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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Hotels to re-open from 20 July 2020

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced plans to allow hotels and other tourist accommodation to re-open from 20 July. Embed from Getty Images   Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Dodds said, “Covid-19 has presented an unprecedented challenge for our tourism industry, as it has for tourism markets around the world. “I believe the time is […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Landlord’s “bullying behaviour is unacceptable and must stop”

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has encouraged landlords and tenants to work together throughout the Covid-19 emergency and beyond. The Minister expressed her thanks to the vast majority of landlords who have acted responsibly during this time, but following reports on social media of some landlords issuing threatening letters to tenants, the Minister reminded the […]

Three arrests in Newry after 8 million cigarettes seized in cross-border operation

Three men have been arrested and eight million suspected illicit cigarettes seized during a Joint Agency Task Force (JATF) operation in Co Armagh. Officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) attended a property in Newry on Saturday morning along with colleagues from the PSNI.  HMRC made the arrests at the scene and seized eight million […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Hargey praises volunteers’ contribution

As Volunteers’ Week gets underway Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has expressed her gratitude to the thousands of volunteers who selflessly give their time to help others.   The Minister said a light had been shone on volunteers’ contribution to society in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1–7 June, recognises […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister sets out scale of contact tracing operation

Testing and contact tracing will play a central role in unlocking the Coronavirus lockdown in Northern Ireland, Health Minister Robin Swann has emphasised. Embed from Getty Images Everyone who develops Covid-19 symptoms is urged to book a test without delay. The Minister has spelt out the scale of the NI contact tracing programme, which is […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: SDLP seek “firm timetable” on reopening of Daisy Hill Hospital services

SDLP Newry Mourne and Down Councillors have responded to Trust statements on the restoration of services at the Downe and Daisy Hill Hospitals. They have called for a firm timetable on the reopening of suspended services. SDLP Council Group Leader Pete Byrne told Newry Times, “Over the last week myself and SDLP assembly and council […]

Newry police charge man, 40, with over ten offences after recent incidents

A 40-year-old man has been charged with over ten offences, including driving with excess alcohol on breath and dangerous driving. He was also charged with failing to stop for police, no L plates displayed, unaccompanied L driver and using a motor vehicle without insurance.     The charges are in relation to an incident in […]

Newry faceless vandals “don’t represent Derrybeg”

Local Republican activist, Derrybeg woman Eileen Hillen, has slated those responsible for vandalising a community sign that shows support for health and front-line workers. The sign was put up by Community Restorative Justice (CRJ), with the full support of Derrybeg residents.     Speaking after replacing the vandalised sign, Eileen told Newry Times, “Who would […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Department “needs to improve engagement with Road Haulage sector”

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has called on the Infrastructure Minister to ensure her department engages fully with hauliers and their representatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Embed from Getty Images   Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA stated, “The Road Haulage Association has expressed frustration that communication between the Department and the […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Relaxation of Coronavirus Regulations on 8 June if “R number remains low”

The Executive has signalled its intention to make several changes to the Coronavirus Regulations in the weeks ahead but stressed that those would be conditional on the course of the epidemic. Embed from Getty Images   Ministers have also agreed to amend the regulations to make clear hotels can take advance bookings in preparation for […]


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