Category archives for: Politics

Government launches ‘One Health’ approach to tackle antimicrobial resistance

The Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Food Standards Agency have launched a five-year action plan to fight antimicrobial resistance. The Chief Medical Officer, the Chief Veterinary Officer and the Director of the FSA in Northern Ireland were all present at the launch.     Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) […]

“We need to retain Daisy Hill Stroke Unit” – Malone

Independent Newry City Councillor Gavin Malone has called for the retention of the stroke unit at Daisy Hill.  The Support Our Stroke Services committee said that the Department of Health have failed to consider all options available.     Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Malone stated, “It is absolutely imperative that we retain the vital […]

‘Proposal to locate Hyper-Acute Unit in Craigavon doesn’t make sense’ – Newry MP

Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said that the proposal to locate the Hyper-Acute Unit in Craigavon doesn’t make senses and that any plans to reshape Stroke Services must be carried out in a regionally balanced way, in partnership with those who use and deliver services and with the objective of improved health outcomes […]

Ennis welcomes increase in GAA coverage

Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has welcomed confirmation that the BBC has increased live coverage of Ulster Championship games this year. The South Down MLA said, “It’s welcome that BBC has increased its live coverage of the GAA Ulster Championships to four games this year.     “This is a sign that BBC and others […]

‘Renewed talks must address and resolve equality and rights issues’ – Newry MLA

Newry and Armagh MLA Conor Murphy has said that Sinn Féin wants the institutions restored immediately and it was essential that renewed talks delivered rights and equality for all. The MLA, who is his Party’s Chief Negotiator, was commenting on the announcement of renewed political talks. “Renewed political talks must urgently address and resolve the […]

Newry MLA encourages people to register to vote

Newry and Armagh MLA Megan Fearon has encouraged people to ensure they have registered to vote before the 12 April deadline. And she urged people who will be away from home on the day of the election to apply for a postal or proxy vote.     The Sinn Féin MLA said, “I would encourage […]

New campaign launched to encourage voting in local government elections

A new campaign has launched to explain the vital role of our 11 councils and to encourage people to vote in the local government elections on Thursday 2 May. Spearheaded by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA), informative, short animation pieces focus on the real-life experiences of four individuals, why they believe that voting […]

40 ‘at risk’ people advised about partner’s abusive past

Over 326 applications have been made to the Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme (DVADS) in Northern Ireland, since its introduction one year ago. To date, 40 people, identified as being at risk, have been advised about their partner’s abusive past.     The scheme, operated by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, in conjunction […]

Local Councillor expresses concern about state of roads

SDLP Councillor Kate Loughran has expressed concern about the state of local roads in rural communities that pose a safety risk to commuters. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Loughran commented, “Recently I’ve been inundated with messages about the sorry state of our roads across the Slieve Gullion DEA.     “Road surfaces across many rural […]

‘Stroke services shake up not surprising’ – Newry MLA

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has said he is saddened but not surprised by the proposed shake up of Stroke Services by the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health Richard Pengelly. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “The consultation launched by the Permanent Secretary is deeply disappointing.     “It is […]


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