Category archives for: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: “What are GPs doing during the pandemic?”

Dear Editor, There seems to be a perception that GPs are hiding in their surgeries, avoiding patients and twiddling their thumbs during this pandemic. I’d like to tell you, from a GP’s perspective that nothing could be further from the truth. As a GP of 25 years, this winter has been one of the busiest […]

Letters to the Editor: Contact tracing and its role in helping limit second wave of coronavirus

Dear Editor, Imagine a fire has just swept through Northern Ireland. With concentrated effort from everyone in society, it has been largely put out, but we aren’t out of danger yet – small secondary fires continue to burn and if these fires aren’t attended to, they can spread just as quickly, causing even more devastation. […]

Letters to the Editor: Open letter to Northern Ireland’s food champions

Dear Editor, As a nation, we are facing the biggest health crisis we’ve seen for generations. The worry, stress and changes we’ve all had to endure over recent weeks have been difficult and we should be in no doubt that there will be more challenges ahead.     In the midst of these challenging times, […]

Letters to the Editor ‘Concern thanks people of Newry for helping world’s poorest’

Dear Editor, On behalf of Concern Worldwide, I would like to thank the people of Newry and local volunteers for your kind support last year in helping some of the most vulnerable people living in the world’s toughest places.     Thanks to your commitment, children like five-year-old Yasmiin Hassan from Somalia are alive and […]

Letters to the Editor, ‘Public meeting in Newry on future of stroke service’

Dear Editor, As many of your readers will know, stroke is devastating and affects more than 4000 people each year in Northern Ireland. Stroke is a leading cause of disability but unfortunately many stroke survivors and their families struggle to access the services and long term support they need.     At the Stroke Association, […]

Letters to the Editor, ‘Reshaping Stroke Services in Northern Ireland’

Dear Editor, I welcome the coverage that you have given to the very important issue of reshaping stroke services across Northern Ireland in recent weeks. It is important that as many people are aware of the pre-consultation process as possible and have the opportunity to have their say. Over the last two months we have […]

Letters to the Editor, ‘Concern Worldwide thanks people of Newry for support last year’

Dear Editor, On behalf of Concern Worldwide, I would like to thank the people of Newry for their kind support last year. 2016 was a challenging year – one in which climate change, conflict, migration and natural disasters dominated the headlines, and where every minute of every day, 24 people, mainly women and children, fled […]

Letters to the Editor, ‘88% of under 18s lack confidence’

Dear Editor, It is 150 years since Dublin-born Dr Thomas Barnardo founded the first ever children’s charity with the opening of a home for boys in the East End of London. Today Barnardo’s is still working to provide safer childhoods, stronger families and positive futures. In Northern Ireland we support over 8,000 children, young people […]

Letters to the Editor, ‘Border communities battle Brexit’

Dear Editor, Border Communities Against Brexit is a group of people from all sectors – business, community, farming, and individuals, who have come together out of concern that the North’s remain vote will not be respected. We are deeply concerned about the devastating impact that Brexit will have on this region and we want to […]

Letters to the Editor, ‘Newry Brexit protest’

Dear Editor, A protest was organised in Newry, where the Secretary of State James Brokenshire was due to meet the local Chamber of Commerce. The protest was organised by a group of concerned citizens from communities on both sides of the border. We are made up of farmers, business owners, community groups and individuals from […]


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