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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Free Wi-Fi scheme for disadvantaged pupils announced

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Free Wi-Fi and mobile connectivity will be provided to children and young people who may not have had access to digital technology during the lockdown.   Embed from Getty Images   This is part of a scheme announced in May to lend digital devices to those children who would benefit most and to ensure continuity […]

Famous faces call on young people to play their part in Covid-19 recovery

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Community film highlights the importance of protecting everyone on public transport.     Some of Belfast’s most recognised faces including comedian and actor Tim McGarry, boxer James Tennyson and local legend May McFettridge have joined forces in a short community-led film produced by Translink to support the ongoing fight against Coronavirus.     The film […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Skills ‘vital in helping rebuild economy’

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has emphasised the importance of skills in the rebuilding of the Northern Ireland economy. The Minister was speaking following the joint publication by the Department for the Economy and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Skills in Northern Ireland.     In September 2019, as part of the […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Ease of restrictions on visiting prisons announced

Justice Minister Naomi Long has welcomed moves to ease restrictions on visiting prisons. Embed from Getty Images Prisons will now begin preparations to ensure all visits areas follow health guidelines to keep staff, prisoners and visitors safe. Visits, under the new guidance, will begin on 27 July.     Speaking to Newry Times, Naomi Long […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Face-coverings on NI Transport ‘compulsory’ from 10 July 2020

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Translink has welcomed the announcement that from Friday 10 July, face coverings are to be compulsory when travelling on public transport.   The new rule will apply to all passengers and Translink staff in public areas, although there will be exemptions especially for those who are not able to wear a face-covering for specific medical […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Clap for the NHS this Sunday

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Health Minister Robin Swann has urged everyone in Northern Ireland to take part in the nationwide applause for the NHS on its 72nd birthday on Sunday, 5 July. Embed from Getty Images The Minister said the planned 5.00 pm tribute is especially significant given the sacrifices health and social care staff have made during the […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Newry Translink staff support communities in need  

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Translink staff at Newry Bus Station have responded to the COVID-19 emergency by supporting Fermanagh Women’s Aid.  The team of Translink staff presented a cheque for £571 to staff at Fermanagh’s Women’s Aid in recognition of their hard work and commitment during the pandemic.     Speaking to Newry Times, Greg McLaughlin, Translink Service Delivery […]

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 praised 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 […]

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 […]

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