Category archives for: Politics

Number 2 to become Number 1 priority? DNA testing for Newry dog fouling to be discussed

Alliance Party representatives have announced their innovative plan to tackle the widespread issue of dog fouling. The initiative, which will be brought forward as a motion at next month’s Council meeting reads as follows: ‘Recognising the extent of dog fouling across the District and the need to consider innovative solutions to tackle this problem, the […]

Murphy outlines commitment to ensuring fair rates system

Finance Minister Conor Murphy has held a roundtable discussion with representative groups to discuss business rates, Reval2020 and the Business Rates Review. Speaking following the meeting, Minister Murphy said, “Today’s roundtable discussion was really useful to hear first-hand the views of a range of sectors ahead of the Regional Rate being set.  Article continues below […]

Newry City sewage and wastewater infrastructures a ’cause of great concern’

Newry City Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has expressed concern about the capability of the sewage and wastewater infrastructure for Newry to cope with future developments. The Sinn Féin representative was speaking after a presentation by NI Water to the Council and also confirmed that Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has agreed to examine the issue. Article continues […]

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Review

The Department for Communities has appointed Ms Marie Cavanagh to carry out the second independent statutory Review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment. The Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 states that the Department must lay before the Assembly an independent review of the operation of PIP assessments within two years of go-live and […]

Backlog into school maintenance “disastrous” – Newry MLA

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has expressed his astonishment at the scale of the backlog in school maintenance across Northern Ireland. Of the £400 Million maintenance programmed, £90 Million of that is deemed as critical. Article continues below The figures were revealed to McNulty during a presentation to the Education Committee, by the Education Authority’s Chief […]

Legislation to encourage use of electric bikes to be taken forward

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has confirmed she will bring forward legislation to encourage the use of electric bikes. Speaking during a visit to CS Lewis Square in East Belfast to meet with Sustrans, a charity responsible for promoting active travel, Minister Mallon said, “Being more active is important for the body and the mind. Article […]

Minister announces extension of protections from bedroom tax

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has announced her plans for the extension of the welfare mitigations to the bedroom tax beyond 31 March 2020.  The mitigation scheme currently provides financial support to people who would otherwise have lost out due to welfare cuts. Article continues below An estimated 38,000 households are in receipt of supplementary […]

New Newry Sinn Féin Councillor vows to help build ‘cleaner, greener, safer, stronger communities’

New Sinn Fein Councillor Declan Murphy has said that he is looking forward to working with his party colleagues and all who wished to help build a cleaner, greener, stronger and safer community throughout the Council area. He was speaking after being formally co-opted on to Newry, Mourne and Down Council to replace Liz Kimmins, […]

Murphy and Hargey welcome Marriage Equality milestone

Finance Minister Conor Murphy, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey and the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Daniel Baker have welcomed the first same-sex marriage, which will take place tomorrow. Speaking at Belfast City Hall, Finance Minister Conor Murphy said, “Today is another huge milestone for equality when same-sex couples can for the first time get married. Article […]

Newry MLA raises A1 and Southern Relief Road bridge with Minister

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said she has raised key infrastructural projects in the Newry and Armagh area with the Minister for Infrastructure. The issues include the A1 improvement scheme and the Southern Relief Road bridge. Article continues below Speaking to Newry Times, Liz Kimmins said, “Today I requested an update from the Infrastructure […]


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