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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: DAERA Minister urges halt to ‘prescribed fires ‘

DAERA Minister Edwin Poots has urged farmers and land managers to halt all prescribed burning in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic in a bid to reduce additional pressures on Northern Ireland’s emergency services. Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Poots said, “Prescribed burning is a method of land management used to improve our game habitat […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Health charities “need emergency funding”

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has said local health charities need emergency financial assistance to deal with the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The South Down MP was speaking after writing to Health Minister Robin Swann in an effort to secure emergency financial assistance for local health charities.     Chris Hazzard said, “Many […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Be more alcohol aware during social distancing

With the government calling on people to stay at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is asking people who drink alcohol to think about their drinking habits during this period. Speaking to Newry Times, Michael Owen, Regional Lead for Drugs and Alcohol at the […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: 12 more deaths takes NI total to 48

Another 12 people in Northern Ireland have died after testing positive for Covid-19. The total of deaths in the country has now risen to 48.     In the last 24 hours, the Public Health Agency said 626 tests have been carried out. Out of those 626 people tested, 130 people tested positive.     […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Belfast Zoo comes to you

Belfast Zoo is helping to spread some positivity and coming to you through the world of social media while it is temporarily closed to the public due to Covid-19. The dedicated zoo team are providing regular updates so you don’t miss out on the animal antics, and posting them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Screens to be fitted for bus driver’s protection

Newry and Armagh MLA Liz Kimmins has said that Translink drivers will now be provided with buses that have perspex screens fitted for their health and wellbeing protection. Speaking to Newry Times, the local Sinn Féin MLA explained, “I had been contacted by Translink Bus drivers locally at the start of the week who have […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister acknowledges public frustration on testing and PPE issues

Health Minister Robin Swann has acknowledged the scale of staff and public frustration on the issues of testing and personal protective equipment (PPE). The Minister also emphasised that “every conceivable effort” is being made to improve both situations. “I can assure staff and the wider public that these two issues are receiving absolute priority,” he […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Daisy Hill Hospital’s maternity services “will continue” during pandemic

The Health and Social Care (HSC) system has published a further element of its planning for the expected surge in increasing numbers of Covid-19 patients. This part of the plan involves protecting children’s and maternity services while releasing bed space to contribute to the overall surge response.     It complements the critical care surge […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Health Secretary sets out plan to carry out 100,000 tests a day

The UK will carry out 100,000 tests for Coronavirus every day by the end of this month, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has pledged. Increased testing for the NHS will form part of a new 5-pillar plan, bringing together government, industry, academia, the NHS and many others, to dramatically increase the number of tests being carried […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Danske Bank cancels interest on overdrafts for personal customers

Danske Bank has become the first of the main local banks to expand its support for personal customers in need of immediate assistance during the coronavirus crisis by removing the interest charged on overdrafts for three months. This change is expected to benefit up to 86,000 personal customers who may be suffering from financial hardship […]


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