assembly improving protections for tenants living in the private rented sector.     Minister Hargey said, “I am putting the needs of tenants at the heart of my approach.     “Private renters should have access to good quality, affordable homes with peace […]

New Assured Skills Academy with PwC announced | Newry Times

New Assured Skills Academy with PwC announced - Newry Times - newry city news

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has announced a new Assured Skills Academy with PwC offering 20 high-quality training places for people with degrees.     Focussing on Future Business Skills, the Assured Skills Academy will see successful applicants receive eight weeks of industry-relevant pre-employment training at Belfast Met and Ulster University.     Participants who complete […]

Public Consultation on Regional Policy on the Use of Restrictive Practices | Newry Times

Public Consultation on Regional Policy on the Use of Restrictive Practices - Newry Times - newry news now

Health Minister Robin Swann has launched a 12-week consultation on a draft policy on the use of restrictive practices in health and social care settings.     The use of restraint and seclusion across health and social care in Northern Ireland is difficult to quantify, with challenges in capturing and articulating data on a regional […]

NI attitudes to saving money ‘transformed by pandemic’ | Newry Times

Shane Todd and Dave Elliott on a shoot for their project with Ulster Bank. Shane Todd and Dave Elliott - NI attitudes to saving money 'transformed by pandemic' Newry Times - newry news co down

The COVID-19 pandemic has heralded something of a transformation in Northern Ireland’s attitude to saving money, new research suggests.     Ulster Bank surveyed 1,000 people across Northern Ireland about their attitudes to budgeting and saving.     The survey found that 63% of people in Northern Ireland see saving money as more important now […]

‘New era for public procurement’ – Finance Minister Conor Murphy | Newry Times

'New era for public procurement' – Murphy - Newry Times - newry news latest

Finance Minister, Conor Murphy has announced a new policy that will see mandatory scoring of social value within public procurement contracts.     The new policy agreed by the Executive mandates that from June 2022, tenders must include a minimum of 10% of total award criteria to social value.     This will apply to […]

Local Government Boundaries Review Northern Ireland – Provisional Recommendations

Local Government Boundaries Review Northern Ireland Provisional Recommendations   Local Government Boundaries Commissioner Sarah Havlin has published her provisional recommendations. The Commissioner’s task is to review and make recommendations in respect of the number, boundaries and names of the 11 local government districts and the number, boundaries and names of the wards into which each […]

Stormont play park ‘Quiet Hour’ launched | Newry Times

Murphy launches Stormont play park ‘Quiet Hour’ - Newry Times - newry news facebook

Finance Minister Conor Murphy has announced a special ‘Quiet Hour’ at the Mo Mowlam Playpark on the Stormont Estate, making the facilities more inclusive for all.     The play park is designed for children of all abilities and includes a dedicated sensory area.     It will now be opened one hour earlier each […]

Consultation on compensation settlements for children launched | Newry Times

Consultation on compensation settlements for children launched - Newry Times - newry news headlines

Justice Minister Naomi Long has launched a consultation seeking views on possible legislation to require all compensation settlements to children for personal injuries to be approved by a court.     Currently, in Northern Ireland, only those compensation settlements for a child which are agreed upon during legal proceedings must be approved by the court. […]

Open University take the lead in student satisfaction in Northern Ireland | Newry Times

Open University take the lead in student satisfaction in Northern Ireland - Newry Times - news newry co down

The Open University (OU) has been ranked no.1 university for Overall Student Satisfaction in Northern Ireland for the seventeenth year in a row in the National Student Survey (NSS) results.     The NSS is an annual survey of nearly half a million final year students across the UK.     It is their opportunity […]

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