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Minister Murphy welcomes €1bn PEACE PLUS budget

Minister Murphy welcomes €1bn PEACE PLUS budget - Newry newspapers

Finance Minister Conor Murphy has announced the Executive’s commitment to increase its funding to the 2021-27 PEACE PLUS programme, bringing the total budget to approximately €1bn.     Welcoming the €1bn programme budget, the Finance Minister said, “Peace Plus will build on previous PEACE & INTERREG Programmes to promote peace and prosperity in Ireland.   […]

Substance Use Strategy consultation: Additional public engagement event announced

The Department of Health has announced an additional public engagement event will be held as part of the ongoing proposals for a new Substance Use Strategy.     This event will be specifically aimed at hearing the views of service users and their families directly.     The event will cover all aspects of the […]

“Don’t add to huge pressures on our Health Service” – Newry MLA

Don't add to huge pressures on the Health Service - Newry MLA Liz Kimmins - Covid19 Coronavirus Newry

Newry Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said no one should be doing anything to add to the huge pressures the health service and its workers are currently facing.      The Newry and Armagh MLA said, “The spread of COVID-19 and the number of hospitalisations has led to a dramatic increase in the pressures […]

Finance Minister Conor Murphy reflects on first year in office

Finance Minister Conor Murphy welcomes changes to Job Support Scheme - newry headlines - newry city business

The Department of Finance has gone over and beyond its remit to support people during the Covid pandemic.     Reflecting on his first 12 months in office Finance Minister Conor Murphy said, “Within weeks of coming into office, my Department had to respond to the Covid health emergency and its devastating social and economic […]

Justice Minister launches public consultation on reform of rehabilitation periods

Justice Minister launches public consultation on reform of rehabilitation periods - Newry Times news

Justice Minister Naomi Long has launched a public consultation on ‘Rehabilitation of Offenders – a consultation on proposals to reform rehabilitation periods in Northern Ireland’.     The consultation presents proposals to reform rehabilitation periods in Northern Ireland to reflect changes in sentencing practices and developments in other jurisdictions.     Naomi Long said, “It […]

Cancelling exams “the right decision” – Newry MLA Liz Kimmins

Cancelling exams the right decision - Kimmins - Newry Times Newspaper

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said the move to cancel this year’s GCSE, AS and A-Level exams is “the right decision”.     The Newry and Armagh MLA said, “This decision not to go ahead with this year’s GCSE, AS and A-Levels because of the pandemic and the disruption to young people’s education is […]

Independent Review of Education for Northern Ireland announced

Independent Review of Education for Northern Ireland announced - NI schools - Newry schools

Education Minister Peter Weir has announced his intention to establish an Independent Review of Education.     The Terms of Reference for the Review, which is an Executive commitment in New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) have been published.     Speaking in the Assembly the Minister says, “The ‘New Decade, New Approach’ agreement sets out […]

Poots publishes 2019-2020 Rural Needs Annual Monitoring Report

Poots publishes 2019-2020 Rural Needs Annual Monitoring Report - NI farming news

Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MLA has published the 2019-2020 Rural Needs Annual Monitoring Report.     The Rural Needs Annual Monitoring Report is an integral part of the rural needs monitoring process as it provides a formal record of all Rural Needs Impact Assessments undertaken by public authorities.     Publishing […]

Health Minister launches consultation on new mental health strategy

Health Minister launches consultation on new mental health strategy - Newry newspapers

Health Minister Robin Swann has launched a public consultation on a new, ten-year Mental Health Strategy for Northern Ireland.     The draft Strategy sets out a new vision for mental health in Northern Ireland as well as 29 high-level actions designed to take forward significant strategic change over the next decade.     The […]

New measures to support children with Special Educational Needs

New measures to support children with Special Educational Needs - Newry Times Newspaper

A section of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Act 2016 which requires the Education Authority to seek and have regard to the views of the child has come into operation.     Education Minister, Peter Weir said, “I am committed to improving the current system of special educational provision and to support pupils […]

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