Category archives for: Politics

Aoife Finnegan set to replace outgoing Sinn Fein Councillor

Sinn Féin has announced that Aoife Finnegan from Crossmaglen has been selected to replace Councillor Terry Hearty on Newry, Mourne and Down Council. Aoife is an experienced political activist that has participated in countless election campaigns, has assisted locally in the delivery of Sinn Féin projects and has been involved with media and social media […]

South Down MLA welcomes commencement of HIA payments

SDLP Executive Office Committee Chair, Colin McGrath MLA has welcomed the commencement of payments for survivors of historical abuse.  The South Down MLA told Newry Times, “I welcome that these payments have been commenced.   Article continues below: ___________________________________ Dear Newry Times reader, Newry Times has been providing the latest breaking news in Newry and […]

Agirculture Bill “must not disadvantage local agri-foods sector”

The Assembly’s Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee (AERA) has expressed its concern that the Agriculture Bill, which passed in the House of Commons this week, could have the potential to impact negatively on the agri-foods industry here. The Committee had initially voiced concern, in its February 2020 report on the bill, about the potential […]

Local MLA welcomes “crucial investment in infrastructure”

Sinn Féin Infrastructure spokesperson Cathal Boylan has welcomed the announcement of over £700m of new funding for infrastructure, regeneration, and tourism projects across the north. Embed from Getty Images   The Newry and Armagh MLA told Newry Times, “The £700 million of funding announced by my party colleague and Finance minister Conor Murphy is a […]

South Down MLA welcomes additional nursing and midwifery places

SDLP Health Spokesperson, Sinead Bradley MLA has welcomed that funding has been secured for 300 additional nursing and midwifery places. Embed from Getty Images   The South Down MLA said, “I warmly welcome the fulfilment of this commitment which was made in the New Decade, New Approach document, which provides funding of 300 additional nursing […]

£700m investment “key in rebuilding post-Covid economy”

The £700million investment package agreed this week by The Executive will be crucial in helping to rebuild the economy after the Coronavirus emergency, First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill have said. The funding has been announced for infrastructure, regeneration and tourism projects across Northern Ireland and includes £562million match funding for […]

Minister announces consultation on Non-Domestic RHI tariff review

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has launched a consultation on the Non-Domestic Renewable Heating Incentive (NDRHI) tariff review. Embed from Getty Images   The Department committed to keeping the tariffs under review when it brought forward the 2019 legislation that implemented reduced tariffs for small and medium-sized biomass boilers accredited to the NDRHI scheme. An independent […]

Eastwood welcomes selection of Laura Devlin as Newry Council Chair

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MP has welcomed the selection of Newcastle Councillor Laura Devlin as the next Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down Council.   Mr Eastwood said that Councillor Devlin will be a first citizen for everyone in the district and will bring warmth, generosity and compassion to the role during a difficult time. […]

Local Councillor welcomes change to blood donation rules

SDLP South Armagh Representative, Councillor Pete Byrne has welcomed the change in blood donation rules, which will allow more people to donate, while maintaining safety of blood supply.  Embed from Getty Images   The Slieve Gullion Councillor told Newry Times, “I warmly welcome this decision by Minister Swann to change these rules, which placed a […]

Rules on blood donation set to change

Changes to rules on blood donation will maintain the safety of the blood supply while allowing more people to donate. Embed from Getty Images   Health Minister Robin Swann has announced changes to blood donation deferral rules that will bring Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK, where the changes were implemented […]


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