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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 […]

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 […]

Call for ‘immediate support’ for taxi sector

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Infrastructure Cathal Boylan has said that the protest by taxi drivers outside Stormont this week is evidence of their growing frustration at the inaction by the Infrastructure and Economy ministers. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA said, “Those in the transport sector, such as taxi drivers, have been […]

Man due at Newry Court after ‘person acting suspiciously’ reports in Camlough

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Police in Newry have charged a man after receiving reports of a ‘person acting suspiciously’ in Camlough.  Police received a report of a person acting suspiciously in the Camlough area.     The incidents happened on Sunday night, 28 June. Article continues below: The 25-year-old man is charged with criminal damage and interference with vehicles. […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: £5.6m available to alleviate student hardship announced

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced an additional £1.4million to alleviate student hardship. This brings the total available to £5.6million in the 2020/21 financial year.     Commenting on the announcement, the Minister said, “Each year my Department makes available support funds to the local Higher Education Institutions for distribution to students who can demonstrate […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Weir publishes new school day guidance for special schools

Guidance setting out how special schools should plan for the new school day has been published. Embed from Getty Images   The guidance is a supplement to the ‘New School Day’ guidance which was issued on 19 June. Speaking to Newry Times, Education Minister Peter Weir said, “I have already stated that I want to […]

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