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£35m investment to prevent homelessness


Communities Minister Paul Givan MLA has set out the Executive’s commitment to tackling homelessness in Northern Ireland. Speaking at the start of Homelessness Awareness Week, which this year is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Minister outlined how the Northern Ireland Executive, through the Department for Communities, is investing over £35million to prevent homelessness and to […]

Primary schools in NI rank among best in the world in maths


A major international survey of pupil achievement in mathematics and science shows that pupils aged nine – ten in Northern Ireland continue to perform very well in maths. The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) carried out the research for the Department of Education. Achievement in science was found to be not as high, but […]

Ritchie puts NI fishing needs to Ministers in Parliament

Margaret Ritchie

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has used a Parliamentary Debate on the future of the fishing industry to call for reform of the law on non-EEA labour and to urge the Government to seek improved quotas for Northern Irish fishermen working in the Irish Sea Speaking to Newry Times, she said, “Each year, there […]

McIlveen announces start of issuing of £79.4m in Basic Payments

michelle mcilveen

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced that Basic Payments totalling £79.4million have been issued. December 1st marked the beginning of the full payment period for 2016 CAP Schemes, with 21,372 payments issued. This represents 91% of eligible farmers. Miss McIlveen said, “When I was appointed as Minister of Agriculture in May this year, I was […]

£4m support package announced for local livestock farmers


Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced a £4million package of support for local livestock farmers. The funding, provided under the EU Exceptional Adjustment Aid, will enable livestock farmers, including milk producers, to apply for assistance to incentivise the humane destruction of BVD Persistently Infected (PI) calves within four weeks of an initial BVD test; improve […]

McNulty calls for development of all Ireland rail network


SDLP Newry & Armagh MLA and member of the Assembly Infrastructure Committee Justin McNulty has called for a plan to develop rail services across the island. Speaking to Newry Times, he said, “The reopening of the Phoenix Park Tunnel line offers an opportunity to really think about integrating rail services across the island for the […]

Ritchie calls for vote on the future of Nuclear Power


SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has called on the British Government to take note of the Swiss referendum on the future of Nuclear power stations in their country and allow people here to decide the future of the UK’s nuclear network. The South Down MP said, “Not only are we facing the problem that an entire […]

‘Executive must mirror scheme for victims of contaminated blood in NI’ – Ritchie

Margaret Ritchie

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has spoken in the House of Commons on the issue of contaminated blood, highlighting the needs of NI victims and their families. She said, “Over the last forty years, the contaminated blood scandal has touched many lives across Britain and Ireland. “Throughout my time as MP for South Down, […]

‘Provision of road safety materials in Irish a welcome move’ – Ó Muirí

Sinn Fein's Barra Ó Muirí

Slieve Gullion Area Sinn Féin Councillor Barra Ó Muirí has said that a commitment from Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to provide road safety materials in Irish is a ‘welcome and very positive’ development. The Sinn Féin Councillor was speaking after his colleague Minister Hazzard had announced that he would increase the level of road safety […]

£30m for victims and survivors welcomed


The Executive has welcomed the opening of new funding streams worth in excess of £30million for victims and survivors. First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness said the Executive is committed to doing everything it can to provide the best possible services to victims and survivors. The Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) […]

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