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Wedding reception cancelled? For better, for worse – know your rights

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The cancellation of a long-planned for wedding day is just one of the consequences of the current lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The Department for the Economy’s free consumer advice service, Consumerline, has been receiving complaints from disappointed couples who have seen their big day dreams dashed, only to encounter further unhappiness […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: SPAR stitches up a plan for the Big Community Sew

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SPAR and EUROSPAR NI, NI Scrubs and Business in the Community have announced a collaborative partnership through the Business Response Network to make and distribute 20,000 face covering for local communities. Speaking to Newry Times, Angeline Murphy from the NI Big Community Sew explained, “The stitching mission all started with NI Scrubs, where over 26,000 […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Libraries for their work during lockdown

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has confirmed that current restrictions on libraries will be relaxed to allow their reopening in a manner which maximises safety for the public and staff. Embed from Getty Images   The Executive this week confirmed the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (NI) Regulations 2020 will be lifted to allow libraries to […]

Get More Space at Your Place with Natural Gas

Homeowners in Northern Ireland could reclaim up to 75 square feet of space in their homes just by upgrading their old oil heating system to natural gas according to firmus energy. The natural gas company says that creating additional space at home is a relatively easy process allowing home-owners additional space to create a much-needed […]

Local Councillor welcomes launch of new suicide prevention fund

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Local Councillor Patrick Brown has welcomed the launch of a new Council operated funding stream of grants between £500-1000. The grants aim to tackle suicide and improve mental wellbeing in the District.     Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Brown said, “This grant is a direct outcome of a motion I brought to Council last […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Childcare Recovery Plan and Education Restart FAQs available online

The Department of Education has published information on the childcare recovery plan and Education Restart programme which will align to form the basis for the return to school in August. Embed from Getty Images   The information, which is published on the Department’s website in a question and answer format, provides an initial outline of […]

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill coming into effect in NI welcomed

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has welcomed the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill coming into effect in Northern Ireland. The Bill makes permanent and temporary changes to Insolvency and Company law in Northern Ireland to help companies manage the financial and practical difficulties of Covid-19.     Speaking to Newry Times, the Minister said, “The pandemic […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Cross government response to tackling domestic and sexual abuse

Health Minister Robin Swann, Justice Minister Naomi Long, and Communities Minister Caral Ni Chuilin are reminding people that if anyone is at risk of, or experiencing domestic or sexual abuse, help is still available. Embed from Getty Images Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Swann said, “We are acutely aware of how difficult lockdown has been […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Childcare available to all parents, Ministers announce

Ministers Robin Swann and Peter Weir have confirmed that the definition of key worker will no longer apply for access to childcare. Embed from Getty Images   The announcement follows the recent publication of the Childcare Sector Recovery Plan. Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Swann said, “The key worker definition for childcare purposes will no […]

Alliance Party backs motion to delay development of new Newry Civic Centre

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Group leader of the Alliance Party on Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Patrick Brown, has publicly stated their plans to back a motion by Independent Newry Councillor Gavin Malone to halt development of a new Civic Centre in Newry for the remainder of the Council term. Speaking about the motion Councillor Brown told Newry Times, […]


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