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‘Shocking’ Newry armed robbery leaves staff badly shaken

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following the report of a robbery at a shop on the Dublin Road on Monday 30 March. Two masked men entered the shop shortly before 9.30pm and demanded money and cigarettes.     One of the men was reported to have been carrying a suspected firearm. Money and […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Early release of ‘some prisoners’ announced

Justice Minister Naomi Long has today issued a Written Ministerial Statement regarding the temporary early release of some sentenced prisoners. Naomi Long’s statement in full: The developing public health emergency caused by the worldwide coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is causing us to consider measures that only a few weeks ago would have been unthinkable.  One such […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Six more Covid-19 deaths in NI

Another six people in Northern Ireland have died with coronavirus. This brings the total to 21.     It is now the biggest daily death total in Northern Ireland in a 24 hour period. According to the Public Health Agency, an additional 86 people have tested positive for Covid-19.     This brings the official […]

❝It is a matter of life and death❞ – Sweeping new powers come into force tonight at 11pm

Sweeping new powers will come into force across Northern Ireland tonight at 11pm to combat the spread of Coronavirus. The Executive has agreed to adopt the powers in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health posed by Covid-19. The powers compel the closure of certain premises and prohibit anyone from leaving home […]

Health Minister announces additional Infected Blood Payments

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced additional payments for people affected by contaminated blood. The payments range from around £3,000 to £6,700 and will be made to those people on the Northern Ireland Infected Blood Payment Scheme who were diagnosed with Hepatitis C or HIV after receiving NHS-supplied infected blood.     Announcing the additional […]

Down Minor Ryan Magill helps launch iconic sponsorship

Dale Farm has announced its plans to fund four iconic sporting bodies and player development programmes in a bid to create a meaningful legacy across grassroots sports in Northern Ireland. Among the organisations announced was Ulster GAA as Dale Farm Protein Milk has been confirmed as the title sponsor of the 2020 Ulster Minor Football […]

Buttercrane Shopping Centre makes two new management appointments

Buttercrane Shopping Centre has made two new appointments to the management team this month. Mary McDonnell has been appointed as Operations Manager for Buttercrane Shopping Centre by Lambert Smith Hampton, the Centre’s Letting & Management Agents. Article continues below Mary has significant experience across retail, operations and the customer service industry having previously worked with […]

Local schools could win sports equipment worth £5,000

Leading convenience retailers SuperValu and Centra are calling for help to encourage local schools in County Down to avail of Action Cancer’s Health Action Programme and are offering a prize fund of £5,000 of sports equipment.  To be in with a chance of winning, teachers just need to nominate their school via entry forms available […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Three more Covid-19 deaths in NI

The Department of Health has said that three more people have died after contracting coronavirus. In Newry and Mourne 13 people are positive COVID-19 cases.     Testing has also confirmed that there are 32 new cases in the country, bringing the total to 241. The Department said there have been 3,716 people tested for […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Daisy Hill Hospital’s Emergency Department to close

Daisy Hill Hospital’s Emergency Department will close. The Southern Trust will be making changes to hospital services in anticipation of an increase in patients with COVID-19 in hospital.     Speaking to Newry Times, Interim director of acute hospitals, Mel McClements said, “To ensure the safety of staff and patients, we have taken the essential […]


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